Boys Wearing us Out

Last weekend, the boys were up pre-6am lighting fires in their bedroom and somehow we got away with no damage, phew! This weekend, it was the same timeframe and they both drank a full can of Pepsi and shared a can of Sprite. Soft drink is not something we encourage excessive use of in this house - especially at breakfast time ....more

Love George R. R. Martin? 18 Other Great Ones

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Thank You Team Excelerate

In the midst of emotions while writing “Lex at a New School, Mum and Dad Cry,”...more

Lex at a New School, Mum and Dad Cry

Lex started at his new school this week and by all accounts, it’s been a smooth start. Called the International Integrated School, it is both a mainstream school with an excellent support programme. IIS wasn’t our first choice ....more

Are we There Yet?

When flying into Bali last week, I had the pleasure of sitting with both boys, constantly asking “are we there yet?” Now it’s only a couple of hours by plane from Singapore to Bali, so it’s not a long way to go, but obviously, it got me thinking about my own childhood. As you might have read in a previous blog - “The Datsun is Back” - when we asked “are we there yet?” 1. No one could hear us, and 2 ....more

Seed Removal

We had a big week in our house… well our wee pussy cats did. Luther and Riddick were both neutered. Poor little poppets, although 24 hours after the operation they were slipping and sliding around the apartment as always ....more

Motherhood a Series of No Mores

I was having a chat with a couple of Mum’s recently (all with kids around 4-6) and these various ladies were telling me how they are struggling to find strategies to stop doing things for their kids. One of them told me her little fella won’t do a pooh at school and waits until he gets home so his Mum can wipe his arse. Another told me she still feeds her kid because they just won’t eat otherwise ....more

Raising Gentlemanly Sons

My hubby Steve has made it his life’s mission to turn our boys into gentlemen. It’s very sweet. At the grand old age of six and seven, they know you should never go into a ladies’ handbag - although that rule is always ignored if Tic Tacs are on show ....more

Ding Dong the Rat is Dead

For those closely watching “The Rat in the Coffee Machine Affair” (please refer to my previous blog), you’ll be pleased to know that Vick has been victorious. A determined woman at the best of times, I was rather pleased to be in Taipeithis week when victory was finally announced. In case anyone else has to deal with getting a rat out of a coffee machine - because it's such a common thing right? ...more

Rat in the Coffee Machine

Our New Red Jura Angel One of the great challenges living in a ground floor apartment in the tropics is coming face-to-face with local wildlife. Giant cockroaches, ants and flying bugs is common on any floor, as are geckoes - we like geckoes. Snakes are a little rarer and we’ve had the delight of one snake pop in for a visit ....more