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Expat Brat meets Mr Hotel

In 2005, I was seventeen years old and I lived in Hong Kong. I grew up in Asia for periods from the late 80’s until I graduated high school in 2006, and I still go back almost yearly as my... Continue Reading →

Functional Sadness aka Wrestling the Big Black Dog

We all get sad. You are not alone.   I get sad because I feel like I'm not far enough along in my career, I get sad because I feel like a failure, I get sad because I feel like... Continue Reading →

5 things I thought would be different when I left home

It has been almost 10 years since I left home and went out into the wild, scary, unknown world of adulthood living. I feel like I was truly and utterly underprepared for what was out there, and had I known,... Continue Reading →

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger…or maims you horrifically for life

I like that saying: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"(WDKYMYS). It sounds good, it's inspirational. It makes you think "Heck, things were tough/awful/soul destroying - but I'm still here!!" People have appropriated that saying into songs (looking at you... Continue Reading →

Do battle, be brave.

Every new day poses a question to each of us: how are you going to live today? Though the internet has moved on to its obsession with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I still find myself unable to quite process the... Continue Reading →

I'm really glad I didn't successfully murder you during our childhood

I'm not one to get all mushy (pffft yes I am) and write about how schweet my life is (all the time... that's literally all I write about)  or how great my family is (they fucking CRaYcraY) but I just... Continue Reading →

Things that I am actually really thankful for that might not seem obvious all the time

Well...it's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada (America is doing its own thing in november I think) and because I like to embrace things I feel I missed out on as an Australian child in Asia, I've decided to embrace this tradition... Continue Reading →

Tell me I'm Pretty

If there is one saving grace to retail (and it's a stretch to even suggest there is) it is not, as may be expected, the 50% discount on clothes (because it just makes it that much easier to SPEND your... Continue Reading →

I'm proud of you

I tell people frequently that I have two brothers. Okay that’s not true. When people ask me if I have siblings, I often tell people “I have two GAY brothers.” I don’t know why I say it like that. Being... Continue Reading →

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