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  • Expats eagerly await kick-offAWAY VIEWING: Foreigners in Malaysia will be supporting their teams with a touch of home

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    EXPATRIATE football fans in Malaysia are all set to follow the the month-long World Cup here.
  • In Indonesia, Madrasses of Opposition

    International Herald Tribune
    Saskia De Rothschild
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    From the International New York Times- GONTOR, Indonesia – The silhouette of the large mosque, brick-like but for a bulbous dome, looked blurry in the downpour. The rain of East Java is heavy, lending a sparkle to the green paddies and the scent of moist earth to the air. As the evening prayer ended, hundreds of boys rushed out of the building in waves, mats slung over their shoulders, sarongs hitched up to their knees, flip-flops squelching in the wet. These students attend Pondok Modern Darussalam Gontor, one of Indonesia’s many Islamic boarding schools, or pesantren. (Estimates…
  • Planning a Wedding Abroad?

    British Expatriate Community
    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…
  • 19th Anniversary at 30 James Street

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    When we are in England I am whisking Craig away for a night to a hotel in Liverpool called 30 James Street, for our 19th wedding anniversary. The hotel was originally the home of The White Star Line HQ, the company that built the Titanic. Bruce Ismay's office was in one of the turrets and the Titanic captain and crew would have gotten their orders there.  We are staying in the Liver (pronounced lyver, not liver) suite with balcony that overlooks the 3 graces. There's also a rooftop bar that overlooks the city.If I get any more excited about this trip I might just explode, or wee, or…
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are not Paleo

    Expat Chronicles
    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…
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    International Herald Tribune

  • In Indonesia, Madrasses of Opposition

    Saskia De Rothschild
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    From the International New York Times- GONTOR, Indonesia – The silhouette of the large mosque, brick-like but for a bulbous dome, looked blurry in the downpour. The rain of East Java is heavy, lending a sparkle to the green paddies and the scent of moist earth to the air. As the evening prayer ended, hundreds of boys rushed out of the building in waves, mats slung over their shoulders, sarongs hitched up to their knees, flip-flops squelching in the wet. These students attend Pondok Modern Darussalam Gontor, one of Indonesia’s many Islamic boarding schools, or pesantren. (Estimates…
  • A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

    Saskia De Rothschild
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    From Der Spiegel Constance de Vries sits in the kitchen and fills two syringes. She fills one with a strong anesthetic and the other with poison. She slowly dabs the excess liquid from the needle with a tissue before cautiously packing it up. Then she heads out to her car. At 2 p.m., Annie Bus is scheduled to die. The two women have discussed the details of the procedure numerous times. During those conversations, they sat at the wooden table in Annie Bus’ small home, located in the Netherlands just 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the German border. The walls around the table are covered…
  • How to be a Chinese Democrat

    Saskia De Rothschild
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    From the New York Review of Books- Liu Yu is one of China’s best-known America-watchers. A professor of political science at Tsinghua University, she lived in the US from 2000 to 2007 and now researches democratization in developing countries, including her own. The thirty-eight-year-old became famous in China in 2009 with the publication (in Chinese) ofDetails of Democracy, a collection of her blogs that described how politics works in America. The book earned her the moniker among online fans as “China’s de Toqueville” (she’s quick to reject that as too flattering). She is a…
  • Bananas, Sardines and Sharks

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

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

  • 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…
  • Letters from the Atlantic: 112 – Emergency, Emergency!

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Do you know how to contact emergency services, such as asking for medical assistance, ambulance, police or fire services? If you are in the UK, most people will know that when you dial 999 you will receive prompt and efficient attention to whatever crisis that you find yourself in. What about when you are overseas on holiday, or maybe living in another country as an expat? I was surprised to learn that there are many holidaymakers and expats living in Spain, the Canary Islands and other parts of Europe who do not know how to contact the relevant emergency services. Services equivalent to the…
  • Why Novak and Serena Are Australian Open Winners, But Also Losers…

    4 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    The weekend’s climax to the Australian Open saw victories for two players that had looked down and out during periods of their finals. Despite visibly battling a virus, Serena Williams powered through impressively to beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets; Williams’ sixth Australian Open triumph. Novak Djokovic overcame aches, pains and strains to beat Andy Murray in what was the Serb’s fifth win in Melbourne, where he boasts an overall record of played 56, won 50. An 89% win record. Unbelievable. Williams and Djokovic’s reward was a cheque for AUD $3.1m. At today’s exchange rates,…
  • New Year New Home?

