Author Archives: Leo

Drip, drip, drip


In the last few days we notice that the air conditioning in Oskar and Thomas’ room was dripping water. It got so bad that we actually had to stop using it at night. That’s of course a problem in a country where the temperature is in the high 20s even at night and  the humidity rarely goes below 70%. Turns out our airco service contract had ended and we had missed to renew with these guys (boggles the mind: if I ran a business I would pro-actively try to re-contract existing customers, but okay…).

When an airco gets dirty, the filters and other shit inside clog up and then you have water dripping, because it cannot drain through the normal drainage pipe.

We called our airco service guys, confirmed we would re-contract and – hey! – they were able to squeeze us in as an emergency and thus showed up today to clean all our aircos. The kids were excited…

At one point they would have just needed some popcorn and a Coke to make this even more enjoyable…

Now all the aircos are working as intended again and they noticably cool the rooms better.

Love it!



For our good buddy…

Happy birthday, Alex! Na klar bist Du keine Sau. Ist schon klar, ne? Wobei, “Sau” in dem Kontext ist ja eigentlich positiv besetzt. So im Sinne von “coole Sau”, sofern das für olle Säcke wie uns noch gilt :) – aber wie auch immer: alles Gute zum Geburtstag. Du bist einzigartig und ich sag’ einfach mal Danke für alles! 

Evening routine


We’re now a few days back from Europe. Overall, the transition to Singapore time went quite well. Both kids struggled the first two days and kept us up at night. Then Oskar started to sleep through and it is a only Thomas now who is still waking up at night.

Let’s see whether we can convince him that this time zone here is okay, too…



It’s Mother’s Day in Germany today. Not all countries follow suit, but I guess they are just confused. Anyway, I had ordered a bouquet of flowers for my mom and when I was on FaceTime with my parents today, it just happened that my flowers arrived.

Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom in the world!



Aggie had arrived from the Philippines, where she had attended the wedding of her brother, just a little ahead of us. But when we eventually got home she had already aired the rooms and there was even food – so great!

We were already busy emptying much of our luggage tonight because we had a lot of chocolate that had to be put in the fridge quickly and this way we could also start a washing machine.

We put the kids to bed around 10 pm. Let’s see how they’ll do with the jetlag…

14 hours later


For our flight back to Singapore I had insisted that we book Premium Economy: more leg space, larger seats, nicer screens in the event that Lamia and I have an hour or two to watch something… it felt like a little reward for taking another long haul flight within a relatively short period of time. And – oh joy! – they seated us once more all together in the front row, where we had even more space. Nice job, Air France!

Here we are in our seats:

Now, you might recall that the flight in regular Economy class to Paris was much nicer than what I had thought.
So logically, Premium Economy will be better, right?


Well, turns out it’s not. And there is a simple reason for it: when you have three seats next to each other in Economy class for four persons, the fact that you can lift up the arm rests inbetween seats is making things actually quite comfortable for the kids and us. In contrast, Premium Economy has fat arm rests which are full of little magical things which are nice when you travel alone (USB, power outlets, space for headphones, larger folding tables for your food, …), but you could not care less about when you are traveling with children. Despite that fact that the seats are a larger, the inability to remove the armrest to have everyone share a bit of their seat made this a less comfortable trip than the one we had 2 weeks ago.

It was by no means terrible, but it is funny that the first leg of our trip was not only the cheaper one but turned out to be also the nicer one.

Well, it does not matter too much: next time we fly to Europe Thomas will get a full ticket, too, and we will thus buy four tickets and can take the full middle row in the Economy class cabin. As long as both kids are small and their feet do not touch the floor when seated, this is even comfy for me, because I can fold my legs into their seats’ leg space…

Déjà vu


You might recall that when we were flying to Europe, we were on the same flight as Oskar’s teacher and one of his classmates. And yes, you guessed it: today, for the return flight, both of them were on the same plane again. Here’s Oskar with Camille…

Oskar, Thomas, Camille and Camille’s sister were exploring the area around our gate quite a bit and had some fun.
Let’s see how the next 14 hours go…