Jamie L.T. Mapa is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Singapore. A native New Yorker raised under the influence of the Filipino “big fork and spoon,” Mapa brings a unique perspective to the southeast Asian food and social scene. She graduated from New York University and has honed her investigative and writing skills at ABC News, in addition to freelance writing on Asian sociopolitical topics. While Singapore is her base, Mapa often visits the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Interests outside of travel include dance, baking, running along the Singapore River and a never-ending quest to find the perfect slice of pizza in the Far East.