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  • not a doctor

    impressions of an expat
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Most of the day was spent outside myself, goosebumps running up my arms. Faces stared, young men and women smacking at their phones, taking selfies in the giant modern house. It was over an hour drive from the city, all gates and guards and gravel driveways when we finally arrived.I was whisked into the costume room, where they fitted me for scrubs and then began to iron them. I was given an old shirt to wear in the makeup trailer. A woman with soft, warm hands held my face and looked at me in the mirror. She spoke quietly to herself, and then began. I sat in a giant foyer. "You…
  • I know the way

    impressions of an expat
    25 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    I thought he would be taller, but as he approaches me on the metro platform I see he is actually shorter than me. His beard is long and wiry. We talk over the rumble of the trains, hands waving, leaning in to catch words. I just keep saying "quiet, simple, everything inside". He nods.I film him on a bench at the end of the platform. The train arrives, and he does not get on. The train pulls away and he watches it go. It seems so mundane, but through the lens I see the story is working. A man who goes to the metro, and not for the first time, to watch trains coming and going but never getting…
  • Top LinkedIn Networking Tips for Expats Abroad

    20 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
      An expat would always want to have the most convenient of adjustments while living abroad and this is made possible with a strategic networking, and the best social media outlet for industrial networking today is definitely LinkedIn. As expats abroad, you may already know about LinkedIn, you may even have your own profile set(...)
  • Scout Camp on a Rainy May Weekend

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    16 May 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Craig took the boys camping in the rain again. Every year this camp gets slammed with muggy, wet weather. But they seems to like it and this year Daniel went along as he'll join Cub Scouts this fall. Jack is transitioning from a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout, so will be a "Webelo" for the next two years, which stands for We'll be Loyal Scouts apparently. I was happy to camp in the rain too of course but I had to come home and look after the animals. Close one.I love that they have this hobby togetherGot his new neck tie and bookMy friend Heather and her sonSoon to be a Tiger (neck tie given to him…
  • Be a Mindful Expat

    Expat Chronicles
    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…
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    International Herald Tribune

  • Putin’s Disunited Nation

    Saskia De Rothschild
    20 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    From The International New York Times- During those tense days in early March when Vladimir Putin disappeared from public view, the Russian president issued only one official statement: He instructed his prime minister to prepare a blueprint for a new federal agency that would work toward “consolidating the unity of the multiethnic nation of the Russian Federation.” The move passed relatively unnoticed, but it raises provocative questions. Why suddenly create a new arm of government when funding for other departments is being frozen or cut? And why did the choice to lead the agency fall…
  • How Nepal can Rebuild

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    From National Geographic– After a monstrous earthquake leveled Kathmandu in 1934, killing thousands, survivors in Nepal’s capital took shelter in new buildings raised from the bricks of ones that had collapsed. Then last Saturday, at least 5,000 Nepalese died – some perhaps under the same bricks – when a magnitude 7.8 quake crumbled the fragile buildings they inhabited. Unlike in 1934, Nepal today can take steps to break the cycle of devastation in a country rocked by strong temblors roughly every 75 years. And importantly in one of the poorest countries on earth, much…
  • Is China-Pakistan ‘Silk Road’ a Game Changer?

    Saskia De Rothschild
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    From BBC News- China has announced a $46bn investment plan which will largely centre on an economic corridor from Gwadar in Pakistan to Kashgar in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan looks at the significance of the plans. Why has this got people talking? The money China is planning to pour into Pakistan is more than twice the amount of all foreign direct investment (FDI) Pakistan has received since 2008, and considerably more than the entire assistance from the United States, Pakistan’s largest donor until now, since 2002. Pakistani officials say most projects will…
  • China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

    Saskia De Rothschild
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine- When Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited the port in June, Piraeus was described as China’s gateway to Europe: China’s exports could reach Germany, Hungary and Austria “between seven and 11 days” faster, he said. Huawei, the electronics conglomerate, has already opened a logistics center right at the port. 15 Oct 2013, Athens, Attica, Greece — Ships in Port of Piraeus, Athens, Greece, Europe — Image by © Richard Cummins/Corbis Piraeus has become the story of two worlds — that of the turbo capitalism of the successors…
  • Why Beef Ban in Indian State Undermines Secularism

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    From BBC News– It is a bizarre image: cops demanding mug-shots of cows rather than crooks. But that’s what officers in the city of Malegaon in Maharashtra, one of India’s most populous states, are doing in an attempt to enforce its new beef ban. “We are keeping the photographs for verification purposes only,” one policeman told an Indian newspaper. “If someone alleges that some illegal activity has taken place and if the owner has a photo, it will be easy to establish the truth.” I’m not sure that’s right. How do you match a steak with a photo of a cow? But, to be fair,…
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  • Top LinkedIn Networking Tips for Expats Abroad

    20 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
      An expat would always want to have the most convenient of adjustments while living abroad and this is made possible with a strategic networking, and the best social media outlet for industrial networking today is definitely LinkedIn. As expats abroad, you may already know about LinkedIn, you may even have your own profile set(...)
  • The Most Nature-Friendly Countries in the World

    13 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
      The world is faced with Mother Nature’s threat and this has not only alarmed most of the continents but prompted many countries to take aggressive measures to save the planet and do serious damage controls. It is for this reason that some are known to be eco-friendly nations and have taken pride in their(...)
  • 5 Friendliest Countries in Asia

    11 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
      The people and the culture of each country always play a factor when we decide to move or visit. There are so many interesting cultures, traditions, behaviour and practices all over the world, but what stands out the most has always been the ability of the locals to welcome visitors to share and enjoy(...)
  • Cheapest Travel Destinations Around The World

    6 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
      Travelling has always been the healthiest and most effective stress-relieving activity. Unlike shopping and outdoor adventures or sports, it is travelling that brings the person outside of his comfort zone and create lasting memories that can last throughout their lives. Expats are no strangers to travelling, but when you're on a tight budget, your(...)
  • 5 Most Movie-Featured Countries in the World

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
      You will wonder where all the breath-taking sceneries are located in the most popular movie series and sequels these days. Sometimes you even wonder if they existed. Sure, some are constructed from a Hollywood studio, but over the years, there are actually numerous locations in the world that have been frequently featured in popular(...)
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Guide to Overseas Mortgages

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’re thinking of moving abroad, one of the biggest things you’ll have to consider is the mortgage. We’ve got the answers to some of the questions you’ve been asking about a mortgage overseas. What are the advantages of taking out a mortgage overseas? As well as the cut-price properties that have been available on the continent since the economic downturn took hold (though European house prices are now generally on their way back up again), foreign lenders in places like Spain, Italy and France are becoming more flexible. It’s all part of the plan to get more people to invest,…
  • Expat Divorce: Forum Shopping

    18 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    In an age of increasing globalisation many families now have an international element to their make-up. Spouses may be of different nationalities, one or both may have relocated abroad or lived in a sequence of different countries, and/or they may own assets in more than one country. If one or both parties to such a marriage considers that the relationship has irretrievably broken down, then thoughts will eventually turn to the practical implications of a divorce. A divorce is more than the legal dissolution of the marriage. There are always mutual financial claims that must be formally dealt…
  • How Will Pension Reforms Affect You?

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The new rules on pensions kick in at the start of April, promising to give savers more freedom over what they do with their money. But what does it mean to you, what will change, and what do you need to do? The way it is now During the first few years of your retirement, you’d probably use the money that you’d saved during your working life to buy an annuity from an insurance company. While you’re currently able to take 25% of your pension in a tax-free lump sum, the rest of the money goes into that annuity whether you like it or not. What’s changing? For those aged 55 or older who…
  • Letters from the Atlantic: Drilling for Black Gold

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    There have been quite a few celebrations in the Canary Islands recently, following the decision of the Spanish oil company, Repsol, not to continue with its exploration for oil off the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The islands are an important tourist destination, and the threat of oil production taking place off the waters of these beautiful islands has shocked and angered residents for many years. The sea around these coasts is rich with marine life and the threat of serious, permanent ecological damage seemed to be only a matter of time. Despite all the reassurances from assorted…
  • Planning a Wedding Abroad?

