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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…

Coronavirus – an expat’s view from Singapore – Living with Corona

Coronavirus – an expat’s view from Singapore – Living with Corona

It’s weird having a foot in two camps at the moment. Whilst it’s comforting to live in a country geared up to tackle COVID 19, it’s dreadful to see it run wild in those that weren’t. Even here, the government is preparing for a hike in numbers as around 200,000 Singaporean students return home from… Continue reading…

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Hello and welcome to this post. I was delighted to learn that book clubs are reading Blood and Bandages, so I thought I’d suggest some questions. Book club questions What do you think happened to Mary and why? 2. With which character did you most identify and why? 3. Would you have understood William’s story without,… Continue reading…

Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War

Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War

On 11th November, the BBC broadcast a moving and important documentary called Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War. It had been commissioned from Wall to Wall Media and told the story of Gary Lineker‘s grandad, Stanley Abbs, who had served as a nursing orderly in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Italy in World War Two… Continue reading…

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Life as an expat is mixed. You have the excitement of sights that broaden your mind… challenge your faith… transfix… shame… and surprise. Upon arrival, we were embraced by the English speaking expat community and automatically included by dint of being there. It’s a community which includes, English, American, Australian and Dutch, all of whom… Continue reading…

A week of celebrations

A week of celebrations

Well, my resolve to write a fortnightly blog has failed miserably and I apologise for going AWOL. How many times have you heard that?! This week is one of celebrations. On Saturday 12th May, it was William Earl’s 103rd Birthday. In case you have not met William before, he is the hero of Blood and… Continue reading…

Settling into life in Singapore. D-Day plus three months

Settling into life in Singapore. D-Day plus three months

We have been in Singapore for exactly three months now and have spent the last two in our new home. Our new home, a rented bungalow on the former RAF Camp at Seletar We took possession half an hour before the container turned up from the docks. Last time I saw this, it was on… Continue reading…

Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Xi Fai Cai – from Singapore

Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Xi Fai Cai – from Singapore

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year. Here in Singapore, it is marked with a two day national holiday. It’s being celebrated by the majority of the population as the Chinese account for 76% of the inhabitants in this multicultural city-state. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar… Continue reading…