Posts by: Germaine

Bittersweet moments

Bittersweet moments

I was trying to capture an outfit shot of Katy when she noticed a leaf by her right foot. She stepped on it, dragged it underfoot up against the wall, and raised her foot till leaf met hand and she…

Motherhood: Keeping It Real

Motherhood: Keeping It Real

This Mother’s Day, I’m keeping it real. No matter if you have a robust support network or none at all, no matter if your workplace is family-friendly or would rather its employees work as though they don’t have personal lives…

Our First Serious Conversation

Our First Serious Conversation

Lately, Katy has started lolling in front of the full-length mirror outside my bathroom when she’s meant to go brush her teeth. Today she piped up while looking at her reflection: “Who gave me my birthmark?” I told her the usual…

How Grinches Are Made

How Grinches Are Made

It begins in December. Of course it does. By being born in the same month as Christmas, you are guaranteed a childhood of receiving half the anticipated quantity of presents. With a child’s sense of right and wrong, you protest the…

“You have a child, you know”

There is a woman in her 50s whom I see at an exercise class every week. I don’t know her well. We just work out together. She sometimes asks me random questions as we’re leaving class, and this week in…

My Irrational Zika Panic

My Irrational Zika Panic

Zika first appeared on my radar as a South American virus that was scaring athletes away from Rio 2016. I was entirely unprepared for the speed at which it arrived on Singapore shores, but I didn’t think too hard about…

How to Talk So Katy Will Listen

How to Talk So Katy Will Listen

As a communicator by trade, I tend to assume that I’m competent at getting my point across to people in a meaningful and engaging manner. The humbling reality of parenthood, however, is that everything I think I know about communication adds up to a big fat nothing…

Katy Takes Japan! Part Three: Nara

Katy Takes Japan! Part Three: Nara

I mentioned in Part 1 that we scuppered the entire Kyushu leg of our trip due to an earthquake and the eruption of Mt Aso. We did some brainstorming and research to consider our options in the Kansai area, which fortunately…

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