I’m apparently raising a budding hip hop dancer.

Who knew my daughter was such a cool kid? Yesterday when she came home from school she showed me her awesome dabbin skills. Yup. We had a “watch me dab dab and watch me nae nae” moment yesterday. She showed me, word.  Then came today. Her first school disco here in Beijing. It started this […]

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8 lessons learned on how to survive “Smog Week”.

I’ve learned a couple of things during what I now so lovingly call “Smog Week”. 1) First of all it’s nothing like Spring Break at Uni although it does come with the same kind of headache. 2) You can live with your air purifiers on full blast and keep your sanity after all. No I […]

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Sentosa Cove. Where the yachts lay thick & the pizzas are long.

We went out for dinner yesterday after a day of relaxation and Christmas candy making. The combination of Christmas preparation and pool hanging is simply weird and one I’ll never get used to. The two should be separated and never get mixed up ever again. Next Christmas shall be spent in a cabin in the […]

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“East Coast, West Coast Holiday Inn”.. say what?

We travelled east today. To explore another side of the this island. We were in search of a park for the kids to get out some steam in and some coffee for the parents. It took five minutes of park play before the heavens opened up.So we had to relocate to the golden arch, much […]

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A pumpkin and a pirate. 

That’s right. Never a dull moment in the House on Dongzhimenwai. My daughter has a love for dressing up, so has her friend and neighbour Anna which means it’s a match made in heaven.  But the show didn’t end there. From Pumpkin and a Pirate to Pippi Longstocking & Christmas Ballerina.They’ve found a pose that […]

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Sweden vs Norway – it’s a love hate relationship. ❤️

Truth be told we say very bad jokes about each other on a regular basis. Hey, we’re neighbours, it’s supposed to be like that. It’s usually friendly ranting though and both sides do it so there’s no “big brother bullying” going on… 😳 But there’s is one area where we are completely serious and take […]

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Now this is the season….

… for moisturisers, nasal oils and humidifiers galore. This is when stores all across Beijing sell out on anything and everything that can hydrate you in any way possible. It’s winter in Beijing, it’s the beginning of the dry season…  So I’ve stocked up (a girl’s gotta be prepared). Moisturisers, lip balms (en masse), nasal […]

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Problems are meant to be solved. Quickly.

You know you have a problem when your daughter shouts from upstairs “Moooom, could you please take a break & come up and make me breakfast? You can go back down later!!” Down meaning the basement where I’ve been opening & unpacking boxes since 7.30am. No, that’s no joke, unfortunately. I’m on the hunt for the […]

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Expat heaven – our shipment has arrived!

Yesterday morning was like a prelude to Christmas Eve. At 10 o’clock it arrived. Our shipment. It has taken it a whole 3 1/2 months to get here from Ukraine.. all while we have been in the (capable) hands of our Mothership – IKEA. Well that, Jenny Lou’s and our Ayi.  The excitement was real […]

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A month. Really?

Not sure if it’s a joke or not but Tuesday marked a month already since we arrived to Beijing. Unbelievable. But at the same time, it feels like we’ve never been anywhere else. It’s a strange combination to be honest. I should all be new and confusing still but to be honest, who has the […]

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