Outside the Westin Xian

Hotel Confessions: Cushioned by the Five Star Bubble(s)!

Eight weeks in deep, dark China and hurrah, we are finally in our own apartment (albeit attached to the hotel…which in all honestly is proving more often than not, a ‘godsend’)!  I’ve come to the conclusion (relatively quickly) living in the five star bubble is an outrageously indulgent, but highly necessary comfort when one is […]

Muslim Quarter in Xian China Expats

Expat in a New Country? My Top Ten Survival Tips

Latest Column for Expat Focus…. I’ve been living in the middle of China for almost two months now. It’s my second expat posting, so while I’m not a newbie to “expat life”, having bandied about the term ‘culture shock’ on this column many times, I’ve got to say, in all honesty I had rather naively […]


Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors: The Largest Jigsaw in the World

Mention Xi'an - one of China's 656 cities and more often than not, you'll (understandably) get a blank look. Followed  by: "How do you say that? EX-ee-arn? See-arn?" For the … [Read More...]

Getting a visa in China

China Visa Fiasco: Medically Speaking, I was Over-Exposed!

If you've ever had to obtain a visa to live in another country, you probably know where I'm coming from when I say, getting a China visa is like navigating an obstacle … [Read More...]

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China – Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Backwards.

We all have those days don't we, where everything we attempt to do is just plain difficult! The Gods are not smiling on us…..we usually just put it down to one of those … [Read More...]

Xian Shopping near Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Week Three: So this is China…

So, it's almost three weeks into this "journey" and I've had some time to exhale and gradually ease myself into life in China.  Ahhhh 'Life in China' -- even saying it out loud … [Read More...]

Westin Xi'an Expat Life

When the Lights Go Out: Hotel Confessions

It was late afternoon and little Miss A and I were sitting in the hotel lobby bar having a spot of afternoon tea. (What's a girl(s) to do in a new city!) Ava was doing her … [Read More...]

Life in China | Mint Mocha Musings

Wedding Crashers in China

So, our first weekend living on the mainland, somehow we inadvertently became wedding crashers! (As you do!) It was Sunday after all and following a mammoth Saturday … [Read More...]

Week 1 Oriental

Living in China: Week One – One Foot in Front of the Other

You know the feeling when you visit a city you've never seen before?  That dizzying anticipation, the unbridled excitement, the curiosity and wonder of what lies ahead? Well, … [Read More...]

Kids Living in Hong Kong

It Takes a Small Village to Raise a Child in a Big City

It’s four days out from the big C (the “big C" being our imminent move to Central China).  As you'd expect, I'm rushing around like the undoubtedly mad woman that I am, ticking … [Read More...]

Expat Bond | Mint Mocha Musings

The Expat Club: The Membership that’s for Life

As many of you know, our departure from the frenzy of bright lights, burgeoning buildings and bustling bodies that make up the metropolis of Hong Kong, is imminent. While I … [Read More...]


Let Asia Entertain You! **GIVEAWAY** ENTER HERE!

***Competition now closed*** A huge congratulations to all our fabulous winners and thanks to everyone who took part!    Mint Mocha Musings GIFT to YOU!  Enter to … [Read More...]