It took me some time to get used to having a driver. At first, it made me feel awkward. I’d hired someone to carry out a task I was perfectly capable to doing myself. I felt embarrassed and self-conscious, being chauffeured around town with my kids in a shiny expensive car, when there were local … More KIBBEH, KABAB, KUNAFA – OH MY
A few months back, I had the opportunity to visit a henna salon in Muscat and learn about henna in Oman. I was, admittedly, a little apprehensive before leaving home. I love henna and I wanted to learn, but some of the salons I have visited in the past have been dodgy. I am too … More HENNA IN MUSCAT
Once upon a time at a book group on Borneo, a wise mum told me that raising globally minded kids is important, because they are the leaders of tomorrow. They hold the power to change mindsets for the future and make the world more tolerant and inclusive of diversity in all its forms. With that … More 5 Ways to Bring the World Home and Raise Global Kids
When I moved to Muscat from a sleepy little town on Borneo three years ago, the roads here terrified me. Granted, some drivers in the sleepy town on Borneo had a tendency to ignore red lights, but at least they did so at 60 km/h and not 120. Muscat roads seemed fast and furious by … More The unwritten rules of Muscat Expressway
Three years ago, our family was getting ready to move. With postings to Syria and Borneo, my husband and I spent several years regularly boarding planes with our three young kids, exploring our host countries and surrounding areas at every opportunity- and loved it. However, regular plane trips from infancy influenced our now primary school-aged children. … More Camping Over Planes
When I first started my path as an expat partner, we had a slow dial-up internet connection. Annoyingly, websites I needed were often blocked. Actually, looking back, I seem to have had a longstanding relationship with The Ridiculously Slow Internet, everywhere I’ve lived. Now that I have finally welcomed Broadband into my home, I know … More The expat partner resources I wish I had 10 years ago
Five years ago, I lived on Borneo, with three kids under 6. I was The Parent of my household. I can’t really say how it happened – I certainly never intended to be The Parent. If you were to ask The Wage-earning Partner in my marriage, I suspect you may hear a distant cough sounding like … More Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be a writer? Follow me, walk through that open door.