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  • Driving a home-built car

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    20 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Bill Tate, a Canadian expatriate in Dubai loves to flaunt the super car he built
  • Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

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    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…
  • Spending Christmas Abroad?

    British Expatriate Community
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    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…
  • Newcomer Success Made Easy

    A Canada Immigrant's Blog
    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The easiest way for newcomers to succeed in Canada is to start teaching other newcomers how to succeed in Canada, explains our Immigration Expert Dr Grey V Trayn Canada Immigrant Blog’s very own Regulatored Immigration Consultant Extraordinaire, Dr Grey V. Trayn is no stranger to success. When he arrived in Canada 30 years ago, Canada was a […]
  • Housebound & Happy About it

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    I wish I was the resting kind. I can't nap, or lay around and do nothing, even for a minute. So the last two weeks have been busy as usual, but also abnormally brutal. I've had two big conferences (speaking 6 times) and a trip out-of-state to Texas and an overload of end of semester grades and school stuff for the boys and then all the regular stuff I'm supposed to do. Like hoover my house and walk the dog. Neither of those things have happened so my house has hairballs the size of footballs and my dog might just have gone crazy ape shit bonkers through being cooped up so long. New Years…
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  • Driving a home-built car

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Bill Tate, a Canadian expatriate in Dubai loves to flaunt the super car he built
  • Expat woman jailed over attack threat

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A court in Jeddah sentenced an expatriate woman to four months in prison and 30 lashes for threatening to attack her brother and his wife.
  • School attack ‘Pakistan’s 9/11’

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Expatriate Pakistani children living in Bangladesh pose with placards in Dhaka during a vigil for the children and teachers killed in an attack on an army-run school in Peshawar.
  • Foreign investors accused of using gold stores to launder money

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    A number of gold traders have claimed that some foreign investors and expatriate workers are involved in money laundering activities by using the business licenses of Saudi citizens to conduct their illicit activities, Al-Hayat daily reported. The traders warned about the dire consequences of lax monitoring of such activities on the part of authorities.
  • Australian expats condemn siege, call for tolerance

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    (MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Australian expatriate community in Oman has expressed shock and concern over the terror siege at a café in central Sydney and has called for tolerance ...
 
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    International Herald Tribune

  • 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…
  • China’s Guide to Democracy

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    From BBC News- Quiz question: What has been the top trending story on China’s social media this week? Wrong answer: Hong Kong. Correct answer: People named “Guoqing,” which in Chinese means “national celebration.” On Tuesday, Oct. 7, China winds up a weeklong public holiday to mark National Day, the anniversary of the 1949 Revolution when the Communist Party came to power. Since then, the Party has imposed tight control over the media, and at times of crisis the room for nuanced reporting shrinks to zero. In the early days of last week, the state propaganda machine met the Hong…
  • The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

    Saskia De Rothschild
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugees from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. DER SPIEGELShukri al-Assouli was among the survivors of an incident that saw 500 refugees killed after the ship carrying them was deliberately rammed by smugglers earlier this month. It is believed that Assouli lost his wife and their two children. On his third day at sea near the coast of Malta, Shukri al-Assouli began to…
  • China’s Education Gap

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

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

  • 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…
  • Not Happy With Your Life? Change it!

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    15 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    The wind and rain rattled the warped windows of the old pub making the weather forecast hard to hear. “Good news” the forecaster said optimistically, “there’s going to be less rain than yesterday.” I thought of my sparkling, new pride and joy motorcycle stood untouched in the garage. I say new, I’d bought it nine months ago, and the speedo still only read 16 miles.  Tomorrow it’ll be sunny, I kept telling myself, and then I can go for a proper blast. Now, don’t get me wrong. Of course the weather is bad in England. Everyone knows that and to keep banging on about it is…
  • Love was my Catalyst for Teaching Internationally

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    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Ian Robertson is a Mathematics teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. He has just started his second year of teaching at Harrow International School in Beijing. Here Ian talks about his experiences teaching internationally and what led him to Beijing: “I’d often thought about teaching internationally. I taught Mathematics at a secondary school in Glasgow for eight years. During that time, one of my colleagues went to teach in Dubai and really enjoyed their experience. I kept thinking I should look for an international post but the timing never seemed to be right. Everything changed in 2012…
  • Drinking Foggy Water

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    10 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    I have always been a little cynical about the value of bottled water. It always irritates me when a waiter tries to palm me off with an expensive bottle of ‘French Mountain Spring’ water, when there are perfectly good bottled waters available in the Canary Islands. Not only is it a travesty for the carbon footprint linked to any product, but why is French bottled water better than anyone else’s? Of course the answer is commercialisation and profit. Over the years we have been led to believe that bottled water is somehow better for us than the water running freely from our taps, although…
 
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    A Canada Immigrant's Blog

  • Newcomer Success Made Easy

    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The easiest way for newcomers to succeed in Canada is to start teaching other newcomers how to succeed in Canada, explains our Immigration Expert Dr Grey V Trayn Canada Immigrant Blog’s very own Regulatored Immigration Consultant Extraordinaire, Dr Grey V. Trayn is no stranger to success. When he arrived in Canada 30 years ago, Canada was a […]
  • The Most Successful Immigrant

    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    27 May 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s that time of the year when successful Top Immigrants are given bank-sponsored Awards for buying bigger mortgages. And one doesn’t get more successful and top than me! As an unbiased, selfless leader of the immigrant community, it is my relentless mission to help newcomers and immigrants succeed here in Canada so that all of us can afford more […]
  • Meet Prince Alexenoph

    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Conservative Superhero, Toughest Crime-Fighter, Whitest Knight in Shiniest Armour, Ultimate Defender of the Crown and the Supreme High Commander of Canada Citizenship Authority, His Royal Highness Prince Alexenoph talks to Dr Grey V Trayn*. Dr. Grey V. Trayn: Your Majesty, we are humbled to have Your Worship speak to our blog’s audience. Thank you so much for your […]
  • Run Folks Run, the Immigrants are Coming!

