It all began in 2011 when my husband and I bought Lonely planet's "Central America on a shoestring" and decided to go backpacking for a month in Nicaragua and Costa Rica with our 3 kids, then aged 6, 9 and 11. Those who know me well, will know that this type of travelling is somewhat out of my comfort zone and we came across quite a few bedbug infested hostels and shared facilities where the snob in me desperately tried not to focus on germs and other people's bare feet. Sti
I got some great news this week! I had signed up for the VIVA Beijing mentorship program. Viva is a Beijing based network for professional women. They organise very interesting events and run a 6-month mentorship programme every year. I have just learnt that I was lucky enough to be paired with my number one choice: writer, journalist and public speaker Lijia Zhang. I first met Lijia when she invited me to be her "+1" at the Irish-Chinese film dialogue in April last year afte
(By Lise Floris, Published by Global Times on 5 February 2018) I can still recall exactly how I felt at my going away party at work - standing there in my new stilettos, all teary-eyed while listening to my boss' speech. I felt my colleagues' love and support as well as the recognition for my work and a profound sense of fulfillment.
I couldn't help but wonder if I would experience that fulfillment again anytime soon as a stay-at-home mom in Beijing.
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