Two Fabulous Weeks Out of My Routine

Every morning at exactly 6:30 AM in my Singapore neighborhood, a symphony of urban jungle birds makes sure that everyone knows it is time to be awake.  We are situated only 142 kilometers or 88 miles from the equator, so the sun rises and sets at pretty much the same time all year long.  Our …

Peace and Tranquility?

Peacocks are beautiful.  Sure.  But, did you know that they sound like a dying cat at sunrise? Don’t let their beauty fool you!  I never knew they made such noise. Nor did I care, actually, until they woke me up three bright-and-early mornings in a row on my recent staycation on Sentosa, a small Singaporean resort island 20 minutes from …

Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

“I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”  A friend in Singapore talking about expatriate living When she first said it, I thought…”oh that’s cute, but I don’t really get it.”   For me, the thought of moving to different parts of the world and making a new life there is exhilarating…in fact, it’s right in my …

Time To Remove The Costume

I often get asked by friends and family back home if we celebrate Halloween here in Singapore.  The short answer is yes.  In fact, this year, we were even able to purchase a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern…there is a whole other story, that I won’t get into too much detail here, but which involved …

Malala Power

Awakened by noises, that in my sleepy stupor, sounded as if we were being invaded, I quickly recognized that it was just another overnight thunderstorm here in Singapore.  We’ve experienced quite a few of those in the last month or so.   The storms here can be quite violent, and I often find myself only …

Some Monkeys Mean Trouble

Living in the the tropics definitely has both its up-side and its challenges.  This urbanized jungle near the equator contains a variety of creatures, fauna and flora, that I never witnessed in the wild growing up in the US.  In fact, just yesterday, a family of monkeys decided to swing by and say hello, much …

But It’s All A Priority!

Freshly back in Singapore and over jet lag after My Summer Tour of Ignorance in the US, I am re-energized and excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead…and there are many!  I’m talking about important and valuable endeavors that are close to my heart and soul, and that I want deeply to give my full attention …

Broad Strokes

Although I currently reside and work in Singapore, I’ve been fortunate to have lived in many different cities across the U.S. including Pittsburgh where I grew up, Gainesville, Florida where I went to college, New Orleans, Houston and San Francisco.  I’ve also done a couple of 8-week summer work stints in both Amsterdam and Shanghai. …