Goodbye… for now


From the beginning, I loved the idea of blogging. I invested time and attempted to figure out how to make my page pretty and appealing. The vision of having this platform to express myself artistically made me happy. Even if no one had a look at this blog, I was happy as it was almost like getting it out of my system. I’ll try anything once..or twice. If it involves the creative process, I’m there!

The first time I saw I had views from different countries, it was exciting. Someone bothered to look at my writing when I never even knew what I was doing. I quickly realised I needed a niche and consistency. I admit-tingly failed this time around but I know this isn’t the end. Its just a learning curve. Maybe this wasn’t the platform to fulfil what I searched to do but alas I will be back.

For now, I’m closing this chapter, at least I can say I’ve done it. Pretty stoked I did.

After one year, I regrettably close expatgabriella. I have not put in the time this blog deserves. I had fun every step of the way but when it started feeling like a chore or the pressure started to mount (pressuring myself) I wasn’t feeling it. I’ll be back once I figure out what to do with my life.

If there’s any advice I can give to anyone, its to just try different things until you find something that makes you happy and fulfilled.

So its good bye for now from me,

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Couple of months away from my first year as a blogger


I have to admit; I have not been active on my blog as I thought I would be this year. When I first started expat Gabriella, I wanted to share everything about being a Malteser in Australia and my travels.

At times, I was stumped on what to write- evidently why this blog post is soooooo overdue. I got to explore and tell you all about our Egyptian escapade. The pyramids, the food, the temples and the culture. The blog really started from there. Excitement of ticking one of my bucket list items was so surreal & I couldn’t but help to share it with everyone – literally everyone.

Then, delved into my expat life. Some of you probably only thought a Maltese was just a dog breed or some might have visited Malta and loved it. The country is of course a big part of my identity, anyone who knows me knows that. In my new life in Australia, I’d always get questions of what it’s like to be from a tiny island and learning English so well. I figured, this is the best way to explain it, a few posts about the motherland, as I like to call it.

Putting my blog site together for the first time was fun, played around with different themes, alignments and a colour schemes. Back then I had a list of topics to cover and was very organised, to be frank, I just thought my topics weren’t insightful enough therefore (stopped shoving it on my Facebook friends walls) I felt like that is why the lack of posts happened. I do what I do because I enjoy doing it. Forcing a blog post was never going to happen unless I felt like it at the time. Expat Gabriella feels like a diary I can enter my thoughts in- just on the internet.

My mind surges to reach some sort of creative outlet. This by far was one of them and the best thing I have done. A couple more months and it will be a year since I started this blog. When I start something I want to finish it – properly. So for the next few months I will endeavour to post more and get inspiration from around me.

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How I saw Malta change in 11 years

I caught myself reminiscing (as I do) about all the things I enjoyed when I lived in Malta. Thats why I started this blog, I wanted it to be an extension of me and share all the love I have for my home. One of two homes that is.
In high school years ago when MSN messenger was still a thing..