(published in the September 2016 issue of Expat Parent, http://www.expat-parent.com) A few years ago I was corresponding with a “mummy friend” who had recently moved to Singapore with hertoddler. “Oh, we’re renting a desert island with some of our playgroup friends,” she breezily told me when I asked what she was up to over… Read More Private island paradise is just an hour from Singapore
We’re well hard, me and Scarlet. So on Saturday we hit the hills and ran a 4km trail run through the Clearwater Bay ranges for HK charity Hard As Nayls. Not just any old trail run, it was billed as Clearwater Bay’s “toughest running event” no less. It was held across the whole weekend with family races on… Read More Run for the hills
And so we move into rainy season in Hong Kong. From April until about August, Hong Kong drip-dries as rainstorm after rainstorm rolls in – the wettest months with the most sustained rainfall are May and June. Spring in Hong Kong just doesn’t exist. One minute you’re shivering under a duvet, the next you’re sweating it… Read More Brolly brigade
Interview with Ultra Marathon runner A recent interview with HK ultra-marathon runner David Gething, who completed an astonishing seven marathons on seven contents in seven days. Here’s how he did it…
Henley on Thames How England’s first National Rowing Museum was put together – ironically on a flood plain in Henley-on-Thames. This piece was written shortly after it officially opened in 1999.
I love a good pop-up shop. It’s a great way of sourcing something a little bit different and a little bit quirky – basically not a big-name brand. It’s also nice to help a small business (usually run by a multi-tasking mummy) rather than a huge, anonymous conglomerate. Give me groovy over Gucci any… Read More Ginger jars and jujus
I was meeting my good friend Sara for a long overdue run this morning. Our favourite route at the moment is a 2.5km cycle track that loops around the high rises and shopping malls of Hang Hau. However, when we rocked up at 7.30, the little carpark nearby at Hang Hau old village was roped off.… Read More Soul-searching