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  • Expatriate hiring picking up at top management levels: Experts

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Expatriates are in high demand for top management positions at Indian companies, as such groups further expand their global presence, experts say.
  • Teach English in Britain’s top 5 countries to emigrate to

    British Expatriate Community
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    23 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    Rightmove identified France, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Italy as the places where the most Brits are emigrating in 2014. If one of these countries is one which, like many others, you are attracted to move to, but you want to earn money which you are there, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) could be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. While teaching isn’t for everyone, if it is something you think you’d enjoy, you’ll be happy to hear that they all have thriving TEFL industries. An average wage to expect in Europe is around €1500-2000, and if need or want this can be…
  • Boy Time

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My oldest had a playdate and sleep-over tonight with his fiend Mario. Daniel sobbed. So the best tonic in the world for a lonely boy is our neighbors coming to play.It was a good night but I'm not 100%. I'm on my chinstrap and exhausted. I also haven't felt good since the clocks went back. What's that all about then?
  • dude, where's the driver?

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    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I have been a terrible photographer lately - I used to travel with a smart phone in hand to snap pictures of the random things I'd see around town. I've caught overloaded motorcycles, car accidents and funny clothes worth of "what not to wear." I've gotten plenty of funny house-moving trucks, overloaded with furniture and often with someone sitting in a lazy chair on the top.Of course, whenever I don't have my camera ready, I see the best things - once, there was a truck transporting corn-grains (not on the cob) and the trap door open, emptying the corn onto the highway. There were people…
  • To write or not to write

    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath
    Clare
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I have been debating whether or not I was going to do NaBloPoMo this year. The truth is I haven’t been blogging a lot recently. The words just aren’t there. And the ones that I need to write, are the ones that aren’t mine to say. Plus, I am traveling, and it is so much harder to blog when traveling. This was exacerbated by a decision to not bring a laptop and rather rely on my iPhone and iPad. Poor choice. It has been so cold recently and I’m not used to the chill anymore. I thought I would post this picture on the first day of November to keep my options for NaBloPoMo…
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  • Expatriate hiring picking up at top management levels: Experts

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Expatriates are in high demand for top management positions at Indian companies, as such groups further expand their global presence, experts say.
  • PM Modi 'touched' by affection of expatriate Indian community

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he had been touched by the affection accorded to him by the expatriate Indian community during his recently concluded 10-day trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, adding that he will leave no stone unturned in creating the India of their dreams.
  • Embassy-run schools exempted from Saudization

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
     Many expatriate community schools run under the auspices of their embassies in this country have been exempted from Saudization, according to a report Thursday in local media.
  • Family fingerprinting ‘a must’

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Expatriate women wait for their turn to be fingerprinted at an immigration office in Jeddah in this file photo.
  • Madeleine McCann police to re-interview Robert Murat

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    British expatriate in Portugal listed by Scotland Yard as one of four witnesses for questioning says he will cooperate with inquiry Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are set to re-interview Robert Murat, the British expatriate who was first questioned by police when the three-year-old went missing in 2007. Murat has been identified as one of four witnesses to whom ...
 
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  • Teach English in Britain’s top 5 countries to emigrate to

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    Rightmove identified France, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Italy as the places where the most Brits are emigrating in 2014. If one of these countries is one which, like many others, you are attracted to move to, but you want to earn money which you are there, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) could be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. While teaching isn’t for everyone, if it is something you think you’d enjoy, you’ll be happy to hear that they all have thriving TEFL industries. An average wage to expect in Europe is around €1500-2000, and if need or want this can be…
  • National Income Shows Strong Growth in 2014

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    In the March 2014 year, New Zealand earned $14.4 billion more as a country than in 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. National disposable income was up 8.2 percent to $189.2 billion, in current prices, in the March 2014 year. The growth was led by business profits, while income from employment also grew. Business profits were up $9.0 billion (9.8 percent), due to large growth in the dairy, construction, and financial services. Compared with the strong growth in national income, growth in final consumption expenditure was modest (3.6 percent). This resulted in growth to national saving,…
  • Your Guide to Shopping Online

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    Courtesy of Keith Williamson via CC Since June 2014, the EU has increased the level of consumer protection for online shoppers. The new rules include: a 14-day “cooling-off” period to return items; enhanced rights to a refund; a ban on unjustified additional charges for payment by credit cards (or other means); and a ban on pre-ticked boxes so you don’t unintentionally buy unwanted add-ons. This guide gives an overview of your rights related to products and services purchased online, and in particular how to return unwanted goods. Know before you buy Online traders must provide you with…
  • Boys’ Toys

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    I like toys as much as the next man. Be it train sets, steam cars, remote control helicopters, iPhones or Nintendo. Other, sometimes questionable, gadgets have also come onto the market in recent years, including devices for treasure hunting on the beach and public areas. I received an email from an American gentleman last week who said that he had been so inspired by ‘Letters from the Atlantic’ that he wanted to move to the Canary Islands. He had but one question to ask before he made his move. He asked whether or not he would be allowed to use his metal detector on the beaches of the…
  • The Atlantic Travelling Butter Dish

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Courtesy of bohlsmargaret via CC Licence It all began with a newspaper article in the online edition of my favourite newspaper, when I came across a report about the evils of eating margarine. Yes, you have read this correctly, because I seem to have read endless articles about the evils of butter and the benefits of margarine over the years. The article pointed out that margarine was originally developed as a product to quickly fatten turkeys in the USA. When the turkeys became ill and died, the manufacturers were left with so much margarine in their stores that they scratched their…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Boy Time

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My oldest had a playdate and sleep-over tonight with his fiend Mario. Daniel sobbed. So the best tonic in the world for a lonely boy is our neighbors coming to play.It was a good night but I'm not 100%. I'm on my chinstrap and exhausted. I also haven't felt good since the clocks went back. What's that all about then?
  • Things you miss after a beer: Part 1

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I miss my best friend Sue. 
  • Today was a Good'un

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I finished another quilt. I am a quilting diva and I deserve this ... I read this and it was so good. So funny and true. But it was also a bit disturbing, how pressured young girls are these days. When I was a teenager we didn't get Brazilians as part of our pre-date ritual (if, like me, you have no idea what a "Brazilian" is it's shaving everything off so in essence you look like a little girl. How being hairless has become the new norm is truly awful). I'm sure it's not all bad and there are millions of feminists still out there fighting the good fight. But it makes me feel so sad for girls…
  • Kindness Can be Catching

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I just listened to "How to win friends & influence people in the digital age" adapted from Dale Carnegie's famous 1936 book. A friend who manages a big football stadium recommended it to me and said it was the best book she'd ever read, so I gave it a go on audio cd. If I'm honest I thought it was going to be about how to make friends and influence people. That's what the title says after all. But it's actually a book about how to be a good friend and be a good influence on people.It's a wake-up call to stop griping, complaining, and being nasty about other people. It talks of the power…
  • Mr. Imagination Strikes Again

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    He wants to be everywhere and do everything and be every body's best friend. Not content with putting up 1 drawing in his room, he puts up 50. Even gets pegs from somewhere to do it (seriously, where did he get all those pegs?).He wants to be a doctor, no a vet, no a superhero, no an origami artist.He wants to play all sports and win all games. He wants to rule the world.Sounds bloody exhausting doesn't it? Actually it is, but he's also got the most amazing imagination and lust for life that I've ever seen. I wasn't surprised when he told his pre-school teachers his name was Kevin because I…
 
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  • dude, where's the driver?

