It’s some sort of incredible coincidence that as I hit the milestone of 52 weeks* in Singapore, Singapore is celebrating 52 years of independence. I mean, what are the chances? Really?  (*52 weeks being a year of officially living in Singapore. I haven’t actually been in Singapore for a solid 52 weeks. But that’s just details, details) So to celebrate the big five-two, here are 52 things I know now that I didn’t know a year ago…   Expat Life 1.When meeting someone new be prepared to answer the following four questions (they’re all people want to know about you).…

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  Kids and hot days just aren’t the easiest of combinations are they? I’m either slathering mine with factor 50 and watching for any hint of pink. Or I’m trying to calm tired and tetchy moods in the hope of getting something – anything – done that day. Needless to say that since arriving in the tropics our dietary intake of frozen goods has increased considerably. Did you know it is possible to exist entirely off frozen things? Just kidding. It’s probably not advisable. But having a supply of healthy and yummy frozen snacks ready to go in the freezer…

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I know there’s those people who make chocolate brownies so healthy that dust is more calorific. You know the one’s who act like they shit rainbow fairies whilst compulsively instagramming every mouthful. And for those people, I’m really happy for you. But I’m not one of those people. No, no. I don’t like fake anything- people, handbags, food…. in fact anything apart from tan needs to be real. Fake tan I can handle. But fake chocolate brownies? You kidding me? Either give me the real thing or get outta the kitchen. So safe to say, this isn’t a recipe for the…

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This is not a “thing”. This is along the same lines as the Chinese New Year Tree that we have. But you know how it is with these major celebrations, you take traditions, and then you make your own traditions. This might be one of them because despite my best attempts to peel, chop and drink the oranges taking residence in my kitchen, I just can’t do it all. This is the cold turkey sandwiches of Chinese New Year. Except it’s about a million times tastier. It really is so delicious and could be made more festive with sprinkles of…

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If you find yourself living under a deluge of oranges during Chinese New Year fear not. Oranges, tangerines, and satsumas are some of the most common foodstuffs around at this time of year, and it’s all thanks to their association with wealth and good luck in Chinese tradition. The word orange sounds a lot like the Chinese word for wealth and tangerine sounds a lot like the Chinese word for luck, so you know there’s really no excuse not to have a ton in the house. Not to mention the colour orange being associated with good fortune. There’s three good…

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