Category Archives: Third Culture Kids

“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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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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“Am I Black or White?”

August 19th–I was sitting at my laptop when Elanor came over, dressed in her gymnastics uniform.  I glanced up, half hoping I could finish my tweet or my facebook comment–or whatever it was I was doing–before she was ready to … 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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Gong Xi Fa Cai (2014)

A happy and prosperous New Year to you all. Of all the Year of the Horse greetings that have shown up on my FB feed, this was my favorite.  The artist is Eric Carle, who was the author and artist … Continue reading

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The Uncomfortable Truth about Toys in Singapore

Around this time of year I start spending a lot of time at toy stores; Rhi’s second birthday is in October, Ellie turns five in November, and both girls get Christmas gifts.  Before I actually went shopping, I began to … Continue reading

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Lapped

Defining oneself as an expat (at least to me) implies some level of transience.   Sometimes it’s a month (as my time in France as a student was), and sometimes it’s years.  But you always have the intention of going home…eventually.  … Continue reading

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