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  • The Dog: A tale of alienation and exploration in Dubai

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Joseph O’Neill’s new book has been hailed as a comic tale of alienation and exploration 
in Dubai. In this interview with Khaleej Times, O’Neill tells Sadiq Shaban about the book, 
his ‘expatriate’ life, and how modern life is ‘highly formatted by flows of money’ The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the highest rated literature awards in the world, introduces this year's longlisted work, The ...
  • Expats Hold Positive View of Healthcare

    British Expatriate Community
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    The majority of expats believe that the healthcare they receive in their adopted home country is better than that they received in their country of origin. According to the Expat Survey 2013, of the 72 per cent of the 8,000 global expat respondents who had visited their local GP as an outpatient, regarded the service they received as being better than what they’d received previously. Only 17 per cent of respondents claimed not to have visited a GP since relocating. Expats who have visited hospitals – either as outpatients or for longer periods – also say they had a better experience.
  • Gettysburg with Fresh Eyes

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I wish I had watched the film "Gettysburg" before we went to Gettysburg. Actually, I'm not sure it was a film. At over 6 hours long it has to have been a TV mini-series right? In 1993 we were too busy watching X Files and dancing to "What is Love" to sit in a cinema for 6 hours.When we went to Gettysburg a few weeks ago we got the CD and did the audio tour in our car, where it said things like "This is stop number 15. Pickett's charge took place here and 6,000 men of x x x x x battalions lost their lives".  I was completely lost by the whole thing - too much military talk and not enough…
  • Casita for Rent!

    An Expat Life in Nicaragua
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Hey everyone – we are now accepting reservations for our fantastic Casita Nacascolo!  Hop on over to Air BnB to take a look: Click to view slideshow.  
  • To my Little Sunshine

    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Little Elephant, This morning you woke up wanting to sing with me “You are my sunshine”. We cuddled in bed, my arms holding you tight, as we sang it 5 times, each time you were able to sing more of the words, by the end, taking the lead. You then bounced up, wanting to find a book about sunshine to read. If, in your enthusiasm, you had looked back, you would have seen the relief in my heart to no longer be seeing that song. It took all I had, to sing those verses, over and over, knowing you were okay, without crying. The last time I sang you that song, we were in London, in…
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  • The Dog: A tale of alienation and exploration in Dubai

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Joseph O’Neill’s new book has been hailed as a comic tale of alienation and exploration 
in Dubai. In this interview with Khaleej Times, O’Neill tells Sadiq Shaban about the book, 
his ‘expatriate’ life, and how modern life is ‘highly formatted by flows of money’ The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the highest rated literature awards in the world, introduces this year's longlisted work, The ...
  • Man killed after car bursts into flame in Umm Al Quwain

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    A Pakistani expatriate burned to death after his vehicle rolled over and caught fire on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Police received a call at 8.30am on Saturday alerting them to a car that had come off the road and burst into flames, said Col Saeed Obeid bin Aaran, head of the Traffic and Patrols Department. The 32-year-old motorist had been driving from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai when his ...
  • Drop in expatriate govt employees 0.2 growth in total foreign workforce

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    (MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The month of June recorded an increase in the number expatriate workers in Oman compared to May this year. A National Centre for Statistics and Information ...
  • Opening Report: Expatriate Bartenders Open Bull In China Retail Shop

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Bull In China, the newest venture by bartenders Lucas Plant (of Expatriate) and Daniel Osborne (of Teardrop Lounge) is open now: But before you get all gussied up for a night out on the town, no, it's not a...
  • Miner Vedanta evacuates all expatriate staff from Ebola-hit Liberia

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:44 pm
    (Reuters) - Diversified miner Vedanta Resources Plc said it had evacuated all its expatriate staff from Liberia after the government in that country declared a state of emergency due to the Ebola virus. The company said in an emailed statement that it was taking every precaution and had followed the government's guidance for the evacuation. Vedanta has three iron ore mines, known as the Western ...
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Expats Hold Positive View of Healthcare

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    The majority of expats believe that the healthcare they receive in their adopted home country is better than that they received in their country of origin. According to the Expat Survey 2013, of the 72 per cent of the 8,000 global expat respondents who had visited their local GP as an outpatient, regarded the service they received as being better than what they’d received previously. Only 17 per cent of respondents claimed not to have visited a GP since relocating. Expats who have visited hospitals – either as outpatients or for longer periods – also say they had a better experience.
  • More Arrivals Drive Net Gain of Migrants

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,500 migrants in July 2014. This is the highest net gain since the record of 4,700 migrants in February 2003. Net migration has increased in most months over the past year. The difference between the net gains in July 2013 and July 2014 was mainly due to: more non-New Zealand citizens arriving (up 1,200) fewer New Zealand citizens leaving for Australia (down 800). In the July 2014 year, migrant arrivals numbered 102,400 (up 15 percent from 2013). Migrant departures numbered 61,400 (down 22 percent). This…
  • Top Ten tips on Saving Money When Moving to a City Abroad

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Uprooting your life and moving abroad is a big decision to make and with so many things to consider, budgeting can be a challenge. David Hollins, Regional General Manager at Crown Relocations, has put together some top tips on how you can save money during your relocation. Buy second-hand If you’re moving to a city with a large and well organised expatriate community, for example Tokyo, Jakarta, Singapore or Sao Paolo, you can often find furniture and appliances through expatriate-focused websites. These online communities will have sales when other expatriate families are moving and want…
  • Runways or Community?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo by Alejandro Hdez León Visitors to the island of Gran Canaria are often surprised to learn that the island hosts the third largest airport in Spain. Due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the island as an attractive and successful tourist destination, the airport has, until recently, been close to maximum capacity. Over the last few years, a programme of refurbishment, redevelopment and extension has taken place to ensure that the airport retains its prestige position and meets the needs of the island. Indeed, over the last few days, an impressive new terminal building has been…
  • Want to Experience Your New Life Abroad Before Making the Decision to Move?

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Are you seriously thinking about making a permanent move somewhere hot? If so, the BBC would love to speak with you. BBC2 is making a new series about families/couples considering a move to any one of the following places: islands in the Caribbean; Central & South America; Thailand, among other places. With more and more Brits heading for foreign shores, we want to explore the reality of what it’s really like to up-sticks and move to a country very different from the UK. We are looking for people who want to experience the new life they dream of before making the big decision to move.
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Gettysburg with Fresh Eyes

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I wish I had watched the film "Gettysburg" before we went to Gettysburg. Actually, I'm not sure it was a film. At over 6 hours long it has to have been a TV mini-series right? In 1993 we were too busy watching X Files and dancing to "What is Love" to sit in a cinema for 6 hours.When we went to Gettysburg a few weeks ago we got the CD and did the audio tour in our car, where it said things like "This is stop number 15. Pickett's charge took place here and 6,000 men of x x x x x battalions lost their lives".  I was completely lost by the whole thing - too much military talk and not enough…
  • Linda's Last Day

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today is Linda's last day with us. She's been with us for 6 and a half years and helped raise my boys and I'm going to miss her madly. I don't even know where to start, singing her praises. She's so kind, so very very kind. Never a yell, a screech, a bad word to the boys. She's good to her very core.  The boys adore her of course. Daniel calls her his best friend. And rightly so since she's been his rock his whole life (she's taken care of him since he was 6 weeks old).She's dealt with tantrums and meltdowns and rambunctious, sometimes obnoxious behavior with calmness and kindness,…
  • Danny's First Full Day

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Today was Daniel's first full day in Kindergarten.Since he had such a rough time going last week we decided not to even mention it over the weekend, hoping that by not bringing attention to it he wouldn't get himself worked up into a frenzy. Not a word was uttered about school, not a mention was made when we packed his lunch and set out his school bag.This morning Jack helped him get ready and I could hear his fear building up but I ignored it. He asked if I would go with him, then told me he wanted to walk behind my legs. By the time we got to the playground his nerve had completely gone and…
  • Daniel's Firsts: Kindergarten & Soccer

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been a week on firsts for Daniel which I knew would be difficult. It's takes him a little while to warm up to things and sometimes the lead up to the event is traumatic for everyone involved. I don't handle it too well, which doesn't help. Let's just say it's not a walk in the park for all involved.The most important thing about both of these new things is that he eventually did try them and the next time he does them I think he''ll be okay. His first soccer practice on Wednesday and his kindergarten evaluation today started in hysteria but ended with him saying with some level of…
  • What's Important in Life?

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Did you ever see this video by Johnny Cash? At the time he filmed it he was very ill but he didn't know that the love of his life, June, was dying of cancer. She knew and you can see on her face that she doesn't want to leave him alone. The message on this video is that material things don't matter. Superficial nonsense doesn't matter.After I got back from Dyess on Sunday I left every single Facebook forum that I was on, because suddenly it seems stupid. I am focusing on my family and my main passions (PTA and a local resource center for the needy). The rest of it seems superficial and…
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    An Expat Life in Nicaragua

  • Casita for Rent!

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Hey everyone – we are now accepting reservations for our fantastic Casita Nacascolo!  Hop on over to Air BnB to take a look: Click to view slideshow.  
  • Baby Gear Rental Business in San Juan del Sur!

    25 May 2014 | 10:40 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s because I’ve been busy developing my latest business venture: Mums and Bums Nicaragua – a baby gear rental shop for those of you visiting San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with families! My good friend and business partner, Rosi, and I are super excited to introduce this new business to Nicaragua. Please visit and like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mumsandbumsnicaragua to learn more and to stop abreast of new products for rent, upcoming promotions, and more! We can also arrange for babysitting services (with…
  • Help us to fund a new school campus in Nicaragua!

