Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tips on Getting a Tattoo in Thailand

Tips on Getting a Tattoo in Thailand

After spending 7 months living in Thailand the thought of getting a bamboo tattoo pops into your mind on several occasions. So I did it! I got the bamboo tattoo and a couple of years on I still don’t regret it here so here are my tips when thinking about getting a tattoo is Asia specifically.


  1. DON’T DO IT AT 3AM! However tempting it is to go after a few drinks! Those people will regret it! They allow tattoo parlours to stay open 24 hours to take advantage of the drunk people getting those silly tattoos that they are bound to regret.
  2. THINK ABOUT IT! There are many many “typical” tattoos that people get when in Asia and Thailand. Do you want to be “that” person
  3. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Lots and lots of tattoo parlours line the streets in islands in Thailand. There are allsorts of tattoo artists in these parlours. Google them, check out their previous work and ask to see them tattoo someone else. If you are getting foreign words tattooed on you make sure they say what you hope they say.
  4. CHECK THE NEEDLES! A bamboo tattoo is just that a needle sticky taped to a stick of bamboo. Watch them get a new needle out and go through the process of sticky tape.
  5. LOOK AFTER YOUR TATTOO! Bamboo tattoos heal very very fast in comparison to normal tattoos but does not mean you shouldn’t look after them for the time it takes to heal. Make sure you Vaseline the tattoo daily and follow the care instructions.

Long road back to the expat life

Long road back to the expat life

After my first visit to the UK in 3 years it is hard to settle back into the live that I have in Sydney. All of a sudden you miss silly things you didn’t notice before.

Have you ever noticed the lack of daisies in Australia?

Your friends and family are suddenly at the forefront of your mind again and you start thinking you see them when your walking down the street.

You realise you are missing out on your best friends house warming and first baby talk. Your missing out on the wine nights and the gossip.

But then you have a moment. One of those moments only a traveller will understand and you realise you are doing all this for those moments. Because those moments are the ones that take your breath away as you watch the sunrise over the beach or walk into a bar that is “oh so Sydney”.

An Australian Breakfast is amazing and an English fry up just tastes greasy after so long here.

It takes time to realise again that your life on the road is not worse or better than those at home with the house and the kids it is just different and it is the life I chose for myself and I live for the “moments”

My one bit of advice for those returning from their “home” make sure you get your first “moment” as soon as possible and all your worries will disappear again.