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

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Working overseas tends to be an attractive prospect for many jobseekers (especially if that thought coincides with a rainy day in England). You might have worked at overseas locations as part of your UK-based job and got a taste for working internationally, acting as the catalyst of your search for a full-time position. Finding a job abroad is similar to finding a job domestically; it can be tough but with determination and the right research, you can make your dream of working abroad come true. It’s clear the benefits of international work experience can be huge in furthering your…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • 19th Anniversary at 30 James Street

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    When we are in England I am whisking Craig away for a night to a hotel in Liverpool called 30 James Street, for our 19th wedding anniversary. The hotel was originally the home of The White Star Line HQ, the company that built the Titanic. Bruce Ismay's office was in one of the turrets and the Titanic captain and crew would have gotten their orders there.  We are staying in the Liver (pronounced lyver, not liver) suite with balcony that overlooks the 3 graces. There's also a rooftop bar that overlooks the city.If I get any more excited about this trip I might just explode, or wee, or…
  • Homeward Bound

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Grange-over-Sands, Leanne's homeBooked our flights home to England last night. That's right, I said home, because I can't wait to see family and friends. Can't wait to meet my grand nieces and nephews, to see Leanne and eat a cheese pasty. To see my best friend Sue and wee myself laughing while we drink cider and hey-nonny-non on the beach at Arnside.There's a family reunion in a pub to look forward to where I'll see one of my favourite cousins for the first time in years.  And I am setting up a romantic night away in Liverpool for me and Craig for our anniversary while my mum babysits.
  • Weight Loss: Week 2

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    Current weight: Still too fat for a roller coaster seatWeight lost this week: 4.4 lbsTotal weight loss: 8.6 lbsLast night was hard. I went out with 3 friends for dinner and watched as they guzzled beers, potato chips and other greasy things while I ate fish & vegetables and drank water with lemon. Of course the 3 women I went out with are slim and gorgeous and one night of indulgence is not a problem for them, but knowing I had to weigh in this morning gave me motivation.I laughed so much my cheeks ached. During a particularly entertaining story when one of the ladies said (rather loudly)…
  • Weight Loss: Week 1

    14 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This was me in 2008, looking much slimmer than I do now. If I tried really hard I might be able to squeeze my leg into that blue top.So I've got a long way to go but I am back on Weight Watchers (WW) again and I'm determined. To that end, I'm going to track my progress on here and hope it motivates me! Let the weight loss begin. . .Week 1Weight: Comparable to a WWE wrestlerWeight lost: 4.2 lbsThe weight I have lost has not gone from my stomach, since my jeans are still threatening to end my life prematurely. I was also horrified to see my enormous bingo wings this morning. Once you decide to…
  • January: 1 Second a Day

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
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    Expat Chronicles

  • 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…
  • La Moradita: Epic Marketing FAIL in Peru

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

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Expat Chronicles A teaser from the introduction: 30 Days of Discipline is the boot camp. Discipline is the required outcome … You eliminate the bad habits that lead to laziness, sloth and gluttony and you replace those [with] habits that encourage success … Habit and routine are the cornerstones of success. No highly successful man got to the top by mere chance and haphazard, sporadic actions – only through steady habit and daily activities does one cultivate ultimate success of their goals. Forming a habit or routine is a matter of discipline … The little habits…
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  • CCクリームを使ったすっぴん風メイクの作り方

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    現在、高い注目を集めているのがCCクリームです。 スキンケア成分が豊富に含まれており、肌のケアに効果があるのと同時に、光の反射により、透明感のある肌になりたいと考えた場合に、最適のクリームです。 そんなCCクリームが人気になっている理由の一つに、すっぴん風のメイクに最適という事があります。 すっぴんに近い肌感にしたいと考えたら、塗り過ぎないという事が重要になってきます。…
  • CCクリームのCCとは?

