Pivt User Interview Series: Vivian
Hear from real Pivt’ers about their experiences moving and traveling!
Where have you lived?
Singapore, California, London, and now New York City!
Favorite restaurant(s) in your home cities:
Singapore – Any hawker center (selling all kinds of local street food for less than 5 USD!)
London – The Clove Club (gotten really popular these days so book early!), som saa for amazing Thai food (Thai cuisine isn’t even my favourite!), and Barrafina (spanish tapas)
NYC – Momoya, and Joe’s Pizza. Or any NYC pizza – they’re all good!
Must do’s in your home city:
Singapore – eat, eat and eat. Eating is Singapore’s national pastime!
London – Where do I start? I lived there for 2 years and was never bored, not for a single day. Visit the parks, go to festivals in summer, check out every borough – they are all so different and each has its own charm. Oh and lie in the sun whenever you can, it won’t last 😉
NYC – I recently ran the United NYC half marathon, they said it’s the best tour of NYC and they weren’t lying! When else would Times Square shut down for you??
What was the reason for the move?
I moved to London for work, and then to NYC for graduate school! I’m so fortunate to have lived in two of the most amazing cities in the world, and am thankful everyday for it.
What was the most difficult thing to adjust to? How did you tackle it?
Being totally independent! Back home, my family and friends were always a call away whenever I needed something. In Mandarin, there is a saying which directly translates to “At home you depend on your parents, outside you rely on friends.” So being open and making new friends is really important, and be grateful for each and every one of them!
What are some small gestures you did to make your new city feel like home?
Joined a community of fellow Singaporeans. Learned Mum’s recipes and how to cook Singaporean dishes (told you we love to eat).
Do you have any moving hacks you can share?
Choose your first apartment/neighbourhood properly! When you move to a new place, everything can seem overwhelming and the last thing you want is an unsafe neighbourhood/problematic apartment/tiring commute to stress you out.
What do you miss about your old home?
Mum’s cooking! And the efficiency of public transportation. (Here’s looking at you, MTA)