HIRING A HELPER WITHOUT AN AGENCY (PART ONE)

The vast majority of people in Singapore use agencies to hire a foreign domestic helper ( FDW -we don’t call them maids). People are busy and can’t be bothered with all the paperwork. So they cough up the huge fees that agencies charge (anywhere from $500-$900) and a helper appears at their door. However, I’ve…

Miss Japan – not everyone is celebrating…

Congratulations to Ariana Miyamoto, the 21 year old, new Miss Universe Japan. Absolutely beautiful, poised and eloquent, she entered the competition knowing there’d be a backlash (her best friend, also of mixed descent, committed suicide). Racial alienation┬ácan feel like such an outdated issue, but in Asia, where conformity can be seen as a virtue, Ariana’s…

The Curious Absence of a High Street….

The difference between living in Singapore and just passing through becomes extremely clear once you grapple with the frustration of shopping here. I’d made peace with the fact that, as one of my recent Brunch with BGIS interviewees said, “Singapore isn’t about value for money”, and I’d made myself open to what it had to…

Brunch with BGIS! Lisa…

Another Tuesday, another video… I give you the loquacious, tenacious, bundle of energy that is Lisa! single Nigerian-American works for GSK fluent Yoruba speaker I was looking forward to brunch with Lisa because in her own words and I quote, “I brunch hard!”. I also find her style very eclectic, especially going by the sweet…