SINGAPORE: Interview with mamawearpapashirt

SINGAPORE: Interview with mamawearpapashirt

Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I live in the tiny red dot on the map called Singapore. (It’s the dot right next to Malaysia.)

I was born here, but my ancestors (that means great-grandfather and beyond) were from China. Based on my basic understanding of the Hakka people, my dialect group (which means “guests” in Chinese), we were a bunch of nomads, so I guess you can say I’ve got the travelling genes. I constantly bug the hubby to ship us off to somewhere. Still working on it (him) though.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, Mandarin Chinese, Babblese, and Wifese.

When did you first become a mother?

On that fateful day in February 2009, when suddenly (okay, not so suddenly, it took nearly 24 hours) out (more…)

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June, born and bred on the sunny and sometimes rainy shores of Singapore, is a mother of two - a chatty 4 y.o. girl and a toddler boy who babbles. She works part-time as a communication consultant, and she is deeply passionate about family, writing, faith, and good old-fashioned love. She can be found on her blog, Mamawearpapashirt.

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