    14 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dear Readers, As most of you know, in 2008, Justin and I set out on a journey to Nicaragua.  What began as an extended honeymoon has turned into so much more – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua has become our home and more importantly, it is now home to our two children: Lucinda and Theodore. In 2009, our dear friend, Julie Speier, opened the doors to a small ½ day preschool.  Five years later, San Juan del Sur Day School has developed into a pre-k thru grade 2 International English School, educating expatriate and Nicaraguan children.  Julie’s vision does not end there.  By the year…
  • That’s not a bug…

    25 Oct 2013 | 9:04 am
    …THIS is a bug: Click to view slideshow.
  • Rugby Comes to San Juan del Sur

    23 Oct 2013 | 8:56 am
    “Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.” ~Joe Theismann San Juan is now proud to boast its first ever rugby team.  A collection of Nicaraguans and Expats, residents and backpackers, young and old, the team played in its second official tournament earlier this month in Managua. This weekend was the first clash in the Nicaraguan Rugby 7′s Circuit and the team from San Juan del Sur did not disappoint, winning the tournament and all four matches by healthy margins. …
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    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • To my Little Sunshine

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Little Elephant, This morning you woke up wanting to sing with me “You are my sunshine”. We cuddled in bed, my arms holding you tight, as we sang it 5 times, each time you were able to sing more of the words, by the end, taking the lead. You then bounced up, wanting to find a book about sunshine to read. If, in your enthusiasm, you had looked back, you would have seen the relief in my heart to no longer be seeing that song. It took all I had, to sing those verses, over and over, knowing you were okay, without crying. The last time I sang you that song, we were in London, in…
  • Photo Wednesday: Lost on the Moon

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I always loved this photo— actually the place. It is like walking on the moon. I guess, for some, it isn’t much of a landscape. But to me, growing up in Wisconsin, being in the dessert is about as unique an experience as you can find. Even better, if you go the right time of year, it isn’t too hot and I can actually enjoy it. This photo was taken in 2007 when my parents were visiting and we traveled to northern Chile, Valle de la Luna.
  • Ending the way many others started

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Ready for school   The first day of school, my daughter waved me off, barely giving me a peck goodbye.  She had found her place.  Finally.  She was three, surrounded by friends, books, toys, and learning.  There was activity and attention.  Cloud nine. All year, she has loved school.  Loved her wonderful teacher, Miss Jenny.  Loved her classmates, especially S.  Loved to learn.  She sings songs, tells me stories, points out characters and uses phrases like “that is quite small”.  All year, on days she has school (only twice a week), she wakes up extra early, too…
  • Maybe we need to have “the talk” earlier

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Friends invited us over to a little dinner party on their back porch last weekend.  We like visiting them as they have a nearly three-year-old as well.  M and Little Elephant are fabulous friends and school classmates.  He is the sweetest boy who has relentlessly pursued her friendship, hugging, holding hands, and sharing his beloved cars for more than two years.  Note: the first toy Little Elephant. slept with was one of his cars! As she stood by my plate picking at food, M meandered over and announced he wanted to show her something.  He then boldly put his hand out, confident…
  • Photo Wednesday: Stone Carver

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    Photo: Clare Says All Rights Reserved This man has been at his craft for many decades… and even passed it down to one of his nephews.  His work was amazing and loved his little shop in the “bazaar” in Gjirokaster.  Still wondering if I should get my Little Elephant his carving of Mama and baby elephants…
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    Expat Chronicles

  • Acknowledging the Patrons

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Expat Chronicles The Kickstarter campaign for This Mick’s Life was successfully funded. This article is a public dedication of gratitude to my patrons. The word, “patron”, has become confused over time and across languages. In English you may understand it to be a “customer”. But see the patronage article on Wikipedia: Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists…
  • Banging up Girl in Colombia

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Expat Chronicles A major part of The Mick‘s life was his heroin addiction in 1980s Ireland. Capturing that is a challenge for me, someone who’s never taken heroin nor been physically dependent on a drug. ** Today is hte last day of the Kickstarter project to fund This Mick’s Life: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia. ** Kendall was also addicted to heroin before coming to Colombia. He identifies a part of the addiction as wanting to get high by injecting drugs into your veins with a needle. He takes to injecting cocaine. This chilling story is about a day…
  • Rock en Español Playlist: Yea or Nay?

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Expat Chronicles I rant about Latin culture as much as I want here on the blog. But in person I’ve learned to keep the complaints private. The wise expat knows that gringos have been coming to these lands for hundreds of years, telling the Hispanicized how to improve their societies and be less backward. The obvious effect is generations of built-up resistance to gringo advice, no matter how wise it is. I have learned that and subsequently shut the hell up about things, except on this blog of course. It’s my outlet. But there are some subjects I don’t keep quiet on with…
  • Contributed Story: Scoped in Bogota

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Expat Chronicles This article was contributed by an American living in Bogota. See my article, Scopolamine: Drugged and Robbed in Colombia, if you aren’t aware of its effects and use. [start] There’s a sentiment here in Colombia about papaya. It’s not a fruit or a local delicacy- it has to do with putting yourself in a position to be taken advantage of. If you’re drunk and obnoxious and walking the street with pesos hanging out of your wallet, that’s ‘giving papaya’ to the nth degree. If you’re loosely holding your cell phone by the doorway of…
  • Reddit AMA with The Mick TODAY

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Expat Chronicles The Mick The Mick will be answering questions in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) today, August 3, 2014. UPDATE: The Reddit has finished. It was the #2 AMA for most of the day (second to a goddamn letter carrier), received over 500 comments, and brought 43,000 visitors to Expat Chronicles (an all-time record by about 40,000). The only downside was the Kickstarter donations totaled $80. The campaign still needs $1400 in the next three days! See the Reddit AMA with The Mick: redd.it/2cicp4 If you are arriving from Reddit and have never heard of Christopher (aka ‘The…
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    Black Chick On Tour

  • 3 Ways To See Toronto!!

    Terri Lundberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Toronto is one of those vibrant cities that takes you by surprise. It’s hip, happening and diverse. To see Toronto in all her glory, I recommend taking to the streets, the water, and the air. Start on the streets with a self-guided walking tour that starts in Chinatown, goes through Kensington Market, and then along [...] The post 3 Ways To See Toronto!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!!

    Terri Lundberg
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
      Eating healthy in Jamaica is easy!! The secret? Ital, the diet of the Rastafari. Ital restaurants, if you can call them that, will not be in the guidebooks. They are truly off the beaten path, on some obscure side street, with a dirt parking lot and picnic tables for eating, if you’re lucky. However, [...] The post Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Authentic. Honest. San Felipe.

    Terri Lundberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Out of the blue I received an email from a friend titled, “Best Travel Deal Everrrrrrrr!” And, since she never emails I figured it must be good. This email goes on to explain how a group of friends is renting a house in San Felipe. They’re all meeting in San Diego and road tripping the [...] The post Authentic. Honest. San Felipe. appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • [VIDEO] San Felipe Local Shares Things To Do

    Terri Lundberg
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    While in San Felipe I had the pleasure of meeting Kat. She has lived in San Felipe more than 20 years, and she is just one of thousands of expats who now call San Felipe home. She share’s with us her love of this desert coastal town, and the top three things that you must [...] The post [VIDEO] San Felipe Local Shares Things To Do appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Inforgraphic: How To Get Cheap Airfare

    Terri Lundberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The way to get cheap airfare is to know how they price so that you can avoid the tickets that will fall into the higher pricing tiers. This infographic will show you how to get cheap airfare. The post Inforgraphic: How To Get Cheap Airfare appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
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  • Gorgeous Girl gets crafty

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    On Sunday Gorgeous Girl wanted to do all the crafts. We started off by putting some dye in the dye pots. She then went and played outside while they simmered away. We were pretty pleased with the result. All dyeing was done with food colouring. The pink was done by pouring cochineal on one side of the pot and rose pink on the other. The red and yellow yarn was dyed in the cake. We squirted yellow into the centre of the cake and then filled the pot with water and red food colouring. The green was an attempt to do the same thing with yellow and blue, but some of the yellow spilled and we got…
  • A new project

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a pattern of my choice in one of my favourite groups on Ravelry. I chose the Happypotamus pattern from the fabulously talented Heidi Bears. I was very disciplined and forced myself to finish off my shawl before starting a new thing. (Shawl needs to be blocked before it’s suitable for photos and the weather at the moment is not conducive to blocking.) Anyway, that’s now done and I’ve made a start. One of them up close. And the start of a hexagon. They go pretty fast. I have a total of 5 motifs finished at the moment. I crocheted while…
  • Daily Life

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I’ve spoken a few times about our trip to school every day. When we moved here at the beginning of 2012 the road in and out of town from where we live was single lane in each direction. Now the road is being up-graded to a two-lane divided road. But while the construction continues traffic is slow. Today on the way home from school we had to stop for traffic of a different sort. A group of these cattle had wandered out of their paddock. Yesterday we had to stop in this spot for a flock of sheep. This is  a section of road that hasn’t been worked on yet. Eventually the…
  • Dyeing yarn again

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    On the weekend Gorgeous Girl asked if we could dye some more yarn. I fished around in the stash (starting to run out of white dyeable yarn) and found this wool/acrylic blend in cream. We did two batches. First a blue and deep purple. I have to confess that Gorgeous Girl had planned this to be a blue and dark pink. When the pink wasn’t dark enough for her liking I went to add a drop of black food colouring and too much came out. Time to invest in an eyedropper I think. Still, I think it works. The purple sections are a bit darker than the photo, almost black. Next up we dyed some pink…
  • Little finish

