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  • 78-year-old expatriate at ease after blood money paid

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    A 78-year old Pakistani national expressed relief that he has paid off the blood money (diya) after three years of suffering from litigation procedures. Gulzar Bhatti had met with a car accident involving an Iranian family three years ago that required him to pay SR 20,000 as blood money to save his life from execution. Bhatti called Arab News to inform that he had paid off the blood money and ...
  • Bananas, Sardines and Sharks

    International Herald Tribune
    Saskia De Rothschild
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Before our favourite smartphones, tablets, taxi apps and online stores there was the humble banana. This remarkable true story of a Cold War coup warns us that no matter how cheap and convenient our stuff is, there is always a price to pay. The title Bananas, Sardines and Sharks is a reference to The Shark and the Sardines, one of the first accounts written about the Guatemalan coup, by Jacobo Arbenz’s predecessor Juan José Avéralo, and the first to accuse the American government of being involved.
  • New Year New Home?

    British Expatriate Community
    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    That’s another Christmas done and dusted. Your weight in turkey eaten; presents bought, wrapped, unwrapped (and in some cases taken back to the shops); dodgy Christmas TV watched. Ever think you’d like to do it differently one year? Maybe this year? Well, with the currency markets as they are now, you might be tempted. Because as we welcome in a new year, it’s with the news that GBPEUR recently moved to its highest level since 2008. For those who have made it their new year’s resolution to move abroad, sterling strength against the euro is in their favour and will mean their money…
  • A Birthday Song

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
  • Iguana in the bathroom in Rincon Puerto Rico

    Rincon Puerto Rico
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    An iguana snuck into our bedroom while we prepared  between guests.  The cleaning lady is terrified of lizards, and this iguana is the Godzilla  of the lizards.  During the dry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 78-year-old expatriate at ease after blood money paid

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    A 78-year old Pakistani national expressed relief that he has paid off the blood money (diya) after three years of suffering from litigation procedures. Gulzar Bhatti had met with a car accident involving an Iranian family three years ago that required him to pay SR 20,000 as blood money to save his life from execution. Bhatti called Arab News to inform that he had paid off the blood money and ...
  • Expats eagerly await kick-offAWAY VIEWING: Foreigners in Malaysia will be supporting their teams with a touch of home

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    EXPATRIATE football fans in Malaysia are all set to follow the the month-long World Cup here.
  • Employers reluctant to allow free movement of expats

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
     THE Council of Ministers recently announced that withholding the passports and other official documents of expatriates by their employers is a legal violation. Many Saudi sponsors continue to withhold the passports and official documents of their expatriate employees to ensure they enter and exit the country on their terms. Hamed Saeed said there should be legal ramifications for expatriates ...
  • What to do if you win 2 cars or 5 kilos of gold?

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The 27-year-old from Chongqing, a port city by the Yangtze River in China, was recently declared winner of two luxury cars and Dh100,000 in the Dubai Shopping Festival's Infiniti Mega Raffle. Zhang, who works as an administrative assistant at a cargo clearance company in Dubai is a believer in luck. Before she moved to Dubai only eight months ago, she had spent quite a lot of money on raffle ...
  • Poser over expat's right to native justice

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Penampang: The Native Court here postponed the hearing of a case summoned by a British expatriate who had lived in Sabah for 50 years with permanent resident status until he has satisfied his eligibility to appear in the native court.
 
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    International Herald Tribune

  • Bananas, Sardines and Sharks

    Saskia De Rothschild
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Before our favourite smartphones, tablets, taxi apps and online stores there was the humble banana. This remarkable true story of a Cold War coup warns us that no matter how cheap and convenient our stuff is, there is always a price to pay. The title Bananas, Sardines and Sharks is a reference to The Shark and the Sardines, one of the first accounts written about the Guatemalan coup, by Jacobo Arbenz’s predecessor Juan José Avéralo, and the first to accuse the American government of being involved.
  • Can Charlie Hebdo Save Francois Hollande’s presidency?

    Saskia De Rothschild
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    From Le Monde/Worldcrunch- PARIS — What just happened? This question, which is still on everybody’s lips after Sunday’s historic rallies, goes beyond the three days of massacres that have shaken France, and also applies to its president. François Hollande has indeed seen an astounding reversal of fortunes. His popularity was stuck at its lowest levels just a week ago, but after these events, the Socialist Party president, though not redeemed yet, has been propelled to the front of an unprecedented political movement he couldn’t have dreamed of. As someone close to him even admitted,…
  • ‘Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation’

    Saskia De Rothschild
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money making. Shelley, 62, is the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University. She is the author of “Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism”, which was published last July. This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014…
  • Making It in the Desert Kingdom

    Saskia De Rothschild
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    From The Economist- Sweet-toothed locals cheered when Mars, the American candymaker, opened its first factory in Saudi Arabia in December. The kingdom’s policy-makers cheered too. It was a sign of progress in their drive to create a more extensive and sophisticated manufacturing industry as a way of reducing dependence on oil, which accounts for 45% of G.D.P. and 80% of government revenues. Manufacturing’s share of G.D.P. has long been stuck at around 10%, and much of that has involved making pretty basic stuff such as bulk chemicals. For all the country’s huge reserves of cheap crude,…
  • Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

    Saskia De Rothschild
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine A new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that is gripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heartbeat or analyze potential skin conditions to augment normal healthcare. With recent advances in technology, visits by patients to Germany’s well provisioned physical therapy centers may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, they may find themselves completing their therapy at home — in front of their televisions. The respected Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin has…
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  • New Year New Home?

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    That’s another Christmas done and dusted. Your weight in turkey eaten; presents bought, wrapped, unwrapped (and in some cases taken back to the shops); dodgy Christmas TV watched. Ever think you’d like to do it differently one year? Maybe this year? Well, with the currency markets as they are now, you might be tempted. Because as we welcome in a new year, it’s with the news that GBPEUR recently moved to its highest level since 2008. For those who have made it their new year’s resolution to move abroad, sterling strength against the euro is in their favour and will mean their money…
  • Things to Consider Before Job Hunting Abroad

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Working overseas tends to be an attractive prospect for many jobseekers (especially if that thought coincides with a rainy day in England). You might have worked at overseas locations as part of your UK-based job and got a taste for working internationally, acting as the catalyst of your search for a full-time position. Finding a job abroad is similar to finding a job domestically; it can be tough but with determination and the right research, you can make your dream of working abroad come true. It’s clear the benefits of international work experience can be huge in furthering your…
  • A List of Financial Terms for Every Expat

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The more globalized the world has become, the more important it is for expatriates to have a basic understanding of international financial issues. The special considerations expats should take into account can help expatriates avoid scams, lose money, or avoid excessive costs. Regardless of whether you are planning on moving abroad, you will be moving abroad, or even if you are living abroad, you should know certain basic terms and financial options. Making good planning decisions (and not skipping the planning portion) can help you reach your financial goals, as well as, keep you safe while…
  • Spending Christmas Abroad?

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, preparations are well underway. Finishing off the Christmas shopping (or if you’re me, only just thinking about starting), putting up the tree, watching mindless but oh-so-satisfying films on the TV, getting the festive food and drink in, work Christmas party… It all goes to make up what is for me, a great British Christmas. I don’t even mind if it rains a bit. “I LOVE CHRISTMAS AT HOME. BUT MAYBE THAT’S BECAUSE I’VE NEVER TRIED ONE ABROAD. MAYBE ONE YEAR, I SHOULD MIX IT UP A BIT. MAYBE YOU WILL TOO.” I wouldn’t have Christmas any…
  • Letters from the Atlantic: The Non-Designer Christmas Tree

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    We are often told that “design is everything” and it is certainly true that if a product is appealing to the eye, functional and works as intended, sales may react accordingly. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the other pre-Christmas nonsense aside, I enjoy looking at Christmas trees and decorations. Stepping inside a shopping centre, large stores and small shops can be a feast to the eye with beautifully designed, co-ordinated Christmas trees adorned with bows, balls and tinsel. On December 6 each year, our Christmas tree appears for the festive season. Those who see our tree will…
 