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Last year, around 1.5m people travelling overseas for a wedding (either getting married or watching). This weekend, 6,000 brides (and the odd groom) will look for inspiration for their wedding at the London leg of the UK’s biggest wedding show at London’s Olympia. Some of the exhibitors will specialise in overseas weddings, with Thailand, the Caribbean, Greece and Cyprus amongst the favourite overseas wedding destinations. So – where would you go? What are the things you NEED to know? And how can the exchange rates save YOU money? Read on… CHECKLIST – what to pay for >> The…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Scout Camp on a Rainy May Weekend

    16 May 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Craig took the boys camping in the rain again. Every year this camp gets slammed with muggy, wet weather. But they seems to like it and this year Daniel went along as he'll join Cub Scouts this fall. Jack is transitioning from a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout, so will be a "Webelo" for the next two years, which stands for We'll be Loyal Scouts apparently. I was happy to camp in the rain too of course but I had to come home and look after the animals. Close one.I love that they have this hobby togetherGot his new neck tie and bookMy friend Heather and her sonSoon to be a Tiger (neck tie given to him…
  • Weight Loss Update

    16 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I have lost two stone! woohoo! I want to lose at least another 2 before I go to England in 13 weeks time. That's doable, right?I'm still wearing the same jeans, which is beyond weird, although I have got into some capris and other pants that I couldn't previously pull above my thighs. And I still have a jelly-belly and bingo wings. But I can see my ankles now and wearing Hunter wellies in the future is a possibility. Maybe these big ol' calves will squeeze into Hunters after all!I bought myself a new swimming costume last weekend which still disguises a lot of lumps and isn't exactly "hot"…
  • Moggy Update

    14 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    Getting Slinky was a bit more involved than I thought, but then I suppose bringing a live animal into the country is no small thing. Maureen and Jack came with me to the Delta cargo office where they promptly gave me a load of paperwork and sent us 20 miles away to the customs office, where I had to answer questions and they checked his (very cute) cat passport. After about an hour of that we drove the 20 miles back to Delta cargo to go and get him.During this whole process I got really sick - some kind of horrendous stomach bug that floored me. At one point I pulled over to the side of the…
  • Slinky

    11 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Tomorrow my cousin Kay's cat, Slinky, will arrive here from Mexico. Kay is leaving Tulum & going home to London for a visit then headed to the Philippines. She put him on a plane and he flew from Cancun to Atlanta,  then from there to here. They don't fly pets at night as the tarmac and plane hold is too hot.  But they won't sedate him along the way (don't know why), or clean him and will only offer food and water. So I know this poor boy will be smelly and starving & crazy scared when I get him tomorrow but I'm glad he's coming to me because she'll get to see him again. And…
  • Mother's Day, Amish Auction & Stuff

    11 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I haven't been on here for 2 weeks and I've missed it. But every time I try to get on I'm doing kid stuff, or working, or housework, or drinking & having fun.I haven't lost any weight the last 2 weeks (see comment above to explain why) but I have signed in each week at Weight Watchers. It keeps me motivated.Here's some pictures and captions from the last 2 weeks. Sorry to my family in England that I don't have more stories to accompany them.Cook out with Friends at their house. My kids loved their playhouse. Look closely - you'll see Daniel mid-flightImpressing the girlsNeighbours &…
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    Expat Chronicles

  • Be a Mindful Expat

    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?

    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…
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are not Paleo

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Expat Chronicles Arequipa food punches above its weight. This small city of one million has produced a cuisine that beats the entire culinary output of Colombia (population 48 million). However, some gringos may need a tutorial before digging in. A certain quirk about Arequipeños must be understood. A los arequipeños les gusta chupar los huesos. A good Arequipeño sucks the bones. Picking apart the animal is part of the fun. If the bones were removed from a dish served to an Arequipeño, he would feel cheated. In Arequipa, you are not going to get a simple filet to easily cut up with your…
  • Mollendo, Peru in Pictures

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Expat Chronicles The Humboldt Current affects both Peru and Chile, casting endless clouds over the coastal cities for nine months out of the year. Hence one of Lima’s nicknames, “La Gris” (The Gray), which alludes to its lack of sunshine for most of the year. Arequipa, which sits three hours inland from the coast, gets the reverse end of this fortune. At an altitude of 8000 feet, sunny and cloudless for nine months a year. During the summer, it is overcast with occasional rains. During those three months, Arequipeños visit the beach en masse when it is sunny. Nightlife in…
  • Expat Chronicles Meets Audio

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

  • Another hat

    25 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Another hat came off the needles recently. It’s a little bit big on Big Dolly (she had a name when she was mine, but Gorgeous Girl doesn’t name her toys but rather gives them all descriptions). It should fit a pre-teen boy. It’s another charity knit. I love the top of this hat. I’ve been on a bit of a hat knitting kick lately. There are another two hats waiting to be photographed. On the needles at the moment is a handspun lace shawl. It’s a busy time of the semester with student assessment due and exams needing to be written (they are all done, but student…
  • A shawlette

    19 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Last year the wonderful Sam  sent me a pattern (Antartkis). I gleefully chose yarn and packed it into my bag for our trip to Australia where I got sidetracked by a gaggle of hippos. Recently the shawl made it off the needles. It’s pretty small. I used bigger needles than called for since my yarn was a little thicker, but I did have to miss some repeats because I was running out of yarn. I’ve been hoarding this yarn for a while and I’m really pleased with how it has knitted up. I love the way it has turned out. It does need to be blocked, but I kind of like it as a shawlette…
  • Some finishes

    4 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    So we moved house. Just up the road to a new house in the same neighbourhood. We still don’t have the TV or internet connected and I’m spending a lot of time unpacking. But I have also been quietly playing with yarn in the few spare moments when it’s simply too hot to keep unpacking or my feet are screaming for me to take a break. Behold the last hippo for a while. With a friend. I taught myself to knit two colours holding the yarn in each hand recently. This is the result. The inside. The band is a twisted rib. This hat also used up all of the coloured yarn out of my stash.
  • Another grey hippo

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    I’m making another grey hippo. It’s nearly finished. Then it will sit in a cloth bag for a few months until I go to Australia and post it to The Calico Cat. I hope she likes him. I’m kind of charmed by the colour combo.
  • Why I love my stash

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    On Wednesday last week Gorgeous Girl received an invitation to a birthday party today. There’s not much in the way of kid’s toys to buy in Papua New Guinea, the market is filled with cheap plastic toys from China like imitation Barbie dolls and the like. So Gorgeous Girl and I raided the stash. She found some pink fabric that I was sure that I would never use. I’d received it as part of a friend’s destash when I was living in South Africa. Next we went through the 2.5 inch pre-cut squares and chose the ones she thought her little friend would enjoy the most. Using this…
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    Vietnam Ultra Marthon » 53km getting started run

  • 53km getting started run

    26 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    We finished the 53km run on Saturday 23 May. This was the second run for the preparation of the 125KM run.  It was a hot and long day. It was not about completing fast but completing healthy and to get used to the heat. At at 11AM the temperature was already 33 degrees, there were no clouds and 95% of the run was in full sun, without any shadow. During the run we had great support from Christian König, Andy Wong, Thiên Thanh, Thang Pham, Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, Lien Thuy Pham Thi,Phạm Hiệp Sĩ, Trần Chương , …… Those guys and girls are just awesome! The support during the…
  • Runclub.VN

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Runclub.vn organises weekly run events for those that like to run or want to start running. It doesn’t matter if you are old, young, European/Asia/African, fast, slim, fast or a super-athlete. Everyone and anyone is welcome! At the moment the runs are organised on 3 days. The all include a proper warming up and cooling down session. Tuesday mornings – This is a running session for intermediate to advanced runners. Usually organised around 5:30AM in the morning (great to wake up!) . The distance covered varies between 5KM and 10KM. Wednesday evening – Crescent Mall –…
  • Danang Marathon – 31 Aug 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Only one month more until the Danang Marathon. This is a great run which takes you through Danang city. The run starts early morning when it is still cool but the temperature quickly rises and it doesn’t take long before it gets really hot. In 2013 the organisation did a great job organizing the event. The course is mainly flat with some nice bridge in between. Be aware that you may run alone for a long time so that gives a mental challenge.
  • Monster swim Vietnam

    5 Aug 2013 | 3:51 am
      Please check the charity event website www.monsterswimvietnam.com and support the children charities in Hoi An by buying a T-shirt and Cap for just USD 15 (postage within Vietnam included). Revenues will go directly to Swim Vietnam, CHIA, KIANH and the Hoi An Orphanage. If you are in Hoi An on the 18th of August, please come to see Rudy van Bork swim the 10,2 km ocean.
  • Le Fruit Off Road Triathlon – Mui New

    12 Apr 2011 | 11:29 am
    This off road triathlon is a unique experience. The race is held at Suoi Nuoc Beach in Mui Ne on 21 May 2011. The triathlon was originally created by Mr. Jean-Luc Voisin. This was actually my first triathlon experience in Vietnam. A nice swim at the beach of Mui Ne, followed by a ‘not very flat” bicycle ride and finally a run at the beach. There are two different races: Sprint Open for all ages 300m open water swim 20km mountain bike 4 km off beach run Stamina You must be over 16 yrs of age to join. The race is as follow: 750m open water swim 40km mountain bike 8km off beach run…
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    Slow Travel in Europe and Beyond | CheeseWeb

  • 4 Must-Do’s in Pas-de-Calais, France

    25 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    From sparkling coastlines to biodiverse marshes, Pas-de-Calais in Northern France has plenty to offer for a unique holiday. We share 4 must dos in the region. When we think of visiting France, most of us think of the big cities like Paris or Lyon, or the glamorous wine regions of Bordeaux or the Rhone Valley. Northern France is what we typically drive through to head south, but these regions shouldn’t be overlooked. Belgium’s closest neighbour, Pas-de-Calais, has been home to some of our favourite, and most unexpected French adventures. We recently spent a few more days in the region in…
  • The Slow Food Fair, Markt des Guten Geschmacks, Stuttgart, Germany

    21 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Our contributor, Adi, visits the annual Slow Food fair, Markt des Guten Geschmacks, in Stuttgart, Germany. Warning – don’t read this post on an empty stomach! Although you can’t really tell by looking at me, I love to eat and I love trying new foods. So, when I learned about the annual Slow Food Fair (Markt des Guten Geschmacks), at Stuttgart Messe, which takes place every spring, I had to go. Prior to visiting the fair, I had no idea just how big the slow food movement was in Germany. I also did not know what to expect, as I have never been to a food fair before; plenty of food…
  • The Best Indian Curry Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

