I’m Ashlee (aka Betty… who loves blogging). I am an Australian originally hailing from Albury but currently based in Canberra. I love adventures, photography and food and have been pretty lucky to hop around a lot of countries for work and study (and holidays).

I spent 2.5 years living in Jakarta, six months in Timor-Leste, and six months in Washington DC. So there’s lots of posts about those places on here. As well as Albury, Canberra and Sydney.

I have also spent some time studying in London and backpacking in Europe, but that was a while ago now.

My work so far has seemed to fall somewhere along the spectrum of media, communications and international development policy. I won’t bore you with the details here. If you are interested, my professional CV and portfolio can be found over here.

In November 2014 I suddenly fell mysteriously ill and did not get better — so this blog also documents some of my struggles with coping with ME/CFS. Here’s a story I wrote for Medium on the topic.

14 Responses to " About "

  1. Hi Ashlee, I found your blog through IndonesiaMatters blog rank. I usually go and visit the page once in a while and today I see a lot of new blogs listed, and one of them is yours. Love the pics and now I’m reading the posts. Funny that you’re an Oz in Jakarta, and I’m an Indo currently in Oz! Hope you’re having fun there.

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    oh..here you are. I used to read your blog in typepad,and suddenly i didnt find it.I googled it..and yes..here you are.

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    ^^^^^ Sometimes the spam is just too damn funny to delete.

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  6. Ashlee says:

    LOLS. Too funny Heb.

  7. liam says:

    I just read an article of yours in the Jakarta Globe, about repatriating in Australia, I identify with so many of those experiences too. Thanks for a great blog and pics.

  8. Ashlee says:

    Hey Liam!

    Thanks for dropping by! Glad you liked the article and the blog 🙂


  9. Tori Valcic says:


    My partner and I have just moved to Dili from Wodonga, VIC. VERY SMALL WORLD, hey?

    LOVE your blog and your photo are fantastic!
    Welcome to TIMOR!

    • Ashlee says:

      Wow, small world indeed! I’ve also met other expats here with Albury/Wodonga connections 🙂

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

  10. Pete says:

    Wow, great photos. I’m moving back to Dili from Sydney next week. Spicy Hut parathas yes, yes, yes! How could I ever stay away. Awesome Blog 🙂

  11. luthfi says:

    Hi Ashlee, i just started blogging in June and have limited references… but i love your blog. It’s light, personal and inspiring. I enjoyed it:)

  12. Judit Hidalgo says:

    Invitation to “Catalonia Media Lunch” Melbourne and Sydney – 11th and 13th June

    We are pleased to attach the link with the invitations for the media lunches to be held in Melbourne and Sydney in June.

    We are hoping to have you with us enjoying and exquisite Mediterranean food and experience.

  13. jxde says:

    Hello there! I’ve been living in Canberra for a long time myself and I have to say – your photos almost make Canberra look magnificent! You’re inspiring me to go on more walks (which I’m very lazy to do) and explore more parts of Canberra. I hope you’re doing well (your rant on the rut worried me) and if I ever see you in the streets, I’ll be sure to say hey! The winter is only just approaching unfortunately so keep warm, yes? So glad I stumbled upon your blog!

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