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In Conversation with Leading Ladies: Expat Career Growth in Singapore

  "People have a tendency to hide behind cultural excuses, but that doesn't mean that they don't have the capacity for behavioral change. In Singapore, managers are prized for specializations and are trained to know the answers, and hierarchies tend to lead to over-micromanaging. These factors can contribute to a resistance to changes in procedure or thinking. Singaporeans need proof to...

Lombok: A Story of Traveling Hazards and Happy Times

  "As he started the engine, frantic techno blared from the speakers, seeming completely at odds with the surrounding countryside. His driving kept time with his music as he whipped around cliffs and darted between mules and carts. We felt a surreal foreboding of death from the nodding dachshund, as we looked from our mysterious, silent driver the the uneven dirt...

Tohoku Slopes to Soaks, Unveiling Japan’s Scenic North

  "The wonders of Japan's scenic north are all the more precious because they remain in large part undiscovered by outsiders. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa have booming tourist industries that can detract from an authentic experience, but in Tohoku it is still possible to make magical connections and to gain insight into...

Accidental Paradise in Kampong Glam

  "Golden domes peaked above the pastel shophouses on our right, and our curiosity compelled us to investigate. As we crossed the street, we passed basket weavers and Turkish restaurants. The walls became tiled in shining white and soft blue, all accented with a brassy gold. Striped awnings shielded leisurely hookah smokers from...

Going Organic

  "Japan had spoiled us, and we doubted that Singapore would be able to match the freshness and high quality that we took for granted in our food. After our relocation, we began to understand that while dining out was amazing and Singaporean supermarkets could offer an impressive variety of imports, it would require some research to find organic, locally grown...

The Worlds Within: An anthology of TCK art and writing: young, global and between cultures

Being accepted as a contributor to this anthology felt incredible! It was my first time to express my reflections on the changes in identity (and identity crisis!) that I had experienced as an ATCK and expat abroad.   This book explores the world of TCKs and ATCKs, those global nomads who find themselves developing across countries, cultures, and languages from a young...

Gibson: Waste Not, Want Not

Book Review of Neuromancer by William Gibson Since late last year, I've been on a mission to read and reread top Sci-Fi books. This reading has to be sifted into my daily news intake and non-fiction obligations. Some days, dystopian themes in fiction seem more tame than the headlines, given the current political climate. After finishing Neuromancer, I have to say William Gibson is my new...

Koyo Observations

  [gallery link="file" ids="22597,22596,22595,22594,22593,22588,22589,22590,22591,22592,22587,22586"] Koyo is the Japanese tradition of watching the leaves change color in autumn. In late October, I took a solitary trek through the Kiso Valley portion of the Kumano Kodo, one of Japan's three main pilgrimage routes. The Kiso Valley straddles Gifu and Nagano prefectures and contains some of Japan's more beautifully preserved traditional architecture in the tiny post...

Step Up for International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women's Day! Celebrations took place all over the world, from posts on Facebook and messages shared between friends to marches and addresses by organizations to support women's rights and empowerment. Google paid tribute to the day with an inspirational Google Doodle. UN Women released a breathtaking photo essay highlighting the diversity of lifestyles for women around the world. In an article by...

The Frozen Expat Hourglass

Recently, I was skyping with a family member in Texas. As usual, I was sharing some anecdotes about life in Singapore. And as usual, most of what I said was met with polite smiles and glazed eyes. It is difficult to describe life abroad so that people with no frame of reference can relate. Your story can be funny, shocking, or interesting, but...

Reflections on My PPWR Scholar Experience

When Jo Parfitt told me that I had been selected as one of the recipients of the ParfittPascoe Writing Residency (PPWR) Scholarship for 2015, I was thrilled! My friend Sue had been a PPWR Scholar in 2014 and spoke volumes about the good it did both her and her writing career. I gleefully anticipated the strategic networking I'd gain, the...