The Oysters and the Pops

It’s rare for teens and adults to agree on anything, let alone the type of music worth listening to, learning and performing.  In this global world of expat families living far away from their extended relations (grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc…) intergenerational mixing is far less frequent.

For this reason, among many, I am proud to share the result of a multi-generational Jazz Group named The Oysters and the Pops, made up of 3 teenagers and 3 quinquagenarians.  Through rehearsals and recording, this group shared a unique experience of teaching to, learning from, and playing with each other, in spite of generational differences.

Please have a listen, and share your comments.

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Loneliness or Freedom? The Existential Conflict of the Modern Expatriate

It was a time that globalisation had not yet struck Paris with the force it has now – a time when the cheeseburger wasn’t the hippest thing on a brasserie menu and American-style education hadn’t begun to permeate the rigorous class-separating prépas system through more inclusive institutions like Sciences Po.

Diverse Districts

I got hungry reading this. Love the pictures too!

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Singapore may be small but it’s certainly not lacking cultural diversity. The primary ethnicities of the population are Chinese (≈ 74%), Malay (≈ 13%) and Indian (≈ 9%). What’s cool about Singapore is that there are neighborhoods that completely bring to life those statistics, districts where the influence of a particular ethnicity is obvious. This post is here to point you in the direction of those neighborhoods, offer you some guidance for when you’re there, and in general get you excited for the excursion.

I personally visited these areas with Marie, who loves photography and whom I mentioned in my previous post. Lucky for me, the focus of her lens regularly helped me see things I wouldn’t otherwise have noticed. Without even needing to say so, she taught me that to be there at the perfect moment requires being there in the first place. So as you explore Singapore, I encourage you not just to check off sightseeing…

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Getting to Know Singapore

So glad that Sabrine is visiting. Check out her latest blog posting!

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When traveling to a new country, looking at maps and searching the web are important first steps. But if you’re like me and still have a difficult time visualizing it all, this post is for you. Below are a few fun ways to get to know Singapore when you first arrive.

Visit the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre

The name makes it sound boring but I swear it’s not. As you make your way through this gallery, you will learn about the past, present and future of Singapore by engaging in visual, auditory, and sensory exhibits. Two of my favorite displays were the incredibly detailed miniature models of Singapore as well as a screen with images of old Singapore you swipe your hand across to slowly reveal images of new Singapore.

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Brush with history

The URA Centre is in Chinatown, so take the time to explore while you are there. This will give…

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