Expats

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Art journalling

    Ruth's Place
    ruthsplace
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I’ve been really stalled with playing in my art journal because I am intimidated by the huge expanse of white on a double page spread. Last night it occurred to me that I could do a single page. There was no rule that said I had to fill both pages. (Yeah, I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes…). So while chatting with my brother via facebook I got out my pencil and set to work. I was inspired by an image I pinned from Totally Tracy. This is how my page turned out. Yes, I’m aware that it’s highly derivative, but I’m still finding my feet art-wise after…
  • Ten phrases every expat needs to know

    Expat Explorer
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    When it comes to learning the language a little goes a long way. It can feel alien at first, but having a go and trying to get stuck into the local lingo will usually strike a chord with natives and you’ll often find that people will be keen to help you if you do struggle. In our 2014 Expat Explorer survey nearly two thirds of respondents said that they were using the local language – which we think is pretty good going! If you’re still trying to get to grips with learning another language then not to worry: no one expects you to know everything instantly and it doesn’t happen…
  • Be a Mindful Expat

    Expat Chronicles
    Colin
    2 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Expat Chronicles This article is inspired by the following Amazon review left on Lima Travel Guide: Almost useless. Only superficial information, vague at best. Not enough information about quirks of public transport which ended up costing us more money. Seems to only highlight tourist traps. Keeps suggesting the reader ask their hotel for information. We rent furnished apartments and never stay at hotels. I don’t know why you sell a Kindle version. I have an 8.9″ Kindle. The maps are too small to read and can’t be enlarged. I don’t have access to a printer so info on…
  • Useful Skills Expats Need Abroad

    ExpatFinder.com/Blog
    admin
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
      You need to acquire some skills before deciding to live a successful and happy expat life abroad. It is our human nature to feel estranged when we go to a new place or restaurant let alone move to a new country and interact with people who may not understand our native language. For some,(...)
  • Top 10 Family Travel Tips

    ExpatFinder.com/Blog
    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
      Travelling with family is hard. When not done right, it would feel like work when it shouldn’t. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”  Make your travel with the family as a milestone trip to create new memories and strengthen bonds. Travelling with kids can be hard(...)
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ExpatFinder.com/Blog

  • Top 10 Family Travel Tips

    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
      Travelling with family is hard. When not done right, it would feel like work when it shouldn’t. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”  Make your travel with the family as a milestone trip to create new memories and strengthen bonds. Travelling with kids can be hard(...)
  • The World’s Best Post Breakup Places

    admin
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
      Everyone hates a breakup. And everyone is not spared of it around the world. It is even worse for expats whose love is in another part of the world. It sure sucks to be in a situation bordering on depression and a seemingly painful void in our lives. You would think no one in(...)
  • The Cutest and Tiniest Hotels in the World

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
      When travelling, most of us look for luxurious, comfortable and spacious hotels and accommodations. However, you might want to experience hotels that have small spaces but cute features. These incredibly tiny hotels give every expat another perspective in choosing accommodations when travelling. Check out the cutest and tiniest hotels in the world.    Utter(...)
  • The Creepiest Places on the Planet

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
      At one time or another, we crave for that otherworldly experience. Sometimes, we do not even know what to expect. It is just that we have heard this and that from a friend or an old relative or camping and sleepover stories. One thing for sure, there exist some places that are considered scary,(...)
  • Useful Skills Expats Need Abroad

    admin
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
      You need to acquire some skills before deciding to live a successful and happy expat life abroad. It is our human nature to feel estranged when we go to a new place or restaurant let alone move to a new country and interact with people who may not understand our native language. For some,(...)
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • A Picture for the Memory Box

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Read from right to left ... A story by Jack, July 2015
  • Jack's Zip-line Video

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    This should have been part of my post about Jack's birthday but it didn't happen that way. Sometimes I'm too buried in stuff to see to everything. So anyway, this will probably go down in history as one of his favorite birthdays ever. It was cheap-ish, he loved it, I got to sit down. What's not to love.ZipliningSmall July 2015 from Pam on Vimeo.
  • June-July 1 Second a Day

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    JULY2015Tinkle from Pam on Vimeo.
  • Leanne on my Mind

    18 Jul 2015 | 5:24 pm
    It was Leanne's birthday last Monday and this week marked one year since she visited us. In the last 12 months she has been in daily contact with her dad (I join in sometimes but like to sit back and let them have their time) and we send lots of support & love back & forth. We can't wait to see her in 3 weeks - 3 weeks!!! She's a gorgeous girl inside and out and I can't wait to introduce her to my huge, mad as a hatter family :)When I post pictures on Facebook of us at the pool, or celebrating something or just having fun I always feel a big pang of sorrow that she's not here with us.
  • 4 Boys in a Car = Time Well Spent.

    18 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    I spent time with the 4 boys again this week and I have to say, my favorite time with them is car time. It usually involved very loud pop music, open windows and sunroof, dancing, laughing, farting and rude words.  As a particular treat this week they compared nipples and asked each other what they'd do in order to drink the bottle of old milk that rolled out from under a seat and looked like cottage cheese floating in water ("what would make you eat the cheese?"). One said he'd eat the cheese if he could have nipples that looked like little dogs that barked.All the while they laugh…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Chronicles

  • Accidental Corruption

    Colin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Expat Chronicles When an American hears “corruption,” he might think of macro-corruption cases like Rod Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson Jr. Or you might think of smaller fry like Joseph Miedzianowski or the cop they based Training Day on. After a while in Latin America, I stopped seeing things through lenses like “crime” and “lying.” I just lump all of it under “corruption” now. And in addition to macro vs. micro-corruption, you also have intentional corruption vs. accidental corruption. Intentional micro-corruption is the obvious stuff. I needed a copy of my key. I went to…
  • A Gringo’s Intro to Reggaeton Playlist

    Colin
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Expat Chronicles During the year and a half I spent in the US, I made a critical mistake in trying to turn a friend on to reggaeton. It wasn’t a planned strategy, we were just drinking and talking smack and I saved some YouTube links on his computer. My mistake was I gave him the songs I was listening to at the time. A better strategy, obviously, would have been to put some thought into it. To treat his introduction with kid gloves. So the playlist below includes reggaeton songs to introduce gringos to the genre. I have segregated the lists between boys and girls. For the gents, I…
  • The Man Behind the Mick

    Colin
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Expat Chronicles Richard McColl published ‘The Man Behind the Mick’ on MarxRand about his interview with Christopher Kavanagh, which he talked about on his Colombia Calling podcast. Richard gives interesting insights as a more removed observer — as opposed to a friend — than me. If you’re a fan of the book or a fan of The Mick, check out his article here: www.marxrand.com/archives/363 There is a significant revelation in the article about Christopher which I did not know. But you’ll have to visit to see that. Here are some excerpts: I am sharing a…
  • Be a Mindful Expat

    Colin
    2 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Expat Chronicles This article is inspired by the following Amazon review left on Lima Travel Guide: Almost useless. Only superficial information, vague at best. Not enough information about quirks of public transport which ended up costing us more money. Seems to only highlight tourist traps. Keeps suggesting the reader ask their hotel for information. We rent furnished apartments and never stay at hotels. I don’t know why you sell a Kindle version. I have an 8.9″ Kindle. The maps are too small to read and can’t be enlarged. I don’t have access to a printer so info on…
  • Who Spammed Santa Catalina?

