LONG DISTANCE.. FRIENDS

I must say living and growing up in Singapore (SG) was fantastic. But when it came to friends, it’s quite interesting. A lot of students living in SG were always moving around. A large number of people either lived there since they were children or only lived there for a few years, if not less. Having new people come in and out of high school was typical. It would suck for those you grew close to all of a sudden transfer to a different location the next year. Once I moved out of Texas at 15, I never had the same group of friends. I actually don’t really have any friends in Houston that I grew up with anymore. Most of the friends I have back home are family. My little sister and my 3 older guy cousins who are basically like my older brothers (which can get frustrating at times as you can imagine). They would invite me to all their weekend activities since I was 18. Because of that, I’ve always been surrounded by people who were 8+ years older than me.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

I keep relationships and people in my life that I love and care for. Although it is fun to have friends spread out all over the world, it is hard when I return to Houston. Since I left in high school, I was unable to create a close bond with those who lived here their whole lives. They continued to develop friendships with those in their high school as I did in mine. Therefore when I return, I don’t have a “high school gang” as many people here do. I have my family and the people I meet through them. It does suck because I am unable to have friends that I continually grow with and can return to in one place. But I will say it has made me cherish the ones I do love and any other new amazing souls I meet.

As much as I moved around, it has also taught me to communicate in order to keep in touch, and honestly appreciate the people I encounter. Even though I don’t see them all the time I know anytime we are together, it will be like nothing ever changed.

Singapore

Growing up in Singapore was magnificent. I could not have asked for any other place to grow up at, as a young girl. I would love to return and live there again in the future. Everything was spotless; the streets, the trains, subways, school, EVERYTHING. Not only that but the city was so safe; it did not matter if I were outside at 2 pm or 3 am I knew I was safe.

The first couple of years my family and I moved to Holland Village, it was near a few things, and there were many expats from European countries that lived around there. We had a great view of Singapore, but a few years later my parents decided to move more towards the city. We were right across a place called the American Club; I would walk there every day to get food, coffee, gym, drinks, and meet up with friends. It was my favorite spot since it was so close and had everything I needed (Even the American groceries I missed). This apartment was and still is my FAVORITE place I have ever lived. We had a view of the whole city, and it was a ten-minute walk from the mall. What can I say, I’m a girl who loves to shop.

Attending school in Singapore was extremely different than what I was use to in Texas. The only thing similar was we had uniforms. The classes in Singapore were so much more challenging than what I was use to in Houston. Sports were more competitive (which I loved), and there were sooo many different cultures all in one building. I would walk down the hallways and hear so many different languages; I was in shock. It was one of the reasons why I loved my school. Being surrounded by so many different cultures was eye-opening as a young woman.

In high school, I was on the volleyball team and softball team, one year I even took part in touch rugby. So that I could learn about the sport and stay active, it was tiring juggling, school, sports, and social life but many students did, and I must say it helped me learn to manage time.

While living in Singapore, there are many countries to visit us. I went on family vacations, had school interims (where we would immerse ourselves in the culture) and also traveled alone at 18 because of modeling. I was able to travel to Barcelona, Myanmar, Bangkok, KL, Australia, Phuket, Bali, China, Japan (which I loved), Taipei, Jakarta, and more. Looking back at everything makes me appreciate my life even more. The experiences I’ve taken away from everything and the cultures I was able to see was breathtaking. Traveling to all these countries at a young age is one of the reasons why I still LOVE and want to continue traveling. I hope everyone who gets the opportunity to travel takes it because opening up yourself and your mind is something that everyone should do!