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  • Bodies of two expats found in flood-hit areas

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    SAD END: Rescue workers extricate the body of the Pakistani expatriate from mud in the Sabeihat Bani Dhabyan area on Wednesday.
  • China’s Education Gap

    International Herald Tribune
    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the New York Times Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and MIT of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and bond over common fondness for Western television shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sherlock.” They are destined for bright futures: In a few decades, they will fill high-powered…
  • Highest-Ever Annual Net Inflow of Migrants

    British Expatriate Community
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    “New Zealand had its highest-ever net gain of 43,500 migrants in the August 2014 year,” population statistics project manager Susan Hollows said. “The previous high of 42,500 migrants was in the May 2003 year.” The new net migration record was driven by more arrivals and fewer departures of permanent and long-term migrants. Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 103,900 in the August 2014 year. The increase in arrivals compared with the August 2013 year was led by more students, particularly from India, and more New Zealand citizens arriving from Australia. The fall in…
  • Danielisms

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Daniel quotes of the weekCan I watch Fred (a program on tv) because he's annoyingly awesome.My wrestling team is called the WWE Fruities.How did my soccer team get beat by 3 year olds? (actually they were also five, it's just that he's super tall). That tshirt isn't frayed around the neck, I chewed it. Yep I chewed it. Sorry.I want to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day until I die.Daniel don't put your head in the ..... oh, never mind
  • 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.  
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  • Bodies of two expats found in flood-hit areas

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    SAD END: Rescue workers extricate the body of the Pakistani expatriate from mud in the Sabeihat Bani Dhabyan area on Wednesday.
  • Indian expatriate faces trial for drug peddling in Bahrain

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) An Indian expatriate is facing trial for drug peddling in Bahrain, a media report said Thursday.
  • Saudi Arabia launches website for expatriate workers

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Riyadh, Sep 17 (IANS) Saudi Arabia's labour ministry has launched a website to educate expatriate workers about their rights and ways to avail them, a media report said Wednesday. The website www.laboreducation.gov.sa launched Tuesday aims to prevent violation of workers' rights and boost awareness among them about the rules that regulate the relationship between the employee and employer in ...
  • NZIER appoints expatriate business leader as new CEO

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), the country’s leading independent economic consultancy, has appointed Laurence Kubiak, the former BT Global Services’ Head of Economic Analysis and Director of Global Competition and Regulation, as its new Chief Executive.
  • Indian family refuses to receive body of MERS victim

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    The family of an Indian expatriate, who died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus in Saudi Arabia, has refused to receive his body in India, amid fears of contracting the deadly disease, a media report said Saturday.
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    International Herald Tribune

  • China’s Education Gap

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the New York Times Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and MIT of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and bond over common fondness for Western television shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sherlock.” They are destined for bright futures: In a few decades, they will fill high-powered…
  • Franco-German Decoupling

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    From the International New York Times-  PARIS – There is something misleading about the current political excitement on both sides of the Seine. The ouster of three rebel ministers by a surprisingly firm president, a government reshuffle, a standing ovation delivered at Medef, the employers’ union, for the Socialist prime minister who dared to proclaim, “I love business!”: All the action was set in Paris. Yet one could fantasize that, some 900 kilometers away, Berlin’s invisible hand was quietly at play. Germany determines so much of France’s economic life these days that it…
  • Let Us All Bear Witness to the Conversation

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    From the New York Times : The spectacle began, as it often does, with a local tragedy. Last month, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In a less media-saturated time, we might have gone on to consider this serious news event on its own terms, with journalists providing facts and insights, and politicians pondering a course of action. But in the mixed-up scrum of politics and media that our so-called national conversation has become, a serious news event is only the start of the news. Soon after the shooting,…
  • The Virtues and Shortcomings of Eskimo Capitalism

    Saskia De Rothschild
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    From the Economist- Alaskans like to talk about how distant the rest of America feels. In downtown Anchorage, with its familiar fast-food restaurants and hotel chains, this line can sound a little affected. Not so in rural Alaska, the swathes of frozen tundra that the state’s inhabitants call the bush. In Napaskiak, a village of 400 people on the west coast of the state, it is not unusual to see a black-robed Russian Orthodox priest riding a four-wheeled motorbike with two children and a wife perched on the back. Rural Alaska is different politically, too. In most of the United States, the…
  • An Auschwitz Guard Talks

    Saskia De Rothschild
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis’ horrific machinery of death. Jakob W. was 19-years-old and in his third semester studying architecture at college when he received the letter that would, seven decades later, turn him into a suspect for complicity in murder. In the summer of 1942, the young man from a village near Belgrade received his draft notice. Just a few months later, he was standing on a tower hundreds of…
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Highest-Ever Annual Net Inflow of Migrants

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    “New Zealand had its highest-ever net gain of 43,500 migrants in the August 2014 year,” population statistics project manager Susan Hollows said. “The previous high of 42,500 migrants was in the May 2003 year.” The new net migration record was driven by more arrivals and fewer departures of permanent and long-term migrants. Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 103,900 in the August 2014 year. The increase in arrivals compared with the August 2013 year was led by more students, particularly from India, and more New Zealand citizens arriving from Australia. The fall in…
  • Mutiny on the Ferry

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Picture by Rafel Miro Well, we all know what it is like. You’ve had a busy day being a very important captain of a not too important ship. You’ve had an early start and only eaten a dry cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch. You are hot and tired, and you can feel a headache coming on. What’s more, you just can’t wait to get home to the dog, or the wife… How about skipping part of the journey and hopping along to another destination port instead? That would be a very sensible idea, which would make life so much easier. You would arrive home much earlier and maybe the passengers, who…
  • Australian Government Delivers 2013-14 Migration Programme

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Australian Government’s target of attracting 190 000 new migrants in the latest financial year has been achieved, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said today. Australian industry benefited with the majority of the permanent migration visas (128 550 places) granted within the skill stream. Minister Morrison said this equates to nearly 68 per cent of the programme. ‘The skill stream is targeted towards helping fill identified skill shortages in the Australian economy,’ Minister Morrison said. ‘In 2013-14, occupational…
  • Are You Seriously Thinking About Making A Permanent Move Somewhere Hot?