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Life’s been busy here for the past week. So I only have a little finish to share. Most of this was done in the car (as a passenger), a small hat for charity. Gorgeous Man says it looks like a flapper’s hat from the 1920s. I knitted a flower to go with it. I’m really pleased with how this came together. I hope it brings joy to someone. Gorgeous Girl and I dyed some more yarn today, at her request. At this stage I’m considering one batch a success and one is more ‘meh’ but I’ll make a final assessment once it is dry and re-skeined. Pictures to follow.
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    6 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
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    4 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
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    Vietnam extremes updates

  • Runclub.VN

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Runclub.vn organises weekly run events for those that like to run or want to start running. It doesn’t matter if you are old, young, European/Asia/African, fast, slim, fast or a super-athlete. Everyone and anyone is welcome!At the moment the runs are organised on 3 days. The all include a proper warming up and cooling down session.Tuesday mornings – This is a running session for intermediate to advanced runners. Usually organised around 5:30AM in the morning (great to wake up!) . The distance covered varies between 5KM and 10KM.Wednesday evening – Crescent Mall –…
  • Danang Marathon – 31 Aug 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Only one month more until the Danang Marathon. This is a great run which takes you through Danang city. The run starts early morning when it is still cool but the temperature quickly rises and it doesn’t take long before it gets really hot.In 2013 the organisation did a great job organizing the event. The course is mainly flat with some nice bridge in between. Be aware that you may run alone for a long time so that gives a mental challenge.
  • Monster swim Vietnam – Support the Children

    5 Aug 2013 | 3:51 am
     Please check the charity event website www.monsterswimvietnam.com and support the children charities in Hoi An by buying a T-shirt and Cap for just USD 15 (postage within Vietnam included).Revenues will go directly to Swim Vietnam, CHIA, KIANH and the Hoi An Orphanage.If you are in Hoi An on the 18th of August, please come to see Rudy van Bork swim the 10,2 km ocean.
  • PassedOn on Vietnam Television

    18 Jan 2013 | 11:03 pm
    View below an explanation on PassedOn in Vietnamese. In short: PassedOn is a great new concept whereby members can create their eWill (emotional Will) for those who they love.PassedOn, một sự bắt đầu của tương lai mạng xã hội xuất phát từ Việt Nam. from PassedOn on Vimeo.
  • Tapas & Wine Festival 2012

    12 Aug 2012 | 10:06 am
    Where and Where? Running every weekend in August 2012 at the Point in Kumho Link.every Fri from 5pm-7pm,every Sat & Sun from 12 noon- 7pm.The restaurants will be rounded up with Bamboo Bars presenting you the finest they got to offer in Tapas style food. If there is a time to check out everything the Link has got to offer, it’s now! Vouchers Buy a set of vouchers at one of the three entrances (Le Duan, Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Du) for VND 100,000 and try up to 5 separate cuisines or wines.Masterclasses Masterclass performances run every Sat & Sun from 2-6pm where the Chefs will be…
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    Expat Life in Belgium, Travel and Photography | CheeseWeb

  • Michelin 2-star Restaurant Bon Bon, Brussels – Menu Impro Review

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Bon Bon – Two star Michelin restaurant in Brussels, Belgium We tested out 2-star-Michelin Bon Bon Restaurant in Brussels, Belgium and share our menu with you. While Andrew and I eat out regularly, we don’t often go out to discover new restaurants in Brussels just the two of us. So, this summer, we set ourselves a ‘Wednesday Date Night Challenge.’ At the start of the summer, we each picked five restaurants we wanted to try for the first time. One of the five would be our ‘splurge’ restaurant. We then scheduled them in our calendars (yes we’re nerds) alternating his choices…
  • The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – A Photo Tour

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The Rijksmuseum, A Photo Tour Back in the spring, we made a special visit to Keukenhof tulip gardens in the Netherlands. During our stay in Holland, we finally took the time to visit another Dutch landmark that was on my bucket list for years – The Rijksmuseum. Like Paris’ Louvre, the Rijksmuseum is a veritable palace dedicated to visual art, ranging in date from 1100-2000. The collection includes some of the world’s best-known works: Vermeer’s Milkmaid, Van Gogh’s self-portrait and, the crowning glory of the museum, Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Beyond its important collection, the…
  • 2 Authentic Chinese Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.2 Authentic Chinese Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium Not all Chinese food is bland and boring in Belgium. We recently found two authentic Chinese restaurants in Brussels that aren’t afraid to spice up your life! While we are spoiled for choice when it comes to international cuisines in Brussels, some restaurants are much less authentic than we would hope. In an attempt to accommodate the Western European palate, a number of restaurants have opted to ‘dumb down’ their offerings, by eliminating spices and textures that…
  • 8 of our Favourite Ethnic Grocery Stores in Brussels, Belgium

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Our Top 8 Ethnic Food Shops in Brussels, Belgium Our weekend shopping excursion turned into a scavenger hunt for international cuisine. The result was discovering a variety of great ethnic stores in Brussels. I always joke that when we travel I only buy edible souvenirs. I love buying regional ingredients when I’m on the road, so I can recreate the dishes we enjoyed on our travels back at home. There’s a problem though. Eventually those wonderful products run out – usually after I’m addicted to them. Much as I’d love to travel back to their place of origin to stock up, it’s not…
  • Where to Eat in Belgium, Summer 2014

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.Where we’ve been eating this summer in Belgium Every few months I write a round up of the restaurants in Belgium we’ve enjoyed recently. Some are places we’ve written entire reviews on, others are places we enjoyed, but didn’t write full articles about. If you’re venturing beyond the borders of Brussels, here are five great restaurants in Flanders and Wallonia worth a taste. Restaurants in Wallonia Moulin de Val-Dieu, Aubel, Province of Liége We visited this charming restaurant for lunch, after our trip to the…
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  • #1 face September 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
            my #1 FACE      watercolor, black marker pen     SusuPetal asked me to join this challenge. Good, because I want to learn more, keep up draxing/painting which I started again this summer after too long break…         & & & & & & &     Dear Blogger blogger!   If you don’t have already name/URL commenting option, could you please change it. Why? Because if somebody clicks my name it takes her/him to my Blogger’s profile page where I’m NOT active anymore because…
  • hittiäinen

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     ‘Hittiäinen’…like a endearing bug       Dear Blogger blogger!   If you don’t have already name/URL commenting option, could you please change it. Why? Because if somebody clicks my name it takes her/him to my Blogger’s profile page where I’m NOT active anymore because I have self-hosted WordPress site. It’s trouble for visitors and for me to add correct site address in every comment I leave. Thank you!        
  • art, art and ‘art’

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:14 pm
       Helsinki Festival 2014 has been full of happenings. We visited a temporary hotel room. Havis Amanda fountain has been hidden inside this room. People were taking lots of selfies -  here too…    Designed byJapanese artist Tatzu Nishi   Bad Bad Boy by artist Tommi Toija, More than 8 meters high concrete sculpture in Helsinki’s Kauppatori market. Down left you can see a guy standing between ‘his’ legs     I’ll participate new challenge Paint Party Friday. I wanted to paint this banana, just it, no shadows, no background coloring….
  • dancer

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
      MACRO MONDAY2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     PHOTO PARTY       detail of     this painting     ‘Dancer’ made with marker pen, coffee and watercolor.    
  • painted red flowers

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     PHOTO PARTY       a detail   of this watercolor painting    
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    Everyone's Expat Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • you guys have wechat(微信) software on your cellphone?

    wang ye
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    my dear Shenyang friends,now here in China, wechat(微信),a software on cellphone is quite popular,install it and add me"qitian0007" ,glad to make more friends!
  • Wow, Actor and comedian Robin Williams died today

    Dwayne & Samantha
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
  • Looking for a job in dongguan city

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hi,everyone. i'm currently Looking for a job in dongguan city. I would like find a job like sales or Customer Service or Project Coordinator in international company. if anyone knows some company interested someone like me..please let me know..Thanks.My major is business Japanese. And my english is good enough work with foreign company. I like sales and i'm confident. I'm a very intelligent young man with a bright personality. I believe i can do well at any task i undertake. more about me please contact me at hankchen85@sina.com. or can directly call my China or HK number(ask me). Thanks.
  • Color laser printers in Shenyang

    Dwayne & Samantha
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Any of you bought a NAME BRAND color laser printer in Shenyang? I am not interested in some weird brand name down on computer street, but a real normal brand like Cannon, Minolta etc. ?
  • Software

    Dwayne & Samantha
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Anyone tried forum software? Which ones did you like or hate? I have recently bought 80 new websites domain names, i bought most for work some are for technology or sci fi things, others are communities for sci-fi themed arena And i want to make several of them into fan forums / community sites I am looking at many brands of software and also themes and templates for WP But am open to anything that is reasonable price but also easy to use, AND not a pain in the ass to maintain and run Its always better to get input from people that have been there, done that and have direct input as to the…
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    Australian Daisy

  • Playing billiard in Australia

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
  • Best fishing spots in Australia

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Australia is a fisherman’s heaven. Almost every coastline that encircles Australia teems with life and every location provides its own unique fishing experience. There are great fishing spots for the kayak fisherman, the boat fisherman and the land angler. There are some spots that offer nicer scenery and others that boast the greatest variety of fishes. That’s why it is so hard to narrow down the best fishing spots in Australia. But, I have done it anyway. While this list is not definitive and certainly not exhaustive, the spots chosen are some of the best in their respective regions.
  • How to get started with archery in Australia

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Archery as a sport in Australia and all over the world has been gaining greater traction these days. And no wonder because it is a great sport for training patience, consistency and resilience. It is also great for overall body conditioning. Research about the sport Before starting out, you should learn a bit more about the sport, including the types of archery available such as compound bow. Besides the archery you see at the Olympics (called target archery by the way), there are also other disciplines like 3D archery involving shooting at animal-size targets and field archery where you…
  • Picking the right faucets for an Australian home

