Bikes in Xi'an | Mint Mocha Musings

Six Months in China: What I Now Know!

High fives all round because it’s not every day you get flung (some may say head first) into the middle of China with little more than your sense of (frazzled) humour!   Did I mention I had one pair of boots and a solitary jumper and winter was approaching much faster than I (clearly) anticipated! […]

Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bucket List: What to Check Off, Before You Check Out

**A Mint Mocha Musings collaboration with The HK HUB** If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing that Hong Kong is an absolute treasure trove of entertainment! That’s why we (not to mention the world) can’t get enough of this vibrant metropolis, right?If you’re an expat you’ve probably done your fair share of sight-seeing; playing tour guide to the myriad […]

travel to China | Mint Mocha Musings

Four Good Reasons You Need to Travel to China

Yep! (other than coming to visit me of course!) If you've never been to China, I'm here to convince you to give it a shot, to put it on the bucket list!  I'm not promising a … [Read More...]

Xi'an China

Chinese New Year in Xi’an: IN VIDEO

As CNY (more commonly known around here as the 'Spring Festival') draws to a close, after a two week festive frenzy, I wanted to bring you a few snippets of the action from down … [Read More...]

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Bask in the Glow: Chinese New Year in Pictures!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! This week I'm going to give you a break from my running commentary on life in China, with a Chinese New Year colour fest instead! The Year of the Sheep is well … [Read More...]

Behind the Hotel Scenes| Mint Mocha Musings

Behind the Curtains on China’s 5-Star Stage: Hotel Confessions

Five months living in the hotel and I finally got a backstage pass! (Just who do you have to um..know 'round here to get a behind the scenes tour!?) ;) I'm not sure what I … [Read More...]

Drinking Baijiu in China

China’s Genie in a Bottle: It’s Called Baijiu

I tentatively walked into the packed, brightly lit Chinese restaurant. While I'm getting used to being the only Gweilo in the room, this was my first 'local' dinner with part of … [Read More...]

School in China |MintMocha Musings

Life in China: A Class Act?

The wheels crunched over the broken bitumen as we rolled into the driveway. I was in a fairly unremarkable area of Xi'an with a few large iron gates looming down at me….no sign … [Read More...]

Xi'an City Centre | Mint Mocha Musings

Life in a Chinese City – What’s it Really Like?

China! It's the country on everybody's lips. The topical talking point on the global table. But aside from being home to the world's biggest economy, what is it really like … [Read More...]

Christmas Blog

When the Christmas Tree comes down: Another Goodbye….A New Year ahead

I tentatively unlock the door...tiptoeing inside. It's past midnight and I've just made a two hour round trip weaving speedily through the darkness of town, having taken my … [Read More...]

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Christmas in China: What Happens in Xi’an?

Latest column for Expat Focus... “He’s checking his list, he’s checking it twice, he’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice….." Sing it with me!  "….Santa Claus is … [Read More...]

Saving Money

Five Fail-Safe Ways to Save Money (after Christmas)!

Ahhh "money" and "saving" in the same sentence. I know! Trust me, it's not exactly my area of expertise (or enjoyment for that matter)! Just ask my husband and he'll tell you how … [Read More...]