Who, What and Why?

Who, What and Why?

Who are we, What is The Pig Will Fly about and Why are we writing it?  All good questions I hope to answer.


My wife (Shelia), daughter (Ashlyn) and I (Drew) are originally from the United States; however, we have been living and travelling overseas for many years.  While I was fortunate to have experienced living in The Netherlands during my early twenties, it wasn’t until 2009 that we decided to embark on the adventure as a family.  It all began when I was offered a position in Singapore.

Philip Island, Australia

As a family, we discussed the opportunity and decided to take the plunge.  Looking back, I can honestly say that we haven’t regretted the choice one bit.  While there have been challenges along the way, the positives (98%) have outweighed the negatives (2%).  After more than half-a-decade in Singapore, we were offered the opportunity to move to Moscow, Russia.  Again, we discussed it as a family and decided the change of scenery would do us good.  Moscow would offer us the opportunity to explore Europe; in the same manner we used Singapore as a base to travel throughout Asia-Pacific.


Well….the What is a bit less defined.  The Pig Will Fly will cover a large range of topics.  Obviously, we will cover travel; however, I suspect we will also throw in a mix of food, personal finance, product recommendations and miscellaneous other stuff.  At this early stage, it is hard to say what all will be discussed but I can assure you the topics of politics and religion will not come up.


In Chapter Two of his book, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell writes, “A Maven is a person who has information on a lot of different products or prices or places. This person likes to initiate discussions with consumers and respond to requests … they like to be helpers in the marketplace. They distribute coupons. They take you shopping. They go shopping for you … This is the person who connects people to the marketplace and has the inside scoop on the marketplace.”

The Why….I guess we see ourselves as “mavens”.  We enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience (good and bad) with others.  I will mention that I have noticed in the past that our advice is not “one size fits all”.  This is due to the fact that we are sometimes willing to do things (like move to Moscow) that other people are not.  As a result, our advice comes with a consumer warning:  Apply at your own risk, result may vary.

So, please enjoy the blog and check back often for new posts.  Also, if you are wondering where we got the name, check out the “About Us” page for the story.