Expat Angela

Today is Mother’s Day back home in the USA, here in Malaysia where I now call home, and in lots of countries around the globe. First and foremost it is the...

I remember down to the day that I fell in love with ‘the idea of falling in love’ with a chef. I was living in Sitges, Spain, a quaint seaside village...

Just like Spain felt like home, and India after a couple of years, Malaysia is finally, truly feeling like home to me. It is full of possibilities, and new friendships, and...

It’s 1am, 2017. Looking back, 2016 was fabulous, it was an evil bitch, it was scary, and it was wonderfully memorable. I’m a single mom with a daughter in university in...

Ageing is a serious bummer, and a funny twist of fate. I am 46 but in my heart and my day-to-day self, I still feel mid 30s at best. I bounce when...

It’s bound to happen to anyone with strong feelings against Trump and his platform of hate, sexism, racism, and xenophobia. But I promise you I never thought that the first person I...

After struggling all week to organise my thoughts and feelings over this Trump win, I’ve resorted to stealing.  Partly because I’m so very angry and confused, partly because I refuse to...

Heyyyy KL, are you interested in shooting fun street food videos or maybe starting up your own blog or YouTube channel?  Well, I’m teaching my first masterclass on the art of food...

Since moving away from India, I sadly don’t see many Sikhs anymore. Today I happened upon a fellow traveller in the Kuala Lumpur airport, and just the distant hint of his...

From the moment I separated from my ex-husband, when our daughter was one year old, I made the choice to lead a joyful life with no regrets. My ex was a bully,...

I’m currently spending a month in Bali curating travel content. This makes the 2nd time in less than 9 months that I’m here, with the previous visit lasting 60 days. It’s...

This week I received an email from an aspiring writer looking for an opportunity to contribute to a blog.  He shared in his email that writing was his dream but that...

Today I ran across a post by an award-winning travel writer sharing tips on how to get lost on purpose that triggered a slew of memories. It was almost like one of...

I’m a California native, 5th generation descendent of Irish, German, and British immigrants to the United States of America. My family didn’t go to the U.S. because they had a foreign...

The guys from N.W.A. (from the movie Straight Outta Compton) were born within a few years of me, and in the town that bordered mine in Los Angeles County. I was...

Shot this on Day 3 of my new life in Malaysia. I was staying in a service apartment, insanely jet-lagged (translation = NOT looking fresh or rested), and on the hunt...

As you know, in some Asian countries all it takes is one unconscious act (ehem, mistake) to appear culturally insensitive, insult someone, or lose a friendly or business relationship altogether.  I’m from California and have...

I’m 45 years old and was born and raised in southern California. I haven’t lived in the U.S. in 13 years and as we can sadly see … things have certainly...

While abroad, the most common question any traveller hears is ‘So, where are you from?’ and I always share the same answer. That I’m from California but I haven’t lived in...

I’ve officially been a food and luxury travel blogger since the summer of 2011. It started innocently enough with one Sunday brunch write up in India and I’m very proud to...

My last romantic kiss with a man was in India on August 1st 2013. Longing for that Indian in Bangalore played the biggest part in the first year of my quiet...

It’s been 48 hours since I left Hong Kong to live (up to) 60 days in Bali. Not being in the greatest place when I left Honkers, I decided to use...

If you’ve ever lived through a period of your life that caused you an intense amount of stress or that changed you – either mentally in a negative way or physically...

angela carson, single mom in morocco

That photo above always transports me back to Marrakech and makes me smile because my daughter took it when we spent Christmas and New Year in Morocco 5 years ago. Travelling...

In my heart I’ve always wanted to believe that racists are simply radicals who comprise a very small percentage of the population back in my native U.S.A. Sadly, that hope has...

The first time it happened to me, I was ‘broken up with’ via a message in 2011. I remember feeling truly gutted and genuinely hurt that this man – with whom...

We all have a past. Sure they range from fantastic to tragic to inspiring or even painfully heart-breaking but we all have one. Depending on the situation, our history can be summed...

You’ll have to forgive me here from the beginning. What started a couple of weeks ago as a post about simply being grateful has turned into a melting pot of emotions....