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    If so, the BBC would love to speak to you. BBC2 is making a new series about families/couples considering a move to places such as the Caribbean; Costa Rica; Panama to name a few… 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. There will be a real opportunity to experience the kinds of homes, jobs, and schools on offer. We hope that the series will…
  • Historic Milestone for Australian Citizenship Day 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Joint Media Release with The Hon. Scott Morrison - Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection A special citizenship ceremony will be staged in the same venue where the first ceremony was held in 1949, as part of nationwide celebrations to mark Australian Citizenship Day tomorrow, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today. The ceremony at…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Danielisms

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Daniel quotes of the weekCan I watch Fred (a program on tv) because he's annoyingly awesome.My wrestling team is called the WWE Fruities.How did my soccer team get beat by 3 year olds? (actually they were also five, it's just that he's super tall). That tshirt isn't frayed around the neck, I chewed it. Yep I chewed it. Sorry.I want to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day until I die.Daniel don't put your head in the ..... oh, never mind
  • Feeling Melancholy

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    It's been weird week. Not weird in an extraordinary or good way, but a week of feeling like things aren't right with the world. I feel off.It's probably due to my contact lens prescription being wrong. I have to struggle through until they swap them out next Wednesday but feeling like I'm seeing the world through the bottom of an old milk bottle doesn't help this feeling of not being right.I've had good news this week too. My kids got into the latchkey program at the local school, I'm still motivated to stay off the wine and I'm slowly plugging along on house projects. We're even getting our…
  • Kitchen Renovation 2014: Before Pictures

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    It's been a long time since we renovated the kitchen. I hate it now as it seems so dark and pokey.  In hindsight we shouldn't have stained the cabinets cherry and we have so.much.clutter. And the cupboards aren't organized. So anyway, here's a few "before" pictures. I'm excited to get stuck in and make some changes!I do wish school would stop sending important papers homeDark dark dark...Hate the cabinet and cart - want a pantry and work space!I love my window seat but it's shabby
  • A Burst of Energy

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    This week I have been prooooductive!We applied for citizenshipPainted the basement stepsSorted out laundry room and basementStarted renovating the kitchenCaught up on houseworkCalled peopleFacetimed friendsGot a lot of stuff done at workIs there a chance that this burst of energy has come from me not drinking wine and trying to get 8 hours of sleep every night this week? I think I know the answer to that. But the 4 cups of coffee a day probably helped too.
  • August 1-Second-a-Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It's time for August's 1-Second-a-Day video!May was a great monthJune was tooJuly was hard to beatBut August might just be our favorite so far as it stars my mum & Tom & Leanne....Music picked by Craig: "Long-legged guitar picking man" by June Carter & Johnny Cash
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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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  • How to feed your newborn.

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Isn't this the most precious little face ever?We didn't plan to have three kids. In fact, we were pretty done with two - I mean, it's been five years since we had a baby and we finally have two school-aged kids who are pretty independent.We are thrilled for this new life, though, and he is pretty cute, so I guess we'll keep him. I mean, seriously, how cute is he?Being pregnant had it's craziness, but having a newborn is just confusing as far as cultural norms go. I never know where I stand, and when I think that I'm doing things right, I get told that no, sorry, that's not the way to do…
  • PRegnant in the DR

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    My doctor encouraged me to exercise during pregnancy - walking as he referred to it, because you know, chubbies don¨t actually exercise. It was the first thing, besides him talking me off the ledge of ¨my blood pressure will kill me¨ (completely unreasonable fear, I have LOW blood pressure), that endeared me to him and made me go back to a second pre natal care appointment instead of finding a different doctor.See, pregnancy is complicated in the DR. There is a list - much longer than the one I published here - of things that can and cannot be done for nine months. Exercise of…
  • Old wive's tales (or what not to do during pregnancy).

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Photo courtesy of Rebecca RousculpI just had a baby. I just had my third child - all of whom were gestated and birthed in the Dominican Republic. You might think that I'd be used to everything that pregnancy entails. I'm not.I worried about my blood pressure. Okay, I obsessed about my blood pressure. Some of that was physiological - I am overweight, a little over-stressed and (was) pregnant; but, mostly, I worried that there would be one comment, one sly little remark about how I was doing it all wrong that would throw me into a pre-eclamptic fit and I'd have to be rushed to the…
  • welcome.

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    It's been awhile since I last blogged.This time I have a great excuse.Presenting to you, blog readers,ADIEL.Our new son. Born 25 August 2014 at 8:35am.Weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds and measuring 23 inches long.There are plenty of pregnancy and newborn anecdotes to share. But we'll get to that soon. I am recuperating from a c-section and getting into a routine with two kids and a baby! I do have three months of maternity leave to enjoy this.
  • break-bone fever, bent-back fever and malaria, oh-my!

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    When I first came to the DR ten years ago, I was given a course in tropical diseases - it was a general "going-overseas" course, so a lot of the diseases we learned about didn't even really apply to my part of the world, and really, THANK YOU WORLD. Some of those things - worms that bore through the heels of your feet and end up in your blood stream, scorpions that sting, snakes that bite - are enough to give the most seasoned outdoorsmen nightmares.The Dominican Republic doesn't even have a malaria problem (though occasionally you'll hear of malaria in Haiti). As far as mosquito-borne…
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    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • End of an Era

    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

    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

    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…
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  • Letters from Egypt: Rolling Blackouts and Why

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Uff – it’s bad. It’s the worst power outages that we’ve faced so far. There are rolling blackouts throughout Cairo with reports of the same in Aswan; however, my contacts in Alexandria say they remain unaffected. In addition to the electricity problems, many areas are also facing water shortages (parts of Maadi and Heliopolis have been confirmed). The Electricity Minister Ahmed Shaker told ONTV channel that the massive outage was due to technical problems. The Egyptian Electric Holding Co. (EEHC) said that at 6:15 am, a technical malfunction took place at a 500-kilowatt (kW) power…
  • Letters from Egypt: Behind the Asian Knockoff Scene

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is possible for some of you), you can’t help but notice the Asian influx coming onto the Cairo scene. I feel like the Chinese government monitors the entire world with satellites set up to sound off an alert when turmoil is striking an area, country or region. So with the Arab Spring, it would only be fitting to see Chinese companies piling in to continue their standard business model: high-risk investments. Most recently, I’ve started speaking with a Chinese woman who has lived in Cairo on/off for three years. She moved here with her…
  • Letters from Egypt: Water Outages will NOT Affect Most of Maadi

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Yes, most of you will still be able to shower and bowabs will still be able to water sand. People are getting in a panic hearing that various news sources have reported water outages in areas inside of Cairo, particularly those residents in Maadi, starting today from 6 pm until tomorrow morning at 6 am. The story can only be found in Arabic from one site, Almogaz. You will not find the story in other well-known publications like Al Ahram or Al Masry Al Youm. Considering that it’s nearly 3 pm and the scheduled outages are supposed to get underway in three hours, I would have thought it would…
  • Letters from Egypt: Alcohol Licenses under New Government