    18 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    One of my most frequently asked questions is ‘where can I get a good Indian Curry in Brussels?’ While London used to be my ironic reply, Brussels finally has good Indian restaurant options for curry-lovers. If you’ve spent any time on CheeseWeb at all, you’ll know I am obsessed with all things Indian – particularly when it comes to food. I spent the first half of my ten years in Belgium searching for a decent Indian restaurant in Brussels. When that mission failed horribly, I set about to teach myself to cook authentic Indian cuisine. My quest changed to seek out the best Indian…
  • Where to Eat & Sleep in the Rhone Valley, France

    14 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    From cozy B&B’s to gastronomic restaurants, we share our top tips on where to stay and eat in France’s wine-filled Rhone Valley. While one of the highlights of the Rhone Valley region of France is the wonderful wine, it would be crazy to ignore the excellent food options on offer. Of course, you’ll also need a great place to lay your head at night as well. Today we’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants and accommodations from our recent trip to France. Here are our top 6 recommendations on where to stay and eat in the Rhone Valley. L’Agape Restaurant, Avignon If, like us, you…
  • Top 10 Things to Do in Bucharest, Romania

    11 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Romania’s capital city has plenty to offer travellers. Today I share my top 10 things to do in Bucharest from my recent #EnjoyBucharest adventure. In early April, I visited my first new country of 2015 – Romania. Regular CheeseWeb readers will know Romania has been at the top of my European Bucket List for some time now. Unfortunately, my trip was very short, and I was only able to visit the Romanian capital, Bucharest. However, my little taste of Romanian hospitality, during the #EnjoyBucharest event has me eager to return and discover more of this fascinating country. During my…
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  • weekend #21 – after eye surgery

    21 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
      Hi everyone!   I had a break last weekend because of an eye surgery. 5 days face down was quite hard but now it’s over! Here’s an animated video to get the idea….         ‘If the surgeon places an intraocular gas bubble in the eye (to maintain retinal reattachment while the eye heals from surgery), the patient will have to maintain a face-down position postoperatively.’   read more here     I still have that gas bubble but it’s getting smaller every day. Only problem is to look straight down when the bubble…
  • weekend #19 – abstract blue

    7 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
      I’ve been doodling and painting this week… a lot.   This is one of the abstract acrylic works for   Paint Party Friday         two details of that       And some spring flowers I saw on Monday…       Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. I can not leave a comment on your blog if you don’t have name/URL option… So many great posts I’d love to comment but can’t…    
  • weekend #18 – Bronte beach Sydney

    1 May 2015 | 1:53 am
      but first my entry to   Paint Party Friday   This is how I felt 27.4.  Quiet.       And now to the beach!   ‘Sydney memories’   We take bus number 378     after 20-30 mins we see…     our favorite beach in Sydney – Bronte   Let’s continue     ahead right are changing rooms and toilets       and then – a sea pool…brrr too cold for me!       we passed the pool       and I started to shoot, these amazing rocks, I love them!  …
  • weekend #17 – forests and swans

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
        Hi everybody! I can feel it – spring is in Helsinki! Even if it’s not very warm yet you can see some flowers, green baby leaves and evenings are longer, today sunset is at 9 pm. By the way, I like practical  time and date site!     Here’s my forest collage for   Paint Party Friday   Note! If you want my comment check you have name/URL option on, thank you!     All these paintings are here.       Themute swan(Cygnus olor) /kyhmyjoutsen   shot in Seurasaari, Helsinki. If you want to see my old posts from…
  • forests – metsiä #7 – #9

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
      Theme Art challenge April: 9 forests     Teemataiteen huhtikuun haaste: 9 metsää   All 9 works / kaikki 9 työtä here/täällä.     final three works and collage   viimeiset kolme työtä ja kuvakooste     #7       #8       #9           KIITOS! Tämä oli kaikin puolin mukava haaste!    
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  • 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…
  • Zhengzhou

    James Grigsby
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Anyone here in Zhengzhou? Would like to meet
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    Australian Daisy

  • Best city to live in Australia

    3 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Melbourne, which is Australia’s second largest city, is the best city to live in Australia. Melbourne has an amazing history and we can know about them from the sites like the Athenaeum Theatre which is one of the first public organizations and had been the main place of the Melbourne Opera. Conservatory was built on the year 1930. It is comprised of five distinct floral displays. It is thought to be a dynamic part of Melbourne’s promise for horticulture. Flinders Street railway station was the first railway station and the most crowded station in the late 1920s. The La Trobe’s…
  • Tips for studying in Australia

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Nowadays, students prefer going abroad for higher studies. They explore the several options they have: United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. With a beautiful scenery and peaceful culture, Australia is a standard place hence it is high on the list for international students. The government spends more than $200,000,000 annually in international scholarships. Here are few tips for studying in Australia: Do research online Submit application to University Open a bank account Consider doing part-time job Do research online Firstly, websites will help you a lot like…
  • How to find a great property in Australia

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Do bear in mind the climate factor when choosing the place as some areas are very hot during May, June and July. Some places rain a lot. Australia had to go through from a ‘correction’ around four years ago, but improved to post annual house price rises at a modest rate for the past three years. Property price rises are decreasing but there is less buyer interest in the market, so for those who are thinking of buying, are in luck. Statistics suggest that the rate of economic tightening in Australia is less than in many other industrialized countries, so the recession may be less dangerous…
  • Cost of motorcycle accessories in Australia

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

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
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  • These 19 passports will be a lot more valuable on July 1st

    Simon Black
    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    May 27, 2015 Santiago, Chile It seems strange that a complete accident of birth has such a massive impact on someone’s life. We don’t get to control where we’re born. It’s a fluke really. Yet as soon as we come into this world a particular nationality is thrust upon us like a birthmark that stays with us for life. Our nationality dictates so many things throughout our life. It might mean that we’re required to serve in the military– to go fight and die in some foreign land at the behest of an insensitive, out of touch politician. It might mean that we’re required to pay an…
  • The coming Capital Controls are designed to protect the banks from YOU.

    Simon Black
    26 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    May 26, 2015 Santiago, Chile Of all the peculiarities about human nature, one of the most interesting in my opinion is that we’re so resistant to change. Humans simply don’t deal with it well. We tend to root. We find comfort in familiarity. And, even when the familiar becomes unpleasant, we still put up with it. We prefer to suffer through something that we know rather than change things and risk the unknown. This is why people stay in bad relationships. Or why they continue working for bosses they dislike at jobs they despise. It’s the fear of change. But everyone… absolutely…
  • Meet the veteran who’s been reduced to peddling for change online to buy a new leg

    Simon Black
    25 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    May 25, 2015 Santiago, Chile Historian Will Durant once wrote “in the last 3421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.” This is astounding. Warfare is constantly with us, often for the most absurd reasons. These days we’re told that the War on Terror makes us more free. We’re programed on days like Memorial Day to sing songs about our freedom and to thank the people in uniform for making us more free. The question I would respectfully submit is, do you feel more free today than you did 5, 10, 20 years ago? We now live in an era of unprecedented government intrusion.
  • Banks fined over $5 billion for criminal activity, did you get any of it?

    Simon Black
    21 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    May 21, 2015 Boulder, Colorado Yesterday it was reported that some of the largest banks in the world were slammed with yet another stiff fine by the United States government. This time it amounted to roughly $5.7 billion, after the likes of JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup and RBS admitted to criminal wrongdoing in years of manipulating currency markets. The word “crime” is derived from the Latin word crimen. In their day, Romans were incredibly creative at dealing with their own criminals: crucifixion, torture, beheadings, were all commonplace. Some people were put into sacks with wild…
  • How much gold should you have in your portfolio?

    Simon Black
    20 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    May 20, 2015 En route to Denver While I was in Mexico for our Global Offshore and Investment Summit in Cancun last month, I was approached by Forbes Mexico for an interview on some of the key trends in the global economy as well as internationalization strategies for investors. You can read the full article here in Spanish, and below I’m reprinting one of the questions on precious metals. This is understandably a topic that seems to be on many people’s minds these days. They have seen the writing on the wall—the unsustainability of the current paper money system—but don’t know what…
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    Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog

  • Adventure Cycling to the Most Northern Point in Finland

    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The original can be found here: Adventure Cycling to the Most Northern Point in Finland. Please read the original. I'm beyond excited to announce my most EPIC trip yet - cycling the Iron Curtain Trail (EV 13) 1600km across Finland! As a bonus, I finish in Nuorgam, the most northern point in Finland and in the EU! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Neuschwanstein: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Cinderella Castle

    23 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The original can be found here: Neuschwanstein: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Cinderella Castle. Please read the original. Neuschwanstein Castle is Germany's most famous castle, known to many as the Cinderella Castle. Follow these tips for a fairytale-like visit! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter

    19 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The original can be found here: Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter. Please read the original. A brand new adventure travel chat on Twitter being held on Wednesdays, by Laurel Robbins and Nelie Huang, two top adventure travel bloggers. It's guaranteed to make your bucket list longer! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad