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I have been a terrible photographer lately - I used to travel with a smart phone in hand to snap pictures of the random things I'd see around town. I've caught overloaded motorcycles, car accidents and funny clothes worth of "what not to wear." I've gotten plenty of funny house-moving trucks, overloaded with furniture and often with someone sitting in a lazy chair on the top.Of course, whenever I don't have my camera ready, I see the best things - once, there was a truck transporting corn-grains (not on the cob) and the trap door open, emptying the corn onto the highway. There were people…
  • Baby-brain eating witches.

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Right now, Adiel is outside with his two uncles and a cousin. Amely is running in and out, and Samil went to the corner store, colmado,  to buy some yucca for dinner. I'm trying to get some work done (obviously. That's why I'm writing a blog post).It's dusk. So, that's dangerous, and I shouldn't even allow the baby to be outside. In fact, the cousin was concerned when she picked up the baby and said she was going outside."Eh, this is okay, right? He's not going to get sick, right? I can take him with me, right?"It's very important not to take your children outside after dark - and I've…
  • Diez.

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    April, 2005.In the Episcopal Church, children are confirmed somewhere between the ages of seven and ten - or, at least, when I was confirmed, that's what it was. You spend weeks learning about the faith with other similarly aged children, learning the Lord's Prayer and the Nicene Creed and what happens during mass and why. If you're really lucky, Mary Wood will teach you about everything on the altar and the different vestments. (But, let's be honest, if you're really lucky at all you get a Mary Wood, "Mean," in your life at all). And you get a Mrs. Knapp to teach you the rest. That is…
  • Typhoid Mary

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    As an American - raised in a country where certain illnesses have been eradicated and medication has done a great job at squelching others - there are some words that make my skin crawl. Scabies. Ringworm. Scurvvy.  Some words scare me. Tuberculosis. Leprosy. Cholera. Typhoid.I never in my life imagined that the creepy-crawlies affected people in real life. Scurvy? That's for pirates. Leprosy? Biblical. Tuberculosis? Doesn't happen anymore.There is no "prick-test" for TB in the DR. I guess it is assumed that most people have been exposed at some point to TB, so the…
  • on socks and hats. (part 1)

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    This one is for you, Fiona!Today, I was in the grocery store. Adiel and I had just enjoyed a nice lunch with our friend Deborah - who Amely calls, "my french teacher, mommy" - and I needed to replenish our pantry.our house is filled with newborns lately - chicks and ducks!lucky animals don't have any rules to follow!This particular grocery store is more like a super Wal*Mart: food downstairs, everything else upstairs.  I had the baby in my mei-tei carrier, snuggled up like a bug and sleeping. Snoring, even. We went upstairs to get some felt-tip pens and foam balls (random, I know)…
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  • To write or not to write

    Clare
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I have been debating whether or not I was going to do NaBloPoMo this year. The truth is I haven’t been blogging a lot recently. The words just aren’t there. And the ones that I need to write, are the ones that aren’t mine to say. Plus, I am traveling, and it is so much harder to blog when traveling. This was exacerbated by a decision to not bring a laptop and rather rely on my iPhone and iPad. Poor choice. It has been so cold recently and I’m not used to the chill anymore. I thought I would post this picture on the first day of November to keep my options for NaBloPoMo…
  • End of an Era

    Clare
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    All Rights Reserved Top: In the hospital day 1, bottom left: today, bottom right: feeding last year Dear Little Elephant, Before having you, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed.  I knew all the health reasons behind it.  I knew about all the studies of the positive effects.  I knew that I wanted to have that close relationship and bonding time. I also knew that a lot of people struggled with it. One common complaint I have heard from other breastfeeding friends is that they weren’t warned beforehand that it would hurt at first, that their nipples would become raw and even bleed.
  • Photo Wednesday: Cambodian Wat

    Clare
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I wish I labeled my photos better— I know this was Cambodia, but I couldn’t tell you where.  Perhaps I need to rethink my organization systems since clearly memory alone does not suffice.
  • To my Little Sunshine

    Clare
    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

    Clare
    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.
 
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  • This Halloween Check Out Kutná Hora and The Bone Church!!

    Terri Lundberg
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Kutná Hora is home to The Bone Church, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City, with a few World Heritage Sites. While researching which cities to visit during my Fall European Tour, I came across a piece on The Bone Church, located just outside of Prague. My thoughts were if I’m in Prague a church [...] The post This Halloween Check Out Kutná Hora and The Bone Church!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Living Like A Local In Jamaica

    Terri Lundberg
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    *I originally wrote this for Hometown Tourist. This article has some great information on living like a local in Jamaica, so I had to share with you! And, you must check out the video below. It’s informative and funny!! Living like a local in Jamaica is a must if you really want to see the [...] The post Living Like A Local In Jamaica appeared first on 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.
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  • Misleading

    ruthsplace
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    So, I have to confess that this scrapbook page is misleading. Gorgeous Girl does not like visiting Santa/Father Christmas. She has to be cajoled into it by me, because I really like having a photo each year to see how much she has grown. There are a few years missing because she refused to participate at all. Last year she agreed to see Santa, but refused to get closer than this. I dyed the chipboard using DIY mist (food colouring and water) and my new watercolour wax crayons. I made a card as well. I’ve been wanting a large woven basket for a while. Gorgeous Man found one at the market…
  • Scissor fob – Christmas ornament?

    ruthsplace
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    Recently Karen at Faeries and Fibres posted about the scissor fobs she makes. (She has a really great tutorial here). If you haven’t checked out her blog you really should, she does amazing things with hexagons. Anyway, I asked a question about her process and Karen very generously offered to send me some beading cord – beading cord being (as yet) unfound by me in PNG. The envelope arrived today and not only did she send me some beading cord, but she also popped a few bits of fabric into the  envelope as well. Thank you so much Karen. Since I had emailed off a draft of my thesis…
  • Fishing

    ruthsplace
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I used the November Week 2 sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy as my inspiration for this layout. Here is the sketch provided. My photos were a little larger than the ones in the sketch and I wanted to add journalling, so I modified it a little, but I think it still follows the sketch’s original intention. Once again I’m scrapping the backlog. Please excuse the afternoon sun’s reflection on the photos. On my trip to Hong Kong I found a little stationery store selling lots of cute things from Japan. I picked up this little alphabet set and I can see that it’s going to be…
  • A little sleeping cat

    ruthsplace
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I’m trying to make as many Christmas gifts as I can this year, but I’m also recognising that it won’t be the end of the world if my plans don’t come to fruition, given everything else I have going on…but the first gift is done. I hope the recipient likes him. I just realised that I forgot to stuff his muzzle. But that’s OK. I like him like that. Yarn was dyed using Kool Aid by Gorgeous Girl and myself. Gorgeous Girl has requested one for herself. I’ve told her she needs to wait until after Christmas. Perhaps it can be a holiday project when we are in…
  • Under instruction

    ruthsplace
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Gorgeous Girl had a “teacher only” day at school today. Since I refused to let her watch TV all morning she’s done some scrapbooking and gave me strict instructions to blog about it. Here’s her page: She took the photo herself. I love seeing her creativity develop. One thing I enjoy most about soft toy making is seeing the personality of the piece appear. Yesterday I sent over 40 000 words to my thesis supervisor to review and comment on and to celebrate I gave myself the evening off and sat down to put this little girl together. Gorgeous Girl giggled with glee when…
 
