Tag Archives: Observations

trappings of the great white box

The more time we spend in our new apartment (aka the great white box), the more we learn about this place both formally and informally. This week a representative from Miele came over to teach us how to use our … Continue reading

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drapes that make me feel like I am sitting shiva

I don’t know what it is about apartments in Singapore, but they all have the same window treatments.  I looked at more than 20 apartments before we chose this building – some were uber modern, some were older, some were trapped in … Continue reading

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house hunting international – part v, crazy expensive

Housing in Singapore is crazy expensive. The vast majority (about 85-95%) of Singaporeans live in HDB flats – public, residential housing developments.  HDB flats are in housing estates, which are like their own self-contained towns.  Each HDB area has its … Continue reading

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singaporebucks

Dear Starbucks, You’ve failed me. Starbucks, you have always been a beacon in the night… and the early morning hours and middays as well.  Whenever I have needed a restroom, you have been there.  Sometimes your restrooms have not been … Continue reading

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sexy in singapore!

I am someone who really likes working out.  I know, I am sick like that.  But I like pushing my body;  whether running or lifting or going to a Barre3 class, I like seeing what my body is capable of … Continue reading

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cultural differences – the job search

I came to Singapore without a job.  I came to Singapore with two weeks in which to complete the final edits and revisions on my dissertation.  I came to Singapore knowing that task #1 was going to be finding us a … Continue reading

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cultural differences – commuting

On Friday Partner and I had to go visit the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to have our visa and employment pass paperwork approved.  As our appointment was at 10:30am, I just went into work with him to experience his commute, … Continue reading

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