I’m terrible when it comes to sleep. I blame motherhood. And my husbands snoring. And the constant noise of traffic in Singapore. At home (the UK), I sleep with two duvets piled on top of me, but with the windows open. There’s barely a sound from outside, and the fresh sea air guarantee’s us all a decent sleep. However, if we were to sleep with the windows open here it would be like sleeping at the side of a motorway, the flying wildlife of Singapore’s East Coast would come and join us uninvited, and the “fresh sea air” would…

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You don’t move to the other side of the world and a year later still have the same friends. You gain some, and you lose others. That’s just how it is. And obviously moving to the other side of the world is a factor specific to expat life. But actually, when you think about it, some friendships evolve and grow whatever the circumstances of life, and other friendships fizzle away to unfamiliarity no matter how hard you try. Since moving to Singapore I’ve found the changing dynamic of friendships to be magnified. At home I have a core group of…

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  It’s quite the buzzword of the moment isn’t it? Privilege. Not without good reason, of course. But the ongoing events in America have raised some really important questions about our lives as expats. Our privileged, white lives filled with opportunity.   Privilege Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin privilegium ‘bill or law affecting an individual’, from privus ‘private’ + lex, leg- ‘law’. Noun  A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group Taken from Oxford Dictionary   It’s impossible to escape, or even lessen, the glaringly obvious example of privilege…

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  Planning a schedule for homeschooling can feel completely overwhelming. I know. I didn’t make a plan last year, I winged it from day to day, week to week. And it really showed. This year I have a new found determination not to fail at the first hurdle and to actually take control of the homeschooling situation. For this to be a success however, planning ahead is vital.   Decide On Your Schedule Honestly I cannot emphasise this point enough. I made a huge error last year in not deciding on a schedule and implementing it. Trust me, you need…

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  When I first embarked on this homeschooling journey I admitted to being somewhat reluctant, but really I was just totally overwhelmed. Completely out of my depth in a way I have never been before. I didn’t know where to start, or who to ask for help and support. Whilst not being the mainstream way to educate kids, for a family that travels it’s actually an incredibly practical solution. Practical in that it’s cheap (compared to international schooling), and free of traditional schedules that would make travelling tricky. However it does require a little (or a lot) of creativity on…

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