• Two worlds collide in heartbreak I feel like I haven’t slept. I know I have because I kept waking up. When I wake up my mind is racing. I am a Kiwi. I am also an expat. I have spent over half my life as an expat and most of that time I have lived in Muslim majority countries in…
  • Where are all the young people? I am sitting in an audience waiting to hear a Professor from the University speak about issues around the history of Ukraine and the involvement of Russia. All good, pretty interesting topic, but wait . . . everybody in the audience is either old or really old! What the heck – what’s gone wrong here?…
  • Mahjong is kicking me out of my comfort zone When we moved to Dubai in August last year, I decided I was going to try my best to get out of my comfort zone. I’m a creature of habit, a homebody and a little shy. I already knew a few people in Dubai which made the move easier but I wanted to also make…
  • Tales of an expat shopper When we first moved to Abu Dhabi almost 11 years ago, I was so busy navigating life as a new mother and also dealing with the culture shock of moving to the Middle East that I didn’t even think about shopping and if it was going to be accessible or not. In Australia, I had…
  • Can I furnish my house using only IKEA and make it feel like a home? The short answer is yes. The long answer is maybe. IKEA furniture is definitely an easy option when you are moving countries every few years but it takes time, effort and maybe a little talent to furnish your house with IKEA and not have it look like its an IKEA room you chose out of…