Beijing by Bike and the Art of Making Dumplings

Beijing by Bike and the Art of Making Dumplings

Being an au pair with ImmerQi has brought me to Beijing and being new to the city I purchased the Lonely Planet Guide and have been using it as my trusty companion for the last three weeks. Subsequently, I decided to write about my experiences of the book’s...
Life as an Au Pair in Beijing!

Life as an Au Pair in Beijing!

Au Pair in China: First Week in Beijing My first week as an au pair in Beijing with ImmerQi has involved green tea ice cream, fermented egg, and countless imaginary tea parties. The little girl I au pair for is aged just four but her English skills are far superior to...
Top 10 Reasons to become an Au Pair Abroad!

Top 10 Reasons to become an Au Pair Abroad!

So you’ve heard about being an Au Pair, but don’t quite know what to make of it. Have no fear, here we outline 10 reasons why you should consider taking the plunge and being an Au Pair abroad!   1. The Money   While your actual living allowance or salary won’t be...
Au Pair: How We Raised More Than RMB 10,000 This Year!

Au Pair: How We Raised More Than RMB 10,000 This Year!

While being an Au Pair in China, or most other countries as well, you often get the pleasure of enjoying whimsical adventures and other, more quiet outings. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in a major yearly charity event. The charity...
Au Pair: My Treetop Gliding Adventure with Ally!

Au Pair: My Treetop Gliding Adventure with Ally!

What is Tree Top Gliding? Treetop gliding is human natures way of flying like a bird. Free until you reach the end of the line and your feet fight to find stability. Many times I ended the glide with sand in my pants because my feet failed me! “I was like a swan- sort...
Au Pair: A Day Trip to the Hutongs with My Au Pair Kid

Au Pair: A Day Trip to the Hutongs with My Au Pair Kid

THE HUTONGS TRIP: If you are lucky enough to get placed with a family that encourages you to explore your surrounding areas you will find that often you’re able to take your child with you on these adventures. I am allowed to take my girl, Ally, out every Sunday...
Au Pair: A Skiing Adventure With My Host Family

Au Pair: A Skiing Adventure With My Host Family

For you today, dear reader, I have got two very necessary quotes. The first one is Anonymous, “Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads.” I remember once, I was a movie about the disabled boy who wanted nothing more in life other than to learn how to ski. Of...
Au Pair: Nightlife In Beijing

Au Pair: Nightlife In Beijing

I thought that I had hit the motherload of parties and the nightlife extreme when I was back home in South Africa, at least until I was introduced to Beijing nightlife. From Wangfujing street to Tian’anmen square and Sanlitun club and bar street Beijing is overflowing...
Au Pair: My Time At The Beijing Zoo

Au Pair: My Time At The Beijing Zoo

Like most countries in the world, Beijing too has a place where one can escape for the DOs and DON’Ts of adult life. The easiest place to tuck yourself into your inner child and explore the lives of animals from all over the world without leaving the borders. Boasting...