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

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

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

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

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

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?

5 Reasons to Visit Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is unlikely to be top of your list when visiting Cape Town.  After all, it has to compete with the mountain*, the infamous island*, the abundance of vineyards and craft breweries, beautiful nature and beaches and superb restaurants, copious shops, sunset cruises and the stunning new Museum of Contemporary African … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope

Heading to South Africa? Here’s how to get Culture Smart!

Culture Smart! has updated their guide to South Africa and as part of their first ever blog tour, promoting updated and brand new titles, I was invited to take a sneak preview. What is Culture Smart!? The concept of the Culture Smart! book series is similar to traditional travel guides in that they cover the … Continue reading Heading to South Africa? Here’s how to get Culture Smart!