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  • The Last Few Books

    Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I have been hella busy this year revisiting some of the older sci-fi and fantasy stories I’ve written, finally getting around to editing and publishing them. The one that took up most of the year was a novel I had started back in middle school called Camping on Other Planets. It’s a “sword and planet” adventure where three boys are abducted from Earth and taken to another world. In rewriting it, I really focused on the characters’ friendship and religious beliefs, and in doing so, I’m confident this is the best thing I’ve ever written. Please give it…
  • The Wonderful World of Aquariums

    Clark
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Aquariums are some of my favorites places to visit. I think I get more excited to see the animals than any of the kids there. And the great thing about aquariums is that every visit is a unique experience. I always see at least one new thing. There’s always one fish that stands out to me more than any other and becomes my new obsession. For instance, in 2007, my family and I went to the aquarium in Salt Lake City, where they had triops. I’ve only ever seen triops at this aquarium. You could buy a “triops kit” from the gift store to grow your own, though. So I did.
  • China Critics and Apologists

    Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I realize I can be very critical of China sometimes. My critiques are often met with a lot of opposition, whether that’s in the form of a negative book review or an angry blog comment. Hey, it happens. That’s the risk you take when you have an opinion! What surprises me are the people who are so quick to jump to China’s defense. I’m not saying that, because I expect every laowai to vehemently hate China. Sure, there are antagonists out there who delight in lambasting China over everything from Tibet to dog meat. But there are plenty of sensible people, too, who…
  • US National Parks from a Chinese Perspective

    Clark
    21 Oct 2013 | 5:01 pm
    My wife and I just got back from a short weekend trip to Sequoia National Park. This is only the third national park in the US my wife has been to (preceded by Yellowstone and Arches), but I think that’s enough to get a good sense of what parks in this country are like. So I asked her to give me a list of things that stand out when comparing American parks to Chinese parks. Her thoughts: 1. They’re so cheap! A seven-day pass to Sequoia for both of us was only $20. When we went to Zhangjiajie in China last year, one ticket was 250 yuan (almost $40) per person for three days. A…
  • The Joys of Being a Travel Writer

    Clark
    13 Sep 2013 | 9:31 am
    My first travel book, Yes China!, has been out for little over two years now. I stopped recording monthly sales about the same time my wife and I went to Thailand, though, so I’m not sure how many copies it’s sold overall. What I have noticed is that paperback sales are nonexistent again while e-book sales continue along at 4-5 per month. At one point, monthly sales were in the 20s, but that was right after I did a free promo on Amazon. I told myself I was only going to do one of those. That said, if you haven’t read Yes China! yet, just leave a comment here, and I’ll…
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  • Cool Bun Brussels Revisited – Texas BBQ Menu

    Alison
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    We taste-test Cool Bun’s new Texas BBQ Menu Cool Bun, home of Brussels’ best burger, just launched a Texas BBQ menu. We review the new home-smoked meat and chat with the restaurant’s owner. You’ve probably seen us mention our love of a certain Brussels burger restaurant. In fact, we still think Cool Bun makes the best hamburger in Brussels – and believe me, we’ve been diligent in our burger testing. We’ve never reviewed a restaurant twice on CheeseWeb before. This is not to say we always eat at new places. But once we’ve recommended a place, we figure you get the idea.
  • Visiting Verdun, France with the Expat Club

    Andrew
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    This entry is part of 9 in the series Memorial Tourism.Visiting Verdun, France, with Expat Club Verdun, France was witness to some of the most devastating fighting in World War I. Last April, we joined the Expat Club to learn more about the “Hell of Verdun.” By the end of 1915, the war on the western front had ground to a halt. Trenches reached from the coast of Belgium to the Swiss border and the lines would change little until 1918. The Battle of Verdun was one attempt to break through. Surrounded by hills, Verdun sits along the Meuse River. Strategically important due to its position…
  • Eating Belgium’s Best Grapes in Hoeilaart, the Glass Village

    Alison
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Belgium’s Best Grape comes from Hoeilaart, near Brussels Each autumn, you can find Europe’s best table grapes in Hoeilaart, Belgium, known as the Glass Village, for the greenhouses that once filled the town. It’s no secret, we are fans of the grape. But, if we’re being honest, we mostly enjoy grapes in their liquid form. We’ve visited many vineyards over the years, in France, Spain, Germany, Croatia, and recently, we stayed on a vineyard in Northern Italy. We’ve even visited a grape-grower right here in Belgium – but all of those grapes are grown to make wine. While staying…
  • Applying for Belgian Citizenship – Again

    Andrew
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Belgian Citizenship.The ongoing quest for Belgian Citizenship Recently I re-applied for Belgian citizenship. Navigating the process and new requirements has been challenging, but a sense of humour helps. We first applied for citizenship in late 2012, ahead of changes planned for January 2013. At the time, an immigrant residing in Belgium for seven consecutive years could automatically become a Belgian citizen. From 2013 onwards, applicants needed to meet new requirements, such as proof of social or economic integration. Long story short, Alison was…
  • Belgian Beer & Cheese at Averbode Abbey in Flanders, Belgium

    Adriana
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Belgian Beer and cheese at Averbode Abbey in Flanders, Belgium Today, Adriana takes us on a tour of Averbode, an abbey in Flanders, Belgium, complete with its own Belgian beer and cheese. Before I came to Belgium, I had no idea how many abbeys this little country contains. I knew even less about how many of them produce beer and foods, like bread and cheese. One of my favorite abbeys in Belgium is Averbode Abbey, in the town of Averbode, near Diest, in Flanders. The Premonstratensian Averbode Abbey was founded in 1134 and, since then, its courtyard has undergone many changes. The way it looks…
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  • orange memory and Italian mozzarella

    BLOGitse
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
      Right now this is only a memory but we need COLORS this time of the year, right?!     Mandarin Orange Monday     The dog doesn’t know the difference between Saturday, Sunday and Monday, so I have to walk the dog early those days too. Donna Shalala     I don’t have a dog!     Have you tasted Italian mozzarella like this? oooh, it was so yummy!!!       P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday     Have a colorful week!    
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: “angular”

    BLOGitse
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
      Weekly Photo Challenge: “angular”   Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain        
  • paint and geometric 21.11.14

    BLOGitse
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
        It’s Friday!   Paint Party Friday   I gave this garlic painting to my Italian friend…           Geometric Friday     reflection of a lamp light         Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • weekly photo challenge plus others

    BLOGitse
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
      I want to learn how to sketch,   do more, do more and more, get better… Here’s one work I did on my sketchbook,   linking to   Weekly Photo Challenge: achievement         linking also to   Mandarin Orange Monday   and   P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday       Have a good week everyone!    
  • learning is fun!

