Movers Tips: What the Experts Want You to Know

Create a ‘safe zone’ in your house to put everything that’s going to travel with you. This will include all of your electronic devices (phones, chargers, laptops, tablets), your keys and garage door openers, important documents (passports, marriage and birth certificates, visas) and any precious toys that children might want to have with them.


But we’re just moving across town…

#sponsored My husband and I finally had an offer accepted on a house. We had been renting the most adorable cottage in Woodside for the past couple of years, but obviously couldn’t afford to buy there. We found our family home in San Bruno. We planned to manage the move ourselves. It wasn’t far, just up the 280. No problem, we’d just rent a van, as we had done so many times before. After all, we only had a little one-bedroom place. As moving day approached and our son started crawling, we panicked and called a moving company, just to […]


Relocation is an Art: Lessons For an International Move

We spent our last three nights in an empty flat, sleeping on deflated airbeds. It was miserable. Consider booking a hotel or staying with friends or family for your last few nights in your home country. Those last days before your move are an emotional, hectic time.


Networking: making friends in a new country

Finally, our child’s school – in my experience, the least common place to find friendships, but the most widely touted as a good place to form connections. Now if you aren’t a parent, this isn’t an option but if you are, most people will think that this is a good place to start. I find the school gates the least friendly place but it’s not impossible to find friends there.

beach with friends

The Original Expat: The Life of a 1950’s Army Wife

In March of 1952, my husband left for Korea. Our eldest son had just been born in Kansas (where I was born and raised); 12 days earlier. We would not be reunited as a family until the following year when our son was 15 months old. However, the reunion was not a homecoming, as we next met in Japan.


Public Libraries: More Than Just a Book Lending Service

Do you know that there are around 17,000 public libraries in the US? In fact, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants here in North America. I have long heard how Americans adore their public libraries. After I migrated to the Bay Area, I knew I had to pay a visit to the local library.

Public Libraries

Ramadan: a celebration of spirituality

Hamdanil is an Indonesian who moved to Bay Area a few years ago. He and 250,000 other muslims in Bay Area are observing Ramadan this year. It’s the biggest holy month that muslims worldwide are celebrating by leveling up their spiritual game. The main focus of Ramadan is fasting, as one is required to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. Even one sip of water is not allowed, or else the fast is invalid.


Muslim Neighbors: What I Learned When I Visited A Mosque

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about attending. Should I have worn a headscarf? Was this going to be an event to try to convert the general public? (As I have experienced at events I have attended for other faiths). As soon as we arrived, all of my worries were dismissed. This truly was just an opportunity to come together, to get to know each other as individuals, as humans, as neighbors, and learn.