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Between continuous raids confiscating alcohol from various popular expat hangouts and other restaurants discontinuing their libation services (TGI Fridays and Fish Market), places where you could grab a cold one after a long day of work seemed to dwindle once Mohamed Morsi was elected president. But now with Sisi in power, it appears to be easier to acquire licensing for alcohol sales. The first thing that you need to understand about Egypt is that everything is paid via bribes or the local term, backsheesh. This has not changed since Mubarak’s era, going into Morsi’s brief stint and now…
  • Letters from Egypt: Carjackings, Gas Prices & Ramadan

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Update: Taxi meters now begin at LE 3.00 instead of LE 2.50. Meters should start at LE 3 and then move up LE 0.25 increments starting at 0.8 km to 1.1 km (different meters start differently). The meter is only supposed to move up LE 0.25 again after 0.2 km.  Carjackings There has always been crime, but Egypt was a relatively safe place. In fact, I’d venture to say that it was “stupid safe” (e.g. so safe that you momentarily get stupid and forget to use basic precautions). That has all changed significantly. For any of you that want to compare the crime rates to countries like the…
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  • Insert fancy title here

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    I’m entering this scrapbooking page in Frosted Design’s Friday Challenge.  This challenge was right up my alley as the brief was to use paint, doodling or handwriting on a page, all of which are regularly on my pages, so I thought I’d join in. Here’s my page. This was taken on our first Christmas in Australia with Gorgeous Girl. I doodled around the bird. That didn’t quite work out like I had planned. Gorgeous Girl saw me doing it and said “Mummy, you’re making it worse.” And hand wrote my title. Should have drawn a line to write on… I…
  • Hippo butt

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    I have been a little obsessed with this project. It’s currently my only yarn related work in progress. I keep mumbling to myself “The designer is a genius I tell you. A genius!” So, without further ado, presenting hippo’s butt. Information on the pattern can be found here. I’m loving how this is coming together. I’m also a huge fan of the join as you go technique for joining the hexagons together. I’ve always been put off granny square crochet rugs by the thought of sewing all the little squares together. This technique means that there may be some of…
  • Independence Day

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    There are times when I realise that I’m incredibly lucky to be able to experience what many people will only see in the pages of National Geographic. On Tuesday Papua New Guinea celebrated Independence Day. We went along to some celebrations. Gorgeous Girl enjoying the dances. People dressed in the traditional dress for their region and performed dances. This group are from Manus Island They danced to a collection of drums. These young men come from Milne Bay. They had painted their bodies black. These people are from Gulf Province. This gentleman comes from Simbu Province. I…
  • Scrapping again

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    I’m entering this page in the September Scrap365 challenge. Here is the sketch we were asked to use. This is my take on it. It’s a photo of Gorgeous Girl last year after she gave herself a haircut. I used water colour pencils and a sharpie pen to outline the circles. In a first for me, as far as scrapbooking goes, I also added some splatters to the page. They are a little bit hard to see in my photo. I wrote the title by hand. I really enjoyed working with this sketch.
  • Some cards

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    It’s the start of the birthday months here at Ruth’s Place. Most of our family and extended family’s birthdays fall in the months of September and October. So I’ve been making a few cards. I’m thankful to friends and family who send me their scrapbooking scraps and odds and ends from their die cutting machines. A new injection of papers every so often helps keep the mojo going as I can put new combinations together. This card is thanks to Lisa and Kate. In hindsight I should have inked the edges of the map and the flowers to tie them all in together… Again…
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    Clark Nielsen for the Win

  • China Critics and Apologists

    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

    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

    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…
  • Upgrading to a 10-Year Green Card

    18 Jun 2013 | 1:21 pm
    My wife got her green card back in 2011, and while that was a major relief, it wasn’t the end of our immigration journey. The first green card is only good for two years, at which point you’re expected to file for “removal of conditions.” If this is granted, you’ll receive a ten-year green card that, until you become a US citizen, must be renewed every ten years. I feel like this is a “gotcha” step, because I don’t remember ever being officially told to do this. We were just supposed to know and remember. That’s how the whole process has…
  • The New Book, Yes Thailand!

    10 Jun 2013 | 7:00 am
    It’s here! The long-awaited follow-up to Yes China! is now available as a Kindle e-book. I don’t yet have any plans to release a paperback version, but that may change. It makes sense as an e-book, though, because Yes Thailand! is only about half the size of Yes China! My wife and I simply weren’t in Thailand long enough to fill up 80,000 words. And you know me; I like to keep things succinct. Much like its predecessor, then, Yes Thailand! reads like a series of essays that are sometimes about Thailand and sometimes about other things. The subtitle for the book is A…
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    Expat Life in Belgium, Travel and Photography | CheeseWeb

  • Resto Last Minute Restaurant Booking Website Review

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Resto Last Minute restuarant reservation website review The Resto Last Minute restaurant reservation website lets you book tables at restaurants across Belgium, at a discount, without having to pick up the phone. Let me know if this sounds familiar: You had big plans to cook a nice dinner but you’ve worked all day and the last thing you feel like doing is being creative in the kitchen. You’re sick of the usual take-away and delivery options and think it would be nice to go out to a restaurant. The last thing you want to do however, is wander around looking for a restaurant with a free…
  • Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liège, Belgium

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Memorial Tourism.Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liege The Fort de Barchon, in Liège, survived both world wars and is a twin of the Fort de Loncin. We visited the fort, to learn more about its history and construction. Visiting the ruins of Fort de Loncin was remarkable. Because it has remained untouched, since its destruction, it is a powerful tribute to the men who lost their lives. However, one of my (many) faults is my need to really understand things. I wanted to understand how Loncin was built and experience, for myself, how it felt to walk…
  • Top 5 Belgian Beer Bars in Brussels: Belgium in a Glass

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Belgium in a Glass.Our Top 5 Beer Bars in Brussels, Belgium Most bars in Brussels serve beer, but few offer an extraordinary selection. So today, we share our top five Brussels bars and cafés for tasting Belgian beer. Belgium is known for beer (and chocolate, waffles, and frites, but I’m just going to focus on the beer for now). I started writing about Belgian beer, because I felt the variety, although wonderful, makes it inaccessible. If you know nothing about Belgian beer, then you will have no idea what to buy or why. Gaining confidence…
  • A Local’s Tips: 10 Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    10 things to do in Cape Town, South Africa South African expat in Brussels, Maxine, shares her top 10 things to do in Cape Town, from penguins and cheetahs to tea and wine. We can’t wait to visit for ourselves! HIM and I were married in South Africa in November 2013 and were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate with friends from around the world who had travelled there to be with us. This also meant we had the opportunity to showcase just a smidgen of the beauty our country has to offer – especially in and around the Cape Town area. I have lived in Europe for seven years and have done…
  • Top 6 Restaurants in Brussels – Summer 2014 Edition

