AngloInfo: Five top tips for a DIY expat life
Life as an expat can be a huge adjustment for some, while others just need to do a bit of tinkering. Here are my five top tips for new expats (and expats who want to pretend they’re new).
The Telegraph (Dec 2014): Blood and Mud: living on a former battlefield in Singapore
A sense of history and place is one of the reasons I love living in Singapore. Many of the old buildings may have been torn down, but the land underneath is still the same. It holds the secrets of the past, a past that shaped the Singapore of today. Here's my article for the Telegraph about the battlefield that was Singapore in the 1940s.
Travel and Tourism News: Exploring Middle Earth
New Zealand is famous for its beautiful countryside, its mountains, glaciers and coastline. But what about what's under the surface. We explore the steam and bubbling mud breaking through the Earth's surface.
Travel and Tourism News (Nov 2014): Ras al Khaimah - the perfect antidote to city life
At first sight, Ras al Khaimah in the UAE, is a rocky, earthy moonscape, parched and unforgiving. Scrape the surface and you’ll find fertile plains, natural springs and white beaches. You’ll find mangroves and rolling deserts. You’ll find one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on the planet.
EX: Swapping petticoats for stretchy underwear
One woman's trials and tribulation at the Bintan Triathlon
AngloInfo: The green belts of Singapore
Singapore maybe reclaiming land, and growing, but it's the city that's expanding. However, there are several spots where you can still pretend you're in the countryside.
Travel and Tourism News: Asian Hotspots
Winter holidays often revolve around dusting off your ski boots and dreaming about powdery snow. But what if you are a sun-seeker and prefer to keep warm in the winter months?
RTI: Desaru 101 - a hole load of fun
How do you get 20 road bikes and their sleepy riders on a small boat at 6am, bound for a remote part of Malaysia? We joined ANZA's cycling club in Singapore to find out.
AngloInfo: Pulau Ubin - an island from an island
When you live in Singapore, getting away from the concrete jungle is a necessity every once in a while, but you don't have to go far. Just take a five minute bumboat to Pulau Ubin, and you're in the middle of one of the last kampongs (villages), surrounded by lush vegetation, lily ponds and wild boar.
The Telegraph (September 2014): The price paid for wanting a British education
One of the biggest worries, when you move from country to country as an expat, the whether you can find the right school for your child. Which system should you choose? Will they settle? What happens when you return home. After six schools in three years, we've become experts.
Expat Living (September 2014): Ditch the jetlag.
Fab places to visit from Singapore by car or boat
Travel and Tourism News (July 2014): Malaysia looks to Mideast
An overview of tourism trends in Malaysia and its focus on the Middle East.
The Sweat Shop (Jul 2014): Triathlon tricks you need to know
Triathlete and travel blogger Helen McClure (www.expatexplorers.org) sweated it out at the Bintan Triathlon in Indonesia. If you’re thinking of signing up for a tri here’s what you need to know…
ANZA (Jul 2014): 10 years of the Bintan Triathlon
There's a new equation for the perfect holiday: tropical island + sport. The Bintan Triathlon is now 10 years old. Do you fancy taking part?
Travel and Tourism News (May 2014): Cambodia climbing up on the must-see list.
With Angkor Wat now appearing on Google Earth, and a growing number of tourists flocking to Asia, Cambodia is a exciting destination to visit. Sustainability is the buzz word.
Outdoor UAE: Bintan Triathlon. Celebrating 10 years in sporting paradise (June 2014).
The Bintan Triathlon is a family affair. It's a weekend away on an island paradise. And it's the chance to compete with the best. We took part and chatted to two-times Ironman Champion Chris "Macca" McCormack about introducing children to sport.
Outdoor UAE: Two feet, two wheels and a tuk tuk: travelling in Cambodia (May 2014). Just pack two children and two grandparents and embark on an overland trip from Phnom Penn to Siem Reap.
The Telegraph: Globetrotting with kids in tow (May 2014): Ever wondered what's it's like to to be an expat? Here's our story.
Travel and Tourism News (Apr 2014): Growth on the cards of Singapore Yacht Show. The Dubai International Boat Show, which took place 4-8 March, might seen perfectly placed to attract the rich and famous wishing to flash their cash on beautiful yachts. But there is a new kid on the block, who is threatening to steel the show.
The National (Apr 2014, UAE): Travelling with kids. A Lord of the Rings adventure in New Zealand. Hire a car and pack warm clothes, a rain coat and some kids.
Outdoor UAE magazine (Apr 2014): New Zealand part 2 - The South Island
Investigating the adventurous south. If you're looking for great wine, wildlife and wilderness, this is the place to go.
Best destinations in South East Asia (Mar 2014): Travel bloggers share their top tips
suitcases&strollers (Mar 2014): Oman Road Trip
Omanis are known for their hospitality and the country makes an exciting and interesting destination to explore with children.
Travel and Tourism News (Mar 2014): Third-party endorsements wield more clout
Would you use a blogger to help you develop your organisation's reputation? How do you work with a freelancer? Find out here.
Outdoor UAE magazine (Feb 2014): New Zealand Part 1 - The North Island: the poor relation?
When investigating where to go on a three week trip to New Zealand, without exception, people said: “Head to the south island. Don’t spend much time in the north.” Luckily I'm not very good at listening to advice....
The Contented Traveller (Feb 2014): Outside my front door
I view the world as a jigsaw and through travel we can explore and discover what the individual pieces look like. As a traveler and expat I have the opportunity to revolve around the world, rather than it revolving around me. After 54 countries I’ve managed to see a fair part of the globe, and it’s great to open my door to new views – and to check the weather. I’ve now lived in five countries, experiencing very different climates. Here are some examples... Click here to read more.