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • A Birthday Song

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
  • Danny at Six

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    My BoyMy darling Daniel.  He loves Minecraft, WWE, his trampoline, and spraying whipped cream straight from the can into his mouth. He loves our cat Bart and just this week scooped him up and kissed him when he thought no one was watching. He's incredibly bright, bringing home report cards crammed full of excellent grades, which is all his own doing. I can't take credit for any of that. He's perceptive, headstrong, guarded, shy, loving and funny. So funny, with the most infectious laugh.We still knock heads a lot. Me wanting to make him do things and him refusing. Things like homework,…
  • Daniel's 6th (in pictures)

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    There's so much I want to say but I'm so tired my knees are aching. Daniel, I believe, just had the best 24 hours of his life with friends, celebrating his birthday. So I'm going to post a load of pictures today and write my letter to him tomorrow.  And after entertaining 9 kids for 24 hours I'm going to do 2 things:  (1) drink a large glass of wine (2) nothing.I have to say that getting phone calls and presents from grandparents and family and friends in England meant a lot to him, so thank you. And also, one of the highlights of his day was that he got to Facetime Linda. That was…
  • A Picture I Like

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    I Googled "how to look your best in a photograph" and I think it helped. Finally a picture of me I like. The secrets? Wear dark clothes that are not baggy or bulky, hands on hips, away from body, and chin up.Oh, and stand next to something awesome.
  • Minecraft Quilt

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Minecraft quilt is finished! It has 122 squares and a bright green flannel backing with black polka-dot binding. It's about 45" x 60".I cheated when I made the creeper's face, by just laying out the 5" fabric squares on a section of interface and ironing them on, then sowing the back hems. I did that to make sure all the squares on the face lined up exactly, since (if you look closely) you'll see that I don't do a great job of lining up the squares.I'd really like to give this quilt as a gift to a young family member, if I can persuade my boys to let it go. My plan is to make a quilt for…
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    Rincon Puerto Rico

  • Iguana in the bathroom in Rincon Puerto Rico

    18 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    An iguana snuck into our bedroom while we prepared  between guests.  The cleaning lady is terrified of lizards, and this iguana is the Godzilla  of the lizards.  During the dry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rincon Puerto Rico Beachfront Villa Walk Through

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    rincon Puerto Rico luxury beachfront villa In Rincon Puerto Rico, Villa Orleans is a one acre villa with 865 ft of linear beachfront. This beach villa is surrounded by a cement wall, padded with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beachfront Home Rincon Puerto Rico

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Who has time to eat, when waves are breaking this pretty. This beach villa is for sale.   Its 3 houses, with 8 bedrooms have slept up to 20 persons. This beach home is surrounded by a cement... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Visit Rincon Puerto Rico in May

    27 Feb 2014 | 9:36 am
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  • Rincon Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:56 am
    March 28-April 3rdBring your sun screen! Villa Orleans  is on the beach, outside the main busy area, so you can feel the peace and tranquility. It's perfect for paddle boarding,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • Portrait

    Clare
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Little Elephant has learned to draw faces. This is me when she was a baby and I had long hair. You can tell by my hair. It too her as long to draw each strand as it used to take me to brush!  
  • To write or not to write

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

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

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

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

  • Expat Chronicles Meets Audio

    Colin
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I have been lobbied to do a podcast for years. A lot of people digest information easier through their ears than their eyes. For some it is not just a preference, but a necessity. One of my best friends in St. Louis has a job where he is always driving a car. He has little time for reading, but he consumes an impressive amount of information through podcasts and audiobooks. After my interview with Richard McColl of Colombia Calling Radio, I committed to launching a podcast. I am making slow progress, but an Expat Chronicles podcast is in the cards. An audiobook for Mad Outta Me Head is in…
  • La Moradita: Epic Marketing FAIL in Peru

    Colin
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Inca Kola’s “La Moradita” has been an epic fail in Peru. One comparison is New Coke. In 1985, Coca-Cola had been waging a bitter battle with Pepsi during the Cola Wars of the 70s and 80s. Pepsi is sweeter while Coca-Cola has an acidic aftertaste. They removed the acidity for New Coke. Despite the overwhelming preference for New Coke in focus groups, an ugly, public backlash ensued. Maybe Southerners did not want their signature drink changed, or maybe consumers liked the acidity. The company launched “Coca-Cola Classic” alongside New Coke. As a young boy, I learned to…
  • 30 Days of Discipline Review

    Colin
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    A teaser from the introduction: 30 Days of Discipline is the boot camp. Discipline is the required outcome … You eliminate the bad habits that lead to laziness, sloth and gluttony and you replace those [with] habits that encourage success … Habit and routine are the cornerstones of success. No highly successful man got to the top by mere chance and haphazard, sporadic actions – only through steady habit and daily activities does one cultivate ultimate success of their goals. Forming a habit or routine is a matter of discipline … The little habits make all the big…
  • Mad Outta Me Head Published

    Colin
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    The Mick book is finished. Buy Mad Outta Me Head on Amazon: amzn.to/1w0MJno Buy the PDF here: madouttamehead.com I set up the Mad Outta Me Head website not only to sell the PDF, but also to provide extra, in-depth looks at themes from the book. For example, there was a major prison riot during Christopher’s incarceration at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. He did not play an active role in it, so I move the story along. But at the end of that chapter in the book, I insert this link for those who want to know more about “The Joy” during his stay:…
  • Vote for the Mad Outta Me Head cover

    Colin
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    UPDATE: The poll is over. The Colombian flag design by dvo won. I ultimately did not choose my favorite, the hanging skeleton, because it did not win the poll. Email that designer at vanja130493 at gmail dot com. I need your help. I am almost ready to publish The Mick‘s memoir, Mad Outta Me Head: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia. Will you rate the book cover designs? I need the best one because you know the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – well, nobody heeds that old adage. Everybody judges the cover and a better cover means…
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    CCクリームの効果

  • CCクリームのCCとは?

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    CCクリームのCCの意味をきちんと知っている人は意外と少ないです。 BBクリームの人気から、開発されたものであるCCクリームですが、 実はCCには正式名称がありません。 メーカーによって異なりますが、Color Controlの略や、 Color Conditionの略であることが多いです。 BBクリームはBlemish Balmの略で、気になる部分を守るクリームです。 元々は医療現場から生まれたクリームで、傷跡を隠すなどの、カバー力が高いクリームです。…
  • CCクリームは化粧下地としても使えるの?

    admin
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
 
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  • Keeping Calm

    ruthsplace
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Today I did something that I’ve been working towards for the last few  years. I submitted the thesis. Now I get to wait for a bit while the examiners read and evaluate it. I’m not celebrating just yet. In fact immediately after hitting the upload button on my computer (everything is electronic) I felt kind of ill. So I did what any self-respecting lover of yarn would do and picked up some yarny goodness to calm the nerves. Behold: Hippo has a butt. Colour is more accurate in this picture. I’m trying to get this finished before I head back to PNG as it will need to go across…
  • Surfacing

    ruthsplace
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I have a yarny finish. This was right down to the wire, but I finished it in time for Gorgeous Girl to carry on the plane with her back to PNG (I’m still in Australia sorting out a few things). Look at that face On the suitcase ready to go. Another angle. It’s smaller than the blue one I made. True to Gorgeous Girl form hippo has no name and will henceforth be known as “Pink Hippo”. She’s never really named any of her toys or dolls. Will leave you with a photo of Gorgeous Girl enjoying a summer downpour in north New South Wales a few weeks ago.
  • Christmas crocheting

    ruthsplace
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I hope you had a lovely Christmas celebrating with family and friends. We had a quiet day, but it was lovely and relaxing. On Christmas Eve we visited a local Anglican church for their Christmas Eve service. Gorgeous Girl got to be part of the nativity play. Here she is waiting to go up. Christmas crocheting has been delivered. Purple bunny and blue cat were a big hit with my nieces which was a relief. Gorgeous Girl received a new hat. Colours are a bit darker in real life, but it’s raining outside. Gorgeous Man received a seal. I’ve started working on Gorgeous Girl’s…
  • A hat

    ruthsplace
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    I’ve been busy formatting and rereading the thesis. Just the conclusion left to write and it will be ready for submission in January. Kind of both exciting and terrifying. In between that I’ve been working on some knitting, a lot of this has been done in the car (when Gorgeous Man has been driving of course). This is Wurm made from some handspun that I dyed the fibre for. Here’s the yarn. I asked Gorgeous Girl to model. She was not impressed and said she didn’t want to wear that “silly looking hat.” She didn’t stay grumpy though. Gratuitous shot of…
  • A couple of finishes

    ruthsplace
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    This little guy took far longer to finish than s/he should have. I’m still on the fence in terms of a gender for this one. The giftee can decide. This is probably because I used a much smaller needle and hook than the pattern called for and s/he is teensy tiny. I’ve also finished a pair of socks. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy knitting socks. I never wear them here in PNG as it’s simply too hot year round.
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    Slow Travel in Europe and Beyond | CheeseWeb