    16 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    The original can be found here: How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad. Please read the original. CurrencyFair is an international money transferring service that saves you money and transfers your money quickly and safely! It's ideal for expats like myself! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The original can be found here: The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna. Please read the original. I’ll admit it.  I’m a prude when it comes to being naked!  That might be fine in Canada where I’m from, but in Germany where I now live?  It’s a little bit odd! My German husband first introduced me to the naked German sauna, when I was visiting him from Canada.  Here, it’s not clothing […] Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • To Repatriate or Not? Two Expats Share Their Stories

    Scott Masciarelli
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We grow tremendously as an expatriate, learning new aspects about ourselves, our host country, its people, what works and what does not work. This makes change somewhat challenging as the assignment comes to an end when we are facing repatriation to our home country. While overseas we expand. Once we repatriate we find ourselves back in the same familiar setting which, no matter how big it may be geographically, can seem small. Two different approaches towards repatriation are being shared here. During a recent coaching session with one of my expatriate clients an upcoming transition was the…
  • Coach of the Month – Cara Diemont

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cara Diemont Title:  Founder, Coach and Strategist Business Name:  Firefly Dance Client Testimonials:  http://www.slideshare.net/CaraDiemont/success-stories-47233878 Niche/Specialties:  “Change the world and the person may adapt or die; Change the person and the world transforms, in the blink of an eye.” ~Greg Hamerton My specialty is working with individuals, pairs and groups that lead change and this wonderful quote sums up my focus beautifully. I believe we can dream bigger, live larger, and create amazing impact in the world. And so, I work with people who want to…
  • Four Commitments of My Expatriate Adventure

    Scott Masciarelli
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seated in the hotel restaurant, on the first day of my expatriate assignment in Kuwait, I was having breakfast with my new regional director. He gazed out the window at the Arabian Gulf and then turned to me. “Do you like sunshine?” Not knowing him well, I thought that was a strange question, but said yes. He replied, “Good. You’re going to have a lot of it.” As a new expatriate general manager my role was to lead a multinational team of a global airline. I soon found out that in addition to loads of sunshine I also had extreme challenges, lots of frustration,…
  • Coach of the Month – Norman Viss

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Norman Viss Title:  Coach and Founder Business Name:  Expat Everyday Support Center Client Testimonials:  http://expateverydaysupportcenter.com/testimonials-2 Niche/Specialties:  We provide coaching support for expats of all kinds – individual expats or those sent by companies or non-profit organizations. Expat Experience:  I have been an expat for 32 years: 10 years in Nigeria and 22 years in the Netherlands. My coaching partner has been an expat for 20+ years in Bonaire; Columbo, Sri Lanka; and Johannesburg, South Africa. Languages Spoken:  English and Dutch Life…
  • Getting Involved in the Big Expat World

    Scott Masciarelli
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “It is so big on the outside but the reality is that it feels very small on the inside.” Said Raj who was describing how he feels after the first nine months of his expatriate assignment in the United States. Raj is from Delhi, India. His relocation came quickly and, like many expatriates, without sufficient preparation. His company provided him with a start date, a one-way ticket to Washington D.C. and a hotel for the first 30 days. From the moment he arrived he has been learning things as he goes. This prompted the realization that what he was truly experiencing was a very small…
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • The trials of getting an Iranian visa in Beijing

    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    For the Chinese New Year holiday we decided to visit Iran. Listed as one of the best up and coming destinations for the last few years I was excited about finally getting there. British tourists need a letter of invitation from an Iranian travel agency, and to have booked a tour guide who would accompany them throughout the trip. The agency said it would take 45-60 days for the letter to be issued. 80 days later it arrived… Visiting the Iranian embassy is straightforward enough, unlike the staff. We queued up. They gave us a form to fill out. We did so. We queued up. They gave us a near…
  • Final thoughts from Jordan – Amman Citadel

    4 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    The city of Amman, through the Temple of Hercules Aqaba After touring Wadi Rum we overnighted in Aqaba. I’m glad we didn’t stay longer as it’s a thoroughly depressing place completely given over to cruise passenger. Our first impression was a taxi driver trying to overcharge us by triple the reasonable fare. This ride took us to a couple of local restaurants where we were served pitifully badly prepared food. The next day the food wasn’t much better and in the daylight it was obvious the whole place was a shambles. Even the other tourists were pretty bad. Whilst sat outside a…
  • Wandering through Wadi Rum – Jordan

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    The day didn’t start well, with our drive from Petra back to Amman shrouded in some of the thickest mist I’ve ever seen. Visibility in the mountains was down to about 20 metres, and we really weren’t comfortable driving, but our driver was used to it and carried on at very slow speed. Driving through the mist above Wadi Rum Dropping out of the mountains to Wadi Rum was like flying through the clouds into the bright sunlight above. In just a minute or two the mist stopped and the skies were once again clear. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Wadi Rum has what looks like a newly built…
  • Not-so-epic hike up to the Monastery – Petra, Jordan

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    The beginning of the hike, near the Crowne Plaza restaurant I’d heard about the grandeur of the Monastery before arriving. Reading blogs beforehand told tales of epic hikes, taking two hours along narrow ledges and avoiding rampaging donkeys. Standing at the end of the valley it’s not possible to see the peak, but there are a lot of staircases visible on the way. I set off and immediately attracted a young boy selling donkey rides, who said I had two hours to go. I doubted this, so said no thanks to the ride. He angrily spurred the donkey, then hit it on the side of the head. The surprise…
  • Notes from Petra – Jordan

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    The largest basin area has an array of spectacular structures, that you’re allowed to enter. The walk into Petra is downhill all the way, which is easy, but it’s worth remembering that the way out of Petra is going to be entirely uphill, so leave yourself enough time and energy to get back to the entrance. Some of the older and simpler residential homes. The smaller of the two basins If you can’t be bothered to walk around there are endless offers of a donkey, horse, camel or carriage. We declined all of these in favour of walking, as the animals look to be very badly treated,…
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    The Displaced Nation

  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: In Shireen Jilla’s second novel, a group of old friends go on safari and unpack their lives

    The Displaced Nation Team
    27 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Attention displaced bookworms! Our book review columnist, Beth Green, an American expat in Prague (she is also an Adult Third Culture Kid), is back with her latest recommended read. Hello Displaced Nationers! Do I have a treat in store for you this month! Shireen Jilla, whose 2011 psychological thriller, Exiled, was previously featured on the Displaced […]
  • For this wanderlusting Californian for whom photography and travel are a perfect fit, a picture says…

    The Displaced Nation Team
    22 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King is back with his latest interview subject. Hello again, readers! My May guest is 38-year-old Jenny Schulte. who never had any thoughts of leaving her Northern California home until she travelled to Ireland in 1999 to explore her Irish roots. Now she is an ardent traveler who […]
  • GLOBAL FOOD GOSSIP: I lost my heart (but not my teeth) to the French artichoke

    The Displaced Nation Team
    19 May 2015 | 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 “global food gossip”, saying: “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes. Overseas, I am curious as to what […]
  • CULTURE SHOCK TOOLBOX: How to pry open your mind to new cultures—and keep them all sorted

    The Displaced Nation Team
    14 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Columnist H.E. Rybol never saw a culture clash she didn’t want to fix. A “transitions enthusiast,” she credits her Third Culture Kid upbringing with giving her a head start in this department. That said, H.E. is always on the lookout for shiny new tools, and toward that end has been interviewing other displaced creatives about […]
  • LOCATION, LOCUTION: Columnist JJ Marsh bids farewell with generous book giveaway

    The Displaced Nation Team
    12 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    JJ Marsh first graced the shores of the Displaced Nation two years ago. Growing up a Third Culture Kid in Africa and the Middle East, and now an expat in Switzerland, she was an immediate fit. For two years we have benefited from her love of language and place, and now, as she takes her […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • In Chisenau - My experience

    28 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    First of all, that was easy! I was in and out in 35 minutes, and that includes going to the bank and returning. I took the train from Odessa because I heard going by bus can cause problems in Transistria, or whatever its called. Zero problems there, I...
  • Re: is everyone with Militsyia on their uniform a real policeman?

    28 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginIt is possible that he was a real cop and just out for some easy cash too. I've had the stand over for docs a few times by real cops. This is how I deal with the situation:1.) ...
  • Re: is everyone with Militsyia on their uniform a real policeman?

    28 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Often the way police get involved is for the second person to be a cop, and the real police officer is brought in by the con artist to "Resolve" a dispute over money, pretending to be an uninvolved arbiter, advising the victim to pay the con artist and...
  • Russian Casualties a State Secret

    28 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    If you discuss military casualties in Ukraine, you are now violating a new Russian State Secrets act, as this is now classified information.  So, if you are arrested in Russia for discussing dead Russian soldiers in Ukraine, is it a defense to point o...
  • Re: The Europa League final between Dnipro and Seville is a great day for Ukraine.

    28 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    ......... and the Dnipro team currently has my favourite Ukrainian footballer, Yevhen Konoplyanka, although he struggled a little last night. Shame!If rumours are anything to go by, he may be gracing the UK's Premier League next season as both Stoke C...
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • 1 year on, still not able to change jobs within Oman

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Next week on 1st June, will be the 1st anniversary of the most recent change to visa laws for expatriates working in the Sultanate. I'm sure you all know, but here's the current situation in a nutshell:You can't change your job in Oman to a different employer unless you get a No Objection Certificate (NOC). The problem is, if your employer gives you a NOC, the Ministry of Manpower will then not allow your current employer to get a new clearance to replace you with another expatriate employee. Basically, find an Omani to do your job, and then your employer might give you a NOC. The only other…
  • 1,000 expats busted working illegally on the airport, but no delay.

