Ginger and Scotch: Struggling to Maintain a Minority Language with Kids

Posted on the June 26th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

My two-year-old daughter recently stopped talking to me. My six-year-old son stopped talking to me years ago. In Chinese, that is. When my daughter stopped speaking to me in Chinese, I felt like I had failed again as a mother and an educator. I had fai...

Fake Plastic Souks: Brexit Last Minute Facts Shock Horror

Posted on the June 23rd, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

Me and Bob shake. No hard feelings, mate. You're still wrong, mate.I was delighted to find myself back in the Dubai Eye 103.8FM studios this morning, I must say I have missed my regular radio slots an awful lot.The Business Breakfast team brought me on...

Fake Plastic Souks: Brexit Angst, Ireland, Impotence And All That

Posted on the June 22nd, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

A couple of months ago, I was all 'Brexit, meh', especially when I tried to register to vote in the referendum and was informed I was ineligible because I've lived overseas more than 15 years.Yup. Disenfranchised. I suddenly and inexplicably feel like ...

Green Living in Dubai: Fresh Natural Cosmetics by Lush

Posted on the June 21st, 2016 under Green Living by

As I have decided to go plastic free, I have started looking for all those items which are not packaged in plastic containers to reduce plastic waste from my home. Naked Cosmetics come without packaging Also this year I have decided to start using...

Green Living in Dubai: Fresh Natural Cosmetics by Lush

Posted on the June 21st, 2016 under Green Living by

As I have decided to go plastic free, I have started looking for all those items which are not packaged in plastic containers to reduce plastic waste from my home. Naked Cosmetics come without packaging Also this year I have decided to start using...

Green Living in Dubai: 6 Sustainable Living Tips My Dad Taught Me

Posted on the June 19th, 2016 under Green Living by

It's Father's day today, specially around this time we look back and think how much our dads taught us and how they are huge part in making us what we are now. Me and my husband are taking efforts to make our son Eco-aware from early years. But today...

Ginger and Scotch: How to Change Your Permalinks Without Losing Google Juice or Social Share Counts

Posted on the June 17th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

Earlier this year, I changed the permalinks of my WordPress blog to remove the year and the month such that: this post’s URL http://gingerandscotch.com/2011/02/chinese-grocery-stores-2.html/ would become http://gingerandscotch.com/chinese-groce...

Fake Plastic Souks: How Green Is My Sharjah?

Posted on the June 17th, 2016 under Personal Bloggers by

The unthinkable has happened. The old battered dumpsters that used to line our sandy street have disappeared, each one replaced by two shiny new plastic bins. One is marked 'General waste' and one 'Recyclable waste'.I quite miss our old one. Some expat...

Ginger and Scotch: Discovering Muscat and Beyond (Oman)

Posted on the June 16th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

In a travel guide about the United Arab Emirates, two travel bloggers posted that “If we knew what we know now” they “would have spent more time in neighboring Oman.” It’s taken me seven years to realize that. Seven yea...

Ginger and Scotch: 5 Things to Do in Jabal Akhdar (Oman)

Posted on the June 12th, 2016 under Expat Bloggers by

One of the most stunning places to visit in the Middle East, Jabal Akhar offers spectacular mountain views, adventure travel, and rich cultural experiences. The thing that struck me the most when I first visited Scotland, where my husband is from, was ...