    BLOGitse
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
        This week I’ve been sketching, something every day, I want to learn more…   I love this book!     Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger     I want to learn how to draw…rough and wild - I’m controlling too much, I need to loosen up!       Paint Party Friday      This shot of a curtain is for a new challenge for me   Geometric Friday # 10         This is my last shot for   Shadow Shot Sunday2 challenge.         I’m frustrated with Blogspot…
 
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  • Agoda, the Leading Online Travel Agent, Has Upgraded Lalaguna Villas Resort in Puerto Galera to a 4-Star Rating

    Doug Watson
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Small Lalaguna Beach, Sabang, Puerto Galera PHL 5203 November 10, 2014 Lalaguna Villas, the newest luxury resort in Puerto Galera is proud to accept our 4-Star upgrade from Agoda. This objective assessment by Agoda is based upon the standard of accommodation and amenities available at Lalaguna Villas Resort. It does not take into account our 5-Star service, which we willingly provide anyway. Our prices remain the same, so right now you can get 5-Star service at a 4-Star Resort at a 3-Star price! Thank you Agoda. Thank you also to the many guests who completed a survey…
  • Recommendation German teacher / Swiss teacher

    carol
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Hi, This is to recommend an excellent private teacher for Swiss German and German lessons. She is a very experienced and engaging coach who made my language learning experience enjoyable and did not feel like work at all. She does not impose a one-size fit all program for all students and she made me feel very comfortable during sessions. I found her to be very supportive, highly professional and attentive to my personal needs where I was showing a weakness in my learning of the language. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a capable friendly and patient language teacher!
  • Writers

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I am having a lot of access issues for now for this site and others. Its not fully loading anything but text. But I am sure as soon as i can get time to finish my router and VPN service things will be fine For now i did not recall if there is a jobs in Shenyang section, but i am not looking for any employee's just some skilled folks that want to make a few extra bucks here and there I would prefer putting the money into local pockets of people i meet and befriend here but if cant find what i need i will continue to use the services back in America that i have used over the years Pretty soon i…
  • Arrived, Recovering

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Well today makes 1 week since i got back here to Shenyang. Gonna be a little longer before i get out to meet with anyone. Lots to do setting up a new place we will stay for at least a year. Just got the internet a few days ago Still have to replace my NEW routers firm ware with one that works better on the VPN service i have If the power hick up's etc during the re-flashing i end up with a very nice and expensive brick (router) to prop the door open But it will allow all our devices to share the one VPN connection so its worth the effort Yeah Netflick's and such Really happy to be back Will…
  • 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!
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    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • Here’s the most bizarre currency you’ve probably never heard about.

    Simon Black
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    November 21, 2014 Santiago, Chile John Lynn was bound and gagged, as the angry mob tied him to a tree and poured a barrel of scalding hot tar over his freshly shaven head and coated him in feathers. It was June 1794 and the crowd was absolutely frantic. They were taking justice into their own hands. Lynn’s crime, in their eyes, was having extended lodging to a federal tax collector, who’d come down to enforce a recently imposed excise tax on whiskey. The brand new US government was deeply in debt and starved of revenue sources to pay back their bondholders. So they did what all…
  • [Podcast] Taxes are about violence.

    Simon Black
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
  • Four countries you need to know about that will revolutionize food production

    Simon Black
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    November 20, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile As we discussed yesterday, the world has certainly gotten itself into a serious pickle. World population growth and economic trends are causing food demand to soar. Demographers tell us that over 200,000 people will be present at the dinner table tonight who weren’t even alive yesterday. And with over a billion people having been lifted out of poverty in the developing world (and more to follow), people are eating more food (and more resource intensive foods like meat) than ever before. At the same time, farm yields have peaked in the…
  • The US is losing 9.5 acres of farmland per minute

    Simon Black
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    November 19, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile More than six thousand years ago, the most advanced civilization on planet was Sumer, rulers of the fertile plains of ancient Mesopotamia in modern day Iraq. The Sumerians weren’t powerful from their military strength or political system; rather, it was agriculture that developed their civilization. Quite simply, the ancient Sumerians had developed techniques to produce far more agriculture than they could possibly consume. This food surplus meant that they could build up a large pool of savings to be used in trade, or to feed workers who could…
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture: What you can do about it

    Simon Black
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    November 19, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Tan Nguyen was stopped on the highway for driving three miles over the speed limit. The policeman searched the car and found a briefcase of money that Tan said he just won at a casino. There weren’t any drugs to be found, but suddenly the cop said he smelled marijuana and confiscated the money. Now, if you or I were to have taken Tan’s money at the point of a gun, it would be called armed robbery, and we’d go to jail. But when the state does it, it’s called Civil Asset Forfeiture. And it’s perfectly legal. What’s more, they’re able…
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    MyBrownBaby

  • There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Banks, author of a new book about educating and inspiring Black boys, says they can find success—with our help. The post There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting Our Daughters To Violence?

    Denene Millner
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Black girls fighting on reality TV has our daughters thinking they need to use their fists to problem solve—and they're hurting because of it. The post Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter Chat with MyBrownBaby

    Denene Millner
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Not everything about being an African American mom is about race. Sometimes, the little things confound and bring great joy. The post The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • K. Michelle & Plastic Surgery: She Can Keep Her Message For Young Girls To Herself

    Denene Millner
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The reality show star's plastic surgery advice to be "happy" with artificial body changes is the last message I want for my daughters. The post K. Michelle & Plastic Surgery: She Can Keep Her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Train Up a Child In the Way He Should Go: Teaching & Learning In Motherhood

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Learning how to train up a child in the way he should go is learned on the job. You learn as you go. You go as you learn. Sometimes you get it wrong. The post Train Up a Child In the Way He Should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks

    Laurel
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks. Please read the original.Meteora is home to some of the world's most adventure-seeking monks! They have to rock climb over 300 vertical meters to reach the monasteries!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Wielkopolski National Park in Poland

    Laurel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    The original can be found here: Wielkopolski National Park in Poland. Please read the original.Wielkopolski National Park is a popular getaway for Poznan locals! If I lived in Poznan, I’d be there every weekend! Located just 15km south of Poznan, Wielkopolski is easily reached by bus or train (the Poznan to Wroclaw line), or you could even cycle there for more of a work out. There are two look […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet

    Laurel
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.When I first told a friend I was going to Sri Lanka, her first question was Are you going to climb that rock? That rock, she was referring to is called Sigiriya Rock, or Lion Rock. It’s the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka and one of the country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

    Laurel
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The original can be found here: The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland. Please read the original.Liminka Bay is the number one bird watching spot in Finland, according to wildlife photographer Jari Peltomäker, who promises that he's not biased. You can find over 200 bird species there!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Growing On and Off the Mountain

