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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Please note this blog post is sponsored by Bayard Something that it turns out my children miss from home is magazines. We used to let them each choose one magazine every couple of weeks or so to chuck in the trolley with the supermarket shop. Since moving to Singapore we’ve let them have a magazine each once. Just once. And they cost me the best part of $30. I thought they were expensive in England, not so much anymore. And the thing is, I actually quite enjoy kiddie magazines because – and perhaps this says a lot about my ability…

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I don’t know if it was because I had overly high hopes for this place, or because it was quite hot, or because it was Sunday and therefore teeming with other families and tourists, but for us Gardens By The Bay was a bit of a disappointment. Yes, the kiddie area is pretty good- in fact if it wasn’t for the adventure course, tree house play area and water play we would probably swear to never return here. It’s just not (in our opinion) as good as other places to go in Singapore. Having said that, it is probably well…

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There are several upsides to our home schooling adventure, but there are also downsides. The main one, and the one that causes me the most amount of guilt, is the lack of facilities available in our 1200 square foot apartment. We are limited by space, not surprisingly, and our “classroom” is the dining table. It’s a set up that works for the basics – spelling, reading, writing, maths etc – but doesn’t offer us much flexibility for hands on activities, especially science. Ultimately we just don’t have the space, or the storage, for everything that the kids would be exposed…

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