Category Archives: customs

Then there are days like today….

My friend Jessica was somewhat prophetic during a conversation we had within the past six months.  We were discussing expat life, and she turned to me and said “the third year is the hardest.”  I wasn’t so sure, but I … Continue reading

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Culture Shock-Bathrooms

In the US, every single men’s and women’s bathroom has an accessible stall in it (minus super small restaurants/bars and such).  If you’re a parent out with a stroller, you use these. In Singapore, with very few exceptions, there is … Continue reading

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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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What do I love about SG that has NOTHING to do with my children?

I met a new friend a few days ago while Ellie was in school.  We had a wonderful conversation, and I look forward to hanging out with her again.  But she asked a question that threw me…”What do you love … Continue reading

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River Hong Bao

River Hong Bao is a major event each year in Singapore over Chinese New Year. Its stated goals are Promote the celebration of Lunar New Year and the appreciation of its culture and traditions so as to deepen family ties … Continue reading

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Chinatown in Singapore gets ready for Chinese New Year

Before we headed back to Boston, I made a quick dash to Chinatown to pick up a few gifts.  I made a point of waiting until after Christmas, so I could be sure that the CNY decorations would be up. … Continue reading

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7 Links Blog Project

18 months, 340 posts….it all comes down to 7 I’ve just been invited by Kirsten of Funny Little World to participate in ‘The 7 Links Blog Project‘. For this project, bloggers from all over the world make a list of … Continue reading

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Singaporean kids–kept closer and then freed sooner than American kids?

As the mom of a young child, my initial experiences with the more Singaporean approach to parenting have all been with younger children. Children here are rarely put down–I noted before that I almost never see a baby in a … Continue reading

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Pink Dot 2011

Official Pink Dot 2011 Video Saturday was a busy day for our family.  We began with a hospital tour, which I’ll talk about in tomorrow’s post.  I felt very poorly in the afternoon and was worried that I’d have to … Continue reading

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