Expat, Hong Kong, Travel

The Expat Pass the Parcel COMPETITION

 Expat Pass the Parcel?  Read on to find out how you can enter this brilliant competition and win a mystery prize.    The Expat NetworkThey say there are only 6 degrees of separation between us.  For expats I'm sure it’s less.  Maybe more like 2.5 degrees.  That's because we are connected by the mysterious and… Continue reading The Expat Pass the Parcel COMPETITION

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Being Left-handed in a Right-Handed World

I'd forgotten that being left handed was a thing, but recently I have been reminded once again that left-handers are navigating a right handed world. A World Designed for Right Handed People Growing up sometimes being left-handed was irritating or inconvenient.  There were the  almost permanent ink stains on my left hand from smudging my… Continue reading Being Left-handed in a Right-Handed World

Expat, Hong Kong

Kung Hei Fat Choy: Happy Chinese New Year

  Happy Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year) or Kung Hei Fat Choy as they say in Hong Kong. In recent days the city has been a riot of festive colour.  Red and gold, gold and red. Battle of the Bouquets Flowers and plants are integral to giving your home a festive… Continue reading Kung Hei Fat Choy: Happy Chinese New Year

Expat, Hong Kong

On why Hong Kong Living is A Squash and A Squeeze

Hong Kong is an exciting city.  It's completely different to anywhere else we've lived. There are things that we like, things that we love and things we're still getting used to.  One of the biggest adjustments when moving from almost anywhere else in the world to Hong Kong  is the bijou nature of the accommodation.… Continue reading On why Hong Kong Living is A Squash and A Squeeze

Expat, Hong Kong, Weather

Experiencing Hong Kong’s Super Typhoon Mangkhut

On our expat travels we've experienced a few hairy moments. There have been riots, petrol shortages, a political coup, contentious elections, minor earthquakes and an unexpectedly severe hail storm in Johannesburg. Now we can add Super Typhoon to the list. Toto, we are DEFINITELY not in Joburg any more. Typhoon Mangkhut blasted through Hong Kong on… Continue reading Experiencing Hong Kong’s Super Typhoon Mangkhut

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Untethered Expats: On how Expat Life is like Camping

This photo first appeared on the post Johannesburg's Top Hikes.  Credit Becci Monge. What do I mean by untethered and what on earth has expat life got to do with camping? Expats often talk about feeling like they are in limbo.  Much of the limbo feeling is to do with the uncertainty that accompanies an impending… Continue reading Untethered Expats: On how Expat Life is like Camping

Expat, Johannesburg, South Africa, Travel

Out of Africa, Farewell to Johannesburg

After 5 years in South Africa and a total of 10 in Africa moving on is bittersweet.

Expat, South Africa

Hilarious South African Signs: Penguins, Potholes, Peeping Toms

Here are just a few of the most unusual and memorable signs we've encountered in South Africa.  In many ways they reflect our experiences here. Always Expect the Unexpected ...and in South Africa always expect wildlife, anywhere and everywhere at any time. Watch out for the poor little penguins. There are many frustrations to expat… Continue reading Hilarious South African Signs: Penguins, Potholes, Peeping Toms

Cape Town, Expat, wine

Could Beau Constantia be Santa’s Secret Hideaway?

Could Beau Constantia Vineyard be Santa's secret hideaway? We review the evidence.

Expat, South Africa

Where are all South Africa’s Old People?

Living abroad, certain differences between your home country (or wherever you've just moved from) and the country you have moved to are startling.  They are eye-popping and jaw-dropping, immediately leaping out at you in the first days and weeks.  Other differences are more subtle and take far longer to register. I slowly noticed that one… Continue reading Where are all South Africa’s Old People?