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Faucets are a staple in any home and a crucial factor in jazzing up any kitchen or bathroom. A great waterfall faucet can elevate an ordinary kitchen or bathroom into a great one. Homegrown or international faucet manufacturer? In Australia, the two biggest faucet manufacturers are Strommen (products designed and produced in Australia), and Kohler (American-based company). Bigger companies have nation-wide presence so it’s easier to visit their showrooms to get a feel of the faucets. Also, they tend to offer a better range of services including post-purchase reparation. However, it may be…
  • The best time to barbecue in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Australia has a long and great tradition of barbecue. We put the shrimp on the barbie whenever possible, rain, snow or shine. We just can’t get enough of our meat, the great outdoors and the company of friends and family. Although Australians can and will make any type of weather barbecue weather, it is still helpful to know the ideal time for a barbecue in Australia. Unless you want to end up like this guys below: Summertime = Barbecue time? Many of us equate the scorching summertime to barbecue time. Summer offers less chance of rain, snow or anything falling from the sky for that matter.
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  • The morning after: What happens when a government destroys its currency

    Simon Black
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    September 1, 2014 Dallas, Texas Imagine this scene: “Everyone in the country was in shock. People’s net worth had devalued more than 53% overnight.” “The value in savings accounts dropped in half and neither merchants nor consumers knew how to react because they had never been through something like it before…” This is how an American business executive described living through Mexico’s devaluation of the peso exactly 38 years ago on September 1, 1976. Looking back, it was so obvious. Mexico had a mounting debt, destructive policies, and a woefully unsustainable fixed…
  • No Inflation Friday: 422% increase in price to leave the Land of the Free

    Simon Black
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    August 29, 2014 En route to the United States Pop quiz: What do actor Jet Li, opera singer Maria Callas, writer T.S. Eliot, financier John Templeton, actress Elizabeth Taylor, and Queen Noor of Jordan all have in common? They are all former US citizens who went through the formal process of relinquishing or renouncing their citizenships. (Liz Taylor actually restored her US citizenship in the late 1970s) Until a couple of years ago, there wasn’t much of a fuss about this. It was a rare occurrence for someone to renounce his/her citizenship. Fast forward a few decades. The US government…
  • Set your child up for life with a second citizenship: 5 places to have a baby

    Simon Black
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    August 28, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand For many people, where we are born has a tremendous impact on our lives. For example, being born in certain countries might mean that we are obliged to serve in the military, or go fight and die in some foreign war. In others, it might mean that we are required to pay taxes on our worldwide income, even if we don’t even set foot in that country. These are obligations that people don’t sign up for. We are born into them, by pure accident. No one has control over where he/she was born. But if you’re a soon-to-be parent, you do have total control over this…
  • This is how you beat Obamacare

    Simon Black
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    High quality, low cost, no hassle medical care in Thailand August 27, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand I’m still a little bit stunned by what just happened. 30 minutes and $73 later, I just walked out of what was -technically- a hospital, but was much closer to an upscale business lounge at a modern airport. I had a quick procedure done to fix up a nagging issue sustained in my military days (seemingly a lifetime ago). I was dreading it, but it was over in minutes, and I already feel great. Back where I come from, the same procedure would go for ten times that. I would have wasted away in a…
  • This is epic: China has lost 55% of its most valuable resource

    Simon Black
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    August 26, 2014 Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California right now is suffering “extreme drought” conditions. 30% of the state is in “severe drought”. And 10% of the state is only under “drought”. In other words, roughly the entire state– the 8th largest economy in the world– is facing a severe shortage of water. But if you think that’s bad, China is about to take over the spotlight yet again. A study by China’s…
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    Czech Off the Beaten Path

  • Getting Ready to Move to My Own Site!

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Hi Everyone,For a long time I've been wanting to move Czech Off the Beaten Path to its own website. I finally took the plunge and bought the domain a couple of days ago. You can find the new site here:  Czech Off the Beaten Path. Right now there's only a "Welcome" page, but the plan is to move this blog over there. The new home will include this blog and the information from my Czech Off the Beaten Path site all in one place. Having a home for all my Czech Off the Beaten Path stuff will be the best and make accessing information much easier for readers. Next StepsThe next steps…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Hi Everyone,After moving to the Czech Republic, people back home were shocked to learn that Czechs don't celebrate the Fourth of July. This holiday is an important one in the U.S., but not in the Czech Republic. The 4th of July is strictly an American holiday. Being an expat I still celebrate the 4th in my own way.How I Celebrate the 4th of July in Another CountryI enjoy wearing my t-shirt with fireworks, which says, "Happy Fourth!" It's also fun to watch fireworks displays online; this is much better for my lungs. Fireworks typically cause my asthma to worsen and that's not much fun on. You…
  • Spring in Praha March 2014

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hi Everyone,We're having a beautiful spring here, in Prague. Today was so pretty--my walk this afternoon was soothing and relaxing. Really spectacular weather. The fruit trees have begun to blossom and the bumble bees are busy! I've taken a few pictures and put them together in a video.This video is the very first I've made, so please bear with the quality. I just wanted to try something new. It's better to watch it in HD--the pictures come out clearer. I'll have to learn how to manage all the settings for the best quality streaming.Give it a try--enjoy!It was fun putting this…
  • The Ukraine Crisis as Seen from Our Backyard

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    Map provided by Google Maps(Click on the map to see details)Hi Everyone,There’s been a lot of political unrest in the Ukraine the past couple of years, which boiled over about a month ago into violence between Ukrainian police and civilians on the Maidan in Kiev. Here, in the Czech Republic, we’re looking at the crisis in our own backyard. Ukrainian Crisis Near, Yet Not So NearFirst off, when I say the Ukrainian crisis is in our backyard, it is. Prague is about 729 miles (1172.6 km) from Kiev and is 1252 miles (2014 km) from the Crimea. In the European perspective of distances Prague is a…
  • Home Rentals in Prague

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Flat available for rent in VinohradyPhoto:  Home Sweet HomeHi Everyone,Have you thought about coming to Prague for a month or more? If so, you might want to consider renting a flat during your stay. Or maybe you’re considering a move to Prague, but aren’t sure which part of the city is best for you. Rather than buying a flat right away, renting a flat in Praguemay be the way to go. You won’t feel tied to one place; if one area of Prague’s not comfortable, you can move to another section of the city.  Prague offers a variety of beautiful areas to live, for instance,…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland. Please read the original. I'll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can't wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay - now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know. Please read the original. One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. Please read the original. The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne. Please read the original. A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • Playing hide and seek in Jerash – Jordan

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    The archaeological site lies right next to the modern city of Jerash After a long route driving to Umm Qais and Aljun castle we arrived at the Roman city of Jerash at about 4pm. Our driver told us we’d need about 3 hours to look round properly. Sunset was a long way off, so I suggested “OK, so it’s 4pm now – shall we meet at 7pm?” “No, it closes at 5pm” “…” Hadrians Arch – the entrance to Jerash Not having much choice, we got a move on and met our guide at the gate. He seemed in no rush at all, so we sauntered through the impressive Hadrian’s Arch to arrive at…
  • In pictures: Qa’lat Al-Rabad – Ajlun Castle, Jordan

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Ajlun Castle (from the carpark) On the way back from Umm Qais we stopped at Ajlun Castle. Known locally by its original name of  Qa’lat Al-Rabad, most guides and books just reference it by the nearest town of Ajlun. Approaching the castle from the car park it looks very European. Four walls, cornered by four towers and a deep moat. It was actually built by one of Saladin’s generals to protect against the European crusaders in 1184AD. Ajlun was of strategic value as it contained numerous iron mines, so the castle to defend the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley and the…
  • Standing at the border of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Israel – Umm Qais, Jordan

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    Our first day trip in Jordan was barely in Jordan. Driving to the extreme north west of Jordan from our base in Amman the road signs often listed as many countries as cities. As we passed through Irbid, the last major town before the border, the signs read turn left for Israel, turn right for Syria or straight ahead to Lebanon. Arriving at Umm Qais, or Umm Quays as it’s often spelt, was a bit of an anti-climax. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the initial view is piles upon piles of boulders. Beyond that are more boulders lining a short road up a hill. Cresting the hill reveals the rest…
  • AutoBeijing Motor Show

    12 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    Bugatti Veyron Getting to the International Exhibition Centre A motor journalist friend got us access to the media day at the AutoBeijing motor show. I agreed, thinking it was at the China International Exhibition Centre in the middle of town, a twenty minute cab ride away. Looking at the tickets whe they arrived it was at the New China International Exhibition Center, about an hour outside of town. No matter – we drove out about 80% of the way then parked near one of the above ground metro stops. The quoted price for a day of parking was 2rmb, but the guy with the tickets was collecting…
  • A wet week in the Weald – Seven Sisters Country Park, UK

    29 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Brighton Pavilion After three months in the US, Mexico and Cuba we took the opportunity to take a ten day layover in the UK on the way home to China. Rather than just stay in London we went down to Brighton in Sussex for the weekend, and from there went to show H round the area where I grew up. Devil’s Dyke As is stereotypical for the UK, but not that common, the weather was wet and foggy. From Brighton we drove up to one of the highest hills in the area, called Devil’s Dyke. Usually there’s a spectacular view across from the South Downs (the hills we were standing on) across the…
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    The Displaced Nation

  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Jane Fletcher Geniesse’s biography of the passionate nomad (but displaced expat) Freya Stark

    The Displaced Nation Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Attention displaced bookworms! Our book review columnist, Beth Green, is back. An American who lives in Prague, Beth mixes booklust with wanderlust in equal measures, which gives her just the right background for reviewing book releases on behalf of international creatives. —ML Awanohara Hello again, Displaced Nationers! Hasn’t the summer gone by fast? How’s your […]
  • For this adult TCK writer with an ocean-loving soul and a passion for travel, a picture says…

    The Displaced Nation Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Welcome to our monthly series “A picture says…”, created to celebrate expats and other global residents for whom photography is a creative outlet. The series host is English expat, blogger, writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King, who thinks of a camera as a mirror with memory. If you like what you see here, […]
  • LOCATION, LOCUTION: Jessica Bell – Australian contemporary fiction author in Ithaca, Greece

    The Displaced Nation Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    In this month’s “Location, Locution”, expat crime writer JJ Marsh interviews Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/ guitarist. Jessica is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for […]
  • THE LADY WHO WRITES: Get over yourself, and start promoting that novel!