    Colin
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Expat Chronicles I found the strangest thing while researching the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa. Santa Catalina is a 16th century convent that housed nuns for over 400 years. The walled complex is a city inside a city — a maze of colored hallways, living quarters, and courtyards featuring beautiful gardens and religious paintings. Santa Catalina received over 170,000 visitors in 2014, making it the fifth most visited tourist destination in Peru. I visited Santa Catalina in 2008 and published a blog post and FB photo album. In contemplating a return visit, some…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ruth's Place

  • Art journalling

    ruthsplace
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I’ve been really stalled with playing in my art journal because I am intimidated by the huge expanse of white on a double page spread. Last night it occurred to me that I could do a single page. There was no rule that said I had to fill both pages. (Yeah, I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes…). So while chatting with my brother via facebook I got out my pencil and set to work. I was inspired by an image I pinned from Totally Tracy. This is how my page turned out. Yes, I’m aware that it’s highly derivative, but I’m still finding my feet art-wise after…
  • A scrapbook page

    ruthsplace
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:45 pm
    It’s been a long time since I did any scrapbooking, but I couldn’t pass up the sketch on Let’s Get Sketchy this week. Here’s the inspiration sketch. Here’s my take on it. This is an old photo, I’m trying to scrapbook myself more and shift some of the back log of photos. At the  beginning of 2006 we packed up our belongings and moved to South Africa for 6 years. We had a stop-over in Singapore along the way and this picture was taken in the orchid garden. I used a stencil to draw the guidelines for the title and journalling and then hand lettered them. I…
  • Lists

    ruthsplace
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    In a little while we are due to take our mid-year leave. For the past few years we have headed to Australia. This year things are a little more complicated due to Gorgeous Man having commitments for work here in Papua New Guinea and then in Fiji and the Solomon Islands that make it difficult to take the full leave period in Australia. So after much looking at the logistics and research on Gorgeous Man’s part (he’s a great holiday planner) we decided that Gorgeous Girl and I would accompany him on the Fiji leg of his work trip and we’d all go to Fiji a few days early before…
  • Hexagon update

    ruthsplace
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The hexagon quilt has been sadly neglected this year. A few days ago I pulled it out and inspired by Faeries and Fibres decided to try a new (to me) way of adding the hexagons. You see I’ve been adding each hexagon individually and it’s been very slow. However, sewing a strip of hexagons and then adding that strip has significantly speeded up the process. I now have a square top. This is going to be a queen-sized top, so there’s a long way to go. But I’m pleased with how it is coming together. It’s a riot of colour. Gorgeous Man asked if I would be doing another…
  • A card

    ruthsplace
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Drive-by post today to share a card I made. Quick and simple, but I think effective.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Slow Travel in Europe and Beyond | CheeseWeb

  • O Liban Lebanese Restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

    Monika
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    O Liban Lebanese Restaurant Brussels Belgium Guest contributor, Monika, reviews one of our favourite Lebanese restaurants in Brussels, O Liban. Brussels has a lot to offer in terms of food and is a foodie’s delight. Since the food has always been an important cultural experience rather than just ‘food’ for us, hubby and I attempt to try different cuisines whenever we are eating out. Brussels doesn’t disappoint! Brussels has quite a few Lebanese restaurants and my favourite among them is definitely, O Liban. I have been there multiple times and each time, the food and the customer…
  • A Day at the Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany

    Adriana
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Our Germany correspondent, Adriana, shares stunning photos of her family trip to a beautiful zoo and botanical garden in Stuttgart. When it comes to zoos, I usually apply the philosophy “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” But I have kids so I have to visit them from time to time.  However, the Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten in Stuttgart, Germany, is particularly beautiful and worth visiting. Pelicans admire the view of the Wilhelma Zoo Wilhelma was initially built as a royal palace, and now sits on a 30-hectare plot of land, split between a zoo and botanical…
  • 6 Places to Eat & Drink Local in Centre, France

    Alison
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Eating regional foods is one of the highlights of travelling in France. But how do you know which restaurants to choose? Today, we share 6 of our foodie finds for the Centre – Loire Valley region where you can be sure to eat the best produce the area has to offer. One of the best things about slow travelling through France, is the abundance of fresh, local produce: fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese (!), and seafood. Although we enjoying buying food direct from farmers and preparing our own meals in our motorhome, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking. But even with…
  • Top 5 Offbeat Hill Stations In India

    Rohit Agarwal
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Today our guest contributor, Rohit, takes us to the hill stations of India. But these are not the commonly known mountain getaways. These 5 hill stations are some of India’s best kept secrets… Since India has commonly hot regions, the hill stations serve as havens from the treacherous heat and humidity of most Indian cities and locations. The hill stations of northern India are more favored in summer, while the hill stations of southern India receive more attention in winter. They make for charming and alluring escapes from stress and strain and are almost always teeming with tourists.
  • The Cliff Chateau, Maison Forte de Reignac, in Dordogne, France

    Andrew
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    The Maison Forte de Reignac, in Dordogne, France is one of the most unique châteaux we’ve ever visited – it’s carved out of a cliff! For millions of years, the Dordogne River has carved a path from the Massif Central to the Garonne River near Bordeaux. In 2012, the entire Dordogne basin was classified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, making it the biggest Biosphere Reserve in France and second biggest in Europe. This classification aims to put measures in place to ensure the area is managed in a sustainable way now and in the future. This is good for the plants and animals as well…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blogitse

  • weekend #30 – painting outdoors

    BLOGitse
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
      The other day I painted outdoors,   I found a good, private spot   Paint Party Friday   ‘these shoes are made for walking….’ and painting           Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   I can NOT comment on your blog   if you don’t have name/URL option to leave a comment….    
  • weekend #29 – be there!

    BLOGitse
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm
      here’s my entry for   Paint Party Friday     I try to sketch, just relax and let it go… Not easy because I’m a control freak but this kind of painting feels really good!         We have thousands of international visitors in Helsinki right now. On Thursday I was watching on television how joy and happiness can glue people together – doing the show and watching it on tv. I felt so good listening ‘be there’ and see people moving and enjoying! That was (is) COOL!   Thank you  ‘The World Gymnaestrada 2015…
  • weekend #28 – summer greens

    BLOGitse
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
      My entry for   Paint Party Friday   is green   trees I saw from a window…         and a few close-ups       And now a few photos with green         Here’s music I love, to listen and DANCE! Do you like this kind of music?         Dear Blogger blogger,   Please let me comment on you blog,   have a name/URL option to leave a comment, thanks!     Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • weekend #27 – lupins

    BLOGitse
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
      ‘home made’ lupins for   Paint Party Friday       quick watercolor splashes on my sketchbook and together they look like lupins!   Sorry, no, no, joking…here you see REAL lupins       look at this beauty     What a structure, what a color, just amazing!   Simple but soooo beautiful……..     Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   I can NOT comment on your blog if you don’t have   name/URL option to leave a comment….    
  • weekend #26 – green June shots

    BLOGitse
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:54 pm
      but first my entry for   Paint Party Friday       bunch of Dianthus Caryophyllus     In Helsinki it’s green, really green!       Have a relaxing weekend!
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Everyone's Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • Top Five and a Half Things American Expats Miss from Home

    Greg Dewald
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    One -  Mexican Food The only country on earth that can do Mexican food as well as the US, is... Mexico. And the further away you go, the worse it gets, if you can find it at all. Say goodbye to those huge, delicious burritos, endless tortilla chips, and fresh, fragrant salsas, the nearest things you are likely to find will be pale impersonations. Unlike the Chinese, who opened restaurants in almost every corner of the globe, Mexicans haven't roamed far enough and in sufficient numbers to have introduced their delicious cuisine to the wider world. As an American expat, there are times when…
  • The foreigner, the local, the citizen of the world: what’s your personal brand?

