Singapore Salvation By Jennifer Burge

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Jennifer Burge's second travel adventure.

6.15pm Thursday December 3
FREE event with complimentary refreshments

Mary Ryan’s, 40 Park Rd, Milton
Please RSVP to the bookshop on 3510 5000

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.

Jennifer Burge grew up on the Lake Erie shore near Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating from Ohio State University in 1994, she dreamed of living and working in Europe. Her wish came true as her career in IT project management moved her to Germany in 2001 and then to the Netherlands in 2002. In 2007, Jennifer relocated to Singapore where she worked as an IT contractor. She traveled extensively throughout Asia and began writing destination pieces for The Guide magazine (Vietnam). Realising that others who sought to work overseas could benefit from her first-hand experience and perhaps avoid painful lessons, Jennifer began writing her memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs, in 2009.

Her next move took her to Australia in 2011 where she returned to consulting before taking the leap to full-time writing in 2012. In 2013 she became a full member of the Australian Authors’ Society and her first memoir was published in late 2014. Singapore Salvation, the sequel based on her adventures in Asia, will be released in December 2015. Jennifer lives in north Brisbane and works full-time writing and speaking in the importance of cultural understanding in a global society. She is a columnist for and provides insight on world destinations and cultures on her website:
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