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I’m Melissa, so glad you found me. I am not easy to pin down. I could be absolutely anywhere in the world with the amount of travel I do each year. I am a solo female travel blogger and have been living an expat lifestyle for a number of years. Locations I have lived and worked in are Singapore, Sydney Perth, London and Vancouver. I have done this completely on my own. It is an expensive and complicated game gaining employment overseas. After all why would they pay for my visa when they have citizens in their own country?!….. Well I can teach you tricks and tips I overcame  to gain employment in dream locations.

Life has not always been easy for me. Coming from a working class background where we didn’t have luxuries at hand, travel seemed like it was out of our reach. We never went overseas and instead holidayed in my home country of England.

The thought of ever working overseas was never even on my radar.  I remember seeing Hollywood celebrities holidaying in locations such as

Saint- Tropez.  ”Mum I want to go there when I am older.”  I smiled.

”Don’t be silly only rich people go there. We’ll never be able to  afford to visit there.”

With that said I put travel to the back of my mind. But that fire was reignited when my brother passed away suddenly at 24years old. He too had dreams of traveling abroad but unfortunately he didn’t get to live out those dreams.

Now knowing life was too short, I promised nothing would stop me living my dreams and the life I wanted to lead. Travelling the world was my healing and my brother was the momentum for this blog. I then had my own health scare last year where I contracted a Tropical Virus which put me in a wheelchair and left me fighting for my life. I am still recovering and physically in pain daily.

I have had some dark days and when you get on that cycle it is easy to be sucked into a whirlwind and bury yourself there. I am extremely happy and thankful and give praise every day for the people in my life and the things I can do. I am so grateful for the time I spent with  my brother and for the energy and zest for life he had, which has rubbed off on me.

‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’  Statistically I am not supposed to be one of life’s success stories. But with meditation, discipline and faith. I will succeed in anything I put my mind to.

Follow me and I will show you how to succeed in your Expat Travel Dreams.


Isaiah 40:31 ”But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not get weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”





2 thoughts on “About Page

  1. Radikeleko Tladi says:

    Dear MELISSA

    I am considering working in Singapore and would like to get your advice with regards to being African in that specific Asian country.

    I would love to hear of how the ordinary citizens of Singapore treated you – being black yourself!

    Where there any incidences of racism or was there any sort of dread of your presence around.

    Are the people of Singapore informed of different cultures and people or are they as conservative as they come?

    How were your relations with the Singaporeans and were they equally respectful?

    And are there any stereotypes that the Singaporeans hold about black people, Africans in particular

    I’m from South Africa and would love to hear from you again.

    Yours sincerely
    Radikeleko Tladi
    (PS please be truthful and transparent)

    • risetv1@gmail.com says:

      Hello Radikeleko, I would say come out here and work if you have the opportunity. Singapore is more multicultural than most Asian countries so I have heard. I haven’t been anywhere else in Asia to be honest. Out here black people are known as brown. It is not a racist term it is just the term that is used. Minorities here are white and black. The majority are Chinese, Malay, Indian and of course Singaporean. I find that people really are not that bothered in my every day outings. I don’t feel like I get stared at by the Singaporeans. I do get stared a lot by Indian construction workers.
      A lot of people are more curious about my hair and why my skin is brown if I am from England. Singaporeans especially the younger generation are pretty well travelled and a lot of them are educated overseas so have experienced other cultures.
      Singaporeans are very respectful……experiences of racism will be found everywhere in every country. Have I personally encountered racism here in Singapore ….. Yes I have. I talk about it on my video vlog. Which is on my youtube channel.
      I work in education and unfortunately there is a strong belief that if you are Western and white you are a better teacher than someone who is of colour. I was however forewarned about this before jumping on a plane. I hope this helps in your decision making.

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