    Lily Martinez
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I  like to compare the beginning of a new life in a new country with a start-up, and we all know personal branding is critical for entrepreneurs. If your enterprise needs to succeed, your clients (people around you) need to understand who you are, what you stand for and the value you bring. However, as much as you might think that personal branding is how you define yourself, it’s actually more about what other people say  about you when you leave the room.  Want it or not, this little talk behind your back can define your well-being, your career and  how long you’re going to stay in…
  • The downsides of living in the UK and the moments of doubt

    Lily Martinez
    9 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    It’s always nice and bright somewhere out there… When I was a little girl, my parents used to work in Baden-Baden.  As much as I loved the city I kept bothering them: “When are we going back to Moscow?! When? When? When?” And guess what…  After we went back to Moscow, I started asking about going back to Baden-Baden. How typical! Not much has changed 25 years later. Even though, I made a firm decision to stay in the UK, there are always moments of doubt. Some of my doubts in my personal blog.
  • What happened to Mike ?

    mike korpi
    7 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A year ago I was approached by 2 newspaper writers for Dongguan Daily and they asked to see my Passport I refused and they called the police My visa had expired and when it expired the fine was about 500usd so I thought no big deal as I was planning on staying in China a long time.Well during the time my visa was expired they changed the rules to be much stiffer I think 2 or 3 thousand usd.well I was put in the HouJie city jail after I was told I could only bring a small suitcase.I was there for 2 days on the cold concrete floor these are open air cells and it was cold and rainy nd I was…
  • The Apartment Service has published 5th edition Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report

    Bard Vos
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    The Apartment Service has launched the 5th edition of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report in February during the Business Travel Show in London, These reports document the development and rise of the serviced apartment sector worldwide and provides an overview of the latest trends and developments as well as global serviced apartment listings.  To obtain a copy of the 5th edition of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report, please provide us with: + Name + Company Name + Job Title + E-mail address + Website + City + Are you a buyer of serviced apartments provider of…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • This idyllic valley in Switzerland could soon change the world…

    Simon Black
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Zug, Switzerland July 24, 2015 I’m sitting here on a park bench with my friend and colleague Johann Gevers overlooking an absolutely serene lake in Zug, Switzerland. With the elegant and imposing mountains behind, it’s as quintessentially Swiss as you can get. Johann is the founder of Monetas, an advanced digital transaction platform that could dramatically change the way people do business around the world Monetas is a ‘cryptofinance’ company– part of the new generation of technology firms that has set its sights on revolutionizing finance. This goes way beyond Bitcoin. The…
  • 3 ways to get a European passport

    Simon Black
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Zug, Switzerland July 23, 2015 I’ll admit that I lucked out. Nearly 15 years ago, I discovered that I was entitled to a European citizenship because of my Italian ancestry. Back then I hadn’t yet realized all the power and benefit of having a second passport. But it sure seemed like a good idea. The way I figured, another passport just meant having more options. I knew enough to understand that, with an Italian passport, I could live and work anywhere in the European Union. And that struck me as a major benefit. It took a long time– probably an entire year just to assemble the…
  • Greece isn’t the problem, it’s a symptom of the problem

    Simon Black
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    July 22, 2015 Munich, Germany By plane, Asia and Europe are 12 hours apart. But on the ground the gap feels like decades. It’s always a shock to leave a place like Vietnam (where I was last week) and fly to Europe. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing countries in the fastest growing region of the world. It’s exciting. Whereas here in Europe, sometimes it feels as if nothing’s changed in the last five centuries. It’s a night and day difference. All eyes may be on Greece right now, but in reality, the economic malaise is widespread across the continent. Italy is gasping to exit from…
  • Gold stocks hit lows not seen since 2002

    Tim Staermose
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    July 22, 2015 Bali, Indonesia [Editor’s note: This letter was written by Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist Tim Staermose.] The selling in gold (and silver) stocks has been nothing short of brutal in the past several sessions, save for a modest bounce Tuesday. The Philadelphia Gold & Silver Index of precious metals mining companies is now back to levels last seen in 2002. Gold then was less than 1/3rd the price it is now. Admittedly, the cost of mining gold is up significantly since then, so many large gold companies are struggling to make money now, even…
  • Meet the newest enemy of your financial privacy: George Clooney

    Simon Black
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    July 21, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic I’m at a complete loss for words. I keep waiting for the deep baritone of that guy who voices all the action movie trailers to chime in. But it doesn’t come. Because this all real. I’m talking about the trailer George Clooney has just released to promote his new non-profit, entitled THE SENTRY. (Yes, they use all-caps. It sounds like a great name for the next Marvel superhero movie.) THE SENTRY is an initiative that “seeks to disrupt and ultimately dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    MyBrownBaby

  • Homeschooling Black Children: This Is How (and Why!) This Mom Does It. Plus: a Book Giveaway!

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Homeschooling Black children took a whole 'nother meaning after this white mom of brown children saw Black history ignored in her children's school. The post Homeschooling Black Children: This Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dear Walmart, Where’s Black Barbie?

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When a Black mom can't find a Black Barbie in her local superstore, she's forced to have conversations with her toddler she's not ready to and doesn't want to have. So she's penned a letter getting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Talk to White Children About Race: Here’s How To Avoid Raising Another Rachel Dolezal

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Want to avoid raising a delusional kid who thinks being Black is "cool"? Consider these tips for how to talk to white children about race. The post How to Talk to White Children About Race:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Importance of Happy Birthdays: Celebrations Aren’t Just For Kids

    Denene Millner
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Everybody deserves recognition on their birthday, but I didn't realize how important this is until my daddy turned 75 and made this stunning revelation. The post The Importance of Happy Birthdays:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted Parent)

    Denene Millner
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A new dad to twins realizes that he may never have the relationship with sleep that he used to have. At least he has a sense of humor about it. The post An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Arrivals

  • Privacy Policy

    tompitman
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    Privacy Statement:   How we use Cookies Cookies are very small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit some websites.  We use cookies to help identify your computer so we can tailor your user experience, track shopping basket contents (if relevant) and remember where you are in the order process. You can disable any cookies already stored on your computer, but these may stop our website from functioning properly. Our advertising partners (specifically Google) may use cookies in order to show you relevant advertisements.  We use Paypal as our payment…
  • Just signed up! Welcome to Expat Arrivals!

    adminexpat
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:15 am
      Now you're signed up, you can select your destination on our City and Country Guide page. You will find loads of information on your destination, and if you look on the right there will be an option to ask questions to other members living in your new destination and you can also respond to other forum posts. read more
  • Cape Town Schools Guide

    adminexpat
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    This unique guide includes useful information on international schools in Cape Town, to help parents make an informed decision on their children’s future. A readable and informative overview of Cape Town's school system, this essential guide is a must read for expatriate parents. read more
  • Dubai Schools Guide

    adminexpat
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:06 am
    This unique guide includes useful information on local, private and international schools in Dubai to help parents make an informed decision on their children’s future. A readable and informative overview of Dubai's school system, this essential guide is a must read for expatriate parents. read more
  • Singapore Schools Guide

    adminexpat
    8 Nov 2013 | 1:18 am
    This unique guide includes useful information on local, private and international schools in Singapore to help parents make an informed decision on their children’s future. A readable and informative overview of Singapore's school system, this essential guide is a must read for expatriate parents. read more
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog

  • The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake

    Laurel
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The original can be found here: The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake. Please read the original. Okanagan Lake is famous for water sports, like water skiing, but treasures also lie below the surface as I discovered on a wreck dive of a rail car barge! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • The 7 Best Travel Apps That Every Traveller Needs

    Laurel
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
    The original can be found here: The 7 Best Travel Apps That Every Traveller Needs. Please read the original. These are 7 of the best travel apps out there to make your vacation planning stress free and to help you to find the hot spots once at your destination! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • 10 Finnish Foods You Need to Try

    Laurel
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    The original can be found here: 10 Finnish Foods You Need to Try. Please read the original. Finnish food is a mystery to most people that haven't been to Finland, but it's another great reason to visit Finland. And yes reindeer is delicious, not to mention nutritious! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How To Be A Responsible Traveller

    Laurel
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    The original can be found here: How To Be A Responsible Traveller. Please read the original. These tips from travel experts compiled from #AdvTravelChat will help you become a responsible traveller and contribute to sustainable tourism initiatives. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete

    Anais
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The original can be found here: Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete. Please read the original. Travellers can expect incredible richness and diverse landscapes when they travel to Crete, but perhaps just as importantly, open people and delicious food! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Transport Companies Sydney To Brisbane Melbourne