Whenever something new happens I always feel a rush of happiness. Yet something happened recently that has made me insanely happy even though nothing new has happened to me recently. In...

There is an undeniable thrill that accompanies all forms of opt-in change. A new job, new car, or certainly settling into a new home all have the power to breathe new...

Inspired by Cecil the Lion, this week I wrote all about it, encouraging others to take to social media  … not only on that day for Cecil’s sake but hopefully in the...

People across the globe have read with heartbreak this week about the illegal hunting and killing of Cecil the Lion. We learned about the consequences that this hunter’s single action will have...

First things first, please. Ask yourself…as a teenager were you your parent’s dream-come-true or a total nightmare that cost them hours of sleep and a whole lot of heartache? Well, I...

That photo with my daughter was taken six years ago and I love it even more today than I did back when she was 13!  She is my biggest joy in life and...

Last week I saw two different writer friends in India sharing an article on social media and it made me want to click over to see what I was missing. Then...

The year was 1992 and I was 21 years old. I was living near the beach in southern California with one of my best friends from Redlands, working part time and...

I was just reminded about my first kiss and no matter how many years — well, let me be honest … DECADES! — pass, the thought of it still brings a...

It’s 10pm and the first raindrops of the monsoon season are falling in Hong Kong.  My speakers are belting out Steely Dan and I can’t seem to keep my toes from wigglin’ because...

Man have I missed food blogging and writing travel reviews since leaving India back in 2013 {oh my gawd, like totally a lot!}. So it is with a heart full of...

If you know me or have followed along with my adventures then you know that the past four years have been hard. Not ‘cutting corners’ or ‘changing jobs’ hard but ‘we...

Today is my birthday and what’s a girl to do when she’s fresh off the boat and doesn’t have friends yet in Hong Kong? Shop, darling…SHOP! And since I just signed...

It seems blissfully fitting that today is now officially the first day of the rest of my life because today is the day that the greatest joy in my life arrived...

My birthday is coming up on the 18th and that’s always cause for reflection by anyone. We reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the past 12 months, on where we are...

I’ve learned the fun way (through extensive stays in each city) that culinary distinctions are just the tip of the business lunch iceberg that you need to look out for when...

Good thing I’m headed to Hong Kong for the new job in October because it turns out that I really am not meant to live in the USA any longer. Not...

I’m sat on a plane, reminiscing. To say the least, the past year has been a crazy roller coaster of a ride. A little bit I’ve shared here and there, much...

{Originally published via LinkedIn this week where it was a top 10 article for 2 days} I’m unemployed and actively searching for a challenging and stable new job – hopefully one...

{Originally published via LinkedIn on the day of the match, Sunday 29 June 2014} Some social media train wrecks are quite fun to watch. My favourite is still Amy’s Baking Company...

When I locked the door to my home in Bangalore and headed to Los Angeles for a simple visa renewal in 2013, I never dreamed that I was destined to move...

Waking up at 05:30 is not something I do in my normal life.  Generally speaking, the only good reason to be up that early should still be happening since the night...

Are you a hot-blooded foodie with a true passion for either cooking or dining out that borders on obsessive?  Do you love experimenting with recipes and find true pleasure in feeding...

Although man’s desire to communicate – or chat – has not changed, the way that we do it certainly has. Cave painters of old are now the meme’rs and bloggers of...

Dozens of photos of Bangalore Nightlife and of the Fun Adventures I had in India!

This month marks one year since the Guns N’ Roses tour and looking back I realise that not only do I continue to feel humbled to have been chosen to handle...

By the time my daughter finished up the final term of her iGCSEs and enjoyed her summer break on the beach in Barcelona in 2011, the cats and I had been...

I don’t know if it’s because I’m now 43 or simply because anyone who wanted to hit on me has already done so, but the ‘creepy fan mail’ by Indian men...

After not having left India since September 2011, I now find myself again in my ‘native village’ in California for the second time in two months. 

I’m quite proud to have been included in an article about the rise in popularity of food blogging in the national Indian business and financial magazine, Business Today. 

If you are a regular reader of my blog I’m sure you will be happy to learn that in January – after about 18 months – I finally met a SINGLE...