    Laurel
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The original can be found here: Growing On and Off the Mountain. Please read the original.What happens on the mountain doesn't stay on the mountain! The confidence that you gain carries over to the rest of your life.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Coach of the Month: Belinda MJ. Brown

    Margie
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Belinda MJ. Brown Title:  COO, Executive Coach Business Name:  Total Alignment Partners Niche/Specialties:  Women Leaders, Expat Coaching Expat Experience:  I spent the 30 first years of my life in France, my home country prior to choosing to move to the US in 2007, quitting my promising career, leaving at home my longtime boyfriend, a comfortable lifestyle, our cats and my friends. Languages Spoken:  French, English Life Experience:  The experience of another way of life, a complex American culture and the overcoming of the barrier language have ignited in me the desire to…
  • Coach of the Month – Belinda MJ. Brown

    Margie
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Belinda MJ. Brown Title:  COO, Executive Coach Business Name:  Total Alignment Partners Niche/Specialties:  Women Leaders, Expat Coaching Expat Experience:  I spent the 30 first years of my life in France, my home country prior to choosing to move to the US in 2007, quitting my promising career, leaving at home my longtime boyfriend, a comfortable lifestyle, our cats and my friends. Languages Spoken:  French, English Life Experience:  The experience of another way of life, a complex American culture and the overcoming of the barrier language have ignited in me the desire to…
  • Lessons Learned from My First International Assignment

    Scott Masciarelli
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I knew that I always wanted to live abroad. Following a safari to Kenya in 1989 I was hooked on adventure. What I did not realize was that I would begin to crave new experiences and international travel.  This became patently clear after a stint working in Latin America in 1992. By the time I returned to my home state of New Hampshire I recognized that something was very different. Me. I then began asking the question “where to next?” The answers involved travel across the United States. From Miami to Anchorage, Salt Lake to DC.  Living in each place was great; however, the burning…
  • Coach of the Month: Magda Theodate

    Margie
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
  • Coach of the Month – Magda Theodate

    Margie
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
 
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: With Borscht and Rifle Scopes, Volunteers Power Ukraine Forces

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Molodets ladies!  I bet the dehydrated "MREs taste much better than the chem laden crap the US sent.  And they pack much lighter too.
  • Re: Another conumdrum

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginYou are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginRob... I might suggest this since banks are problematic in Crimea but not Kherson or Nikolae...
  • Re: Merkel runs out of patience with Putin

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Speaking of biographies regarding Mr. Putin: "The details of my life are quite inconsequential ... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for bug...
  • Suppliers lining up to cap Putin in the knees

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    "Israel Wants To Replace Europe's Dependence On Russian Gas With A New Pipeline"Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent, noting that the supply from Israel would reduce Eu...
  • Re: Another conumdrum

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginThat was already covered.  He still must visit the Embassy in Kyiv for each direct deposit, transfer.Ummm. okay didn't see that part.
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Maz Jobrani coming back to Muscat

    Sythe
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On Thursday afternoon it broke on Facebook that Alive Events are bringing Maz Jobrani the comedian back for another show. This one is going to be Thursday 11 December at the Shangri-La ballroom, and tickets are RO 15.They'll be on sale from tomorrow, in all the usual outlets (Hi FM studios, Mackenzies Cafe, Bose store QCC, Connexions store MCC). I went to the last Maz Jobrani show at the Crowne Plaza and laughed hard, I had a great time, that guy is pretty funny. You can check out some of his jokes by clicking this link.Well worth going!More soon.le fin.
  • Muscat track cycling club

    Sythe
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    For those of you who like to ride bicycles here, it's often quite hard to find a safe environment to do it - the roads here are not exactly what I'd call safe at the best of times, and even less safe for those who are not in 4 wheeled vehicles!Towards the end of this month, November 28th, the club have booked space on the Oman Auto Association karting track for people to come and ride their bikes. There is a cost of RO 2 per session (3 1 hour sessions are available between 8 and 11am, last starting at 10am) and there will be the option to rent bikes and helmets for RO 3 per hour if you want…
  • National day holidays announced!

    Sythe
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The holidays for Oman's National Day (which was yesterday) were announced this morning.Wednesday and Thursday next week (26th & 27th November) are to be public holidays - hooray for a 4 day weekend!le fin.
  • The Internet broke

    Sythe
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Earlier today, around midday, the Omantel telecom system appeared to suffer a massive shut down, and shortly afterwards, Ooredoo banged offline too. Ooredoo came back intermittently and people were able to make calls to other Ooredoo customers around 1pm, with full capacity (including Internet back) around 3pm. Landlines and ATMs were down (no banking) and no Internet was available at all for some time, not even the emergency number (9999) was working. At the time of writing, nearly 5pm, Omantel services are still not restored. I was under the impression that Ooredoo and Omantel had their own…
  • Winner of tickets to Ed Sheeran

    Sythe
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is time to announce the winner of the recent competition for 2 fan pit tickets to the Ed Sheeran concert here in Muscat on February Friday 27th February from 7pm.Congratulations to Natalie - check your email!The tickets to this concert are still on sale, you can get regular tickets for RO 25, or the up close to the stage "fanpit" tickets for RO 50. You can buy them in the following places:Mackenzies Cafe & Deli, Bose store in QCC, Donner Kebab outlets in both MCC and Zakher Mall, Gorgeous hair salon, Connexions store in MCC or the OUA retail outlet in MQ.You can see the official (even…
 
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    EXPATLOG

  • Leaving Islam – the hangover

    Aisha Ashraf
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    There's no room for questions or variance in expression of belief in Islam - to be true to myself I must step out. The post Leaving Islam – the hangover appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Leaving Islam – irreconcilable differences

    Aisha Ashraf
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Previously I owned up to the deep disquiet I’ve been feeling about my faith; how I suppressed it, and how I tried to reignite my conviction. But my quest only unearthed more reasons to hold it in question. This wasn't a dip in devotion - it was a derailment. The post Leaving Islam – irreconcilable differences appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Leaving Islam – the greatest jihad?

    Aisha Ashraf
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Zealous muslim converts strike out for Syria in droves answering the Islamist call to jihad, but this one’s eyeing the back door... The post Leaving Islam – the greatest jihad? appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Butterflies in the Canadian Classroom

    Aisha Ashraf
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    The Monarch butterfly's migration is one of the most amazing in the insect world - which makes for a fascinating school science project. The post Butterflies in the Canadian Classroom appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Blame It On The Bipolar

    Aisha Ashraf
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    How much of my father’s behaviour was a result of his illness, and how much was his real personality? The post Blame It On The Bipolar appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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    iExpats

  • 5 Tips For Owning A Home Overseas Without Hassle

    Jim Atkins
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Owning a property overseas is part of living the dream for many expats, but buying a foreign home can be fraught with difficulties. The problems start with failing to understand the finer details of complicated contracts presented in a foreign language. Many expats will also regale new property buyers with tales of mortgage and planning fraud, especially in places like Spain and Cyprus. Although the horror stories of buying overseas can sound scary, thousands of people have a trouble-free experience of owning a home abroad. To help make buying overseas property go smoother, here are some tips…
  • Gold Demand Takes A Tumble As Markets Fall

