Rachel thinks we are worth Priority Mail prices

My sister Rachel sent a box to us, all the way from Iowa.  The silly girl used Priority Mail!!   She went shopping and picked out some items for us that would be perfect for our first Halloween abroad. She filled out the mandatory customs form, and off the box went, straight to Singapore.   … Continue reading Rachel thinks we are worth Priority Mail prices


It's true ... McDonalds delivers here in Singapore!! Oh we giggle at these delivery men.  They all ride motorcycles ( of course, it's the only way to get anywhere fast here ) and they have big heavy cooler-backpacks strapped on them.   And they deliver right to your door. I once saw one of these … Continue reading McDelivery

Green whip snake

Photo credit to Scott Gifford. He snapped this photo of a lovely green whip snake at Dragon Kiln Pottery. He was especially keen to show me this pic because he knew I was planning to visit this historic kiln the next day. I was on the look out for this neon fellow, being especially careful … Continue reading Green whip snake


You might call them critters, bugs, insects, snakes.  I call them terrifying.   Some of them are straight out of a horror movie. Oh, if you ask one person,   you'll be told that no, there are no snakes here.  The next person you ask will tell you there are.  Who to believe?  Well, I … Continue reading Critters

The Weather is here, wish you were beautiful

Every morning we walk out of our air conditioned condo into the balmy tropical temperatures.  Singapore is nearly on the equator.  That means it is hot here, right?  Well, it is hot, but not an unbearable, cannot-go-outside hot.  The range is between 26 to 32 degrees C ( which converted is 80 to 90 degrees … Continue reading The Weather is here, wish you were beautiful

Two shoes

Okay, so it's true, I just figured out how to upload pictures to this blog directly from my iPhone.  This picture is pretty funny, I think  that it is something I really must record in this journal. This picture was taken on the second day of our landing here in Sing.  We were all extremely … Continue reading Two shoes

Driving with Trent & Siri

Trent is a pretty good driver here in Sing.  He's downright mastered the aggressive driving piece of it.    But, he has no sense of direction whatsoever.  Well, to be fair, neither do I.    It's almost comical.   Our brains are so twisted with British style driving,  the traffic,  and all the newness & … Continue reading Driving with Trent & Siri

Friday the 13th! I’m not superstitious, just stupid

My morning began as most of them begin for me ... get the kids out the door for school, then I drop Trent off at the office.  When I say this, it sounds pretty simple, I just take him to work, right?  Well, it's not simple by any way.  He office isn't that far from … Continue reading Friday the 13th! I’m not superstitious, just stupid

Ikea Singapore

Furniture.  We need some furniture!  3M gave us an furniture allowance, and so I need to make this allotment furnish as much as possible.  I check out some local furniture showrooms, and find the prices are so high!  A couch for $7,000!  Oh my!  How can I possibly furnish our condo on the amount given? … Continue reading Ikea Singapore

A Monkey takes a dip in the condo pool!

Our condo,  called "Gallop Green" has the most beautiful pool.  Being a family that centers nearly all of our activities around a pool, swimming, or water, this pool was very appealing to us when we were trying to find a home here in Singapore.  The kids took one look at it, and declared that this … Continue reading A Monkey takes a dip in the condo pool!

The end of the 30 day jail sentence for kitties

I was counting down the hours until I could pick up Jazz & Jayda from quarantine.  When 10:00 am Wednesday finally arrived, I was at the Sembawang Quarantine Station ready to get my furry babies and bring them home.  We had visited them twice, and each time, both cats seemed to miss us very much.  They … Continue reading The end of the 30 day jail sentence for kitties

Two weeks later ….

I cannot believe that it’s been two weeks past since my last post.   LIfe here in Sing is starting to get more settled for us here.  As we only arrived with clothes and some personal effects, I had to get busy setting up the condo and making it livable for us.  Fortunately, during Trents … Continue reading Two weeks later ….

18 Suitcases!

I know, I know!  I haven't updated in a while.  I've got lots to post about, as we have been living in Singapore for not quite a week now.  We officially landed on this island last Thursday, August 8th, at 2:00 am.   That's Wednesday 1:00 pm Central Zone time. Confusing, right?  We made a … Continue reading 18 Suitcases!

Blinkman Kitties World Tour

Jazz & Jayda are the babies of our family.   They were born under a tree near our house, and hit the jackpot when my three kids spotted them 8 years ago. The kids love this brother/sister duo, and so when it came time to planning our move to Asia, I knew it would be … Continue reading Blinkman Kitties World Tour

I love Space Saver Bags! The Movers are here!

You've seen the commercials, right?   "Too much stuff?  Not enough space?"   Well,  this was an issue that I was up against.  Why?  Well,  our deployment to Singapore is considered short-term by Trents employer, and so we don't get a big container shipment that moves our things by, literally, a ship.  We get two small … Continue reading I love Space Saver Bags! The Movers are here!

