Truly once-in-a-lifetime

I am very aware of and appreciate this amazing life I have, living and working around the globe, experiencing once-in-a-lifetime moments more than once in my lifetime.  Trekking to find the mountain gorillas in Uganda this month, I believe, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   Firstly, we went with my sister and her husband, which…

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Motivation!

It was a case of the ol' "It's never too late to start...". "The time to start is now..." etc etc. I've never been one for New Year's resolutions, holding firm to looking after myself physically and emotionally on a regular basis. Sometimes motivation just strikes me and I go with it! So when I…

Can I call myself a scientist now?!

Two years, 11 modules, assignments and exams.  A 10,000 word research project.  1650 hours of self- directed studying and learning and reading and revising.  25 hours sitting for hand- written exams in 2 different continents.  3 months, 450 hours of research and writing for the final project. One supportive (and super awesome) husband and months…

Risotto…or is it?!

Each country we live in comes with new ways to explore food.  I love to cook and enjoy finding what grows locally with each season.  Fiji brought the joys of fresh fish and coconuts and tropical fruits but with limited lettuce greens.  Now in Rwanda our days of fresh tuna are over but access to locally…

All the ‘lasts’ of Fiji

Packing up and moving countries is always a stressful time, no matter how often I have gone through the process or how organized in advance I plan to be.  I am a check- lists-and-plans kind of girl but there are always last minute papers to sign, accounts to close, documents to save and various sequencing events to…

Living in Limbo: Hong Kong

Limbo:  “An uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition”. Not to be confused with the Limbo (dance), which is quite a bit more fun but also requires a certain level of flexibility. While awaiting the “decision/ resolution” to move from the Fiji Islands to Rwanda, my time of living-…

Heaps of Aubergines!

With eggplant (or aubergine or brinjal or garden egg) growing in abundance in Fiji, and sold in the market for only $2 FJD a heap, I am always looking for new ways to use this delicious, nutritious and healthy fruit (yes it's fruit!). A few of my recent favourite recipes are this delicious eggplant shakshuka…

The Kingdom & The Queen (of the ocean!)

Living in Fiji has given us a unique chance to easily explore the South Pacific, or at least some of it.  With many magical and exotic places to explore, the Kingdom of Tonga has been on our wish list.  What we were most excited about was to experience the migration of the humpback whale, where…

Home Leave can ruin you…

  Home Leave: “To visit ones home country in order to renew and strengthen cultural and family ties". This is the wonderful and highly anticipated time for me to be reminded of what it is to be Canadian.  To renew ties with my homeland, my family, my friends…my gynaecologist, my dentist, my GP, my optometrist,…

Slippery slope…

My husband and I aren't ones for sweatpants. Neither of us own a pair, we don’t lounge around at home in them and we wouldn’t think of wearing them out in public. Nothing against those who do, it’s just not ‘our thing’.  At the end of each work day we do change into something more…