moving abroad

Top tips for relocating abroad

by admin on June 5, 2012


We’ve been in Singapore just over a year now. It’s been a year of huge change, steep learning curves and working out what not to do when faced with the daunting task of relocating abroad. It was our first move from the UK and we didn’t get any help from Mr C’s company, so we really have learnt the hard way.

If you’re moving abroad, it doesn’t matter which country you relocate to, the issues everyone faces are similar. However, if you work for a corporate, you’re laughing as they usually offer a whole heap of support.

Here are my top  tips to make life easier if you are lucky enough to be relocating abroad: [click to continue…]

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Singapore:Adjusting to Expat Living

by admin on March 5, 2011

I have to keep reminding myself this (our move to Singapore) was my idea. I pushed for it for a LONG time. My husband has started his new job, leaving Miss C and I home alone in a pretty dreadful apartment, with no TV and a terrible internet connection.  I am a SAHM for the time being and not a very good one at that!

What we’re doing is so incredibly exciting, but I honestly, and perhaps naively, thought it would be easier than this. Then again we’re doing this move with a three year old, who needs constant entertaining, and I’m pregnant (and a teeny bit hormonal).

We’re strangers in a new city with its own rules and a different way of life, trying to make a new life for ourselves. A part of me is lonely – and life is boring (on a day to day basis) when the rain comes and I have no idea what there is to do or where to go to. All I want to do is lie down, but my 3 year old needs my attention. My husband works late every night so I’m on my own more than I’d like to be.

The heat is exhausting and making Miss C tired and crabby. She doesn’t want to walk anywhere, preferring to sit in her buggy (try make her sit in it when were in the UK – not a chance!). She spent an entire taxi journey earlier today telling the driver how “boring” and “disgusting” taxi rides are! I try to be understanding as I know she’s experiencing some massive changes in her life (and is already staying in the 3rd different place in less than a month). How could she possibly understand it’s hard for me too?

I know we made the right decision to come it and I know it will get better. I just need to give it time, it’s only been a week after all 😉

I wrote this post after we’d just arrived in Singapore. I’m glad to say things have got better!

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Guilt, a very unhelpful emotion

January 22, 2011

Some people don’t seem to suffer from guilt. But, I, am the queen of guilt. Just like worrying, it is one very unhelpful emotion that I suffer from badly. The constant voice of guilt gnaws away at my mind, making me waver from my plans and question if I am doing the right thing. Before […]

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Singapore Fling

November 22, 2010

I’ve got itchy feet, let’s face it, I always have had. I’ve been following with envy Victoria from It’s A Small World Afterall and her plans to travel around the world for a year with her family. Now they’re actually doing it! I admit, I am more than a teeny bit jealous. They sound like they […]

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