    The Displaced Nation Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The Lady Who Writes, Meagan Adele Lopez, is back today: we’ve missed her! Once again, she’ll be doling out practical advice based on her own experience for expats and other international creatives who are engaged in writing novels using some of the material gathered from their novel, shall we say, life stories. Meagan is a […]
  • And the July 2014 Alices go to … these 4 international creatives

    The Displaced Nation Team
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you are a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, the Displaced Dispatch, you’re already in the know. But if you’re not, listen up. (Hey, why aren’t you? Off with your head!) Every week, when that esteemed publication comes out, we present contenders for a monthly “Alice Award,” most of whom are writers or other kinds […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: Newbie

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    She's still there and should be the Kyiv Mayor if there was justice in the world.
  • Re: Newbie

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Thanks Ace, just saw you posted this after my intro last year! 
  • Re: Alarmingly worried...

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or Logingood viewpoint, go ahead and start nuking,  lets have some fun, that's when I fly to kiev and volunteer to fight
  • Re: Nine-year old in Uzi Gun lesson Accident

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    ^^^ Those arguments too. I'm pro 2nd Amendment, especially the "well-regulated" part that's ignored or distorted. Cars kill more, but killing is not their primary function (its just a design flaw, the internal combustion engine is killing off most lif...
  • Re: Observed trends in Ukraine social media

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Naw in the long run, the gold farmers never really hurt anything other than hacking accounts. I have 132 mounts...only because I had nothing to spend the gold on. NOW after buying a set for each character they are now all shared across my account, on a...
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • UAE Hatta Border post now open

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For those of you that have driven to Dubai via Hatta over the last few years, you may have noticed the worlds slowest construction project slowly move along - the Hatta Border post drive-thru. Being an ex-pat I thought this would mean I'd be able to get my visa on arrival just by driving through the border post (just like in the Al Ain border) and was looking forward to this opening.It finally opened last week, and I went through it this weekend just passed. It was very slow going, and fast coming back. Here's what I learned, and how it may help you:1. GCC Citizens only can drive through the…
  • How ELC screwed me.

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last fall (autumn) I took my kid on vacation to the UK, Canada and the US. In summary, she loved it, and fell in love with swings. She even learned the sign-language for a swing because she loved it so much (less than a year old at the time). We came back to Muscat and set about looking for a baby swing here, because Muscat has so many parks. Yet we found it incredibly difficult to find a baby swing here, we have found one in a park in MQ (near to the grill house traffic lights) and we have found 2 on the beach park at the PDO club, which we are fortunate enough to be members at.Thats it,…
  • Pointless Poll - Cinemas in Muscat

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    So I thought I'd see what you all think about the cinema situation here in Muscat. The survey is super short and shouldn't take you more than a minute to do, and it's right here......More soon.le fin.
  • VW & Audi tuning in Muscat

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Now, people that know me, and perhaps some that have been following me on twitter for some time may know that I have a VW Golf GTI. It's my baby, I love it. I call her Gina. Gina the GTI. She's a MkV GTI (getting a bit old now that MkVII are out) and I still enjoy driving the car, it puts a smile on me every day, and I miss it when I go on vacation.Yes I'm a closet car nerd.Some years ago, I had the car remapped ("chipped" for the older folk) that caused some undesired problems with my car. I had the car flashed back to stock by the dealership here but I guess they messed something up because…
  • MuscatWhere.com

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Unless you are new to Oman, or have been living under a rock - you should by now know all about the hugely popular and useful Muscat Where Can I Find? fb page. It's a mine of local information, and something that is badly needed since Oman Forum died a death (I still don't know what happened to it).Essentially, the core concept of the MWCIF is you ask a question, like for example: MWCIF a chalk board? And then people will reply with comments on suggestions on where you can find a chalk board. It's super, duper useful.Except there's one problem, FB being what it is, it doesn't lend itself too…
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • The Most Interesting Thing You'll Read Today

    Russell Ward
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This year’s 47th Sydney International Boat Show was another resounding success, with thousands of people descending on Darling Harbour and Glebe Island over five days for an annual fix of all that the boating life has to offer.Currently on my travels on the other side of the world, I was unable to attend but keen to learn more about this show and what makes it such an important event for outdoors enthusiasts and exhibitors alike.My good friend, David Ingram, kindly agreed to head down in my place. David is a successful entrepreneur based in Sydney and a fellow British expat with a real…
  • Sliding Doors, Parallel Lives

    Russell Ward
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I'm fascinated by the different lives we can lead through the choices we make.Every day, we're faced with decisions and possibilities. Every day, the choices we make can create new outcomes and drastically change our lives - or keep us steady where we are. Some choices have less effect, while others are more dramatic.When Helen Quilley is fired from her job in the film, Sliding Doors, we're shown the two paths her life could take depending on whether or not she catches that train.Two paths with two contrasting outcomes.Just how many sliding doors do each of us make or miss every day in…
  • Second Impressions of a First Home

    Russell Ward
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    England can be a funny place when you've been away for a while.Things that were once normal now seem odd and quirky but, as the visitor (the 'outsider'), you're the only one who thinks so.Take the people for a start. Once you've peeled away the layer of politeness (and we English are polite to the extreme), you discover the talkers. Because the English love a good chat and a gossip.The shop assistant wants a natter. The guy in the petrol station loves a chinwag. And the plumbers, carpenters and electricians can't resist the urge for a cup of tea and conversation. It's a wonder they get…
  • A Life On The Water: Home Or Away

    Russell Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Unless you've been under a rock, you'll know that I'm on a sojourn to the UK.I've been getting reacquainted with my old home, travelling around the land, revisiting places from a former life. On other trips, it didn't seem so important but on this visit, it feels like I need to do so.With this craving to wander, I visited the west of Wales and Ceredigion county, where coastal paths were hiked, inland waterways photographed and the region's estuaries viewed from afar. At North Devon and Cornwall, I returned to the holiday destinations of my youth: to Bude, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton…
  • Minimalise Your Life

    Russell Ward
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Minimalism is often seen as a dirty word.Getting rid of everything you've worked hard for. Giving up prized possessions for little or no return. Ditching the radio, phone or Internet. Losing a cherished car or abandoning the beloved TV.The truth is that it's none of this.Minimalism is about reducing "stuff". Minimalism is eliminating unnecessary acquisitions. Minimalism is decluttering, eradicating, freeing, cutting back, letting go.I've become increasingly minimalist over time. To declutter is to cleanse. Removing unnecessary items brings me a sense of peace, of calm. I can think. I can…
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    The American Resident

  • Turbulence on re-entry

    Michelle Garrett
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    The American Resident Home. The other one.   Going home, returning home. The life of a long-term expat means you may get into the uncomfortable position of living in a state of perpetual homesickness wherever you are. There is no cure. The more I visit home the worse it feels because I am reminded of the good things. This time, for example, I had forgotten how slow life is there. Blissfully, zen-fully slow. And yet I suspect if I crossed a threshold of visits the frequency would ease the pain and make the transitions back and forth easier. If only I had that kind of budget. What I found…
  • Another unfair strike against expats?

    Michelle Garrett
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:36 am
    The American Resident There are all kinds of immigrants and expats and it must be difficult to create legislation to cover all situations but sometimes the legislation is so far off the mark that feels truly obstructive to the people who are trying to live honestly and fairly in the country of their choice. Mario Vitanelli has written a post for The American Resident outlining one such instance for British citizens wishing to settle in the UK with a foreign partner. Last summer, publications around the world began sharing a horror story. Thousands of British citizens were being forced to…
  • Grown-up sized waffle maker

    Michelle Garrett
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    The American Resident   Heaven sent?! Waffles, as we know them today, began in the geographical area that includes Belgium, Netherlands and northern France in the 1700s, although earlier versions have been made (as wafers, pressed between two iron plates) since the Middle Ages. So. Why are waffles much more popular in the United States than in the United Kingdom, which is much closer to the point of origin? (Actually, I’ll rephrase that question because every time I talk about waffles in the UK there is a chorus of ‘Ooooo! I LOVE waffles!‘ from the British contingent.
  • Saving Talliston

    Michelle Garrett
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    The American Resident Isn’t it wonderful? The gate through the hedge into a secret world. Remember that amazing place I introduced you to called Talliston House? It’s where I meet with fellow writers once a month, the Talliston Writers’ Circle. But it’s not just a meeting place for creativity. Talliston is a crossroads of thoughts, an experiment with sensory perception, a playful tug at the weave of childhood fantasy and adult dreams. It is a release of swirling genius and a work of art. Talliston has been created over almost 24 years. Many hours of…
  • Something to consider before becoming a long-term expat

    Michelle Garrett
    19 May 2014 | 4:20 am
    The American Resident Dappled shade in the English garden. This moment is perfect. Curled up on your bathroom floor, towel pulled off the rail and scrunched into your face to muffle the sobs as you exhale in great lumps the weight held in for too long, stoically. What small triggers set off such large reactions? How can anyone live a normal life with all of this just under the surface? The bare bones of 3:00 am, no place to set your anxieties aside. You must hold them and stare at them and know them. Not like during the day, on a sunny afternoon, sitting in the shade of a tree in the…
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • French ads, dubbed in French

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    French TV excels at dubbing over original-language movies in French. Why bother with subtitles when you can talk over world-class actors? But it’s not just the world-class actors who are dubbed. Take this McDonald’s advertisement. It advertises Toy Story DVDs. There is no dubbing yet, but hang in there while I explain. Here’s the ad if you want to see it, otherwise, skip over it (those receiving this in their inbox will need to click through to see the video): The driver starts ordering her food when a kid pops his head out of the back window and starts ordering what he…
  • Shopping bargains?