    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    So by now everyone will have heard the story that the Times of Oman broke earlier in the week, when on Wednesday the Ministry of Manpower inspected workers at the Muscat International Airport project and found more than 1,000 workers with visas that didn't allow them to work as Construction workers. Apparently the MOM guys stopped the buses bringing the workers into the site right at the security gate and arrested those who didn't have the correct documentation.This news was then followed with a statement from the Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr Al Futaisi that said, "This…
  • Canadians in Oman

    19 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    This is a post for the Canadians out there, whether you read this blog occasionally, or if you found me through Google (probably most of you).There is a new facebook group called Canadians in Oman which has been setup so that there is a way for Canadians in Oman to connect and support each other while living, moving and traveling to and from Oman. It is not the place to ask questions about immigration or travel visa's to Canada. If you're Canadian and reading this, feel free to join the group if you are living, moving or traveling to or from Oman :)Oman and Canada have good relations, but…
  • Ingmar's quiz

    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingmar is doing another one of his popular quiz's this week up at Caddyshack in the Muscat Hills golf course. It's this Wednesday from 7:30pm and will run for 3 hours - its pretty popular so if you want to get in on the pub quiz, be sure to book a table! You can do that by emailing fb@muscatgolf.com or calling 2451 4082.There's a meal deal which is the buffet and a drink for RO 5.5 too if you're interested.le fin.
  • The Avenues mall opens tomorrow

    16 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tomorrow (18th May) see's a soft launch of the Avenues mall (lulu mall) in Ghubra (but they insist it's Bowsher). It's a quiet launch, and the mall should be officially opened around 1pm tomorrow afternoon. The top level (3rd floor) isn't ready yet, and so will be blocked off, but the rest of the areas of the mall will be open (except of course the cinema which hasn't started yet), and I'm told that there will be about 50 stores open tomorrow, with up to an additional 50 stores that will be ready by the end of the month, so by June, 100 or so stores will be open.The sad news is that Boots…
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    Expat Explorer

  • Me, myself and I - Going native without losing your identity

    28 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    For a lot of expats, a sense of ‘going native’ is the ultimate goal – and from day one it’s all about immersing yourself in the local culture and community.  But when you reach ‘native’ status, is there a chance of losing yourself within your new identity?  Expats can often experience a confused cultural identity; adapting to a new country whilst keeping hold of a past identity can be a challenge, in terms of self-perception, but also when it comes to repatriation.  Here’s some ways of retaining a sense of who you are whilst going native. The importance of…
  • "The first time I felt like a local" - Expat Milestones

    26 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    For people moving abroad, especially those with families, it is important to make a new location feel like home quickly. It’s through reaching certain milestones that a land which at first seemed completely foreign gradually becomes familiar and starts to feel like home. This post looks at four of these milestones – what are yours?  LanguageIn addition to being a valuable skill, learning the local language can also do so much to assist you integrating into and moving around within society. A language barrier in some instances can become a literal barrier, and that is why when people…
  • The easiest places to settle into expat life

    22 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Moving abroad and voyaging into the great unknown can be a daunting experience, but there are a number of things that can facilitate this period of adjustment, some of which is not immediately obvious. So in this countdown, we’re trying to help make life a bit easier by listing the easiest places to settle into, based on what expats told us in our2014 Expat Explorer surveyWe also discuss the factors that have made these countries easy to settle into in an effort to shed light on areas that can turn an upheaval into an incredible adventure.1.       1. New Zealand–…
  • First time VS. Serial expats – Pros and Cons

    21 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    The chances are that you’ve come across lots of different types of expat – some of whom will be living abroad for the first time, and others who are serial expats who’ve had multiple postings. Whichever category you fit into, the number of stamps that you’ve got in your passport is always a great talking point – particularly when it comes to exchanging stories about how you came to be where you currently are. Whether you’re a serial expat or a first timer, there’s plenty to be gained from the experience either way. Here are a few of the pros and cons and how to navigate them –…
  • Expat Routines: Mourning Morning Coffee

    15 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Expat life will certainly bring about new routines and new experiences, from the big to the small. These smaller cultural and everyday changes can often form a significant part of how expat life differs to being at home.  Here’s our latest guest blogger, Garrett, talking about one of the biggest changes to his daily routine since becoming an expat –the morning coffee run!When I lived in Boston, I was used to grabbing large drip-brewed coffees to go. I am a huge coffee fan, and I often indulged in flavored takeaway coffee treats.  There is nothing better than heading off to work…
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    An update from The American Resident

  • Hello World…

    Michelle Garrett
    13 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    The American Resident I’m back! After nine months sabbatical from writing here I’ve decided to return. I miss it and the interactions with the world through it. I took a break because I wanted to put all my writing time and energy into my novel (which is going very well, thank you) but now I think it’s time to get back to blogging. What’s been happening? Oh, too much to list it all here. But one big thing for this expat is that I’ve become a dual citizen! Yes indeed, I am now British and American. It was an emotional experience. Happy. I love being American and I…
  • Writer wish list

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

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

    Michelle Garrett
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    The American Resident Home. The other one.   Going home, returning home. The life of a long-term expat means you may get into the uncomfortable position of living in a state of perpetual homesickness wherever you are. There is no cure. The more I visit home the worse it feels because I am reminded of the good things. This time, for example, I had forgotten how slow life is there. Blissfully, zen-fully slow. And yet I suspect if I crossed a threshold of visits the frequency would ease the pain and make the transitions back and forth easier. If only I had that kind of budget. What I found…
  • Another unfair strike against expats?

    Michelle Garrett
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:36 am
    The American Resident There are all kinds of immigrants and expats and it must be difficult to create legislation to cover all situations but sometimes the legislation is so far off the mark that feels truly obstructive to the people who are trying to live honestly and fairly in the country of their choice. Mario Vitanelli has written a post for The American Resident outlining one such instance for British citizens wishing to settle in the UK with a foreign partner. Last summer, publications around the world began sharing a horror story. Thousands of British citizens were being forced to…
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • The best way to visit Versailles Palace

    16 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Summer is coming and that means tourists are already flocking  to the Chateau de Versailles on the outskirts of Paris. Getting there is easy once you’ve boarded the right train, but the place itself is so big that further transport is available once you’ve made it there. Here are my top tips for spending a day at Versailles. 1. Do your research before visiting Versailles Make sure you check the palace’s ticket website to see a full list of ticket options, as there are plenty of options. There are also maps and information on each of the options. Know what you want to see…
  • No, this really is a new French product

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    Does anyone sound more attractive than a French person talking about something they love? Take food, for example. Dine with a group of French people and you can be entertained for an entire evening just by listening to those smooth accents discussing whether that tarte tartin was properly caramelised or whether the pastry was overcooked. The conversation really can last all night. In more private settings away from the dinner table, pillow talk in French is the stuff movies are made of. We love the French! We adore their language, we love their food, and we want to hear them whisper sweet…
  • La Tarte Tropézienne

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    La Tarte Tropézienne is a cream bun with a celebrity history. Apparently, Bridget Bardot loved these tasty treats when they were in their infancy, and encouraged their chef, Alexandre Micka, to come up with a name for them. Their popularity grew from there. This tasty treat is a brioche bun filled with a ‘velvety mix’ of two creams, tasting of custard, cream and orange blossom water.  As you can see, the filling is generous. The bun is topped with chunky lumps of sugar. The recipe has remained a well-kept secret. Other bakeries copy it, and some have added their own touches,…
  • Shoot targets underwater in La Clusaz!

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    This week, this photo appeared on my Facebook feed: Err, what? Is this an actual thing? Underwater shooting in a swimming pool apparently is a thing in La Clusaz and Europe in general. A bit of research reveals that this sport was borne in the eighties in France, where it’s known as tir sur cible subaquatique. Competitors must be eighteen, so it looks like La Clusaz are hoping to introduce this…erm….’sport’…to future champions. They’re allowed to use a diving mask, fins, snorkel, speargun, diving weights and a wetsuit. As someone who struggles to…
  • The acceptable fart sound

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:33 am
    In France, it’s unheard of to start a meal with without saying “Bon appetit“. Cheese is served before dessert. Kids are shooshed if they talk loudly in a public place (making the parents far louder than the kids), and it’s just plain wrong to offer chrysanthemums to a living person. It’s a country that sells croque monsieurs in busy pubs during gigs, because even the toughest punk fan enjoys the tenderness of the melted cheese in a ham and cheese toasty. Etiquette differs between regions as to how many kisses are given when greeting someone, but kisses are always…
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  • 運 待ち受け 金運 2015 姓名判断

    13 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    インターネット上で評判などが載っているサイトをみてみると参考になると思います。口コミ評判の良い占い師ほど、多数の相談者を占ってきた占い師というふうに思ってもいいでしょう。 生涯常に手相は変化するので、定期的に確認してお […]運 待ち受け 金運 2015 姓名判断 is a post from: 結婚・恋愛・仕事で悩んでいる方に薦める占いサイト2015
  • うお座の4月4日の運勢 1978年1月30日

    13 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    出会いを求めていたとき、一目ぼれしたとき、恋人と別れたとき、そろそろ結婚をしたいと思ったときなど、恋愛で起こるいろんな局面で使える占いが充実しています。 お付き合いしていた恋人はどんな理由で破局を選んだのか?復縁のため […]うお座の4月4日の運勢 1978年1月30日 is a post from: 結婚・恋愛・仕事で悩んでいる方に薦める占いサイト2015
  • 2人 占い 無料 安斎 名前 1966年1月17日生まれの幸運を呼ぶラッキーカラー?

