Tag Archives: living abroad

Queen of Isolation

I have a problem and its name is loneliness. It’s a disease that I suffer from. That’s the only way to describe it, because I do have friends, and I do socialise. But somehow I always end up feeling alone, … Continue reading

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Gym ≠ Gymboree… or does it? An expat’s reflection on Chinese parenting

Something that’s really been getting under my skin lately is how children are allowed to run rampant in my gym. I’m in a bit of a conundrum because I feel that I am powerless to complain about it. This type … Continue reading

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Diary 2013/12/28 Chinese for Christmas

Christmas is always a hard one for me. In the past half decade, it has easily become one of my most detested holidays. No, hear me out, I’ll make this a worthwhile read, not just an emo “feel-sorry-for-me”-fest. All you … Continue reading

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Diary 2013/11/21 Saga of Visa Book One

Part the First – Proposal There comes a time in every young intern’s life when they make that first big step up. It was a nondescript October day when the carrot was first dangled in front of my eyes: the … Continue reading

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Diary 2013/09/09 An English Evening

As payday approaches (but fails to arrive), we’ve all been a little short on cash, tightening the belt and generally acting like “otaku” (zhainan and zhainv 宅男、宅女, literally men and women who don’t leave their houses), so Geoff invited us … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as goodbyes anymore

Here we are again. Leaving one place, starting fresh in another. I wish I could say that I’ve developed a habit, a coping mechanism for dealing with uprooting myself in this way, but I really haven’t. Each one is different, … Continue reading

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Familiarity

The other day I discovered the joy of returning somewhere familiar. For me, one who is constantly hell-bent on the discovery of new and interesting things, it was a mild shock to feel happy in a place that I had … Continue reading

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