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!

Dec
31

My New Year Goal Planning Worksheet

Since we got married 7 years ago, we have endured, accomplished, experienced and celebrated so many things that we never thought would have been possible (and not all of them good things). When I reflect on all that we have been through, at least 50% of those things were not even on our radar screen far enough ahead…

Nov
21

6 Tips for Staying Healthy at Holiday Parties

The winter holiday season is full of opportunities to party like you mean it with friends and loved ones, no matter what country you may live in or what religion or culture you are a part of. Unfortunately, celebrations this time of year often involve overindulging on food (especially sugar!) and alcohol, which can really…

Oct
7

Raw Italian Food @ The Eastin, Take 2

For the second time this year, Chef Edoardo Bonavolta at Luce restaurant on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok has created a special raw Italian food menu, this time available for the entire month of October, to coincide with the Vegetarian Festival here in Thailand. A tasting menu of six courses is…

Sep
20

A Day Out in Saigon

We recently took a quick, weekend trip to Ho Chi Minh to visit our dear friends who have relocated there, and while having a two year old in tow makes it difficult to relax in sleepy cafés while sipping a Vietnamese coffee (or crawl through war tunnels on the outskirts of town), we did manage…

Aug
15

When Juice Fasts Go Wrong

Kevin and I recently watched the film, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and got hyper-wound-up about going on a juice fast (o.k., mostly Kevin). So, 24 hours later, there I was, filling up the Graco Trekko stroller with mounds of fruit and vegetables for our juicing pleasure. We had done a week-long fast in the…