East Timor as we see it.

The making of a nativity scene

I’ve always wanted to know more about the handmade nativity displays that are popping up on streets all around Timor-Leste at this time of the year. As luck would have it, this week, we received this fascinating guest post from Marita Jacobsson about a group of... read more

Dear Taxi Drivers in Dili

Right, listen up. I think it’s about time you got your act together. Firstly, please don’t smoke in your cab. Because you’re a man and I’m a woman and you’re the one with the power because your hands are behind the wheel and not mine, I don’t feel comfortable saying... read more

Developing toilets

Zena and I lived together for the first time in Dili. One of my earliest memories of domestic bliss was coming home from work to find Zena with her arm (all the way to the shoulder) in the toilet bowl trying to clear a blockage*. Now this post may not be for everyone,... read more

Survivor Timor Leste: Work Visa; The Immunity Challenge

It is an ordeal- to say the least- to get a work visa in Timor-Leste. For Jason, it took him over three months and a promise to teach someone English before his work visa was approved. We were delighted to receive this blog post about the hurdles of trying to get a... read more

What’s changed in Timor-Leste part 2

As promised, here is part 2 in our series about what’s changed in Timor. 11.     Lots more advertising with a Timorese spin There has always been advertising in Timor, but now businesses seem to be using Timorese faces in their ads. 12.    Timor Plaza Timor... read more

What’s changed in Timor-Leste part 1

Some things change. Some things stay the same. Jason and I loved seeing what’s changed in Timor-Leste. These are some of the things we noticed: 1.    Stadium walls destroyed Whoever thought it was a good idea to get rid of the beautiful murals on the walls... read more

Sleeping at Darwin airport before your flight to Dili

The last time I slept the night at Darwin airport, I promised myself I’d NEVER do it again.But, here we are again! So why are we lying on the bright blue lily pad carpet trying to get a few hours of sleep before our flight to Dili? The same reasons I’ve slept at... read more

What do you want to know about Timor-Leste?

This is where we’re writing this post from.Jason and I have arrived in Dili! We’re here to get the latest information for people who want to move or travel to Timor-Leste…. And we’re also having a holiday. Plus I’m also working on a new exciting... read more

Toiletries to pack for Timor-Leste

If you follow us on Facebook, you’d already know that Jason and I are going to Timor-Leste in September. Yesterday I went to Chemist Warehouse and filled a whole basket with toiletries to take with us. We’re only going for a holiday- two weeks- so we... read more

What a Joke- Dili Marathon Date Changed 1 Month Out

Update: Dili Marathon has been moved back to the original date, 22nd June 2013.From living in Timor-Leste, you come to accept that nothing is ever on time and things rarely go to plan. I get it….This morning I read that the Dili Marathon, planned for Saturday 22nd... read more

81 Days Until The 2013 Dili Marathon

We’ve had a lot of people asking us: when’s the 2013 Dili Marathon?!Well the date has just been released, so get your running socks ready, your ticket to East Timor booked and your countdown training calendar set because….. The 2013 Dili Marathon is on: Saturday, 22nd... read more