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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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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From 20th May – 8th October 2017 the Children’s Biennale is taking over the National Gallery of Singapore. It’s a brilliant celebration of the world of art and creativity all with the young and young at heart in mind. So of course we had to go and see what it’s all about! Typically the words “art gallery” fill me with dread when it comes to the kids. Who finds pleasure in an afternoon spent non-stop shushing and hissing threats at kids with zero appreciation or patience for art? Not me. Someone somewhere knows this feeling oh too well, clearly, because…

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