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

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
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    Black Chick On Tour

  • New Hometown Tourist Website Brings The World into Your Backyard

    Terri Lundberg
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Yes. I have been busy. We officially relaunched Hometown Tourist last week, and we are proud of what we’ve put together. We rebuilt our site to make it much easier to find and share city recommendations. We have created a more navigable website with additional resources, and a new visual design to support. We’ve added [...] The post New Hometown Tourist Website Brings The World into Your Backyard appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Going to Prague? Check Out Kutná Hora and The Bone Church!!

    Terri Lundberg
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Kutná Hora is home to The Bone Church, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City, with a few World Heritage Sites. While researching which cities to visit during my Fall European Tour, I came across a piece on The Bone Church, located just outside of Prague. My thoughts were if I’m in Prague a church [...] The post Going to Prague? Check Out Kutná Hora and The Bone Church!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Living Like A Local In Jamaica

    Terri Lundberg
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    *I originally wrote this for Hometown Tourist. This article has some great information on living like a local in Jamaica, so I had to share with you! And, you must check out the video below. It’s informative and funny!! Living like a local in Jamaica is a must if you really want to see the [...] The post Living Like A Local In Jamaica appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • 3 Ways To See Toronto!!

    Terri Lundberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Toronto is one of those vibrant cities that takes you by surprise. It’s hip, happening and diverse. To see Toronto in all her glory, I recommend taking to the streets, the water, and the air. Start on the streets with a self-guided walking tour that starts in Chinatown, goes through Kensington Market, and then along [...] The post 3 Ways To See Toronto!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!!

    Terri Lundberg
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
      Eating healthy in Jamaica is easy!! The secret? Ital, the diet of the Rastafari. Ital restaurants, if you can call them that, will not be in the guidebooks. They are truly off the beaten path, on some obscure side street, with a dirt parking lot and picnic tables for eating, if you’re lucky. However, [...] The post Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
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    Ruth's Place

  • Another Art Journalling Class

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
    So I’m still in Australia waiting for my visa. Therefore I took the opportunity to attend another art jounalling class with Rochelle. Once again she managed to help the group of us complete (or almost complete) 2 double page spreads. Colours are hard to truly capture. It’s more green in real life. This will have some words added at some point. If I was doing this again I’d sketch in pencil lines to make sure that my background colours radiated a little better. I realise my photos aren’t as clear as they could be :P I’m happy with how these turned out. It was…
  • Another hat

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    I’m still working away on little African Flower hexagons and pentagons to turn into another hippo, but I have also snuck in a quick finish. Here’s another hat that will be winging it’s way to frozen Michigan. Here are both hats. Not sure what I’m going to do with the last few grams of yarn.
  • Art journalling

    17 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    I’m trying to take advantage of my time in Australia and do some things that I can’t do in PNG. So today I went to an art journalling class run by my very talented sister-in-law. We made two double page spreads. It was really interesting to see how each person’s work turned out completely individually even though the same materials were used by everyone. Watching other people work also gave me ideas that I can use when I’m on my own. This is the first page we did. Mine has a few extra hearts because I tried to be spontaneous and doodle… I’m much happier…
  • Surprised

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A month ago Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went back to PNG without me. I’m very grateful to generous family members who have let me stay with them and for friends who have been keeping me busy and out of trouble,  but I’ve been missing them a great deal. Gorgeous Girl also racked up quite a few firsts while we’ve been apart. First day at a new school, first missing teeth, first music lesson (drums) first individual swimming lesson, and so on and so forth. Anyway, a friend asked me to go out with her and some of her friends. When we got to the place we were supposed to be…
  • Happy Hippy Hippo

