Photo credit In celebration of the UAE's 45th National Day, here's recalling reasons why we love living here. I was 30 when we moved here and now ... read more
Hello, my name is Grace. Sandier Pastures is my online diary where I share stories about living in Dubai, life as a working mom, blogging tips, travel stories and hotels & restaurants I recommend. This blog was first created in 2007 to document our move from Japan to Dubai. Unlike most expats who came here to earn more than they did in their home countries (to seek greener pastures), we moved here when presented with the chance - for new adventures, to experiment, to just try it out. So, our pastures is not 'greener', only sandier (thus the name of this blog).
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When 2016 rolled over, the first thing that came to my mind was - this is the year I will be 40. The thought of being four decades 'old' didn't ... read more
Thinking about it, I'm frequently asked: "What are the top things to do in Japan?" I've lived there for more than ten years so people expect me to ... read more
My mother in law called me last weekend, and asked the perpetual question, as she does almost every year: "When are you coming here again, aren't you ... read more
I must admit, even with exciting things going on and being built in the UAE's capital city of Abu Dhabi, the at least 2 hours drive gets to me. ... read more
I first joined Facebook when my daughter's favorite teacher relocated to Australia in 2009 and asked me to get on this social media network so we can ... read more