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“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

When Expat Polar and I started dating, it was about only a year later that I decided to take our relationship public on my social media. Apart from the devastating divorce I had endured in the recent years of my late twenties (which you can […]

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

  There is no right or wrong way to plan for a trip and each person has their own preferences on how they like to do things. But a lot of people have messaged me saying things like:   “Where do you start looking for […]

Are you responsible about your travel stories?

Are you responsible about your travel stories?

  A while back, a group of influencers (people who have large followings on Instagram) all traveled to Saudi Arabia to ‘witness the beauty’, ‘experience the culture” or some such catchy motto. For the most part, I never take much notice of these influencers mostly […]

10 South African Female Bloggers to inspire your next adventure!

10 South African Female Bloggers to inspire your next adventure!

The truth is that we feel connected to people who we can relate to. We are more likely to take advice from someone who has the same struggles we have. And we feel inspired by people who rise above the challenges and still persevere.   […]

Has Instagram replaced blogging? Are they the same thing?

Has Instagram replaced blogging? Are they the same thing?

As I grow, I open my mind to learning new things and having old notions challenged. I had always thought that Instagram and blogs were two separate things. This was a black & white matter in my mind with clear distinctions and differences between the […]

The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

  “There’s no way you’re traveling to Australia on your own. I’ll take your passport away.”   These were the exact words my father told me after feeling elated at buying a return flight to Sydney during my sophomore year in college. I wasn’t exactly […]

Growing up in America being Black- but Not Black Enough

Growing up in America being Black- but Not Black Enough

  I am an African American woman born in 1987, well after the 60’s, which was when black people were still fighting for their equality in a racially-divided America. I wasn’t born into the hardships of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the southern […]

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

If you’re an Indian person living outside of India, you should be familiar with the term desi. You should know that the word desi—derived from the Ancient Sanskrit word for “country”—is a term used for anything derived from the Indian subcontinent. And my family- with our Indian […]

Azerbaijan: Panda’s picture-perfect weekend away

Azerbaijan: Panda’s picture-perfect weekend away

I had zero expectations about visiting Azerbaijan. I knew no one who had been, and I didn’t know much about the country itself. What I did know is that it was close proximity to Dubai and offered a very easy eVisa which meant it automatically […]

Being Mixed Race- But Never The Right Mix

Being Mixed Race- But Never The Right Mix

Imma be honest. It’s…difficult for me to write about the nuances that come with being a mixed person. Not because there aren’t any, because there are A LOT, but because…I’ve never felt validated to complain. As my black cousins would say, “You’re exotic, but not […]


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