Singapore Salvation

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)



Singapore, shining example of modernity and development in Asia? Or “Disneyland with the Death Penalty”?

I was ready to leave Europe, but knew nothing about Asian culture. Landing in Singapore was a crash course. Learning the difference between North Americans and Europeans was kindergarten compared to East meeting West. I’d left my job just before the grand entrance of the Global Financial Crisis, and Singapore was fiercely protecting its own. I was no longer branded with a corporate identity and I wasn’t anyone’s mother. Not only did my external landscape undergo a radical transformation, my internal one was left in ashes. I had to go looking for it in Tokyo, Cambodia, Vietnam, and New Zealand − places I never expected to find myself. When I did, no one was more surprised than I.



Read the unvarnished truth about the expat lifestyle in Singapore Salvation.

The “extremely entertaining” Jennifer Burge understands the challenges of life abroad. A professional trailblazer with a wanderlust affliction, she refused to give up after documenting the pitfalls of taking her career from the United States to Europe in her first memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs. Instead, the story continues where we left her–in the Netherlands on the eve of her move to Singapore. On arrival, she is confounded by the subtle complexity of Asian cultures, her understanding of local tradition is a mirage, appearing and disappearing with each new interaction.

Moving to Southeast Asia when the rigidity of European life began to wear on her seemed to be the perfect solution. A sophisticated modern condo in the heart of a developing nation was the answer to her prayers—or so she thought. The entrance of the Global Financial Crisis compounded the already-challenging international job search to an unprecedented level. Living in her fourth country without her professional status or a peer network leaves Jennifer to question her identity. Solo travel across Asia allows her to create an authentic one.

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5 out of 5 stars, A Great Read!  By H. Albrecht on February 18, 2016  – “If you have been working abroad and lived amongst different cultures yourself – this is a must read. Jennifer manages to carry the reader closely with her, watching sometimes seemingly ordinary situations which often turn out to be a well reflected character of a cultural distinctiveness. Through Jennifer’s eyes you get the chance to learn so much more about a country than you would ever get from a travel guide. Often you can’t help but think “That’s exactly what I’ve experienced myself”, like not knowing how to fill your days after relocation, not knowing how to get back into business or to be simply overwhelmed by other Expat’s attitudes. A truly gripping story. It is always fun to follow Jennifer’s trips and her insightful travel tips. I wonder what she is writing about after Australia.”  ~ Germany
 5.0 out of 5 stars Travels and life trials spark inspiriation  By K. Stahl on January 23, 2016  – Singapore Salvation is a wonderfully descriptive and insightful book. It is not only a insider guide to travel in Asia, but also a heartfelt narrative of a marriage tested by the strains of employment and international moves. I found myself constantly looking up the places that Jennifer describes traveling to because of the awe inspiring stories. A must read for any world traveler or stay at home dreamer.” ~ USA

5.0 out of 5 stars  From the outside the expat life may appear to be glamorous and oh so easy. It is far from it!  By R.R. Marinelli on January 17, 2016  – “Singapore Salvation tells it as it is. From the outside the expat life may appear to be glamorous and oh so easy. It is far from it. The author shares her personal experiences to give an honest account of what lies beneath the surface of this much desired lifestyle.” ~ Australia

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story of a strong woman exploring the Far East on December 2, 2015  – “This book has taken me through the mysterious cultures of the Far East. The stories have awaken my curiosity and wish to travel in those countries that the writer has visited. I had real difficulty to take a break while reading, I wanted to read on and to discover the Singapore story further and further. A truly fantastic book that I can recommend to anyone and I can’t wait to read the next book!” ~ The Netherlands

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Asian Travel Memoir – Publication Date: December 3rd, 2015

ISBN (print) 978-0-9942449-2-5

ISBN (ebook) 978-0-9942449-3-2

3 reviews for Singapore Salvation

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo Sudore

    Another great read from Jennifer! She shares an honest view of her travels throughout Asia – the good and the bad – along with her trials and tribulations of living – and coping – in Singapore. You easily get a good sense of what she had to deal with and how she managed to get along — thankfully, everything ended on a high note as she ends up in Australia — I’m looking forward to the next in her series! Great job Jennifer!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Russell

    The author has done it again! Her writing style makes you feel like you are right next to her taking in all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of these exotic destinations. She also gives us the insight into her internal and external struggles of trying to work and live within the confines of a different culture and trying to determine what she truly desires!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


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