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 best to entertain the staff….regaling them with tales about dad liking beer, mum speaking Chinese (I do?) and did […]

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 exploring Xi’an, we decided the “Beach BBQ” under fairy lights sounded rather inviting for us newbies in town. After a lazy morning, we high-tailed it out to one of Xi’an’s […]

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...]

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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...]

Fiji Girls

Beyond the Five Star Gates, Poverty Knocks!

As we gear ourselves up to embark on our second expat gig; unlike last time, when we moved to Hong Kong - this time two have become three! Moving to China is not just about … [Read More...]

Shopping Hong Kong

The Big 5: Shop till You Drop in Hong Kong

The top five shopping spots in the Kong. Recently here at Mint Mocha Musings we brought you The Big 5: Transport Yourself into Hong Kong's Heartland, a list of those can't miss … [Read More...]

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Stop the Press: We’re Moving to China!

Almost four years on board the expat train in the multi-layered metropolis of Hong Kong, it's time to call it a day. I knew this post was coming… in fact I've known since the … [Read More...]


Spoken Like a True Expat: Learning Chinese!

What's the first question you ask Google madly, when you find out you're moving to another country? For me, "Do they speak my language?" is up there with the best of … [Read More...]

Life in Hong Kong

Red Taxis, Chopsticks And Chinglish: 10 things that make me a happy Gweilo…

Latest column for Expat Focus... I know eventually there will come a time when I am (through no fault of my own) forced to (with a very heavy heart) pack up my chopsticks … [Read More...]

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Fashionably Faux Pas: Where are the Asian faces?

For me, it was a headline that was hard to ignore. "A young Korean woman goes to extreme lengths to transform herself into Australian super model, Miranda Kerr!" We're not just … [Read More...]