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Rachel was born on a stormy night in Bristol in the south west of England, and grew into a quirky child who used to clean the bottoms of her shoes and hold her breath until she fainted. Aged three, she said she wanted to be a cow when she grew up (which, hopefully, did not come true!), but later settled for a career in journalism and has since worked for a variety of publications. Rachel loves travelling (which is strange, considering her extreme fear of flying) and has managed to pack a two-and-a-half year backpacking stint, nearly five years of expat living in Hong Kong, and as many holidays as practicable into her life so far. Married with two children, Rachel spends her spare time drinking too many lattes and planning her next escape.

Different strokes

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When something is almost impossible to understand, the French use the phrase, “C’est du Chinois pour moi” (It’s all Chinese to me). Many other...

Primary colours

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Playtimes HK
Last weekend’s art homework was a frustrating experience for 11-year-old Tom. He was asked to cut lots of different coloured snippets from magazines and...

Little women

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Playtimes HK - kids growing up fast
“You look really sexy!” I overheard a 30-something woman say to a girl in a form-fitting bandeau top, skin-tight leggings and sultry make-up. The girl beamed...

Breastfeeding and the boardroom

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Playtimes HK - breastfeeding and work
The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Not only does it have a protective effect for babies against certain illnesses and allergies, it is...

Mummies a la mode

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Mother & baby, Playtimes HK
Babies. We’ve been having them for a few hundred thousand years, and for many of those years, their care and upbringing remained pretty much...

Solo flight

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Playtimes HK - kids travelling alone
When 11-year-old Orla and nine-year-old Rosie set off for Chek Lap Kok airport one morning last summer, they couldn’t help feeling nervous about the...