Going Meat-Free

For the past 34 years of my life, I've never once questioned where meat on the table came from. As far as I was concerned, they came from some random farm and ended up in the supermarket. It wasn't until two weeks ago when Daniel brought up the topic of factory animals being mistreated and …

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What is Home?

On the 9th of August, Singapore celebrated her 53rd independence. My Facebook feed was dominated by family and friends dressed in the national red and white colours, proudly waving their Singapore flags while watching the much looked forward annual parade. It has been more than 8 years since I left Singapore. I vividly remember how …

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Kids’ Craft Box

Thanks to google analytics, I saw an advertisement on Facebook about Toucan Box, a subscription service which mails children a themed craft box bi-weekly (or monthly). I've always bought my own craft materials and looked for ideas on Pinterest. But I have never consciously put much thought into planning educational themes to facilitate learning. As …

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Playmobil Fun Park Nürnberg

The highlight of this year's summer vacation had to be Playmobil Fun Park. As a leisure theme park (click to view interactive map) filled with oversized Playmobil figures and play areas, there is plenty for little ones to do without having to queue for rides. Shortly after paying for our entrance tickets, we were greeted …

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Field of Experiences for the Senses, Nürnberg

Walking barefoot on different surfaces, why do our eyes play tricks on us, why is there sound when you rub hard on wet granite, how do you balance on stilts? These are just some of the questions that the Field of Experiences for the Senses answer in Nürnberg. Located just 10 minutes away from the …

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Dottenfelder Hof, Bad Vibel

I wanted to go on a typical German Bauenhofurlaub this summer but we left it too late and most farms that are reachable via public transport have been booked. So we did a day trip to Dottenfelder Hof in Bad Vibel, just under 30 minutes away from Frankfurt Central Station. It is a working bio …

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Lidl Kochzauber Recipe Box

I decided to give Lidl's Recipe Box (Kochzauber) a go as I wanted to try out new dishes, and use more seasonal and fresh ingredients in my cooking. It is a convenient alternative to planning meals every Sunday evening and doing a big shop without a car. Every week, 4 different recipe boxes are available …

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How to study German when you have kids

6 years in Frankfurt and I've not taken the German language seriously. Any expat living in Frankfurt will tell you how easy it is to get around everyday life with zero or minimal German. But as my 4 year old comes home from Kita daily spitting more and more German words at me, struggling to …

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Community for Families in Frankfurt

When we first arrived in Frankfurt in 2012 as a young childless couple, it was easy to make friends. We had night outs with colleagues, met strangers with similar interests to practice our Japanese and fellow expats who were here for their 2-3 years job stunts. After a couple of years, our first child came …

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Mainspiele 2018

Every summer, I'm reminded why I love living in the city. No doubt that Frankfurt is more often than not known only as a transit hub or as finance centre, but if you look closely enough, the city has lots to offer for families too. The Mainspiele which takes place on the south side of …

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Our Clubfoot Journey – After 4 Years

Last Friday was our long awaited appointment with the Orthopedist. It was Theo's 4th year review of his Ponseti treatment and we were excited to know if he could ditch his boots and bar for good. He's had casts to manually correct his feet from birth, a tenotomy operation at 3 weeks old, 23 hours …

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The Importance of Teachers

For the most part of my schooling years, I've had great teachers. They were the ones who motivated me, helped me reach my potential, and truly cared for me as a person and not just my grades. But I've also had teachers who couldn't care less about their students, couldn't teach to save their lives, …

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Food Pyramid Home Project

We try to eat healthily. I don't necessarily mean I put everyone on a Bio diet because that really adds to household expenses, but I try to put more fruits and vegetables on the table for the family. Growing up in Singapore, I don't remember snacking a lot on sweets and chocolates or even had …

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Eingewohnung Week 6

After 6 weeks of Eingewohnung, we finally saw an improvement in Mia's mood! She doesn't cry as we enter Krippe. I can tell she's anticipating the separation and is a little anxious so I sing to her as we walk in. She still cries when I hand her over but her teachers are now able …

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Eingewohnung Week 5

Instead of drop-offs getting easier, we have somehow regressed. Mia anticipates the separation every single day and gets very upset before I even bring her into the classroom. She would be sat on the bench crying her heart out as I undress her winter overalls. It is very difficult to watch her like this and …

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Polar Opposites

No kid is ever the same. Not even when they have the exact same parents. Everyday I'm reminded by my two lovelies that they are unique individuals. Despite looking very similar as babies, my kids' personalities couldn't be more different to each other. I first noticed the difference when Mia was about 2 months old …

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Eingewohnung Week 3

Where did the time go? Ever since Daniel returned to work this year after taking one year of Parental Leave, the weeks fly by quickly. This isn't a bad thing as we look forward to weekends together with both kids. Mia is on to her third week of Eingewohnung. Her little friends get so excited …

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Eingewohnung Phase 2 Continued

This is the second week of Mia's Eingewohnung Phase 2 where I have to say goodbye to her. We started off the week pretty rough. She had lots of tears and was finding it difficult for me to not be in the room with her. After 10 minutes, her teacher rang me to pick Mia …

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Eingewohnung Phase 2

On day four, we entered Phase 2 of Eingewohnung. This is when I join her in the room for the first 15 minutes before bidding farewell for anything between 5 to 30 minutes. When dropping the kids off, it is always reassuring when they are the ones who take the lead to get in the …

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Krippe Eingewohnung

As cliche as it sounds, in a twinkle of an eye, baby girl is officially a toddler walking about independently with much confidence and has started attending playgroup. I often wonder why the German daycare system requires parents to stay in the classroom with the kids when they first start? Why familiarisation or orientation could …

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