Tag: moving abroad

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

It’s the season where lots of people have accepted jobs abroad and are preparing to shift their lives to a new country, a new culture and a completely foreign lifestyle. Often the people who are moving are bombarded with advice when they’re about to leave- […]

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 […]

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” […]

I’ve landed in Kuwait- Now what?

I’ve landed in Kuwait- Now what?

To build a new existence far away from everything you know and believe in is the most powerful feeling in the world. People who have moved abroad are nodding their heads in agreement as they read this. They will tell you that traveling has broadened their […]

Expat Panda is off again… Finally!

Expat Panda is off again… Finally!

This was the scene in my classroom this afternoon: All of this happy dancing was going on because I received my passport back! After three months of being stuck in Kuwait, it means that this restless panda can finally travel again! So in two weeks […]

What I hate… about life in Kuwait

What I hate… about life in Kuwait

Soon I will be entering my third month here in Kuwait (I know, it feels I have been here FOREVER). It’s been an interesting journey so far but it has had its fair share of um… challenges. Last month I was SO honoured to have been […]

Life in Kuwait: Being oppressed as a woman

Life in Kuwait: Being oppressed as a woman

Last week I read a comment on Facebook about how restrictive life must be for women working in the Middle East… we have all read those ignorant comments by people who haven’t set foot in the gulf other than passing through Dubai Airport. I am […]

Life in Kuwait: First Few weeks

Life in Kuwait: First Few weeks

I arrived in Kuwait on the 14th of September, which means I have officially been here for three weeks. Time seems to have sped up since I arrived here because how on earth did 2 weekends pass already?! During the first few weeks in Kuwait I […]

Life in Kuwait: Starting off slowly…

Life in Kuwait: Starting off slowly…

I arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday afternoon, fatigued after 17 hours of traveling from Durban, South Africa. While waiting in transit at Doha airport, I finally started to feel more than just a little trepidation at the thought of moving to this conservative little Muslim […]

From here to there… I’m off!

From here to there… I’m off!

It took exactly 74 days, from the time I accepted the offer from my school in Kuwait till the time the visa was issued (If you want detailed information on the Kuwaiti visa process please click here). During that time, I resigned from my job, […]


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