    Jim Atkins
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Gold demand is falling as spot prices for the precious metal are falling on the world’s markets. The price of an ounce of gold is just shy of US$1,200, down 7% from $1,288, while the World Gold Council, a trade body for producers and sellers, confirms demand is down 2% in the third quarter of 2014. Jewellery is the largest market for gold, accounting for more than half of global demand, according to the latest statistics from the council. However, that demand is still 4% down on the same period last year at 534 tonnes. India has the biggest appetite for the metal, with more than 60% of all…
  • Canada QROPS Win IRS Tax Deferral Status

    Jim Atkins
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    US retirement savers locked out of many Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) by tax rules now have Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approval to switch their funds out of a British pension. For many years, the IRS has not considered QROPS and many other international pensions as suitable products qualifying for tax breaks in the same way as US individual retirement accounts or 401(k) pensions. Lobby group American Citizens Abroad is urging the IRS to consider all foreign pensions in the same way has home-grown pensions, but has met considerable resistance. However, the IRS has…
  • Alternative Finance Plugs Entrepreneur Funding Gap

    Lisa Smith
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Alternative finance is starting to plug a multi-billion pound funding gap for entrepreneurs and startup businesses. The market has mushroomed to a £2 billion a year business from almost a standing start just two years ago, according to new research by innovation charity NESTA. The finance is equivalent to high street banks lending to 7,000 small businesses – a share of around 2.4% of the commercial finance market. The sector is booming – showing growth of 150% between 2012 and 2013, followed by161% this year. Learn more about SEIS Find out more information about the Seed Enterprise…
  • Expat Saving Rates: November 14, 2014

    Jim Atkins
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    If you’re an expat saver and think interest rates paid on your cash in offshore branches of British and Irish banks and building societies are miserable, then spare a moment’s sympathy for your German counterparts. High inflation and low interest rates have dragged down savings rates for several years, but Deutsche Skatbank has the unenviable reputation of posting a -0.2% rate on some deposit accounts. The move only affects savers with around £395,000 on account at the moment, which now have the dubious privilege of their bank deducting money from their savings to keep cash on deposit.
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    expatsblog.com

  • Expat Book: Lisa Sadleir and Moving to Spain With Children

    Admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We're thrilled to announce that Lisa Sadlier, winner of our Education and Integration Schools blogging competition, has just had her first book published. Congrats Lisa! So if you are thinking about moving to Spain with with your kids, check out "Moving to Spain with children" and, once you're there, start blogging and join our... Expats Blog -
  • British expats in Spain warned about healthcare registration

    Charles Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The UK’s Department of Health has warned Spanish-based expats that they have to properly register with authorities in the country to make sure they have full protection in the state healthcare system. “Moving to Spain? Think about Healthcare!” is the <a... Expats Blog -
  • Brit expat in Portugal gets 12 months for benefit fraud

    Steph MacDonald
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A British woman living in Portugal has been handed a 12-month prison sentence after falsely claiming the benefits of her deceased mother. Maria Joao Ferreira Lucas claimed more than £73,500 by posing as her mother, who died in January 2008. Instead of informing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that her mother had passed away, she... Expats Blog -
  • Taiwan best place for expat healthcare

    Louise Baldwin
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Taiwan has been named the number one country in the world for expats in terms of having the cheapest and best medical facilities, according to a new survey. The research showed that almost seven in 10 expats in the east Asian country said healthcare costs them less than it did before they moved there - in comparison to the global average of... Expats Blog -
  • British expats described as unsociable

    Louise Baldwin
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    British expats do not properly integrate after emigrating, according to a new survey, which says they prefer to stick to their own social groups. British expats living in United Arab Emirates and African countries are the least integrated, said the study, which was conducted by global relocation specialist Robinsons. The survey showed that... Expats Blog -
 
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    impressions of an expat

  • rotten eggs (the bad father)

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    The news came late, more than a day after the accident. We had been breathing air two, maybe three, maybe thirty times more hazardous than we should. Every news source told a different story. Some said it was sulfur dioxide, some said it was styrene, others said it was just smoke. Parts of the city were blanketed in white, blotting out the sun. Other parts looked completely normal and smelled the same as always. We were told, "If you smell something like rotten eggs, close your doors and windows and wear a mask". I want to laugh at the fairy tale help a paper mask will do in moments like…
  • the bridge

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    There is a walking bridge that crosses the river, all green glass and awkward angles. I remember the first time I was at Kievskaya train station, in a car in the freezing cold at night, the windows half steamed-over. I did not know the river was under the bridge. Somehow I imagined it was the entrance to some tunnel, or a glassed-in conservatory with giant plants in it. There were men with rolling carts, all dented aluminum and wobbly wheels crusted with mud and snow that ferried luggage from the train tracks to the parking lot, cigarettes dangling from lips, warm hats cocked back on their…
  • (how to finish) The Year of the Horse

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    The living room is still a forest of boxes, their tops ripped halfway off with socks and t-shirts and documents peeking from inside. The kitchen is empty now, just the little white table is there, the table I used to write on in the old bedroom. Now, it is for dinner, for coffee when people visit, for E to do her homework on. A week here, and somehow it still feels unreal. Whenever we pass the old place a sort of phantom shiver passes across my gut. I look out at the river instead. This is our home now, and there are avocados ripening on the windowsill. Here is the wobbly door I…
  • no museums (Fernando)

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
     The move happened quickly. There was a long hour standing in the new kitchen, as papers were copied by hand, waiting for passport numbers and signatures. We went from room to room, pasting pink post-it notes to everything we were asking them to take away. There was a decrepit sofa that E said looked like a giant dead monkey. There were cabinets with ceramic families inside them. There were broken tables, and they were all going away to the landlord's country house if we payed to transport them.I breathed in deep, imagining a room with only our things in it, not stacked on top of books…
  • Rocco (please take a moment to vote for us before midnight Oct 22)

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    A few weeks ago I saw an invitation from Daniel Lanois, asking for filmmakers to create imagery for a handful of his newest songs. The films would be projected during live performances all over the world.I chose the song Rocco, because it felt like breathing to me, and the concept came quickly. Windows, E' s face...Today I was told that our film is one of the four selected by the judges, and they are looking for the votes and opinions of everyday people like you to help them understand what film is the best one.Please visit http://fleshandmachine.com and by all means vote for our film…
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    Earth Laughs in Flowers

  • Living Turkey and the Visa System.

    Kerry Arslan
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Last week I wrote about how difficult and in my opinion how unfair the UK Visa system... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • Why the Government Needs to Change the UK Visa System!

