Category Archives: Expat Life

It’s not your country, it’s their’s – and it’s safe

So read one of the first sentences of the laws and regulations sheet in my information packet as a new student at the Singapore American School. In simple English the document explained and delineated some of the more common offenses … Continue reading

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You say dialect, I say language….

The Yiddish linguist Max Weinreich famously penned: “אַ שפּראַך איז אַ דיאַלעקט מיט אַן אַרמיי און פֿלאָט” I could try to impress you and pretend I can read that. Maybe if we write it this way: “语言是有陆军及海军的方言” To cut to … Continue reading

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Do you speak English?

Unfortunately the answer all too often is “Ting bu dong.” (I don’t understand) But then we must always remember, this is their country, not ours. Just as we expect the whole world to speak English within 10 minutes of their … Continue reading

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The strange pathology of Laowai

Having lived abroad three times in my life (twice in China and once in Singapore), I have had plenty of times to study a peculiar culture. It is not the culture of my adopted country (be it China or Singapore) … Continue reading

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When you get homesick

It will happen so don’t pretend that it won’t. The first time I went to China I was actually upset with my parents and brother because they wanted to go eat at an American restaurant during our time in Beijing. … Continue reading

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Complain Complain – What to make of online feedback?

We all want to have the best experience possible when we travel. Indeed, the last thing we want is to book a place and find out it is a dump (been there, done that, used the scratchy towels). Obviously the … Continue reading

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Greetings Comrades!

It has come to my attention that China, that great mysterious nation across the seas, is somewhat important and increasingly prominent in the news. Having lived and worked there for several years it is greatly dismaying there is so much … Continue reading

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