    13 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    色々利用してみて、お金を支払っても、きちんとした占い師さんにお願いできる占いサイトのほうが自分のためになると思います。そんな中には本当によく当たる占いのサイトもあるんです。 手相の世界では、右手は生まれてからつくられた […]2人 占い 無料 安斎 名前 1966年1月17日生まれの幸運を呼ぶラッキーカラー? is a post from: 結婚・恋愛・仕事で悩んでいる方に薦める占いサイト2015
  • 冷蔵庫でうんちする夢 相性メーカー

    13 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    占いに強い関心のある女性たちはもちろん、あまり占いを信じないかもしれない男性も方も、誕生日占いを利用して自分の運勢や性格をそっとみてみたこともあるのでは? 信用できそうな相性占いと言ったら、六星占術の占いって言われるく […]冷蔵庫でうんちする夢 相性メーカー is a post from: 結婚・恋愛・仕事で悩んでいる方に薦める占いサイト2015
  • 牡羊座2015 社名 画数 診断

    13 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    私には何度も使っている占い師さんがいて、「占い」というか、鑑定でしょうか。よく当たる占いなので、なんとなく頼りにしてます。 ネットで無料占いをした後で、実際に活かせるか否かというのは、あなたにかかっています。占いによっ […]牡羊座2015 社名 画数 診断 is a post from: 結婚・恋愛・仕事で悩んでいる方に薦める占いサイト2015
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  • New EIS Rules May Sacrifice Investment Tax Reliefs

    Jim Atkins
    24 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has halted processing advance assurances and compliance statements for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) companies that have more than £10 million of risk finance. The paperwork has also stopped for companies that are more than seven years old and have not yet raised risk finance investment. The change of rules is to make Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) comply with European Union state funding rules. HMRC is warning companies and investors that fall into the net that tax relief on risk finance may not be available for…
  • Flexible Pension Freedom Triggers Fraud Alert

    Lisa Smith
    23 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Pension freedoms have triggered a flood of fraudsters cold-calling over 55s with dodgy investment opportunities, according to consumer watchdogs. Thousands of over 55s have received telephone calls, texts and emails from suspected bogus IFAs offering high returns on risky investments, says the Consumers Association. Shockingly, 40% of those contacted confess they have no idea how to spot a fraudster after their cash. The research also revealed the scammers were ramping up cold calls to pension savers from the start of the year. The figures show 40% of over 55s were contacted between January 1…
  • EU Inheritance Law Signals All Change For Expats

    Jim Atkins
    23 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Expats living in Spain who have not made a will in their new home are at risk of having their estate distributed against their wishes and their loved ones paying more tax than they need. Spain is the number one expat retirement destinations for the British, with thousands moving to the Mediterranean country each year. But few realise that inheritance laws are different from those in the UK – and are about to change. Laws in Spain determine who should inherit if someone dies without a will and these rules apply to British expats. This law changes in August when European Union Succession…
  • How To Benefit From A QROPS In Malaysia

    Lisa Smith
    22 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    So you are an expat living in a country without any Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) providers – so how do you switch your pension offshore? This is an often asked question as only 45 financial centres offer QROPS and for many, the retirement saver must live in country. Most of the popular British expat destinations have a QROPS industry – but some, like Malaysia do not. Malaysia’s laid back lifestyle, tropical weather and miles of sandy beaches are magnets for expats, and many Malaysian’s have lived and worked in Britain and built up pensions that they want to…
  • Crowdfunding Platform Directory

    Jim Atkins
    22 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Crowdfunding is the buzz word for alternative business finance and plenty of investors are looking for a piece of the action. But which are the best platforms for entrepreneurs to make pitches – and the best places for investors to look for deals? Most of the UK crowdfunding platforms have three funding options – Rewards – where companies offer discounts, freebies and other recognition for donations Equity stakes – companies offering shares in exchange for cash Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending – investors pool funds to lend cash to businesses Top 10 platforms Some crowdfunding sites…
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  • British mother ordered to reside near abusive ex-partner in Spain

    Steph MacDonald
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A British mother is appealing to the High Court to have a repatriation order stating she must live near her abusive ex-boyfriend in the Spanish region of Granada overturned. The woman, 19, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, said that her Spanish ex-boyfriend frightened her to death and has appealed the British court ruling that... Expats Blog -
  • Imprisonment for one killer of Miss Venezuela and British expat

    Louise Baldwin
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    One of the killers of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband, British expat Thomas Berry, has been handed a 25-year jail term. Twenty-five-year-old Gerardo Jose Contreras Alvarez was jailed after confessing to his part in the murder of the two, who were shot dead in front of their daughter Maya Veliz , five, who was also... Expats Blog -
  • Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

    Steph MacDonald
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely... Expats Blog -
  • Expats investing more in UK property

    Charles Smith
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Expat investment in British buy-to-let property is on the up, according to offshore bankers Skipton International. The bank’s managing director Jim Coupe said that there has been strong interest from all across the globe, but particularly the UAE. He explained that many customers now considered the London property market as... Expats Blog -
  • EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

    Louise Baldwin
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile,... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • I know the way

    25 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    I thought he would be taller, but as he approaches me on the metro platform I see he is actually shorter than me. His beard is long and wiry. We talk over the rumble of the trains, hands waving, leaning in to catch words. I just keep saying "quiet, simple, everything inside". He nods.I film him on a bench at the end of the platform. The train arrives, and he does not get on. The train pulls away and he watches it go. It seems so mundane, but through the lens I see the story is working. A man who goes to the metro, and not for the first time, to watch trains coming and going but never getting…
  • not a doctor

    18 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Most of the day was spent outside myself, goosebumps running up my arms. Faces stared, young men and women smacking at their phones, taking selfies in the giant modern house. It was over an hour drive from the city, all gates and guards and gravel driveways when we finally arrived.I was whisked into the costume room, where they fitted me for scrubs and then began to iron them. I was given an old shirt to wear in the makeup trailer. A woman with soft, warm hands held my face and looked at me in the mirror. She spoke quietly to herself, and then began. I sat in a giant foyer. "You…
  • of patriots

    11 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    There are parades going on now, jets screaming overhead in formation. There are crowds, and military bands, supposedly a new tank on display. But that is in Red Square, and like any wise foreigner I am inside, tucked in a corner far from the center of the city, working on another Russian holiday.Going for a walk in the late afternoon, we push the stroller hoping V will find sleep for at least an hour or so. There is a forest with a path, dirt lines curving into a thick collection of trees, the occasional bridge over brown water. Normally, this place is marked by old people and children on…
  • the audition

    4 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    There is a hole in the toe of my sock, but I need to leave already. I might have laughed at it, a private joke but no it is just embarrassing. The taxi is waiting downstairs. E is ready, scarf and hat cocked sideways on her head. She bites her lip once. Downstairs, we are driving off as the sun bangs through the little green buds at the tips of the branches. I hope we find the place easily. The call came a few days earlier, would I be interested in auditioning for a tv series being shot in Moscow that has some parts for native English speakers? A manager, a teacher, a doctor. They…
  • brother, brother

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    The mashrutka is full, just one spot left in the very back. E drags her feet down the narrow aisle. I ask the man in the last double seat to move a little so she can sit down. She slides past him into the empty window seat, and I rest her mammoth school bag on the floor. The man flicks his head back and forth, inspecting us. I nod once to E, a reassuring look as I stand in the aisle and get ready to balance myself for the bumpy ride. She does not like to sit next to strangers. I shrug my shoulders. She forces a little smile, as if we are saying "what to do?". Nothing, just go home.The man…
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    Tim Potter Philippines Via Sugar Land TX

  • 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…
  • Expats with Run-ins with the Law

    Tim Potter
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Philippine Expats Run-Ins with the Law"Tim Potter Sugar Land Texas, USMC-Retired" proposed a question to the Living Cebu Forums.As you read through many of the more recent topics you see a constant theme of people being anti establishment. This is more then just being upset over an excessive search but a feeling they wereDo the Crime, Do the Timewronged previously generating their anger. You see this as they discount everything that has now afford them the opportunity to live in the Philippines. Before someone says oh I worked hard for it. So did that Filipino so compare equally the Social…
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    Cartus Blog

  • Cartus Broker Network: Experts Helping Relocating Employees Buy and Sell Their Homes

    Shelley Northrop
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of attending our annual Cartus Broker Network International Conference, which brought together Cartus Broker Network members, clients, and industry experts. The conference provided a forum for eager participation through workshops, roundtable discussions, and executive presentations. I can attest that this is one of the most impressive gatherings of real estate professionals in the United States. In 2014, Cartus and the Cartus Broker Network closed sales on more than 95,000 properties, with a value of more than $26.6 billion, on behalf of Cartus…
  • UK Relocation: Changes to Driving License Regulations

    Kerry Martin
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The UK Government’s Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is introducing changes to driving licences that may affect your employees. From 8 June 2015, the DVLA will stop issuing paper counterparts to the photocard driving licence, and existing paper counterparts will no longer be valid. Importantly, UK paper-only driving licences remain valid and should not be destroyed. Who will this impact? The changes will affect anyone who has a UK photocard driving licence and paper counterpart, the latter of which will no longer be valid from 8 June 2015. This licence type was issued from 1998.
  • Relocating to Japan: What You Need to Know

    Rachel Zhou
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Often referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan is made up of more than 6,800 islands. Our latest Cartus Market Watch explores the typical challenges that some international assignees may encounter during their relocation to Japan, including schooling, climate, and cultural differences. Located in East Asia, the four largest Japanese islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which collectively make up around 97 percent of the country’s land area. Japan is a major economic and political power on the world stage, with many international assignees frequenting Tokyo and…
  • Free Webinar: How High will the U.S. Real Estate Market Rise in 2015 and Beyond?

