Presents have been sent. Presents have arrived. The air miles of this Christmas – factoring in food, drinks, pressies etc – is almost not worth thinking about. But it’s our first one in Singapore, and I’m determined that it will still feel like Christmas. Even if our snow is fake as we bask in tropical temperatures, and “Christmas drinkies” are frozen and poolside. Airports. Because…expat life. You’re always coming, or going, or saying hello, or saying goodbye. Plus everything costs loads. You need small change for just about everything from parking per minute at the drop off area to a…

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As it’s almost December, we can talk gifts, right? And if you’re anything like me, Christmas is ALL about the kids…so we’ve scrolled through the ENTIRE* world wide web and found some ACE buys for the youngest of intrepid travellers.  There’s so much mass produced rubbish out there, so I’ve tried REALLY hard to find gift ideas that support the indie’s and thoughtful giving whilst also being easy on the finances. Happy Christmas shopping! *not factually accurate but the number of tabs I have open right now, it feels like I’ve read all of the internet. Simply For Flying My…

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I don’t know if it’s because we’re in Singapore for Christmas. Or if it’s because we’re avoiding the deluge of nursery and school festive crafts. But I’m REALLY up for getting a little more creative, and thoughtful, this year with the kiddies in the countdown to Christmas. And I know November is EARLY to start cracking out the red, green and sparkles but accounting for international shipping dates, the entire Christmas process has had to be brought forward. But I absolutely love this time of year, so no complaints here! If you have young(ish) kids and want to send something…

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We’re not going home for Christmas this year. We’re staying at home instead. You see what I did there? We’re grounded this year. That is, we’re unable / unwilling to fly the seven thousand or so miles to reunite us with extended family for the festivities. Instead we’ll be here in Singapore, enjoying our first tropical Christmas with good friends. Poolside cocktails and all. So, in a big way, we ARE at home for Christmas. It hasn’t been the easiest decision to come to, but ultimately it’s the right one. And the more I think about it, the more it…

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Just another list of all* the things I miss about home right now because Singapore is still hot and sweaty (it always is), and the world of Facebook has turned to Autumn without me… *some The nights drawing in The smell of bonfires and fireworks lingering in the air Woolly jumpers Woolly hats Woolly scarves The moment the central heating gets turned back on Changing of the clocks Ready Brek Welly boots Spiders (KIDDING, obviously) Feeding the ducks Crumpets Antiques Roadshow Stew and dumplings Dressing in layers Opaque tights Dark manicures The first evening the fire is lit Crunchy leaves…

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