    Kerry Arslan
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey UK visa’s for Turks married to UK nationals are one of the biggest headaches for those with... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • The Turkish Mother in Law

    Kerry Arslan
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey I don’t think there is a scary phrase than the Turkish Mother in law, well probably more... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
 
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    Cartus Blog

  • The Biggest Challenges Facing Relocation Managers: Cartus Releases 2014 Survey Report

    Matt Spinolo
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Working with Cartus’ broad base of global clients, we see firsthand the extensive array of challenges that global mobility managers face around the world. In our fourth annual Trends in Global Relocation: Biggest Challenges survey, 164 mobility managers provide snapshots of the issues they are encountering and what their companies are doing in response. Our Executive Summarygives you a look at their insights and the survey’s key findings. In the survey, we take a look at the key concerns in 11 regions around the globe and identify the most difficult regions for managing relocation…
  • UK Relocation Agent Network Conference and Awards!

    Richard Tucker
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last Friday, we hosted another successful Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Awards. The annual event, held in London, welcomed more than 480 professionals, including some of the UK’s very best independent estate agents. The conference programme featured an exclusive lineup of speakers and was packed with great industry debates, innovations, and best practices. Our keynotes included digital media expert Andrew Davis; economist Roger Martin-Fagg; and Jamil Qureshi, a leading motivational speaker who has worked with some of the world’s top sports performers including Darren…
  • Talent Management in the 21st Century

    Crystal Abbey
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Based on material that Joy Lee of Covidien and I previously published, a more concise version of our talent management philosophy was recently adapted for publication on the Talent Management Excellence Essentials website. The question of creating a new way of thinking about how talent is managed has applications not only for businesses themselves, but also for employees who are charged with domestic and global staffing requirements and employees who are relocating to manage business on a global front. Our philosophy is directed at companies that have hesitated to link seemingly disparate…
  • Cartus Industry Profile Reports: Consumer Goods

    Cindy Madden
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus Industry Profiles present snapshots of the different ways in which individual industries approach key issues related to the handling of their relocation programs, based on data compiled for the Cartus 2014 Global Mobility Policy & Practices survey. This profile provides a summary of responses from individuals in the Consumer Goods industry and compares them to overall survey responses. Consumer Goods Sector Growing in Emerging Markets New emerging markets are beckoning Consumer Goods companies, with many expanding rapidly beyond their traditional bases. Investments in R&D,…
  • Cartus Wins Award at European EMMAs!

    Jane Bergman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    We’re delighted to announce that Cartus has won the Thought Leadership – Best Survey or Research Study of the Year Award at the European Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards(EMMAs). The award was for our 2013 Talent Management and the Changing Assignee Profile Survey, which explored what organisations are doing to increase the value that their international assignments bring to the business. As a part of our mission to provide trusted guidance to our clients, we apply detailed, deep-dive analysis in reviewing talent management trends and challenges. We also received a runner-up…
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    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • Myanmar zodiacal signs or the concept of “What-day-born” (ေမြးတဲ့ေန႔)

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
      Image credit: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/   Daw Khin Myo Chit, a well-known author in Myanmar for her stupendous writing skills, said “it is quite impossible for a Myanmar to survive without knowing on which day of the week he or she was born”. Therefore, for a Myanmar, “what-day-born” (ေမြးတဲ့ေန႔) Mway:-te.-Nay. (literally meaning birthday, but actually meaning the day of the week on which you are born) is a very important word in his culture. When you ever ask birthday for a Burmese, it means to him on which day of the week was he…
  • Season of Kathina, Season of Giving

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    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Picture: http://www.phyosithu.com/   This month is a very auspicious month because of Kathina festival that is held from the full moon of Thadingyut to the full moon of Thazaungdaing. Of course every month in Burmese calendar have a special festival or a ceremony, but this month, is very special to Buddhists because of the Kathina festival of Thazaungdaing, which is originally specific to the well-being of the sons of Buddha, monks. But nowadays, most of the people participate in this festival not only to donate to the monks but also for the ordinary laymen in need. Therefore, the month…
  • A sign of Peace and White Elephant (Sin-Phyu-Daw, ဆင္ျဖဴေတာ္)

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun   Of the many things that intrigue the visitors who come to Myanmar, nothing is as complicated to understand as why the white elephant (albino elephant) (sin-phyu-daw ဆင္ျဖဴေတာ္) is very precious in our country.   In Burmese tradition, white elephants are considered not only as a symbol of good luck but also strength and power. In the ancient Burmese world, if one king possessed the white elephant during his ruling period, he was considered and believed by the people as the right king who will bring peace and prosperity to the country.
  • Nats, traditional belief of Myanmar

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Picture: http://www.buddha-buddhism.com   When you come to Myanmar, you will see so many awesome things which are very different from other parts of the world, not even similar to Asian countries. If you see the shrines (small houses) at the base of banyan trees or at the entrance to villages while you’re walking alone, usually small wooden structures with crossed roof beams, young bamboo shoots and incense as offerings, and sometimes a small empty bed inside, don’t think so much. It is Nats (Spirits) traditions.   Nat belief is somewhat different from Buddhism. The…
  • Myanmar’s Economy and Investment

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
          Foreign entrepreneurs are getting into Myanmar as its doors open to outside investors. But while the country is seeking to modernize, are the country’s changes proper? That’s the question economic experts are wondering about.   IMF (International Monetary Fund) sees a good potential in Myanmar’s budget as the GDP increases 7.75 percent from 7.5 percent. If Myanmar can keep it up properly, it will be more and more developed in investment and trading in ASEAN countries. The country’s big potential is reflected in the Asian Development…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • 7 Truths To Help You Survive Your Partner’s Job Loss Abroad

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Exactly a year ago, Peter lost his job. His European office closed a few weeks before Christmas. The whole family was in shock.    Back then, I wrote an article to share their concerns and offer support from the expat community. Today we get the follow-up and learn the truths uncovered along the way. Losing […] The post 7 Truths To Help You Survive Your Partner’s Job Loss Abroad appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expats: Loneliness Can Make You Sick (And What To Do About It)

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mary was perfectly healthy. Then she got nasal drops containing a cold virus and was locked up in quarantine for five days. Mary was one of the 276 healthy volunteers in “The Common Cold Study”. This work was carried out by Dr. Sheldon Cohen, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to the […] The post Expats: Loneliness Can Make You Sick (And What To Do About It) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • True Story: 4 Lessons To Prevent Burn-Out Or Depression In Your Expat Family

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Ashley is the leading spouse — (aka the expat employee) — of an American family.  I met Ashley on LinkedIn a few months ago when she commented on “3 Myths About Self-Care That Make You Gamble With Your Life”. She wrote: “I’ve been living and working in France for almost four years and between moving, setting […] The post True Story: 4 Lessons To Prevent Burn-Out Or Depression In Your Expat Family appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have a confession to make: I’m a multipotentialite. A what?? A multipotentialite. Or a scanner if you prefer. Your eyes are still inquisitive. I hear you. The term is not common. This is how Emilie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike, a community dedicated to the flourishing of multipotentialites, defines it:     Barbara Sher, renown author […] The post How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    “We need to sell the house.”   The children looked at me in disbelief. Did they hear it right? “I don’t want to”, said the little one. Selling the house?! Our house? No way. I have to tell you: it’s not any house. We built it 10 years ago. Our two oldest children saw the block […] The post To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
 
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  • Moving To Canada With Children

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Making the move from Britain to Canada is a popular choice – there are already around 600,000 British-born residents in Canada, representing around 2 per cent of the population. Canada offers a better quality of life for many and as a result has one of the world’s highest per capita immigration rates.  Many make the decision to migrate because they are attracted by the stunning scenery and the chance for an active, outdoor lifestyle. Others are drawn by the chance to enjoy modern big city life. But as the second-largest country in the world, Canada will always have something to offer.
  • Why Move To Switzerland?