  • Isagenix Burn Fat Easy

    peter@pkseoservices.com
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Have you attempted various weight loss programs but without any success?Are you a victim of weight-loss diets that have loads of side-effects? Stress no more.Isagenix international is a company that has programs, diets and supplements that ensure you a lean body after shedding some pounds off your body.They products are pure dietary for this reason not only assist you get your preferred body but ensure a you better health.Testimonies from lots of individuals who have actually used Isagenix items show to the world that their solutions worth trusting. They have two’categories to match…
  • Isagenix Stop Putting On Weight

    peter@pkseoservices.com
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Have you attempted various weight loss programs but with no success?Are you a victim of weight loss diets that have loads of side-effects? Fret no more.Isagenix global is a company that has programs, diets and supplements that guarantee you a lean body after shedding some pounds off your body.They items are pure dietary thus not only assist you get your preferred body however guarantee a you much better health.Testimonies from numerous individuals who have actually used Isagenix products show to the world that their options worth relying on. They have two’categories to suit your…
  • Car Detailing and Quality Results

    peter@pkseoservices.com
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    First good thing about vehicle refined is being sure that the vehicle stays clear. Not a soul wishes to remain in a very unclean car. Automobile outlining allows ensure that your auto remains fresh and at ease. Inside describing leaves the car that has a wonderful stench in addition to awesome search. In addition to supplying personal hygiene, vehicle detailing may also treat your rugs along with car seats along with protectant. This can help minimize further injury within the car. This may help maintain the car’s visual appeal over time. Your own car’s overall look isn’t just…
  • WordPress Resources at SiteGround

    peter@pkseoservices.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: A Marine's Message To Islamists

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I know what a flash mob is. Thanks anyway,
  • Re: dealing with young gay men

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The OP's thread-initiating statements and ponderings are way TMI for me. Perhaps there should be a gay only area in the forum? I think most of us on this forum would be far out of our element to attempt to offer advice to gay middle-aged men seeking to...
  • Re: Atm and foreign currency

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Some banks charge a fee for Intl. ATM transactions and many don't.  We always used Privat, Raiffaisen (sp?) and a few others including OTP which was near our last flat and had a 7k UAH limit.P'raps a few of the other lads can shed more light on other...
  • Re: dealing with young gay men

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Blackmail only works if you succumb to it.If confronted with it, you could always call his bluff and say you want to make a few more and the leverage is immediately lessened (if not entirely removed unless you meant what you said) 
  • Re: dealing with young gay men

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Thanks. I hadn't thought of whether he could secretly video me to blackmail me... Gosh, the possibilities are endless. I've kind of decided that taking risks of some type is just "living life". I could hide under stone until I'm 70 and snuff it, but th...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Happy Eid!

    Sythe
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Just a little note to wish everyone a happy Eid! Still traveling, hope you all have a great vacation! le fin.
  • Eid announced

    Sythe
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I'm probably a little late recording this holiday, effect of being in a very different time zone!Eid has been announced, and holidays to go with it have been announced too, Starting from this Thursday the 16th and ending on Monday the 20th will be the Eid holidays. Back to work on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and then Thursday 23rd will be another holiday day next week too,Not a bad haul!Happy holidays everyone!le fin.
  • Happy Canada day!

    Sythe
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Just a quick one to wish all the Canadians a happy Canada day because its July 1st!I'm celebrating Canada Day this year by flying there for a summer vacation!I hope you all have a great day!le fin.
  • How long have you been in Oman? The answers...

    Sythe
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Well, it seems that a lot of you expats have lived in Oman for a really long time. It seems that people tend to stay here for at least 3 years... and would you look at the number that have lived here for more than 20 years? 20% of you!Well that's the new thing I learned today!le fin.
  • Want to buy a Ford Focus for RO 2750?

    Sythe
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Someone emailed the blog with the following pictures, it seems that they're leaving Oman in a week and want to sell their car. They tell me that the car is a 2011 model, they were the second owner and that the car has 70,000km and has a full service history from Ford.They also advise that the car has no mechanical or electronic faults and hasn't been in any accidents. The battery, tired, oil and filters were all changed recently (receipts available) and with full Oman & UAE insurance available until March 2016.The price is RO 2750 if you're interested, you can call 9407 1843.le fin.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Explorer

  • Remembering your first expat experiences – From surviving to thriving

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:21 am
    The first six months of expat life are such a whirlwind that often there is no chance to stop and reflect on all of the changes, both big and small. Every expat is reminded of the distance when that weekly video call home disconnects unexpectedly, or a once routine lunch-break call to your best friend wakes them up in the middle of the night.  Cut off from friends and family by oceans, time differences and unreliable broadband, an expat in their first few months is well and truly in survival mode.  But with your head down and focused on getting through the challenges of expat life,…
  • Being a parent to third culture kids –bridging the gap from here to home?

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    As a parent there is nothing more important than the happiness and wellbeing of your children, so moving abroad can be a very daunting prospect. It’s normal to question how well you and your family will cope but these nerves can be eased with our top tips for bridging the gap between here and home. One of the worries for a child moving abroad is losing touch with friends and family. Whilst a short 12 month expat jaunt might not damage your long-term friendships back home, for children a year apart can feel like an age. In the digital age, there no longer needs to be a clean break, but that…
  • Ten phrases every expat needs to know

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    When it comes to learning the language a little goes a long way. It can feel alien at first, but having a go and trying to get stuck into the local lingo will usually strike a chord with natives and you’ll often find that people will be keen to help you if you do struggle. In our 2014 Expat Explorer survey nearly two thirds of respondents said that they were using the local language – which we think is pretty good going! If you’re still trying to get to grips with learning another language then not to worry: no one expects you to know everything instantly and it doesn’t happen…
  • Country in Review: Malaysia - Old Traditions and New Discoveries

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    Malaysia is a unique meeting of old and new, where established traditions blend with a new, constantly evolving metropolis. Everything from shopping, food, dress, culture and architecture showcase both Malaysia’s rich history and the modern state it has become. Whether you’re a career expat navigating the fast paced city, retiring to a carefree island or on an expedition in the captivating rainforest, Malaysia has got all categories covered. The country is perfect to move to if you want to be in the middle of the city or if you want to escape it. Expats can take advantage of Kuala…
  • 5 worrying thoughts people have before moving

    10 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    So, your big move is gradually getting nearer and nearer and the nerves are kicking in. The good news is that feeling a little bit scared is a totally natural part of the exciting process of starting a new life – so we’ve put together this post to help you clear some of the typical worries that future expats feel before moving, and better understand how to overcome any anxiety you might have about making the leap: ‘I can’t speak the local language…’ Worrying about not knowing the first language of your new host country is normally the first thing potential expats will think of.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Le Franco Phoney

  • Can I sleep at your place?

    Wendy
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Antoine de Maximy is a name you’ve probably never heard of. He’s a French man who has travelled the world in an interesting and brave way. With cameras all around him recording his journeys, he asks random people if he can sleep at their place. It sounds mundane but it’s some of the most interesting television I’ve ever watched. He builds connections with the most unlikely of people. Through Antoine’s camera lens, the rest of us get to experience the everyday highs and lows of people from all warps of life. His full-length film about crossing the US in 2008 aired…
  • Bastille Day celebrations or lynch mob?

    Wendy
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Driving home from Annecy on Saturday night, I stumbled across a fete in Thônes. It was an early Bastille Day celebration and I was lucky enough to get there at just the right time for the march through town. The brass band started playing and the only lighting was via sticks on fire. I took a video (email subscribers will need to click through to lefrancophoney.com to see the video). What you don’t see very clearly on the video is the first lot of marchers without instruments. They’re sapeurs – the firemen who carry axes and wear big, thick, white gloves and…
  • French word of the month: canicule

    Wendy
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Anyone living in France at the moment will have heard the word ‘canicule‘ numerous times. Everyone is talking about the canicule – the heatwave that hit Europe last week. French TV stations are playing community service announcements about how to survive, and shutters on houses are closed to try to keep the heat out. To Australians, the high thirties is typical summer weather. We’re used to heatwaves and I remember being bemused when a news item came on the TV in Melbourne during the nineties about the London Zoo sprinkling the animals with water because the weather…
  • How sport is done in the French Alps

    Wendy
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    There’s no shortage of sporting challenges in the French Alps. There’s the standard snow-related sports in winter, and cycling and running in summer, but some other sports that aren’t quite so obvious. Let’s start with Le Grand Bornand, where families can enjoy air rifles! The description in English starts off well enough: Discover biathlon, shooting on 10 metres away target with air rifles. Then it gets weird. Funny activity for family. It allows you to improve your concentration and your way to handle stress. Right, so it’s a funny activity and a great way to…
  • “I’m just popping over to Italy”