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I made this little lady for a friend of mine and she’ll be heading off in the post tomorrow. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. It’s a little smaller than the other two, but they are both in PNG, so no comparison shots. Look at that face… These are such clever designs. I have two more of these to make: one a thank you gift and one a commission. As much as I love this design I’m itching to knit and do something else. It’s very unusual for me to repeat a pattern so often and in such a short time-frame. My visa process is one step closer to being…
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    Slow Travel in Europe and Beyond | CheeseWeb

  • Top 10 Slow Food Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Our Top 10 Slow Food Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium Our top 10 Slow Food Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium, embrace the movement’s guiding principles of Good, Clean, and Fair in delicious ways. What is Slow Food? We mention Slow Food often. If fact, we even have a whole section on CheeseWeb dedicated to it. But what exactly is Slow Food and why do we strive to eat this way? The Slow Food movement started in 1986, in Italy, as a reaction to McDonald’s proposal to open near the Spanish Steps in Rome. (Thank you Italians!) In 1989, the International Slow Food Movement was founded, in Paris,…
  • How to Experience Art Nouveau in Brussels, Belgium

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Where to see Art Nouveau in Brussels, Belgium From walking tours, to museums, to restaurants, there are plenty of ways to discover Brussels’ Art Nouveau art and architecture. I love art and architecture, and no style intrigues me more than the graceful curves and natural forms of Art Nouveau. With architects like the unparalleled Victor Horta at the forefront, Brussels was a hub for the Art Nouveau movement and there are more than 200 examples dotted around the city. In Brussels, Art Nouveau is still a living, breathing style, rather than something preserved behind glass. You can still…
  • Romania’s Travel Highlights from a Local

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    With a fascinating history, unique cultural heritage, and stunning nature, Romania beckons. Romanian, Adriana, shares her travel highlights for this Eastern European gem. [Editor’s Note:] I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be getting my wish to travel to Romania this year (finally). In April, I will spend 4 days in the capital, Bucharest, as part of the #EnjoyBucharest initiative. In preparation for my trip, I’ve asked our CheeseWeb Media Diva and resident Romanian to tell us a bit about her home country. Take it away Adi! Have you ever wandered the streets of Rome and stumbled upon…
  • Visiting Ile Sainte-Marguerite & the Musee de la Mer, Cannes, France

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Ile Sainte-Marguerite, off the coast of Cannes, France, is the perfect slow travel escape from the busy French Riviera. Here you’ll find nature, history, and a few surprises. When you think of the glitzy Mediterranean city of Cannes, on the French Riviera, it’s probably not as an ideal slow travel destination. However, just a few minutes from the multi-million-dollar yacht-choked harbour is a peaceful getaway about as far from Hollywood glamour as you can get. When I visited Cannes, as a Radisson Blu Blogger, last November, I hadn’t anticipated having an entire morning to do as I…
  • Balls & Glory Meatball Restaurant, Antwerp, Belgium

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Balls & Glory Meatball Restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium Traditional Belgian meatballs are taken to a whole new, tasty level at Balls & Glory meatball restaurant in Antwerp. Meatballs may make you think of Italian food, (or at least North American-style Italian food) but they are one of the classic dishes of Belgium. Called boulettes in French and bollekes in Flemish, Belgian meatballs can be served with tomato, cream, or even Belgian beer sauce. If you think meatballs sound boring or dated, you need to try Balls & Glory meatball restaurant. We stumbled upon Balls & Glory on a…
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  • weekend #9 BULA!

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
      BULA!   from F I J I !       Palm tree leaves for   Geometric Friday   It’s been hot, humid – 94% – we’ve had it all - sun, rain, thunderstorms, hot and cold drinks…   I found these ‘red soft prunes’ in a supermarket, actually they’re orange - I did a painting with a color of these prunes. (When you eat it your tong is totally orange….)     Paint Party Friday       a whole packet of prunes     Price 1.60 e / 1.80 usd   I’M SO SORRY about the painting…
  • mom – it’s orange #129

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
      Blogging from holiday is…not the same as from home, from own desk, own stuff around… but somethings are the same….   First version for   MoM – Mandarin Orange Monday       second version       and original     Sunflower on Marimekko table cloth made vivid combination.     Have a good week ahead!     ps.   please have name/url option to leave a comment!    
  • weekend #8

