10 go-to sites for expats in Singapore

by admin on September 25, 2014

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If you’re a newbie to Singapore and are feeling lost or overwhelmed, or even if you’re an expat who’s been here a while, here are some awesome sites you should know about that will make your life a whole lot easier.

  • Expat Food Hall – Next time you are craving Kraft peanut butter, Violet Crumble, Irn Bru or other favourites from your home country, head over to this site and you can stock up!
  • Iherb – The place to go for all your vitamins, supplements, organic baby food pouches and snacks, and natural sun creams etc. This US-based site stocks a million and one natural products that you often can’t find here, and they cost way less. Shipping is only $4 and is quick.
  • Singapore Expat Wives Facebook group (SEW) – This is a private group with over 10,000 expat women and counting, and they all have an opinion! Posts range from “Is my child’s poo normal” to “can you freeze placenta if I want to bring it from the US?”. Posts often result in heated and often quite nasty debates which usually makes for highly entertaining, although sometimes cringing reading. If you are prepared to face the wrath of this feisty female tribe, this site is an incredible useful source of information and advice. As this is a closed group, you have to request to join.
  • Singapore Expat Wives Classified – For those wanting to buy/sell anything from homewares to kids stuff, this is Singapore Expat Wives classified group. Again it’s a closed group so you need to request to join it.
  • Survive SG – If your hair is frizztastic and your usually blemish-free skin seems to have regressed to that of teenager since arriving in Singapore (thanks to the constant heat, humidity and air pollution) then Survive SG is just the ticket. They sell products sourced from across the world from anti-frizz serums that work wonders to mosquito repellent and baby skincare products.
  • PropertyGuru – If you need find somewhere to live, then this site lists all the latest apartments and houses for rent around Singapore.
  • Shopbop – Although shopping for clothes, shoes, bags and accessories in Singapore is improving, it’s still overpriced and there’s a limited selection. Shopbop stocks all the latest designer brands and delivers for free.
  • The Honeycombers - the essential source for all things hip and happening in Singapore. Their carefully curated site features articles on things such as latest bars and restaurants, cool cafes, chic boutiques and what to do at the weekend.
  • Honeykids – just launched by the aforementioned, this is a fantastic online guide for parents in Singapore. Find out about playcentres, schools, family-friendly restaurants, events and where to travel with kids.
  • Ladyironchef - this fantastic food and travel blog is a great source of info when it comes to finding out the best places to eat and drink in Singapore. It has lots of reviews and guides. Despite the moniker, Ladyironchef is actually a man!

If you can recommend any others, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Ralph Lauren Kids comes to town

by admin on September 11, 2014

It’s no secret that Ralph Lauren Children is my favourite kids clothing brand. I love its timeless style and especially the preppy look. I usually get my poor husband, who absolutely loathes any kind of shopping, to stock up on their girls’ outfits when he goes to the USA. The first standalone Ralph Lauren Children’s Boutique in Singapore opened its doors on Saturday and I was delighted to be able to go the launch held in conjunction with Harpers Bazaar Junior. There was nail painting, story telling and cupcakes for the kids; bubbles and canapés for the grown-ups. An Instagram booth proved extremely popular. Each time a guest took a photo and uploaded them up onto their instagram account with the hashtag #RLKids, they would get a Ralph Lauren photo card printed off – they are clearly on the ball when it comes to social media.

The store was filled with their fabulous Autumn-Winter collection. It’s a shame it’s too hot over here for my kids to wear their beautiful velvet party dresses and cashmere jumpers but I’m contemplating a trip to England at Christmas just so we can get our winter fashion fix. There were plenty of gorgeous accessories including leopard print belts and gold high-top sneakers that can be worn even in Singapore’s hot climate and the cutest range for newborns.

The Ralph Lauren Children’s Boutique is located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-53. So pop along and have a look. You can also now buy online at Ralph Lauren Asia.

 

 

 

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Cavalia: a spectacular encounter between horse and human

September 10, 2014

I was recently invited along to Cavalia (pronounced Cav-ar-lia) for its social media night. Cavalia originates from Canada and was created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. It is billed as an epic adventure, a fantastic demonstration of horsemanship that transports the audience into virtual environments.  There are 50 horses [...]

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Ahh Capella! Luxe tropical living in Singapore

September 9, 2014

I recently got the chance to experience The Club at Capella Singapore on Sentosa. These are luxury serviced apartments for people who wish to stay for more than just a holiday. Guests could be expats just arriving and needing a temporary base or perhaps they are departing and need somewhere to live until they leave.

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Saving sea turtles in Bali’s party town

September 6, 2014

If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do, it’s help release baby turtles into the sea. Thanks to a tip from a family we met in Ubud in Bali a couple of weeks ago, I was able to tick it off my bucket list. The location: Kuta Beach (yes that’s right!)

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The battle of the islands: Tioman, Rawa, Batu Batu, Besar or Sibu

September 4, 2014

    Planning a family weekend away from Singapore has suddenly got a whole lot easier. Next time want to book a break but don’t want to get on a plane, then check out this chart put together by the lovely people at Tripinasia.com. It compares Tioman, Rawa, Batu Batu, Besar and Sibu – all family-friendly [...]

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Fantasia by Escriba: a real life Willy Wonka’s Chocholate Factory

August 22, 2014

What child hasn’t dreamed of stepping into a real life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Roald Dahl’s world-famous book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has made many a child all over the world drool at the thought of sailing down rivers of liquid chocolate and eating candy fruit from trees. Yesterday I was lucky enough to get [...]

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Where to get a British education abroad

August 6, 2014

To some expat parents it’s very important for their kids to go to a school that follows the British curriculum especially if they know they’ll be heading back home at some point. It means their children should adjust back into the British system much more easily and hopefully avoid extra tuition. To others its important [...]

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Where else in the world can you ask this question…?

July 31, 2014

Where else in the world can you ask this question (it was just posted on the Singapore Expat Wives Facebook group)? “My two girls aged 22 and 18 are flying over on Saturday. What are some good safe night clubs in Singapore?” And get this answer “All clubs in Singapore are safe.” Love raising my [...]

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Family adventures in an Australian Holiday Park

July 29, 2014

  My kids are at the age when they love the idea of camping – not that they’ve ever been. It’s not exactly set up for family camping in Singapore. Unfortunately for them, I like having a proper bed to sleep on, somewhere to plug in my hairdryer and I hate all bugs, especially spiders. [...]

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