In memory of “Cousin Jimmy Brown” who died aged 21. He was a member of the British army defending Singapore from the Japanese occupation during World War Two. My Grandfathers cousin, a man known to us only by name and old family photographs. His final resting place and date of death are unknown. But he is remembered on column 101 of the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Kranji War Cemetery is not on most people’s to-do list when visiting Singapore. It’s somewhat out of the way towards the north of the island, and as such isn’t somewhere you…

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In August I was FULL of it. Literally, I quote myself when I say “I think homeschooling might work out better for us this year” (from this blog post). Two months down the line, and the first half of the first term of this school year done and guess what? It’s not working out better for us this year. It’s going okay. But only okay. The kid are happy (the last words muttered by every parent on the edge of sanity). And to be fair to myself, they do seem to be learning something. Not necessarily what I set out…

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Something that I haven’t experienced is having a baby whilst living as an expat. It’s the thought of being a terribly sick pregnant lady, coupled with the idea of not having my parents on standby that fills be with dread. Add to that the reality of being pregnant in Singapore with it’s non-stop sticky Summer in the city vibe, and well, my ankles balloon at just the thought of it. Pregnant ladies of Singapore I take my hat off to you.  Having a baby is such a crazy time – I know a little about this having done it twice,…

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Kusu is a TINY island that makes up part of the Southern Islands, to the south of Singapore. Like so much of Singapore, it’s mostly man made. But it’s the rough and ready, get what you see, younger island sibling to the likes of Sentosa. Kusu is basic, make no mistake of that though. There are toilets (bring your own toilet roll to avoid getting caught out). And plenty of wildlife. But that’s more or less it (aside from a temple, and lots of picnic tables). If you have a day to spare in Singapore, and are keen for an…

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The unplanned mum – The young mum – The unmarried mum – The bottle feeding mum – The PND mum – The attachment parenting mum – The co-sleeping mum – The married mum – The pregnant again mum – The breastfeeding mum – The mum of two under two – The sleep deprived mum – The working mum – The pumping mum – The mum who forgets what day it is – The wife and mum – The dependant pass mum – The stay at home mum – The home schooling mum – The blogging mum I am, and have been, all of these versions of the word m-u-m But I’m never just mum. A…

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