Pulp Fiction

I often have people telling me that I look like their cousin, neighbor, best friend. I have a very common look I suppose, because this happens to me all the time. Just last night, while playing Bunco, a new friend told me I looked just like her best friend, who also happens to have the … Continue reading Pulp Fiction

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maria loves to bake, and she especially loves to make chocolate chip cookies. So one night a couple of months ago, she decided to teach Leny how to make the cookies too. We are the first American family that Leny has worked for, so chocolate chip cookies were new to her. She tells me all … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fortune Cat

The Cat with the waving hand, you've seen them, right? The Fortune Cat. This one is great. I have seen them on teachers desks, on the dashboard of taxis, in stores by the cash register, they are everywhere. Supposedly every time the cat waves it's hand, it's saying "Money, money, money" and brings good luck … Continue reading Fortune Cat

Superstitions

I love all the superstitions the Chinese have, I find them fascinating, and am even more fascinated by how much they are followed. Most of these superstitions have been passed down through the generations, and while many do blindly believe and follow, most here do not behave like nervous wrecks, jumping at every sound and … Continue reading Superstitions

My very own “Three Star Gods”

After being distracted by the two snakes in one day ordeal at the pottery place, I gave up on my trying to choose a Peranakan piece, and instead choose to get my very own trio of Chinese deities. Three wise men are Chinese gods who are " Fu, Lu, & Shou". They are also called … Continue reading My very own “Three Star Gods”

Two Snakes in One Day!

Can you believe it??!! I saw TWO snakes in ONE day!! And I didn't have a heart attack!!! Well, maybe my heart was pounding a bit. Okay, I was terrified. Here's the story: I was with my Singapore BFF Jacki and I were off on one of our weekly adventures. (Jacki is a Philly girl … Continue reading Two Snakes in One Day!

Human Body Experience

The Science Center Singapore recently had an exhibit called "The Human Body" and from the little I had seen and heard about this temporary exhibit, I just knew I had to take my kids to experience this. It was quite interesting, to say the least. It all began with a journey down the food tube: … Continue reading Human Body Experience

Singapore Sling

Yummy! The Raffels Hotel is a must-see here in Singapore. The Long Bar is famous for the Singapore Sling, and of course Trent and I just had to have one (or two) of these. Here's some information I found on-line: "The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail. This drink was developed sometime before 1915 … Continue reading Singapore Sling

Sharing the road with motorcycles

Sharing the road with motorcycles. That's what we do here! It's about constantly looking in the rear-view mirrors for motorcycles that are coming up on you. They overtake the cars & trucks, passing right on the dividing line, sometimes with barely enough room to squeeze through. They weave in and out while at high speeds, … Continue reading Sharing the road with motorcycles

Leny

I have been so lucky to have to opportunity to live in another culture, and experience new things, new ways of doing things. Most families in Asia, including expats, hire a live-in maid. A "helper". I had no intentions of participating in this, as I have never had help, nor have I ever needed it. … Continue reading Leny

Top 10 List of “What I notice in the USA” while home this summer

Since landing back here in my home country for a few weeks this summer, there are a few glaring things about the USA that really stand out to me now. Things I hadn't really paid much attention to before our move to Asia. So this is my Top 10 list of things in the USA … Continue reading Top 10 List of “What I notice in the USA” while home this summer

Happy Birthday Daddy!

So blessed to be with my dad on his 75th birthday! He's been the Mayor of Zelienople Pennsylvania since 1996! And for years prior to being elected Mayor, he served on the town council. 100% volunteer, no perks, no benefits. For a few years he was President of the Pennsylvania Mayors Association. He knows everyone … Continue reading Happy Birthday Daddy!