    Wendy
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    When I was growing up in Australia, I was impressed whenever someone said they were “going overseas”. Indeed, the only way to leave the country is to fly over seas (and usually oceans too). Other countries are a long way away. Years after moving to France, it’s still a novelty to me to be able to switch countries without getting on a plane. And I’m not the only one. When family visited from Australia last month, they were keen to visit Lake Como in Italy. We left the morning after they finished a quick European cruise. One of them remarked how in 24 hours, they had…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    iExpats

  • 12m Fall Victim To Identity Theft

    Lisa Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Millions of people have had their identities stolen by fraudsters because they fail to take basic security measures to protect their sensitive information. Action Fraud, the UK’s online scam fighters have launched a campaign to raise awareness about identity theft called ‘Not With My Name’. More than 12 million people – one in four adults – in the Uk alone have fallen victim to crooks stealing their personal data. The average loss is £1,200, adding up to a massive £3.3 billion nationwide. The campaign reminds people that simple measures can stop fraudsters, such as: Updating…
  • Terror Alert For Expats After Suicide Bombings

    Jim Atkins
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Expats in Nigeria have been put on alert after a spate of terrorist bombings and kidnaps. On three days in a row this week, suicide bombers struck in different states. The British Foreign and Commonwealth office announced that the threat from terrorism is running high in the country and red-zoned many areas for expats to stay away from. “Attacks can literally happen anywhere although major towns and cities in the north of the country are most at risk,” said an FCO spokesman. “The help we can give expats or tourists is limited and all but essential travel to some areas should be…
  • QROPS List – July 15, 2015

    Lisa Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The number of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) has recovered as 48 new schemes join the list, according to the latest data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Since the introduction of the pension age test on April 6, more than 3,000 of the offshore schemes have stopped receiving transfers from British expats and overseas workers who have accrued pension rights in the UK. The pension age test bans anyone under 55 years old from drawing QROPS benefits unless they are suffering from serious ill-health. QROPS that have provisions to allow payments to younger retirement…
  • India Signs Up For FATCA To Block Black Money

    Jim Atkins
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The Indian government’s crackdown on black money is continuing with the signing of a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) agreement with the USA. Both countries have agreed to swap financial information about bank accounts and investments controlled by US taxpayers in India and Indian taxpayers in the States. Hundreds of thousands of non-resident Indians live and work in America and remit a large slice of their income home, while the Indian government wants to track down taxpayers who invest in the USA. The government is trying to work out what ministers describe as ‘the scourge’…
  • Expat Savings – July 9, 2015

    Jim Atkins
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Offshore banks and building societies seem stuck in a rut with rates after the Bank of England’s chief economist forecast the official interest rate will stay ‘glued to the 0.5% floor’ for the foreseeable future. A couple of banks have tweaked rates – Conister Bank has boosted the three-year fix by 0.25% up to 2.25% and their two year fix by 0.5% to 1.75% on deposits of £5,000 Leeds Building Society has added 0.11% to their one year fixed rate bond taking the return up to 1.66% for a £1 deposit Uncertainty in the market Other offshore savings banks are waiting for a more certain…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    expatsblog.com

  • Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

    Louise Baldwin
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and... Expats Blog -
  • Expat Brits arrested over Spain pub killing

    Charles Smith
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Spanish police have arrested two British men in connection with the killing of a German in a bar fight in the Spanish town of La Cala de Mijas. Forty-six-year-old Ingo Dewitz died in the southern Spanish resort town’s Captain’s Bar after being hit twice on the head. The two expat Brits reportedly became involved in an argument with... Expats Blog -
  • Barclays to close expat accounts unless six-figure sum deposited

    Charles Smith
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Expat in a number of countries face the prospect of their Barclays Bank accounts being closed down unless they have a balance of at least £100,000. The bank announced that it would close down accounts that were not worth £100,000 within a couple of months, meaning many Brits living abroad will need to deposit huge sums of money should... Expats Blog -
  • No vote for Canadian expats abroad for 5 years

    Louise Baldwin
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Canadians who have been residing overseas for over five years will not be permitted to vote in their country’s general elections in October. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on Monday after a 2-1 split decision that any Canadian who has lived abroad for at least five years will be barred from voting on the grounds that they are no... Expats Blog -
  • Expat nurses in UK face prospect of being sent home

    Louise Baldwin
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Increased budget cuts designed to further reduce the government budget deficit mean many foreign nurses in the UK may be sent home. To separate long-term residents and short-term workers, UK laws state that expat workers are permitted to stay and work in the country for six years. However, by the time the six-year mark comes round, they... Expats Blog -
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    impressions of an expat

  • fumbling in the dark (pushing elephants)

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    I have not used a changing bag in years. The black lump of fabric looks like a windbreaker that was crammed into the bottom of a closet and forgotten. I unfold it, flapping it hard to get any dust off of it. There are two arm holes lined with elastic and a zipper at the other end. Inside this zipper is a second zipper, so that the bag is completely light tight. This was any everyday object in film school, next to a splicer, a light meter, various clothespins and hand tools. I line up a few of the film holders, and the box of 4x5 film. Everything needs to happen by touch, so all of the…
  • something about rain (E makes a movie)

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    I am looking for my charging cable, and wonder if E took it. I am in her bedroom now, the stuffed animals wrapped in scarves are hugging each other on the windowsill. I yank open some desk drawers. They are packed with scraps of paper and folded things, paperclips, little jangly sounds. The next, crammed full of god knows what. A quick wave of vertigo washes over me. This is what my desk drawers look like on a good day. I call her, ask if she knows where my cable is. She does not. I find it behind the couch half an hour later.E stands by my desk on Sunday afternoon. I am working, staring at…
  • anything was possible (suffer no more)

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    E carries a little bag with camera batteries, hovering behind my shoulder peeking at the monitor. Her mouth twists a little, eyes on me, then back to the monitor. I explain to her what I am trying to say with this shot, how well it is working. She nods, not a word, just that knowing look. It is the very last scene to shoot, a young man leaving his work and heading home. I am trying to expand that moment when the tie is loosened, that long wait for a street light to turn green and then the crowd walking across, how a person can get lost in this moment.All of the stories from this little film…
  • white nights and no place to go

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    The nights are bright, and cold. The drapes flip around like the ocean, drifting in and out of the windows and door frames. Trees bend heavily in a strong wind, brushing against the balcony sometimes like an intruder scratching on the glass. The rooms are fresh and clean, but the walls are somehow closing in on us. We are at the threshold of full-on summer, and we will walk these rooms until school starts.Everyone is away, or about to be away on beaches and boats, waking up in unfamiliar beds. Summer holidays, a guaranteed trip to somewhere, if only to a shed in the woods surrounded by…
  • threading the needle (the birds)

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    That familiar feeling washes over the morning  - of being pulled in opposite directions. At one end, the petty, twisted mechanisms we cross paths with in life, the foul, grotesque result of miserable people trying to make sure everyone they encounter feels the same as them. It is a form of narcissism, this selfish cloud. It is hard to outrun a cloud, sometimes. At the other end is a tiny creature, a growing ball of new smiles, hands outstretched, eyes that grow curious, an enduring stare that does not blink. This little person that was not here a few months ago, at the center of our…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tim Potter Philippines Via Sugar Land TX

  • Transportation in Philippines

    Tim Potter
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Traveling Around The City Of Cebu via Sugar Land TexasLiving in Cebu or elsewhere in the world, a vehicle can be convenient. But do you really need it? Some will say yes, others are fine without. Just like home.Some don’t have it because they cannot afford, while others don’t feel they need it. It all depends on what you’re used to, what family situation you’re in and where you live. Others say they're fine without a car until they get one, then they cannot live without it!If you’re living in Cebu City, the need of a car is usually less. I stayed here for more than a year just…
  • Philippines Do's Don'ts of Internet Dating

    Tim Potter
    7 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Philippine Internet DatingBy Bob WardLet's talk about the dreaded internet as a tool to meet Filipinas. Despite what some say, there are many good and honest women out there in cyber land. You just need the right guidelines and tools to help you sort the chaff from the wheat.As the internet proliferates further, there are more and more good women who are willing to take a chance at it. They are more scared and therefore reluctant than you are. There is your first key to one of the best indicators of a really sincere and honest woman versus a scammer. A demure nature is a…
  • Reality of living in the Philippines

