Category Archives: Travel

The Inseparability of Twins 

Twins are not that rare a phenomenon, with 8-16 pairs of twins per 1,000 pregnancies in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Of these, around a quarter are a subset called mirror twins. There is a simple Thai phrase … Continue reading

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If…

If you can hold your breath when all about Kids sneeze open-mouthed at you, If you can trust yourself when all students doubt you, But make sense of their doubting too; If you can wait for a word and not … Continue reading

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Goodbye Grandad

We’ll miss your twinkly eyes and trademark floppy hair. Your inevitable snooze after lunch. The work ethic that meant you conveniently forgot about being retired. The impressive community spirit that you built with Barbrooks store and your sporting endeavours. Reydon … Continue reading

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Teaching English – one month in

I’ve completed my first four weeks teaching English here in Singapore. I’m enjoying the job, and mostly teaching Kindergarteners (aged 4-5) their phonics to enable them to read, along with expanding their vocabulary. However, I have some older groups up … Continue reading

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Searching for elusive birds of paradise

As we entered the MacRitchie reservoir park, we couldn’t help but notice the signs warning us about the resident macaque monkeys: ‘Do not feed, do not carry plastic bags, do not make eye contact, avoid wearing sunglasses.’ We began walking … Continue reading

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Lah Lah Land – Singlish in Singapore

One month ago, I flew to Singapore. I had resigned from a good job in London to come teach English, having no real experience of teaching beforehand and only a TEFL certificate and English Literature degree to back me up. … Continue reading

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5 things travelling has taught me about me

1. I’m grumpy when I’m hot. Living in a frying pan for six months can turn you into a raging Hulk at the smallest things: “No thanks, I don’t smoke. No I don’t want to buy your cigarettes as I’m … Continue reading

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