Dengue Outbreak

Despite all the mosquito fogging, dengue is a very real problem in Singapore. It rains here nearly every day. It's humid, all the time. Perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. Fogging cannot possibly control all the mosquitos. And the numbers of reported cases of dengue fever are on the rise. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/dengue-cases-on-the-rise/1208520.html http://www.dengue.gov.sg http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=74 There is one … Continue reading Dengue Outbreak

Fogging for Mosquitos

When we first landed in Singapore, we knew that mosquitos might be a problem. I mean, it IS a tropical climate, its hot, humid, and it rains nearly every day. Perfect for mosquitos. Except that Singapore has it completely dialed in on how to handle the mosquito population. It's called "fogging". It's done in public … Continue reading Fogging for Mosquitos

SAS Math Excellence Award

Each teacher at the Singapore American School is allowed to award two exceptional students at the end of each year. Maria was surprised and honored when she was recognized by her math teacher! This has been one heck of a year, a lot of ups and downs, adjusting to a new school, a new culture, … Continue reading SAS Math Excellence Award

English class

Maria loves her english class. It's her favorite subject, her favorite class. And it shows consistently in her work. She has a terrific teacher this year, who totally appreciates her effort. Here are some snip-its from him on some of her work. And of course, you cannot help but love anyone who sings to Maria, … Continue reading English class

Lyssa zampa

In the last few weeks, there have been hundreds of sightings of a huge moth in Singapore, the Lyssa zampa, also known as the Tropical Swallowtail Moth.  They have been spotted all over the island,  there are photos of them trending on Instagram, Facebook is cluttered with photos, people everywhere are talking about this bug. … Continue reading Lyssa zampa

Cales IT Media video

 My creative Cale made this video for his IT Media class at the Singapore American School.   I was super impressed when I watched this!!!  Here's what he wrote:"After a long couple months, I have finally completed this 5 minute long video. It is about a bank robber... but will have to find out the … Continue reading Cales IT Media video

Don’t take the toilet water

Seriously, a sign is needed for this? I saw this posted in a public restroom this morning, at a park where I was joining a Dragon Boat crew for the morning . Here is a pic of what the water looked like Seeing how dirty the water is, perhaps the toilet water is cleaner? Oh, … Continue reading Don’t take the toilet water

Baby Pufferfish

Today Cale and I spent a couple hours at the beach, where we met a man who was fishing by casting a net into the surf.  We were swimming nearby him, thinking there was no way he was going to catch anything exciting so close to us.  Boy were we wrong! He caught the cutest … Continue reading Baby Pufferfish

Things you didn’t know about pythons in Singapore

Okay, ever since the python in the pool incident, I am freakishly hyper-focused on pythons in Singapore.  So I did some digging, and here's some information about them, this is my list of things you probably didn't know about pythons in Singapore. **   Back when there was more 'wild' space in Singapore, snakes were more … Continue reading Things you didn’t know about pythons in Singapore

Grand Opening

When a new business or office opens , expands, there is a Grand Opening. This is not unfamiliar, it's a common business practice around the world. When I first saw the flowers sent to the business hosting the Grand Opening, I thought they were sympathy flowers! They are gorgeous arrangements! And so grand! It always … Continue reading Grand Opening

Two Broken Noses

Two broken noses in two weeks.   It really is a good story ...   In gym class, Shane was swinging his long arms, I think because his arms get tired from swimming so much, and also because the kid cannot sit nor stand still.  Ever.  So he’s in  gym class, swinging those long arms, … Continue reading Two Broken Noses

Sweet & Sour Chicken by Leny

INGREDIENTS chicken breasts, cut up into cubes egg corn flour fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized chunks.  save the juice. salt (pinch) white pepper (pinch) tomato sauce green & red pepper cucumber onion oil for frying DIRECTIONS: Beat egg.  Add 2 big spoonfuls of cornflour, a pinch of salt, a pinch of white pepper, and … Continue reading Sweet & Sour Chicken by Leny

“12 Year A Slave” Movie Rejects

You've seen it, right?  "12 Years A Slave" was a great movie, about American history.  It's a true story, and we Blinkmans, along with millions and millions of other people in the world, wanted to see this movie. We bought our tickets, at $11 each, asking the ticket attendant if perhaps there was a discount for … Continue reading “12 Year A Slave” Movie Rejects

Loot from the USA

Trent was back in the states last week, and he was sent with a shopping list of some items that are either unavailable or too expensive here in Singapore. Folgers coffee, protein bars, rice-a-roni, sports beans, cereal. Black and white kitty, Miss Jayda, is a princess and loves to have her photo taken.