    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    12 Feb 2014 | 4:06 am
    The right-wing crusade to witch-hunt Canadian citizenship gets even more medieval with a vengeful new commander imposing callous fear-mongering laws. I can only imagine the relief former Conservative Minister of Immigration HRH Right-Honourable Sir Jason Kenney1 must have felt as he escaped the daily ethnic stench of dealing with those dirty immigrants and funny-talking newcomers from those […]
  • Toronto Plans to Gamble with Immigrants

    Edar 'Cinnikull' Aihil
    16 Apr 2013 | 10:18 am
    Why Toronto’s anti-immigrant mayor, the OLG and their Las Vegas friends are hell-bent on building a gigantic Casino, knowing full well who stands to get exploited the most by the dirty business? Before my tirade begins, let’s get some facts straight: Toronto is an immigrant city, whether the Mayor likes it or not. More than 50% […]
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Housebound & Happy About it

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    I wish I was the resting kind. I can't nap, or lay around and do nothing, even for a minute. So the last two weeks have been busy as usual, but also abnormally brutal. I've had two big conferences (speaking 6 times) and a trip out-of-state to Texas and an overload of end of semester grades and school stuff for the boys and then all the regular stuff I'm supposed to do. Like hoover my house and walk the dog. Neither of those things have happened so my house has hairballs the size of footballs and my dog might just have gone crazy ape shit bonkers through being cooped up so long. New Years…
  • Santa Visit 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    We took the boys to see our favorite Santa. Is this guy the real deal or what? Completely rotund. I'm fairly sure both my boys still believe. If Jack doesn't then he's doing a good job of pretending he does.  We also took them to Toys R Us to spend their money from grandparents. They were like kids in a toy shop obviously. Jack got army figures and planes and Daniel got a huge teddy and some Minecraft stuff. I feel a bit weird letting them play with it before Christmas but also don't want to make a big deal about making them wait another week. I just don't have the energy for that right…
  • December Started with a Flourish

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    December so far has been bonkers. Filled with parties, work conferences and events at the boy's school. But I am not complaining, we love the Christmas season. There's still a work trip to Texas to get out of the way before I can really feel relaxed and excited but today we are going to see Santa.Daniel took a little while to warm up to his concert but then rocked it!British Expat PartyJack and his friend David
  • Becoming an American

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Swearing allegiance to another country is not a small feat. We woke up this morning with knots in our chest and feeling jittery. Both of us didn't get a good nights sleep, but Craig let me lie in a bit as he never gets to see the boys in the morning, so he got the boys to school and we got all the paperwork and stuff ready. I wore my union Jack socks because I still love England and wanted to have that little bit of loyalty. Silly I know. And off we went.When we parked I saw a young couple. She was wearing a red scarf and they both looked smartly dressed and I had a feeling they were going to…
  • November 1 Second

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:39 pm
 
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    Rincon Puerto Rico

  • 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

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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! ]]
  • Whales in Rincon Puerto Rico

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  • Luxury Beach Villa Rincon Puerto Rico

    9 Feb 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Live in the tropics! No passport required! In Rincon Puerto Rico Villa Orleans is a one acre beach compound with a kilometer of beachfront, and is for sale. This beach villa is surrounded by a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    25 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    my maternity leave came and went in a glance - i head back to work tomorrow.i was mainly in my house, taking care of my family and haven't really had anything very interesting to share on the blog. i hope that will change once i am back en la calle (in the streets) every day with fun things to see.despite not having blog worthy content, i am pretty active on the instagram under @girlinthedr, or just click on the little camera box there.you can find me there, and under the hashtags #adayinmydominicanlife and #islandliving. If you're interested in pictures from Futuro Lleno de Esperanza,…
  • dude, where's the driver?

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Returning to my crafting roots

    ruthsplace
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    When it comes to playing with paper and scissors I started out as a card maker. The move into scrapbooking wasn’t a huge leap because I had many of the supplies to start with. I recently made a batch of cards in preparation for Christmas. These snowflake cards were heavily inspired by a very old blog post (2011) by Alisa Burke that I found on pinterest recently. I love my white ink pen. The light blue background paper for this one is the inside of a security envelope. Not much gets wasted at Ruth’s Place. Two different colours of blue. I raided the blue scrap bin to find small…
  • Misleading

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

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

    Alison
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Mains a la Pate Pasta Workshops in Brussels, Belgium A new pasta making workshop in Brussels, Belgium, Mains à la Pâte will not only get your ‘hands in the dough’ but will teach you Italian culture as well. A few weeks ago, I shared some of my favourite cooking classes in Brussels. Today, I have another to add to that list. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own fresh pasta from scratch but thought it was too challenging or time consuming, Mains à la Pâte is for you. Mains à la Pâte is the brainchild of Chef Michele Ambrosio a friendly, young, Italian expat in Brussels. I had…
  • The Carnac Alignments – The World’s Biggest Megalithic site, Brittany, France

    Alison
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Carnac Alignments, Brittany, France More immense and more mysterious than Stonehenge, the Carnac Alignments in Brittany, France is the most amazing historic site you’ve never heard of. The mystifying stone structure, Stonehenge, is instantly recognisable. Photos and stories of its powerful presence on the English landscape bombard us in travel magazines and websites. Despite a less than optimal visit to Stonehenge several years ago, I can’t deny my own fascination with this mysterious site. Until recently, I thought it was the most impressive ancient site in Europe. But this summer,…
  • Winter and Christmas Beer – Belgium in a Glass

    Andrew
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    This entry is part of 13 in the series Belgium in a Glass.Belgian Christmas Beer Today, Andrew gets in the holiday ‘spirit’ by discussing Belgian Christmas and Winter beer. The winter holidays are an exciting time for me. First, the sausage vendors return to the Christmas markets of Belgium. And second, it’s time for Christmas beer! Belgian beer has many styles, as I’ve highlighted in my Belgian beer series. Most are brewed all year long, but one style is brewed for consumption during the winter. Known generally as Christmas or Winter beer, these brews tend to be based on a…
  • Reviewed: The Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes, France

    Alison
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This entry is part of 4 in the series BluBloggers.Reviewing the Radisson Blu Hotel, restaurant and spa in Cannes, France In late November, I visited Cannes, France to review the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso for my final duty, this year, as a Radisson #bluBlogger. It’s safe to say, my final duty as a Radisson #BluBlogger Ambassador was the one I was most anticipating. Who wouldn’t want to escape cold, grey Belgium at the end of November, for a weekend in the sun in Cannes? I even had a partner in crime for my adventure, my fellow Brussels Radisson Ambassador, Emma. We met (not…
  • Our Top Belgian Gift Ideas from Amazon

