At our annual school concert wearing the national dress (the kira)

Megan, a South African educator in Bhutan

Bhutan is nestled in the Himalaya, between India and Tibet, and has a population of fewer than 800,000 people. It is well known for the concept of Gross National Happiness that permeates everything they do; it is even included in their school curriculum. Basically, Bhutan is known as one of the happiest countries in the world. The Bhutanese are some of the kindest, most accepting and giving people in the world. They have so little but they share whatever they have.
Chinese Breakfast of Champions

Chinese Street Foods

China is well known for offering a vast variety of different foods. The very concept of “Chinese cuisine” is hard define because the country is so big and the dishes vary so much from place to place. One passion that does unite the country, however, is a love for street food. One of the greatest things about street food is that it is impossibly cheap, as you can often get a full meal for less than a euro.
Family day out Beaune France 2002

A Question of Language (and Why You Should Avoid Expats)

For those who wish to actually live abroad, which I would take to mean spending a year or more there and, more importantly, immersing yourself in the life, then this apparent convenience can quickly become a trap that you may struggle to escape from. This is because of the insularity of the expat community, and it is the same no matter where you are. There are people who have lived abroad for ten years or more and their ability to have an intelligent conversation with a local is approximately zero. They are not assimilated into the local culture and people do not talk to them in the street; they remain apart.
Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

My life in Malaysia, truly Asia.

Malaysia is such a unique place to live, with its colonial architecture mixed in with modern buildings stands alongside beautiful mosque and temples alike. Although most speak English, Bahasa Malaysian is the national language. with Mandarin and Tamil also widely spoken. Many languages can be heard being spoken because the country is a melting pot of local Malay's, Chinese and Indian cultures.
Together in Shenzhen

Doha and Shenzhen: A Tale of Two Cities 

In many ways, Doha is not so different from Shenzhen because it is a modern city. Like Shenzhen, most of Doha did not exist thirty or forty years ago. Yes, it has loads of skyscrapers and impressive modern buildings, just like SZ, and there are even some parks. Both cities are near the sea. But that is where the similarities end. Doha was built by Nepalis, Indians, Filipinos, anyone that the Qataris could get to do the work. Shenzhen, on the other hand, was built by the Chinese. Okay, they had hired some foreign architects perhaps, but all of the real work was done by Chinese workers.





Nerissa, a Filipino Expat in Italy

I am a Filipino living in Italy. I was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Sicily (Italy) after getting married in Manila. This is my life.
Italian Piazza

Italian Lifestyle