Four things in my house that are very American

IMG_3257American breakfast cereal

IMG_3258Giant framed poster of Boston, including Fenway Park (where the Red Sox play baseball)

IMG_3259Bureau or giant US King Bed (because our armoire is overfull)

IMG_3260My 2 year old has her own bedroom (as does the 5 year old)

Four things in my house that are very Singaporean

IMG_3268Elanor’s wall of Mandarin vocabulary cards

IMG_3269Maggi noodles


IMG_3280Gandalf is a Singaporean cat (they naturally have those super short tails)

4 pieces of art I had 4 years ago next to 4 new pieces of  art

IMG_3292Old–Elanor’s birth announcement (near)

New–Rhi’s birth announcement (far)

IMG_3293Old-street scene from New Orleans

New-Boomerang from Australia

IMG_3294Old-visiting the Taj Mahal

New-Rhi’s baby photo shoot and/or Ellie walking on the beach in CA

IMG_3296Old-Poster for Wicked on Broadway, autographed by original cast members

New-Ellie in the water fountain and/or Claire, myself and the girls at the Dinosaur exhibit at ArtScience, and/or Emily, myself, and kids at the zoo for CNY

Also four this past weekend?  The anniversary of our arrival in Singapore.

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3 Responses to Four

  1. Ireen says:

    Love this! Congrats on your 4 yrs here!

  2. Wow, has it really been four years already?! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. 🙂 I do have a question, though: why is it particularly American for the girls to have their own bedrooms? Do Singaporean children co-sleep with their parents?

    • From what I understand, it’s typical for kids to share a room with someone (another child, family member, or the helper) until they’re roughly six. Obviously that will vary by family–my friend K said their nanny slept in her room until her brother was born (I think a four year gap) but then slept in his until age 6. The maid contract specifically notes that an appropriate sleeping place is a young child’s room for this reason.

      That my 2.5 year old has her own room is met most commonly with surprise from Singaporeans.

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