  • Review: Belgin – Artisanal, Belgian Gin and Liqueurs

    Andrew
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This entry is part of 5 in the series CheeseWeb Drinks (Responsibly).Belgin – Belgian Gins Belgium is best known for beer, but Belgians are also producing some fabulous spirits. The new distiller, Belgin, produces two gins and two liqueurs and we recently gave them a taste. I write often about Belgium’s beer culture and extol the virtues Belgian beer’s quality. With this pedigree, it should come as no surprise Belgium also produces other types of alcohol. In fact, we’ve sampled Belgian vodka, bubbles, fruit wine, whiskey, gin, and a variety of other liqueurs. If you look…
  • Indulging in Wellness at 2 Spas and in South Tyrol, Italy

    Alison
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series South Tyrol.We review 2 spas in South Tyrol, Italy While the Arosea and Terme Merano spas, in South Tyrol, Italy, have different wellness philosophies, they both use the best regional products for their treatments. When we first moved to Belgium, we discovered European spa culture. At first, it was just a relaxing way to spend the day together. However, over time, we began to see the benefits to our own mental and physical wellness. The ability to unwind, unplug, relax, and pamper ourselves from time to time gives us both mental clarity and physical…
  • Our 7 Favourite Travel Documentary Series

    Alison
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Our Top 7 Travel Series Today we share our 7 favourite travel documentary series to inspire your slow travel adventures abroad or right at home. Even when we aren’t on the road, we’re still thinking about travel. We talk about travel, we read travel books and websites, and look over maps, planning our next big adventure. One of our favourite things to do together, besides actually travelling, is watching travel documentaries. Over the past few years, we’ve watched many travel programs on destinations around the world. One thing we’ve discovered is, by far, the BBC produces the best…
  • 24 hours in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

    Alison
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series South Tyrol.24 Hours in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy Could there be a better way to pass 24 hours in Bolzano, Italy, than exploring vibrant markets and colourful streets, and eating delicious South Tyrolean food? We think not. Last spring, we explored the tiny, mountainous region of South Tyrol in northern Italy. To us, it was an undiscovered paradise with stunning landscapes, beautiful wines, and delicious local produce. Our short time in the area was enough for us to fall in love and vow to return to South Tyrol. We just had no idea our return would…
  • 10 Signs You Know Too Much About Belgian Beer

    Andrew
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Belgium in a Glass.Do you know too much about Belgian beer? Is it possible to know too much about Belgian beer? Find out if you’re a Belgian beer snob with our 10 signs you know too much about Belgian beer.  When I started this series about Belgian beer, I did it for two reasons: to learn more about beer myself and to make Belgian beer more approachable for others. However, there comes a point when perhaps you’ve had a bit too much ‘education’. I fear the day when I tip the scales and become a total beer snob. I’m…
 
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  • it’s tulip time!

    BLOGitse
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
        and   Mandarin Orange Monday time!            Have a good week ahead!    
  • white and white

    BLOGitse
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
      One day I was listening the radio and doodling with watercolors. These details look like one work….     but it’s not true.   Macro shooting is great way to create new worlds… This is how it really looks.     Paint Party Friday     Snow is nature’s own paint…     Geometric Friday     Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. be sure you have name/URL option to leave a comment if you want mine, thanks!  
  • mom – it’s orange #125

    BLOGitse
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
      It’s time to mom again!       Mandarin Orange Monday     This is the original photo – yellow, blue fabric…(little bit sharpened)…       Have a good week!    
  • blue and mini

    BLOGitse
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
        I promised to show you my latest acrylic paintings -   here’s one,   ‘blue dream’       Paint Party Friday       details of ‘blue dream’     Geometric Friday is (should be) back after holidays.   This doodle is just 1 cm / 0.4 in each side – so it can be called minidoodle         Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   PLEASE   be sure you have name/URL option to leave a comment, if you want mine, thanks! I LOVE interaction!    
  • painting, drawing and doodling

    BLOGitse
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
      It was fun to paint with acrylics again! None of them is ready yet but I’ll show them one day…   Left hand, right hand drawing, pencils, markers, ink…without any plan or goal. That’s called ‘doodling’…   I learned new term ‘zentangle’. That is too strict for me but doodling is fun (I’ve done that all my life but didn’t know it has a name)   Some Finnish bloggers are doodling a lot right now!   Like these: SusuPetal, Sirokko      Paint Party Friday         It’s been…
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    Bleeding Espresso

  • One-Word Theme for 2015: FORZA!

    michelle
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    My daughter’s first full year outside the womb went by so fast, and luckily for all of us, my one-word theme for 2014 held up well. The word was “salute,” which put a focus firmly on health this past year. Throughout the year, I took daily walks with my little one and got scolded several times for having her out in such weather — too hot, too cold, too windy, you name it and I was wrongwrongwrong. You can read more about everything I don’t know about being a mother (according to locals) at Baby Espresso. The walks gave both of us some fresh air and me some time to just be quiet…
  • Finding Your Own Path via WTF

    michelle
    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

    michelle
    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!

    michelle
    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

    michelle
    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…
 
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    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • Here’s some frightening honesty, courtesy of the US Congress

    Simon Black
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    January 30, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile A member of my staff caught an obscure resolution that was introduced in the US House of Representatives last week—Resolution no. 41. The fact that there was essentially no coverage of this Resolution really shows how the mainstream media is completely turning a blind eye to the true fiscal situation of the United States of America. The entire point of the resolution is to say that the federal government is broke. It can’t pay its own bills, and therefore is shouldn’t be responsible to pay anyone else’s either. It doesn’t’ take a…
  • How you can avoid dying as property of the state

    Simon Black
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    January 30, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile The Japanese are known for being great savers and for prioritizing family ties. So it’s particularly important for them to make sure that their savings get passed along to their children. It’s part of human nature to want to pass along our knowledge and our wealth to our offspring so that they can have better lives. Sadly for Japanese citizens, their government is a miserable saver, and has accumulated the greatest public debt in proportion to GDP in the world. Struggling to pay off that debt, they are trying to milk the savings from their…
  • Another step down the long, slow road to IRA nationalization

    Simon Black
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    January 29, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Let’s take a brief walk into financial reality for a moment. At the time of this writing, the United States government’s official debt is nearly $18.1 trillion. Now, let’s look at who the biggest owners of that debt are: 1) Taxpayers of the United States. If you’ve held a job in the Land of the Free, 15.3% of your salary has gone to fund Social Security and Medicare. Each of these programs holds massive trust funds that are supposed to pay out beneficiaries, both present and future. Conveniently, the trust funds are required by law to buy…
  • 031: Another step down the long, slow road to IRA nationalization [AUDIO]

    Simon Black
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Today’s podcast talks about the obvious, looming threats to your retirement security, and the structures you can build to do something about it. I’ve also put together a free report about safeguarding your IRA; it’s a scaled down version of a premium report that I sent to our Sovereign Man: Confidential members recently, but it contains a lot of valuable information. You can download it here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sm-cdn/blackpapers/IRA+Report-free.pdf
  • In case it weren’t completely obvious, this is why banking is a total scam

    Simon Black
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    January 28, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile Last May, Mr. Wang from Hangzhou, China walked into a bank on Jiangpu Street in Nanjing, opened an account, and made a 12 million yuan deposit. The bank was new, but it didn’t look different from any other bank that Mr. Wang had been to. It had a giant vault, counters for the tellers, exchange and interest rates posted on the wall. And above all, it was very elegant. But after a few weeks, Mr. Wang stopped receiving the interest he’d been promised. When he tried to withdraw his money, the bank froze his deposit. So he went straight to the…
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    Czech Off the Beaten Path

  • Terezín and the Defiance to Live

    Sherry
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Hi Everyone, Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet army’s liberation of Auschwitz, with memorial services planned in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Poland. The Czech Republic will be represented at these services by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and three of his … Continue reading →
  • Welcome & Happy New Year!

