Archives for November 2010

The Expat Woman

Expat women have a terrible reputation. Gin swilling, lazy, diamond dripping, drunk by lunch time, double kissing, designer handbag owning, do I need to go on? "In my next life I'm coming back as an expat wife" scoffed a middle aged man at my partner's Christmas party. We'd just agreed to head to Jakarta - from our Australian home.  Over the … [Read more...]

5 Beauty tips for a shamozal free day

I have somehow ended up on a mailing list for daily beauty tips. Each day for the past week I've received emails with titles such as "when is it too young for botox" (I'm guessing maybe six or seven, I mean the aging process between grades 1 and 2 is brutal) and "how to get dramatic eyes" (perhaps by not taking yesterday's make up off)?Today I … [Read more...]

Anniversary Dinner

Yesterday marked our one year anniversary in Qatar. The little travelers made a request to go back to the hotel that became our home for our first 4 weeks in Doha. There was some convincing that needed to be done, the hotel is 5 star, we are a week away from pay day and I'm married to an Economist, but luckily G was feeling sentimental so off we … [Read more...]


Yesterday morning I met a girlfriend for coffee. It was her suggestion, she sent me a text, “Do you have time for a coffee tomorrow?"  As we sat chatting, me with my latte and her with.........what was that? In front of her was a tall glass of some sort of warm chocolate drink, I raised an eyebrow, "I don't drink coffee" she said.   Let's meet for … [Read more...]

This Saturday I’m grateful for…………Growing Older

Back in to the Spirit of Maxabella's gratefulness...........After a week of the most relaxing school holidays I've ever had, I'm very grateful that the little travelers are no longer babies or toddlers. Don't get me wrong, I loved the baby smells, their first steps and those cute mispronounced words, it's always fun to look back at the video … [Read more...]

Have you wished someone an Eid Mubarak today?

We'd only been living in Jakarta for a few months when it was time for Eid al Adha. I kept hearing people talk about the "second Eid" but I was too embarrassed to admit I had no idea what that meant. Having grown up in a small country town in Australia that had a largely Anglo Saxon, Greek and Italian community, my religious exposure had been … [Read more...]

This Saturday I’m grateful for…………

Have you visited any of those gorgeous blogs with beautiful photo's and cleverly crafted shots of all things yummy and pretty? They make me sigh out loud. I am green with envy when I look at those sites. One of my favourites is Maxabella loves.Each Saturday there is yet another beautifully finished page with a "this Saturday I'm grateful for," … [Read more...]

An Australian Malteser in Doha

The Little Travelers were all born in different countries.  I think a lot of people expect that if you were born in Malaysia or Malta you would automatically qualify for a passport. Unfortunately not, it's quite the opposite. Sitting in my hospital bed, shortly after delivering our daughter in Kuala Lumpur I was brought a form to sign. When I asked … [Read more...]

The Press Room

I've always had a bit of a love affair with journalists. Throughout my 20's I surrounded myself with girlfriends who worked in media. I could try and tell you it was because I'd always had a love of news and sharing a yarn but I think it may have been more the fact that most Journo's shared my love of a drink and they never wanted to go home … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Suite Life

The end of this month will mark our one year anniversary in Doha. When I think back to packing up our house at this time last year, I have very mixed feelings. For 10 years we avoided going to the US with G's company, eventually we couldn't hide anymore and G was asked to work on a particular project that HAD to be run out of the States. When we … [Read more...]