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Do you collect stamps at supermarkets? The ones that give you a discount to some big brand name as long as you’ve spent hundreds at the supermarket offering the great deal? I remember my mum collecting stamps for a new set of posh crockery. We shifted our old seventies brown plates and bowls to the back of the cupboard and moved into the eighties with beige, patterned crockery. It took her months to save those stamps so that she could buy the full set, and I’m pretty sure she had to spend thousands of Australian dollars at that supermarket. Things aren’t that different here…
  • Ricard jugs and vide greniers

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    Let’s start with a few statements. 1. Ricard is a popular drink in France. 2. Vide grenier sales (car boot sales or trash and treasures) are popular in France. 3. At least 10% of all stands at a vide grenier must be selling Ricard jugs. I’m pretty sure #3 is the law in France. Go to any vide grenier in France and I guarantee you will find a good variety of Ricard paraphernalia, ranging from heavy pottery jugs through to gaudy plastic ashtrays. Ricard is an aniseed-based alcohol that’s popular in France, and it seems that every French household has nicked a jug from their…
  • Confusing weather for plants

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    After more than a month of rainy weather here in the French Alps, we’re having a second spring! The sun has timidly arrived, and the plants are confused. Pictured are some strawberries in my strawberry patch. The plants normally flower in May and October only. It’s now August and I’m picking strawberries every day. My bulbs for tulips and daffodils are resprouting and the geraniums on my balcony are almost dead from being drenched day and night. My garden isn’t alone. People are already out collecting mushrooms two months earlier than usual. This is the oddest summer…
  • The French love affair with English words

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    Did you know that France is the world’s most popular country for tourism? Despite their reputed gruffness, the French population must be doing something right, right? France is a proud nation of people who (sometimes illogically) support regional food and wine, get a little arty farty at times, and make me feel like a complete frump in comparison to their natural chic. Their approach to language is no different. Who doesn’t love the sound of a French voice whooshing effortlessly through sentences? The rest of the world loves it and the French know it. They’re keen to…
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  • Point & Shoot: The Final Countdown

    Aisha Ashraf
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Next week I'll walk my children to school and, instead of having S's incomparable company for the return journey, I'll be walking back alone... The post Point & Shoot: The Final Countdown appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Humor & Depression

    Aisha Ashraf
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Between the ages of twelve and thirteen I discovered being funny made switching schools easier. I found this poem I wrote back then that could have applied to the comic luminary we lost earlier this week. The post Humor & Depression appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Holding On – thoughts on suicide

    Aisha Ashraf
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    I heard the news of Robin Williams’ death late on Monday and felt the familiar, hypocritical shock when I learned it was suicide... The post Holding On – thoughts on suicide appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: This American Life

    Aisha Ashraf
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    It’s funny, when I was fifteen I was convinced I was born in the wrong time. I should have existed in 1950’s New York ... as James Dean The post Point & Shoot: This American Life appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • All The Things He Said

    Aisha Ashraf
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’m pretty sure they shouted ‘SURPRISE!!!’ but it’s a little fuzzy... The post All The Things He Said appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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  • Four ways to slash your tax bills with investments

    Lisa Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    Taxpayers looking for ways to reduce their income tax or capital gains tax bills can look at putting cash into one or more of five government backed investment schemes. Chancellor George Osborne is keen to offer investors in business and social enterprises tax breaks to make up the shortfall in money available to entrepreneurs and community projects from government cuts. The four main tax breaks are: Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Invest up to £100,000 in a start-up business by taking an equity stake for three years gives: A 50% reduction on income tax paid in the year of…
  • Easy Access Pensions To Boost HMRC Tax Haul

    Lisa Smith
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    New pension rules will generate a huge tax boost for government coffers, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). HMRC expects to gather £1.2 billion of income tax from retirement savers in the 2018-19 tax year – compared with around £320 million projected for 2015-16. The money will come from tax on easy-access drawdown of pension funds under new rules taking effect from April 2015. HMRC also reckons that the number of retirement savers drawing down cash under the new rules will entice up to 130,000 people to take their pension funds as cash, compared with around 5,000 taking…
  • Expats Catch An Expensive Cold Over Health Cover

    Lisa Smith
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    British expats in Turkey are sick and tired with the government‘s meddling with private medical insurance rules. In April 2014, the government demanded all expats over 65 years old should take out compulsory private health insurance. Now, the decision has been overturned, leaving many expats with expensive insurance they no longer need. The issue came about when the Turkish government decided to shift the burden of the cost of healthcare for the over 65s from the public purse to individual expats. The edict was that any expat seeking permanent residence in Turkey should buy private medical…
  • First SEIS Companies Ready To Mature

    Jim Atkins
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Investors are eagerly awaiting the maturity of the first Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) companies. SEIS first hit the business investment scene on April 6, 2012 as the brainchild of Chancellor George Brown. He saw SEIS as a stop-gap for start-up firms that could not raise finance for research and development projects from the banks. Since then, more than 1,000 companies have raised around £100 million in equity stakes from investors and business angels. The first SEIS companies come of age on April 5, 2015. The next six months give investors, entrepreneurs and the government time…
  • Pensions Twist Or Stick Decision For QROPS

    Lisa Smith
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Expat retirement savers need to take stock of more new moves to change pension rules in the UK. Many expat retirement savers live overseas but keep their pensions in Britain, but even more rule tweaking could be on the way after Chancellor George Osborne announced changes in Budget 2014 to allow over 55s easier access to their cash. Now, Pensions minister Steve Webb is suggesting that pension contribution relief may face an overhaul by scrapping the bandings and offering a fixed rate 30% to all retirement savers. This would benefit basic rate taxpayers by upping relief from 20% to a proposed…
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  • LM expat investors launch lawsuits against FAs and insurers

    Steph MacDonald
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Expatriates who lost millions due to the failure of the massive LM Managed Performance Fund, now declared a Ponzi scheme, are banding together to take legal action against dodgy FAs, pension fund trustees and their associated offshore life insurance firms. The LM scandal is now regarded as the offshore financial industry’s biggest... Expats Blog -
  • Expat oil and gas workers warned of training scam

    Louise Baldwin
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Expat workers in the highly lucrative oil and gas industry are being warned about UK-based online fraudsters offering full training and jobs on the North Sea Rigs. The high salaries paid to workers in the harsh conditions of the North Sea oil rigs attract many expats as well as British workers with experience in other locations. The... Expats Blog -
  • Pension liberation scam victim commits suicide after losing £42000

    Steph MacDonald
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    An anonymous victim, aged 40, committed suicide recently after being defrauded of all his pension pot by cold-calling crooks who told him his pension could be unlocked early. The tragedy was announced as part of an anti-[ension fraud campaign being run by HM Revenue and Customs, the Pensions Regulator and the police. According to the... Expats Blog -
  • New online map charts British Curriculum schools across the world

    Louise Baldwin
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    A new, fully comprehensive map shwoing the location of schools offering the British Curriculum has been launched online and is aimed at helping expat parents world-wide to find the best international schools for their children. The British Curriculum is considered to be the prime educational system for UK expat children whose parents are... Expats Blog -
  • Has UK government declared open season on expats

    Steph MacDonald
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hard on the heels of the projected loss of tax allowances, the banking clampdown on expat accounts and credit cards and other punitive measures comes the threat of expat tax errors being criminalised. As if frozen pensions, cancelled winter fuel allowances, disenfranchisement and the dysfunctional passport replacement changes weren’t... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • two

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    E is organizing her schoolbag. Rulers, pencil sharpeners and erasers all find their place. We search for a missing shoe and somehow it was under her bed the whole time. There is only one hairband in the entire house, and I place it on the corner of my desk. The outfit is decided, now resting on the sofa. We get dressed to go to dinner, just the two of us. She stands in front of me, lifting the back of her hair so I can zip her dress up. We travel through the metro, her asking me the names of the stops now, studying the map on the wall her face screwed up into various expressions until…
  • terribly awake

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I make lists every night before I go to sleep, things to remember in the morning when I am shoving breakfast into my mouth, slugging down coffee looking out at the sky wondering if it will rain. Batteries, notebooks, bulbs for lights, water bottles that sit cold at the bottom of the fridge. The last days of summer seem to be here, the mornings cold and windy. I wish I had started shooting a few weeks earlier. I could be editing now, in a sweatshirt with a blanket across my legs and the windows open to the cool air, awake. Terribly awake.There is a rhythm to building the camera, a methodical…
  • Partizanskaya (where everyone is smiling)

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    The metro is quiet. People are not shoving each other. No one is French-kissing on the long escalators. No one is telling us to move to the right over a broken loudspeaker. I feel that second cup of coffee pushing me forwards, no need to close my eyes on the train and listen for the right stop. No, I am awake.And then out the doors and I stand on the corner with a folded map in my hands. I look towards the onion domes a few blocks away but that is the wrong direction I tell myself. I start off to the left, into god knows where and stop a few feet later. Everyone is crossing the street and…
  • don't eat (the blueberries)