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
      Greetings from +25 C / 77 F Sydney, Australia!         Today is my ‘me-day’, time to blog. Other days are busy exploring, being outside… on our walk I was given this beautiful Magnolia flower,   perfect for   Geometric Friday       This watercolor painting is from a file – I haven’t had time to paint here yet… Do you recognize who he is? If yes, then the painting is not too bad       Paint Party Friday     Have a relaxing weekend!     Let’s see how much blogging…
  • mom – it’s orange #128

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
      Greetings from Sydney, Australia!       I remembered to edit my picture – this is the first version…   …second       and finally the original       I showed last week details of this picture here.     Have a good week!     Let’s see how much blogging time I will have, but I promise to visit all those bloggers who leave me a comment and have name/url option to leave a comment!    
  • weekend 7

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
      When you read this I’m on my way far, far away from Finland….   But first a watercolor painting from my sketchbook for   Paint Party Friday       I was watching tv – one politician looked like this!           Geometric Friday #18     Oh, no, snow!       Helsinki 11.1.2015     I’m sure you know where we’re going for a holiday…..     These pictures were taken when we last time visited here, in 2011.       Let’s see how much blogging time…
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    Bleeding Espresso

  • Lost in Translation: Adventures in Sola-tude

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Solo/sola in Italian means both alone and lonely. Let that sink in for a second. In Italian, alone and lonely are, essentially, one in the same. Yes, there is a slight difference in that one “feels” lonely but is “alone,” but this oddity of the language (to my American ears) has always intrigued me, particularly as the interplay of the two concepts has come up repeatedly during my time in rural southern Italy. You see, I’ve never needed to take any online or magazine quiz to determine whether I’m an extrovert or an introvert. I am, indeed, a classic…
  • One-Word Theme for 2015: FORZA!

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

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

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

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

  • Cyclone

    Anne Taylor
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Cyclone This time of the year in the Northern Territory (monsoon area to the north of the continent), West Coast of Australia (Western Australia) and Queensland (on the east coast) are subject to Cyclones usually in January but they can form anytime up to April.  Last week we had two “lows”, one hanging around the Northern Territory (Lam) and the other off the Coast of Queensland (Marcia). Marcia was a category 1 cyclone until last night when it ramped up to become a category 5.  Category 5 cyclones have wind gusts of up to 295 kilometres per hour.  Lam was not so strong and only…
  • The Winter Solstice冬至

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

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

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

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

    Simon Black
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    February 26, 2015 Singapore Warren Buffett once famously chided that all the gold in the world would form a cube of 67 feet (20 meters) on each side. In doing so, he was attempting to argue that there was no point in owning gold since all the gold in the world would be an unproductive, useless hunk of metal. What’s ironic (and completely lost on the venerable Mr. Buffett) is that you could make the same argument about the paper-based financial system. It’s estimated that the derivatives market now exceeds $1 QUADRILLION (15 zeros) in notional value. If you were to somehow…
  • Chinese reduce their holdings of US Treasury bonds for the fourth consecutive month

    Simon Black
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    February 25, 2015 Singapore In December, Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist advised our Sovereign Man Confidential members on a position to take on the RMB. This week we found that this trade is already up by as much as 300%. Now looking at the latest news from China we see that our advice still stands, and even stronger than before. Chinese treasuries were reduced by over $30 billion over the course of 2014, and that trend is continuing at full speed in 2015: [Editor’s Note: this article was translated by a member of our team, bolding is ours. Read the original…
  • Wow. Look at how easily your property can be confiscated—

    Simon Black
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    February 25, 2015 Singapore This is a great example of ‘sovereign risk’: One of my close friends here in Singapore opened a brokerage account last year with Interactive Brokers. If you’re not familiar, Interactive Brokers is a leading securities broker based in Greenwich, Connecticut. You can trade stocks, currencies, options… all that stuff. Now, my friend is not a US resident (he lives here in Singapore), nor is he a US citizen. He opened his account through their Asian branch in Hong Kong, funded the account from here in Singapore, and then bought some Canadian stocks listed on…
  • Steve Jobs held billions of dollars offshore. Was he ‘unpatriotic’ ?