    Pat DeDonato
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The housing market continues its rebound, but there is an expectation of higher mortgage rates in 2015. As a result, what can we expect in the real estate market and relocation? Join Cartus in an upcoming Worldwide ERC SpeedSession, “How High will the U.S. Real Estate Market Rise in 2015 and Beyond?” on Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. ET to explore this important issue. In this session, Anthony Cristaudo of Cartus Home Loans will be joined by Tom Lacey of Cartus to share a broad picture of the U.S. housing market, including what’s trending with homebuyers and housing predictions.  In…
  • Relocation to The Netherlands

    Annetje Suorsa
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus’ Netherlands MarketWatch focuses on relocating to Amsterdam and discusses current trends in the rental market, the types of properties available for international assignees, and popular expatriate neighbourhoods. The City Situated on the River Amstel, Amsterdam is found in the west of The Netherlands and is the country’s most populous city, as well as the commercial and cultural capital. It offers assignees world-class museums, theatres, bars, restaurants, and open spaces, including the famous Vondelpark. Rental Trends For those moving on their own or with a partner, a number of…
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    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • Time to go to the tea shop!

    26 May 2015 | 4:29 am
    Tea shop in the streets of Yangon (AFP PHOTO/Soe Than WIN) Myanmar passion for tea shops   ” သူငယ္ခ်င္းေရ… လဖက္ရည္ဆိုင္ကို သြားၾကပါစို႔ေလ…”   In Myanmar, it’s a common scene that small tea shops or stalls play out music gently with a set of colorful local-made stools dotting around a sidewalk. Since there are so many tea shops and stalls in Myanmar, it’s not unusual to see one teashop lining up closely after one another. You can imagine how much tea is popular in Myanmar if you…
  • The nature of Dana in Myanmar

    22 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    Dana, or how Myanmar became the most generous country? Myanmar monks hold their alms bowls as they line up before receiving alms at Kyauk Myaung in Yangon (MYANMAR OUT / AFP PHOTO)   It’s not quite easy for the world to understand why a small country like Myanmar is deemed the ‘Most generous country’ in the world. According to the 2014 report of ‘Charities Aid Foundation of America’ (CAF America), Myanmar together with The U.S. shared the first rank in the world in donating to charities. The number of Burmese who donated money last year is accounted for 91…
  • The art of betel chewing

    14 May 2015 | 11:00 am
      These days in Myanmar, betel chewing is still common while the trend of smoking cheroots has dropped among Burmese men, compared to the old days. Even right in the cities of Yangon or Mandalay, you can see betel kiosks scatter almost every street corners. The betel vendors are ready to make you a quid in no time.   If you go to some street kiosks or stalls (the small streets stand that sell not only betel quids, but also cigarettes, matches and sweets), these vendors are also good at making betel quids. First he will shred betel nuts[1] with a small cracker (some shops already…
  • Myanmar comic dance, U Shwe Yoe

    12 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Photo: Shwe La Wun arts Center   Sometimes reminiscing about childhood memories can be really pleasant especially when you’re not satisfied with your present. In doing that, which part of your childhood is the most memorable one? For me, high-school days will always be the most favorite throwback. So let me flash back at those times of my high-school life. I did high school in my beautiful hometown named Lashio, the capital of Northern Shan State in Myanmar. Shan Yoma Hills that lie along the town makes it a picturesque landscape with a cool and breezy weather. Most of the people that…
  • Htamane: Are you sprinkling sesame seeds?

    7 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Have you ever made Myanmar Htamane?     “Sprinkling sesame seeds” (ႏွမ္းျဖဴးျခင္း) is a Burmese idiom used to describe some fine works, but to belittle something done by someone, only after other people have already done all the essential part of the work. This well-known idiom originally comes from the famous activity of a Burmese tradition, making Htamane (ထမနဲထိုး ပဲြ)[1]. Htamane (ထမနဲထိုး ပဲြ) is made of sticky rice combined with coconut slices, sesame seeds, peanut and a suitable amount of cooking oil.
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    Expatriate Connection

  • Expats – The News You Dread (Part I)

    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

    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.
  • Trailing Spouse: 12 Reasons You Weep And Laugh At The Same Time (And Why It Matters)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Moving abroad — leaving everything behind — feels like jumping into the void.  It’s both exhilarating and scary. You feel at the same time excited by the adventure and guilty for this opportunity some will never have. You find yourself filled with joy at the prospect of broadening your horizons and loaded with sadness when […] The post Trailing Spouse: 12 Reasons You Weep And Laugh At The Same Time (And Why It Matters) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    Living in uncertainty is not an expat privilege. Anyone may get a cold, be fired or lose a loved one tomorrow without notice. Life is unpredictable. But the expat existence, linked to high mobility and often tied to the dictate of global companies and fast changing economic conditions, entails a heightened number of unknowns to […] The post How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Three Good Reasons You Struggle With Living in Uncertainty

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    “We’ve now been living in this country for two years. My husband’s contract is officially finished in 6 months.” Lisa is telling her story for the umpteenth time to Beth, a new mum whose son just joined the International School. “His contract may be renewed but there’s also a strong probability that it won’t. We […] The post Three Good Reasons You Struggle With Living in Uncertainty appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • Why Move to Canada?

    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    You can always rely on Canada to come up trumps amongst expats when the annual quality of life surveys are published. According to Mercer's 2015 Survey, which assesses a city's quality of life to ensure employer compensation packages remain appropriate, Vancouver was sitting pretty at number five; Toronto scooped number 15; and Ottawa sneaked in at number 18 – thus ranking three of Canada's cities in the top twenty in the entire world. There are a whole host of excellent reasons why Canada remains one of the most popular places in the world for expats, but perhaps one of the stand-out…
  • Guide to Buying Property in Singapore

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    For expats seeking an improved quality of life for their families, excellent job prospects and easy integration into local culture, Singapore is one of the shiniest diamonds in the crown of Asian cities. Combine these attractive features with plenty of glorious sunshine, world-class shopping and delectable food and it's not hard to see why so many expats are keen to name Singapore their new home. And for a great number of these expats, taking the plunge and buying a property can be the best way to feel like they are really putting down roots. Although the proportion of foreign buyers in…
  • James Borrell wins SES Cadogan Tate Explorer Award 2015

    8 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Part of the annual Scientific Exploration Society (SES) Explorer awards, the SES  Cadogan Tate Explorer Award was this week presented at a ceremony in London to exploration's rising star James Borrell. Founded in 1969 by Colonel John Blashford-Snell and colleagues following the successful first navigation of the Ethiopian Blue Nile, the SES draws together a worldwide programme of scientific expeditions for the exploration of remote regions of the earth. It focuses on scientific, conservation, education and community aid projects. The award winners joined legendary names from the world of…
  • The Best (And Most Affordable) Cities In The World

    7 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The results are in for Mercer's Quality of Living survey 2015 and it looks like European cities have come out on top. Several of the continent's most alluring cities have popped up in the top tier of rankings and the Austrian capital, Vienna, has taken the crown for the second year running. Renowned international employment consultant, Mercer, conducts its annual Quality of Living survey amongst expats to provide multi-national employers to work out how to provide fair compensation to employees working overseas. Moving abroad for work, whether for a short-term project or making a long-term…
  • City Guide: Seattle

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Choosing to take the giant leap across the pond and re-locate your life to the US is only the first decision an America-bound expat needs to make. This huge country offers such a range of dramatically different landscapes and climates, as well as a frankly mind-boggling array of cities, that cater to a variety of tastes – it can be hard to know where to consider setting down roots. The sunny west coast has been a long-time favourite for British expats due to the tempting weather, but as anyone planning to move their life and family abroad well knows, there are a number of other factors that…
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  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 34

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 34th 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 will pick our five favorite posts and feature … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 34 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Live, Love, Laugh, TRAVEL

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Travel is not an option for our family, it’s a necessity. There are some who don’t like traveling and that is cool. If you want to live your life in your safe, little, snow globe, so be it. I love … Continued Live, Love, Laugh, TRAVEL LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Our Third Home in Mexico in Photos

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS I know some of you have been waiting a long time to see photos of our third home in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. I am sorry that it took so long! This is one post of many that I am backed … Continued Our Third Home in Mexico in Photos LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Goat In a Taxi

    Tina Marie Ernspiker
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, 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 – Goat In a Taxi LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
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    Ogles & Observations

  • Happy birthday Keeler!

