10 Things Expats in Singapore are Thankful For


TPW Thanksgiving Edition – 10 Things Expats In Singapore Are Thankful For

  1. Duty free.  A bottle of duty free gin is the silver lining of every week without your absentee husband.
  2. The new parking app.  Because poking little circles out of a card every time you park the car is simply medieval.
  3. Amazon Prime.  Yes, in fact, I DO need a nerf gun, an onion, and an electric toothbrush, delivered to me in an hour.
  4. The Wives pages.  They are a source of laughter, information, and camaraderie, and if you ever feel like you might be a tiny bit crazy, you just have to hop on a Wives page to see there is some REAL crazy out there.  
  5. Swimming pools.  Obviously for the hours of year-round child entertainment, but also because they’re just giant, fun bathtubs.  As we’ve said, we live in the tropics.  Bathing our kids in the pool is our God-given right.  
  6. Clean bathrooms.  This is pretty common in Singapore, even in public parks, train stations, and malls, and the gratitude wells up in our little expat hearts every time.  And if there’s a toilet paper roll in each stall, we’re beside ourselves.
  7. When a restaurant gives you napkins.  This is a rare one, but don’t think we don’t notice and LOVE it.  (Omakase Burger, we’re talking to you.)
  8. Petrol / Gas station uncles.  Because Yes! I *am* too exhausted to get out of my car and pump my own gas.  And those pumps *ruin* my nails.  And it’s pelting rain.  So thank you. (Just don’t forget to tip them, people.  Because their beaming gratitude for that two dollar bill will warms even the hardest Expat heart.)
  9. Our helpers.  Because can we all just be honest right now and admit that our lives would SUCK without them?  
  10. Our friends.  Because on Thanksgiving, you need your family, whatever family that might be.

An Expat Gets A Mani (and loses a toe or two)

Getting any kind of beauty treatment in Singapore can be a bit of a minefield.  There’s a lot to love, of course – snail slime facials from Korea, Traditonal Chinese Medicine massages that will cure anything that ails you, Thai foot massages that make time stand still as you float away on a cloud of bliss. But, there are also times when the culture shock hits hard. And somehow, whether you’re stuck in a violently vibrating massage chair, or standing awkwardly wearing nothing but a pair of disposable paper undies (backwards actually), these culture shock moments are all the more mortifying. 

And yet, we keep going back, buoyed by the love and tender support of our expat sisters  





Terminal Happiness (or: Why an Airport is more fun than Halloween…)

Yes, we KNOW it’s Halloween out there in The Rest of the World, but Halloween happened here on Saturday. Or Sunday. Or even Monday – depending on your neighbourhood/ school/ expat club. So instead let’s look at what’s occupying most Singaporeans today: airports. Anyone who’s ever travelled through Changi Airport knows it’s the best airport in the world. And today, with the official opening of its brand new terminal, it got even better- as one well-connected expat discovered (a few weeks ago. Ffs.) So, instead of scrolling through a million pics of kids looking cute in pumpkin outfits / revolting in zombie makeup, scroll through *our* pics. Because Halloween is sortof overrated. (Unless you spent it at a new airport terminal, obv)