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Emily Abbey

expat wife and mama, unschooling adventurer, usually lost

I’m Emily and the woman/wife/mother behind THE EXPAT - a blog for the modern expat woman.

THE EXPAT was borne out of the beginning of a new chapter in my life as up until August 2016 I had been living a very quiet life in South Devon, England with my husband of four years and our two young children. Life was the normal blur of work, pre-school runs, kiddie play dates and parties, piles of washing and – weather permitting – picnics on the beach. And then one day my husband casually slips in to the lunch time chit chat that a job opportunity had been suggested to Singapore.

Exactly three months later I flew out to Singapore with our four year old son and three year old daughter to start our new life. I’d never been to Singapore before and apart from someone who was in my brothers class at primary school, I knew no one. In fact, right up until we left I wasn't even 100% sure where Singapore can be found on a world map. Not the type of person to be isolated by my lack of local know-how (or lack of foreign travel), I’m throwing myself and my family into this expat experience – culture clash, homesickness, humidity survival and all. To say this isn't like life in the UK is a huge understatement, and I'll be honest, I've been a bit lost...

Expat Life: Sunshine And Sadness

Abandoning ship and running home is rarely an option, so you're left to stick out this expat existence wondering if you've made a terrible mistake.
08/05/2017 16:40 BST

The Expat Label: Swapping Countries... And Lifestyle?

The internet is awash with wild tales of expat life, all the money and glamour and luxuries, but we were (and still are) entirely disinterested in becoming the stereotype. We just wanted to take a great opportunity, save a bit of cash (hopefully), and set our family up for a more secure future than the UK was able to offer us.
07/04/2017 15:16 BST

Culture Shock And Special Treatment: Raising Kids Overseas

If you were to grow up being placed on some sort of pedestal, being admired and photographed for no reason other than existing, wouldn't you have a warped sense of your place in the world? It's no wonder the term used here so often is "expat brats".
29/03/2017 16:58 BST

Employ Me, I'm A Parent!

But just how do parents explain a short spell of baby-making and toddler-rearing without potential future employers simply writing us off as either out of the game, or that we'll just be incredibly needy employee's demanding the working world revolve around our sproglets?
15/03/2017 15:17 GMT