While we were in Hong Kong, I didn’t get a chance to read my usual complement of blogs, and having caught up, I wanted to point you all at some really great posts.
Kirsten from Funny Little World
what it’s like to be Singaporean and trying to buy a home…and why her generation may not be able to do so. (This is especially interesting to me as the propaganda is that SG makes buying a home super easy for citizens, and Ravi and I were blown away by the 1% interest on mortgages at the local bank…the difference between what I thought I knew and what I know now is astounding). Thank you!
The idea that her grandfather, who is in his 80’s has only been able to vote once blows me away. I’ve always made a point of voting since I was 18 (although I didn’t fully understand that I needed to/could register early to vote in the election that happened two weeks after I was 18, which meant I never got to vote for Clinton…sadly). We did a lot of legwork to ensure that we could continue to vote once we moved to Singapore. But even so, I didn’t realize how much I take the right to vote and have a voice in how my country is governed (regardless that I’m often unhappy with the choices of my government).
I had no idea they’d done a shoot here. I’m mostly amused by them, but I like the one with the lion dance prop.
Discusses a recent NYT article about Singapore and Science Education and shares her experiences
As a former teacher, I’ve long heard Singapore held up as a model of education. Living here, I’m a lot more ambivalent about whether or not S’porean methods could be used in the US because the US lacks the family investment in education that you see here. And I question how much additional tuition is healthy.
Pictures like this are why I fell in love with her blog in the first place…as is the way she talks about places, spurring me to go and explore them! My village is now on my list of places to see here in Singapore.
Sam and David in Singapore
Sam was in Massachusetts this past fall and her pictures of Boston are gorgeous, and make me so homesick! (Ok, so it’s not about Singapore, but BOSTON…PICTURES…PRETTY)
I was an expat wife
Shares her experiences with the durian, the most repellent smelling food I’ve ever encountered. Not a new lesson, but one that makes me smile, as it’s one of those things you truly have to experience on your own to appreciate…and very Singaporean.
Proposes some excellent suggestions to fix Singapore’s issues with low birth rate and high cost of child care, along with the issue of foreign labor. As always, I love his satirical take.
Questions the value of Racial Harmony Day.
So I didn’t even know this was a thing. In many ways Singapore is the least racist and most overly racist country I’ve been to. Least in that there seems to be very little overt strife among the races that live in Singapore. Most in the way that foreign domestic workers are treated, and certainly in the way that the government is far more invested in Singaporeans of Chinese descent having more kids than those who are Maylay because they’re worried about upsetting their current racial quotas in the HDB’s and schools. Singapore is incredibly obsessed about race…in the US, Ravi is Asian, or maybe Indian if people are asking in depth…here when we took the census, Indian wasn’t enough…they wanted to know that he is Gujarati.
I never thought I’d appreciate the “no call” list in the US as much I do now.