    Simon Black
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    February 24, 2015 Singapore At the end of September 2011, just days before his passing, the company that Steve Jobs founded had a $25 billion cash hoard. Nearly half of this was stashed overseas. What’s more, Apple was running billions in profit through multiple Irish subsidiaries, neither of which were taxable by the US government. Steve Jobs departed this life owning 5.5 million shares of Apple (and another 138 million shares of Disney, which employed similar offshore practices). So his personal share of the untaxed offshore booty was obviously substantial. Did this make him…
  • US government’s new ‘rule’ allows banks to completely make sh*t up

    Simon Black
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    February 23, 2015 Hong Kong In 1494, a 47-year old Franciscan friar named Luca Pacioli invented something that was revolutionary. Pacioli was, in fact, a friend and contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, and the two collaborated frequently. So you’re probably guessing that Pacioli was a co-designer in Leonardo’s famed flying machine, or a new architectural technique. On the contrary. Pacioli’s invention was the double-entry accounting system; in fact he’s known by bean counters today as the father of accounting. This was a major and much needed innovation at the time. In the 15th century,…
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  • That Beyonce Exercise Routine, Black Women & White Feminism, Sagging Pants and Food Stamps

    Denene Millner
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    In this week's MyBrownBaby link favs, the Beyonce exercise routine video makes its rounds, Patricia Arquette gets checked and sagging pants get dissected. The post That Beyonce Exercise Routine,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Juicy Pics of Brown Babies Here: MyBrownBaby_Fresh Is On Instagram!

    Denene Millner
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Pics of brown babies have long been in short supply. But here at MyBrownBaby, we're celebrating that beauty with a new Instagram page—MyBrownBaby_Fresh. The post Juicy Pics of Brown Babies Here:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zendaya’s Hair: Her Locs Are Beautiful. Who Needs Giuliana Rancic to Say That When WE Can?

    Denene Millner
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:38 pm
    It's fine to hold Giuliana Rancic accountable for attacking Zendaya's hair. But really, we can—and should—reject the white gaze and pour our passion into celebrating our own. The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It Takes a Village: Tips On Winter Pregnancy, Delivery and the Big Comeback

    Denene Millner
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Mama Glow's Lathan Thomas shares intel on how moms can get—and keep!—their pre/post baby bodies together during these brutal winter months. The post It Takes a Village: Tips On Winter Pregnancy,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Get A Pass: Do People In Multiracial Families Have A License To Be Racist?

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As a White dad with a Biracial son, Alex Barnett wants to know, “How can you have an open and honest conversation about race if people can’t get beyond their own racism?” The post You Get A Pass: Do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Czech Off the Beaten Path

  • The Trouble with Language

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    The language in a cross-cultural marriage can be frustrating, but also funny. When a couple marries, they become one; in a cross-cultural marriage, this oneness generally brings together two different languages and the culture of language. By the culture of … Continue reading →
  • Terezín and the Defiance to Live

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

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

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

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

  • The First Three Months Abroad

    Scott Masciarelli
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    It has been three months since you have landed in your new host country. Time has likely passed very fast. This is the initial “honeymoon” period of your overseas move where everything is both new and exciting and you are making one discovery after another. It is all an adventure: the food, your new coworkers, learning about local customs and etiquette and the most fun of all is that you get to play tourist. Wouldn’t it be great if this stays like this for the entire assignment? There is that possibility with a little awareness and foresight. For the moment, however, the…
  • 7 steps to overcome intercultural shock while living and working abroad

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Life abroad can be very exciting and demanding, however may also cause an anxiety, stress and homesickness. It may make you feel helpless, alone, lost and uncomfortable, especially if you are looking to build your career and life in new country. There are many expatriates, especially women, who are suffering in silence, either not asking for help or they do not know how, where or who to ask for support to design the career they want and live a successful life abroad. My international experience started over 10 years ago when I moved from a small town in Poland to study psychology in Rome,…
  • Coach of the Month – Steffi Bärmann