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.Where to eat in Brussels, Belgium Today we share our Top 6 Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium of summer 2014, including a Michelin 2-star, Italian, Fusion, French, Vietnamese, and sustainable restaurants in Brussels. As we mentioned in our summer round-up of restaurants around Belgium, Andrew and I ‘challenged’ ourselves to try a new restaurant every Wednesday over the summer. The result – we found lots of places worth sharing (as well as a few duds that shall remain nameless).  So, without further ado, here are our Top…
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  • knock on wood

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
            this is my #15 of 29faces   All faces are -> -> -> HERE!       Shadow Shot Sunday2     shadows and reflections     Sundays In My City       old shed full of wood, firewood…     Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • abstract details

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO     RUBY TUESDAY TOO       Here’s the original, can you find those details?        
  • circle of creations

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    from man-made to natural….           This is #8 of 29faces.  All faces are -> -> ->  HERE!     Shadow Shot Sunday2         Sundays In My City       art of pine needles       art of nature…       HAVE A RELAXING WEEKEND!    
  • red details

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
      of my watercolor painting….       MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO    
  • coffee break in Savonlinna, Finland

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
      We stopped to have coffee in Savonlinna during our July trip.   The city was founded in 1639, based on Olavinlinna castle. more -> wikipedia   You can have a relaxing lake trip on steamboat…     We had a pleasant coffee break at Wanha Kasino.       Of course I had to take a photo of Olavinlinna castle       where they stage The Savonlinna Opera Festival     This video is total 2’49 long, Savonlinna starts at 1’42.           Here’s my #2 face of 29 ink painted with its…
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    Bleeding Espresso

  • Finding Your Own Path via WTF

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The following post has been sitting in my drafts folder since January 2012  . . . and let me tell you, finding it and re-reading it NOW is exactly when I needed to do so. Gotta love good irony. Here goes: Let me share something I’ve learned and which has recently been reinforced through my latest obsession: listening to the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron. Everyone who has ever achieved any kind of success got there in his or her own way. Sounds simple, right? From the outside it often seems like it was, the attainment of success, but Maron’s podcast does an awesome job of delving…
  • A Village in Mourning

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    A sad fact of village life is that the closeness of the community is never felt more than when it experiences a profound loss. * I was woken up this morning by P, who had left early to go to the campagna. He didn’t make it there as he was stopped on his way to be given some terrible news, and then he came home to tell me. In this morning’s early hours, one of Badolato’s finest lost his life in an accident; his uncle was seriously injured. Sconvolto/a is the word in Italian that describes the feeling when you hear something like this: totally and utterly shocked to the core even…
  • Introducing Baby Espresso!

    27 May 2014 | 1:04 am
    As I had anticipated, updating Bleeding Espresso hasn’t been high on my priority list since the birth of my daughter. I still have lots of thoughts in my head I’d like to share, of course, but now they revolve around being a new mom in rural southern Italy. Since I know most of you didn’t sign up for a mommy blog when you started reading Bleeding Espresso, I’ve decided to create a space where I can share my meditations on mommyhood with a touch of humor and lightheartedness . . . and Baby Espresso was born! Please drop by, say hello, and share your experiences as a…
  • My One-Word Theme for 2014: SALUTE

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:36 pm
    Last year around this time, I chose the word GROW as my one-word theme for 2013. And oh what growth we’ve had here at Casa Fabio. While I’ve also made some mild professional and personal advances in the past year, nothing compares to the growth of our family. Not even two months after selecting GROW, I found out I was pregnant with Zee Bean. She hasn’t stopped growing since. And neither has my heart. There are truly no words to express how amazingly wonderful the experience of becoming a mother has been. I am so very much enjoying every moment with my little Marisa Caterina (born…
  • New Beginnings and Such

    13 Aug 2013 | 9:26 am
    I’ve been trying to get a post up here for months now. I’ve started a few, but it just hasn’t happened as I’ve struggled with how to express the whirlwind we’ve been experiencing here from my miscarriage last spring to where we are now. So let’s just get this out there once and for all and save the deeper post for another day: This was Baby Fabio a.k.a. Zee Bean at a wee 10 weeks back in March: It’s probably the cutest ultrasound photo we have of him/her — the machines here in my local hospital are leaving something to be desired so far as…
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    Everyone's Expat Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • 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!
  • 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.
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    Australian Daisy

  • Cost of motorcycle accessories in Australia

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    In Australia, you can do just about any upgrade to your motorcycle. You choose which parts to upgrade and in what order you will do it. What you need is to purchase the parts that you need the most and fix them to your motorcycle. The types of accessories you need to purchase are greatly influenced by their prices. Here are the prices of different accessories in Australia. The common motorcycle accessories Helmets Men and women leather coats Motorcycle boots Motorcycle bag Helmets Helmets come in different sizes, colour, price, and shapes. A helmet is a vital accessory for any rider to shield…
  • 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…
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    An American in Delhi

  • Our New Offices in Kharadi, Pune

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    iPlace spent considerable time and expense coming up with a new office that would hold 3 times the staff we had at the time. We visited more than twenty sites across the city of Pune, interviewed several architects, sought out financing and after nearly a year of planning and building, we moved in two weeks ago, still unfinished. We had several challenges, from unresponsive architects and vendors
  • The FRRO Again... and Again... and Again...

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    15 Jan 2014 | 3:55 am
    <!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?--> If you read my latest post, I introduced you to the lunacy of the FRRO. This new process is significantly worse than the old way. For starters, they refuse to allow any appointments without the online form, and you can't get the form until you have uploaded the photos. My helpful team at work said they would try and see if they could
  • Dealing with the New Online FRRO Renewal Process

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    9 Dec 2013 | 5:21 am
    Blurg. You do know what the FRRO stands for right? Supposedly it stands for the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office, but we foreigners call it either the Foreigners' Rectal Reaming Office or simply just the Seventh Circle of Hell. Every time you need to renew your visa and residency permits, it seems the rules have changed. This one seems like a pretty big change because now you can
  • e-Commerce Goes to the Dogs Here in India

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    28 Aug 2013 | 6:29 am
    I recently connected with an entrepreneur in Delhi on Linkedin who was looking for advice on how to improve their web site. Rashi Narang operates "Heads Up for Tails", an e-commerce web site that sells food, pet toys, accessories, apparel, bowls, beds, and more. I gave her some ideas on how best to tweak the site, and suggested a number of activities she could try to get more exposure. Her
  • So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    26 Jul 2013 | 2:28 am
    Since moving to India, I have been (somewhat) active on the startup/entrepreneur circuit, engaging with people who want to become entrepreneurs. The reason I say "somewhat" is because it seriously pisses me off that people think it's a big cake walk. That someone gives you money, you start a company, and then magically, you're a rich man. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I've worked with
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  • Congress brings Atlas Shrugged to America with this new bill

