Square One, Plus Two

Back to square one. Currently living with my parents, with no intention to stray particularly far away. Twelve years, two children and countless house moves / long journeys / timezones later and I'm firmly rerooting in the one place I swore I'd never come back to. Oh life. How you test me sometimes. But as it turns out I needed to see more of the world to realise where my world is. And it's right here. Back in the old stomping ground…

Read More
Goodbye Summer, Hello Reality

Summer 2018. The endless days. The quickest months. When we arrived back in England the country was firmly in the grip of a heat wave with World Cup and Love Island hysteria dominating every newschannel in existence (seemingly, anyway). And now it's late August and, apparently, Autumn. But we've managed two months of delicious summer when usually we'd only get treated to a couple of days of it...I'm FAR from complaining. But with the end of this glorious spell comes reality. We're in England. It's getting colder / windier / wetter / darker. And we're here to stay.

Read More
Small Big Dreamers: The National Gallery of Singapore's Children's Festival 2018

You know it's the summer hols here when the Children's Festival takes over. And this year, for the best, The National Gallery really has been completely taken over. The title "Small Big Dreamers" doesn't really do it justice in my opinion, I was expecting a far more whimsical experience when in actual fact it was bright, noisy, fun and very age appropriate (so long as you're aged 0-99 years old, maybe more). This is the second year of a Children's Festival at The National Gallery of Singapore, and it's definitely bigger and better than last years offering

Read More
A New Arrivals Guide to Settling in Singapore With Kids

If you're thinking of moving to Singapore / just about to move to Singapore / recently arrived in Singapore and feeling a bit in at the deep end, I gotcha. Two years ago when we moved here I basically didn't really know anyone, and certainly no one with kids. I won't hash out the same old sob story, but it was something of a bewildering, slightly lonely period. I had a toddler with a limited supply of pull ups and a nummy (dummy / pacifier) that kept going awol, and a little boy who refused to eat anything that wasn't white and pasta shaped. Chuck into the mix us finding ourselves jet lagged new arrivals in this hectic city (hectic compared to Devon anyway), and I was rife for some sort of maternal breakdown. So yes, when I say I get it, it's because I really, really do.

Read More
Dear New Expat Mama, Welcome

It's almost exactly two years to the day that we made our move from the UK to Singapore official. Tis the season. Expat's will be coming and going all around the world right now and over the next couple of months or so. Removal firms will be booked, boxes packed, and lives condensed into twenty foot metal containers ready to be shipped to a new life somewhere. School places will be frantically sourced, leases negotiated, and visa's stamped. Sometimes it's a new life just beginning, sometimes it's an old life being rediscovered. To mark the beginning of "expat season" we've compiled some lovely snippets of advice from the expat mama community all over the world about this life, which are all (or at least some) of things I wish people had told me two years ago...

Read More