About

UPDATE: I am currently living in the countryside near Oxford, England, having a go at tackling the real world and "settling down". I landed a great job helping teenagers with their English at a local college, as well as studying Creative Writing at University of Oxford on the side.

Name: Adrian Fleur (a blunt, boyish first name and a pretty French second name. Thanks, Mom.)

Nationality: I come from the home of the Zulus. Amandla awethu!

Occupation:  I am an Assistant Editor for the CityNews website and Citylife magazine, the most-read English language newspaper and magazine in Northern Thailand. My other titles, which are much more relevant, are: Mishap-prone Chef, Photographer of Street Dogs, DIY Gardener (specialising in apartment balconies), Professional Daydreamer, Frantic Midnight Writer, and Reigning Queen of Awkward. (Have a stalk around my writing portfolio and photography blog if you wish!)

Favourite food: Pineapple shakes and spicy som tam (raw papaya salad). I adore Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines, and pretty much any unusual dish - think Banana Flower Salad, or Khao Soi. I regularly experiment with new recipes in my little kitchen, and love to try new places.

Personality: I hate unkindness. I like animals and children better than people, although I find some people incredibly inspirational. I search for meaning everywhere I go... "Nothing is meaningless" is my mantra. And it seems to have worked for me so far!

Plans for the future:  Plans for the future seems to change on a daily basis. I do know I want to experience more, learn more, feel more, do more and make a difference. Then, get a puppy, grow a garden, get married, get published, and finally learn how to not break all the dishes in the house.

PS: What do you look like?  Puffy-eyed in the mornings, and rather scary if you're wearing your beer-goggles. At other times, I've been known to look like this (note that I have co-dependency issues with animals):



Adrian Fleur tiger

Adrian Fleur puppy


15 comments:

  1. Good for you to make your living as you plan to do! I know for a fact Thailand is very welcoming to Westerners!

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  2. Nice to meet you. I linked to the article you wrote for CityLife/Now, and so I thought I'd visit your blog. Another CM blogger :) Cheers!

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  3. I just wanted to stop by and say hello! Thanks so much for writing such a well-written blog with so much amazing insight into Thailand. I will be traveling solo there in early April and it was endlessly helpful to hear positive stories and see your photos. You post about depression was also really wonderfully helpful because I appreciate your honesty and it's something I also deal with and feared a bit with my solo travel abroad! <3

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely and encouraging comment!

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  4. 10 days away from heading to SE Asia and very unprepared, your blog is incredibly helpful! I have been most worried about finding Vegetarian friendly food, and you have done all the hard work. Thank you!

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    1. Lovely to hear that, Claire! I hope your travels are exciting and you get to sample lots of delicious veggie delights (they are definitely out there). Thanks for the comment =)

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  5. Hi Adrian. I wanted to see what agency you recommend in Thailand. Thank you very much. Great post about working there. - Brady

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  6. Very appropriate hiding your face behind animals and sunrises :) beautiful girl

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  7. Salut Fleur ,Thailand does not miss you too much? thanks a lot for your blog

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    1. Thanks for reading :) I miss Thailand a lot! Don't know if it misses me back!

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  8. I am on that yes ! Good luck petite fleur :)

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  9. You are really sweet. I hope to see you write more

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  10. I miss your writing Miss Fleur <3 kiss

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