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This is my 500th post at Expat Bostonians. I began the blog on March 8th, 2010; 2 years, 2 months and 9 or 10 days (depending on how you count the time difference) ago.  A blog seemed like the logical … Continue reading

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Ways that living in Singapore has changed me…

I thought tomorrow (the 19th) was our 2 year anniversary here in Singapore, but according to this post, it was today.  Which highlights nicely how quickly time flies, how unreliable memory is, and how crap I am at basic skills … Continue reading

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Stuff I wish I hadn’t brought to Singapore…

Ravi left Boston for Singapore to start work on March 27th, 2010.  Elanor and I left Boston on April 17th (Ravi came back around the 10th to help with last minute transition-y stuff).  Which means we are approaching our two … Continue reading

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The best spam comment EVER

I get some amount of spam on this blog on a regular basis (it’s why I hold a first comment from every visitor, but once you have an approved comment, your comments *should* just be approved).  Today I got the … Continue reading

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My tale of laptop woe grows

When last I blogged, I shared that my iBook had suffered a sudden demise, and that I was girding my loins to deal with the “Certified Applecare Repair Center” near my home. What followed was both comedic gold and entirely … Continue reading

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I’m really immature

I’m a big fan of Time Out Singapore.  It’s a monthly guide magazine that helps you find things to do around Singapore.  If you’ve ever visited New York or London, you’re probably familiar with them.  I finally got around to … Continue reading

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The Singapore Basic Theory Driving Test…my archnemesis

I have no one to blame but myself. I knew that as a foreigner I had 12 months to take and pass the Basic Theory Driving Test to convert my license without also needing to the take the Final Theory … Continue reading

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Hong Kong-New Town Plaza (including Snoopy World)

Once we arrived in Hong Kong, the rest of our first day was devoted to tracking down local sim cards with data plans (which allowed Ravi and I to maintain internet access on our respective smartphones–god forbid we miss a … Continue reading

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What do I do when the power goes out, and other questions I forgot to ask…

It was freakishly quiet when I woke. And too warm. Why wasn’t the air conditioning on? My sleepy brain tried to make sense of whatever it was that had woken me.  Was the power off, or was the zombie apocalypse … Continue reading

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My next few months…

I saw the orthopedic surgeon today. Let me begin by saying I’m extremely lucky.  I’ve been reading up on broken ankles, and as someone who has a break, but didn’t experience displacement of the bone, my recovery will be much … Continue reading

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