Category Archives: Singapore

Beauty and elegance: the cheongsam in Singapore

Last year I attended an intriguing exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore titled “In the Mood for Cheongsam: Modernity & Singapore Women.” Cheongsam is the word commonly used in Singapore for the modern qípáo, the form-fitting dress worn by … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hallowe’en

When I was a child, Hallowe’en was greeted with a sense of anticipation rivaling only Christmas in intensity. Choosing a costume, dressing up, wandering from door to door with your friends and getting free candy — life didn’t get much … Continue reading

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Love, Singaporean style

Margo was one of the first people I met when I moved to Singapore.  She was an American psychologist who once mentioned that she taught a “How to Flirt” class for the Singaporean government. I thought she was kidding. She … Continue reading

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Kids say the darndest things

Posting “You know you’re a TCK when…” last week jogged a memory loose. It was the line, “You watch a movie set in a foreign country, and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera” that did … Continue reading

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Most definitely not the opera

A little flurry of excitement around here: last week I taped a short segment about homesickness for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show “Definitely Not the Opera.” A producer had emailed me the week before to ask if I’d … Continue reading

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Singapore in photos

I never take enough photos when I’m away, and I always regret it afterwards. This time I swore I’d spend my entire holiday snapping away like crazy. I failed miserably. I did manage to capture a few images of Singapore, … Continue reading

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Hello, henna!

When we came to Singapore on our look-see visit, Chef Boyardee and I visited Little India. It was during Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Light, and the sights and sounds and smells were intoxicating. I got a henna tattoo on … Continue reading

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And the walls (in my head) came tumbling down

My first day in Singapore was a game-changer. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming. I arrived yesterday morning, a day late (thanks to a 10-hour delay at Pearson Airport that made me miss my connecting flight at Heathrow), but that … Continue reading

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Return to Singapore

Hey, guess what? I’m going to Singapore today. This wonderful country was my home from 2003 to 2006. We’ve both changed over the years — from what I’m told, Singapore has grown so much that parts of it will be … Continue reading

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Expat women in Singapore: The skinny on being skinny

My honeymoon period in Singapore ended the first time I went clothes shopping and discovered I’d become “plus sized” overnight. I wouldn’t have minded if it weren’t for one thing: I weighed all of 120 pounds. That’s 54½ kilograms. Eight … Continue reading

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