    23 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The post Happy birthday Keeler! appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: Our next post: Guangzhou, China Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou A trip to Ikea in Guangzhou
  • China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    19 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show Our final day in Yunnan Province was action packed! We started off with the early morning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show.  With more than 400 local actors, this historical depiction of their life through the years was choreographed by the famous Zhang Yimou, who, among many other awards, choreographed the Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  It was pretty awesome to see this performance come together – sitting outside and with the mountain as the natural backdrop! The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show was a…
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge – the easy way

    19 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    The second half of our trek through Yunnan Province, including Stone Drum Village and the Yangtze River was a walking tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge.  It’s one of the most scenic hiking places in China – and while we did go to the bottom most point, we didn’t do any actual hiking. Much of the “real” hiking to be done is on largely unimproved trails that look like this (yikes!): Much of the real hiking trails at Tiger Leaping Gorge are narrow and prone to landslides. A bit too dangerous for our kid crew! So instead, we went on the Upper Gorge route, which was a nice…
  • Yangtze River and Stone Drum Village in Yunnan Province

    14 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    On our second day in Lijiang, we took a driving tour arranaged through our hotel, the Bivou, out to view the Yangzte River, to tour the Stone Drum Village, and then finally to see the Tiger Leaping Gorge, all wonderful places to visit in Yunnan Province. Recent changes to Chinese law have prevented more skyscrapers from being built, have closed factories and prevented large-scale businesses from operating in Yunnan Province. The absence of industrialization has helped to preserve the heritage and to make sure tourism remains in tact….plus the added benefit of blue skies and clean air. I…
  • Old Town Lijiang in Yunnan China

    12 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    The next leg of our trip in Yunnan Province was further north to Lijiang. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, this town is ready for tourists! At the entrance is a wishing trellis and the world culture wall, then a path leading into the town. The wishing trellis Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage site – this is the Cultural Wall that leads into the pedestrian area.   We had enjoyed roaming the streets of Dali’s Old Town and Old Town Lijiang was probably five times larger. And, with that comes an air of over-planning and perhaps too many souvenir stalls. Dried yak meat,…
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    Young Rubbish

  • Mama Young's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    19 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    One of our favourite things about visiting Jon's family in Utah is his mama's baking. There are four things in particular that Jon craves: her pizza, her roast beef Sunday dinner, her chocolate cake, and most especially her chocolate chip cookies.I smuggled a giant bag of chocolate chips back to London with me with the intention of baking my man a little bit of home.Unfortunately, I tried halving the recipe. I realised, after it was all mixed together, that it was too runny... I added a bit more flour... and then a bit more. Suddenly it dawned on me that I hadn't halved the butter. Dang it.I…
  • Right Now May 16 ● by Jess

    Young Rubbish
    16 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Life has been a complete buzz lately. I sometimes feel my head spinning just trying to keep up with it all.My brother recently got engaged to his beautiful girlfriend, Sika. When I was in Utah they came down to say hello, which I was super excited about. It meant I got to give them their wedding present early-- engagement photos all around!I've been trying to decide whether I can go back and get my Master's this autumn. I desperately want to, and I've already gotten in to my school and program of choice.... but money. MONEY. Every single year I do this. I get into a program and then when it…
  • Matt + Lisa's Wedding Vlog ● by Jess

    Young Rubbish
    13 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Jon's brother, Matt just got married to the gorgeous Lisa Dickson! We weren't planning on doing a vlog for this trip (just get some video for a family reunion project), but we ended up with so much good footage we decided to put together a vlog.Love these two to pieces :)
  • Lighter ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    8 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    Between Auschwitz and weddings.... life has felt pretty epic (for better or worse) lately. But, sometimes it's the little quirky moments that really make life worth living.This mailbox totes knows my man: first-class and abroad all the way.I love four and five year olds. It is my absolute favourite age. They understand enough about the world to carry on a conversation, but aren't yet inhibited by the structure of reality or social norms.One five year old that I babysit (I'll call her Tilly) has been obsessed with babies. As an only child, this is understandable. But Tilly's fascination with…
  • Matt + Lisa ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    4 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Look at these two beautiful humans. Right now I'm in Utah, loving spending time with my family and watching these two wonderful people get married. I'll still be out of touch for the next couple of days, but there will be lots to share when I get home!
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    Greeker than the Greeks

  • 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…
  • Greek wine, barrels and art.

    Susan Athanasakou
    19 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Barrel artLast week, whilst on a trip to nearby NEMEA I had the unexpected opportunity of seeing the most amazing art work.Nemea, a small, picturesque, typically Greek town, at the heart of the Peloponnese wine country, produces some of Greece’s best wines, and is home to more than forty excellent Greek wineries.NemeaOn visiting the Semeli winery, named after Semele, the mother of  DIONYSUS, God of wine, I was greeted by barrels and barrels of art, literally!Bacchus (Dionysus) CaravaggioEvery year, in the month of March, the Zappeion  Megaron exhibition hall, located in the…
  • All about my mother.For Susie on Mother's Day

    Susan Athanasakou
    9 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
      GUEST POST, WRITTEN BY NAIS ATHANASAKOU, MY DAUGHTER.My mum & meI’m stuck in Ioannina on a business trip.What to do, what to do?I've surfed the internet, talked on the phone, texted some friends of mine, and that’s it, I should have brought a book with me.I’m left with my thoughts, oh, and how strange thoughts can be, when feeling brutally bored.I’m not going to dwell on those; I’ll keep them to myself.What I will do however, is talk about my mum, write a little story about her and hopefully she will like it.Here goes then, a spontaneous outburst of love for Susie.
  • Greek Street, it's origins and Greeks in the UK

    Susan Athanasakou
    5 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Greek Street London UKInspiration for today’s post hit me straight between the eyes yesterday, after seeing a picture of a street sign for Greek Street.I saw the picture on “We’re Mad about Greeceand the Greek Language” a group run on facebook, by the amazing Rose Robinson, a veritable mine of Greek information. Rose teaches Greek as well as speaking it fluently.Rose is also my “Patriotisa” She lives in my hometown of Leeds, U.KIf you have a Facebook account, do have a look, and join up.We're Mad about Greeece and the Greek LanguageBack to Greek Street, I did know that most…
  • Good Morning Greece

    Susan Athanasakou
    4 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Morning coffee, Greek style. The finest part of my day is the moment after waking, when I draw back the curtains, throw open the shutters, and am greeted by a glorious, Greek, sunny morning.Looking down on my garden, the fist thing seen every morning, on opening the shutters.I cherish these moments alone, sitting, with my first coffee of the day, just thinking, marveling at the cerulean blue of the sky, listening to the twitter of sparrows in our huge yucca tree and feeling, the not yet too hot, sun on my face.A gorgeous cerulean skyA corner to relax in.It truly is my own little…
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    Dan Jones VI

  • David the Shepherd, King, and Murderer

    26 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    A good underdog story is priceless. They never seem to get old and are often prone to embellishment. Underdog stories satisfy a part of the human consciousness present in all of us that craves reassurance from outside sources. We all want to know, despite our many failures, that success is still possible, even against great odds. The Biblical story of David and Goliath is probably the most well-known and oft-told of all underdog stories, at least in the West. And for good reason, David’s improbable success in the Valley of Elah is a 3,000 year-old epic worth repeating. The story is so…
  • The Fine Art of Effective Worrying

    19 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    There’s an odd habit I’ve developed over the years that leads me to uproot and move many thousands of miles away from home when opportunity or urge strikes. This habit of mine prompts a great many questions from friends and family about my future plans, current interests, and the state of my mental wellbeing or lack thereof. They are worried about me for various reasons, sometimes empathetic and other times schadenfreudean. Commiserating is a favorite pastime of human beings. Even when we have no misery to share between us, we’ll often fabricate some just for entertainment purposes.
  • The Please and Thank You Economy

    12 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    If you’re an American (if you’re not, read on, you’ll see what I’m getting at) who’s traveled overseas and spent any time in a major fast food chain (I’m guilty on occasion), you may have noticed a few subtle differences from fast food restaurants in America. First, there are very few if any visible or accessible waste bins. Second, trays with empty wrappers, cups and other trash are usually left behind at a few scattered tabletops by customers. There’s probably an employee making the rounds to clear the dining room debris every quarter of an hour or so. What you…
  • Bad Manners in Big China

    5 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    I remember standing in line at a Bank of China one day after arriving in the Middle Kingdom for the first time. Me and the other Americans I had traveled with were taken to the bank in a group by our Chinese handlers to stock up on the local currency. I stood back a few paces from the Chinese man who was leaning on the counter in front of me while the teller helped him to deposit some money. I was next in line and eager to get my cash and go. Financial transactions are a rather private matter and there is reason to be concerned about the information that gets discussed in the uncomfortably…
  • Cultural Echoes of Fast & Furious

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    The ear-splitting howl of a modified muffler somewhere in the distance provides a fitting soundtrack for this post. While I have no official noise studies to prove this, I’m going to go ahead and say that Malaysia has the highest percentage of modified cars and motorbikes—modified to make them louder. In addition to all the time and money spent by the automobile industry making vehicles safer, more fuel-efficient, and more appealing to the eye, it’s safe to assume many millions of dollars are spent each year simply trying to make cars and motorcycles quieter. The Toyota Prius, Tesla,…
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