    Simon Black
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    September 15, 2014 Santiago, Chile It was known as Directive 10-289, and it was the government’s last-ditch, desperate effort to control the collapsing economy. The President, along with some of his senior advisors at the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources, all widely agreed that the only way out of the crisis was expand government power. The directive was passed quickly, and among its key provisions: “Point One. All workers, wage earners and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change…
  • True story: You know your country is broke when the cops have to call 911…

    Simon Black
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    September 18, 2014 Santiago, Chile Imagine coming home from work and finding that a group of men have broken into your house. What do you do? I have a gratified feeling that for an increasing number of our readers, the answer would be to draw their firearm and defend the home. But it’s safe to say most folks would… call the police. This happened in Greece recently, as recounted to me in an email by a colleague who was visiting his family in a rural, seaside town in the country’s southern mainland. There’s recently been rash of home burglaries in the village– a remarkable turn of…
  • One of the most innovative cities in the world [you’ll never guess]

    Simon Black
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    September 17, 2014 Talca, Chile [Editor’s Note: This is the first in a multi-part series on some of the top Startup ecosystems in the world] When Chris D. came up with a great idea for his startup he was already thinking outside the box. But his innovation didn’t stop there. His thought process extended far beyond the business idea into WHERE to best execute his plan. He was already established in New York. And had he followed the conventional wisdom, that’s where he would have set up shop. But then again, doing things differently and better than others is the hallmark of a great…
  • Scottish independence: they love democracy so much they’re trying to subvert it

    Simon Black
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    September 16, 2014 Santiago, Chile The polls in Scotland will close this week on one of the more important elections in recent history… perhaps one of the only elections that actually matters. Rather than a typical vote to see who the captain of the Titanic will be, Scots are deciding whether they want to be free and independent from the UK. Every eligible voter has a say, and a simple majority decides the outcome for everyone else. By definition, this is the PUREST possible form of the democratic process. What’s ironic here is that ‘democracy’ is typically held up as…
  • 019: Scottish independence: they love democracy so much they’re trying to subvert it

    Simon Black
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    The polls in Scotland will close this week on one of the more important elections in recent history… perhaps one of the only elections that actually matters. Rather than a typical vote to see who the captain of the Titanic will be, Scots are deciding whether they want to be free and independent from the UK. I invite you to spend some time with me this afternoon exploring this incredibly important issue in our latest Podcast episode.
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    The original can be found here: 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk. Please read the original. Cafes in München offering lactose-free milk be difficult to find, but here are 9, so you can enjoy your cappuccino even if you are lactose intolerant as I am! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    The original can be found here: Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read the original. Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 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
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Coach of the Month: Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
  • Coach of the Month – Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
  • Coach of the Month: Cha Jones

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cha Jones Title:  Founder & CEO Business Name:  Expat Women of Color & The Nomadic Chick Blog Client Testimonials:  http://www.chajones.com/#!meet-cha/c10m2 Niche/Specialties:  Transition Coaching, Intercultural Awareness, Student Success Coaching, Expat Reediness, Study Abroad Prep, and Intercultural Training & Development Expat Experience:  I am a lifelong traveler and lover of cultures. I became an expat after moving to Seoul, South Korea in 2009. I found myself in Korea after sitting on my coach dreaming about seeing the world. In two days, I had manifested an ESL…
  • Coach of the Month – Cha Jones

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cha Jones Title:  Founder & CEO Business Name:  Expat Women of Color & The Nomadic Chick Blog Client Testimonials:  http://www.chajones.com/#!meet-cha/c10m2 Niche/Specialties:  Transition Coaching, Intercultural Awareness, Student Success Coaching, Expat Reediness, Study Abroad Prep, and Intercultural Training & Development Expat Experience:  I am a lifelong traveler and lover of cultures. I became an expat after moving to Seoul, South Korea in 2009. I found myself in Korea after sitting on my coach dreaming about seeing the world. In two days, I had manifested an ESL…
  • Coaches of the Month – Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Debra (left) and Charise (right) Names:  Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge Title:  Certified Coaches, Authors of A Portable Identity, and Certified GoCulture Assessment Coaches Business Name:  Take Charge of Change Client Testimonials: “Bryson and Hoge have given us an excellent plan of action to deal with our own personal and cultural adjustments in the overseas settings.” – Thomas A. Rodgers, M.D., U.S. Department of State Niche/Specialties:  Expats in transition; particularly accompanying spouses. Expat Experience:  We met in Bangkok, Thailand over 25 years ago where we…
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    The Displaced Nation

  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Curiosity leads Elizabeth Gilbert’s Victorian heroine to international travel

    The Displaced Nation Team
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    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! Since I last wrote, summer has slipped by […]
  • EXPAT ART AS THERAPY: A new series based on Alain de Botton’s strange and wonderful notions

    ML Awanohara
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Greetings, Displaced Nationers. While countries in Asia are celebrating harvest and moon festivals, we are marking the occasion with the start of a new series: EXPAT ART AS THERAPY. The series owes its provenance to the fertile and somewhat loony imagination of the young Swiss-English philosopher Alain de Botton. Today and over the next few […]
  • LOCATION, LOCUTION: Catriona Troth, novelist – from Scotland to Canada to a long stay in the Chilterns

    The Displaced Nation Team
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this month’s “Location, Locution”, expat crime writer JJ Marsh interviews Catriona Troth, who was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada before coming back to the UK. She has now lived in the Chilterns longer than she has ever lived in anywhere, a fact that still comes as a surprise. After more than twenty […]
  • And the August 2014 Alices go to … these 3 international creatives

    The Displaced Nation Team
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 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 […]
  • A spoonful of imagination helps the expat life go down: In tribute to our 7 columnists

    ML Awanohara
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here in the Northern Hemisphere, as summer draws to its inevitable close, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the talented individuals who write columns for us from an expat or otherwise displaced perspective. Curiouser and curiouser! If it weren’t for them, we’d know a great deal less about the contours of the kind […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • War games are on

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Somebody was having fun with this. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Free VPN service for a year

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginGuys I thought I would inform you that VPN Cyberghost is offering a free 1 year activation key for their SPECIAL PLAN service.For those who don't know..VPN is a virtual ip a...
  • Free VPN service for a year

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Guys I thought I would inform you that VPN Cyberghost is offering a free 1 year activation key for their SPECIAL PLAN service.They seem to be well rated in comparison with other similar VPN services. For those who don't know..VPN is a virtual ip addr...
  • Germans Sue Ukraine

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    So, German litigators will haul Ukraine into the European Court of Human Rights.You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: If, no it it is when

