Read any article, city guide or blog post about being an expat in Hong Kong and you will be bombarded with the word ‘transient’. People love to talk about the impermanence of the city and how short-lived and momentary the expat experience is, full of friends that stay for a year or two and then … More Standing still in transient Hong Kong
The crumbly paths and the sandy steps would play havoc with your knees. The spice would definitely upset your stomach. You wouldn’t be able to understand what those dark-skinned boys at the restaurant were saying and whoever heard of curry for breakfast? Cockroaches would keep you awake at night with their scratching. You couldn’t ignore … More Present absence
Crack a coconut for release. Release from the honk of the Harbour tunnel car horn, the beep of the Admiralty MTR door and the shrill of the mainlander tones. Embark instead upon a world of damp sand between toes, straws between sunburnt lips and the rhythm of waves in the otherwise silence. Cons of living … More Coconuts are for holidaying
Let the crimson, heart-shaped, decidedly feminine fruit slanting in a flute of prosecco bubbles be an ingredient for friendship. Not just for friendship, but for girlfriends. For the shared bond that boys with their pizza slices and downed beers, belly laughs and bigger frames simply can’t be relied upon for. No, let the strawberry be … More Strawberries are for girlfriends
I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a … More Tripping down Asia’s Memory Lane: Top 10
The coffee is from the Taiwanese bubble tea stall. Served in a super size plastic cup, pushed forwards by the smiliest server before he retreats back into the throng of waving receipts. Twenty-four Hong Kong dollars- almost the same price as my shrimp noodle lunch. Half luxury, half necessity- I am too tired to indulge … More Where Do You Drink Yours?
The Taj Mahal does not disappoint. It is beautiful. The curves of the dome, the snow white of the marble, the glitter of the inlaid stones, the rippled reflection in the lake, the birds that soar in the bluest of sky, the sunrise silhouette in the dawn light- all of it, every inch, whispers of … More Talent behind the Taj Mahal