    Andrew
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Our Top Christmas Gifts from Belgium Today we share some of our favourite gift ideas from Belgium you can send to friends and family back home, via Amazon; from Belgian chocolate and beer to a bit of quirky fun. Since 2005, Alison and I have lived far from our families. This is our choice, of course, but it is still an emotional stress, especially around the holidays. When we go back to Canada to visit, we load up our suitcases with various Belgian and European delicacies (aka food) to share with friends and family. If you have been following CheeseWeb, then you’ll know sharing our…
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  • back at home in Helsinki (Finland)

    BLOGitse
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
      Hi everyone!   I’m back at home, it’s good to sleep in my own bed again The weather in Helskinki has been okay, no snow, no ice – yet. I’ve even seen some sunshine, jihuuuu!   In Málaga I photographed trees…     Look how geometric they are     Geometric Friday     I tried to sketch a palm tree, with ink and water… Here’s a detail…     This is how it looks…. somehow I like this, what do you think? Is black and white boring?     Paint Party Friday     Have a…
  • holiday break

    BLOGitse
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
      Greetings from sunny Málaga, España!         I’ll have a blogging break now,   I’ll be back at the end of week 51.   Hasta la próxima vez,   nos vemos….    
  • Málaga calling!

    BLOGitse
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
      Hi everyone!   Greetings from sunny Málaga, Spain! I haven’t had time to blog nor visit your blogs - I want to be outside as much as possible when the weather is good -  sunny, sunny, sunny….   I’ve done some sketches here but nothing ready to post. This is a detail of my other sketchbook.. It could be called ‘the long way home’     Paint Party Friday     On Saturday 6.12.2014 it’s 97th Finnish Independence Day!   It’s good to be free!!!!       Have you noticed how geometric strawberries…
  • sparkle of light

    BLOGitse
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
      It’s weekend and I’ll fly to………Spain! A couple of weeks sparkle of light will be gooooood!     Paint Party Friday     Sun can make funny sparkles and patterns…..     Geometric Friday       Have a relaxing weekend!      
  • orange memory and Italian mozzarella

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

    tonie
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    The Winter Solstice The winter solstice is an important solar term in the lunar calendar in China,which is also a traditional festival. As early as 2,500 years ago, about the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), China had determined the point of Winter Solstice by observing movements of the sun with a sundial. It is the earliest of the 24 solar terms. The time will be on each December 21 or 22 according to the Gregorian calendar. 2500122122 土圭(tǔ guī) The Northern hemisphere on this day experiences the shortest daytime and longest nighttime. After the Winter Solstice, days will…
  • Four Treasures of the Study 文房四宝

    tonie
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Four Treasures of the Study 文房四宝 The four treasures of the study, is a general name of the main traditional writing tools of Chinese calligraphy. They are the writing brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. 文房四宝是中国传统书法工具的统称。它们分别是:毛笔、墨、宣纸、砚台。 The name of "Wenfang ", dating back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties of China (420—589 A.D.), refers to scholar's study. Besides these four treasures, tools used in the study also include brush pots, brush rack,ink box, wrist-rest, brush washer and inkpad etc. all of which are…
  • The Cantonese Morning Tea 广东早茶

    tonie
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:31 am
    The Cantonese Morning Tea Drinking morning tea is an important part of daily life for many local Cantonese, the tradition of which is also a distinct characteristic of Guangdong's tea culture. (zǎo chá Actually, Yum Cha, the Cantonese term which literally means "drinking tea" is more than what it means. During which, people will not only drink tea, but also eat Dim Sum (small Chinese dishes). And it is also regarded as a social activity in Guangdong. The tradition of Guangdong’s morning tea can be traced back to more than 150 years ago. At that time, there was a kind of simple house…
  • Agoda, the Leading Online Travel Agent, Has Upgraded Lalaguna Villas Resort in Puerto Galera to a 4-Star Rating

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

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

  • Top 10 Shopping Sites for Sending Gifts to Expats & Overseas Travelers

    Liz
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    As Christmas approaches, we’re all scrambling to finish our holiday shopping. It can be especially challenging to find gifts for your friends and family who are living overseas. Between exorbitant shipping costs and questionable delivery timelines it can be hard to feel confident about an international purchase. We’ve taken the work out of your international […]
  • The cheapest country to buy electronics is the United States

    Tom
    24 Oct 2013 | 12:35 pm
    As a lover of electronics and other gadgets, I’m always on the lookout for bargains. And as someone who has visited over 70 countries, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time checking to see if things are cheaper in one place and another. It started when I looked for MP3 players in Hong Kong, […]
  • Do some of us become expats because it’s like being a minor celebrity?

    Tom
    17 Oct 2013 | 12:39 pm
    Obviously there are many expats who move abroad primarily for economic reasons, and there are those who move for a better climate or lifestyle. But there are also many expats who seem to be more comfortable or just happier living in a culture and country outside their own. I think I put myself into this […]
  • When do big expensive cities become not worth it for new expats?

    Tom
    10 Oct 2013 | 1:51 pm
    There’s a strange phenomenon that seems to have been going on for decades in the expat world. A huge majority of those moving to a new country end up living in the most expensive city in that country. Think about London, which is famously one of the most expensive cities on earth. You can walk […]
  • Top 12 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

    Expatify
    4 Oct 2013 | 5:43 am
    Some places in this world are much more dangerous to visit or live as an outsider if you visually stand out, such as some of those in our list below. We picked these cities for inclusion in our top 12 most dangerous cities in the World due to their extremely high crime rates, percentage of […]
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    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • Bureaucrat Man saves the day again: 189 pages of regulations about washing machines

    Simon Black
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    December 19, 2014 Santiago, Chile You may not have realized it, but you are regularly being swindled by your washing machine. That’s right. According to Bureaucrat Man, by using too much energy your washing machine is stealing money from you each month. Of course you already have the option to buy a more energy efficient washing machine to save yourself money. Or… you could make the bold decision to simply be more efficient with your laundry. But who could possibly be expected to make such decisions on their own? Unlike Batman, Bureaucrat Man doesn’t wait for the Bat Signal before he…
  • The worst investment of the century—paying 0.07% interest

    Simon Black
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    December 19, 2014 Santiago, Chile Edith had been saving up wherever she could. She only prepared meat once a week for the family and she’d spent many extra hours mending the children’s clothing so they wouldn’t have to buy any new things this year. So when she and her husband had finally saved up enough to purchase a £100 war bond, she was filled with immense pride. Everywhere around her the posters had advertised, “unlike the soldier, the investor runs no risk”. Not only was she proud to know that she was doing her part to help Great Britain win the Great War, but also that she…
  • How to evaluate if your bank is safe, and what to do if it’s not [PODCAST]