    Sherry
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Hi Everyone, Welcome to Czech Off the Beaten Path’s new home! I announced the moved back in August, but didn’t have time to begin working on the move until today. It feels good to have this blog on it’s own … Continue reading →
  • Getting Ready to Move to My Own Site!

    Sherry
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Hi Everyone, For a long time I’ve been wanting to move Czech Off the Beaten Path to its own website. I finally took the plunge and bought the domain a couple of days ago. You can find the new site … Continue reading →
  • Welcome to Czech Off the Beaten Path’s New Home

    Sherry
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Hi Everyone, Welcome to Czech Off the Beaten Path’s new home! I’m in the process of moving from Blogger to this new WordPress site. It may take me a while to get everything up and running, but I’ll let you … Continue reading →
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Sherry
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Hi Everyone, After moving to the Czech Republic, people back home were shocked to learn that Czechs don’t celebrate the Fourth of July. This holiday is an important one in the U.S., but not in the Czech Republic. The 4th … Continue reading →
 
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Coach of the Month – Steffi Bärmann

    Margie
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Steffi Bärmann Title:  MSc (consecutive) in Business Administration, Associate Certified Coach (ICF), Certified Adult Educator (wba) Business Name:  think and Grow Client Testimonials:  http://www.thinkandgrow.eu/expatriatecoaching/ Niche/Specialties: –      Expat & Expat Partner Coaching –      The new Job – Coaching for the first 100 days –      Coaching for Managers in a Sandwich Position –      Leading and Working in Virtual Teams –      Train the Coach Expat Experience: I would rather call it “My geographical…
  • Coach of the Month: Steffi Bärmann

    Margie
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Steffi Bärmann Title:  MSc (consecutive) in Business Administration, Associate Certified Coach (ICF), Certified Adult Educator (wba) Business Name:  think and Grow Client Testimonials:  http://www.thinkandgrow.eu/expatriatecoaching/ Niche/Specialties: –      Expat & Expat Partner Coaching –      The new Job – Coaching for the first 100 days –      Coaching for Managers in a Sandwich Position –      Leading and Working in Virtual Teams –      Train the Coach Expat Experience: I would rather call it “My geographical…
  • Coach of the Month ~ Dominika Miernik

    Margie
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Name:  Dominika Miernik Title:  Career and Intercultural Coach, Italy Chartered Psychologist Business Name:  DM Coaching Client Testimonials:  http://dmcoaching.eu/referencje Niche/Specialties:  Career coaching, Career transition, Job search, Cross-Cultural Challenges Expat Experience:  I am from Poland, lived in Italy for 10 years where I completed my studies in Psychology.  Moved in the UK 4 years ago with my partner. Languages Spoken:  Polish, Italian, English Life Experience:  I am passionate about coaching, personal development, psychology and foreign languages.  Have…
  • Coach of the Month: Dominika Miernik

    Margie
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Name:  Dominika Miernik Title:  Career and Intercultural Coach, Italy Chartered Psychologist Business Name:  DM Coaching Client Testimonials:  http://dmcoaching.eu/referencje Niche/Specialties:  Career coaching, Career transition, Job search, Cross-Cultural Challenges Expat Experience:  I am from Poland, lived in Italy for 10 years where I completed my studies in Psychology.  Moved in the UK 4 years ago with my partner. Languages Spoken:  Polish, Italian, English Life Experience:  I am passionate about coaching, personal development, psychology and foreign languages.  Have…
  • Coach of the Month – Dominika Miernik

    Margie
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Name:  Dominika Miernik Title:  Career and Intercultural Coach, Italy Chartered Psychologist Business Name:  DM Coaching Client Testimonials:  http://dmcoaching.eu/referencje Niche/Specialties:  Career coaching, Career transition, Job search, Cross-Cultural Challenges Expat Experience:  I am from Poland, lived in Italy for 10 years where I completed my studies in Psychology.  Moved in the UK 4 years ago with my partner. Languages Spoken:  Polish, Italian, English Life Experience:  I am passionate about coaching, personal development, psychology and foreign languages.  Have…
 
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Just a quickie : Sunday to be a holiday

    Sythe
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    In light of the fact that the king of Saudi Arabia passed away this morning at 1am, the government of Oman has announced 3 days of mourning, meaning Sunday will be a public holiday. Return to work on Monday. le fin.
  • Lets Read charity fundraiser - Quiz

    Sythe
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Coming up next week is a fund raiser for the Let's Read charity campaign from Dar Al Atta. Essentially the Let's Read campaign is all about providing books and reading opportunities to those less fortunate here in Oman, I've been a fan for some time now.They're having a quiz night on Friday 30th January to help raise funds for their initiratives and this one should be fun:It's a quiz held at the Costain Club Dolphin centre pool deck. Essentially a pub quiz without calling it one. Entry into the quiz and dinner (fish & chips or rabbit food) is a tenner (RO 10) and this will also go to help…
  • MRFC 80's Party

    Sythe
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    First of all, I'd like to bring to everyone's attention the fact that the boys from MRFC have won their last 2 games in the last 2 weeks. 2 weeks ago saw MRFC defeat Doha 2nds 17-14, and last week saw a nearly historic victory of 55-24 against the Xodus Wasps from Dubai (1st's).You see, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi & Dubai have a lot more rugby-playing expats living (and thus playing) in their cities, and so fielding a team against these clubs has always been challenging, but not only has MRFC done this, they're actually winning - !!!Last year, the MRFC threw an epic Halloween party at the…
  • Muscat Storm V BSM U19 tonight at 7pm

    Sythe
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Local footy team, Muscat Storm have a friendly against the U19 BSM football team tonight at 7pm at their usual haunt in the Sultan School. So if you're keen to watch a bit of local footy, head on over to the Sultan School pitch tonight.le fin.
  • Getting a vasectomy in Oman!

    Sythe
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Regular readers here will know that I have 2 children, both born right here in Oman. I'm a lucky guy, but 2 kids for me is plenty - I don't want any more and I made my own personal decision to ensure as best that I can that I won't have any more kids.So I got a vasectomy.Which I have learned is not something many men here do. I get it, but each to their own. I'm not Omani, will never be Omani and will eventually have to leave Oman. Kids are expensive, and as I'm finding out, a lot of work. 2, for me, is plenty. It's funny because a lot of guys I have talked about this with are shocked I…
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • How Writing Saved Me

    Russell Ward
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    I was always envious of people who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. The kind of person that wants to be a doctor from an early age. Or the colleague with a career plan that takes them to the top.Whether it's a respect for this determined spirit or a deep-seated envy of their focus and drive, I often found myself wishing I was more like them. Less prone to dreaming and equipped with a rock-solid future plan.I never seemed able to work out what my plan was. The words "late starter" were often used around me as I emerged from my teens. Slow to get going but he'll figure it out.But I…
  • The Worst Advice You'll Ever Hear About Making Life-Changing Decisions

    Russell Ward
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    With every major life decision I've made, good and bad advice has been freely given.Moving to Canada in 2003, someone dear to me advised that family wouldn't forgive me for the move. I was told my girlfriend (now my wife) wasn't right for me. Assured that friends from home would abandon me.I'd be alone and left to live an unhappy life far from those I knew and cared about.Twelve years on, I'm still living abroad. Getting by. And friends and family continue to care.When I returned to university as a 28-year old, dissatisfied with my corporate career and the killer commute, I was advised I was…
  • 6 Reasons Why You Must Drop Everything To Travel The World