Sweet Parents : Sweet Grandparents

The past few weeks have been very busy with friends and family,  fun events, and farewells and final goodbyes.  Our parents don't live nearby, and so we are fortunate that they were able to make time to travel to our house to  spend some time with us.My parents came in from Pennsylvania, traveling by car. … Continue reading Sweet Parents : Sweet Grandparents

Summer Reading

Thought you might like to see what I'm reading this summer!  The first couple of books are very interesting.  Trent doesn't have time to read, so I am highlighting some key points for him.   Thankfully it is easy reading, because I am finding that I only have a minute here and then another minute there … Continue reading Summer Reading

Culture Class for the Kids, Culture Class & a Blizzard for Trent

   Last week the kids had their day of learning when Liz came to our home to educate the kids about their upcoming life in Singapore.     ***  Yes ... my walls ARE purple, although not that purple.  For some reason it is really bright in this photo.  Please don't think my walls are painted the … Continue reading Culture Class for the Kids, Culture Class & a Blizzard for Trent

Singapore Haze

Korea has Psy,  the USA has Jay-Z Singapore has PSI & Hay-Z Have you seen the news?  The haze in Singapore has reached record levels.  What haze? Where is it from?  Trent has been talking to us about this for days now, and I've been following it pretty closely on the internet.   I've had a … Continue reading Singapore Haze

Culture Class for Laura

The last thing I wanted to do on a beautiful summer day was attend a 7 hour culture class.  Nope, not interested.   But, knowing that I set the example for the kids, and their day of learning is next week,  I figured out a way to make this day-long class a happy occasion:  by … Continue reading Culture Class for Laura

Hudson Schools : End of the Chapter

Today was the last day of school for Maria, Shane & Cale.  But it was also their last day of school in the Hudson (Wisconsin) School District.  It was bittersweet ... the kids are feeling a bit blue and sentimental on leaving Hudson Schools and their friends here, but at the same time are very … Continue reading Hudson Schools : End of the Chapter


What a crazy, exciting, exhausting, busy, stressful week we had!  Our week in Singapore was a whirlwind!   I figured that I would pack extra bags and be a "pack mule" for this trip, jamming in as much as I could in these bags of things I could just leave in Trents office until we … Continue reading Whirlwind

House Hunters International

Got your attention by the title, huh? Tomorrow the kids and I are headed to Singapore!  We have been counting down the days, and it's finally here!   Kind of odd that we will be visiting this country for the first time, and we won't be seeing things through "tourist eyes" but as "residents" . … Continue reading House Hunters International

Maria’s Blue Eyes, Part III

This should be the final update about Maria's eyes, as Maria's eye condition has begun to heal and recover nicely.   At this moment we are feeling so blessed & fortunate that we have a happy ending to this story.  We knew there was something very serious going on with her eyes, but until yesterday, … Continue reading Maria’s Blue Eyes, Part III

Maria’s Blue Eyes, Part II

UPDATE! This past week Maria's blue eyes were examined on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  We go back on Monday afternoon, and it looks like she will continue to have many appointments going forward. On Thursday, the vision on her left eye was 300/20!  That was a low point for her, because she has … Continue reading Maria’s Blue Eyes, Part II

Maria’s Blue Eyes

Well ... this blog is supposed to be about our move to Singapore and our adventures and life in Asia as we settle in.  BUT ... this week has thrown us for a loop and may put a kink in our plans, so it's only fitting to share.   I have had a crazy day … Continue reading Maria’s Blue Eyes

Allergies in the USA vs Singapore

For the last six months, Maria has had a constant stuffed up nose.  She has became a mouth breather 100% of the time.   We tried antibiotics, over-the-counter decongestants,  the neti pot, all with no relief.   A visit to the ENT revealed that she has deviated septum which is severe enough she will need … Continue reading Allergies in the USA vs Singapore


Trent has traveled around the world in the last year, so he is up to date on all his vaccines.  The kids and I, well, we are a different story.  The 3M Relocation people gave us a list of "recommended" vaccines, and after reading and re-reading the list, doing some internet research on various diseases … Continue reading Vaccines!

How much do we know about Singapore?

In the past month, we realized that we know very little about our soon-to-be new home.  Trent traveled to Asia last year, so he has an idea of what Singapore is about.  The kids and I?  Well,we know NOTHING.  So, after some very basic internet researching, this is what I now know: 1.  Singapore is … Continue reading How much do we know about Singapore?


Yes, we are moving to Singapore!   And if you are interested in keeping up with the Blinkman Buzz, then you are at the right place!!   Stay tuned for updates as we Blinkmans prepare for an international move with two cats, and then continue to follow this blog to stay in the loop about … Continue reading SINGAPORE!