Alaine Handa

Photo by Pierre Orsander

Hi! My name is Alaine Handa and I’m honored to be chosen to share my globally nomadic life on @WeAreXpats this week. I’m usually at tweeting @AHdancecompany so you can find me there after this week. I’m an adult third culture kid and grew up attending international and American schools in Southeast Asia then went to university in sunny California before embarking on a busy choreographer/dancer/dance educator life in New York City. I returned back to Singapore after New York for a couple years and then moved to Switzerland to get my postgraduate degree in hospitality management. After the program, I did my internship in Brussels and then began my life as a travel, food, wine, and chocolate writer! I’ve worked in performing arts, education, events, F&B, hotels, and of course culinary!

My cookbook “In search of the best Swedish chokladbollar” was published last November and since then it has been a whirlwind promoting the book and meeting so many people who are as excited about chocolate balls as I am. The book is available worldwide online but also in some independent shops in Singapore, Stockholm, Uppsala, and London. In addition to my book, I also still teach dance workshops and choreograph for dance film, solo projects, and other choreographic commissions. In my spare time, I like to cook or bake new recipes, study Swedish, read books, binge on Netflix, workout, improvisational dance, and spend time with my boyfriend, friends, and family.

You can find my blog and online shop at I’m currently splitting my time between Singapore, Sweden, and sometimes Malta. I haven’t listed all the countries I’ve lived in because its quite a long list! Home is not a physical place for me and hasn’t been for a while. It is mostly the memories that I have had and the people I have met. I look forward to interacting with all of you here this week and hopefully after as well!