I’m not weird, this is normal in my country!

One of the most terrifying things about moving countries is looking foolish and feeling awkward. But this is actually the best opportunity to look as foolish and feel as awkward as possible. Looking foolish is a common cause of anxiety in any new experience or situation. But as a foreigner in a new place, I [...]

What Mum Guilt sounds like: breastfeeding v formula

Mum guilt is absolutely real. There’s so much pressure, whether from myself, the people around me, society in general, to do “the right thing.” Whatever that means. There’s lots of information on the internet about the benefits of breastfeeding. But my favourite source is the book called Cribsheet by Emily Oster. She looked into the [...]

Top Tip for Job Hunting in the UK

One of the hardest things about moving to a different country is looking for a job. I left my big law job in the Philippines in September 2019. In October, I moved to Scotland and got married in January 2020. And we all know what happened in March 2020. Being unemployed in a new country [...]

On Positive Birth Stories

Labour is terrifying, especially if it’s your first. You’ll hear lots of horror stories when people find out you’re pregnant. But it doesn’t have to be traumatic or as terrible as some people (and TV shows) make it out to be. Caveat: These are general thoughts, ideas, and tips. Trauma is real and this post [...]

The Secret Mum Club

One thing I learned as a new mum is that there seems to be a secret Mum Club. When I posted on social media (quite quietly I thought) that I was pregnant and then had given birth, friends I hadn’t spoken to in probably more than 20 YEARS and friends I didn’t speak to very [...]

Quick Update

The reason I have been on quite a long hiatus on here is because - I have a baby! Early last year, I had such grand plans to share my notes for QLTS, write about all the things I learned looking for a job in a new country during a pandemic, moving to a new [...]

QLTS OSCE List of Important Topics (Litigation)

Caveat: I created this list for the August 2020 QLTS OSCE based on what I thought were important to know. Please don’t think this is exactly what’s going to come out on your exams. I didn’t memorise the laws word for word (you don’t need to either!), just what it generally says. It’s helpful to [...]

QLTS OSCE List of Important Topics (Probate)

Caveat: I created this list for the August 2020 QLTS OSCE based on what I thought were important to know. Please don’t think this is exactly what’s going to come out on your exams. I didn’t memorise the laws word for word (you don’t need to either!), just what it generally says. It’s helpful to [...]