The new Kowloon skyline and Hong Kong's tallest under construction building, The International Commerce Center ICC that will have the third highest roof in the world, Hong Kong, China.

Back to the Future in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Looking at Hong Kong with a bird’s eye view, you’d be hard pressed to see how there’s even the tiniest space in this jam-packed corner of the earth to develop any further! “Find me a patch of land, any land!” They roar.  But that’s where you’re mistaken. You see I wake up (far too often […]

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Maid in Hong Kong – the Helper phenomenon…

It’s a phenomenon in the best sense of the word! Both impressive and extraordinary. In this multicolored, multi-cultural city of contradictions, there is a culture in Hong Kong that sees many middle class people living like the wealthy aristocrats of a bygone era, a time when maids scurried about large colonial-style homes, catering to their […]

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What Does a New Mum Look Like Anyway?

So, by now you probably know this is not really a blog about 'mumsy' stuff - even though I am a blogger and I am indeed a mum! I figure there are plenty of mummy bloggers out there … [Read More...]

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Strewth Mate! I Come From a Land Down Under

 Latest Column for Expat Focus... G'day,  If you're a regular reader of my ramblings, you probably know I've spent a fair bit of my writing time, wearing expat shoes and being … [Read More...]

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Shenzhen! There’s more to China’s fastest growing city than shopping…

Shenzhen! When you hear the name, you probably think, 'shopping' and 'cheap!'  And you're definitely not wrong there.  This bustling city, just 40 minutes across the border from … [Read More...]

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Leaving Las Vegas! There’s a New(ish) Kid on the Block – Viva Macau!

  My thoughts are, most people are in one of two camps, those who bet…and those who don't.  Me? I'm not a gambler per se, although I have been known to enjoy the odd flutter on … [Read More...]

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Lai See: Lucky Money or Tradition Gone Mad?

So, to tell you the truth, I'll be quite glad when this "official" Lunar New Year period is over. Otherwise known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival - it runs for 15 days! … [Read More...]

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Inside a Chinese Kitchen: Dim Sum and then Some….

Back in the day, as a child growing up in the land of the long white cloud - New Zealand and later Australia - Thursday night was always takeaway night… and it was usually … [Read More...]

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The Skyscraper Bubble – Living in Hong Kong, the Only Way is Up

  Being back home in the big, wide brown land of Australia for the silly season, it struck me just how different 'living' in Hong Kong is.  Residing in one of the most vertical … [Read More...]

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A Tale of Three Cities: What do Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila have in common?

In the space of a week, I found myself immersed in (and as always) eagerly trying to absorb the cultures of three very different Asian cities….Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila.  I … [Read More...]