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Switzerland is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful economies and is home to some of the largest financial institutions in the global market. The majority of British expats currently residing in Switzerland are in well-paid jobs. According to the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey, 25% of expats in Switzerland earn in excess of £125,000 each year – more than twice as many as the global average. But beyond wages, what can you expect from a life in Switzerland? According to the InterNations’ Expat Insider Survey, quite a lot. Switzerland was ranked the number one destination…
  • The Top 10 Expat Destinations For Health And Wealth

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Living and working in another country is something that many of us consider for a variety of reasons, but how many of us actually take the plunge? Figures show that around 7% of Britons currently live abroad, with the majority staying put for more than four years. But are some relocation destinations better than others? According to the seventh annual NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index, carried out by the Centre for Future Studies, the answer is ‘yes’. The study, which collates the opinions and attitudes of 1,800 British expats living and working abroad,…
  • Fundraising Goal Surpassed For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, whether personally fighting or helping a friend, family member or colleague through treatment and survivorship. This is why  staff at Cadogan Tate’s New York Office decided to make a difference by fundraising for their local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. On Sunday October 19th, 15 team members from Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York headed to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to participate. With a goal of raising $1,000, Cadogan Tate is delighted to announce that the team surpassed their fundraising…
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Sunday October 19th 15 team members from Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York will take to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to raise funds for American Cancer Society, as part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The team is aiming to raise $1,000 for their 5 mile walk, as well as being joined by over 5,000 other participants come rain or shine in a bid to raise awareness and vital funds for the very worthy cause. This year's event has the theme of 'I'm creating a world with more birthdays', a sentiment that especially touched Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York's HR Manager, Andrea Mosley,…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • On to the next adventure… From Istanbul to Romania….

    one foot in Europe
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Living in the roller coaster ride of a city that is Istanbul was pretty intense and something I look back on everyday with fondness. But, onwards and upwards as they say to the next destination…. Drum-roll……Romania! I managed to get a summer camp job with a rather prestigious (in the EFL world) language school based in Bucharest. This involved a brief stint in Bucharest (centrally located hotel paid for by the school)  and four weeks of hard work and toil in the most beautiful of and underrated of places, Transylvania. ESL summer camps are never easy, usually involving…
  • My year in Istanbul in Photos

    one foot in Europe
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    My school year long adventure in the city that is never still, never boring and never calm is officially over. My last days in Istanbul, contrary to preconceived notions of how it would be, were not spent seeing all of the touristy sites that I missed out on. Logistical failures, bad planning on my half and being so damn exhausted from the Turkish school year which only has three weeks of holidays (the last being those at the beginning of February) and the hour and a half slog to anything interesting all got in the way. In the end I failed to see the inside of Topkapi Palace AND the Hagia…
  • Istanbul Life; a Love/Hate Relationship.

    one foot in Europe
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Following life in the massive head fuck of a city that is Istanbul, I have had time to reflect on the unique experience that is living in such an interesting, diverse and downright crazy place. There were days spent feeling lucky to be breathing in the excessively humid, smog filled air. Others were spent rocking backwards and forwards wondering at how I got into this mess. Living there really was an equally balanced game of love and hate, of which I have nicely summarised here for you. Loves The social life. There are so many fellow ex-pats in the city, all going through the same things as…
  • 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…
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    Los Gringos Locos

  • Social Media Saturdays #6

    Tina
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Welcome to Social Media Saturdays, the one and only linkup sponsored by the International Bloggers Association, where bloggers grow together. Have you joined yet? If not, go there now!   We’re all about making new friends and finding each other Continue reading → Social Media Saturdays #6 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #8

    Tina
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is Continue reading → Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #8 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Is Mexico Dangerous?

    Tina
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America “Why would you move to Mexico? It’s dangerous. “ I can’t recall how many times we have heard those words. Sure Mexico is dangerous, and so is the rest of the world. We live in difficult times, people. War, poverty, Continue reading → Is Mexico Dangerous? Los Gringos Locos.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #8

    Tina
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Welcome to our eighth week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every Tuesday Continue reading → Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #8 Los Gringos Locos.
 
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    Ogles & Observations

  • A fall weekend in Yangshuo

    Jan Blanton
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    My sister and nephew came to China to visit us! And, since we thought we would get a lot of city time here in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, we included a road trip to the mountains in Guangxi Province, in the town of Yangshuo. The area is speckled with karst mountains (similar, in fact, to the water-surrounded ones in Vietnam’s Halong Bay that we saw last year).  I was a tad bit nervous about a 5-hour road trip but it turned out that the 250RMB in tolls (each way) was a guarantee for a well-constructed, almost empty, interstate with plenty of places to pull off for gas and a squatter. We…
  • Images of Ta Prohm – the Tomb Raider Temple in Siem Reap

    Jan Blanton
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Ta Prohm is a one of the three temples on the Grand Tour in Siem Reap.  Like many of other temples, it was built in the 12th or 13th century.  The main difference with Ta Prohm is that it has been left – intentionally – in its more natural state like when it was first discovered. That means it is still covered in the aggressive Cambodian jungle banyan trees….and is an incredible example of the power of nature over man’s work.   This temple was built to honor the king’s mother has every inch of it covered with intricate details – are carvings,…
  • Images of Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap Cambodia

    Jan Blanton
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple in the world and it was built in the first half of the 12th century – it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It was rediscovered in the 17th century by a European and has since been the source of much intrigue, research and reconstruction. It’s said that the locals there still used Angkor Wat as a temple, while nearby temples laid in ruin.  Local lore also thought that the temple had been built overnight and/or by giants.  More is known now about the kings and empires that built the temples – imagine Warren…
  • Kaiping Diaolou – Eccentric watchtowers from bandit days

    Jan Blanton
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    In the early 1900s, there was a large group of Chinese nationals who ventured out and lived overseas, making fortunes, collecting objets d’art, and soaking up culture in in lands far away. Many of them, at least those with money, set up businesses, trade routes and other establishments in the Western world. Then, years later, some returned to China, with their newly acquired fortunes….but perhaps more importantly, brimming with a new taste for interesting architecture. Many of these “overseas Chinese” (as they were named by their hometown friends), congregated here…
  • Mid Autumn Lantern Festival in Guangzhou

    Jan Blanton
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    It’s Mid Autumn Festival season here in China and we’ve all had a great time staring at the big beautiful full moon (it actually appeared in a partially cloudy sky!). This year I had the itch to “go local” and find out what Guangzhouians do for the festival that involves an archer and the lunar diety, Chang ‘e.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about Chang ‘e. Before we went local, I asked my nanny what they do in her hometown.  She painted a picture for me of children running through darkened streets that were lit only by their lanterns on a foot-long…
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