Tag: expat struggles

Losing your job while living abroad

Losing your job while living abroad

Losing your job is always traumatic no matter where you are; but losing your job abroad is somewhat more perplexing because it means that soon you may have nowhere to live! Expats know that their jobs are not forever; foreign laws change frequently, companies close […]

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Joy and I have been friends since 2010. She is the quintessential success story of a small city African girl who has hit the big time as she flounces around Los Angeles eating brunches with kale and enjoying bottomless mimosas. Lets just say that I always knew […]

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

Welcome to part two of my guest writer series- Panda’s Penpals. Today’s post is simple but thought-provoking. Most of my readers know what its like to be a foreigner in someone else’s land; but have you ever thought about what it takes for some to be a […]

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of hearing the same boring statements from people we left behind to pursue a better life in a new country. When my friend Shardale and I were on Skype one afternoon (her in Macau and […]

5 thoughts you have after leaving the Gulf!

5 thoughts you have after leaving the Gulf!

Am I the only person who feels a little emotional every time they land in their home country? Last week I traveled from Kuwait to South Africa for the first time in 10 months. As the plane hit South African airspace, there was noticeable change […]

Dear Kuwait (The things I will miss about you)

Dear Kuwait (The things I will miss about you)

Dear Kuwait, We have been together since September 14th, 2016. In comparison to other relationships I’ve had, ours seems short lived; however we could both see, from the early months, that this couldn’t possibly be long term. Still, there is no denying that we made […]

What is ‘home’? A panda’s perspective.

What is ‘home’? A panda’s perspective.

You cannot tell where my home is by looking at me. It isn’t reflected in my language, my accent, my words, the features on my face, the texture of my hair or even the nondescript colour of my passport. As I grow, I am learning […]

Get to know the person behind the blog!

Get to know the person behind the blog!

  Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to have gathered heaps of new followers and visitors to the blog. As they say here in the Middle East: !مرحبا Pronounced as: Marhaba! Simply meaning: Welcome!   As WordPress says, “Traffic is booming” […]

5 benefits when your bestie is from another culture/country!

5 benefits when your bestie is from another culture/country!

Exciting news readers: it’s my 50th post here on Expat Panda! The site has grown exponentially, well beyond anything I imagined and I’m so thrilled with the feedback I have received in response to my writing. I must confess that I was pretty indecisive as to what […]


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