• What are we working for here at our lessons...
    2014-06-30T04:00:00.000Z
    I’ve just returned from a trip to my hometown of Rockhampton (Queensland, Australia) to celebrate 35 years since we, my girls and I, finished our senior year at the Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School . But it was a celebration of much more than that. What we know now but didn’t appreciate then – we were in a hurry to be done and out of there – is that we had just spent five years of our lives in a confined...
  • It is the time, the place, the motion
    2014-05-26T09:39:12.829Z
    Back in 1978 when Grease was the word, I was on a school tour bussing our way around Tasmania . Grease the movie had just come out and like everyone else in the day we were obsessed with it, in particular, the music, featuring our very own Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The soundtrack went into the bus cassette player and stayed there on repeat for 10 days. Imagine how traumatised that poor bus driver would have been by the end...
  • Life in the tropics
    2014-04-24T04:00:00.000Z
    We're celebrating, again, still. Today marks 10 years since we left our home in Sydney, Australia to live overseas for what was meant to be a two-year assignment. We never left, and in 2011 we were granted Permanent Residency.
     
    It is hard to comprehend that a decade has passed. This is the longest we have now spent in any one place including our hometown of Rockhampton post-marriage. We could not have imagined then that we would be living permanently and...
  • Rainy days and Mondays
    2014-03-24T05:54:07.676Z
    In just a few weeks, we will celebrate 10 years living in Singapore. When we left Sydney in 2004 for a 2-year assignment we never expected to still be here a decade later. It is not the same place today as it was then but at every stage, I have loved it. Today, it is, if I might quote Ryan Tedder from One Republic, “the most badass futuristic city in the world.” I don’t think there is any other country...
  • Pavlov says jump
    2014-02-18T06:37:34.883Z
    Next week we’ll be into March. That means a whopping 17% of the year is now history and I didn’t even notice it passing. This is completely contrary to my grand plan to turn off auto-pilot and engage with life on a daily basis. I want to be conscious of the beauty of life that is everywhere (as opposed to The News), conscious of how I devote my thoughts and time, and to look at people I pass in the...
  • The trouble with Leigh is...
    2014-01-15T06:04:30.647Z
    My name, Leigh, means meadow, which is a curious meaning to apply to a person although I do like the outdoors. Leigh and Lee are the same and traditionally, Leigh was for boys and Lee was for girls, but that does not seem to apply anymore, and obviously I have the boy's spelling and I am not. 
     
    I have never thought much about my name—it’s not an unusual name and it is recognizable in the west, but in Singapore it presents some...
  • Pedestrian etiquette
    2013-12-17T00:00:00.000Z
    I love living in Singapore as everyone knows, and have practically nothing to complain about, except for one major gripe—pedestrian etiquette. Since I do not have a car (I don't need one plus they are horrendously expensive here) this affects me every day. There is no pedestrian etiquette in Singapore, as there is in Australia, and in case you are not familiar with the protocol, I'll explain. 
     
    Sidewalks, or footpaths as we call them in Australia, are generally wide enough for two people to pass...
  • Miami without the vice
    2013-11-29T00:00:00.000Z

    I'm just back from a quick trip halfway around the world to Miami, Florida to attend and present at the  Readers' Favorite Book Awards ceremony  and accompanying events. Thank you to James Ventrillo and Debra Gaynor for their kind invitation! Debra also presented me with the gold medal won for Being Anti-Social at the 2012 awards program (Chick Lit category).

     

    Although it was a long trip, it was well worth it and I came away having met some wonderful people and...

  • Remember when you were young
    2013-10-16T00:00:00.000Z
    ‘Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun’—this is one of my favourite lines from  Shine On You Crazy Diamond  (yes there are lyrics eventually) which is one of my all-time favourite Pink Floyd songs.
     
    I remember one Christmas when we were young, my three brothers and I received a  record player  together with our first album—The Beatles’  Magical Mystery Tour .
     
    My aunty also had a record player. When I was about eight years old,...
  • Three decades later
    2013-09-21T00:00:00.000Z
    On 17 September we celebrated 30 years of marriage. It was the perfect opportunity to reflect on our wedding day and who we were as people just barely into our twenties. What did we believe about marriage and our future together when we made that declaration to stay together forever no matter what?
     
    Prior to our wedding day, we had to undergo a compulsory course with the priest which included a questionnaire we had to complete separately then the answers...
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