Trundling through the jungle

I recently spent time in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and had the opportunity to visit Singapore. All too easily we hop on to the budget airlines websites, which is exactly what I did for this trip. However, the one thing that puts me off flying in and out of KL on low cost carriers is the time, effort and the cheap, clapped out coaches to and from KL’s dedicated low-cost terminal, LCCT. I knew there was a train service from KL to Singapore – it was around long before flying of course. So I did a bit of research and found that on balance, taking into account cost, total journey time, comfort and effort, going by train appeared to be a no brainer. So decided to put it to the test and compare. Continue reading

An expat for 10 years – part 1

How my journey started…

3 October 2013 is rather an unusual anniversary for me. It marks 10 years since I left the UK to start my life and adventures overseas. It wasn’t my first time working outside the UK though – I spent 1998-1999 in Sarajevo as the SFOR/NATO spokesperson. It was there I was bitten by the foreign bug and it is absolutely true – travel and living in a foreign country does broaden your mind and I was also fortunate enough to have a job that was full on every day…

Being interviewed by Combat Camera - the US led internal communications team that kept the 34,000 SFOR/NATO troops up to date.

Being interviewed by Combat Camera – the US led internal communications team that kept the 34,000 SFOR/NATO troops up to date.

Although I returned to the UK and I toughed it out for a few years, life just wasn’t the same. Just as I left a good job with Laura Ashely in 1987 to join the Royal Navy, in September 2003 I traded in a nice secure corporate job with Standard Life in Edinburgh for a three-month contract working for the EU Special Representative in Skopje. As I flew out to Skopje with two bags on October 3 2003, there were a few that thought I was bonkers. At this point you may want to make a cup of tea – although I have split this “story” into three parts, this post covers four years…. Continue reading