Author: Alicia

Striking a Balance between Individualism and Finding a Place to Belong

My husband and I’s decision to move to London from Ghana was contributed to by so many different factors and wasn’t just a matter of seeking greater opportunity than what we would have had in the motherland. In fact, we could very easily have created our life together in Ghana or in any one of a number of other locations for that matter, but to be honest, London came in as the final choice because of how cosmopolitan it is. Also, we sort of fell into choosing London as it became more and more apparent that it would indeed...

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Bridging the Divide between Millennials, Their Parents and Grandparents

Most of the conceptualisation, classification and categorisation systems we so readily make reference to spawned out of someone’s desire to make money in some or other way. In this day and age, we find ourselves defending systems we not only didn’t have a hand in formulating but aren’t too familiar with by way of their intended purpose. That’s why pretty much everything comes right back to a discussion of money. Think about it. At any given point in your life, whatever it is you’re occupying yourself with, in some or other way the driving factor behind it goes back...

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Fun Getaway for the Whole Family – Carlyon Bay Hotel

I grew up in a family which generally enjoyed a huge gambling culture and fortunately whenever the adults would get together for some or other function and then head to a casino in a convoy as the “after-party” of sorts, they didn’t leave us kids behind. This is because the casinos of choice were family friendly in that they boasted some extensive entertainment for visitors of all ages and there were about two or three of them strategically located within our vicinity. I would have really loved to extend the same experience I had growing up to my own...

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The Ultimate Culture Shock-Absorber!

As much as my life is personally built upon a foundation of maintaining strong family values and traditions, I’m all too aware of the rapid nature in which the world is moving along and changing. Globalisation is very much upon us, says the woman whose mixed heritage is of Ghanaian origins. Looking back on my life and how I came to be who I am today and where I am today, I cannot help but come to the conclusion that I’ve perhaps experienced a lot more culture shocks than the average person. Thinking about how things differ across borders...

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Kids Will Do as You Do and Not as You Say

I guess for the onlooker who perhaps doesn’t have kids of their own it’s rather cute listening to a child endlessly asking that “Why?” one-word question, but when you have to deal with that and many other “perks” of being a parent the whole day, it can all get rather annoying very quickly. Don’t get me wrong – parents love their kids to death regardless, but by no means does that mean they can’t be a serious source of some irritation. What this speaks to, however, is the manner in which kids learn and the inquisitiveness which drives this...

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