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The news come quickly, without warning. There was no debate, no hemming and hawing. No more fruit or vegetables, no dairy or meat from Europe, from the US, from Australia or Norway. No more pecorino, or prosciutto, no shrimp, no sea bass, no Polish apples, no Greek yogurt, no olive oil. In the same moment I am sad and furious and half-relieved. Seven years of struggling to source ingredients left me exhausted and disappointed on a daily basis. By the time mozzarella gets to Moscow, it tastes like cardboard. Anything imported is freakishly overpriced, which is especially brutal for a New…
  • the fishbowl (white nights)

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    They say the smoke is building up in the suburbs. More fires - not accidents, not forests or dead grass but people burning trash. If the smoke will stay in the city, no one knows. If it will choke the air so you can hardly see a few feet in front of you, no one knows. There is only a blind hope for wind and rain.This is the seventh summer in the fishbowl of Moscow. We swim in long circles, bellies scraping against familiar rocks, sometimes resting in dark corners, making our way back and forth across the exact same streets, the same stones, the same traffic lights clicking red then green.It…
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    Cartus Blog

  • Cartus’ Saudi Arabia Marketwatch: First in a Series to be Profiled by SHRM

    Pat DeDonato
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When one of the HR and relocation industry’s leading trade organizations calls and wants to reprint your research, you take that call. When the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) online news editor, Roy Mauer, contacted Cartus about using not just one, but six of the company’s Marketwatch columns on the SHRM site, we jumped at the chance to help. Destination knowledge is only part of the expertise provided by the Cartus Supply Chain Management team. Their experience and know-how cover risk management, compliance issues, audits, price benchmarking, and oversight of Cartus’…
  • The 10 Most and Least Expensive Cities in the World

    Alison Sedney
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Economist recently released its annual survey of the world’s most expensive cities, with Singapore taking the top spot in 2014. European cities still dominate the top 10, but many Asian metropolises have risen in the ratings, as Asian economies continue to grow. No U.S. city made the top 10, but both Switzerland and Australia have two cities on the list. 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World - Singapore - Paris, France - Oslo, Norway - Zurich, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia - Caracas, Venezuela - Geneva, Switzerland - Melbourne, Australia - Tokyo, Japan - Copenhagen, Denmark The value…
  • An Industry-Level Look at Relocation Trends

    Cindy Madden
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In global relocation, one size definitely does not fit all. Policies are as unique as the companies that provide the benefits, with changing locations and demographics adding layers of complexity to even the most finely tuned programs. Providing up-to-date information on industry trends and challenges is what Cartus’ award-winning research program has been doing for more than 10 years—but companies need even deeper levels of insight to keep their individual programs informed and their policies competitive. That’s the driving force behind our Industry Profile series, launched in 2012.
  • Cartus Shortlisted for Four Relocation Awards in EMEA!

    Jane Bergman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re delighted to announce that Cartus has been shortlisted for fourrelocation awards at the annual European Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs). Cartus is shortlisted for: •  Relocation Management Company of the Year 2014 •  Best Vendor Partnership Award — with our client Dell •  Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility •  Thought Leadership — Best Survey for the 2013 Talent Management and the Changing Assignee Profile Report Organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), the EMMAs recognise professional excellence in global mobility.
  • The Netherlands Immigration: 2014 Relocation Update

    Annetje Suorsa
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Immigration can be one of the biggest challenges in a global relocation programme. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights gives a 2014 update on Netherlands immigration and discusses future legislative changes. These changes may impact international assignees moving to the Netherlands, although encouragingly, most are aimed to make immigration processes easier and quicker for organisations. Combined Work and Residence Permit Since April of this year, third-country nationals (foreign nationals from countries outside of the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland) may now apply for…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Expats often don’t take care of themselves. It’s a shame because we need it most due to the emotional turmoil we’re going through when relocating abroad. A few weeks ago I talked about the 3 myths that make us gamble with our life. No doubt you recognized some of the 9 excuses we all tell ourselves […] The post Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • What Trailing Spouses Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi, Viktor Frankl and Tasmania

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
      “Trapped. Caught. Stuck”  This is what so many trailing spouses feel after some time living abroad… The situation is painful, I agree.   But bear with me. Let me help you view this condition with new eyes and spark some reasons for hope.   Why you feel trapped…   When you made the decision […] The post What Trailing Spouses Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi, Viktor Frankl and Tasmania appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    When you move abroad as an accompanying spouse, you face two issues at the same time: 1. You feel like a child because you have to rely on your working partner to get a visa, open a bank account, rent a house, access a healthcare plan. In a few hours flight you’ve lost in the […] The post The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late)

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Move abroad and you’ll get out of your comfort zone. Guaranteed. Throw in the mix a partner and (eventually) a few children. The whole system is shaken.   This might sound scary but it doesn’t need to. “A problem well stated is half-solved” said Charles Kettering.   Today, we’re taking a good look at the […] The post Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Those who have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” said Edward Stanley, a British statesman. But it’s not just exercise. It’s more. It’s what’s called self-care. Now, let’s pause for a moment. Who wants to get sick in the first place? And even worse: who wants […] The post Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • Top cities for expats moving to the USA

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are an expat considering moving to the USA from the UK, you will be joining around 2,286,980 other Brits already residing there. In this guide we take a look at 6 of the best cities to find work in the USA, with many of the big names offering big jobs to British expats. Austin, TX Recently named as the fastest growing city in the USA by the United States Census Bureau, Austin is becoming one of the most popular cities for expats moving to the USA. According to the report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin currently has a population of 1.9 million and a growth rate of 2.6%. Many of the…
  • Staying in touch after moving to Europe

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    As of July 1 the cost of browsing the internet on a phone in the European Union has dropped by more than 50%, as well as caps being put in place to reduce the cost of making and receiving calls. The European Union has been planning the reductions in roaming fees since 2007, in order to provide a fairer deal to those visiting the EU and expats moving to Europe. The cost of data roaming in Europe is now capped to a maximum of 16p per MB, a big drop from the previous cap of 36p per MB. The cost of making calls also dropped to a maximum of 15p per minute and the cost of receiving calls dropped to…
  • Moving to France from the UK? Expect the best healthcare in the world

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Expats moving to France have always had plenty of reasons to be proud of the lifestyle in their new country of residence, but now they have an extra reason to be charmed by 'la vie en France'. France has taken the top spot in the healthcare category of the annual International Living Magazine's annual Global Retirement Index Report. The health care category considers the cost and quality of the service available. It also considers the number of patients per doctor, the number of beds per 1,000 people, life expectancy and public health expenditure as percentage of a country's GDP. France…
  • The ideal expat is revealed

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A report called the 'Anatomy of an International Business' has been released by international healthcare insurers, Expacare. The survey of 1,000 international business leaders has revealed that women are considered to be better suited to overseas work, with 26.5% of the respondents favouring female staff over male staff (18.5%). The survey also reported that employees in their late 20s and early 30s are better suited to moving overseas as an expat. When asked about the specific skills required for an executive employee, the business owners that completed the survey prioritised networking…
  • Moving to France from the UK

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many people choose to move to France for a change of lifestyle, after all, France is famous for fine food, wine and, in many of its regions, a slower pace of life. If you are considering moving to France for work you will find it a much easier process than moving to some other countries because of laws that allow EU nationals to work there without needing a work permit. The logistics of moving to France are also made easier by Cadogan Tate's dedicated removals and storage depots in Paris and the South of France, as well as regular shipments from the UK to France. Importing a car The first…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • 10 Reasons Why Its OK to live Deep West……

    one foot in Europe
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This is a version of an  article I wrote for THE Istanbul ex-pat website Yabangee.com, lovingly re-published for my blog in all its unedited glory. A directors cut of sorts.  ……..Because after each two hour journey home from Taksim in the early hours of the morning I have to remind myself what the hell I’m doing here. I’m not saying that living this far in is in anyway better than living in and around the centre. Poppycock. I had a choice between proximity to Taksim or proximity to work. I chose the latter. It was either be squashed within an inch of my life five days a…
  • On Homesickness

    one foot in Europe
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I didn’t realise I enjoyed the smell of freshly cut grass. I didn’t even realise that I noticed it. It came to my attention once the sun started coming out here in Istanbul. In England, sunny days are something of a rarity. When the sun does decide to poke out its long lost and lamented head Brits whip the lawn mowers and the BBQ’s out of their dusty sheds and make the most out of what joy can be had. Before the sun shies away back into its cloudy den leaving behind a cider induced hangover and the inevitable insatiable longing that comes with being given a small taste of…
  • Border Hopping to Bulgaria

    one foot in Europe
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A short (ahem) 11 hour bus journey has you out of Istanbul and in the lovely Sofia, Bulgaria. That is after the unavoidable nuisance that is doing the hokey cokey at the Turkish/Bulgarian border. In out in out shake it all about loses its novelty at midnight when all you want to do is sleep. The bus ride is an otherwise peaceful yet cramped affair and a cheap way to get out of Turkey. Arriving at around 6.30am (late of course) you have lost no sightseeing time and can drop your bags off, eat breakfast and face the day head on, fueled by the adrenaline that comes with less than satisfactory…
  • How not to react to an earthquake

    one foot in Europe
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    “They tell you what you should do in an earthquake. But they never tell you what you should do if it happens while you are in the toilet” (An astute comment from a sixth grade student). Last Saturday I experienced my very first Istanbul earthquake. No scratch that, my very first PROPER earthquake. As in one caused by living in a seismically active area, on a plate boundary on a huge scary fault-line (my native England of course being nowhere near anything like that). As you may or may not know Istanbul is expecting  the ‘Big One’. Being located on the North Antolian…
  • I have been nominated for the Liebster Award :D

    one foot in Europe
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
      Big thank yous go out to Ashley and Alex at In Pursuit of Adventure blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award, it is an honour! Check them out here. The Liebster Award recognises new blogs (with less than 500 followers) and shares them amongst the blogging community. It is a great way to get newer blogs out there, sharing each other with the world! The rules are simple; 1. Thank the person that nominated you (and link back to their blog). 2. Answer 10 of their questions. 3. Nominate 10 blogs. 4. Ask 10 of your own questions 5. Let your nominees know they have been nominated!
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    The Expat C.A.F.E.

