Written on September 16, 2016. We have now spent two nights in our new home in Dubai.  We are (mostly) happy and (very) relieved to be at this point in our move.  The kids were off school all this week for the Eid holiday, which has made the progress of organizing our belongings very slow.  With all the hiccups we had with the move-in process, I am truly glad they did not have school.  It would have been quite stressful to get them out the…Continue Reading “House Hunting Internationally: Dubai Edition”

3 in 1 kopi

Written August 10, 2016 I have a very big problem. We have been living in Dubai in temporary housing for about three weeks now, and I am down to my last kopi packet.  Coffee is called kopi in Singapore, and it is lovely.  It is made with sweetened condensed milk.  My usual kopi order was kopi c peng siew dai, which means iced coffee with evaporated milk and less sugar (click here to find your kopi order). You can get kopi in every food center…Continue Reading “The Last Kopi”

So. Let’s talk about moving-related tears, at least for me. It seems I have a requisite number of tears I must shed every week. Sometimes they are shed all on one afternoon at a particularly crowded grocery store; sometimes they are spread over a week. They are 100% due to stress. This happened on my move to Singapore, and it is happening now. I cannot remember if I was this way when I did a suburb-to-suburb move while in Chicagoland, but back then I was…Continue Reading “The Requisite Number Of Tears: The Hidden Stress Of Moving”

from http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/aerial-photos-of-dubai

Here is a timeline of what my move from Singapore to Dubai was like, from my own point of view (obviously).  (And yes, my resting stress level is about 50%. I know, I know, I know, I need to meditate, but I am stressed about having to meditate.  I am working on that). Day Occurrence My Neurotic Inner Monologue Stress Level 1 Company reaches out to hubs on Linked In. Hubs says probably won’t go for it. Okay, that’s neat. 50% 4 Random company convinces hubs to interview…Continue Reading “Our Move To Dubai: A Timeline”


I hardly know what to say, but my teeth are sick of the nightly clenching I give them, so say something I must.  We are about to be homeless again.  Temporarily.  We will be moving to Dubai in roughly a month.  We don’t even have a move date, but it is happening. Chicago.  Singapore.  Dubai. It sounds kind of fancy, maybe.  The commercial I just watched for the Intercontinental sure made travel look glamorous.  But travel for me is: Food-encrusted shirts on my children. Filthy…Continue Reading “That Intercontinental Life”

I recently wrote this review of the books of Mo Willems for Sassy Mama Singapore. I value reading to my kids. Really, I do. But at the end of a typical day with my kiddos, with all the ups and downs and silly faces and whiny voices, I’m flat out exhausted and the last thing I want to do is read long books to the bubs. I feel horrible saying it, but with dishes to do and the hope of a precious few moments of…Continue Reading “Bedtime Fun: The Books of Mo Willems”

V and R first nice photo

Really, I have no idea.  I could barely figure it out for myself.  But this was a dire and pressing question for me last year when I wrote this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore. My ovaries are confused. They seem to have misplaced the memo I sent them during my hours of labour to deliver Baby Two which clearly stated that they could look forward to a lovely (and permanent) vacation. Yet within a few weeks of giving birth, to my sheer horror, I was…Continue Reading “How Many Kids Should You Have?”


I recently wrote for Sassy Mama Singapore about the benefits (and difficulties) of reading the news with your kids. My daughter is four years old. Her world revolves around playing, eating, and avoiding baths at all costs. She is very interested in anything involving silliness, sweet treats, or Sophia the First. So when she found me with my nose in The Economist the other day and asked me to read it to her, I was flabbergasted. I paused to consider the possible ramifications of reading…Continue Reading “How To Talk To Your Kids About The News”


This was written last month for Sassy Mama Singapore.   Don’t you hate it when someone gives you a hug, buries their face into you, and wipes their nose on your clothes? My kiddos love this move. It’s time saving, convenient, and they are giving me love to boot. Maybe it is their way of saying I chose the wrong outfit that day. Despite the fact that my children use me as a tissue, clothes are very important to me. I have always been a…Continue Reading “The Power of Minimalism”

mustafa pic

When it’s 2 AM in Singapore, and you need dried apricots, fresh dill, baby knee pads, a souvenir from London, a winter coat, printer paper, and a new shower head, you head to Mustafa.  It’s kind of like a 24-hour Super Walmart, but with an Indian cultural flair.  It is a place where you can get it all, and it is a Singapore institution.  From its humble beginnings in 1973 with a 900 sq ft shop, to its current 150,000 sq ft location, the store…Continue Reading “Mustafa Map”