Diary Of An Expat

As I begin the journey of an expat life in China, this page will offer an insight into what that life is like. Everything from the first impressions upon arriving to China, to the misadventures of a first grocery shopping. Here I offer an open door into what my life as an expatriate is. This is my diary of an expat.

Bifengxia & the Problem with Panda Sex

Details about my visit to the Bifengxia Panda Research Base in near Chengdu, China.

And, do you know why pandas need help reproducing? Read all about it here!

Chengdu – Beyond the Pandas

You’ve heard about Chengdu as THE city to go to see panda bears. But what about Chengdu city???

Chengdu has plenty to do within its city limits, and here are many things to do while in Chengdu.

Tianjin – Just Like In Europe

Tianjin is a city in the northeast of China, only about 2 hours from Beijing, and is one of the cities with the biggest European influences in all of China.

Read all about this beautiful city, its sights, and its gastronomy, in this travel guide to the city of Tianjin.

Scolded by North Korean Military

The scare of my life!!!
What happens when a North Korean guard starts screaming at you, for taking photos you were not supposed to?

This is what happened, and how it all ended…

Dandong – A Glimpse Inside North Korea From China

The city of Dandong offers a close glimpse of what life in one of the most secluded countries in the world is, North Korea.

Here are all the best spots where to look at North Korea from Dandong, China.

24 Hours In Beijing

What to do and where to go with only 24 hours to spend in the capital of China.

Here’s all you need to know, if you only have 24 hours to spend in Beijing.

A Few Odd Things About Beijing

China’s capital, Beijing, one of the oldest cities in the world.

Here is a short list of odd things about the city I realized during my first visit  to the capital of China.

A 2 Month Summary From China & A Look Ahead

A summary of my first two months of living in China as an expat, and a look of what lies ahead for me.


From Full-Time Traveller to Expat, What Changes?

What are the things that change when you stop travelling full-time and make the move to become an expat?
From travelling less to having a more authentic experience, here are the things that changed for me.

Changbaishan & Heavenly Lake

One of the most beautiful sights in northeastern China are the Changbai mountains, Changbaishan.

Here is all you need to know about visiting Changbaishan and Heavenly Lake.

Travelling Without a Passport in China (Part II)

Getting kicked out of 2 hotels and visiting 2 police stations in 2 days was definitely not part of my plan.

This is what happened when I tried to travel through China without a passport.

Travelling Without a Passport in China (Part I)

Maybe not the best of ideas, and definitely not my best moment.

First part of my misadventure while travelling without a passport in China.

Things to Know Before Moving as an Expat to China

12 crucial things to know before making to move to relocate to China as an expat.

Changchun: It’s Good Enough

Changchun, the city I know call home.

Check all there is to see and do in this not-so-touristy but colourful part of northeast China!

Changchun, it’s really good enough 🙂

My First Taste of a Train Ride in China

Did she just throw a fish bone to the floor?
Why did she just take a picture of me?
What do you mean I have no seat?!?!?!

These are just some of the questions that came to mind as I was riding my first train ride in China. Read on to know more.

Rocking a Weekend in Shenyang

Have you heard of Shenyang?
This beautiful city in the northeast part of China is one off-the-beaten-path, and a beautiful one.

Get to know Shenyang and all there is to it in this amazing travel guide to Shenyang.

Requirements for a Work Visa to Teach in China

Thinking of going to China to teach?

Here is all you need to know regarding the Chinese work Z visa and how to get it.

My First Few Hours In China

My first few hours in China were already testing me. From getting through customs to being harshly cut in line, to almost half a plane falling ill to motion sickness, China wasn’t messing around.
Here are all the details.


Second Guessing My Decision To Move Abroad

With only a few days to go before the big move, I begin to question everything to the point that I doubt whether I should go.

Here’s what kept me going and how I ultimately decided to leave.



A Prelude to the Expat Life in China

One day I’m in the middle of my trip around the world, when suddenly I find myself having to go back home to prepare to go work to China!

Here is a prelude of how I got there and how I’ve been coping for my eventual move to China.