    Russell Ward
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    We all make New Year's resolutions we can't keep. A drunken promise, a throw-away comment, a non-committal remark. We quickly forget the resolution made or struggle to stay true to the words uttered on the stroke of midnight.So let's forget talk of resolutions as the New Year approaches.Instead, think about how you spent your time in 2014 and whether you achieved all that your heart desired. And if not, why not?Did you spend your days chained to a desk dreaming of vibrant city getaways but the dream never became a reality? Did you research the road trip by campervan across Europe but it…
  • 4 Ways Living Abroad Changes You Forever

    Russell Ward
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It was in the summer of 2002 that we first decided to move abroad. The kernel of an idea was already there but, during that summer, we began to turn an idea into reality.One year later and our first stop was Vancouver, Canada, where I turned my back on the corporate world and returned to student life. It was tough to begin with but things got easier as time went on. And we moved on.To Ottawa and a job with the government, a new set of friends, our first Canadian house and a more settled way of life. But we were young and so we grew restless.With the quest for travel and adventure still…
  • Never Stop Searching

    Russell Ward
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:16 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…
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    Expat Explorer

  • Mixing with the locals vs mixing with expats

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    To some, the idea of settling into a ‘home away from home’ will entail finding a group of like-minded people who are going through a similar process – other expats.  To others, the notion of staying in the ‘expat bubble’ can be a wasted opportunity to explore new people, cultures and customs. Our 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer survey revealed that expats are deeply torn on this debate.  44% of expats say they tend to go out with other expats more than the locals and in the world’s fast paced business centres, expats love nothing more than to share an evening with their expat…
  • A Different Perspective: Expat Life

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    As expats, we are all different.We are young, or we are old. We're with family, or alone. We've come for love, or money, or career, or adventure, or for all of these things. Our paths may never cross, but we are on the same journey.We have left everything we have ever known, for the unknown.Here, where we have moved to, everything seems new. And yet, when we return home, everything will have changed.‎Because we see things differently. We have a different perspective.‎And in this, we are all the sameWe are excited to announce the launch of our new video, ‘A Different Perspective: Expat…
  • The best destinations for the vegetarian expat

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    A huge advantage of being an expat is the opportunity to totally immerse yourself in a new culture – from work, to social life to the things that you’re eating; expat life is often a whirlwind of new experiences. We enjoy writing about all things food and it’s something that’s really important to consider as part of your expat experience – there’s no question that finding a spot where the local cuisine suits your tastes is a must! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, chances are you’ll be used to thinking outside the box when it comes to food - whether that’s cooking it…
  • Succeeding at work in a new country

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Becoming an expat opens the door not just to a different life, but also a different way of working. There are many reasons why people choose the adventure of moving abroad but often it can give many people the opportunity to carry on or progress in a career they love in a lifestyle that truly suits them. Last year’s Expat Explorer survey found this to be the case for over a third of expats: 38% said that they moved to take advantage of better job prospects – and more (40%) said that their work life balance had improved as a result.In cities that are especially fast-paced,…
  • City in Summary: Rome

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    As a centre of such rich military and religious history, Rome is a city with a wealth of vibrant culture and opportunities to explore.  The Vatican City boasts spectacular architecture, (with Michelangelo’s famous artwork displayed in the Sistine Chapel), and is one of the city’s top tourist attractions, whilst the impressive Colloseum depicts the wealth of imperial Roman architecture in the city.  As well as the city’s visual aesthetics, Rome also boasts some of the best of Italy’s famous cuisine. Predictably, in the 2014 expat survey, Italy was ranked 2nd for the best diet…
 
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • Switching to winter tyres in France

    Wendy
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Last year, I bought a new car. It has big tyres, so I looked at the cost of snow tyres and thinner wheels online, hoping it would be cheaper than in La Clusaz or Annecy. Undecided, I visited Norauto for advice. The guy was super helpful and provided three printed quotes. He offered a loyalty card with 15% off any purchase, bringing the total price down out to around the same as the online prices. “Just call the number on the paper if you want to book your car in,” he said. Too easy! It really was too easy to be true. It seems that my first Norauto experience was in some parallel…
  • Just a standard night out in Le Grand Bornand…

    Wendy
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Le Grand Bornand is marketed as a family ski resort. They even hold a week-long summertime kids’ festival, and provide all sorts of family entertainment throughout the year. So it’s no surprise there’s only one nightclub in town. Lalu Discotheque has been going for five or so years now, and it’s popular with the locals and tourists alike. The nightclub seems like a bit of a racy one (you might recall the smurf pubic hair flier). As you can see from this flier, there’s a sex toys party on tonight. What on earth happens at a sex toys party? Do they give out toys…
  • What a difference a day makes

    Wendy
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The French Alps have had a slow start to the ski season, with Christmas holiday-makers in La Clusaz limited to just a few small ski areas. My  visitors sought alternative entertainment, opting for the Titanic Exhibition in Geneva and the view from the top of La Salève (above), where paragliders were able to soar in the unseasonal mild conditions. Less than 24 hours later, Geneva (on the left in the photo above) was covered in a snowy blanket, and the Savoie region of France  ground to a halt. Roads to ski resorts were closed after midday. People had to abandon their cars and take overnight…
  • Does this make you want chocolate?

    Wendy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 am
    Just when you thought chocolate adverts in France couldn’t get any weirder (I’m thinking about the Kinder Maxi advert where a woman on a train offers a random kid some chocolate, while some lyrics “If we sleep together would it make it any better” play in the background), they did. Suchard chocolate have been doing their pre-Christmas marketing on television this week. They’ve tried to make chocolate sexy. It’s impossible to embed the latest advert, but an older one is very similar (minus the phallic scene, which you can watch with this link instead).
  • When things get busy…

    Wendy
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Hello after a month’s break! Apologies for the length between posts: I just haven’t had anything interesting to say, and life has been busy, with a new car purchase, trips away for special birthdays/celebrations, and lots of pre-winter work. In fact, this busy time formed a crescendo last weekend with an annual pre-season party, hosted at my place. This year’s theme was ‘Pirates of the Aravis’, allowing people the freedom to dress as traditional pirates or to incorporate a wintry, snowy theme. After many years of making gingerbread houses, I decided to make a…
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    EXPATLOG

  • Accepting Disability – A Work In Progress

    Aisha Ashraf
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    I don’t need to take on the responsibility for changing other people’s misconceptions. Learning to be honest and authentic - standing in my own truth – is more important right now. The post Accepting Disability – A Work In Progress appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Hypomania: riding the bipolar high

    Aisha Ashraf
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    These days when I relax in shavasana at the end of yoga the tears flowing into my ears are from an ecstasy of joy not sorrow... The post Hypomania: riding the bipolar high appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Leaving Islam – the hangover

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

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

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

  • Pension Scammers Hit On 45% Of Retirement Savers

    Lisa Smith
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Pension liberation scammers have contacted almost half of all pension holders to try to persuade them switch to their bogus schemes, according to new research. Retirement savers are three times more likely to receive a call or message from a pension liberation firm than nine months ago, says a study by financial firm Phoenix Group. Around 45% of all pension savers have been approached by pension liberation scammers, the firm reveals – and of the tens of thousands of people contacted, one in six discussed their retirement options with the scammers. While 38% of retirement savers who are…
  • Expat Savings Rates: January 28, 2015

    Jim Atkins
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Expat savings rates could take a further knock in the coming weeks as central banks continue to surprise the markets with out of character decisions. The European Central Bank’s decision to finally roll out billions of dollars quantitative easing last week is expected to undermine savings rates. But the ECB is not the only central bank to reverse course or veer off a clear policy direction this year. Only days before the ECB declared full steam ahead on QE, the Swiss Franc was uncoupled from the euro and left to float. Bond prices to topple Now, Singapore has relaxed monetary policy to let…
  • QROPS Under Pension Liberation Scrutiny

    Lisa Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) are under scrutiny as the tax man and pension providers fear pension liberation is moving offshore. In a pension summit between HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and financial firms, providers warned that pension liberation advisers were changing focus. Pension scammers are urging pension savers to switch their funds into an offshore QROPS even though they have no intention of leaving the UK. Once the funds are overseas, the scammers allow pension savers to withdraw their retirement savings. Learn more about QROPS Find out more information…
  • IRS Targets Banks In FATCA Crackdown