    Simon Black
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
  • How to evaluate if your bank is safe, and what to do if it’s not

    Simon Black
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    December 18, 2014 Santiago, Chile On the morning of September 19, 1873, an excited crowd of people gathered outside the Fourth National Bank in lower Manhattan. It was a wet morning, yet the line continued to grow, stretching across Pine Street down Nassau Street as rain-soaked customers jostled with one another for position. Some people were clever enough to sell their spots in line to customers who held large deposits at the bank. The reason? No one thought the Fourth National Bank had money anymore… and they were all cramming in line trying to withdraw their cash before the bank…
  • What we can learn from the Sony hacking scandal [digital privacy resources]

    Simon Black
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    December 17, 2014 Castries, St. Lucia As he speculated on the ethics of society, Aristotle found himself naturally led to the study of politics. Putting together his observations, he wrote a treatise on political philosophy (cleverly entitled Politics), in which he describes how a tyrant abuses power for personal benefit at the expense of his subjects. And they can get away with this either with a reign of terror or by disguising their actions as virtuous. In order to instill terror in the populace, Aristotle elaborates: “A tyrant should also endeavor to know what each of his subjects says…
 
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    MyBrownBaby

  • ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Check out this deliciously original take on Goldilocks, with a Black boy from Ghana as its precocious star. The post ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away

    Denene Millner
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I expected my father to need a lot of hand-holding at our first holiday dinner after mom died. Boy, was I wrong. The post Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Could this dance battle between a little girl and her daddy be any cuter? Press play. The post Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    When it comes to Black girls and school discipline, dark-skinned girls are facing harsher penalties than all other races. The post Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred

    Denene Millner
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Michael Datcher Americus novel is a study in Black and white. The post From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Best Gifts for Travelers: 5 Prizes to Be Won!

    Laurel
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    The original can be found here: Best Gifts for Travelers: 5 Prizes to Be Won!. Please read the original.What are the best gifts for travelers? Here's a list of my top 6, all created by travelers or entrepreneurs, and there are prizes to be won!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Amadeus: A New Flight Comparison and Trip Planner Website

    Laurel
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The original can be found here: Amadeus: A New Flight Comparison and Trip Planner Website. Please read the original.A review of Amadeus, a new flight comparison and trip planner website which has some useful travel planning tools to make planning your next vacation easier!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Aruba: the Small Island Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

    Laurel
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    The original can be found here: Aruba: the Small Island Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face. Please read the original.SharesIce-white beaches and temperatures in the mid-80s during December – what could be better than spending a winter vacation on Aruba? The Arubans call their home ‘one happy island’ and it’s easy to see why. The Caribbean offers a wealth of beautiful islands but Aruba packs a lot into its compact size making it the […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Sigyria: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet

    Laurel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigyria: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.Sigyria, also referred to as "Lions Rock" is Sri Lanka's most visited historical destination. It's been home to a king, monks and is now a UNESCO site.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • St Martin Croissant: The Legally Protected Croissant

    Laurel
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The original can be found here: St Martin Croissant: The Legally Protected Croissant. Please read the original.Have you ever eaten a legally protected croissant? One that is protected in all of the EU? You have if you've eaten a St. Martin's Croissant, better known as rogale marcińskie in Polish.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Coach of the Month – Scott Masciarelli

    Margie
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Scott Masciarelli Title:  Leadership and Career Transition Coach Business Name:  Clear Insights Coaching Client Testimonials:   http://clearinsightscoaching.com/reviews/ Niche/Specialties:  Expatriate coaching:  leadership, career transitions, expat adjustment and repatriation, adventure coaching Expat Experience:  5+  years as an expat in Kuwait and Bahrain managing a multinational team in both countries.  One year of experience living in various locations in Latin America and 27 years of global travel. Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish, Italian and conversational Arabic…
  • Coach of the Month: Scott Masciarelli

    Margie
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Scott Masciarelli Title:  Leadership and Career Transition Coach Business Name:  Clear Insights Coaching Client Testimonials:   http://clearinsightscoaching.com/reviews/ Niche/Specialties:  Expatriate coaching:  leadership, career transitions, expat adjustment and repatriation, adventure coaching Expat Experience:  5+  years as an expat in Kuwait and Bahrain managing a multinational team in both countries.  One year of experience living in various locations in Latin America and 27 years of global travel. Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish, Italian and conversational Arabic…
  • Coach of the Month: Belinda MJ. Brown

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

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

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

  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Best of 2014 in Expat Books (2/2)

    ML Awanohara
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Season’s greetings again, Displaced Nationers. And welcome back to our end-of-the-year bookfest! Pass the eggnog!! (She takes a swig…) Moving right along (hic!). In the first part of this BOOKLUST WANDERLUST series, posted yesterday, our BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST columnist Beth Green and I presented a list of 2014 expat books in the categories of Travel, Memoirs, […]
  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Best of 2014 in expat books (1/2)

    ML Awanohara
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Seasons greetings, Displaced Nationers. That special time of the year is here again, when we publish our selection of this year’s books with meaningful connections to expats, Third Culture Kids, global wanderers, and others of us who have in some way led “displaced lives”. Having assembled this list on my own in years past, I […]
  • CHUNKS OF DRAGONFRUIT: The story of an expat for whom Burma literally becomes the Tropic of Cancer

    The Displaced Nation Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    First of all, if How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia isn’t on your Christmas list, it ought to be. As regular Displaced Nation readers will know, Dragonfruit is a new anthology edited by columnist Shannon Young. Shannon has been sharing a few tasty morsels with us over […]
  • GLOBAL FOOD GOSSIP: ‘Tis the season to be jolly—and for that I recommend crunchy sweet potatoes

    The Displaced Nation Team
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Joanna Masters-Maggs was displaced from her native England 17 years ago, and has since attempted to re-place herself in the USA, Holland, Brazil, Malaysia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and now France. She describes herself as a “food gossip”, saying: “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes. Overseas, I am curious as to what people […]
  • In this novel of displacement, water shapes the land, the country and people’s lives, almost beyond recognition

    ML Awanohara
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    My guest today, Ruth Hartley, is a writer and an artist—but from the point of view of the Displaced Nation, she is something else as well: an expert on displacement. Ruth has lived a life of displacement. She grew up in Africa, a continent that continues to have the world’s largest number of forcibly displaced […]
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Frozen Turkey's in Muscat

    Sythe
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Christmas is coming, and for some of you that means a big turkey dinner, to be followed in the days after with turkey sandwiches and perhaps turkey curry too! Because I like turkey, and because I keep seeing them in supermarkets lately, I started to pay attention to what types of turkey are on offer where.And here's my little summary!Carrefour and Lulu's are selling the same turkey, Norbest. This is probably the best-known frozen brand available here this year (I wonder why TSC stopped bringing the butterballs) and Carrefour are selling them for RO 1.940/kg and Lulu's are selling the same…
  • Got my water tank cleaned... and OMG!

