I recognised my discomfort for what it was quickly enough. I love challenging myself by meeting new people and throwing myself into new environments and experiences as often as I can, but that doesn’t mean I find it easy to do…Read More
Santa would land his sleigh on our roof, enter our house through the back door, tiptoe his way toward the tinsel and flashing lights that were wrapped around the pillars and cupboards of our built-in home bar and leave a pile of presents placed neatly atop the counter...Read More
The golden part of the evening, though, was trick-or-treating. For those of you who may have already thought ahead, yes oh yes, that meant the building became a 31 storey candied lolly-land, with at least 20 apartments on each floor to choose from—though chose we did not—we made sure to pay a visit to every single one…Read More
Not a practicing Buddhist, there is one cultural practice Ava Senaratne still upholds when she travels back to Sri Lanka to see her grandparents. This mini article will quickly describe this local custom of hers.Read More
From old theatres to laneway bars, I walk the Yarra with boys and cars.
With double tongues, I watch bright lights, as I explore and devour the night…
Mental illness is not like a date on Tinder or an ex-lover; depression doesn’t ghost you. It takes a lifetime’s work to not let it consume you completely…Read More
Are white, American men going to keep steamrolling over our cultures with their incorrect ideas about who we are and how our differences could harm them?Read More
It is an Indonesian superstition that figments from your nightmares are brought into the world via mirrors as you sleep. As an adult I don't believe the superstitions anymore, but I'm in no hurry to sleep with a mirror opposite my bed either...Read More
Krishni spoke Arabic and French and English with her classmates. They snacked on dates and learned about sushi and exchanged sandwiches for lunch...Read More
If you look up the term ‘expat brat’ on Urban Dictionary, and you will find ‘spoilt’, ‘arrogant’ and ‘elite’ thrown in the description. I don’t even enjoy being labelled an ‘expat’, let alone a ‘brat’...Read More
We watched as the Emirati men wove their voices through the melodies of the qanun and oud, while the women swung their hair from side to side, in time with the beat of the tablah...Read More
I easily adapted to the parts of her culture that were were new to me; I ate squid for the first time out of her lunch box and nodded with interest when she introduced me to weird-looking creatures she loved — the first Pokemon!Read More
Even though my grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia, she still proudly kits up with her 'wedding purse' on her way to the bank, or to the grocery store. I have watched in dismay as the older members of my family have gently taken that gorgeous bag out of her hands and replaced it with a sensible leather satchel, the more practical choice for her weekly errands...Read More
My floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the city street doesn't stop me boogie-ing alone in my underpants at home. Melbourne's ideals about acceptance, love and normalisation of a woman's body have helped me shrug off nakedness as no big deal...Read More
I imagine if you're not a third culture kid, the second of hesitation after the question "Where are you from?" must look a little misplaced.
I usually size up the person who's asking...Read More
Cue the hesitation.
Even after 28 years, I still don’t know how to answer that question...Read More