Category Archives: Money

Are you afraid of your brother-in-law?

You read about it in the expat books but it doesn’t prepare you much. You hear about the problems you will have with your maid but it’s always from the point of view of the employer, poor victim taken advantage … Continue reading

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Begging for school fees

This is the time of year when maids and cooks and others come asking for loans or advances on salary for their children’s school fees. The difference between a loan and an advance is that a loan is repaid over … Continue reading

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The expat thing

I have never liked the word expat. It sounds funny: ecs-pah-t. And it’s not even a real word, it’s short for expatriate, “out of your country”, in other words, emigrant. But in fact, it means a lot more. It means … Continue reading

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The rice bucket challenge

Unless you have lived under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you have heard about the “ice bucket challenge”. Last time I checked, the ALS society has raised over 70 million US dollars. Nice. Honestly, after the couple … Continue reading

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The limp nuggets

It took 10 months and a trip back to Texas for us to consider that maybe it’s time to reintroduce meat into our diet. This also probably comes from the fact that although we have a cook who comes twice … Continue reading

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A picture with our maid

We like our maid. She’s sweet, and she’s drama free. Probably because she doesn’t speak much English.  A few months ago, she came to our door after I posted a “wanted” ad on our compound’s forum. Within a few seconds, … Continue reading

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Super Dad

We are once again in Hyderabad, on the 7th floor of a hotel with a view.  And we brought the heavy artillery, camera wise. There is certainly something despicable about this situation, but after hours of pondering my guilt, I … Continue reading

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