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My New Home (Part 1)

The 3 Phases of a Cross-Continental Relocation On January 8, 2018, it will officially be 3 years since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Singapore. Notice something unusual here? Yes! I’ve finally learned how to write my dates the American way ! You won’t believe that it took me more than 2 years of scratching out, and re-writing dates on application forms to actually get this right. It is somewhat like reforming an old habit. Until this time, I had spent my entire life in Singapore, with a few years in London for higher education. I was so accustomed to the “Asian Way”: deep deference toward authority and respect for culture and social norms & the importance of a community. Here I was now, in the land of freedom, a nation that values self-reliance, personal achievement and growth above all (side note: you have only to go
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A City of Festivals (Part 3)

This is the third and final part of my blog series on festivals in Singapore. Indian festivals are my area of expertise, of course. The best part about festivals has to be the food…
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A City of Festivals (Part 2)

Previously, I talked about the Muslim festivals that are celebrated in Singapore. Chinese people also celebrate various festivals throughout the year, the most notable being the Chinese New Year…
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A City of Festivals (Part 1)

The defining feature of every country is the cultures that are present there. They provide a snapshot glimpse into the stories of the country and the people who inhabit them…
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A Labyrinth of Language

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”- Nelson Mandela…
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The Melody of My Summer Music Camp

The sleepy town of Kolobrzeg, known for its beautiful beaches, comes to life every summer as people flock there for all kinds of activities and camps. I first set foot on Kolobrzeg in July 2009 to participate in the 4th European Musical Workshop. I was only 10 years old then, and I fell in…
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Welcome to My Kaleidoscopic World

Hi, my name is Taina, and I am still trying to piece together my growing patchwork of an identity. I was born in Singapore and lived there until moving to Boston for college at age 19 – which was pretty much as far away from home as I could possibly be.
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My Never-ending Exploration

I was born and raised in Singapore. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to travel to various countries and live in different cities, such as Dubai, Delhi and Bombay.
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As a Youth in Singapore

Commonly referred to as the “Little Red Dot”, Singapore has grown from a tiny fishing village to a cosmopolitan hub in the span of fifty short years.
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