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Tag Archives: in-country

Thinking of working in Vientiane?

Thinking of working in Vientiane?

If you’re thinking of working in Vientiane, I have some tips for you. Clothing Dress modestly. Although the backpackers may be scantily clothed to enjoy the hot weather, you’ll notice local people (especially in offices) are not. Women tend to cover the tops of their arms (no sleeveless shirts) and definitely wear skirts to the… Continue Reading

5 Apps that seriously help

5 Apps that seriously help

I’m certainly no tech head but I do like to test out Apps- see for myself how well they function. My top five apps I have these on high rotation at the moment while working in Asia. MAPS.ME – this is an awesome App because, once installed, it provides you with maps and your location without… Continue Reading

You should be amazed. Here’s why.

You should be amazed. Here’s why.

Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop in Vientiane, Laos. I was having a western moment. It’s one of those really nice coffee shops that feels like you’ve teleported back home – I could be anywhere in the world. A foreign family walked in. The guy looked dishevelled and irritated. The woman look exhausted carrying their… Continue Reading