Category Archives: Culture Shock

The end of an era

We are leaving Singapore. In less than a month. This wasn’t planned. A company head-hunted Ravi, one thing lead to another, and it ended in a job offer that he accepted. We’d hoped the girls and I would follow later–giving … Continue reading

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Changing your address in Singapore

One of the first things I did when we lined up our move was to change our address with Singpost.   I’ve had to go down and follow up with Singpost twice.  The mail isn’t getting forwarded. Which sucks on … Continue reading

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Superstitions–the number 13

Something struck me when I was riding the elevator in my new building—there is a 13th floor. In the US, there is a superstition about the number 13. I actually had to google “why,” as I just knew it as … Continue reading

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“How do you and your kids enjoy life in Singapore?”

I’ve recently been emailing with a potential expat. I had a number of Singaporean expats respond to my emails, answer questions, and generally be a great resource for our move. Some of them are now irl friends (or were and … Continue reading

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US vs Singapore Public Schools—Grading

One of the things I struggle with as a foreign parent is understanding the grading system in Singapore. On one hand, I find the grading system incredibly forgiving. Everything over a 85 is an A? 70-85 is a B? 50-70 … Continue reading

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P1 Culture Shock

Elanor began Primary 1 on Friday. I would love to talk about the experience thus far, but I don’t think that I should just yet because I’m suffering from serious Culture Shock.  This has been a thoroughly unpleasant dive back … Continue reading

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Gender and Work Assumptions (MOE form edition)

To go along with yesterday’s post about the problem of racially based assumptions, today we’re going to talk about gendered assumptions. I took these photos of the P1 registration form I filled out last week.  Along with a zillion other … Continue reading

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