On the way up to Lago di Misurina in the Dolomites near Cortina d'Ampezzo

 

A short note about me...

I lived in Italy for close to nine years, having studied and worked (as well as did some bumming around) before coming back home to Singapore in 1996. It was in Venice that I studied and obtained my Laurea in Architettura as well as a post-graduate specialisation in town and regional planning for developing countries from the prestigious University Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). All this happened after I got my Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) from the then School of Architecture of the National University of Singapore and a year of practical training in Sydney, Australia.

You can probably guess that I love exploring various parts of the world. More than being a tourist, I love to get to know these places well by spending some time in each of them. Besides Venice and Sydney, I lived 6 weeks in Florence studying the Italian language (I have two diplomas), did a month in Ethiopia on a study mission during my post-graduate training, and was in New York City for some 2 months in summer of 2006 attending a course on TV production at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University (where Lee Ang, Spike Lee, and many other famous showbiz personalities have graduated from). And then there are the many, many places around the world which I visited - from Anchorage to Beijing to London (so many times I have lost track!).

But Italy is in my heart, and I still consider Venice my second home. After years of telling my friends to go visit and see the wonders of this beautiful country, I have decided to be a travel consultant and make a really serious effort to show what life in Italy is all about. The culture and history which helped shape the modern world... all just waiting to be experienced and learnt from.

I am also a licenced tourist guide in Singapore, and until recently was working for the Government of Singapore as a town planner for 8 years, but left so that I can pursue this passion of mine.

By the way, just in case you are wondering: my family name is Huang and it comes in front of my name Eu Chai, so my full name is written Huang Eu Chai. Luckily, the Italians use their family names in front as well for formal occasions, so I had no problems with this while I was living there.

This is my name seal, with my surname HUANG on the right and the two characters EU CHAI arranged one above the other on the left

 

Write me if you want to know more about travelling in Italy!

 

 

Couple coming out of restaurant near the Rialto market in Venice
Stepping out into the world

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