Friday Digest – 50 followers

Got more that 50 followers, wow thanks folks. When I started this thought that I had picked a niche aiming at expat dads. Let's be honest that hasn't really happened with probably more mummies following than dads. It's been/is fun and thank you to those that have commented/had a chat. Still don't get the stats... Continue Reading →


Fancy dresses and Pirate Fruit

Love these pirate fancy dress fruits 🙂

Free But Fun

As an au pair in the north of Germany some 15 years ago, I got in contact with their Fasching celebration. For the whole carnival week the kids wore fancy dresses to kindergarten and the excitement was palpable. We don’t have any traditions like that, nothing with fancy dresses, even though kids love it. So last year we decided to organise our own party. This year it became an annual event.

This year we had Tinkerbell and Dusty in our family. But there were a few changes with various hats, crowns and other accessories throughout the night. This time I bought the Dusty outfit, as my son is such a big Dusty fan and I was too lazy to make that kind of an outfit. Tinkerbell was clearly easy, we had a tutu from before, I bought new wings for 1,50e and the rest was done with jewelry, face paint and…

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One of the few things in Singapore it's hard to get hold of is decent cards at a reasonable price. It has got better over the years but you pay through the nose for them (don't know where that phrase comes from). So check out Affordable Cards Singapore but make sure you leave plenty of... Continue Reading →

Online shopping

With Singapore being so small do we really need online shopping when there's a supermarket just round the corner? YES because cars are so bloody expensive and taxis are a hassle. We used to do delivery shopping at Giant. Unfortunately it's only dry goods so no veg or frozen stuff. RedMart is an online alternative... Continue Reading →

Water that Kills

Time to join this guy and stop using plastic bottles. May have to in some countries round here but no excuse in Singapore.

Field Notes From Fatherhood

I’ve broken a promise, and for that I’m sorry.

You see, almost a year ago I made a pledge. Earth Hour was approaching, and I made what is called an “I Will if You Will” video and challenge, promising to never, ever in my life order bottled water in a restaurant if 50 people would accept my challenge and pledge to take public transport to work.

As it turned out, I didn’t reach the goal of 50 folks but I decided to keep my promise anyway. Which led to some absurd scenes at restaurants when they simply didn’t want to give me tap water, generally claiming that it wasn’t any good. In Budapest I’d just tell them that I lived there, drank the water all the time, and found it delicious. But my favorite incident happened at our local Budapest Italian joint when I asked for water from the tap.

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Please rain!

Really looking forward to it raining, the dust from this building site is coating everything in our house and garden. Also it can be like walking out to a mini haze some days, so bring back the rain we live in the tropics for crying out loud!

#71 Legoland Malaysia

Nice review of Lego Land and you have my view in the comments 🙂


We finally did it, we finally took the boys to Legoland Malaysia  and it was terrific. We were both completely turned off by some of the earlier reports from friends – namely the intense heat and lack of shade, as well as the murderous lines everyone talked about – I hate lines. Well I’m happy to say that the December/January timeframe is definitely great from a temperature perspective, and by taking the boys after the Singapore schools went back, we didn’t have too many challenges on the lining up front.

Legoland MalaysiaLegoland MalaysiaWe drove to Legoland, but there are bus services operating from Singapore for those not able to drive. The car park is a massive, sprawling area in the sun all day, and while it’s a little confusing working out where to park and how to pay, we finally got there. With that said, the majority of people who drove…

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“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”

When you first get here everything is exciting and new. Slowly we get used to things, don't get me wrong seeing the Deepavali lights in serangoon road is still special. But Singapore becomes home and dare I say it normal. Then every now and again some thing happens and you think I'm a long way... Continue Reading →

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