Many new mothers feel pressure to be SuperWomen, handling home and work life with equal ease. Not so in China where women are encouraged to enjoy the transistion into motherhood with a month's bedrest
'Decorum, dignity and an awareness of what is appropriate for a person of good breeding .' The meaning of etiquette according to dictionary.com. My definition; 'how to act around posh people.'
Make your trip easier by understanding the various types of Chinese visa. That small, green slip of paper makes all the difference. Here's how to reduce confusion and ensure you get the right one.
"Mumia is an adroit interpreter of the signs of the times and even in his extremely vulnerable position has never hesitated to speak truth to power." Carolina Saldana
In a bustling neighbourhood in the city of Guangzhou I was delighted to be surrounded by people who looked like me. Their voices carried African tones, their dress was native but they too lived here.
Only in Asia could you find a home away from home within the Chinese 24 hour spa. A place you'll be pampered into totally chilled ease with massages, saunas, delectable food and wi-fi of course!
According to my students, the ideal woman is tall and thin with long hair, pale skin, and may have had cosmetic surgery. She's also likely to be from Russia or Korea and is probably an entertainer.
Dapeng Ancient Fortress and Xichong Beach Resort are a perfect combination of a bygone age combined with modern fun. Put this great value venue at the top of your to-do list at any time of year.
Spending an extended period of time abroad had always been a major part of my life plan, but I never dreamed it would be China. Here's why I'm glad I took a chance on living life in the East.
How do you best absorb information? While listening to music or perhaps while doodling with a pen or a pencil? What about while being active? Learn how to include all learning styles in this article.
Teaching in a foreign country is an unforgettable experience. However, new teachers may wonder why their classes seem dull and uninspiring. Here are some tips to inject personality into your lessons.
Shenzhen, in South China, has a growing reputation as a reading city. Here's a look at some of the stunning bookstores and the central library which support and encourage the activity among all ages.
In England it's known as a brew, while across Asia it's Cha. What's your name for the refreshing, hot liquid derived from plants and comforting to many? Here's my fascinating facts about Chinese tea.
With over 3,000 characters and a totally unique lexicon and logic, learning Chinese is a daunting task. But does that mean that you shouldn't even try? Well, you know what they say; no pain, no gain!
Not just for juicing, summer holidays, or picnic baskets, Chinese fruits come in a variety of exotic and unusual tastes, colours, shapes, and scents!
Living and working abroad gives you the opportunity to sample novel dishes, but you just might need to take a deep breath and count to three before releasing your inhibitions and diving in!
Upping sticks and relocating thousands of miles away could either be a dream come true or a nightmare. This article may be able yo help you to decide whether or not the expat life is for you.
Itchy feet? Longing for a change of scenery? Becoming addicted to TV programmes or You Tube videos of faraway places? Could be a sign that it's time to relocate and finally bring those dreams to life.
Words of wisdom never grow old as proved by great Chinese philosphers whose thoughts are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.
Planning to spend a year or two in China but not sure where to go? Here's how to decide between a laid-back friendly town or the vibrance of a stunning big city.
If you’re thinking about teaching English in a developing country, this article clarifies which ESL qualifications you’ll need as well as where you can acquire them and how long it could take.
You don't have to be a TEFL teacher to live and work in China. Expats carry out a variety of jobs from temporary to permanent, skilled or unskilled. Here are 10 occupational ideas for you to consider.
Are you considering a new career as a TEFL teacher working with eager children, tenacious teens or dedicated adults? Here's vital information to help you get from here to there.
With a mountain or two in the middle of the city, beautiful beaches, a sub-tropical climate, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, the modern city of Shenzhen is filled with must see places.
Thinking about teaching English in the culture rich environment of fast developing China but confused about where to start? Here's seven ways you can live and work abroad as an ESL teacher.
Macau is a potent mix of history, romance and excitement. Sadly all of this might easily be missed in the heady rush of casinos, artificial architecture and glittering nightlife.
The Rocky series was an unexpected phenomenon which depicted a solid rags to riches story and inspired many. Here's why I was moved.
Try being deliberately thankful every day for a week as a way to lift your spirits, you might be surprised at the results.
Super cool guys never go out of fashion. Here are some perennial favourites.
Lost your bounce? Wishyou had more energy and less lethargy? Here are five great ways to stop being tired of just being tired.
Some people may see a two hundred mile drive as being too much for a couple in their seventies but my favourite aunty was happy to make the trip. On a rainy summer day true love guided her and her fiance to a chapel in Gretna Green where they said 'I do' and they've never been happier.
Helicopters flew overhead and media vans gathered. All I was trying to do was drive to work but I got caught up in the circus and loved every minute of it. Jamaica and the US are in town, mere minutes away from my house, training hard for the Olympics. If ever I was inspired to get fit, now's the...
Starting your own business can be a source of both joy and stress. Here are some quick tips towards the freedom of being your own boss.
Feel as if you've been lacking in confidence lately? Had a hard time finding your 'inner lion' and hearing it roar? Here's five easy tips to feeling back on top again.
Even in his eighties, walking with a stick and talking ominously about 'living out the rest of his days,' icon of stage and screen, Harry Belafonte lit up the Hay Book Festival. I know because I was there.
Had lots of interviews but no job offers? You could be forgetting the little things that can make all the difference. Read on for helpful information about what employers value in their candidates.
Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Courttia Newland, Andrea Levy, Walter Mosley, Terry McMillan and more. Wise quotes and what they mean to me.
It's often said that it's better to be alone than badly accompanied, but if you're tired of living the solo life here's five great ways to make a change.
Are your talents uniquely yours or forced into a mass grouping simply because of the colour of your skin? I refuse to let Emeli Sande be labelled.
Ready to move forward with your life but unsure what could happen? Why not take a chance>Why not just say yes?
Money is meant to flow both towards you and away from you. Keeping it in motion is apparently the key to a wealthy mindset. Here's eight easy ideas to help you grow your pennies.
If we're lucky we get to grow old before we die, but who says ageing has to be boring?