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Best Hotel Swimming Pools for a Long Hot Summer in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, like London, New York and Paris, tends to clear out in the summer months local population wise. If you’re not joining the annual max exodus and […]

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Is it time Hong Kong took a Digital Detox?

      Travel writer Will Hide recently visited Hong Kong and Tweeted: “Never seen anywhere quite like HK for people mindlessly glued to their phones, constantly shuffling […]

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Clucking about the Year of the Rooster

I for one cannot wait to see the back of the Year of the Monkey and start the Year of the Rooster. My western New Year did not […]

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15 Signs You’re a Spoilt Expat

It’s that time of year for the summer exodus – when schools end and many expats return to their home countries during the hottest months in Hong Kong. […]

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Ageless Hong Kong

Last month was my birthday and I turned an age at which apparently British women feel “officially unattractive”. I certainly felt for the first time that I had […]

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Maid in Hong Kong

 Whether or not you think Regina Ip’s comments about Filipino maids were racist or just plain wrong, they must surely strike a cord with every married expat woman […]

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An Eggscellent Easter in Hong Kong

 Growing up in the UK, Easter was always my favourite holiday. Even more so than Christmas with its sleep-depriving excitement of being showered with presents. For me, Easter […]

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How to Walk in Hong Kong

For anyone who is new in town or returning after the summer away and needs a refresher:   1.You may feel that everyone is walking towards you and […]

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The woman who wore a pencil to dinner

I love the idea of a tropical holiday. Even before I moved to Asia, I preferred the idea of a sultry location to the Med. Unfortunately though the […]

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Goodbye E

 I’ve been overseas for a while due to what must be every expat’s nightmare: parental illness. Anyone vaguely middle aged lives in faint dread of the time they’ll […]

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Horsing Around

So here we are in January 2014 – the start of a new gregorian calendar year and the turn of a lunar new year tomorrow. Happy Year of […]

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Empress Isabel’s New Clothes

Like everyone else with an iota of fashion sense, I got caught up in the excitement ahead of the Isabel Marant for H&M launch. I even toyed with […]

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Crazy, Rich Asians

Away at the weekend on some tropical island paradise (as you do when you live in Hong Kong), I read the novel of the moment, Crazy Rich Asians […]

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Slapless in Hong Kong

There’s a fascinating book out about a woman who gives up make up and fashion for a year – in Hong Kong of all places. Admittedly I have […]

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Help – do I need somebody?

“Do you have a helper?” a newly arrived expat asks me in the usual way of someone who hasn’t grown up with servants (most of us newcomers to […]

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The Beauty Pits

Now this may seem an odd topic to write about but I feel compelled to share with you something I saw on TV last night. I was preparing […]

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Horrible Bosses

So the summer exodus is in full swing. While the rest of us wait out the typhoon, all the expat women in Hong Kong who don’t work (and […]

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Rain (and other South China Sea Stories)*

The first time I encountered torrential rain in Hong Kong, I took one look at the leaden skies and unrelenting wall of water and dressed in knee high […]

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Expat Wife Angst

“Women are more likely than men to suffer from anxiety and depression and self medicate with alcohol,” I read out from the Sunday paper to my husband.  “What […]

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Flight or Fright

Having been on 19 flights since March I feel qualified to state: there is a special place in hell for people who wear flip flops on planes.  What […]

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