Fri, Jan 27, 2023

Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula

I’ve been many things. A university English instructor, a picker upper of dead bodies, a musician, and a sales guy. My work brought my family and me from Vancouver, Canada to Pretoria, South Africa in September 2016, and I’m still wondering how that happened. I started this blog mostly because my friends back in Canada kept asking me how things were in South Africa, and posting about my experiences seemed more efficient than repeating myself hundreds of times. Maple and Marula is a way for me to make sense of my new surroundings as an expat who has no idea what I’m doing.

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Phil Maloney: 22 More Weird Things About South Africa

Last year, I wrote a post called 24 Weird Things About South Africa... writes Phil Maloney who lived for a few years as a...
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HUMOUR: Tips for Driving in South Africa from A Foreigner Who’s Learnt!

When I first arrived in South Africa in September 2016, it became rapidly apparent that I wasn’t in Vancouver, Canada anymore... writes Phil Maloney....
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Dashcams, Corruption, and Theft in South Africa

Do you guys remember when a traffic official tried to get a bribe out of me? I do... writes Canadian expat living in South...
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15 Things South Africans Want Foreigners To Know About Their Country

I’ve lived in South Africa for long enough to know that tourists have some pretty hilarious misconceptions when it comes to this country... writes...

Hilarious Review on South Africa’s Happy Island Waterworld

It was Heritage Day here in South Africa, during which the many cultures showcase and celebrate their rich and diverse heritage. Or they just...

24 Weird Things About South Africa…

I’ve lived in South Africa for three years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that while I love it here, I’ll...

A Canadian Expat in SA: In Defense of South Africa

Dear South Africans - many of you have had enough with the crime, corruption, and lack of opportunities you face every day... writes Canadian...

Tips to Survive Load Shedding in South Africa

If you live in South Africa, you’re very familiar with the term “load shedding.” If you’re not from South Africa, you probably have no...

Hillbrow Isn’t For Sissies (Except For Me And All The Other Chickens Out There)

South Africa isn’t known for being, well, tame. All kinds of insanity (most of it entertaining, some of it simply terrifying) crashes into coddled...

31 Things That Happen When You Move To South Africa

I woke up the other day and realised we moved to South Africa just over two years ago... writes Phil Maloney from Canada. Two....