Category Archives: customs

Question Time–Mail related

I have a question– Does Singpost not forward mail? We have lived in our current apartment for 2 1/2 years and still get mail addressed to a previous resident.  I’ve written does not live here and put it back in … Continue reading

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Reverse Culture Shock

After driving on the left side of the road for the past seven or so months, I have had to focus and think hard about being on the right side of the road again.  I found myself wailing to anyone … Continue reading

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Singapore Vs Us–Men and Kids

It is indisputable that Singaporeans LOVE children.  My girls are subject to a near-constant stream of attention and praise (and occasionally getting their photos taken by total strangers).  But it isn’t just from women, it’s from men as well. In … Continue reading

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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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