Last week Huff Post published Independent Dependant. I knew that this would be opening myself up for public ridicule online, I knew that there would be some people who would go out of their way to deliberately be offended by it, and I knew there would be a small number of people who would contact me directly to tell me so. For the most part I’m not arsed. The handful of comments, tweets and messages is a drop in the ocean compared to the thousands of likes, loves, thanks and understanding. But there was one theme that kept cropping up…

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In a turning of the tables, I have been asked by the lovely Claire of My Theory on Blooming to answer a few questions about being an expat (you may recall that Claire featured as our very funny and insightful January expatter on The Expat Mama meets…). So this is a conversation that originates on Instagram, and I’ll be tagging more expats on there to (hopefully) keep the conversation going, remember to tag me back though so I can link up to your answers! You can find me on Insta at @theexpatmama (of course!)   So, here goes….   Where…

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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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