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I’ll be honest, Bali in Indonesia was not on my bucket list. The first time I went, Small Person was seven months old. Enough said, really. I was so sleep deprived I could’ve been on Mars. Since then, living in Asia, we’ve ventured to places like Thailand and Malaysia, whenever we were lucky enough to […]

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And just like that …. I was back, in China.  My China Southern flight landed with a bump and we rolled along the runway. Out of the tiny oval window, I could see that familiar muddy grey haze stretching out, almost touching the maze of concrete highways in the distance. I grimaced. I’d forgotten just […]

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Due to the hotelier’s new(ish) work circumstances, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Fiji twice in the last 12 months! (I know, tough life, right.) Yep, there are a few perks to having a husband who travels, a lot… and piggybacking on some of his work trips is one of them. Before this though, […]

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When Ava was just three years old, she started coming home from pre-school spouting off words, phrases, even songs in Chinese, which to be honest, I thought was merely ‘toddler gibberish’. That is, until we were out to dinner one night, and a friend pointed out the seemingly un-obvious, to me, “You know she’s counting […]

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The 30 second television advert begins with a tense family dinner scene. A young woman turns apprehensively towards her mother and says ”Ma Ma…” Her mother cuts in, bangs down her chopsticks and says scathingly (in Mandarin of course) “If you don’t bring home a boyfriend next time, then don’t call me Mum!” Next minute, […]

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When Michael from Global From Asia wanted to chat to me for his show, how could I possibly refuse? An American who’s kicking butt in Shenzhen, married to a Chinese lady, together they are giving others the knowledge and tools to take their business from Asia and make it ‘global!’ Pop over to his website […]

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Living overseas, as an expat, usually means your children will be exposed to some magnificent wonders of the world. Not only will they be immersed in different cultures, witness unusual customs and fascinating traditions, they’ll meet and learn about people from all walks of life. But moving isn’t always smooth sailing. Just like us adults, […]

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Suddenly out of nowhere, it hits me!  Ah hello, I’ve been waiting for you. Wondering when you’d make an appearance and rain on my homecoming parade.  And here you are, almost like clockwork, six months to the day that we landed, back, on Australian soil. I can’t quite pinpoint the feeling. Is it a black […]

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If you’re expecting cobbled-stoned lane ways, an abundance of outdoor cafes where you perch on chairs squeezed together around a minuscule table, just big enough to fit your mini espresso and pain au chocolat, whilst you gaze longingly at an exquisite monument that whispers a thousand tales — then no, New Caledonia is nothing like […]

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As an expat living overseas, we all too often find ourselves consumed with thinking about the “next place!”  Where to when this gig expires?  Naturally, it usually comes down to where you can get a decent job; of course you also have to weigh up the costs associated with said job.  If you’re upping stumps […]

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