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A little about me:

I currently live in Hong Kong where I am editor of AWAre - the magazine for the American Women’s Association. I lived in Mumbai (nicknamed 'Maximum City') from 2009 until 2014. During that time I wrote about expat life in the city for magazines and publications across the globe including the South China Morning Post and Abu Dhabi Week. I have also been featured in the UK’s Daily Mail (don’t judge me) The Sun and Eastern Eye. I have written occasional features for Midday in Mumbai.


As editor of Mumbai expat magazine Chalo! (2011 to 2014) I commissioned articles and features as well as writing my own column Maximumcitymadam. I also appear in the LookSeeCity  guide to Mumbai and contributed to expat sites such as Expatarrivals and InterNations. I was commissioned by LifeBook UK to both research and write the ‘autobiography’ of an Indian client in 2014.

A cartoonist's vision of me for a piece I wrote in Midday (Mumbai - illustrator Amit Bandre)

In the UK, I was a senior reporter at The Kentish Times where I was awarded ‘Kent Campaigning Journalist of the Year’. I trained to be a newspaper journalist at the University of Central Lancashire. I also worked as a film critic for an English language newspaper in Berlin and have also been a columnist for The Gambian Observer.

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  1. Hi! I am Nerissa, a Filipino living in Italy.
    We just started a website dedicated to the lives of all those living in a country other than the one where they were born. Thru PeopleAbroad.org we intend to increase connections, awareness, and understanding among people.
    We would like to ask you to contribute as an author to the website by writing even one single post with photos and/or videos about the region of the world you live in. Your post can be externally linked to your personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter account, and/or anything else you like, in order to promote your own activity.
    If possible, we would also like you to write your story (bio - where you live and how you decided to live your life abroad) – example: https://www.peopleabroad.org/nerissa-filipino-living-in-italy/.
    To become an author, it is not necessary to live in a different country from where you were born, but simply to know a bit of the world by having lived, studied, or traveled abroad.
    Please, sign up to our website at https://www.peopleabroad.org/register/ and send all your files with things you would like to share (your story or your posts) by email to people(at)peopleabroad(dot)org. In case of big files, send them by WETRANSFER.
    Since this website is still under construction, we do not have yet made it available to search engines for indexation. So, to access it, just type www.PeopleAbroad.org.
    We are just starting and that is why your help is essential. We would love to see you onboard!
    All the best,

  2. Hi Nerissa, just seen this, will write a piece about HK is you like. Its a big city and a big subject. Would you like me to narrow it down a bit and focus on a specific area?