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 living in one of the 654 cities, outside of Beijing or Shanghai? Ask anyone who’s lived in the megalopolis that is China and they’ll tell […]

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 parents to the airport on the city’s outskirts. Another goodbye. This one was hard. (Who am I kidding, they’re always hard. Some are just tinged with a […]

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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...]

Sydney Siege

We Are All One Type of Human – The Sydney Siege

Today like so many of you, my heart is heavy….the pit of my stomach hollow. The Sydney siege is playing on my mind. Glued to the television like thousands, maybe millions of … [Read More...]

Xi'an Streets | Mint Mocha Musings

Living in China: Is there a Doctor in the House?

So it's been one of those weeks in deep dark China, where our family needed a visit to the local GP….  Winter lurgies and all are upon us… and after a 20 hour journey from the … [Read More...]

Xian Lit up| Mint MochaMusings

Ni Hao Xi’an: The Birth Place of Ancient Civilisation

Warning: this is not a history lesson but it may involve the words ancient, museum, monuments, ruins and dynasties! Three months into this relationship, it's time we learned a … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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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...]

Crazy China |Mint Mocha Musings

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...]