    Sythe
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago, Muscat's busiest lady blogger, Heather, posted on Muscat Where Can I Find that she was getting her water tank cleaned. Lot's of people commented, with one particular man doing a pretty good impression of an ostrich with his head in the sand, who refused to accept that people's water tanks could get dirty with sediment from the water. But enough of that.I've lived here in Oman for over 7 years, first in an apartment, then in two different twin villa's, with our own water tanks. I've never thought to clean them before, but when I saw Heather's post, I knew I should call…
  • As Sammak has reopened

    Sythe
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
      The fish restaurant down in the Jebel Sifah development next to the Sifawy boutique hotel has reopened it's doors after a refurbishment through the summer and into the early winter months. They've got a new chef and an updated menu too.Soups are between RO 3.8 and RO 4, starters range between RO 1.3 and 2, or RO 4.9 for a platter and fish entre's range between RO 6.8 and RO 14.5 unless the catch of the day is something super fancy (pricing for this depends on the catch...). Fresh juices are RO 2 and there are a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks to choose  from.If you like a fancy…
  • Audi TT for sale

    Sythe
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
     My mate and his wife are leaving Muscat for greener pastures across the border in the UAE. Being the nice man that he is, he's agreed to buy his wife a new shopping trolley, and so her old one is for sale here in Muscat. What a nice man!It's a 2008 Audi TT with 87,000 km on the clock. Its been fully serviced at Audi (all the time) and its in good condition. It's usual drive was from Seeb to Ghala and back again - all highway driving, and not much of it.The car's posted on Dubizzle here, but if you're keen, call 9650 1150 for more information. They're asking RO 5,000 for it.le fin.
  • The booze debate

    Sythe
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Well, well, well.The debate rages on about whether Oman should ban the bottle or not. It takes my breath away at how staggeringly small minded some of the comments that I've read both as quotes in news articles from Majlis a Shura members, and from the general public. It seems that some people have convinced themselves that Oman's tourism industry is better off without alcohol.Because I like numbers, here's some facts:There are, on average, approximately 160 shipping containers brought into the Sultanate each month with alcohol in them. Rough estimates of these 160 containers are that half…
 
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • 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…
  • Playing to Australia's Sport Obsession

    Russell Ward
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I've never been that great at team sports.It pains me to put those words to paper but it's true. I love sport like any red-blooded male. I watch it at every opportunity. I've been known to play a mean game of tennis, golf or squash. But when it comes to team games, I'm just not that good.There was the time I tried out for the local football team.I ran myself ragged around the pitch for an hour and a half, chasing the ball, tackling left, right and centre. The problem wasn't the other players or even the ball, but the fact I didn't get near either for a 90-minute match. One of only two boys…
  • Positive Habits Can Make a World of Difference

    Russell Ward
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    We travel. We visit. We explore.For most people, this starts out as a dream and often without a concrete plan.For the lucky few, affording the dream isn’t a problem but for the rest of us, embarking on an international adventure – whether it be a holiday, long-term travel or moving abroad – has a price tag.I believe in seizing the day and chasing an opportunity, wherever that might take you and whatever that might be. That’s my definition of success.But what’s the point if we can’t afford it?To make the adventure realistic and achievable, we need to plan and we need to save.And we…
  • What Does Success Look Like to You?

    Russell Ward
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I always wanted to be the high-flyer. I saw myself as someone who would excel in the corporate world or become a leader in international business. But I eventually accepted that being a major corporate bigwig wasn't my thing.So I dropped the idea.I've wasted too much time trying to impress others and gain the respect of people who feel that money and jobs and houses and cars are the be-all and end-all in this life.I towed the line and I never challenged the status quo.Then one day I realised how much time and energy I was spending on seeking the approval of others for ambitions I wasn't even…
  • Best of Both Worlds: Why Australians Love Snow in Summer

    Russell Ward
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    It's that time of year when anticipation grows as Australians gear up for the start of summer and almost six months of sunshine, blue skies and summer sports.You might be surprised to learn that while most of us are looking forward to the dog days of summer, others are waiting in eager anticipation for a taste of the cold.They're not waiting for the Australian cold, which is far from now and, even then, not easily found. They're looking forward to the mid-winter climates of Europe, North America and Japan.It's yet another quirk of the Australian psyche, much like Christmas in July and…
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    Expatify

  • Top 10 Shopping Sites for Sending Gifts to Expats & Overseas Travelers

    Liz
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    As Christmas approaches, we’re all scrambling to finish our holiday shopping. It can be especially challenging to find gifts for your friends and family who are living overseas. Between exorbitant shipping costs and questionable delivery timelines it can be hard to feel confident about an international purchase. We’ve taken the work out of your international […]
  • The cheapest country to buy electronics is the United States

    Tom
    24 Oct 2013 | 12:35 pm
    As a lover of electronics and other gadgets, I’m always on the lookout for bargains. And as someone who has visited over 70 countries, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time checking to see if things are cheaper in one place and another. It started when I looked for MP3 players in Hong Kong, […]
  • Do some of us become expats because it’s like being a minor celebrity?

    Tom
    17 Oct 2013 | 12:39 pm
    Obviously there are many expats who move abroad primarily for economic reasons, and there are those who move for a better climate or lifestyle. But there are also many expats who seem to be more comfortable or just happier living in a culture and country outside their own. I think I put myself into this […]
  • When do big expensive cities become not worth it for new expats?