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    its loading on a fb group... i'll try with direct image...[img]https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10402896_10204590967871959_1489404296149745816_n.jpg?oh=23155dd8fa8391283a5e99ec4859c481&oe=5486215B&__gda__=141825...
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Oman traffic accidents statistics

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    You see the stories in the papers practically every week, big accident somewhere, people died. And so on. Everyone's very aware of the reality that is driving on Oman's roads - anyone that's spent any time here knows someone who's been in a car accident here. I spent ten minutes last night researching accidents statistics and I found this website which has statistics for Oman going back until the 90's.I made this table last night and am sharing it here as a lasting record of statistics for Oman should for some reason anyone googling for it want it. And also because I'm geeky I made a few…
  • Ridiculousness

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    So there's a few bits and pieces that I wanted to write about for today and so here we go....Firstly, the Oman Green Awards, as blogged about by Maurizio over on Oman Collective Intelligence. The awards are, "a platform to honour and appreciate such outstanding environmental vision, endeavours, initiatives and achievements".This is a great initiative in concept and hopefully will help to promote the very real need to reduce waste, especially here in Oman. Except they (the organizers) stumbled at the first block... the invitation for this event is printed on thick shiny glossy paper and came…
  • Muscat Buy or Sell on facebook is hacked.

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Well I guess it was going to happen eventually, the massively popular Muscat Buy or Sell facebook group page has been hacked, and members of the group for the last week or more have been subjected to constant spamming of mostly porn links to websites that will install a virus on your computer.People are leaving the group in droves, and now there is somewhere new to go: Muscat Sell or Buy. Exactly the same group concept, and nearly the exact same name.So, if you're looking to flog something, or buy something, check out Muscat Sell or Buy and join it today!le fin.
  • MRFC and Muscat Storm upcoming fixtures

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
      The HMS Northumberland is in town, or about to be, I don't really know. But what I do know is that the MRFC are playing HMS Northumberland at their temporary grounds at the Oman Club (in Al Khuwair behind the bowling alley / IBIS hotel) this Sunday 21st of September at 6:40pm. Post match celebrations will be held in the Habana sports bar at the Grand Hyatt, Muscat.And as it turns out, the Muscat Storm are also facing up to HMS Northumberland in a friendly game also this Sunday at 6:30pm at the Sultan Schools pitch.And another late addition, the Muscat Foxes (expat hockey team) will…
  • Open Mic night

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mackenzies Cafe & Deli are having an Open Mic night tomorrow night between 7:30 and 9:30. Nothing major, but if you fancy getting up and singing or playing something, then here's a chance to do it for free.You can call Mackenzies on +968 9777 6111 with any questions you have about tomorrow night!All are welcome!le fin.
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • Never Stop Searching

    Russell Ward
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    At 23, I worked in a job going nowhere. At 25, I'd spent the best part of my early years in a place that didn't inspire me. At 27, I led a lifestyle that left me wanting for more.By 30, I had changed it all.In my twenties, I quickly realised I'd given up any control over my life. I only saw longing and regret stretching out before me.I needed to take the control back.I knew there was more to life and I wanted to discover my calling at work, home and play. I needed to go out into the wider world and find something different. Discover my true passion. Create the life that I desperately…
  • 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…
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    An update from The American Resident

  • Writer wish list

    Michelle Garrett
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    The American Resident Mine isn’t a blank anymore. What about yours? An unexpected gem I found at the few writers’ workshops and events I’ve attended is that if an agent likes a writers’ work, they want to impress the writer as much as the writer is trying to impress them. It’s not all about writers bribing agents with chocolate. (But agents, please do tell me your favourite so I make sure to stick that in the envelope…) There are a lot of Agent and Editor Wish Lists around. There’s even a website that has collected together wish list tweets…
  • Writing a novel is really hard work

    Michelle Garrett
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    The American Resident Cake = my novel Writing a novel is really hard work. Don’t laugh. I know that sounds whiney (and obvious). But, I thought that if I had my act together, you know, got really organised, prioritised my novel like I would any job (that’s why you know I’m in but I don’t answer my door–I’m working) and churned out 2000 words a day according to my carefully plotted outline then the novel might unfold more easily. Not easy, but more easily, as in straightforward. I keep stopping. Adjusting. Thinking of an even better way of saying what I…
  • 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.
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    Pass the Ham

  • Breaking: Expat Blogger Goes on the Lam After Spaniards Threaten to Eat Her Newborn

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Pass the HamEFE – Madrid September, 2015. American expat sometimes blogger, Hamatha, has been found alive and well after her disappearance in the early summertime. When asked about her mysterious whereabouts, the sometimes writer described her absence from the online world as a … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • For the Love of Lucca

    21 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    Pass the HamItaly has always had me by the you-know-whats. Pardon my crudeness. It’s just that no matter how hard I try, I just can’t find one damn thing wrong with this country (well, except for Naples). Sure, I know that every … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Those Who Carry Virgins

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Pass the HamIn honor of semana santa and the fact that I have absolutely no time lately, I’m going to do a repost from last year, which, now that I think about it, might have been a repost from 2012. Anyway, I … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Madrid Metro Adventures, Act 1, Scene 1

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:53 am
    Pass the HamSCENE: Metro Madrid Subway, Nuevos Ministerios Station TIME: Post Real Madrid Game, Saturday, approximately 11:30 p.m. OBSERVING CHARACTERS: Hamatha, Husband, Visiting Brother and Sister-in-law ACTIVE CHARACTERS: Crazy, Wide-Eyed Foreign Man Mysterious Ditzy Girl in Red with ornery hair bow Dramatic … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Springtime Blooms in Madrid’s el Parque de los Quintos

    7 Mar 2014 | 2:57 am
    Pass the HamCan you feel it? Yep, that’s springtime in Madrid. Let’s all take a moment and wave our hands in the air and grin like silly gooses, okay?  Then, let’s all do a collective internet cloud-based, fist pump or two. Ready? … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • You just don’t see this in the city

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Some things are a bit different here in the countryside of France. For instance, how many cities offer a calf as a prize? Here in La Clusaz, it’s a regular thing. You might remember the raffle last year, and now, if you guess the right weight of this calf, she’s yours. She’s worth €200, and if more than one person guesses the weight, the winners share the prize. I’m not quite sure how you share a calf. I guess you take a share of the money instead. Or, as a French friend suggested, meat tray time! Hang on, hang on. Don’t get too worried just yet. For a start,…
  • Notre Dame du Haut – a designer church

