The expatriates

That girl on the left is me, Katrijn. I am standing in our backyard in Singapore. In this picture, I am roughly 4 years old. We moved back to the Netherlands two years later and, being a December baby, I haven't had a sunsoaked birthday since.

Until now. In this picture I am 32 years old and I'm happily living in Singapore once again, but this time with my own husband and daughter. Some history is worth repeating. This blog chronicles in a rather haphazard way life as an expat wife in Singapore, the stuff I remember about the first time I lived here, the stuff I'd like my daughter to remember and the stuff that S. lets me write about him.

Back home, I worked as a journalist, specializing in business newscareer stories and energy news (see my linkedin page) and I miss writing. So, I'm filling the void with a blog. As you do.

But I don't mind being paid for my musings. So, if you have a business proposal, please contact me at katrijnderonde (at)  

This is daughter E., pretending to be an orchid in the Botanic Gardens, mere days before her first birthday in 2011. We call her daddy's carbon copy, and there's really no need to stick two pictures of S. on this page.

Update, November 2014

We're still in Singapore. A lot has happened, but nothing much has changed, except for the arrival of baby J., now Big Boy (because that's what everybody says when they first meet him).

Here is my currently favourite ever picture of E., known as "Blondie", and J., known as "Big Boy". Big Boy joined our family at the beginning of 2013 just before the Chinese year turned from Dragon to Snake, which means we share our house with a girl tiger and a boy dragon. They get on well.

Blog posts in English:

Lessons learned: Parenting hurts physically
Singaporeans do things differently: Fridge edition
Lessons learned: Nature vs nurture
Picture post: National Day Parade (practice)
Mama monologue: supermarket
Nablopomo 2014: all posts
November, I offer you up to St Jude
Of monkeys and mountain goats
Life without live-in helper
Repeating history: the beach
Picture post: Singapore Night Fest
Finally, a triathlon (sprint edition)
Singaporeans do things differently: discounts
Picture post: toddler reading habits
Picture post: Desaru, again
Singaporeans do things differently: dressing for the rain
All the small things
Interlude: Singapore in videos
Picture post: Singapore highlights
Picture post: On the move
Picture post: E. takes over the camera
Netherlands books: On Dutchness
Off topic: PND Awareness Week
The Netherlands by water
Picture post: Netherlands flag
Picture post: remnants of the old hair
Mumbai books
Interlude: Bollywood videos
Bombay baby and toddler travel
Picture post: Mumbai with toddler and baby
Lessons learned: Sleep regression, Wonder Weeks and science
Picture post: Baby J. and Baby E. (again)
Nablopomo: Mumbai, the Netherlands and Singapore
It's all about image: granola and yoghurt
Stuff that happened
Contest: or where to bring your toddler for drinks in Singapore
I've been interviewed
Beautiful mama blog award
Picture post: Great minds
Flexibility at work: trust your employee to reach the goal
Picture post: Baby J. and Baby E.
Singaporeans do things differently: the holiday season
Baby J. is regulating
Lessons learned: baby survival mantra's
Singaporeans do things differently: Post-natal massage
Delivering Baby J. in Singapore
Pain and relief, part III
Picture Post: Baby J.
Singaporeans do things differently: Emotions
Random pregnancy stuff: Boredom!
The idle parent manifesto
Twelve commandments for 2013
Picture post: Christmas, the day after
Singaporeans do things differently: Speaking English
Picture post: Week 37 and counting
Lessons learned: Avoiding gender stereotypes
Singaporeans do things differently: Free-range children
Snipperdag - Thinking day
Nablopomo: The finish line
Work situation update
Lessons learned: The unexpected use of road race cycling
Lessons learned: Dutch, expat and school birthday parties
Picture post: Sunday morning vitamines
Picture post: Ice ice Blondie
Lessons learned: Sometimes other people are right
Repeating history: Living quarters
Lessons learned: On happiness, babies and cultural differences
Lessons learned: Baby jet lag and the silver lining
Liebster award: a series of elevenses
Rant: more on pain and natural birth
Pain and relief
Lessons learned: Having it all, part II
Lessons learned: Having it all, part I
Lessons learned: Sleeping through the night
Singaporeans do things the same: Lanterns in autumn
Picture post: Singapore's Ocean View
Picture post: Blue Blondie
Lessons learned: Sharing a name, part II
Do French parents talk to their children?
Lessons learned: A mother's love
Lessons learned: Crying babies and breast milk
Lessons learned: Name sharing
Nablopomo: All posts
Nablopomo: On parenting
Figuring out my home
Pregnancy: climatic pros and cons
I followed my heart
Repeating history: going to school
Picture post: learning photography II
One year in Singapore
Dragons, careers and the Chinese zodiac
My body, your body, whose body?
Picture post: learning photography
EZ Link and AXS
Picture post: Hungry Ghost Festival
Prenatal yoga
Picture post: our front door
Melancholy brought on by bicycles
Picture post: Krabi and Ko Lanta
Public toilets
Shopping hours
Cameron Highlands and Ipoh
Blog-o-sphere: female
Gardens by the Bay: Supertree Grove
Picture post: Construction site
Singaporeans do things differently: bra's, buying and wearing
Picture post: Wet market
All this Father's Day stuff made me think
Picture post: Travel with toddler in Bali
Reading round-up: blog edition
Picture post: Hollandse Club
Picture post: A day in the life of E part II
Singaporeans do things differently: cubicle life
Picture post: Queen's Day
Singaporeans do things differently: babysitting
We were in the Netherlands
The expat toddler years part II
Picture post: A day in the life of E. part I
The  expat toddler years part I
Picture post: Cycling life
Singaporeans do things differently: childcare
Picture post: Little India and Haji Lane
Eat, drink, run, bike, run, pee
Picture post: Desaru
Repeating history: the little house next to the jungle
Mini-break at Changi Village
Singaporeans do things differently: taxi fares and availability