Out with #facebook…in with #podcasts

Like so many, I’ve had a bittersweet relationship with Facebook. Heck, I’ve had a bittersweet relationship with technology – I’m still discovering apps and settings on my phone that I didnt know existed! I thought Id buried my issues with Facebook – their privacy laws, the fact you can never really leave and the annoying…

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 Racial alienation can feel like such an outdated issue, but in Asia, where conformity can be seen as a virtue, Ariana’s…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…

Baby beat the perfectionist out of me….

(Warning – this post is long and contains a lot of exclamations) Growing up in a competitive household with lots of siblings pushes you to be the best in everything you do – academics, sports, etc. Add having high achievers for older siblings and you have one of two results – either you crumble under…

10 ways to save in Singapore!

As Chinese New Year fast approaches, and we launch into the year of the goat, it seems prudent to take a moment to consider 10 ways of embodying frugality – a trait I associate with this four-legged animal. I’ll be handing out hong baos to my friends’ children (little red envelopes of money) as is…

UN Women Singapore Committee Event

I headed down to the Grand Park Orchard Hotel last night, for a series of talks and videos on inspiring Singaporean women who are “Leading the Way – against the Odds” hosted by the UN Women Singapore Committee. It was an enjoyable evening and very informative, and it’s spurred me on to get more involved…