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Name:  Dominika Miernik Title:  Career and Intercultural Coach, Italy Chartered Psychologist Business Name:  DM Coaching Client Testimonials:  http://dmcoaching.eu/referencje Niche/Specialties:  Career coaching, Career transition, Job search, Cross-Cultural Challenges Expat Experience:  I am from Poland, lived in Italy for 10 years where I completed my studies in Psychology.  Moved in the UK 4 years ago with my partner. Languages Spoken:  Polish, Italian, English Life Experience:  I am passionate about coaching, personal development, psychology and foreign languages.  Have…
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • In Photos: Little Petra – Al Beida, Jordan

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The very narrow entrance About 10km away from Petra there’s a short canyon that’s home to Al-Beida. Beida means white in Arabic, and the area takes its name from the white rock that makes up the canyon walls. Known as Little Petra this was the home of the Nabateans in the 1st century AD for about 500 years, before they constructed their far larger city at Petra. There’s evidence here of that it was a busy trading post , with relics found that had been traded from round the entire region such as turquoise from Sinai and shells from the Mediterranean. The first view of Little Petra…
  • Floating in the Dead Sea – Aqaba, Jordan

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Spotted on the drive towards Aqaba Floating in the Dead Sea has been on my bucket list for a very long time, so I was excited to finally get the chance to visit. Our hotel had a private beach and people on hand to dig out pots of black mud. We were a bit unsure what the protocol was, so sat back for a bit and took our lead from the Jordanian families. The process is quite simple really: Shower, get covered in mud, float in the water till the mud comes off, have another shower and repeat if necessary. In reality it’s a little trickier than that – the mud is massively sticky, the beach is…
  • Jordan’s Desert Castles – Qasr Kharana, Qasr Amra, Qasr Al Azraq

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Qasr Kharana Our final day tour from Amman was a visit to the various castles in the deserts to the east of town. The drive there is lined by numerous Army and Air Force bases, each with gates guarded by watchful soldiers. Any quiet moment in the desert is punctuated by jets overhead, always in flights of three. Qasr Kharana The desert there is remarkably flat and featureless. There are no little cracks or dried river beds – it’s just an endless plain of rocky soil. Within the plain the easily spottable landmark is Qasr Kharana. It sits on the plain like someone dropped a brick from a…
  • Playing hide and seek in Jerash – Jordan

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    The archaeological site lies right next to the modern city of Jerash After a long route driving to Umm Qais and Aljun castle we arrived at the Roman city of Jerash at about 4pm. Our driver told us we’d need about 3 hours to look round properly. Sunset was a long way off, so I suggested “OK, so it’s 4pm now – shall we meet at 7pm?” “No, it closes at 5pm” “…” Hadrians Arch – the entrance to Jerash Not having much choice, we got a move on and met our guide at the gate. He seemed in no rush at all, so we sauntered through the impressive Hadrian’s Arch to arrive at…
  • In pictures: Qa’lat Al-Rabad – Ajlun Castle, Jordan

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Ajlun Castle (from the carpark) On the way back from Umm Qais we stopped at Ajlun Castle. Known locally by its original name of  Qa’lat Al-Rabad, most guides and books just reference it by the nearest town of Ajlun. Approaching the castle from the car park it looks very European. Four walls, cornered by four towers and a deep moat. It was actually built by one of Saladin’s generals to protect against the European crusaders in 1184AD. Ajlun was of strategic value as it contained numerous iron mines, so the castle to defend the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley and the…
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    The Displaced Nation

  • DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: Has it really been six months? How time flies when you’re writing full time

    The Displaced Nation Team
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    An American expat newlywed in Hong Kong, Shannon Young took the momentous decision last summer to quit her day job and launch out as a full-time writer. She’d given herself until Chinese New Year to see if she could make a living. And now the Year of the Sheep is here—baa baa—is she a lost […]
  • CULTURE SHOCK TOOLBOX: No apfelstrudel? Try some Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte!

