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Interview with an Expat, Helen Bannigan

By On January 27, 2018

v Where are you originally from and where are you living now? Originally from the United States, I’ve lived abroad now for close to 30 years, in 5 different countries: France, Portugal, Spain,… Read More

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Memories of a first trip to China

By On December 1, 2017

China is a fascinating place and the people are full of intriguing paradoxes – delightfully friendly and respectful, wise and dignified in one moment, then spitting and burping and picking their nose the… Read More

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The Ten American Indian Commandments

By On October 9, 2017

Treat the earth and all that dwell therein with respect Remain close to the Great Spirit Show great respect for your fellow beings Work together for the benefit of all humankind Give assistance… Read More

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Helping to Facilitate Communication

By On September 17, 2017

I’ve always been a communicator, a mediator; the one who brokers peace when siblings are fighting, or establishes harmony in the boardroom when executives disagree. Facilitating constructive communication is what I do. I… Read More


The South China Morning Post Appreciates That After 20 Years, There are no Divas in The Hong Kong Women’s Club

By On September 29, 2016

I’ve been doing pro-bono PR work for The Hong Kong Women’s Club, as both a singing member and board member, and I’m thrilled to have achieved some great full-page profile coverage in… Read More

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My Boozy Valentine – Hong Kong Style

By On February 16, 2016

My sweet 11-year old daughter always gives us gifts for any holiday and Valentine’s Day is no exception. I got a chocolate rose. And her Dad got…. well… …a can of beer.… Read More


Salamat, Cebu

By On September 11, 2015

Gorgeous Cebu in the Philippines, with its crystal clear waters, perfect weather and warm, friendly, welcoming people. We loved our time there… but were also struck by the stark and unsettling contrasts.… Read More

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French Etiquette Faux Pas

By On August 14, 2015

A French executive invites his American counterpart to a business dinner at his home in the center of Paris. The American executive reciprocates several months later in the suburbs of New York.… Read More