    Tim Potter
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    The Truth about Living in the PhilippinesJust my opinions follow - from a guy who has lived here for over 6 years and visited for over 10 years before moving here, Bottom line is that I really love it here. But would I advise every one else to move here - then my answer is no way.It's not about the Philippines. It's really about you. You can do all the research on the cost of living, starting a business, medical care, blah, blah, blah. My personal take on it now is that those are only things of secondary importance. What's of the first importance? I'd say it's you and your ability to really…
  • Philippine Online Dating Scams

    Tim Potter
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Online Dating Scams This was another great article written by the a member over at Living Cebu Forums.There was a time when online dating carried a negative stigma. Over the years, however, using the Internet to find your future mate has become commonplace. One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app, according to a 2013 PEW Research study, and the largest group searching online for a potential mate are singles 50 and older. But unlike tech-savvy 20- and 30-something online daters, the plus-50s are less aware of the perils that lurk on the web.One member of that…
  • FREE Calls From Philippines FREE

    Tim Potter
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Calls to the US for FreeThis and much more great information located over at XDA forums. This article replace one I wrote previously and is outdated.Just a few a few things for thought if you are unable to get the free calling or correct packages you may need to follow the instruction for registering it in the USA.  Available at the start of the older free calling page.  CLICK HERE.  That was an article I (Timothy Potter Texas) wrote about two years ago.Google HangoutsAndroid: If you thought Google Voice integration would be the biggest Hangouts-related news today, you were…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • From Bangkok with love

    admin
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Letter from a Burmese lost in translation   To/ Su It was a really great time we had spent together here. After you went back to Yangon, the room became quiet, boring and not that messy anymore. Are you doing okay there? I hope you are fine and happy with your lovely family and friends. Over here, loneliness disoriented and stressed me out. You can say it’s a cultural shock and it will soon pass. Most of my friends are surprised that I feel lonely in Bangkok. They perceived that Thailand shares the similar culture and tradition like in our country, Myanmar. I hope you’ll…
  • Wut Thin: Burmese volunteers

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Burmese volunteers in Shwedagon pagoda, helping to sweep dust away and clean the sacred place.   There are many salient features in our Burmese community, especially in the rural areas. But in this article, I would like to bring forward one important feature in small town communities. It is Wut Thin (၀တ္သင္း), which is a volunteering or service group in a town. Actually, Wut Thin is not related with any government activities and its function is similar to the one of NGOs in recent days. However, they are very different in several aspects. Wut Thin is essentially a religious…
  • Novitiation Ceremony in Myanmar

    admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    Children to become Buddhist novice monks gather for a novitiation ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on Full Moon Day of Tabaung, the last month of Myanmar calendar, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) Novitiation ceremony is important and essential for all Burmese parents, and as the vast majority of Myanmar is Buddhists, it’s not surprising that the novitiation ceremony is a national characteristic. Actually, novitiation is the initiation of a boy entering into monkhood and Buddha’s order, or in other way, it is the ceremony of a boy’s becoming a son of Lord…
  • Myanmar sacred stone believed to foretell future

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    What if you could know about your future with Myanmar sacred stone?   Most of people would be curious to know about his/her future if it’s possible to do so or if they have a chance they would be tempted to give it a try. Some people take it seriously to predict ‘What the future holds?’ Such desire to know has spurred human to come up with means of predicting or fortune telling. This is why astrology, palmistry and astronomy have been developed for thousand years around the world, including Myanmar. The predicting methods vary based upon techniques. Sometimes the prediction…
  • Tha Gyar Min, please appraise my good deeds!

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Tha Gyar Min statue at a pagoda in Myanmar.   Tha Gyar Min: Guardian of the morality in Myanmar During my childhood life, my mother liked to bring up a story of Tha Gyar Min (သိၾကားမင္း) when I did something wrong. She told me that He will record every good and bad deeds that human commit. “Son, don’t you do bad things even when nobody’s around. In fact, you’re actually never alone; Tha Gyar Min’s always there to keep an eye on you”, said my mum with her finger pointing upwards.   Who is Tha Gyar Min and where is he from? Legend has it that…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expatriate Connection

  • Emotional Abuse – Why Expat Couples Are At Risk

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    She comes back home, tired but thrilled. Her Vuitton bag, her manicured nails, her Chanel tailleur… She feels so attractive. In the elevator bringing her home to the 27th floor, a luxurious duplex with panoramic city view catered for by the company, she is in a dream… The CEO, Henry, has just appointed her to […] The post Emotional Abuse – Why Expat Couples Are At Risk appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expat in a country that speaks the same language as you – Blessing or curse?

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    The netball game just finished. Olivia is in tears. Her team lost 10 to 0. Sandra, her mum, is fuming on the bench. ‘Why is the game so violent, the referee so biased, the girls from the other team so aggressive? The lack of sportive spirit is obvious. Some of those girls had knives in […] The post Expat in a country that speaks the same language as you – Blessing or curse? appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expats – The News You Dread (Part II)

    admin
    30 May 2015 | 12:02 am
      Lisa just lost her Mum. It was totally unexpected. They lived 15000 km apart. Once she can cry no more, her numb brain emerges back into practical reality. Beyond the pain of loss, Lisa needs to think about the logistics:      Will she go alone to the funeral? The trip is expensive.      When and for […] The post Expats – The News You Dread (Part II) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expats – The News You Dread (Part I)

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 12:52 am
      The news came by email. Like a punch in the gut. ‘Mum died last night.’ Lisa is stunned. She can’t detach her eyes from those four words. Her brain understands the meaning too well. Her senses can’t grasp its reality. Living 15000 km away, she has no chance to jump in the car and […] The post Expats – The News You Dread (Part I) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Jet Lag – 7 Ways For Your Traveling Partner To Avoid Becoming A Moody Sloth

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Sally is pulling her hair. The kitchen tap is leaking, Max is sick and Sarah has a performance at school this morning. Murphy’s law. As usual, Harry is travelling for work. Since they came to this new country, he’s been away half of the time. He wasn’t even around when she moved in with the […] The post Jet Lag – 7 Ways For Your Traveling Partner To Avoid Becoming A Moody Sloth appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    blog

  • High Earning Expat Location Surprise – Africa Tops the Chart

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When considering relocating to new shores, a big concern for many expats is how much they can expect to earn. In fact, improved employment opportunities and earning potential are motivating factors driving a large percentage of people thinking about making a move abroad – just take a look at the various expat communities and discussion sites online. So, where in the world should you go in order to get the highest salaries? Asia might initially spring to mind – after all, Singapore and China are particularly formidable business hubs, attracting career-minded, ambitious expats from all over…
  • Summer's Here: The Best Cities to Eat Al Fresco

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The scent of freshly cut grass, the jingle of the ice-cream van, the sizzle of BBQs filling the air... Summer is officially here. And what better way to make the most of cornflower skies and glorious sunshine than to take your meals outside? Al fresco dining is one best things about the warm summer months, and expats around the world are able to enjoy in a huge variety of locations. Here are a few of the cities that do it best. Paris Sunshine in Paris and cafe culture go hand in hand. Expats can join the ranks of Hemingway and linger over coffee (or something stronger) in the bistros that…
  • Guide to Working in Switzerland

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to current information collated from expats, it looks like we have entered the Age of Switzerland. The proof is in the data. First up is the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2015, where Zurich is placed at number two and Geneva at number eight. A third Swiss city, Bern, narrowly missed out on a top ten entry, placing at number thirteen. Secondly, the annual HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2014 demonstrated that among all the countries in the world, expats chose Switzerland as the top country for relocation. Working in Switzerland As well as low taxes, low crime and high standards of…
  • The World Happiness Report 2015

    15 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Making the decision to relocate is a major one and rarely taken lightly, particularly if you have a family to consider. As anyone who is currently weighing up their options will discover, it isn't merely the simple matter of choosing where in the world you would like to set up your new life - there are other factors to take into account. The economy, employment opportunities and working environment often top the priority list for many potential expats. The cost of living and accommodation options are also important, naturally. And that's not to mention healthcare, education, personal…
  • Moving From London To Paris – What To Look Forward To

    10 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    For many expats with their sight set on a new life overseas, the City of Light shines with an enticing, romantic glow. Its long, seductive heritage of artists, writers and thinkers stretches back to the days of Voltaire and the French Revolution - Paris has enjoyed its position at the cutting edge of art, philosophy and culture for centuries. It's certainly consistently popular with expats in the HSBC Expat Explorer report, but beyond this idealistic sheen, what can you really expect when you make the move from London to the French capital? The charms of the city are renowned around the world…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Over Here.

