Category Archives: Culture Shock

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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Her mother tongue isn’t Tamil

***A quick note of explanation before I get into the post.  English is the language of instruction in Singapore.  However, all students must take a second language–called a Mother Tongue  (henceforce I’ll refer to it as MT) language.*** I recently … Continue reading

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P1 Registration—It’s over. Someone get me a drink.

It’s over. She got in. Alcohol.  Now.  Please. At the advice of my friends K and P, I waited until the final day to register Elanor.  This means I’ve spent the last few days monitoring numbers and feeling nervous, but … Continue reading

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Why I’m choosing Singapore’s Public Schools

  The Primary 1 registration dates have been released by the Ministry of Education.  Knowing that I’ll be queueing on July 30, 2014 to register Elanor for P1 makes everything more real.  As this is not a common experience, I’m … Continue reading

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How do they say “hello” in your language?

One of the more awkward questions I’m asked in the US is some variation on “What language do they speak in Singapore?”  It’s actually a perfectly understandable question, and something I might ask if I didn’t know much about a … Continue reading

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(Almost) 4 years later, watching a video of my “first impressions” of Singapore

I was reviewing some of my first blog posts when I stumbled upon this gem of a video. Text of the video is italicized, my reactions to watching this 4 years later are in bold. So I’m at, like, one … Continue reading

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