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    What you’re looking at is a chapel designed by Franco-Swiss designer Le Corbusier. Standing on a hill in Ronchamp, Notre Dame du Haut was finished in 1954, replacing a chapel that had been destroyed during the Second World War. The site has been religious for a very long time: the building before the destroyed chapel was a fourth-century chapel. The grounds have some old graves in one tiny corner of the land, and some old foundations of what was perhaps the old chapel are visible not far from the current chapel. The bells are on the outside, dangling from a metallic support further away…
  • Champagne bottle cap collection is a thing

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    This sign translates to ‘Swap meet for Champagne bottle caps’. Yes, that’s apparently a thing. Really? Champagne caps? Forget stamp collecting or coin swapping; here in France, it’s all about the booze. I’ve seen the caps at vide greniers and wondered if anyone ever buys them. Apparently, there is an interest! Who knew? It’s apparently popular enough to warrant an advertisement on the welcome board at the entrance of La Clusaz. Yes, on the 5th of October, you too can swap all those champagne lids you’ve collected with fellow enthusiasts. I’ll…
  • 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…
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  • Point & Shoot: The scramble to school

    Aisha Ashraf
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The weather has steadily grown more humid in the past week, as if to taunt us. The first day of school dawned a sticky 30 degrees on the humidex... The post Point & Shoot: The scramble to school appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • 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.
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  • Banks Rapped Over Short-Changing PPI Complainers

    Jim Atkins
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Banks and credit card companies must reopen more than 2.5 million payment protection insurance compensation cases to make sure they have paid customers enough cash for misselling them worthless cover. The Financial Conduct Authority has accused the banks and credit card companies of short-changing customers seeking compensation. The regulator says too many claims were unfairly rejected or paid too little to settle their complaints. Martin Wheatley, chief executive officer, at the FCA, said: “These financial institutions have to rebuild the trust of their customers and making sure anyone who…
  • European Workers Pay 45% Of Their Wages In Tax

    Jim Atkins
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Tax freedom day – the time when average workers have earned enough cash to pay their annual tax bills in full – are falling later in the year as governments demand more money to try to balance their deficits. In Europe, the average Belgians take until August 6 to discharge their tax burden, while Cypriots celebrate tax freedom on March 21. Research by the Molinari Economic Institute (MEI), based in Brussels, calculated the average tax paid by workers in each European Union nation and found a wide variation of how big a slice of their wages governments took. The average rate for direct…
  • NHS Pensions in Total Disarray, QROPS May Help

    Lisa Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    To add to the misery of NHS pension holders – some who have witnessed a benefit reduction of up to 13% in just 10 years – an error in pension statement production has resulted in many GP’s being informed that they have exceeded their annual tax allowances by thousands of pounds. Around a quarter of all statements issues for 2013/14 have been mistakenly issued as ‘final’ bills stating that benefit growth has exceeded the annual allowance, and that new tax liabilities have been calculated. This gaffe has created yet more panic amongst NHS staff, already concerned by retirement age…
  • Moving Abroad Checklist For Expats

    Jim Atkins
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    It’s easy for an expats heart to rule their head when planning to move to a home in a new country, but it’s important to sort out your finances and personal affairs in the UK before you go. To help, here’s a checklist of some of the thinks you should consider before you go: Get a state pension estimate online Check if you state pension will be frozen at the rate of the first payment or index-linked Britain has agreements to pay index-linked state pension payments with Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,…
  • Entrepreneurs Know Little About Business Finance

    Jim Atkins
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Nearly 2 million businesses want money to invest over the next six months, but few are aware of the available funding options. Research by financial firm Aviva shows a third of entrepreneurs do not understand alternative business finance options, and 29% were unaware the funding options were available. Sole traders were the least aware of how to raise cash to grow their businesses. Around 80% confessed they did not understand or were unaware of their options. Only a fifth of entrepreneurs agreed they would look at alternative finance for their business, while 40% said they would rather deal…
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  • EU court rules against Spanish inheritance tax discrimination

    Louise Baldwin
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Expats with properties in Spain and holiday home owners are to benefit by an EU court ruling allowing them the same range of tax relief options as Spanish citizens. Discrimination against non-residents as regards tax liabilities has long been an issue amongst UK expat property owners who spend time in both countries. By the use of tax... Expats Blog -
  • Survey reveals most investors have problems with financial jargon

    Steph MacDonald
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to the UK government’s Money Advice Service, most investors and pension savers have difficulties understanding financial jargon. Almost 90 per cent of those surveyed admitted they didn’t read the small print before signing up to investments or funds. Worse still, the majority had no understanding of the acronyms used by... Expats Blog -
  • Will UK politics interfere with pension freedoms after general election

    Steph MacDonald
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Insurers and financial experts are holding meetings behind closed doors to discuss the possibility of a Labour win next May derailing last March’s budget changes to pension withdrawals. Most pension savers as well as expats have welcomed the new pension freedom measures allowing them to withdraw or transfer their savings without having... Expats Blog -
  • Expats in UAE shunning local banks for offshore accounts

    Steph MacDonald
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A recent study has revealed that almost 50 per cent of expats working in the UAE prefer to put their savings in offshore bank accounts rather than in UAE banks. The survey, undertaken annually by an emirate-based financial comparison website, showed that 48 per cent of respondents were happier saving their spare cash in home country or... Expats Blog -
  • Singapore to introduce mandatory driving tests for expats

    Louise Baldwin
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Singapore’s driving rules and regulations are due for an overhaul, with new laws due to take effect from June 2015. Mandatory driving tests will be introduced for all foreign workers whose job includes driving commercial vehicles, and the tests will be backed up by a basic theory exam. Employees holding work permits or the Singapore... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • under the skin

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    There is a splinter in my thumb, but I cannot find it. As the skin touches a coffee cup, I know something is there. Digging into the skin with the point of a pin I find nothing. It is a phantom, still there. I make E's sandwich, slicing it on the diagonal, almost forgetting a box of juice.The lunchbox in her hands, she stares up at me in the elevator."Pop, my throat has a bad taste." She whispers.I nod."Let's see if it goes away." I tell her as we go outside.Living here has brought me to doubt everything.Later she calls me. I need to come and get her, she is actually getting sick.Downstairs,…
  • the princess and Potempkin

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    I don't know when the windows changed. I had grown to ignore the velvet displays, empty in the early morning when I walked E to school. In the afternoon, yes there were diamonds blinking in the shadows. I never saw people going into the Princess jewelry store. There was a plaque on the corner of the building, reminding any passerby that Eduard Tisse had been born there, the cameraman for Eisenstein on films like Strike, and the Battleship Potemkin. Sometimes I wondered if anyone in the street knew who he was besides me. On this stretch of sidewalk there are mothers with babies in strollers,…
  • 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…
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    Cartus Blog

