#RealTravel: I Moved to Southeast Asia and Never Looked Back
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Singapore expat Jenny Mizusawa, taking a cooking class in Penang, Malaysia (Photo: Jenny Mizusawa)
Who: Jenny Mizusawa, 33. Last November, I was offered an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. The ad technology company I work for asked me to relocate from New York to Singapore and take on building a sales and account management team in-market.
Why: The timing was very “door closing, window opening” for me. I had just ended an eight-month relationship with my boyfriend and I loved my company, but after three years was feeling restless and needed a change. The option to move came at the perfect time.
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Taking a pottery class in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Photo: Jenny Mizusawa)
Where: Singapore in Southeast Asia. I jokingly refer to Singapore as “Asia Lite” because it’s everything you would want from Asia but just extraordinarily clean and organized. The sun rises at 7 a.m. and sets at 7 p.m. every single day year-round in Singapore. The low is 70 and the high is 90 every day, and if it gets down to 70 it’s shocking. It hits 90 every day … but it’s never 100. It’s like “Bio-Dome” except, thankfully, I’m not stuck with Pauly Shore! And Changi Airport gives me a quick escape route if I want to change it up for a weekend.
Travel Inspiration: A normal weekend is a friend saying, “There’s a cheap flight to Malaysia — who wants to go?” The last trip I went on was to Ubud in Bali with a co-worker. If we were in New York City, and a co-worker said, “Hey, how about the two of us go to Martha’s Vineyard?” I’d probably raise an eyebrow and ask why. But here, hopping on a plane to explore with pretty much anyone you know and like makes sense. If someone says, “I want to go to Bali” and you say no, it’s your loss.
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