    Lisa Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted tax investigators to foreign embassies to lead a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) crackdown on suspected tax evasion. The Asia Pacific financial centres of Hong and Singapore are two of the main targets, according to industry experts. The move follows claims by the US Justice Department that HSBC Bank in Hong Kong was at the hub of an international tax avoidance network with offshore wealth managers Sovereign Management and Legal. The Justice Department alleged Sovereign was directly assisting US taxpayers to evade paying tax. HSBC…
  • SEIS Rules Stop Families Investing In Own Firms

    Lisa Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Business leaders are disappointed that this week’s mini budget did nothing to resolve the problem companies have borrowing to expand. Although Chancellor George Osborne agreed to review business rates and doubled small business rates relief giving high street shops, pubs and cafes a £1,500 discount on their rates, little was done to expand the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or Venture Capital Trusts (VCT). In his Autumn Statement 2014, Osborne told MPs that a new online portal for managing SEIS, EIS and social investment tax reliefs (SITR) will…
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    expatsblog.com

  • Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

    Steph MacDonald
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year. Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies... Expats Blog -
  • Asian expat in trouble after submitting fake degree to Qatar authorities

    Louise Baldwin
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    An Asian expat faces three years in jail in Qatar after forging an engineering degree in order to change his profession. A criminal court sentenced the Bangladeshi man to three years in prison in absentia for submitting a fake engineering degree from a Bangladeshi university. The man also forged the seal of the Embassy of Bangladesh in... Expats Blog -
  • DeVere introduces mortgage advice sector for expats

    Charles Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    DeVere Group has launched a special mortgage division for expats after increased demand from clients who live overseas. The independently-run sector, DeVere Mortgages, will offer advice on properties abroad, buy-to-let equity release and tax optimisation from rental income. The group said it wants to increase its mortgage-related business... Expats Blog -
  • Myanmar to publish expat census in March

    Louise Baldwin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Myanmar is due to release a census of the number of citizens living abroad in March, announced the Ministry of Immigration and Population’s Myint Kyaing. Kyaing, the director-general of the ministry’s Population Department, revealed that they had completed the census in Myanmar and were now carrying out a study on the number of... Expats Blog -
  • Expat celebrate Australia Day by becoming citizens

    Steph MacDonald
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Almost 16,000 immigrants in Australia became citizens of the country on Australia Day, which was celebrated across the nation on 26 January. As ceremonies took place all across the nation, Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to one group of new nationals in the capital Canberra, telling them that by moving to the country they had voted with... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • I love you both

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    There was a grimy, cold day five years ago. My boots sucking in the grey sludge slathered across the streets, I took E from school. She was four then, and had just started to speak English. I was living in a tiny apartment, sleeping on a foldout couch. Her room was an alcove that we strung some christmas lights over. She told me we lived in a castle. I was learning to see what she saw, to take joy in the simple act of waking up with her in the same place, just the two of us and the silence of morning. People were coming to dinner, a new friend and her daughter, and a stranger. A woman…
  • breathing out (the actress)

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    E hovers next to me as I build the camera in silence. She watches as I spin an allen key to mount the base plate. I move in slow methodical arcs, next the long rods and the follow focus. Knobs turn once, just tight enough to hold as the shoulder mount slides on, as the front grips find their place. And then things are tightened all the way. The monitor swivels onto the threads."Can I help?" She asks.I ask her for two batteries and she crawls under the desk to the chargers."If they are green?" She asks."Green means done." I tell her quietly.She lines them up on the edge of the table, hands on…
  • the enemy and the crocodile

    12 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    We are crunching through early Saturday morning snow. E is not complaining, just holding my hand and looking up at me sometimes. The wait for the mashrutka is short and soon we are at the metro. I buy two tickets."You are gonna pay for me?" She asks."No." I tell her. "It is for the way back.""Aaaaaah." She says, with a big nod.We make our way to the last turnstile so they can let her through. A giant old woman in uniform asks for my card, and she slaps it against the light. E goes through, and then she slaps it again."So we did pay today." She tells me in a low voice."I guess they changed…
  • of fireworks and sheep

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    Someone shovels downstairs in the darkness. The low scrape of metal against asphalt finds its way to us as we roll the sheets around, as we twist and drape arms and wrap ourselves tight for the next hour until I am hungry for breakfast. I grasp at coffee cups in the black kitchen, reading messages from last night. Everything happens from a distance when you are an expat. It feels like we are the only people in the city, while everyone else is on a beach or a mountain or taking a picture of a bridge. There are a few of N's cookies left from New Year's Eve. I crave them, with their giant…
  • (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - a peaceful song

    29 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    The Year of the Horse ends without warning, with messy streets and quiet nights. E tells me we should do a Christmas duet but the song is never picked. Instead, one we find one that we can make our own - a song that is more urgent than sleigh bells and innocence. A song worth singing. Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.
 
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    Cartus Blog

  • What U.S. Relocation Experts Need to Know: Tax and Legal Update

    Bruce Perlman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Back in December, Pam Uhl and I conducted an eLearning covering what’s new—and not so new—in the relocation legal arena. For those of you who couldn’t attend, we are happy to release our latest edition of Mobility Insights, which provides more detail on the topics covered in the eLearning. We’ve categorized these updates into issues worth revisiting, even though they’ve been around for a few years; and new trends and regulations that we are seeing. In this tax and legal update, you will find: New Takes on Old News •  The One-year Rule: We detail the intricacies of this IRS…
  • UK Relocation: 2015 Housing Market

    Trudy Andrews
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The latest edition of our Cartus UK MarketWatch provides those involved in the UK relocation process with an up-to-date view on the current residential sales and rental markets. As we start the New Year, January’s MarketWatch looks at what the UK property experts forecast for the months ahead: What the experts say: the UK rental market • Property consultants CBRE anticipate ‘significant’ rental growth this year, compared with 2014. Buy-to-let landlords are expected to begin investing in properties outside of London, in areas of the south east that are commuting distance to the…
  • Cartus Wins P&G External Business Partner Excellence Award

    David Pascoe
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus was honoured and delighted to receive a prestigious External Business Partner Excellence Award from our client P&G at their recent Partner of the Year Awards on 8 January 2015. Why Cartus Won the Award The award celebrated our consistently high performance throughout 2014 in managing P&G’s global relocation programme. The entire team working for P&G at Cartus was praised for exceptional partnership, including outstanding service results, continuous improvement through self-set high standards, proactivity on the account, and the quality of our staff. P&G Recognizes Top…
  • Realogy and Cartus Make the Swanepoel Power 200 List!

    Shelley Northrop
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Swanepoel Power 200 list—naming the most powerful people in U.S. residential real estate—is out, and Realogy’s Richard Smith is #1, with Cartus’ Kevin Kelleher #36. A total of 33 Realogy executives and independent franchisees affiliated with Realogy’s brands were recognized on the list, which includes selected leaders who are “showing the way” by empowering their teams, changing the rules, and creating new opportunities. Kevin’s entry salutes his 30-plus years of corporate relocation leadership—a timely tribute as we at Cartus celebrate our 60th year in the business, and…
  • 60 Years of Excellence: Cartus Celebrates a Milestone Birthday

    Kevin Kelleher
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As Cartus marks our 60th year in the relocation business, it’s impossible for me to look at our company now—2,900 employees, offices worldwide, and more than 171,000 customers assisted last year—and not think back to our beginnings. When the company began in 1955 as Associated Homefinders (later Homerica, then Homequity) relocation hadn’t even been “born” as an industry. A handful of employees, working out of a small office in Wilton, CT, were pioneering a vision: to help ease the moving and settling in process for transferring employees by offering a single service—home-finding…
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    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • Deep-fried gourd crisps, memories of a student life in Mandalay

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Picture: www.wutyeefoodhouse.com   If someone were to ask me if I wanted anything to eat right now (no one has, so far), I would answer him immediately ‘Bu-Thee-Kyaw’(fried gourd fritter). During my high school life in Mandalay, there was a shop near my school in which I used to take a rest. Don’t imagine nice shops from big Western cities like the ones you could see in London. If you walk along any road in Mandalay, you’ll see on the wayside a little thatched hut where a woman sits by a fireplace on which is placed a large ‘Dai-Oh’ (frying pan) half filled with…
  • Seasonal Flower of Nat Taw, Thazin (သဇင္)

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Thazin flower ; picture: http://orchids.la.coocan.jp/   From the time you set a foot at the airport in Myanmar, you’ll see so many flowers everywhere: Children who try sell flowers to you when you walk by, flower-sellers coming to your taxi, packed flowers for sales at the supermarket, welcome flowers at your hotel. Sure, the three seasons of Myanmar make flowers blooming all year long.   It is not a strange thing that every month of the Myanmar lunar calendar has its own flower. For instance, December is the month of Nat Taw in Myanmar calendar. Dry and sunny days with a cool…
  • Have you ever tried Burmese fish sauce ; ngapi yay (ငါးပိရည္)?

