LAURIE MARAVILLA (AKA SPAZ), URBAN STREET ARTIST
From: Manila, the Philippines
In Singapore since: 2010 – I had come for a two-week break. Eleven years on and I'm stilt here.
The last time she travelled home: “January 2020, for a friend's wedding.
What she misses most about it: Manila's creative scene has a very different vibe. Funding is scarce so there's this palpable thirst to create quite literally from a nothing. Over there, we enjoy a different brand of freedom too. And I miss the people.
A side story: I was at the Philippine Embassy to register as a voter for the 2022 National Elections. It didn't have the most efficient system, but I really enjoyed the experience - especially the small talk with the people running the place.
What often gives her away, nationality-wise: I talk too much.
WIWI NGUYEN, MODEL & CAFE OWNER
From: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Here since: “May 2021 – I flew over to join the modelling competition slash-reality TV show Supermodelme and then signed with the agency Mannequin Studio. I've not returned to Vietnam because of the complicated Covid-19 situation there, but I'm enjoying the people and my life here so much, I'd like to stay on longer.
How her home city has shaped her: The diversity, open-mindedness and creativity of the fashion industry in Ho Chi Minh has really influenced me as a person, as well as my style. It's really interesting how the fashion community in the city keeps up with all the international fashion and lifestyle trends. Working in that environment has really inspired me to grow my vision and create cool and meaningful projects.
What everyone should know about it: “Ho Chi Minh City is a lively city that welcomes everyone and everything. The people are always open to changes, great at adapting and never stop transforming. We also have good food, good coffee, good entertainment and good vibes only.
MANASI NAIR, VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS UNDERGRADUATE, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST & MODEL
From: Thiruvalla in Kerala, India
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