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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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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In a way the suggestion that I’m raising third culture kids seems a strange one. Singapore doesn’t feel vastly different to any city we’ve ever lived in. Well, apart from the climate, living in an apartment and having a swimming pool. But in terms of the lifestyle itself, it can feel like a bit of a stretch to say Finn and Clara are third culture kids. Expat brats, sure, but third culture kids? I don’t know. A TCK (that’s third culture kid to you and I), has been described by sociologist David C Pollock as: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK)…

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