  • 9 Easy Ways To Not Let Other People Ruin Your Day

    one foot in Europe
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    one foot in Europe:My article for Thought Catalog…. written in the midst of a stressful time, when everything was getting me down. Because my most recent year abroad, living in Tarragona as beautiful as it is, has not been all sunhine and beach parties. My (I can now happly say ex) job was the kind that gets worse when you thought it couldn’t possibly. See this as a positive way to deal with that stress. Originally posted on Thought Catalog: Day-ruiners are a bitch. You know the ones, your boss at work, that friend who has let you down one too many times, that guy that isn’t…
  • On starting again. Catalan Style.

    one foot in Europe
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    So my new story starts here, in sunny Tarragona, the sun  and the chill of the spring time sea wind on my face. From Istanbul to Catalonia I am on the road (over 6 months on) to finding and truly knowing myself in a new country and for the first time living abroad alone (last year I was con relationship). My shaky flight into Reus airport felt like an ominous warning of things to come. A never ending blanket of black cloud engulfed the airport, making the descent a rattling, tumultuous one complete with screaming children throwing up on themselves and what felt like a death defying…
  • Rasnov Fortress Romania in Photos

    one foot in Europe
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    To be able to say that I never got bored after visiting this monument four times in four weeks says a lot. Not only is it an impressive piece of history preserved, it is also situated at the top of a hill with incredible views of the always breathtaking Transylvanian fauna. Situated in the county of Brasov, Rasnov is definitely worth passing through if you are in the area.      
  • Brasov in a Day

    one foot in Europe
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Any of my friends will tell you about how I rave about Romania. All too often the reaction I get when I tell people I taught at a summer camp there is, ‘urgh wasn’t it horrible’. If Mr Farage and the Daily Mail are the only things that have alerted you to the countries existence and your opinion has been informed by this well, then we probably shouldn’t even be talking anyway. But seriously, I am always going on about Romania as if it were a hidden gem nestled in the Eastern reaches of Europe. Too many people have never even given it a thought as somewhere they ought…
  • The Strays of Istanbul

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

    Los Gringos Locos

  • Grutas Tolantongo, Mexico – Swim in a Hot Springs River

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS This past January we took the kids to Grutas Tolantongo in Hidalgo, Mexico. This was one of the most beautiful places I have seen on my travels abroad in Mexico. We camped for two nights right next to a hot … Continued Grutas Tolantongo, Mexico – Swim in a Hot Springs River Los Gringos Locos.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 42

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 42nd week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every Tuesday morning. **We have decided to return to our previous method … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 42 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop – Raising A Bilingual Child

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can’t wait to see what you share this … Continued Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop – Raising A Bilingual Child Los Gringos Locos.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 41

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 41st week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every Tuesday morning. NEW: Come back Friday and vote for your favorite … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 41 Los Gringos Locos.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Newswire

  • Expat Newswire Launches Youtube Channel!

    Justin Davis
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    Expat Newswire has now launched our official Youtube channel! Our first video is available here.  Don’t forget to watch it on 720p for the best quality.   This is a video of the view on the Airport Express train from the Hong Kong international airport to Central district on Hong Kong Island, set to the music of Bonobo, TOKiMONSTA, Lockah x Taste Tester, and Rustie. The train starts on Chek Lap Kok island heading east, goes across Lantau Island for much of the journey, then goes across Tsing Yi and other islands, and part of Kowloon as well, before turning south onto Hong Kong…
  • Highest Incomes in Switzerland while Americans Wages Fall

    Natasha Kracynski
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Switzerland boasts the largest disposable income of any nation on Earth, topping second-place Australia by over $2,000 per month. A new study by Movehub.com shows that personal disposable income, which calculates how much spending power individuals have after taxes, is largest in the central European nation, at over $6,300 per month. Australia was a distant second, with $3,780, followed by Denmark ($3,269), the United States ($3,258), and Ireland ($2,991). The high PDI of Switzerland is enjoyed by a large number of residents, including expats, thanks to the country’s relatively low…
  • Strong Dollar Benefits Tourists, Hurts Expats

    Natasha Kracynski
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Europe is on sale for Americans eager to visit the continent, where a weak euro has made everything from hotels to restaurants cheaper, but the trend is hurting expats living and working in the continent. In addition to cheap euro-denominated goods and services, air travel to Europe has also fallen in price thanks to falling oil prices. Round-trip tickets from New York City to Europe have fallen to as less than $400 in some extreme cases, and many travelers are reporting wide availability across airlines. Expats, however, are feeling the pinch from a falling euro. John Reyes is a financial…
  • Passports for Sale: How to Quickly Get New Citizenship and Passports

    Justin Davis
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    heihere is now a growing movement of people investing money into a country in exchange for citizenship.  Put more bluntly it is sometimes called “passports for sale”, though the people involved do like this term. The basic concept is that in countries such as St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and others in the Caribbean, Malta, which is the smallest country in the European Union, and some other places, the government has programs where it is easy to get citizenship and a passport in exchange for a donation, purchase, or other investment. People do this for a number of reasons.  They…
  • Asian Economies Slow as Central Banks Slash Rates

    Natasha Kracynski
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Central Banks across Asia have lowered interest rates as they see growth slowing in a worrying trend that could crimp demand for expat workers. The People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Korea, and the Bank of Thailand have all cut interest rates recently, citing low growth and the need to stimulate local economies. GDP growth in China is expected to disappoint, falling below 7% as industrial output growth falls and retail sales rise at the lowest rate in a decade. In Korea, the Bank of Korea is looking to stimulate demand by encouraging banks to lend more to small businesses and make them…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    My Heart in Two Places

  • An expat is both a foreigner and a local

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 I've been an expat for over 20 years. The word "expat" is not a word I use to describe myself; it's a word I use to succinctly explain my life in Florence and Paris. Being an expat for some people means living overseas and returning "home" every year. For me, being an expat means being a foreigner and a local all at once in a place that is your "home." Living overseas is a big part of my life and is at the heart of who I am. It explains so much about me: not just how I live my life, but also how I interact with others and how I see the world around me. Before becoming…
  • Achieving balance in Florence

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Friday, June 26, 2015 When I began this blog, I initially imagined that I would write about what I love in my two cities and share the magic of each one. I had been happily going back and forth between Florence and Paris for a year and a half before I claimed Paris as my second home almost three years ago. The decision to make Paris my home was precipitated by my divorce and my decision to move in with my beau. It wasn't until recently that I realized that my life was out of balance and I needed to do something to get it back into balance. Paris has always been my first love. It was the city…
  • Diving back into my local life

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Thursday, April 16, 2015 When I arrived in Florence, I dropped my bag off in my apartment and rushed outside to embrace my beloved city. I walked briskly along the Arno with no destination in mind. I headed toward the Ponte Vecchio and let my inspiration guide me to where to go next. People were strolling along the narrow lungarno in both directions. It was impossible to stay on the sidewalk so I stepped onto the street when I heard that there weren't any cars coming. I turned down via de' Tornabuoni so that I was really in the thick of it. The streets were so crowded that it felt as if…
  • Savoring the moment

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Friday, February 27, 2015 One thing I love about living in both Florence and Paris is that I have the luxury of time. Whether I plan an excursion around town or if I happen to be out to meet a friend or to run an errand, I get to take a moment or two to enjoy my cities. I often take a detour just so I can admire one of my favorite churches, admire the view of the Arno from different angles, or stroll along backstreets. I do my best to breathe in my cities and enjoy them whenever I get a chance. I was disappointed when I saw that the weather reports last weekend announced rain in Paris. I woke…
  • Simultaneously fitting in and sticking out

