It’s the little things

As we draw up to two years in Bangkok I get the opportunity to reflect and notice the things I do appreciate by being here. Expat life is a privileged bubble and a fairly easy life (especially those of us in the supporting role). Once the initial set up and finding your tribe is done…

And it’s time…

Much as we’d hoped we could extend our stay in Bangkok and the expat life another year our contract comes to an end in January. So it is we start the countdown to heading home to New Zealand. It’s not without mixed feelings for everyone in the family. Bangkok has been home for nearly two…

Exploring

Any city deserves to be explored. There is an energy, life and story that is waiting to be discovered.  I’ve lived in London and one of the biggest joys was catching the underground to an unknown area, usually on a Sunday, and simply walking around. Gazing at the buildings, getting ‘lost’ and maybe learning along…

Bali

We recently went on a much anticipated trip to Bali. It was a combined 40th birthday celebration and friends reunion. Gathering together some of our oldest (no pun intended) and dearest friends for a good old fashioned tropical holiday. It took 2 years of planning to get everyone in line from New Zealand, Australia and…

It’s a Women’s World

Being a woman, a farang woman, in Thailand has been an interesting ride. When we first visited Bangkok, to find a house and school I was bombarded. By the busy, bustling, hot and smelly city. By the shear size and baffling number of neighbourhoods. But what also struck me was the enormous number of billboards…

The Treehouse Effect

There is a new obsession taking over our home. Our son has recently become determined to have a treehouse. How do you say no to your six year old dreaming about what feels like a fundamental childhood experience? Whilst offering so much with the expat lifestyle there is no denying that there are aspects of…

Ultimate Expat

Without wanting to pontificate too much when I was writing about my expat experiences I got a lot of responses from friends around the world. And yes it did take that long for it to dawn on me that I have a number of friends that call themselves expats. And most of them, unlike me,…