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Efficient Singapore

How efficient is Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA)? I noticed a pedestrian crossing traffic light at a road junction near my house was 90 degrees out, perhaps having been hit by a lorry, so I emailed LTA. I told them that the green man was now facing the entrance to Tanglin Trust School’s sports field [...]

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Olive and Leo

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Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day in Singapore. We went for a swim in the morning, followed by a picnic in the park. Thanks for the chocolate, kids.

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Cold Storage Run

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Olivisms

Olive (4): Daddy, am I a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore? Daddy: You tell me, Olive. Olive: Well, I can’t be an omnivore, I don’t eat curry.

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Straight As

Olive received straight As for all Chinese subjects in her mid-year school report. Only when we took a closer look did we discover A stands for Average.

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Olive and Grace

Olive (4) wants the whole family to say grace – in Chinese – before dinner. The version she’s learnt at school goes on forever and the rest of us have to wait, with our hands clasped in prayer, until she’s finished, meaning our rice is usually cold. I’m happy Olive’s attending a Christian school and [...]

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Olivisms

Olive (4): Daddy, my bear can speak many languages. Daddy: What can he speak, Olive? Olive: English, Chinese, Malay, France, Greece and Saturn.

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Olivisms

Olive (studying her poo in the toilet): Mummy, mummy, come here! Mummy: What is it Olive? Olive: I won! Mummy: Won what, dear? Olive: The smelly poo competition! Mummy: Well done, Olive. Olive: But Daddy can probably beat me. Daddy: Charming!

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Leo’s 2nd birthday

Leo celebrates his second birthday with sister Olive and friends Blake, Dylan, Don Don, Julia and Jill.

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Olivisms

Olive: Daddy, what work does Mummy do? Daddy: Olive, that’s a very good question. Olive: I know Daddy, Mummy goes shopping. Daddy: Wise words, Olive, wise words. Olive: Oh, now I remember. Mummy’s work is going out to meet her friends!

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Leoisms

Leo (holding the hind legs of a plastic pig in the jaws of a plastic t-rex and looking smug): I did it! More Leoisms when he learns more words.

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Leo the backup dancer

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Spinning on the beach

Olive spinning on the beach at koh Lanta, Thailand.

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Koh Lanta with Phil’s parents

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Olivisims

Daddy (at a salad bar in Holland Village): Olive, which salad would like to have for lunch? Olive: I don’t like veggie. Daddy: This is a salad bar, Olive. Olive: OK, you eat the salad, I’ll eat the salad bar.

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bubbles!

The kids gave me a giant bubble maker for my birthday a few weeks back and we finally got the solution to work. Great fun!

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Olivisms

Mummy: Please eat your greens, Olive. Olive: Mummy, when I’m your age I will like lettuce and salad. And when I’m your age I will like sausages and beans. No, wait, I already like sausages and beans!

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Following a serendipitous meeting in a bar, I was invited to join the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crews in Marina at Keppel Bay during their stopover in Singapore. Sandy, the kids and I went aboard the Visit Finland yacht and were amazed at the sheer scale of the 68-foot-long racing yacht. The boats [...]

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Dickens 2012 in Singapore

[Click Charles Dickens to visit the official Charles Dickens 2012 website] Dickens 2012 is a worldwide celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth. In Singapore, the British Arts Council is putting on a number of events in early February. For more information, click here. One of [...]

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the whole nine years

I returned home on the eve of my wedding anniversary to find my son sucking green ink from a colouring pen, my daughter in the bathroom trying to pee standing up – “But this is how you pee, Daddy” – and my wife making dinner plans with a girlfriend for the following evening because she [...]

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life is sweet

Oh, the dilemmas of a parent … This morning’s dilemma — there are several a day — is concerning sweets or candy. Olive has just started at a new preschool and now takes a school bus to kindergarten. It’s a small bus, actually an MPV, and she has close friends on the bus, and a [...]

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First day at school (again)

This morning Olive donned a new school uniform and caught the school bus for her first day at Maris Stella Kindergarten. Located opposite the Botanic Gardens at the entrance to Dempsey Village on Holland Road, Maris Stella is a Catholic preschool established by Franciscan missionaries in 1954. Olive has been so excited about taking a [...]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Phil, Sandy, Olive and Leo. We celebrated the final day of 2011 with barbecued sweet potatoes and sparklers and we spent the first day of 2012 with old friends at Singapore Zoo.

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Olivisms

Daddy (reading from “You Can’t Eat a Princess”): I like [eating princesses] on toast with a bit of ketchup. Olive (laughing): That’s not right! Daddy: What’s not right, Olive? Olive: You can’t put ketchup on toast!

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best of 2011

Amazon.co.uk Widgets Best movie of 2011: Best dining experience: The highlight of the year was walking up through a forest with Phil, Susie, Jaques, Rose and Pomme to a medieval chapel at the top of a hill in Alsace, France, where, on weekends, a medieval-looking lady serves starters of local toxic cheese, wild boar jambon [...]

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Olive’s school concert

Olive is in the centre of the screen wearing a pink raincoat.

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