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The Unchecked Baggage

Brand New: The first working week in the life of an immigrant in America

A week ago today I started my brand new shiny role in the US of A. After waiting for longer than expected in British Columbia (thanks to post offices being closed Friday and Monday for Easter - damn holiday loving Canadians)... Continue Reading →

Be nice to your sibling/s – they are your memory secret keepers

I am feeling a bit border locked as my passport (with my brand new US visa) is being held hostage by the Canadian postal service. Apparently it is something called "Easter weekend" and because of some guy who partied so hard... Continue Reading →

What if I fail? The story of how I finally got my visa and the chance to move to LA

3 months ago to the day today, I landed in Los Angeles. Today in Vancouver, I had my interview for my US visa at the USA consulate here, and it was approved on the spot (it literally took 30 seconds and she... Continue Reading →

“Would you rather that things were good, or interesting?”

I'm a big fan of quizzes. I think it all started with Australian tween magazines 'Dolly' and 'Girlfriend' (hands up if you remember) which we gals used to pour over on bus trips between Netball practises (Netball is a real sport... Continue Reading →

The most beautiful tree in the world

What defines something as the "most" or "best" anything? I remember the first time I came to the US. It was five years ago, 2012, and my friend Amanda and I met in Boston for a weekend trip. She flew... Continue Reading →

(Fr)eezy Breezy

As I was thinking about my plans for 2017 and it had suddenly occurred to me that in 2018 I will turn 30. 1988...carry the one...ahhhh fuck! I literally could not stop THIRTY thirty THIRTY thirty THIRTY from pounding in my brain.... Continue Reading →

Tense moments in Trumps America: The alcohol edition

My father always told me not to discuss 3 things in the United States: Politics, Religion and Guns. Unfortunately, I’m a bad listener. (Sorry Dad) Also unfortunately, a recent election in America has seen politics and religion creeping more and... Continue Reading →

Is there a place for me in Trump’s America?

I landed in Los Angeles 18 days ago, on the 12th of January 2017,  1 week before the Presidential inauguration. I had watched the campaigns for the role of 45th President of the United States from afar, the circus of American... Continue Reading →

Punctures in Phuket: Finding the Happy in everyday situations

For 2017 I wanted to make my New Years resolutions small and personal, so that I could maybe forgo a year of beating myself up for not winning an Oscar or making a million dollars again. I decided to focus... Continue Reading →

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