    Tom
    10 Oct 2013 | 1:51 pm
    There’s a strange phenomenon that seems to have been going on for decades in the expat world. A huge majority of those moving to a new country end up living in the most expensive city in that country. Think about London, which is famously one of the most expensive cities on earth. You can walk […]
  • Top 12 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

    Expatify
    4 Oct 2013 | 5:43 am
    Some places in this world are much more dangerous to visit or live as an outsider if you visually stand out, such as some of those in our list below. We picked these cities for inclusion in our top 12 most dangerous cities in the World due to their extremely high crime rates, percentage of […]
 
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • 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…
  • ‘Lac en Partage’ fun in Annecy

    Wendy
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Cruising around Lake Annecy on a large boat has an air of glamour, especially if you’re watching from solid ground. Last weekend, I finally became glamorous, stepping onto one of the famed red and white boats to cruise the lake at a discount price of €5 for the entire day. The special deal was part of an event called ‘Lac en Partage‘ (‘Shared Lake’) which combined the discounted boat service with free shuttles, hikes, plants, cake, brochures galore and local information stands at each port. Although the event started early on Sunday morning, I arrived…
  • Learning first aid in French

    Wendy
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    Meet Anne. She’s a very important mannequin: she saves lives. Anne was given to me at a short first aid course here in St Jean de Sixt after a friend talked me into going. As always, I was apprehensive about making some big faux pas in French and looking like a complete idiot. The start of the course about heart attacks involved croissants, pains aux chocolate, juice and black coffee (hey, this isn’t a prevention course: let’s stuff our faces on fat!). This welcome should have made me less nervous, but watching the other participants walk in and greet everyone else with…
  • And then suddenly, France seems logical!

    Wendy
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    France, I’m sorry. I’ve made light of you many too times and questioned why you do things in what seems to be the strangest of ways. I take it all back after visiting the Italian island of Sardinia. Looking for late summer sun, I took a road trip around the island. The first sign of oddness was the car hire man, who upgraded me from a Fiat 500 to — wait for it — a Fiat 500. Maybe the upgrade was the dusty finish, or the unnecessary bumper parking in the half-empty parking lot. Thankfully, the car exceeded its ‘Fix It Again Tomorrow’ label and I whizzed around…
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    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.
  • Butterflies in the Canadian Classroom

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

  • HMRC Slammed For Failing To Advise Taxpayers

    Lisa Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    If you want to know more about tax, the last place to seek advice is from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), according to a new report. HMRC should have a more open and honest attitude to dealing with individuals, business and tax agents and do more to help people sort out their tax problems. For years, HMRC has worked on the premise that the organisation cannot give tax advice, but will fine and chastise taxpayers for making mistakes or missing deadlines. Judges in several courts have criticised the organisation for publishing misleading or inaccurate guidance, while a recent tax tribunal told…
  • Expat Saving Rates: December 11, 2014

    Jim Atkins
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Banks and building societies are holding fire with any wholesale changes to offshore savings rates for expats. The banks see no need to offer attractive rates when so much cheap money is available from government bond schemes and the markets. Couple this with failing oil prices and the likelihood that central banks have no need to raise official interest rates for some time and expat savers can expect a miserable return on their cash. But every cloud has a silver lining, and for expat savers the drop in the cost of living at least stretches their cash further. The only changes in the fixed…
  • Property prices fail to impress

    Jim Atkins
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Property is the latest commodity to disappoint investors, according to new research. Only the Middle East is showing any real growth in prices with a 9.6% average increase in house prices, says the latest Global House Price Index for the quarter ending September 2014. The rest are ‘anaemic’ with the next best, South America, posting just a 1.6% increase. A handful of the 54 countries monitored have double digit growth – Ireland (15.0%) Turkey (14.0%) Dubai (12.5%) United Kingdom (10.5%) Estonia (10.0%) Colombia (10.0%). Out of the rest, Belgium stood still, while values in 15 other…
  • Phone Tricksters Scam A Record £24 Million

    Jim Atkins
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fraudsters on the phone tricked bank customers out of nearly £24 million last year by posing as detectives or bank staff. The bogus callers call victims and request details of bank accounts and security questions so they can access any cash. Financial Fraud Action UK says crooks have stepped up this type of fraud because elderly and vulnerable victims hand over their private details too easily. The agency reckons the number of scam calls has tripled in the past year. Police warning Now, banks and the police are launching an awareness campaign to help potential victims receiving calls. Some…
  • State Pension Increase Confirmed

    Lisa Smith
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    The basic state pension is increasing by 2.5% a week in April 2015 in line with the government’s triple lock guarantee. The rise amounts to £2.85 and means a single pensioner will pick up £115.95 a week. The triple lock is measured against adjusting the state pension by the highest of the annual inflation rate in September 2014, average earnings or 2.5%. Nearly a million of Britain’s poorest single pensioners will qualify for pension credit top-ups taking their weekly cash up to £151.20 a week, while couples will be paid £230.85. Flat rate awaited This increase marks the last time the…
 
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  • Uruguay: Lebanon Foreign Minister urges expats to buy Lebanese products

    Louise Baldwin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wants to see Lebanese expats in Uruguay spending their money on things produced in their homeland, noting that the recently-signed free trade agreement (FTA) with Latin America would make importing such goods all the more easier. During a meeting on Wednesday with a delegation of Uruguay-based... Expats Blog -
  • North American expats in Belize reveal its draws

    Steph MacDonald
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    North American expats living in Belize have revealed the reasons why they chose the picturesque Caribbean nation as their new home. In addition to the pristine beaches and rolling mountains, they say they only need between US$2,000 and US$3,000 a month to give them a comfortable lifestyle. Another reason is that it is closer to home than... Expats Blog -
  • Joy for expats in Denmark as government passes dual citizenship law

    Charles Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Denmark has finally passed a law that will allow expats to become citizens of the country without losing the citizenship of their homeland. The new legislation also states that Danes who have previously given up their citizenship are able to reclaim it. The government’s decision on dual citizenship came after a research on the issue... Expats Blog -
  • Spain: Expat aims to ban circus on Casares and Manilva

    Louise Baldwin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A British expat in Spain is campaigning to outlaw animal circuses in the southern Spanish towns of Casares and Manilva after they were banned in Malaga. The animal-loving expat, Angela Ferguson, from the English country of Middlesex, is of the opinion that the law that was introduced in Malaga should be applied all along the Costa del Sol,... Expats Blog -
  • Phuket expat accused of stealing bikes to sell via Facebook

    Steph MacDonald
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A French expat and his Thai girlfriend have been accused of stealing motorcycles on the island of Phuket in order to rebuild them and sell them via Facebook. Twenty-seven-year-old Mathieu Alfano and Pawana Moonsatub, 21, were identified from CCTV footage and able to be traced to their residence on Phrabaramee Road in Patong – the... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • home and home (bite your tongue)

