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Tag Archives: work life balance

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

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

Feeling stuck or lost? Read this.

Feeling stuck or lost? Read this.

Something truly weird happened to me the other day. Inspiration struck randomly. These words blasted into my head. “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, translated through you into action. Stay open!”  I had no idea what this was from. As one of the only pedestrians in Vientiane, I looked around. Motorcycles, exhaust fumes, tuk-tuks, a guy dangling… Continue Reading

Are You OK? Day

Are You OK? Day

Last Thursday was Are You Ok? Day. Are You Ok? Day is an important campaign to raise awareness about the fact that many people around us are struggling. When we get really busy… travelling between head office and in-country a lot, trying to meet report deadlines… When we have so many balls in the air, sometimes we are totally… Continue Reading