14 things that now seem normal about expat-life in Bangkok

Since moving to Bangkok a few years ago, there have been many cultural surprises. Some I love… some… not so much.    1.    You can drink your milk with a straw. No obligation, but the option’s there. When you buy milk at the 7/11 or supermarket, the cashier always gives you two straws. One … More 14 things that now seem normal about expat-life in Bangkok

Penang: exploring a cultural melting pot

A few long-weekends ago, I went to Malaysia to explore the islands of Penang and Langkawi with my fellow Bangkok Expat friends: Petra (from Croatia) and Brad (from USA). This combination of personalities turned out to be a grand cultural adventure in itself, as we managed to intrigue, disagree with, and amuse each other with our … More Penang: exploring a cultural melting pot

Cambodia: my working week – street children and crimes against humanity

Over the past year, I have been working in Cambodia on the protection of child victims and witnesses in human trafficking cases. Or more specifically, on the capacity-building of government officials who work on these cases. As part of this work, I have had the privilege of spending time in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the UN body … More Cambodia: my working week – street children and crimes against humanity

“You’re an expat? You’re so lucky!” Negatives and positives of expat life

When I first moved to Thailand, I was amazed at the number of people who would say “OMG, YOU’RE SOOOO LUCKY!” when hearing I work in human rights in BKK. People treated me as if my expat life consists of drinking beer and being on permanent holiday from real-life and responsibility. It used to make … More “You’re an expat? You’re so lucky!” Negatives and positives of expat life