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    A week back, and time has not returned to itself. Mornings are sluggish, getting E to school with my stomach empty, twisting and then full, then finding an hour back in bed. Nights are lost, awake in the darkness knowing that friends in New York are taking afternoon coffees, chattering on phones in the streets, shopping for gifts or just working away. Home, and home. Home and home.The rhythms are beyond my grasp, the shuttling of dishes to sinks, the making of lunches, the remembering of bills and what day the cheese lady is at rinok. It happens sometimes, this catgut string trick, the…
  • the cold and the bagels

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    A warm hat is pulled down past my ears down to the back of my neck. I did not even bring gloves. It is just after 6AM and I am weaving through the streets of the Lower East Side. Allen, Orchard, then the big open stretch of Delancey reaching off towards Brooklyn across the Williamsburg Bridge. It rusts slowly, pieced together with great metal plates, always a low rumble but strong, still standing.There is the smell of reheated bacon, of fresh bread, of ammonia. I sneeze once, then again. It is colder than Moscow here.And now crossing Houston, full of construction and barriers and men in thick…
  • black like them

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    I see one of them, in stiff orange coveralls in front of our new place each morning when I return from taking E to school. As I approach he dips his head, sweeping a path with a bunch of twigs wrapped into a makeshift broom. I say dobrei, to him, a casual version of morning. He mumbles something back. He was surprised the first time I did this. These people with black hair and gold teeth, the garbage collectors, the painters of fences are invisible to most here. He could be from Uzbekistan, or Tajikstan, maybe even Azerbaijan. They leave family behind, traveling to Moscow to make money that…
  • the in-between moment

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    E's new snow pants make whisking sounds in the darkness as we walk the few blocks to the marshrutka stop. These little buses weave through the lesser known parts of the city on marshrut (routes), connecting old women and men without cars to metro stations. They do not charge me for E most of the time. Some drivers look eternally angry, miserable. One smiles at us, even says "dobrei utram" (good morning) and the more familiar goodbye "shastliva" (happiness).Today she slumps against me once we are inside, cheek against my arm. Often the lights are bright, like an arena inside the little bus but…
  • rotten eggs (the bad father)

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

  • Being a Mum in Turkey, Often feels like being a single Mum

    Kerry Arslan
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Being a Mum in Turkey, often feels like being a single Mum, (well for me anyway!) I... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • Living Turkey and the Visa System.

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

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

  • Navy Federal Credit Union Celebrates 25-Year Partnership with Cartus!

    Steve Slabaugh
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU), headquartered in Northern Virginia, this year celebrates 25 years of partnership with Cartus! NFCU is the world’s largest credit union, with $62 billion in assets, 5.1 million members, 259 branches, and a worldwide workforce of more than 12,000 employees. Cartus partners  with NFCU on their private-label real estate assistance program called “RealtyPlus”, available nationwide to all Navy Federal members. It provides real estate assistance to NFCU members and, in most states, pays cash back to members when they buy and/or sell their home. Through Cartus…
  • U.S. Market Watch: Tips on the U.S. Rental Market for Relocation Managers

    Julie Perfetti
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    As the United States real estate market continues to evolve, the rental sector is experiencing challenges of its own. The rental housing vacancy rate for the third quarter 2014, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, is 7.4 percent. This is especially concerning, as this sector is vitally important for many transferees, especially those on short-term assignments The low vacancy rate affects the timing of the entire rental process and what companies may need to consider in terms of employee support. The current decreased availability of rental units means that individuals have to be prepared…
  • Season’s Greetings from Cartus!

    Kevin Kelleher
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We hope 2014 has been a great year for you and your organization. As 2014 comes to a close, our teams from around the globe want to share a special video celebrating the spirit of the season. To each of our valued clients, suppliers, employees, and members of our community, we send special thanks for your loyalty and dedication. Your support allows Cartus to celebrate the relationships that make our organization proud. From everyone at Cartus, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year! Written by Kevin KelleherWith 30 years of relocation management experience, Cartus…
  • Explaining UK Stamp Duty Reforms on Residential Property

    Rob Abbott
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The UK Government announced last week that it has cut Stamp Duty Land Tax. Implemented on 4 December 2014, the changes aim to make Stamp Duty payments fairer. The government estimates that the changes will help 98% of those who are liable for the duty. OurMobility Insights Stamp Duty Reforms provides more information on these changes and how they may impact your UK relocation programme. What is Stamp Duty Land Tax? It’s a tax levy that home buyers must pay when purchasing a property. Stamp Duty rates increase in line with the value of a property and are charged as a percentage. The Changes…
  • Generation Z: Homeownership Key Part of the American Dream

    Sherry Chris
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “The American Dream” is a set of ideals defined by each successive generation. For the age group we know today as “Generation Z” (teenagers aged 13-17), the American Dream once again includes owning a home. Although they also value other aspects of the American Dream, such as graduating from college, getting married, and having children, 82% of Gen Z respondents surveyed by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate selected homeownership as the most important factor for achieving the American Dream. Gen Z appears to be more eager to make their dreams of homeownership a reality than their…
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    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • 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…
  • Season of Kathina, Season of Giving

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Picture: http://www.phyosithu.com/   This month is a very auspicious month because of Kathina festival that is held from the full moon of Thadingyut to the full moon of Thazaungdaing. Of course every month in Burmese calendar have a special festival or a ceremony, but this month, is very special to Buddhists because of the Kathina festival of Thazaungdaing, which is originally specific to the well-being of the sons of Buddha, monks. But nowadays, most of the people participate in this festival not only to donate to the monks but also for the ordinary laymen in need. Therefore, the month…
 
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    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.
  • 7 Truths To Help You Survive Your Partner’s Job Loss Abroad

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you have money in savings you will be all too aware that interest rates are pretty dismal at the moment - and have been for years. There is not much in the way of return on investment for savers and this is, of course, all down to the Bank of England's base rate. Whether your assets are held in the UK or locally in the country where you are living, your interest rates reflect the base rate, which is currently 0.5% – and has been since March 2009. It seems there is little hope of the base rate rising prior to next year's May general election, and some leading commentators estimate it will…
  • How to measure happiness?

