Our Daily Life in Singapore
I've tried to capture bits and pieces of our daily lives here in Singapore so that you can get a glimpse into it.So, here it is!
A day in the life of the Dean Family-
Get Ready for School: The kids' school starts at 8:00. I think that's the perfect schedule; 8-3. We leave the house around 7:30 am.
Walk to School: We live 1 kilometer from the school. I love that we live so close and I love to walk my kids each morning to school.
|my sweet boys on the way to school|
One of my favorite parts of the day is greeting everyone we see on our walk. All of the families in the neighborhood are walking their kids to school and I say "Good morning" to as many people as I can see.
|a classroom I have subbed in|
|When I work, we all walk out together. Then say goodbye to Dad with a hug.|
|The inside of an SMRT bus|
|This is the train. Here in Singapore it's called the MRT: Mass Rapid Transit|
|You're having an amazing day if the train looks like this...|
|But usually it's a little more like THIS!|
After I take the kids to school, I usually like to exercise. I love to walk. There are a lot of fun places to walk here in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. Sometimes, I swim laps in our condo pool.
|PCN trail (Park Connector Network)|
When I'm done exercising I do a variety of different home-making tasks. I tidy up the apartment, go grocery shopping, check primary emails, plan meals, etc. Household chores are a little more challenging here. We don't have a dish washer, we don't have AC in the kitchen, and our washer and dryer are very small. Our apartment is older but very well taken care of. We have less space than we did in Utah (maybe half) but sufficient for our needs.
|Because of their size, I usually do about twice as many loads as back home... FUN times|
|Dishes! my most dreaded chore: keeping it real with this photo!|
|Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little bit. Ben and Jerry's is 2 for $23.85 or one pint for $13.90|
|The aisles are tiny and they are ALWAYS re-stocking.|
|Now I get to lug all of this home without a car!|
We recently got a Warehouse club here in Singapore. They sell a select amount of Kirkland products! Hooray for real paper towels! And to get there I take an hour train ride, shop to my hearts content, maneuver my heavy laden cart to the taxi stand by way of an elevator that's always overcrowded and hope that someone will be in the area to pick me up before my frozen goods melt. The taxi ride home is about a $21 ride. And I paid a $50 annual membership- still worth all the trouble for cheap granola bars. Funny side note: people in Singapore are not accustomed to buying in bulk. I get funny looks for throwing in a case of toilet paper. What? You don't think I'll actually use it??? I also get funny looks for loading up a full cart at the regular grocery store. I think most people just buy a small basket full.
A lot of my work-free days include hanging out with friends. Usually the Mormon girls- we have an awesome ward here. We get together for all kinds of things, lots of birthday parties and farewells, and exploration around the island. I wish I could tell you how much I love my friends here without sounding super cheesy. There's something about experiencing life in a foreign country with other people in the same "boat" as you that makes those relationships form much more quickly and with more intensity than in other situations. Most of us are here with no other family support and so we quickly become that family FOR each other. It's definitely a mutual relationship. I'm one who is quick to make friends anyway and for me my Singapore friends are more than friends. They're my lifeline.
I go get the kids from school around 2:45. This is another favorite part of my day. The afternoon walks down the hill are a lot more hot than the morning walk but this is one of those times where I actually like not having a car. I love that I get to get out and walk 2 km twice a day.
|This is the primary courtyard area at our school. |
All of the moms congregate here to pick up our kids.
To give them hugs and ask about their days.
|Our school is very secure. |
We have a wall all the way around it and security at all entrances.
Here's Ryan tapping out with his ID card.
|yumm! ice cream|
|walking up the hill toward home|
Even though the boys get two snack breaks and a lunch at school they still need a snack when they get home. Then we can finish our conversations about their days and take a minute to cool off from our walk.
My kids are required to do homework and chores every afternoon. I think it's important to teach kids how to help around the house, and to work. This year we've added allowance to their chores and it has been very effective for us. The boys have a little bit of homework every night. Ryan takes between 30 to 60 minutes on Math, Chinese, and typing. Evan has Math, and Spelling or Word Study. Then they each read for at least 20 minutes every night.
|Ryan working on homework|
|Evan working on his homework|
|Condo play structure- I have a love-hate relationship with this structure. |
It's fun but also quite dangerous.
|Night games at the condo|
Once a week the boys have after school activities. Ryan is currently in Rock Climbing and Evan is currently taking a game class- PE type games. We do swimming lessons on Wednesdays and every third Thursday Ryan has Activity Days at the Church. This is more than enough to keep my kids busy.
|Ryan swimming back stroke|
|Evan at swimming lessons|
We have dinner together and the kids are allowed to play with their friends until 7:00. Then we do reading, scriptures, prayers, and get ready for bed. We don't have a working bathtub in our apartment to the boys have switched to showers. They do okay with that.
Unfortunately, Colin has to work until about 7:30 pm each night an so he's rarely home before 8:30 pm which is the boys' bedtime. It's not an ideal evening meal situation but we've learned to get used to it and we like that we can have breakfast together and see Daddy in the mornings before school.
|The boys don't sleep in the same bed.|
They have bunks.
I just love this picture because I found them like this one night.
When I'm done doing the dishes and making the kids lunches for the next day, I like to hang out with Colin before his evening calls begin. We usually chat a little about our days and watch the morning news on Fox. It's morning in New York when it's our Evening so we catch the morning news and the morning conference calls. I read my book, check my emails, catch up on Social Media, and watch Colin do his push-ups.
Then it's time for bed and in the morning we do it all over again.
I sure do love this Singapore life of ours. I wish we could stay for another year but it's time for us to go back to Utah.