The National (Jan 2014, UAE) - Travelling with Kids: why Oman is ideal for families
‘Mammy, why are there fish stuck in a rock on the top of a mountain?” My six-year-old-daughter is full of questions, many of which I can’t answer.
Travel & Tourism News Middle East - (Jan 2014):
The Telegraph (Jan 2014) - Moving from buttoned-up Dubai to sexually unabashed Singapore.
"Mammy, what's a condom?" This is not what you want to hear from your six-year-old daughter. I began to curse the day she learnt to read.
"Umm, it's short for condominium. It's like an apartment. Oh, look something pretty and shiny," I replied in a vain attempt to distract her. We had alighted the hotel courtesy bus right outside the House of Condoms, an aptly named shop at the aptly named Lucky Plaza shopping centre, in Orchard Road.
Outdoor UAE - Hold on to your hats - we're on the run. Exploring Hatta
Many an expat has dashed to Hatta on the Omani border to get their passport stamped, but few have stayed to explore. Some stop for lunch and a swim at the Hatta Fort Hotel. I know someone who has been doing this every month for five years. The lunch must be very good. However, there is more to the “Hatta Run” that a border queue, if you’re looking for culture or fun in the great outdoors.
Outdoor UAE - Dust off the tent - winter is coming
If you are from Europe or northern American, “dusting your tent off” in winter is probably something you have never, or rarely, done. I’ve been camping in Wales in December. The water tap had frozen solid and the ground was so hard I couldn’t get my pegs in.
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nonsoloturisti.it - Ritorno alla natura sulle montagne degli Emirati Arabi
Camping in the Al Hajar mountains in Ras Al Khaimah - in Italian!
Travel & Tourism News Middle East - Have children will travel: ignore family needs at your peril
Expat Explorers warns the travel industry not to ignore the needs of families. To read our article, click here.
The Telegraph - The social minefield of brunch in Dubai
Before having children, one of my guilty pleasures would be to wake up late, languish in bed with a cup of coffee and a good book, and then take a stroll to my local café for brunch. I thought I knew what brunch was. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The word itself clashes together "breakfast" and "lunch". The Oxford dictionary states it is “n. a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch”. When I moved to Dubai I realised that I, and my trusty pal Oxford, were completely wrong....
The Telegraph - Unexpected problems - the reason expat life's not a beach
Some unplanned events left expat Helen McClure with confused children, a lack of birthday cards and an exploding printer.
The Telegraph - How hot can it really get? Desert living in Dubai
That’s one of the first questions I hear when I tell people I live in Dubai. In reply I can give you three examples:
1. In the summer, we don’t heat our water. In fact, we shower using the hot tap, as it’s cooler than the water coming out of the cold tap.
2. My car thermometer registers temperatures I didn’t even think were possible. In the height of summer, it will be 30C when I wake up at 6am and reach nearly 50C at midday. For three months of the year it’s impossible to be outside even at night.
3. Excuse my crassness, but when you sit on the toilet, the water is so hot your derriere is treated to a steam bath.
Expat Explorer, HSBC - Setting up home in the UAE
After moving home eight times in eight years, I can firmly say that my furniture is very well travelled. Obviously there is a huge cost in transporting all your worldly goods from country to country but it does help you to feel at home.
Expat Explorer, HSBC - Forever going in circles - how do you drive in the UAE?
Over a glass of wine, Dubai expats enjoy discussing the finer points of driving etiquette, as much as the Brits enjoy discussing the weather.
thebesttravelled.com - Sailing through Java
Forget the brolly. Forget harbouring under a tree. Forget cowering under a picnic pagoda. When it rains in Java, it rains. It doesn’t just fall from the sky.
Expatsblog - Going in circles - learning to drive in the UAE
The topic of traffic and terrible driving is a popular one among expats in Dubai, who like to spend the evening chewing the cud over a glass of wine. And it is little wonder that the habits of some leave a lot to be desired.
Expatsblog - Touring the world without leaving Dubai
Dubai likes to boast. So it should be pretty easy to put together a top list about Dubai. After all it can offer the World’s biggest dancing fountains at the Dubai Mall, shooting 150m into the air. The same mall boasts the World’s largest fish tank (or largest piece of acrylic). The indoor ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates is the World’s longest. Dubai is also on the edge of the largest desert (The Empty Quarter). In short, Dubai likes its claims to fame; from high-rise living in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the World standing 828m, to the World’s biggest residential project, Jumeirah Beach Residence. But what about an alternative list?
Thinkingnomads.com - A giant leap or a small step - crossing the Atlantic
What does the word “home” mean? A house, a home, bricks and mortar? After eight houses in eight years, my home has to be where my family is. Sounds romantic but with a couple of toddlers I can’t say I ever have time to sit with my feet up, reading the paper with a vat of coffee by my side. That’s the ideal, isn’t it? The last time I got to sit still for five minutes I had fallen down the stairs and couldn’t get off the floor. So moving to the Midwest of America didn’t, at first, seem to be the uprooting trauma many anticipate…
Thinkingnomads.com - collection of stories
Oman's Arabian peninsula, the Hajar mountains, the tallest building in the world, camping in the UAE.
Zurich insurance Moving to your new work - a guide to living in Dubai
A guide to moving to Dubai and settling in, covering setting up home, meeting the legal requirements, surviving Dubai, things to do and culture.
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