I am celebrating my 27th birthday zip-lining along the emerald enclaves of Costa Rica that strangely remind me of the yawning valleys of my own tiny Lebanese chouf village...Read More
There is a custom in the Philippines. When it is your birthday, you are expected to throw a party for everybody at your expense. So, on my birthday, I leave the country…Read More
Then there was the McDonald’s birthday trend. Uncle Sam had muscled his way into the Karachi youth’s minds, and a Happy Meal and rides on colorful slides were the dream in the late 90s. I didn’t have one, but I was invited to one. It was an utter disappointment...Read More
Spare me the cake and candles and let me celebrate how I like it best...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
I revelled in the power of my many homes. I sit in my room for hours and listen to that Thai singer.
and muse about the camels from my Arab home...
Seeing the birthday boy or girl so happy, feeling so fulfilled, you couldn’t help but know it was temporary. Perhaps the year after, that very same birthday boy or girl would be in a new country, with new friends, doing it all over again...Read More
** The following article touches on the topic of suicide. TCK TOWN would like to advise reader discretion.**
The exquisite Balinese landscape with endless rice fields greeted us as we made our way to the shore on my scooter. It was quite a romantic day actually...Read More
If you ever get the chance, go to a small temple called Tamagawa Daishi on the outskirts of Tokyo. You have to find your way through a small maze towards light in the most muted hues...Read More
Holy shit. It’s still alive! Okay. Oh my god. Okay. OH MY GOD...Read More
It's our birthday!
So, of course, this means we will be celebrating all month!
It's been a whole year and we still have many stories to share. As well as some fantastic new submissions, we will be travelling the world learning about celebratory foods, new friends, older memories and TCK traditions.
Thank you for reading our stories over these twelve months and for sharing some of your own along the way! We are excited to continue writing for you in our second year at TCK TOWN.
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai & Australia. Living in Melbourne)