Tag Archives: culture shock

Americanized, sort of

I was listening to Elanor talk in the following video a few days ago and it struck me how thoroughly she has assimilated into the US. By comparison, this is what she sounds like now Elanor has lost every last … Continue reading

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Repatriation

I have two articles over at Sassy Mama Singapore, most likely my last two which saddens me. Another link to Singapore severed. The first is a roundtable discussion with three other moms about repatriation and whether we’d go abroad again. … 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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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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Boston and Singapore are the same place

It occurred to me while home that in some ways, Singapore throughout the year and Boston in winter are the exact same place. Weather The weather is often so extreme that people stay indoors.  In Singapore we complain that it … Continue reading

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You drive on the wrong side of the road and other Reverse Culture Shock Moments

When I first became an expat in 2010, trips home were like a life raft to me.  It was the opportunity to return to a world that made sense to me.  A return to a land where I wasn’t constantly … Continue reading

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Reverse Culture Shock–Where did all these white people come from?

I was torn whether to post this.  Discussing race always has the potential to be offensive, especially coming from a white person.  However, one of my biggest goals for Expat Bostonians has always been to be honest about my expat … Continue reading

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