A couple of night’s ago, as Karl and I were lying on the sofa mentally high-fiving ourselves for another successful day in the parenthood, we were interrupted by the inconsolable wails of our three year old daughter from her bedroom. He thought she was singing, I thought she was laughing. Either way we were going in there because this child was supposed to be asleep. Hours ago. But no, she was red in the face, damp from snot and tears, and hugging her teddy so tightly. For the first time in this entire expat journey she was expressing emotions. Through…

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So yesterday was the big day. My anniversary, as Mariah would say. Twenty nine years of being me. I was pretty stuck on what to do to celebrate the warm up event to my thirtieth next year, and then the lovely people at Silent Disco Asia got in contact and my birthday was suddenly a family affair of light up headphones, cheesy tunes and crazy dancing. Which, by the way, is exactly the kind of thing I wanted to do to mark the last year of my twenties. And, for complete transparency, this is a sponsored blog post in that…

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Living eleven floors up we don’t have a garden, obviously, but we do have a balcony and that’s as good as it gets for most of the citizens of Singapore in terms of our own outdoor space. A balcony is still plenty of room to create a little haven for green and growth though, and it needn’t be an expensive or time consuming hobby. Singapore’s climate is perfect to see quick returns on your planted seeds, so even the most impatient of kiddies (or adults) will be rewarded in no time. I’ve blogged about mosquito repelling plants already, but these…

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Nothing in life is free, or so they say, and so these day out ideas do have a small cost attached, but in Singapore terms they’re as good as free. Being a stay at home mama with two kiddies of school age (ish) does mean that we try and have some educational value to trips out, but ultimately we want to go out and about and have some major fun. All our outings are accompanied by at least one scooter and usually a pushchair, so we do get to try out every lift and the ramp access wherever we go, although…

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Eleven thousand one hundred and ninety-two kilometres. The distance from Dublin to Singapore; at least in physical terms. In truth, it has been much further. When Emily and I discussed this post, we thought it might be interesting to look at expat life from the working partner’s perspective. After all, the partner’s career is usually the primary reason we have all jumped on a plane to far flung fields. I won’t presume to speak for others but can hopefully shed some light on how it feels to be on this side of the expat adventure. I grew up in a small…

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