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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English In China (Part 4)

This is part four of a four-part series about my experience finding a job and teaching English in China. To get the full story you should start at part one. I’m also planning a post titled “How to Find a Job Teaching English in China”, which will include advice on visas, agents, pay rates, and insurance. Looking […]

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You Know you Live in Beijing When…

This is a tongue-in-cheek post about what it’s like to live in Beijing. Some of my friends were nice enough to offer some thoughts about their time living here as well.   You Know you Live in Beijing When: You’ve accidentally peed on yourself while using a squat toilet. You’re completely used to people staring […]

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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English in China (Part 2)

This is part two of a four-part series about my experience finding a job, and teaching English in China. For part one click here.   Surprisingly, I slept like a baby, and was woken by the putrid smell of the mattress, where my face was squished and my mouth wide open. I braved the shower and […]

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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English In China (Part One)

As most people know, my time in China has been a complete rollercoaster. I’ve decided to write about my experience finding a job here, so that anyone thinking about teaching English in China can learn what not to do. However if I wrote one post about my experience it would be well over 2000 words long, so I’ll be splitting […]

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Weird Things in China: Sleeping in Public

If there’s one thing I admire about the Chinese, it’s their ability to fall asleep anywhere. As a self-confessed “princess” when it comes to sleep, I’m continually amazed at how the Chinese can catch a few zzzz’s when ever they feel like it. I can’t sleep in planes, trains, or cars. I usually sleep sprawled on my […]

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A Picky Eater’s Guide to Food in Asia

Here’s a fact: I’m the world’s pickiest eater. My friends still bring up the time in high school when I wouldn’t eat KFC coleslaw because it was “too spicy”. It’s not due to failings on my mother’s part-we had to sit at the table until all of our food was gone, and I certainly wasn’t one of […]

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Bucket List Adventure: Seeing the Great Wall of China

When I realized I’d been living in Beijing for six weeks and hadn’t seen the Great Wall I was a little embarrassed. Luckily my friend Phoebe invited me along for an overnight trip out to the wall, so I packed a bag and prepared to rub shoulders with a million of my closest Chinese friends. A lot […]

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Weird things in China: Staring at Foreigners

Why hello there! Yes it has been some time since my last post. China is still kicking my ass daily, but for now I’d like to talk about something else. Welcome to my new blog series. “Weird things in China”. Here I’ll discuss all the weird and wonderful things I experience as I live in […]

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5 Chinese New Year Resolutions for my New Life in China

It’s now less than two weeks until I pack up my apartment and move to Beijing!  And considering it was Chinese New Year last night, I decided I need some resolutions for this year. I’m not entirely sure if the Chinese actually do the whole resolution thing, but I guess I’ll discover that when I […]

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The Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Last week we went to Kuala Lumpur, since my mum was flying home from KL and I needed to do a visa run. I hadn’t done any research for the trip, but soon after we arrived we realized that the next day was the celebration of the Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur in […]

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Visiting Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai (and why I will never ride an elephant)

I first read about Elephant Nature Park on a blog called dtravelsround two years ago while I was living in the United States. After doing some research into the plight of the Asian elephant, I vowed never to ride an elephant, but instead I would visit this sanctuary and see first-hand the incredible work the volunteers are […]

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Taking the Boat from Siem Reap to Battambang in Cambodia

When faced with two choices- a three-hour bus ride or a 6-9 hour boat ride, which would you choose? Last month my mum arrived for Christmas. The day after she landed we took the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. There’s only one bus that goes directly through, and it’s run by the Transport co. […]

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Christmas in Chiang Mai

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog, mainly because I’ve been so busy! I’m working as a freelance writer here in Chiang Mai, and while I do have quite flexible hours, it’s definitely stressful since I never know how much money I’ll have coming in each month. This Christmas I was lucky enough to have […]

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Getting my PADI in Cambodia

I’ve wanted to get my PADI since the first time I went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I also did a wreck dive in Bali and was diving with an instructor who made me hold his BCD (buoyancy control device) the whole time, while the boys got to go off by themselves. This was unacceptable. I’d heard […]

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Getting felt up by a Taxi Driver in Bangkok

I’m currently staying in Khao San, which is the backpacker hub of Bangkok. On Wednesday I was heading to my friend Bethany’s hotel to babysit for her son Reuben. I’m new to town so I decided not to use public transport since I hadn’t used it yet and it would involve taking the ferry which was due […]

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Volunteering with New Futures Organisation in Takeo, Cambodia

There are so many ways to volunteer abroad and so many different charities, that trying to find a worthwhile project can be overwhelming. As a western traveler I feel like it’s only right that I give some time and “do my bit” while I travel, but it’s becoming increasingly hard to find legitimate volunteer opportunities. I’d heard great things about volunteering […]

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