Passionate expat buddy and travel designer

Curiosity is in my blood

I was 41 days old when I travelled on a plane for the first time. Is that when the seed for my wanderlust was planted? You might say that.

Being expats themselves, my parents took me with them on their travels throughout all of Asia. My father worked for years in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. His personal driver would take me to certain locations most tourists didn’t know about and let me try exotic street food. Additionally, my mother worked as a travel guide in Japan. I would join her on group trips, or sometimes stay with her Japanese friends in Tokyo.

All this travel at such a young age gave me unique and valuable insights into daily life. As a result, I was fascinated endlessly by cultural traditions and unusual customs, manners, religious rituals and local specialties.

Curiosity leads you down new paths.

Walt Disney

Off to the Netherlands

Exploring western culture

My mother went to live in the Netherlands, and, when I was 12, I followed her. I was in love with travel stories and other cultures. Having read many captivating stories about children my age, living in different cultures, I was intrigued what it would be like to live in another country. Therefore, I decided to make the move. To experience the cultural differences for myself. What a switch – from the vibrant global city of Singapore to the small, rural town of Goes.

Fortunately, I hardly experienced any culture shock. Within a year I spoke Dutch and enjoyed typical hearty Dutch food like haring, Dutch pea soup and stroopwafels. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Zeeland landscape and Dutch holidays such as Sinterklaas and Queen’s Day (now King’s Day). However, I was never quite able to get used to Babi Pangang. The Dutch-Chinese-Indonesian fusion dish. Crispy deep-fried pork served with a tomato-based sauce. It reminds me of wallpaper paste.

Experienced expat buddy

A backpack well-stocked with experiences

My thirst for new experiences had remained unquenched. As a teenager I was active in promoting indie and underground bands, having also organised exchange projects with bands from different countries. A great way to connect with all manner of cultures and nationalities.

When it came time to choose a career path, I started working at international companies in the financial and oil and gas sectors, with people from different (business) cultures and nationalities. Since my start in these varied international environments, I have been thriving because I am highly fascinated by how different cultures and nationalities work together. I love how I can apply my skills and experience such as project management, planning and logistics from the corporate world to my current job as an expat buddy and travel designer.

Whether you need support when settling in in Rotterdam or assistance while travelling abroad, I’m your home away from home.

The biggest adventure you can ever take
is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

Memorable moments

Recollections of trips around the world

Each time I travel, I gain a fresh perspective on life, and that’s what I strive to create for my clients as well. I experience every trip again when I recall those priceless special memories. When I close my eyes, I can almost…

  • taste the delicious Fried Hokkien Prawn Mie from the food stall in Singapore.
  • smell the incense burning in the Senso-ji temple in Tokyo.
  • hear the roar of the Colorado River as it rushes along the Grand Canyon.
  • see the ever-impressive Canadian Rockies looming up ahead me for the first time.
  • feel small and insignificant in the rugged volcanic landscape of Iceland.

Let me sparkle up your journey.

Ling Chan

Everything starts with a spark

Why I have the best job in the world

For me, everything comes together in the work I now do. I found my ikigai.
It is my heart’s desire to share my creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge and experiences with you, my client. To help you the way I would like to be helped myself. Working together, we can bring your relocation and travel plans into reality.

Whether you’re going on a trip or are coming to live and work in Rotterdam; SparkLing One is ready to take you on an unforgettable journey!

Trees, the earth’s lungs

As far as I’m concerned, travel is an essential part of life. The trips I have made have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am a big supporter of sustainable tourism and nature conservation. A tree is a special gift. Trees care of us, and that’s why we should care for the trees in return. To do our part for a greener planet, I will donate one tree for each trip booked and for each expat guided by SparkLing One. By hiring me you contribute to a better world.

Trees for All is the only supplier in the Netherlands with the CBF – the Netherlands Fundraising Regulator – stamp of approval, which empowers CO2 compensation through sustainable (re)forestation projects. Trees for All invests only in projects that comply with the ‘Triple M’: mens, milieu, meerwaarde (people, environment, added value). Like more information? Go to www.treesforall.nl.