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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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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It’s a crazy concept isn’t it really, a cat cafe? It’s just something else we have to thank this decade for. Up until approximately 11am this morning cat cafes were firmly categorised in my head under “slightly weird stuff” and “very London”. Insert eye roll and northern tut sound here. Well, look at me now! There is, as my mother would say, nothing worse than a convert. The mathematics is very simple. Insta-friendly cats + a full cafe menu + lounging around on the floor + a quiet, calm environment = an excellent antidote to life And so cat cafe’s…

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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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I’ve recently watched a film called Remittance. You won’t see it advertised at your local cinema. You won’t see glossy posters with the names of famous actors at the top. Remittance is a tale of foreign domestic workers in Singapore. It’s a tale of truths from two hundred or so foreign domestic workers already in Singapore. And it is, for want of a better word, heart-breaking. I won’t spoil the film for anyone, but there are moments that are so clearly based on personal experience you forget you’re watching the tears of budding actresses. The budding actresses you see on…

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