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Picture: htetfamily.com   Almost every Myanmar people takes two rice meals a day, which does not count the breakfast of course, because we usually eat our breakfast with some peas and oil only. So, when we have our lunch or dinner, we have many specific delicious items and curries, like in other countries. But among them, I would like to introduce a very famous Burmese dish, ngapi yay (ငါးပိရည္) or fish sauce.   Ngapi yay is made up of ngapi – a general term for pungent pastes made from varieties of fishes. Fishes chosen to make sauce are salted and then packed…
  • The art of traditional Myanmar marionettes

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Picture: myanmars.net   Once upon a time, marionette shows were very popular among Burmese people, and highly esteemed by the royal court. No pagoda festival in Myanmar was complete without a marionette show. But, nowadays, the old Myanmar marionette tradition has already started to fade away.   Actually, wooden puppets manipulated with strings by puppeteers perform traditional Myanmar marionette shows. The handling of strings which makes the marionette dancing is quite difficult and needs long term practice and skills. When the puppeteers master their act, the marionettes could…
  • Myanmar zodiacal signs or the concept of “What-day-born” (ေမြးတဲ့ေန႔)

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

  • This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It)

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    You longed for this moment all day. And when you heard the car’s engine at the front door, your heart bounced. “Finally! He’s home!” Today was like so many other days. You hadn’t seen a soul. After six months in this new country, you’re still struggling to hold a simple conversation, let alone read the […] The post This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • 2014 – A Year in Expatland

    admin
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    End of last year, I took you on a journey: the story of an expat family through a compilation of all the articles published on the blog. The suspense was at its peak: we left this family in disarray after Peter had lost his job abroad. Here’s what happened in 2014. Disclaimer: Not all characters […] The post 2014 – A Year in Expatland appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Difficult Expat Conversations – A Hidden Factor Makes You Lose Your Balance When Planning The Holidays (Part III)

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    There comes a time in every trailing spouse’s life when the thought of the holidays makes you want to… well… hide. Why? Because holidays mean even more work and stress.     Going back to your home country? You’ll be visiting 30 relatives and 15 friends doing it all in ten days with 3 children […] The post Difficult Expat Conversations – A Hidden Factor Makes You Lose Your Balance When Planning The Holidays (Part III) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Difficult Expat Conversations – The One Thing You Can’t Avoid To Create A Peaceful Holiday For Everyone (Part II)

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Sally’s in a tricky situation.  For the last few weeks, her parents have been chasing and pressuring her: “When are you — and the kids — coming back for Christmas?” Sally is agonizing. She’s torn between catching up with loved ones, reviving childhood memories, passing family traditions to her children and juggling her husband’s busy […] The post Difficult Expat Conversations – The One Thing You Can’t Avoid To Create A Peaceful Holiday For Everyone (Part II) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Difficult Expat Conversations – How to Create a Peaceful Holiday for Everyone Without Stressing Out (Part I)

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Dring… The phone is ringing.  “Hello darling, how are you?” Sally bites her lips. “Oh mum, I’m well thank you. And you?” “I was wondering when you’re coming for Christmas?” That was exactly the question Sally had been dreading for weeks. She tried to avoid this conversation, but now five weeks before the date, she […] The post Difficult Expat Conversations – How to Create a Peaceful Holiday for Everyone Without Stressing Out (Part I) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
 
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  • 5 Tips for Expats on Getting the Right Medical Cover

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    At the start of another year, many of us will be evaluating our lives and how they could be improved. For some, 2015 will bring a new job or career abroad - perhaps realising a long-held dream. But while this is an exciting step to take, there are numerous preparations to undergo in order to make the transition into expat life a smooth one. One crucial element on any expat's to-do list is taking out medical insurance, and the easiest way to go about this is online through a price comparison site. However, research by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) into these sites has revealed that…
  • Where Do Expats Enjoy The Food The Most?

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    When relocating to another country there are bound to be things you miss about the UK. It goes without saying that friends and family are high on the list, but for many people, food also takes one of the top spots. But while it's okay to hanker after British classics such as fish and chips and Marmite, it is also important to embrace the local cuisine - and expats around the world seem to find much to enjoy. In a recent HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, expatriates revealed the countries in which they enjoy the food the most. More than 9,000 British expats were asked about their eating habits in…
  • Opportunities for Expats in Positive Chinese Economy

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    All expats have their own personal priorities when looking to relocate. Some are hoping for a better quality of life for themselves and their family, others want increased job satisfaction; there are also a number of expats who are looking for higher earnings. For any expat falling into the latter category, they might want to explore the opportunities on offer in China's growing economy. China might not be the first country that springs to mind as an expat heaven, but according to the HSBC Expat Explorer survey, it is top of the list of countries with the highest economic desirability. So…
  • Quick guide to buying property in UAE

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The UAE is a popular choice among expats looking to live and work abroad. The Emirates appeal to people for a number of reasons, including better employment opportunities, tax-free earnings and more stable property prices, compared with other destinations. The UAE is made up of seven separate emirates and there can be significant differences between them when it comes to buying a property. Of these states, Dubai gets the most property interest from expats and now features third on the list of NatWest's International Personal Banking Quality of Life Report. As well as improved quality of life,…
  • What Home Could You Buy in the USA?

    2 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    While developments in America since the turn of the century mean that immigration is now more strictly regulated, there are still upwards of one million expatriates travelling to the country every year. Despite the economic recession, the USA still offers many job opportunities, particularly for medical and IT professionals. Plus, with so many multinational businesses based in America, it is quite common for an employee to relocate from an office in their home country to another in the USA within the same company. The prospect of moving to America is likely to be an exciting, life-changing…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • The Strays of Istanbul

    one foot in Europe
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    When you live somewhere so artificially ugly it is easy to appreciate the beauty in things that would otherwise have gone unappreciated and so, in a strange twist, the world instantly becomes more beautiful. The smallest things, once previously taken for granted take on a shine that I call seeing the world through grey tinted glasses. How intense the pink of the spring bloom looks against the dank, grey wall it is fighting with for space. The startling purple of this plant above (excuse my lack of plant knowledge) against the back drop of the unkempt bit of greenery the locality has not…
  • Bran and Bran Castle

    one foot in Europe
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Some of my fondest memories of Romania were on the bus to the various excursions we made with the children,  across the weeks. Even though we had to repeat each excursion four times for each new group that came in, the scenery spied on those retro bus rides never ceased to amaze. As the bus rolled out of Moiceu de Jos, I held my breath as not not have it taken away by the dramatic backdrop of forested hills foregrounded by the characteristic pointy spires that seem very much a part of Romanian architecture. This was the sign that we were pulling into Bran.   A few minutes on and we…
  • A Transylvanian Summer

    one foot in Europe
    27 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    After a brief introduction to Romania through the city of contrasts that is Bucharest, we were whisked off to our new home for four weeks, the BnB Podul Turcului located in Moeciu de Jos.  Situated at the bottom of a valley not too far away from the super touristy Bran, this place was the perfect escape from the rest of the world. Here we had a unique insight into rural Romanian life, but with a road running through it and buses to Bran and as far as Brasov, I instantly fell in love with the place. With a busy 6 day a week schedule, teaching and activity leading, we did not have much time to…
  • In the Beginning there was…. Bucharest

    one foot in Europe
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Parliamentary Palace As I was chauffeured through the city from the airport, I glanced out of the window pondering my first taste of post Istanbul life. The sight of much lamented greenery lining otherwise unnoteworthy pavements was the first thing that struck me. Living in a concrete jungle for much of the year meant that any little bit of greenery inspired a desire to frolic amongst that which I had previously taken for granted. As the car rolled on, in and out of traffic in this busyish (nothing can compare to the crazy that is Istanbul) city, I laid eyes upon streets filled with an…
  • On to the next adventure… From Istanbul to Romania….