  • But That Fragrance Is So Boring!

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    As a woman I like to shower and then smell nice. I like lavender smells and vanilla bean smells and my ultimate favorite smell – lilac. So I buy shampoo that smells like lavender and body wash that smells like vanilla bean and skin lotion that smells like lilacs. All these nice smelling products are great, except when traveling. When we travel these attractive smells are also attractive to all kinds of bugs. Bugs love certain fragrances and while traveling I certainly do not want to attract any bugs that like to bite. I’m already more prone to being bitten by bugs than anyone my husband…
  • It Sounds Familiar

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I am Roman Catholic.  While traveling I would try to find a mass in one of the local church’s where we were staying.  Living in Mexico, Croatia, Spain, and a host of other countries there were always Roman Catholic Masses to be found but often times finding them in English was next to impossible. Even if I did manage to find out when the mass was going to be held in English when I tried to attend that mass it would have been moved to another time or was stopped altogether due to lack of attendance. Listening to mass being said in a foreign language is not easy.  Even though I feel I know…
  • Learning To Travel

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Someone recently sent me a question about how could they learn to travel.  They told me that they could manage one weekend off a month and therefore could spend 5 days every month exploring a new place.  Of course that won’t allow them to travel incredibly far from home but it should be enough to get their travel juices started. I suggested that they start small.  The first city someone should explore is their own.  This sort of surprised them and I asked them what attractions, museums, restaurants, parks are on every travel agencies list of the must sees in their own city?  Did they…
  • Lost and Found

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    We recently had someone ask us if we ever got lost while traveling.  My husband carries maps in his head.  He is one of those people who can look at a map, review it once, gets his bearings and then has it firmly in his mind which way the streets run, which roads to take and even which direction to go in. I need mapquest.  I haven’t mastered a GPS device but I know that if I didn’t have Mike, having a GPS would have been in my life much sooner. Even after 30 years of travel the only city I was ever lost in was Venice, Italy. I was traveling with family at the time and we went shopping…
  • Doing Our Own Travel Arrangements

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I recently had someone ask me for a recommendation for a Tour Operator for a client who was going on a honeymoon to Spain.  This person happily related to me that they had just started a travel agency and needed help in creating a list of TO’s they could use going forward for Spain. I realized then that I had never answered this question here so now I will tell you why I do my own travel arranging. In the recent past I was a travel agent (Lince’s Leisure Vacations) and a Tour Operator (Global Explorer Club), both companies which I have since closed.  I have been personally traveling for…
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  • Visiting my Parents

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    It’s been 3/4 months since I last saw my parents so I just flew over to visit them and had some great laughs like old times. Had such a great week and managed to… Join my Dad on his 50th birthday flying lesson (yeah he is 50 now!) Went Go-Karting (I came first, Dad got fastest lap) Met old friends (which was so nice to catch up) Newcastle has not changed that much. Central Station is looking better, went to a awesome new place called Harry’s Bar, and another called the Bridge Tavern. Then on the flight home via Copenhagen (easily the biggest airport I have ever been to…
  • What’s been going on…

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Another apology for not writing more often. It’s been a mental few weeks and I just have not got round to writing a blog post. Since last time I have: Met my Nana – she came to Stockholm with a friend and we spent the day together showing her around Stockholm Got a new Job – after almost 2 years I am leaving Bad Boy and heading to a exciting startup called Sinch. Expect more geeky posts on my other blog Now hate Skatteverket – after 3/4 visits to prove my own means to live in Sweden that was not enough. So got my contract from my new job, was told that would take a…
  • Studentflak

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    June is the time when the college students graduate in Sweden (Studenten) and they do so in style! Of course they have the standard dinner party but Swedish students graduate and party on a Flak. The Studentflak! This is literally a lorry that students rent, put huge speakers in it, 500 beers and drive around town for a party. You drive from your college through town for about 2 hours just jumping around, dancing, drinking beers and having a great time. I was lucky enough to go on one of these last year with my girlfriends brother when he graduated. It’s a strange experience for me…
  • Some pictures from around Stockholm

    5 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I see a lot of fun stuff around Stockholm and here is a collection of some greats over the past week or two. This is some street art of a man coming out of a man hole. Made me chuckle! A pub in Södermalm with automatic doors! Totally typical British Pub inside but automatic doors! Is this not the most pointless gate?! And finally, Fish Balls in a tin! Yep!! The post Some pictures from around Stockholm appeared first on STHLM.
  • A Day in Hellasgården

    4 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    There is a fantastic nature park near Stockholm called Hellasgården that my girlfriend and I love to go and explore. Last weekend the temperature went up to 28 degrees over here so we thought about going swimming in the lake (17 degrees). I totally chickened out and only went up to my knees but my girlfriend managed to swim for a good 10 minutes! Here are some pictures from our little dinner date a few days ago. The view at Hellasgården Dinner at Hellasgården The post A Day in Hellasgården appeared first on STHLM.
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    Los Gringos Locos

  • A Story of Unintentional Co-Sleeping

    Tina Ernspiker
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Parenting is hard. Especially when you are moving. Last year we moved to Mexico. This was a big deal for our family, right? Before we moved we got rid of Sawyer’s crib and he was sleeping on a toddler bed Continue reading → A Story of Unintentional Co-Sleeping Los Gringos Locos.
  • I Miss Blogging, I Just Want to Write…

    Tina Ernspiker
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America My family at a Bible assembly in Celaya, Mexico, August, 2014 – It seems like all I have been doing lately in the blogging world is making corrections! I miss blogging, I just want to write… I made the giant Continue reading → I Miss Blogging, I Just Want to Write… Los Gringos Locos.
  • Wordless Wednesday #9 with Linky

    Tina Ernspiker
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Little Gecko Friend, Belize, 2014 - Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! I love photography! I moonlighted as a professional photographer for ten years in Kentucky, USA. I miss my work, but living abroad in Mexico with four kids gives me plenty of Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #9 with Linky Los Gringos Locos.
  • 5 Excuses To Not Exercise

    Tina Ernspiker
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America We all know why we should exercise. In case you forgot, I attached an infographic below, 30 Minutes of Exercise, The Key to A Happier, Healthier You. I need to print it and tape it to my mirror, because despite Continue reading → 5 Excuses To Not Exercise Los Gringos Locos.
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  • Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market

    Jan Blanton
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A friend and I recently went to the Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market. It’s about a 1/2 hour taxi ride away from where we live (an hour on the metro – get off at the Huadiwan station, exit C). The circular shaped building is similar to other markets we have been in – at the tea market and the jewelry market.  Inside are many booths and smaller stores – in the US, this would be an ideal layout for an antiques mall. When I shared my adventure at the dinner table that night, I asked my family what they thought was the most interesting thing I saw at the fish…
  • Toilet Waterfall and Dragon Kiln in Nanfeng Foshan

    Jan Blanton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Last fall we joined the Consulate-organized trip to Foshan – about an hour away from where we live in Guangzhou. While the region is best known for ceramics and Kung Fu, we were all excited to see their famous Toilet Waterfall – made of 10,000 recycled toilets! It is said that toilet makers in Foshan once supplied 75% of all the toilets throughout China. That’s a lot of toilets!  I wonder if that includes squatters? It was a popular day in the NanFeng tourist-centered village. The kids were greeted with things to do. And it wasn’t long before we were wandering through…
  • Trip to the Yakushi Pearl Factory

    Jan Blanton
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    While we were back in the States this summer, friends and family asked us all about what it’s like to live in China. One of the highlights for us here is access to beautiful pearls.  And, a few lucky people were the recipients of some pearl necklaces straight from the Pearl Market here in Guangzhou.  While most of the ones I gave to friends were in the “not perfect” category, they still garnered some “oohs” and “aahs”.  Papa asked me to bring a special set for Mimi’s special birthday – and those were beautiful!  And, I gave a strand to…
  • Summer Travels in America

    Jan Blanton
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’m sitting on a Delta flight from ATL to LAX en route to CAN (Guangzhou China).  The kids are entertained electronically, I have my drink coupon working for me and turn to the in-flight entertainment options.  I skip past the movies, thinking I’ll have them for the long haul flight to GZ, and choose instead to take advantage of the outlet for the computer and the “music of Brasil” in honor of the 2014 World Cup. For just a moment, I am not sure where I’m headed. Two years ago we were in Brazil ourselves… and just tuning into the sambas and regional music, like any other music,…
  • International Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

    Jan Blanton
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:11 am
    Dragon Boat Festival is a national holiday in China! The kids were out of school, offices closed, and it was time to celebrate! This year the official holiday was on Monday, June 2. We spent the weekend in Hong Kong (hooray) and among other things, made our way out to Stanley Beach to take in the action. We took public transportation – for about $6US for all four of us, we had a front row, upstairs seat on an iconic double decker bus. It took us about two hours to get there and we enjoyed the ride! Upon arriving, we were shoulder to shoulder with some very sweaty people –…
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