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Expats are used to seeing regular lists of the happiest places in the world to live, surveys which tend to use income levels, health, safety and housing as some of the regular criteria for comparison. But the latest 'Happy Planet Index' from the New Economic Foundation takes an interestingly different approach, looking instead at how countries produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people who live there. The study takes in account the factors of life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint. In a nutshell, it ranks countries on how many long and happy lives they…
  • Why Move to France?

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    When you think of France, the first things that come to mind include fantastic food and exceptional wine – a country rich in architecture, full of culture and intertwined with romance. Little wonder, then, that the 2014 InterNations Expat Insider survey says that "love" is the most popular reason for relocating to France. But you don't have to be driven by matters of the heart to want to move there, so what else could you expect from a life in France? According to the HSBC Expat Explorer report, it outranks the UK in several areas of life. Unsurprisingly, expats to France claim it is the…
  • Importing Household Goods into Singapore

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Whether you are planning on moving to Singapore for a new career or for personal reasons, it is likely that you'll want to bring some of your most valuable and treasured household effects with you to your new home. The best approach is to use the services of a professional international shipper, with knowledge of the logistics of shipping goods internationally. Still, while a relocation company will take most of the stress out moving out of the equation, it is still wise to be aware at an early stage of some of the considerations.Importing used household goods and personal effectsUnder the…
  • Moving To Singapore with Pets

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    As anyone with pets will tell you, they are more than just animals – they are members of the family. And as such, the prospect of parting from a four-legged friend when emigrating to a country like Singapore simply does not bear thinking about. However, you might not need to leave your pet behind. That is, as long as you are willing to spend a few months making the appropriate preparations to bring your pet with you if you are moving to Singapore from the UK. Here's a guide to get things started. Restrictions Unfortunately, not every breed or species will be accepted for travel on flights…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • 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…
  • My year in Istanbul in Photos

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

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

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

  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week 12

    Tina
    19 Dec 2014 | 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, it seems like I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is … Continued Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week 12 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Morelia, Mexico Orchid Expo

    Tina
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Every year Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico has an orchid expo. The climate is perfect here for growing orchids year around. They seem to be a pretty popular flower. We were in our Bible ministry a couple weeks ago and I saw … Continued Morelia, Mexico Orchid Expo LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #12

    Tina
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our twelfth week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every Tuesday … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #12 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Social Media Saturdays #9

    Tina
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to Social Media Saturdays, the one and only linkup sponsored by the International Bloggers Association, where bloggers grow together. Have you joined yet? If not, go there now!   We’re all about making new friends and finding each other … Continued Social Media Saturdays #9 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
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    Ogles & Observations

  • Moon Hill Hike and the Countryside in Yangshuo

    Jan Blanton
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This is the third and final post from our trip to Yangshuo in November 2014.  A highlight of our trip was getting to be outdoors and hike.  It was a legitimate hike (read: difficult) and even though there was some complaining going on, it felt like a huge relief from city life.  Moon Hill is the name of this place….can you tell why they named it so? It was right across the highway from our hotel, so we walked there and then began the climb up the many stairs. Hiking Moon Hill in Yangshuo The locally famous Moon Hill beckoned us from our hotel room. Warnings…and they…
  • Bamboo rafting on the Li River near XingPing China

    Jan Blanton
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    We took a day trip up to the old town of XingPing, about an hour away from where we were staying in Yangshuo.  Our Inn made arrangements for us to meet a lady in a parking lot, then we walked through the ancient streets of this little town, and found our way to the boat docks. There, hundreds of “bamboo rafts” awaited the many tourists eager to see the sights.  While I’m sure the rafts at one time were made from bamboo and powered by a strong man with a stick, the updated version is PVC pipe with a small outboard motor and a man on a chair. This part of the Li River is…
  • We went to a special administrative region across the boundary this weekend and this is what we saw

    Jan Blanton
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    The post We went to a special administrative region across the boundary this weekend and this is what we saw appeared first on Ogles & Observations.
  • A fall weekend in Yangshuo

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

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

  • 2014 Biggest International Tourism Year in History

    Justin Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In a testament to the continuing interconnectedness of the world, as well as economic recovery and growth, 2014 is set to be the biggest international tourist year of all time. Over 1.1 billion international tourist visits will occur by the end of this year according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). These are defined by staying at least one night overnight in another country. This is something of a surprise given the fragile economy in Europe, conflicts in the Middle East, slowing growth in China, ebola in west Africa, and other problems in the world, as well as being…
  • South Korea Looks to Ban Foreigners in Preschools

    Natasha Kracynski
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    As demand for English teachers in Korea continues to wane, the Ministry of Education may worsen the situation for the industry by making a law that would ban private language schools known in Korean as “hagwons” from hiring native speakers as teachers. An unnamed ministry official told Korean reporters that the decision would lower English language costs in the country. The MoE said education costs have risen from 288,000 won in 2007 to 347,000 won in 2013. However, critics point out that the cost of education has actually increased below the rate of inflation in South Korea. That growth…
  • Forex Finland Stops Accepting Roubles

    Natasha Kracynski
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Travelers looking to trade rubles for euros in Helsinki are in trouble, since Forex Finland announced it will no longer buy roubles. The announcement comes after the currency lost 15% of its value in a week, which has prompted a foreign currency sale in Russia and many expats in Russia to begin leaving the country. While the currency’s future remains uncertain, increased volatility has also caused some retail brokerages to stop allowing trades of the rouble, bringing greater illiquidity that may be worsening the problem for Russia’s currency. While foreign currency exchanges in Finland…
  • TEFL Jobs Growing in Pakistan, American Embassy to Host 2nd TEFL Meeting

    Justin Davis
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Though Pakistan may not be the first place one thinks of as a destination for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) jobs, the demand is growing and we are receiving some upbeat indicators. Our sources show that while TEFL jobs are often not prominently advertised online, they are growing in Pakistan. They can range from language centers, to kindergartens, international schools, universities, coveted International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examiner positions at the British Council, and also volunteer programs which are fairly common. Pakistan features a low cost of…
  • American Expat Taxpayers Face Possible Relief

    Justin Davis
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    The United States is the only major industrialized country in the world to subject its citizens to a worldwide tax regime on a citizenship basis meaning that above a certain threshold all your worldwide income can be taxed.  This has long been a thorn in the sides of American expats the world over.  Information coming from the Senate Committee on Finance about tax reform indicates that this issue is being considered, with a proposal by the group American Citizens Abroad (ACA) earning a mention. Currently, 82% of Americans abroad don’t owe taxes in America, though those that do usually…
 
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