  • Cartus Crisis Management: Working Behind the Scenes

    Larry Post
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With offices as well as clients, customers, and suppliers in every corner of the world, Cartus is acutely aware of the need to be able to communicate information quickly and clearly. And when that information concerns emergency preparedness planning, its coherent and timely dissemination is vitally important. Whether it is climate-related events or political upheaval, a national or worldwide pandemic or workplace violence, preparedness planning is crucial. The Cartus Crisis Management team meets regularly to share information, discuss and plan for potential crises—both large and small—and…
  • International Assignment Cost Projections: What Managers Need to Know

    L. Sean Raney
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Along with the importance of finding the right talent for the right jobs, global relocation managers have one mandate constantly drumming in their ears: cost. According to recent Cartus benchmark research studies, cost is the number one challenge facing global mobility practitioners and their programs, and cost containment is one of the top priorities organizations are most interested in improving. Upfront assignment planning also ranked in the top three. Fortunately, there’s a way to address both cost concerns and solid assignment planning to arrive at a good balance for companies: through…
  • Cartus Global Spotlight: Relocating to Iceland

    Agata Bondarczuk
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Famous for its hot springs, geysers and active volcanoes, the Republic of Iceland is a wonderful country that I recently had the pleasure of visiting, and I wanted to share my experiences in Cartus’ Global Spotlight series. My trip to the country’s capital city of Reykjavik was in support of the increasing number of international assignees whom Cartus is assisting with their relocations to Iceland. Iceland Overview I was interested to observe that Iceland has a combination of Northern European and American characteristics, with Scandinavian influences in culture and art, and American-size…
  • Relocation Tips and Trends for China-Based HR Experts

    Dan Shao
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With multinational companies continuing to look to China for new market growth, plenty of information exists about the trends and challenges businesses face when relocating key talent into China, but less information can be found about how companies in China are managing their mobility programs: where they are moving, what their patterns of talent growth are, and what kinds of issues they face. Cartus recently hosted a meeting in Ningbo for the leading China-based HR leaders, and we conducted a relocation pulse survey to learn more. Relocation Trends Leading companies in China have seen an…
  • What’s the ROI of Cross-Cultural and Language Training?: Webinar

    Patrice Heinzer
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Are you an international HR professional who is juggling the needs of assignees with the pressure to contain costs? If so, you are likely being asked to justify an initial investment in cross-cultural and language training. The experts at Cartus will help provide a new perspective on measuring the ROI from assignees receiving these benefits. Join us for our September 16  eLearning, ROI of Cross Cultural & Language Training, where we’ll discuss: •  Demonstrating and identifying ROI in Cross-Cultural and Language Training programs •  Information to determine and measure best…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question

    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.
  • 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.
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  • Cadogan Tate offers support to Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Saatchi Gallery in London will play host to 'Be Inspired' on the 1st October, an art auction and party to raise vital funds for The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. Cadogan Tate is a proud supporter for the event. Over 100 pieces of contemporary art will be auctioned online on the Paddle8 website (click here to view the lots online), the top 10-15 lots will be transferred to the live auction on the night of the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery with the profits of the sale going to the Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. Children & the Arts engages with…
  • Global growth continuing - great news for expats moving abroad

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to the OECD, a moderate growth is taking place across the majority of advanced and expanding economies. This news will delight expats considering moving to the USA, the UK and Canada, where the rate of unemployment is likely to be reduced. The news forms part of the OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Interim Economic Assessment Report, which monitors the growth and development of the global economy. Presenting the report in Paris on 15th September, OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist Rintaro Tamaki commented: “The global economy is…
  • Switzerland dominates in Global Competitiveness Report

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Competitiveness Report, which assesses the competitiveness of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. Amongst the ‘pillars’ that the 144 countries are measured against, are: infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, higher education, labour market efficiency, financial market development, market size, business sophistication and innovation. It is very little surprise that Switzerland is at the top of the table, having been the leader in the report for the past 5 years and ranking in…
  • Finding your dream job and moving to Canada is about to get easier

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Expats moving to Canada from the UK have never had much of an uphill challenge when applying for a work visa. In the last few years there have been numerous changes to the various immigration programs set out by the Canadian government in order to welcome skilled workers into the country. In August, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced a boost of over $3.3 million to the Government's budget for improving foreign credential recognition so that internationally trained professionals can get jobs in their fields faster. The funding will…
  • How to get a Green Card when moving to America

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Applying for a visa to work in a foreign country can seem very daunting. However, the majority of countries are taking active steps to welcome expats and make it as easy as possible for people to apply for visas. The USA is a good example of a country that has a number of different ways for an expat to gain residency. Here we take a look at the most popular route, the Green Card. If you are moving to the USA and have been offered permanent employment, your new employer will need to 'sponsor' you in order for your visa application to be processed. This is a multi-staged process but begins with…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • Wordless Wednesday #12 on Friday :-)

    Tina Ernspiker
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Sawyer is enjoying fresh coconut juice at Tikal, Guatemala after a long, hot, Maya day :-)  Welcome to my NEW Wordless Wednesday! No more linkups on Wordless Wednesday on Los Gringos Locos. Why? Because it was becoming a rat race! Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #12 on Friday :-) Los Gringos Locos.
  • My Son is Screaming, Give Me Earplugs

    Tina Ernspiker
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America 10:42 pm – Ugh. My son is screaming, give me earplugs! I am sitting on the couch in my in-laws living room, while Brad tries to sleep on the air mattress on the floor. Tristan is in his crib screaming Continue reading → My Son is Screaming, Give Me Earplugs Los Gringos Locos.
  • Wordless Wednesday #11 – Wanderlust

    Tina Ernspiker
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America My little man running through Palenque, the Maya city, Mexico, 2014 Welcome to my NEW Wordless Wednesday! No more linkups on Wordless Wednesday on Los Gringos Locos. There are plans in the works for a parenting and homeschool linkup on Tuesdays… Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #11 – Wanderlust Los Gringos Locos.
  • Our First Trip Back to Kentucky, USA

    Tina Ernspiker
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America It was a long 38 hours on the road! We could not afford five plane tickets, so we drove 2000 miles from Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico to Springfield, Kentucky, USA. We bought a tent at Costco before we left and we Continue reading → Our First Trip Back to Kentucky, USA Los Gringos Locos.
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  • 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…
  • Hong Kong’s Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

    Jan Blanton
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    As I waited for the car’s temperature gauge to sink below 102 today (it never did), I tried to transport myself back to our trip to see Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Budda Statue and the Po Lin Monastery.  It’s (obviously) AKA THE BIG BUDDHA.  When it’s so hot outside, it’s always fun to think of times when you were cold. Like frigid. Like being so cold you were tying to think of a time way back when it was 102 degrees outside. Wait. I guess you know where I’m headed with that one… We visited the notorious statue (well, notorious since 1993) in December…
  • 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…
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