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 My upbringing has probably made my being an expat a little less challenging than for others. My parents were of two different (and opposing) races: my mother was Chinese and my father was Italian. As a result, I have never felt as if I really fit in anywhere and have always felt like the odd-one-out. I was brought up in my Chinese family so I was used to being "different" and never felt as if I fully belonged even though I did. When I was in high school I met kids who were like me, half Asian and half Caucasian. I thought that I had finally found "my people," but in…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Young Rubbish

  • Chairs

    Young Rubbish
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    I put this little film together for our family reunion. It is probably the thing I am most proud of creating, in my entire life. Please enjoy :)
  • Art, Mormons, and Whatever the Heck Comes After Post-Modernism

    Young Rubbish
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Dear fellow artists (particularly you churchy-types),I write this letter for you as a devout Mormon. If you don't know what that is, think protestant Christian with more Broadway lights and glitter! (ps I'm COMPLETELY joking, for a real answer to what Mormons believe, check this out).I've spent a lot of time over the last few years pondering over our voice in the art community and people, we are on the precipice of something truly amazing.I believe we've walked out of the world's post-modern phase and entered something new-- something that we HAVE to take hold of. To explain what I'm…
  • Prague (Part I) ● by Jess

    Young Rubbish
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    I suddenly realised this week, while I was cleaning up my files, that I completely forgot to post our travel vlogs and photos from our trip to Poland in April! AH! Welp, here they are!
  • Chelsea in Bloom ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    The best thing about babysitting (and probably motherhood too) is having a tiny human to take on adventures with you! One of my little friends, whom I will call Lidya, came with me while we explored Chelsea in Bloom.  As I've mentioned earlier, Chelsea in Bloom happens as part of the Chelsea Flower Show. The super posh shops in the London neighbourhood of Chelsea have their own flower competition by designing over-the-top displays in front of their stores. This years theme was Fairytales. Lidya was giddy all kinds of Disney-princess-like excitement. To be honest, I sort of was…
  • Inside Big Ben ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Almost exactly six months after trying to get tickets in to see Big Ben-- we did it! Aaaannnnd, it was free.Bam. The sad news is that we weren't allowed to take photos inside. They even took our phones away so I couldn't even take any sneaky pics! In the end I'm glad they did though... it would have been so irritating to deal with everyone stopping every third step to document the experience. We started off, by entering across the street. After going through security they held us in a security area until our guide came. Then they locked up our bags and headed through the passage…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Greeker than the Greeks

  • Making Memories for Melina

    Susan Athanasakou
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:43 am
    My three year old angelic granddaughter, MelinaLast night I had the most wonderful time, a time I’m sure to keep in my heart, as one of my fondest memories.“What did I do?” you are wondering, spend the night at a five star luxury hotel with MGG (My Greek God), or did he take me for a slap up gourmet meal, no expense spared?Neither of the above, I spent twelve Euros and took my three year old granddaughter, Melina, on her first visit to the cinema.This week, the local, open-air cinema, ELECTRA opened its doors for the summer season.I had eagerly been anticipating this event, just…
  • Greeks in need....a need to be more tolerant

    Susan Athanasakou
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Greece;the birthplace of democracy.Greece is going through some tough times right now; all Greeks are worried, afraid, and unsure of what the future holds.It is sad to see people queuing at the ATM machines, sad to see people wondering if they will receive their pensions, afraid that maybe they have lost their hard-earned life savings.I am so sorry to see my beloved Greecein such turmoil.What saddens and scares me most of all though, is to see the wonderful  Greek people turning against each other, at a time when they really need to stand together.I have seen friends, people that I…
  • Facebook, Brits in Greece and pork pies in Athens.

    Susan Athanasakou
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    BRITS IN GREECEWe all knock Facebook now and again, me included, usually about how much time we spend on there, logging on to say Happy Birthday to someone and suddenly noticing that two hours has passed, how did that happen?Here, the problem is us, not Facebook, we just have to practice some self-control.The other big thing is the privacy aspect, well, my philosophy on this is, if you have a Facebook account, privacy flies out the window, if you don’t feel comfortable with that, then don’t sign up.So, limit yourself time wise, count to ten before leaving a caustic comment, avoid doing so…
  • Oleander, jacaranda. Blue and white are not the only colours of Greece.

    Susan Athanasakou
    29 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    OleanderOn seeing Penelope Lively’s informative book, “Oleander, Jacaranda” mentioned in a magazine, I thought to myself;”I must read this book again”Penelope Lively, born and raised in Egypt, just before World War II, writes about her childhood in such a way as to make you feel that you grew up there with her, in the narrow streets and souks of Egypt.She takes you into another era, another country, you can smell the aroma of herbs and spices wafting in the air; hear the sound of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer.You feel the very essence of Egypt.Click on the link below to…
  • From souvenirs to souvenirs. Benaki museum shops, Athens,Greece.

    Susan Athanasakou
    21 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    BenakisouvenirsSummer has well and truly arrived here in Greece, which means tourist shops are out of hibernation, and once again, spreading their wares along the pavements and alleyways, in all their garish glory.To give them their due, things in this field, are getting better, there are now some tasteful little shops selling local produce geared towards tourists.Golden olive oil, delicious Greek honey, dried herbs, shiny black olives, not to mention ouzo and the firewater known as raki, are just an example of the marvelous authentic Greek products being taken home as souvenirs.Greek olive…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Dan Jones VI

  • Everything I Know About Foreign Policy I learned from Lawrence of Arabia

    Dan
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    “I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state from a little city.” -Themistocles (524 BC – 459 BC). The various nations and geo-cultural territories that make up the Middle East have been denigrated, sometimes rightfully so, as “tribes with flags.” It is a region that has undoubtedly devolved into an archaic patchwork of peoples divided against each other in centuries old blood feuds and modern resource claims. Someone who endeavors to even begin to understand the cultural, religious, and historical features of the many tribes who make up that region would be embarking on a…
  • The Taxi Cab Cartel – Round Two

    Dan
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:29 am
    Think about all the products and services we use all the time. TVs, phones, computers, cars, cameras, fast-food restaurants, coffee shops. How have they changed over the past 10 years or more? A lot or a little? You’d probably say a lot. And you’d be right. Flat screen TVs that hang like picture frames, touchscreen phones that work like mini computers, actual computers that are smaller and more powerful than the ones that put man on the Moon, cars that run on a mixture of gasoline and electricity, and cameras the size of a fingernail to name several. Fast-food restaurants get fancier…
  • The Taxi Cab Cartel

    Dan
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:13 am
    Take a trip down memory lane and try to recall the last time you had a great experience in a taxi…and were sober. Maybe the seats were unusually comfortable and the interior impeccably clean. Perhaps you were offered a chilled bottle of water or provided a generous selection of reading material to pass the time. Maybe, a bad experience was turned into a great one–your driver got a little lost along the way, making you late to your destination, so he waived the charge and said “This one’s on me.” Remember, drunk experiences giggling with friends crammed six deep…
  • The Right Stuff: Entrepreneurs in Space

    Dan
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    On Sunday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral, Florida disintegrated 29 miles above the earth in the latest setback for the private aerospace company founded by Elon Musk. It was carrying more than 4,000 pounds worth of food, water treatment equipment, and other supplies intended for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fifty-four years ago on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space aboard NASA’s Freedom 7 spacecraft. Three weeks before him, Yuri Gagarin and the Russians beat the United States with the world’s first manned spaceflight. To the…
  • Being Anti: Vaccines to GMOs

    Dan
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    There are six citrus trees in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember one hot summer day as a young kid going out to repaint the white trunks of the trees. The white paint increases the albido (the ratio of light reflected off an object) and thus keeps the trees cooler. The fruit was not yet ripe, so the tree leaves and unripened fruit were all a uniform green at the time. As I crouched down underneath one of our orange trees, I was shocked to see a bright yellow lemon dangling from a small branch amidst all the green. I ran inside to tell my dad about the Summer Solstice miracle that…
 
Log in