About Me … Now!

After more than four years, my family and I officially ended our desert adventures last June 2010 and are now temporarily based in Manila while we prepare to make our next Leap of Faith in the Land Down Under.  

It is a very exciting time for our family especially since we are starting anew.  We have been very fortunate to have visited Australia twice before so we know more or less what we are getting into. However, the only problem is that – unlike when we decided to move to Saudi Arabia in 2006 – both my wife and I will be currently “in-between jobs” and this admittedly has never happened before! So, as you can see, while there are many things to look forward to, there are also some major issues that have been causing us some anxiety at the moment.

We remain confident, though, that our decision to relocate our family again is according to God’s plan and we hold on to this as we make another daring Leap of Faith.

As we start a new chapter in our lives, we do hope you continue to follow our adventures and provide us the virtual support that you have so generously given in the past.  Please do feel free to leave a note and/or also read up on our archives of our previous desert adventures.

For now, strap your belts, mates, and hold on as this will be one abso-bloody-lutely great ride.  To all you cyber- blokes and sheilas out there – have a g’day!


  1. Hello. I am in complete awe of your exciting life of travelling around the world,which is something I would have loved to do had I had the finances and in fact the time.Now I do have the time but age is against me,however I have retired the lovely Island of Crete where all those great archaeological sites are especially my favourite DELPHI. Thankyou for sharing your travels,I shall continue to follow you further.

  2. Thanks so much, Rita, for dropping by and leaving a note. It is so nice to have a new friend in cyberspace.

    My family and I have been blessed to see a few places over the last several years and we are very thankful to God for that opportunity. We are hoping that these experiences will teach our children to have a greater appreciation of the world around them – even at their young ages.

    You chose a very lovely place to retire. Our vacation in Greece is one of the things our family will remember fondly. The people are nice, the food is great and there are just so many places of interest to see. You’re very lucky to have all of these places so close by.

    I’d love to see Greece again one day. In the meantime, I hope, through your blog, my family and I can always remember this beautiful country.

  3. Thankyou so much for your response and the comments made regarding children apreciating the world around us. Your children are very lucky.As you say there are many interesting sites where we live in Crete.The Minoan Palace of Knossos for one,also Malia Palace.and many more. I see you have seen Delphi in Athens,did you have time to go to the museum and see my favourite statue of the Unknown Charioteer. I have many things to tell you if you have the time.I am an archaeologist and was lucky enough to be able to carry on working on pottery from archaeological sites around Crete.More to follow if you are interested………………..

    • Hi Rita! The Minoan Palace is so huge and we were so impressed at the work you’ve all done there. I remember the throne room, the dolphin paintings in the queen’s room, the huge potteries, the bull and even the ancient “toilet”. Too bad our tour was rather short to enjoy this great archeological find.

      I’m so lucky to know an archeologist who work there. Come to think of it, I’m lucky to even know an archeologist – even if only through this blog – he he he! Yes, I’d love to know more about your work there so I can share the information with my children too.

      Delphi is so beautiful and, yes, we went to the museum and saw (and loved) the charioteer too.

  4. Interesting blog! Following you now 🙂

    It would be great if you follow me back


  5. Dear chinois97,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Saudi Arabia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

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