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

  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – A Day at The Zoo

    Tina
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is a big place, … Continued Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – A Day at The Zoo LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Atomidoodle App – Learn Math and Chemistry

    Tina
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS *I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review.   Alexis, our 11 year old daughter, is very selective. This is a polite way of saying, “Our girl is picky.” She knows what she likes and … Continued Atomidoodle App – Learn Math and Chemistry LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 17

    Tina
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 17th week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 17 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 16

    Tina
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 16th week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 16 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
 
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    Ogles & Observations

  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Sun Yat Sen was the first president of the People’s Republic of China, back in the early 1900s.  He was also a doctor and hailed by many to be one of China’s greatest leaders.  There are multiple universities, hospitals and other places of honor for him all throughout China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Today we visited the Memorial Hall here in Guangzhou.  It’s really a large auditorium with beautiful gardens on the grounds.  I’ve always wanted to see what was inside….and now I know!  I probably wouldn’t go back with my kids….not too much for them to…
  • Preparation for flower shop grand opening complete with burning altar.

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
      Papers are burned for good luck ceremonies, honoring the dead and other times of the year.   The post Preparation for flower shop grand opening complete with burning altar. appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: Weekly State Dept. Blog Round Up for Jan. 28, 2011 Birthdays in the Foreign Service – Weekly State Department Blog Roundup for Nov. 12 Chinese bicyclist carrying a what?
  • Chinese propaganda using beautiful cultural imagery posted on construction fences on the streets of Guangzhou.

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:51 pm
      Guangzhou is covered up with construction sites – buildings flying up to soon scrape the sky. Along with the cranes, cement trucks, hardhats and prospects, it creates lots of construction walls.  There are Chinese messages on these wall – and although I don’t read Chinese, I do appreciate the beautiful cultural imagery that they use.  The post Chinese propaganda using beautiful cultural imagery posted on construction fences on the streets of Guangzhou. appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: A Real Estate Note Entering week four of learning to…
  • How do you put THAT address into a GPS? #Ineedataxi

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
      Directions to a neighborhood bank….too bad I don’t read Chinese. The post How do you put THAT address into a GPS? #Ineedataxi appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: Chinese propaganda using beautiful cultural imagery posted on construction fences on the streets of Guangzhou. Mid Autumn Festival in Guangzhou China Trip to the Yakushi Pearl Factory
  • Humble recycling cart on a side street in Guangzhou.

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      I’m frequently reminded of the paradigm of old China and new China.  Tucked in between two major roads where Bentleys and Teslas feel right at home, there are alleyways with workers who keep the daily grind….well….grinding. I loved this old bike trailer with Coca Cola bottles, emptied and enjoyed, and ready to go back to be washed (I hope), refilled and reused.   The post Humble recycling cart on a side street in Guangzhou. appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: A Real Estate Note Santa came to Brazil! Our next post: Guangzhou, China
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    Expat Newswire

  • Digital Nomad Lifestyle Begins to Take Root

    Justin Davis
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A new type of lifestyle often referred to as that of “digital nomads” is starting to take root.  Though nomads have always existed in various places in the world, a new type of global nomad has been emerging in recent years. Empowered primarily by the internet, laptops, smart phones, tablets, and other devices as well as flexibility, curiosity, a sense of adventure, and a desire to meet and connect with foreign influences, the digital nomads are able to take their work with them on the road and live a truly location independent lifestyle. Usually working in fields such as…
  • Expat Life Gains Media Attention

    Natasha Kracynski
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    More mainstream outlets are focusing on expat life, especially retirees abroad. BBC has published a new piece on expats in Panama City, focusing on expats looking for “an easy retirement on nearby beaches” as well as foreign workers taking advantage of the “expanding tax-friendly business environment” in the country’s capital. Thanks to the Panama Canal and the historic old town, Panama City has attracted a number of foreign workers over the years, causing a real estate bubble that has recently burst. Despite the BBC’s depiction of a carefree expat lifestyle, many working expats…
  • Oman New Rules on Accommodations Confuse Expats

    Natasha Kracynski
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    New rules aiming to improve living conditions for exapts in Oman could cause some workers to lose their housing completely. The new rules state that expat workers sharing accommodation illegally can be evicted. The new rules indicate that occupancy rates cannot exceed one person per room in the property, while professional expats and students cannot rent flats in villas in the country. Additionally, single expats cannot live with other single expats if they are not the same gender. Rental contracts must be approved by the Municipality overseeing the area in question. Other rules also limit…
  • U.S. Expats Prepare for Tax Filing

    Natasha Kracynski
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    American expats have begun preparing to file their taxes in the United States, with mixed expectations over how complicated the process may be. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, requires Americans to file information about their foreign assets by using Form 8938, which is available online. The form asks for a description of all foreign-held bank accounts and foreign assets. While this has caused some frustration and anger amongst expats, as well as many headlines indicating it has caused a spike in Americans renouncing their citizenship, the FATCA will have minimal impact on…
  • Expats Arrested in Thailand for Teaching English

    Natasha Kracynski
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Seventeen expats in Chiang Mai were arrested for visa violations in Thailand after being caught telecommuting from an apartment in the country. The foreigners were teaching English to students based in China as part of an online ESL program. The group was working together, and was led by a Canadian who admitted to being the manager of the company. According to the Bangkok Post, twelve had no work permit and were from several European countries as well as Australia and America. While four apprehended expats did have work permits, the teaching breached the terms of their right to stay in the…
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    My Heart in Two Places

  • Making room for change

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 As I settle into 2015, I have finally made room for some changes to occur in my life. After being an expat for so many years, I have realized that I can't force change to happen, but I can make room for it to occur. I can't keep pushing against the current; I have to just let go and allow the current to take me. For my first experience as an expat, I had to separate from my family and friends, my daily routine, my lifestyle, and my way of being in the world. It was challenging at first because I didn't know who I was without all that had defined me up to that…
  • Is expat life glamorous?

    10 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sunday, January 11, 2015 Expat life definitely looks glamorous when you see photos of expats doing fun and exciting things, visiting exotic places you've dreamed of, and eating foods that you haven't yet tasted. But, it's not really the case. We might be exposed to many new and interesting things, but the expat life itself is not exactly glamorous. Living overseas adds many other challenges that we wouldn't have if we were living in our native homelands and it can be quite challenging at times. I liken the expat life to that of a famous actor or singer. We see pictures of them all dressed up,…
  • Places affect us and shape us

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Every place affects us differently. Some places instill us with peace and tranquility while others instill us with other emotions. I have noticed that when I am in Florence and Paris different aspects are brought to the forefront. Florence accentuates my creativity and desire for freedom while Paris accentuates ambition and my desire for structure. I used to think that I craved freedom and couldn't live with out it, but there are times when I definitely need more structure. It's almost as if to appreciate one, I must also release it to experience the other. I think we…
  • A jaunt to Venice before the year ended

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thursday, January 1, 2015 Before the end of 2014, my beau and I decided to take a trip to Venice. I was happy when he suggested it for two reasons: I hadn't been there in a long time and I needed a break from the flip-flopping between my two cities. I wanted to go someplace where I could prepare myself for the New Year. I love Florence and Paris and am stimulated by them, but it's always nice to experience a different place. In that way, I'm able to keep myself open and more flexible for the arrival of 2015. On Saturday, we flew from Paris to Florence and then took a train to Venice the next…
  • A year of introspection

    25 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Friday, December 26, 2014 This has been a year of introspection for me. I didn't write as much as I would've liked for both of my blogs. Looking back, I realize now that I needed some time to reassess what I wanted to focus on for each blog. I've decided to separate my two blogs even more. My Living in Florence blog will be only about Florence and in this blog I will write more about being an expat. I always considered myself a private person until I reflected upon it a bit longer this year. It's not that I don't open up about my life or what I am planning to do, but rather that I thought…
 
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