From 20th May – 8th October 2017 the Children’s Biennale is taking over the National Gallery of Singapore. It’s a brilliant celebration of the world of art and creativity all with the young and young at heart in mind. So of course we had to go and see what it’s all about! Typically the words “art gallery” fill me with dread when it comes to the kids. Who finds pleasure in an afternoon spent non-stop shushing and hissing threats at kids with zero appreciation or patience for art? Not me. Someone somewhere knows this feeling oh too well, clearly, because…

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Please note this blog post is sponsored by Bayard Something that it turns out my children miss from home is magazines. We used to let them each choose one magazine every couple of weeks or so to chuck in the trolley with the supermarket shop. Since moving to Singapore we’ve let them have a magazine each once. Just once. And they cost me the best part of $30. I thought they were expensive in England, not so much anymore. And the thing is, I actually quite enjoy kiddie magazines because – and perhaps this says a lot about my ability…

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I’d like to think I have always been fairly honest when talking about my struggle to adjust to expat life. I haven’t ever tried to sugar coat it, nor have I deliberately been negative about it. I’ve tried to share – some would say overshare – the up’s and down’s of life once the dust settles. Some have embraced the conversation, others have set out to completely invalidate my feelings. I’ve been on the receiving end of an onslaught of comments, messages, and tweets from people who have actively taken time out of their day to let me know that I…

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Here we go. A snap election has been called and suddenly social media is on fire with pseudo-political statements from people who are just a little bit bored of the same-old conversations, broken promises and gurning grins from the folk in charge. For the most part I’m not a particularly political person, I vote, and I watch all the debates with a glass of wine and bag of Doritos, but that’s about as riled up as I tend to get. I’m part of the generation that grew up watching Tony Blair take us into a war nobody seemed convinced about,…

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I don’t know if it was because I had overly high hopes for this place, or because it was quite hot, or because it was Sunday and therefore teeming with other families and tourists, but for us Gardens By The Bay was a bit of a disappointment. Yes, the kiddie area is pretty good- in fact if it wasn’t for the adventure course, tree house play area and water play we would probably swear to never return here. It’s just not (in our opinion) as good as other places to go in Singapore. Having said that, it is probably well…

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There are several upsides to our home schooling adventure, but there are also downsides. The main one, and the one that causes me the most amount of guilt, is the lack of facilities available in our 1200 square foot apartment. We are limited by space, not surprisingly, and our “classroom” is the dining table. It’s a set up that works for the basics – spelling, reading, writing, maths etc – but doesn’t offer us much flexibility for hands on activities, especially science. Ultimately we just don’t have the space, or the storage, for everything that the kids would be exposed…

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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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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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In one of those conversations with my five year old, I had asked him where is he from. Simple enough question. I half expected him to be a little smart arse and say something about my tummy etc, when it was obvious in the context of the conversation I meant where in the world is he from (and not in an exasperated way). Is he British as per his current passport status? Is he Irish as per his paternal heritage? Or European if we include his maternal heritage? Is he from England, as that’s where he was born and we…

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Just because, you know, there’s one or two misconceptions about the expat wife life… What people think I do: I have a glorious lie in every morning because that’s what people who don’t have an office job do. In my defence, I did wake up at an entirely unsociable time already this morning to kiss my darling husband goodbye and wish him a good day at work, and to ensure that our children leave the building hand in hand with our helper ready for school. She’s a godsend and completely understands how exhausting I find this humidity and heat, and…

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