China Roads

“Mad Max” Scenes! The School Run in China!

So the truth of the matter is, I may well have been heard (from across the miles) whinging and moaning a few times (just a few) about the hour and a half (plus) round trip to take my daughter to school, here in China each morning. (Especially mid-winter!) But…(there’s always a but)… i’ll let you in […]

Repatriation back home | mint mocha musings

Repatriation is Not a Dirty Word!

It’s a Completely Different Ball Game: Tips to play it well! “Expat!”  In my current circles, it’s a word tossed around between friends like a ball between team players in a sports game.  Everyone has days where they hold on to the ball a little tighter, clinging on to all that it represents; especially when it’s […]

Producing in China

Made in China: Not for Sale in China – Why Global Brands are Missing from China’s Shelves

I have a four year old who likes toys. Ok, let's face it, is there are four year old on this planet who doesn't like a toy or three? (Cue Frozen theme song: "Let it gooooo!" … [Read More...]

Visiting Lishan Mountain Xi'an

Culturally Enlightened: The Big Day Out, China Style! (Anyone for an eyeball massage?)

Living in China, I am always up for a new experience, a chance to make new memories and of course, a good story to write about! So, I rather enthusiastically agreed to go on a … [Read More...]

Shanghai City

Shanghai Shenanigans: A Weekend in the Paris of the East

It might be called the 'Paris of the East' but to me, back then, it was the wild west!  I first visited Shanghai from Hong Kong about four years ago. My initial impressions? … [Read More...]

Travelling to China | Mint Mocha Musings

Travelling to China: Top Ten Things to Pack

So the holiday's approved, ticket's booked and all you need to do is throw a few things in the suitcase and you're ready to face the music err mayhem, madness and (of course) … [Read More...]

Hangzhou Lake at night

China’s Paradise on Earth – Hangzhou! Is it Worth a Visit?

If you do an internet search for the top places to visit in China, more often than not, Hangzhou will score a place in the top ten.  Before last weekend, I didn't know too much … [Read More...]