More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Great photo guide to Rottnest Island.

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Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among…

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4 job references you can give, other than your boss

This is a conundrum for many a job seeker with an unreasonable boss (and the reason why they are leaving the job in the first place). Life in the corporate jungle can be so unfair, but I liked the solutions provided here by Anne Fisher.


Dear Annie: What can you do if you’re looking for a new job and interviewers ask you for references, but you don’t want to suggest they contact your boss? I’d really rather my direct supervisor didn’t know I am job hunting, at least until I get a firm offer at another company. Not only that, but he and I have never gotten along (which is the main reason I’m job-hunting in the first place). Our employer has a policy requiring everyone to refer reference requests to HR or, failing that, to just confirm titles and dates of employment, period. But I’m still uneasy about what my boss would say about me if anyone asks. Your thoughts, please? — Moving On

Dear M.O.: You’re right to be skeptical that your boss, or for that matter anyone else, will abide by the dates-and-titles-only rule. It seems that many people, when asked for…

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How We Live: A Saturday in Singapore

She’s Poised

Next up in our series in which women living all over the world share what they love about the places they know is Kathryn. Kathryn graduated college with a degree in Literature and promptly moved from Chicago to Singapore, to reconnect with her heritage. She writes about the expat life in Singapore, as well as other globetrotting adventures (including drinking coffee in Tokyo and literary themed cocktails in Thailand) over at Kaya on Brioche. Here she describes how she would spend her ideal Saturday in her city.


 I don’t often get Saturdays off with my work schedule here in Singapore; so when I do, I don’t waste them by sleeping in. I’d savor a slow wake up, enjoying the cool morning breeze as it drifts into the flat, a much cherished respite from the hot humid year-round Singapore weather. I live with two other girls in a…

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Hospitality in Singapore

Lovely guide for a short trip to Singapore.

Tanya Pham

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As I mentioned in one of my last posts, I was starting to feel some of the less glamorous effects of long-term travel after four months of backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. Luckily, Mitch’s wonderful father, Rick, cleverly planned a business trip in Singapore while we would be there.

After a rough day and long journey on a night bus from George Town, we finally arrived in beautiful Singapore. Seeing family for the first time in four months was very emotional, and I may or may not have cried a bit… What a relief to see a familiar face! And you know what else? Since hotels in Singapore are so expensive, Rick kindly upgraded his room to have two beds, and we were able to stay with him at… The Intercontinental! The timing was perfect for an amazingly wonderful break from the backpacking grind. I felt unbelievably relieved and so lucky!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Father-in-law and me! SO…

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Bahrain: See, Stay, Eat, Play (An Ex-Ex-Pat’s Guide)

I’ve never been to the Middle East due to safety concerns but I hope to one day.

The fearless flashpacker


With the Formula 1 race coming to Bahrain next month, visitors will be pouring in to small, Western-friendly, Gulf-state island.

I lived in Bahrain for half a year, and recently returned for work. Often forgotten by Westerners in favor of oil-rich Doha, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, Bahrain serves as both an economic and defense hub in the Middle East (The US, UK, and almost every Gulf and Western nation maintains a large defense and diplomatic presence here.) It’s a fascinating place to find yourself for a while, and there’s enough going on that it has it’s own Time Out affiliate! Whether on a 15 hour layover or here for the F-1, you will find plenty to do (and eat and drink!)

Bahrain nearly fell into civil war in 2011, and there have been daily protests ever since, but the island remains very safe, and its unlikely that as a visitor…

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When One Twin is More Academically Gifted

Equity is sometimes about perception. HR professionals know the importance of perception of fairness at work when it comes to pay and promotion. It’s even more crucial at home. Especially if you’re the parent of twins who have been deemed by a school system to have different abilities.

I found this an interesting read and had to reblog it here.


Splitting up twins in school is never easy. But splitting up twins so that one goes on the advanced learning track and the other follows the regular program is one of the most agonizing decisions a parent can face. And no amount of Internet searches will give you helpful advice. The consensus: Figure it out, parents. That’s what you’re (not) paid for.

As you may have guessed, I have twins, a boy and a girl, and they’re in the first grade. I happen to be a fraternal twin myself, so I’m sensitive to always being compared to a sibling. My son is like his engineer father —completely committed to being a lovable nerd. The other day he found a book of math problems at Barnes and Noble and was so excited it was as if Santa arrived, handed him a gift, and then let him ride a reindeer. My daughter…

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