Vietnam à la française

By On November 16, 2014

Having spent 8 wonderful years as an expat in Paris, I’m often on the lookout for French cultural influences wherever my travels may take me. Vietnam is no exception and it certainly… Read More

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WE Magazine for Women – Helen Bannigan in Top 100

By On November 11, 2014

Special thanks to WE Magazine for Women for including me in the Class of 2014 Top 100 Women in Ecommerce. http://bit.ly/whoswho2014 “From the boardroom to design room, Wall Street to Main Street, women… Read More

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So, You’re Going “Home”

By On November 11, 2014

Top 3 Secrets to Successful Repatriation So, you’re going home! After so many years abroad, you’re finally returning home. Congratulations! Wait, home?? What is this “home”? What are the challenges to moving… Read More

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Your Blood is No Good Here

By On May 30, 2014

Speaking of donating blood, I found out that you can’t donate blood here in Hong Kong if you have lived anywhere in Europe in the last ten years. Because of mad cow… Read More

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Don’t Call Me, and I Won’t Call You

By On May 21, 2014

Ring, ring ME: Hello? CALLER: Silence. ME: Hello?? (with more emphatic intonation) CALLER: silence ME: Whaayee? (Cantonese for Hello, with loads of tonality to show the onset of impatience) CALLER: Silence. ME:… Read More

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WiFi Madness

By On April 9, 2014

Life without WiFi? Inconceivable! How could anyone possibly live without WiFi?! You may have heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is a handy tool to use during cultural training sessions to… Read More


Nature Calls in Sai Kung

By On April 4, 2014

One of the things I most love about moving to a new place – especially when it’s a new country or continent – is having a slew of different and unusual experiences.… Read More

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Cultural Perceptions of Shame vs. Honor

By On March 28, 2014

One of the most fascinating things I find about culture is perception. What means one thing in one culture can mean something entirely different – even opposite – in another. If we… Read More