Dating in Cairo

Moving to new cities is never easy.  Add that to moving to a new country, with the prerequisite of new culture, customs, currency, language, climate, home, routines, making friends, and new work/workload, and it becomes rather overwhelming.  I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, even though I’ve been doing this for 14 years or more.  I’ve found that two things help me.  Finding … Continue reading Dating in Cairo

Brush with fame

This story is an on/off affair that bridged two countries and a couple of years.  It all started with Couchsurfing, the interesting community that connects people throughout the world for the purpose of making new friends and literally seeing if they have a couch to sleep on. Back in the day when I was working in Yangon I had created a Couchsurfing account, knowing that … Continue reading Brush with fame

Flying plates in Dar

Well that turned out a little differently than I’d expected! I would have laughed harder if it didn’t literally hurt (I have scars) and if it wasn’t quite so tragic. It started, with a recurring and comically woeful experiences theme, with a few lines on a dating site. Imagine the flickering lines on a TV screen as I bring back for some context, and laughably … Continue reading Flying plates in Dar

What if this is as good as it gets..?

Having spent the last couple of weeks peering into a whole new and beautiful world of colour, movement, light, and wonder it’s somewhat surprising to feel a little blue. It started with a conversation that made me rather sad. A friend I was talking with appeared to relinquish herself to the notion that a recent experience (of the heart) may be the closest to being … Continue reading What if this is as good as it gets..?

That time I learned ChasingPhil will be the title of a movie…

ChasingPhil… I’ve been asked on a number of occasions as to why I choose that as a name. I think I was subconsciously thinking about Chasing Amy (that movie from a few years back) but mainly I think it was the fact that I’m constantly on the move and people keep asking me “where are you now?!”. I debated a few times whether to keep … Continue reading That time I learned ChasingPhil will be the title of a movie…

Tales of a Traveler… a counter to the “difficulties not talked about”

Over the last couple of years there has been lots of people writing about how no one talks about how tough it is for travellers to come home and re-integrate, or reverse culture shock.  Frankly this is nonsense.  People talk about it all the time.  Particularly people that have traveled and then start again… and for many they wear it on their sleeves as they continue to wander the … Continue reading Tales of a Traveler… a counter to the “difficulties not talked about”

Tales of Dating… that awkward moment in Phnom Penh

A combination of stories that ultimately resulted in me never speaking to either person again… While I was living in Yangon I chanced across a pretty cute woman with her friend at a popular bar in the city (a Friday after work drinks place that is also interwoven with the history of Yangon).  Come to think of it I have two stories that start in this place… … Continue reading Tales of Dating… that awkward moment in Phnom Penh

“Short back and sides” – Part 2, the fix

So where had I got to? Oh yes, the barber of Saville had just finished doing a number on the mop that was my hair just 30mins before he’d set his ill prepared hands on it. Pressing out into the darkness (the power still hadn’t come back) I was determined not to show up to work with my new, and impressively wonky, hairdo. As I … Continue reading “Short back and sides” – Part 2, the fix