(Originally printed in the September issue of Expat Parent, http://www.expat-parent.com) By Carolynne Dear There’s a gentle buzz of conversation and the chink of cutlery scraping china as I am whisked through an elegant Edwardian dining room and into the even more glorious confines of the “Blue Room”. It is lunch time at the Helena… Read More Heritage Hong Kong – The Helena May
(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
(As published in the July issue of Expat Parent) Rusty runner Carolynne Dear flies to Laos to complete the most laid-back half-marathon of her career. Seduced by a trip to a country I had never been to before and the promise of some great restaurants, interesting night markets and a massage, I… Read More Mekong meanderings
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.