Thaipusam Festival 2014

Thaipusam … ever hear of it?  I vaguely remember seeing something about this on Nat Geo TV a long time ago, but never in my life did I think I would get to attend this festival in person.   When I heard that this would be happening soon in Singapore,  there was no way I … Continue reading Thaipusam Festival 2014

Crazy for Cronuts

Ever hear of a cronut? Well, a cronut is only the most delicious pastry you could ever taste. Its a croissant donut mix, and it’s heavenly. Fortunately for me, they are sold at a nice Italian bakery not far from our place. Unfortunately for me, they must have about as many calories as a big … Continue reading Crazy for Cronuts

The Buzz is Tops!

I won!!  I won!!  The Blinkman Buzz blog won the gold medal!!  I have the #1 blog in Singapore!!   This is a really big deal in this country, because every expat has their own blog.  I'm not kidding, when you meet someone, it comes up in your first conversation.   "How long have you lived in … Continue reading The Buzz is Tops!

The ‘Buzz is in a contest!

 I don't normally do contests and ask for votes.  But, here I am, asking for votes!  Let me tell you why ....  I was invited to share "Blinkman Buzz" on a website for Expat Blogs.  Once on that site,  the buzz was then a featured blog, and from there I was invited to participate in … Continue reading The ‘Buzz is in a contest!

Ganesha under a tree

Walking through a park yesterday, I noticed this small Ganesha under a random tree off the path, and found it to be quite interesting. In a landscape of all green, it was shockingly colorful, and anything but ordinary. I couldn't help my mind from wondering who put it there? How long ago? Do they come … Continue reading Ganesha under a tree

The Ion Panda

This iconic panda sits in front of the Ion, the most recognizable and well-known shopping mall in Singapore. I've walked through this mall, with it's eight levels of shopping (four above ground and four below ground), and managed to get so turned around that I had to go outside the building to find my way … Continue reading The Ion Panda

Marine Ball

We were graciously invited  to the Marine Ball here in Singapore to celebrate the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corp.  Scott and Susan both work at the United States Embassy, they were able to invite guests, and we are so happy that they chose us!Having never been to a ball before, I set … Continue reading Marine Ball

Race The Dead 5K Zombie Run

First, let's make this clear: I am NOT a runner. Oh, I try to fake it at the gym, and a couple of times I have run outside. I've always said, my entire life, that I don't run. I will only run if a monster is chasing me. And even then, I may just drop … Continue reading Race The Dead 5K Zombie Run

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme just came to Singapore this past month, and I Just happened to be in the area the other day, of course, I wanted to eat some Krispy Kreme donuts. br /> Apparently everyone in Singapore wants to eat Krispy Kreme donuts. I stood in the queue for about 30 minutes, which was the … Continue reading Krispy Kreme

Leny’s Recipes

  Leny serves up the most fabulous, mouth-watering dishes ever. Nearly all of the meals she makes for us she does from her head, or she will look at a recipe and tweak it. Leny is Filipino, and lived there until she was in her 20's. At that time she came to work in Singapore, … Continue reading Leny’s Recipes

Chicken head in my sink

MARIA BLINKMAN, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, STOP RIGHT NOW. YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THESE PICTURES. My live-in housekeeper Leny ("helper" in Singaporean) wanted to roast a chicken, but I had no idea that mean she would be doing this!!! I told her if Maria walks in, you cover it, because if it is … Continue reading Chicken head in my sink

Subway Monkey

Tonight, while eating dinner at Subway, we spied a little monkey!! We were at the Bukit Timah subway, which is a high traffic road, with lots of construction activity. I think this little guy is living in a tree right by the Subway, where there is a new building going up. I plan to stop … Continue reading Subway Monkey

One Pesky Gecko

Oh, there is a smart little gecko living under my refrigerator.  And this little lizard is having a load of fun tormenting my kitties. Jazz & Jayda sit in the kitchen and meow and carry on, until I cannot take it any longer.   I pull the fridge out, and then both kitties immediately try … Continue reading One Pesky Gecko

Hari Raya Haji

Today is a public holiday in Singapore.   It's Hari Raya Haji 2013.  School was cancelled and Trent didn't go into work.  I had no idea what this was, and when I googled it, I found that it's a pretty big deal.  Especially in this part of the world.  Singapore has a nice mix of … Continue reading Hari Raya Haji

The Fuzzy Egg Shell

This is what I found today when I opened my pack of eggs. Up until now I hadn't really thought about eggs, although last week one of my eggs had a blob of dirt on it, and while I washed it off, I wondered if it was really dirt or something else.    So after … Continue reading The Fuzzy Egg Shell