About the Blog

In September 2008, my husband Kevin and I set off with a cat and a couple of boxes to Mumbai, India. My original blog, The Robertsons of Mumbai, was created to serve as an informative report to our families, and changed into a healthy living expat chronicle as we were transferred to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand a year and a half later. Six more years of raw food, stomach bugs and arachnids posed an ever-lingering threat, and plenty of Thai mispronunciations ensured that our journey was often-tragic but always-comical. In January 2016 we moved to Dubai, U.A.E., where we continue to reside. We hope you will benefit from these posts if you are a traveller, mother, household manager, health food fanatic, or lover of cultural adventures. Click on a category that interests you and settle in with a nice cup of vegan chai, lemongrass tea, or Arabic coffee!

May
29

Raising a Human: The 5th Month

Oh, baby!: At the 5th month, Fergus can now grab his feet, and even put them into his mouth! This has been good for the mama, as it provides him with a few minutes of self-entertainment every now and then. We signed him up for Gymboree – a weekly baby “play and learn” class. The first class he…

May
26

Fergus’ Firsts: The First Six Months

Fergus peering out of the baptismal font during his ‘holy dunking’ Here are some interesting things that Fergus experienced during his first six months of life on the outside. As a result of his mixed heritage and being born into an expat situation, he will surely experience a more eventful and culturally diverse childhood than…

May
26

How to Make Kombucha

How to make kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea and a source of sugar. Although plain (unflavored) black tea is perhaps most commonly used, white tea or even mildly flavored varieties will also produce an enjoyable kombucha end-product. Although there is a lack of published, peer-reviewed scientific proof that regularly drinking kombucha cures diseases or health imbalances, many people insist that…

Apr
20

Raising a Human: The 4th Month

Oh, baby!: Fergus received his US Social Security card this month, which I find amusing, seeing as that he has never even set foot in the US. Not that I expect there to be any Social Security benefits by the time he is retired. No matter – we in no way will be stressing reliance…

Mar
28

Raising A Human: The 3rd Month

Out of the past three months of motherhood in the trenches, the 3rd month was by far the easiest, although that’s not saying much. Kevin was away to Singapore, Dubai, and the south of Thailand, and there were some days/weeks that I felt I was too tired to go on. Oh, baby!: Body-wise, Fergus chunked up quite a…