Still to this day, I am the only non-Indian employee at the Indian offices where I work.  It’s a growing company with a couple thousand team members spread between offices in...

The monsoon breeze is blowing and the rains are pouring down at our flat in Jaimahal and I’m inspired to do something I don’t normally do…write a short and honest ‘my...

Recently I went to a wedding reception in Mysore.  An Indian friend of mine had just married his lovely Iranian bride and they invited hundreds of friends and family to celebrate. ...

‘Given the fact that I am constantly being looked at and I’m sure we can all agree – judged – here in India because of my white skin and blonde hair...

In April, 2012 I completed one year in India.  Welcome to #2 in a series of articles recounting how life has really been for me in Bangalore. 

So it’s been just over a year since I’ve been writing Angela’s Adventure In Bangalore.  I started it just for my friends and family so in the beginning I didn’t have...

In April, 2012 I completed one year in India.  Welcome to #1 in a series of articles recounting how life has really been for me in Bangalore. 

Okay, I might be lying just a bit.  I think we both know I didn’t lose my mojo.  I just like the sound of the word, and it always reminds me...

Last weekend I was at a party and due to a misunderstanding I was involved in a bit of a ruckus.  Well, okay, to be perfectly honest I sort of started...

From the time I was a kid until into my early 20s, there were moments when I spent more hours of the day in my bikini than dressed in clothes.  From...

“Angela, come with me, I want a photo,” said one of the executives at work today.  It was Sari & Kurta Day at work and I was dressed in a sand...

“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.”  I was born in L.A. and whenever I hear the first words from The Mamas & The Papas classic hippie-movement song...

This is the first year in AGES that I am spending Christmas without my daughter.  Traditionally she and I head out on a 10 day adventure that spans the Christmas and...

I had been living in Spain for 7+ years when I was laid off from my job along with my entire team (save one) and half the company back in May,...

I still remember my first day at work in Bangalore like it was yesterday.  My new job started – as they should for some reason – on a Monday and I...

I turned 41 on October 18th.  Ufff…my stomach still knots up just a little bit whenever I say my age but I’m not going to lie about it so there’s really...

Today’s post is about me instead of a topic for a change so I hope you’ll bear with me…I tend to do this only when there are big changes in my...

For the past three weeks I have been in Sitges (Barcelona), Spain, fixing my employment visa for India following my change in jobs (read about that here).  Spain has been my...

Even when times are hard for me, I know very well that I’ve had it damn good all my life.  It’s easy to bitch and moan about things that aren’t going...

Until now all of the hate mail I have received has come from angry brides-to-be who fall upon my first Indian wedding experience blog post. 

Ahhh LinkedIn.  Where would the professional world be without it? I have landed two different jobs from it.  Generated tons of business contacts and direct meetings with the “right” people through...

This morning I received a Blackberry message from my mate Yon that basically went like this: Yon: Hey you…just saw ur article in today’s paper, ur a rockstar… 🙂 Me: ?? ...

So this week a friend needed some help ramping up their marketing and PR so we decided to turn it into a working dinner at Hypnos, a cool lounge restaurant downtown. ...

Wow, although it’s only been 3 days it feels great to be writing again.  I had some crazy stomach bug or food poisoning that hit me so I was off the...

Well, over the past week I have received my first few hate emails from the blog.  Hmmmm, does that mean I have made it??  Like actors who know they’ve “made it”...

Anyone who has ever lived abroad or traveled outside your home country knows that sometimes it is simply impossible to avoid standing out.  India is not the first foreign country I...

Tonight I would like to take a step back from my normal, silly story telling and dedicate my tiny bit of digital footprint to Love146, an organization dedicated to ending and...

For me, everyday is definitely an adventure in Bangalore.  Whether it is something as simple as spotting 4 cows, 2 bullocks, some stray chickens, 4 camels and about 100 street dogs...

Bob Marley is in Bangalore.  Okay, so Bob Marley isn’t really in Bangalore.  But he is singing to me right now at a rather dark yet somehow un-seedy bar

I am writing my first-ever blog post from a hotel room in Bangalore, having arrived only earlier today ready to start living this new adventure of my life.