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Singapore ex-pat’s guest post – Jonathan Hardy on moving from a corporate life to the gig economy.

Singapore ex-pat’s guest post – Jonathan Hardy on moving from a corporate life to the gig economy.

In 2019, after a long career in advertising sales, Jonathan Hardy, aged 54, left his company to build a ‘portfolio career’ intended to carry him into the last 10-20 years of his working life. Unfortunately, unpredictable world events, like the disturbances in Hong Kong and Covid 19, significantly impacted his plan almost before it started.… Continue reading…

Singapore ex-pat shares passion for and tips on writing.

Singapore ex-pat shares passion for and tips on writing.

There’s been a warm and positive response to my two guest contributors, Josephine Chia and Sophie McDermott and their posts have given me pause for thought. I cheered at Sophie’s statement, ‘Ultimately, a socially just society is one where men and women are equal in all things, with no one group holding privilege or entitlement over… Continue reading…

Singapore Ex-Pat’s guest blog: Sophie McDermott, founder of Women’s Writes

Singapore Ex-Pat’s guest blog: Sophie McDermott, founder of Women’s Writes

Welcome to Sophie McDermott’s guest blog.  She is the first of five guests I will be welcoming on this post between now and the end of September. Each of my guests has inspired or fascinated me and it’s a pleasure to be able to introduce them to you. Sophie McDermott is a graduate, (2018), of Newcastle… Continue reading…

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

This blog is devoted to my old friend and co-author, William Earl, who celebrated his 105th birthday on 12th May. William and I have been friends since February 2009, when we started working on his WW2 memoir,  Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.  He’s seen Tom grow up.… Continue reading…

Coronavirus – an ex-pat’s view from Singapore – Circuit Breaker 2

Coronavirus – an ex-pat’s view from Singapore – Circuit Breaker 2

Recently, Singapore has hit the headlines due to the sharp rise in COVID 19 cases. As a result, its slipped from being a nation to emulate, to one learning painful lessons. The increase was a consequence of the virus taking hold in the cramp and dirty dormitory accommodation provided for migrant workers. Millions live in… Continue reading…

Coronavirus- an expat’s view from Singapore – Masks and migrants.

Coronavirus- an expat’s view from Singapore – Masks and migrants.

On 7th April, Circuit Breaker came into force. 80% of the workforce are now working from home and the use of public transport and traffic volume has decreased by more than 70%.  To prevent the spread of the virus free masks have been distributed and on Wednesday 15th April, it became compulsory to wear them… Continue reading…

Coronavirus – an expat’s view from Singapore – Re-grouping

Coronavirus – an expat’s view from Singapore – Re-grouping

On Tuesday, Circuit Breaker came into effect in Singapore to contain Covid-19. The government’s resolve to impose stay at home rules was enshrined in the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, but that has not stopped the steady rise in cases, a significant number of which sprang from foreign workers dormitories. As at June 2019, there were 981,000… Continue reading…