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by carolynW
Thu, 18 Nov 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Burgaled
Replies: 17
Views: 6732

Its not only landed property, also ground floor apartments have been targeted, I have 2 friends that have their place broken into, they took mainly laptops and hand phones.
by carolynW
Thu, 11 Nov 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Topiary frames
Replies: 0
Views: 1619

Topiary frames

Does anyone know where I can buy these in singapore? or anyone that makes them for a reasonable price or has anyone seen them in Bangkok (I heard they have them there) otherwise I may have to order them from the US.
by carolynW
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Mandarin-speaking nanny
Replies: 3
Views: 7486

There are a number of families I know here who have "chinese" speaking maids... so when my helper went back I started to look for one, here is my experience. I spent 2 weeks calling every maid agency I know, all had none. I left my number with every agency I spoke to. Nothing came up in the next 3 w...
by carolynW
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Leaving Singapore and moving out. How to sell your stuff?
Replies: 5
Views: 5108

I used craigslist singapore and sold off most stuff...
by carolynW
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: flying between USA and Sg with kids?
Replies: 7
Views: 4109

Travellingcircusof5.... I know this is a different topic but if you want to keep your kids language up and want to bring your chinese nanny, its possible (though the MOM does not allow for chinese maids), the exception is if they have worked for you and know your kids for over a year. Its worth seei...
by carolynW
Fri, 08 Oct 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Kids Birthday Party Bags
Replies: 8
Views: 7354

Not sure if you want to put in a bit of work but you could assemble a nice gardening kit. - A brown paper bag and a sticker to seal, we usually have tonnes of stickers lying around. Brown bags can be bought at the verge place - small plastic container for the pot, decorated with stickers? - An ice c...
by carolynW
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: What do your primary (elementary) children do for fun?
Replies: 5
Views: 5839

We ride bikes, garden, ice skate, draw, swim, go to playgroups, play lego, board games, bake cakes, experiment with throwing color water into the swimming pool (our own not communal). Am thinking of signing my son up for extra curriculur activities then it could be wushu, football and whatever activ...
by carolynW
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: 'Proper' Preschools v Nursery?
Replies: 8
Views: 6922

We faced that issue 18 months ago, the kids were 2.5 and 4.5 yrs then. They went to a "cosy" farm type school in the southern hemisphere on 7 acres of land with horses, chickens, fish and although it was cosy, they did have 200 students. It was well run and efficient. We sent them to the Chinese Int...
by carolynW
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Mandarin only pre-nursery or playschool?
Replies: 13
Views: 19675

Its kind of dismal here. The alternatives for your child are: 1.) JG 2.) Patschoolhouse, the level of chinese the children achieve are not bad... but you are already ahead if you speak to your child in Chinese. Am not sure what age they accept kids. 3.) the Chinese International school but your chil...
by carolynW
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Looking for interactive art exhibition
Replies: 3
Views: 2282

I went to it on Wednesday, its not bad, especially for kids, they could have used better projectors as it seems a waste of digital technology if the transmitting technology is poor.

Has anyone seen the China pavilion at the expo? esp. the animation of that 1000 year old painting?
by carolynW
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: StudentPass Completion of formalities - have to book online?
Replies: 5
Views: 2864

You can also hang out, ie go without an appointment and ask for a ticket after explaining your situation, it can be a short or long wait tho... after those who have appointments...
by carolynW
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Advice on pri/Sec schools in SG that won't spoon feed
Replies: 11
Views: 5922

I think there are many OZ English / Singlish / Manglish speakers that can switch back and forth from a really localised english to "proper" english that can be more understoond. As for local schools, my S'porean friends whose kids go there say they spend as much as international school fees on tuiti...
by carolynW
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Composting worms
Replies: 27
Views: 21423

I just got a nice supply of baby radishes and soon veges as well from just fertilising with my worm tea and poo, am so pleased!
by carolynW
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: I am a young expat who went through NS (BMTC & OCS)...
Replies: 10
Views: 12089

Thanks for the long post. I have two young boys and I think if we stay on here they will have to go, I actually think its good for their development (the world isn't an easy place) but my husband thinks its a waste of time, when they could be traveling or backpacking. Do you think the experience has...
by carolynW
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: I am a young expat who went through NS (BMTC & OCS)...
Replies: 10
Views: 12089

thanks for posting! What units were you transferred to? I have heard of medics and desk jobs, do all go through the same basic training? Is there much bullying? Does it really toughen you up? Did it build your confidence? What part did you like best and why? What part did you hate the most and why?

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