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by BedokAmerican
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 6:19 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: pls help me about US tourist visa...
Replies: 12
Views: 2278

Sajibd, I read this thread and the one posted by JR8 and found it interesting. I've never been to the American Embassy in Singapore, but it sounds very much like a typical DMV or SSA office, minus the interviews. I guess that's no shocker. One thing to note is that if you go to the USA, please wear ...
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: how many schools to apply to?
Replies: 5
Views: 2829

Are you looking at local primary schools or private/international schools? If you're interested in int'l schools, those application fees are several thousand dollars each. Some might disagree with me, but the rumors of waiting lists at some of these int'l schools are exaggerated. I've met many peopl...
by BedokAmerican
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 5:04 am
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Maid was Stealing
Replies: 58
Views: 15469

I'm going to get yelled at for saying this, but here goes: Drop the maid and do your own housework.
by BedokAmerican
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 2:36 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Parental advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4207

This might sound a bit harsh, but "lock" her in the room. This works like a charm for my son, although at 2 1/2, he's quite a bit younger than your daughter. I suggest putting on child-proof doorknob covers (if you have knobs) so she can't escape. If she's able to figure the doorknob covers out, and...
by BedokAmerican
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: crappy parents
Replies: 60
Views: 12943

Interesting article about how parents aren't saying "no" enough. I can't count how many times I've had to say "no" and put my kicking-and-screaming toddler in his stroller or pick him up and carry him because he was doing something dangerous and/or not listening. Often I get dirty looks from people ...
by BedokAmerican
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Adapting to the Singapore Climate
Replies: 15
Views: 3766

Carry a towel with you and keep it around your neck or put it under your shirt if possible. Here's the problem with air conditioning units at condos in Singapore: Most don't have thermostats. Therefore, they run constantly. Then they leak at the most inopportune times. I've tried sleeping with the A...
by BedokAmerican
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Beauty, Health & Fitness
Topic: how to diagnose colour blindness in toddler?
Replies: 6
Views: 2135

He was attending preschool/playgroup at one of the local playhouses but we recently moved back to the USA (hence the odd hour this message is being posted) and enrolled him in preschool/daycare here 3x per week. Another thing about the focusing issue, before we moved, I was trying to teach him lower...
by BedokAmerican
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: birthday cake
Replies: 6
Views: 1976

Even if you can find a bakery that would do it, there's the issue of hauling it home in this heat and keeping it from getting ruined in the car. Some people on this forum might think I'm crazy for saying this......but my advice would be to bake the cake (or cupcakes) yourself and get characters to p...
by BedokAmerican
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 4:06 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Chinese Ghost Month
Replies: 42
Views: 7986

All I recall happening is the condo activating a miniature burn barrel for trash.

But seriously, the whole "ghost" thing for me went unrecognized.
by BedokAmerican
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Events, Gatherings, Making Friends
Topic: which club to go in singapore? or any nice pub?
Replies: 5
Views: 2952

Go to Clarke Quay, located off the north east MRT line (purple line). I recommend Clarke Quay because there are lots of places to go and listen to music and have drinks and admission is free at most places and no age restrictions for entry. If you're not having fun at a particular place, you can wal...
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Events, Gatherings, Making Friends
Topic: BBQ helper needed for a party
Replies: 1
Views: 2684

Your best bet might be to post something on Craigslist and hope you can get a Singaporean or permanent resident to help cook: http://singapore.craigslist.com.sg It's illegal for foreigners (even maids/construction workers) to work for someone other than who they are employed. On the other hand, if y...
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Using foreign debit cards with magnetic strip in SG
Replies: 30
Views: 16111

I know this is an old post, but I figured I'd reply. Using a foreign debit/credit card might result in higher fees. Best to open a local bank account ASAP. By the way, one time I accidentally took out my American debit/credit card from my wallet at a store in Singapore and the cashier looked at me l...
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving from the UK
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

If the UK has registered civil unions/domestic partnerships for heterosexual couples, that could be an option if you're not ready to get married. You could then submit that documentation and Singapore might recognize it.
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 6:06 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: BBC sitcom episode count compared to American sitcoms
Replies: 44
Views: 8402

One of my favorite American sitcoms is "Big Bang Theory," which does 22-24 episodes per season. Season 8 starts in September. I haven't watched much British comedy but will sometimes watch BBC news.
by BedokAmerican
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 6:00 am
Forum: Beauty, Health & Fitness
Topic: how to diagnose colour blindness in toddler?
Replies: 6
Views: 2135

It doesn't mean she's color blind. She might not be as interested in learning some colors as you'd like her to be. My son is about the same age as your daughter and he only recognizes blue, red and green and could care less about the others or he'll just say something is one of those colors when it'...

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