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Help! I Need Somebody

January 12, 2011

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In Singapore, many families — local and expat — have a helper. In Vietnam, families have maids, known as người giúp or “help person”. In Western countries, parents can get some respite from parenting in the form of babysitters, family members, friends and day care facilities. For the last six months we’ve had no help — […]

Singapore’s Secret Soup – The CEO Version

January 6, 2011

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Singapore’s sweaty stickiness is somehow soup weather. It’s a strange phenomenon, especially for those who consider soup the antidote for cold dark northern winters. But when you’re hungry, thirsty and hot, soup can solve two of the three problems. Air-conditioning can solve the third. And so this CEO-approved version of Singapore’s Secret Soup is a winner on three fronts. In […]

Run Roti Run

December 28, 2010

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The conversation should have gone like this: “I want roti prata for breakfast” … “YOU CAN’T HANDLE ROTI PRATA FOR BREAKFAST!” Instead the conversation went: “Do you want to walk down to the corner and have roti prata for breakfast?”  And the reply: a pleasant “yeah”. And off we set. But the truth is… curry […]

Christmas Culture Clash

December 17, 2010

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Darling Man is Buddhist and a minimalist. Trying to make him understand the mish-mash of Christmas traditions is difficult. So when I announced I was buying the baby three Christmas presents, a discussion began that appeared to be a highway to an argument. “Buy them in Vietnam,” he said, dismissively. “It’s cheaper.” “But we’re going […]

Going Overseas For Dinner

December 5, 2010

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As seven teksi drivers loudly discussed my tattered scrap of notepaper, I wondered if going to Malaysia for dinner was actually a good idea. As it was, we were hours behind schedule. Darling Man had gotten mesmerised by his garden, even before a jackfruit fell, damaging a nearby papaya tree. We left home at 6pm […]

Not-So-Late-Night laksa

November 25, 2010

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We live just outside the “war zone” in Katong, a groovy part of Singapore with a lovely urban village atmosphere. My daily commute involves walking past the intriguingly-named Famous 328 Katong Laksa. The name is intriguing because the place is not at 328 East Coast Road, it’s at number 216, because I like laksa and […]

A Step Back In Time

November 22, 2010

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Spat out of the air-conditioned comfort of my office building, I wade through the humidity, looking to leave modern Singapore behind. I caught a glimpse of the old world the day before, a tiny battered shrine under a tree. I need to go back to make sure it was real. Up a winding covered stairway, […]