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by mummy mantras
Wed, 29 May 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Eminently moving to Singapore and looking for school options
Replies: 9
Views: 4948

If a child is entering a school AFTER January in P1 or going into any other year group (P2 - P5) the phases are irrelevant. Often if you are not able to get your child into your school of choice for P1 in the normal school admissions, a space will come up a few months later. So if you have your chi...
by mummy mantras
Wed, 29 May 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: confinement nanny and new mums advice
Replies: 12
Views: 23150

Re: Bad Experience with Confinement Nanny - Be warned...

stromy wrote:Oh yes, she reminded me 1000 times to give her ang pow when she arrives and leaves. :mad:
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Though, from what I've heard about other confinement nannies, she certainly isn't the worst of the lot! :roll:
by mummy mantras
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Primary & Secondary Schools
Topic: Which local schools do expat kids attend?
Replies: 40
Views: 84254

Hello all, I moved to Singapore at the end of September last year and have been looking out since then. My kids are 4 and 6 years old and now they are only attending some enrichment classes. Can someone recommend me a good school for my elder boy which I suppose should be in P1. I am staying in the...
by mummy mantras
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Primary & Secondary Schools
Topic: Cost of Local Schooling
Replies: 12
Views: 6045

Wow - thanks to both SMS and Scooby for setting the record straight. That's far more than I thought it would be considering education is a "basic" right. Surprised there hasn't been more push-back considering how much trouble foreign parents have getting their kids into schools already. Actually, e...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Moms Group
Topic: Childcare Costs / living costs - advice please!
Replies: 4
Views: 5337

Yes, she will live full-time with you. Even on weekends. But you must provide her with one day off a week. (Note: Most employers usually make Sunday their maid's day off. However, I have known maids who take a weekday off, instead of a weekend, so this can be negotiated with your helper.) Most emplo...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Interracial Couples--How Common?
Replies: 145
Views: 35219

I'm Caucasian and my husband is Chinese. We met in Singapore and we stay in a HDB in a mature estate. We haven't experienced anything negative at all, but we get quite a number of questions from curious uncles and aunties. My folks get the same looks (and usually broad smiles!) whenever they are in...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Stay-At-Home Moms Club
Topic: Any advice what my wife can do?
Replies: 2
Views: 11148

There are also a wide variety of arts organisations and events that need intelligent and capable volunteers (which would also give your wife a chance to meet some of the more interesting and vocal members of Singapore society). These include: (1) The Singapore Biennale (http://www.singaporeartmuseum...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Topics to Avoid Talking about
Replies: 95
Views: 22512

I had heard of the "don't openly criticise the government" thing before, so the reminder does well to reinforce this. I suppose this falls under politics anyway. Ha! Reminds me of something my Singaporean mum-in-law told me shortly after my marriage... One day, she took me aside and said that now t...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Forbidden Items to Bring to Singapore
Replies: 21
Views: 10920

I've ordered a ton of stuff off Amazon UK, and customs never once told me that they needed to review it (for a fee or otherwise!). Likewise, I always come back from the UK with lots of CDs and DVDs (usually stuff like Yes, Prime Minister and The Two Ronnies ) and I've never once been stopped or aske...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Advice regarding reasonably priced pre-schools
Replies: 3
Views: 8067

Agree with beppi. My kids go to My First Skool and the prices are actually reasonable! :D I pay just under $700 a month for full-day childcare for my twin daughters, though that's in part because I'm now a Singapore citizen (I married a local guy) so I'm entitled to a full government subsidy. Howeve...
by mummy mantras
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Finding a place to live while still abroad/neighborhoods?
Replies: 19
Views: 9656

I've been using those two sites fairly extensively, but one thing I haven't been able to find is a comprehensive bus map of Singapore. Does one exist? I can find clickable maps for each company, but not a single map showing all bus routes. It's much easier to tell what are "major" bus routes if you...
by mummy mantras
Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine & Dine
Topic: Proper English Breakfast in or around Orchard?
Replies: 8
Views: 13662

For a good brekkie, try one of the following: (1) Spruce at Phoenix Park (I luuuurve their Crab Cake Eggs Benedict! :D ) (2) Graze at Rochester Park (3) Cafe Epicurious at Robertson Quay (4) Group Therapy Cafe at Duxton Road (5) Riders Cafe at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club (6) Kith Cafe at the Waterma...
by mummy mantras
Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: International Schools
Topic: What does enrichment courses mean?
Replies: 12
Views: 10827

Ha! Ha! Kind of like me and my hubby (he's local). Whenever we compare childhoods, I'm always astonished at the number of things he had to do as a kid (e.g. Mandarin / Maths / Physics / Chemistry tuition, piano lessons, violin lessons, tennis lessons, swimming lessons, and more!) and he's always ast...
by mummy mantras
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What are Singaporeans
Replies: 52
Views: 16659

What exactly is the Indonesian thing about in the first picture? Wikipedia explains it thus: "Originally, it was apparently used to refer to Singapore in a disparaging manner by former Indonesian President B.J. Habibie (though this was denied by him), but has come to be used by both Singaporean pol...
by mummy mantras
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Reflections at Keppel Bay - Any Comments?
Replies: 16
Views: 13354

Reflections @ Keppel Bay is nice (though their signature 'bent' towers remind me irresistibly of french fries stuck in the ground! :D) though the place is huge! Really huge! One of my husband's relatives wanted to check out a unit there that was up for sale and, when we all went together to check th...

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