    The Displaced Nation Team
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Today we welcome a new columnist, H.E. Rybol, to the Displaced Nation. The product of a German dad and a French mom, H.E. has lived in the United States, Luxembourg, England, Spain, Switzerland and Singapore. (She currently resides in Luxembourg.) After 16 years of the Third Culture Kid life, she feels well equipped to handle […]
  • TCK TALENT: Rahul Gandotra, Oscar-shortlisted filmmaker

    The Displaced Nation Team
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang is back with her column featuring interviews with Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) who work in creative fields. Lisa herself is a prime example. A Guatemalan-American of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent, she has developed her own one-woman show about growing up as a TCK, which receives rave reviews wherever it goes. —ML Awanohara Hello […]
  • For this dreamer of dreams, artist at heart, and American Russophile, a picture says…

    The Displaced Nation Team
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King is back with his ever-popular “A picture says…” column. Born in England, James is now semi-retired in Thailand. If you like what you see here, be sure to check out his blog, Jamoroki. My February guest is 58-year-old American national Steve Hague, who a few years ago […]
  • An expat’s valentine to her adopted home is podcast series and now book

    ML Awanohara
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The Displaced Nation aspires to be a home to international creatives. As such, we are fond of showcasing memoirs written by those who have spent large chunks of their lives abroad or novels that were in some way inspired by international travels. Very occasionally, though, we come across an expat who has written a guide […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: Another Russian opposition MP bites the dust

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:07 am
    "Nothing is impossible in Russia, but reform" - Oscar Wilde
  • Interpreter, guide in Kiev

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:40 am
    Hello! If you need an interpreter in Kiev or just want to see the city and need a guide - I will be pleased to help you! English, Russian, Ukrainian - fluent.Please contact me:Oksana +38(067)6954755You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginHave a great day!!
  • Re: Another Russian opposition MP bites the dust

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginWonder how long it will be before Ukraine or the CIA get the blame?  His murder will surely have nothing to do with being an outspoken Putin critic or being due to lead the 1s...
  • Re: Another Russian opposition MP bites the dust

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginIf When March 1 fizzes out into nothing, then we will never be able to count on the Russian opposition to stand on their own two feet ever again....
  • Downloadable posters to print

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:06 am
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Got hope?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Omani Association for the disabled has a fun charity fundraiser coming up this Saturday 28th February. The Got Hope colour run is to be held from 9am at the Qurum park - all proceeds go towards the Omani Association for Disabled and adults (13+) are RO 5, and kids (5-12) are RO 3. The kids race is 1K and starts at 10am, and the adults race is 3K and starts at 11am.You can checkout the @GotHope instagram page for more information, To enter you have to have the t-shirt (which is what costs RO 5 or 3) and you can buy a t-shirt ahead of time at either Love at first Bite or Mini's…
  • Blue Carpet event next Tuesday

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Late last year, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Denzel Heath, the travelling bartender and I have to say I fell in love with his cocktails. Being a man, I fell short of actually falling in love with him, but both FatSu and Heather appear to be besotted with the man. I'm not just saying it for the sake of saying it - the man's cocktails are amazing divine awesome fantastic - actually I can't think of the perfect word to describe them. Bloody good. He'll ask you what you like, and if you can't choose (or don't know) he'll ask you simple questions about the kinds of tastes you like, and…
  • Gourmet night tonight at the InterCon

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    A bit of a last minute posting here on MM, but the very nice people over at the InterCon have asked me to share their Gourmet night that is planned for Le Caprice tonight from 7:30pm.It's a "night of glamour and first class cuisine" - but a nice way to have a date with the missus mid-week. It's RO 50 net per person and you get a 6 course meal with paired wines for the meal, something I always like because then the wines are supposed to go with the food. Regular readers might know I'm not a big wine connoisseur but at least this way I know that the wine I'm drinking is meant to be going with…
  • Ed Sheeran mania

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Have you seen the Last Comment Win's competition going on over on the Hi FM facebook page? It's nuts - as of 7:30 this morning there have been over 160,000 comments, with a reach of over 411,000 people (well, fb accounts). That, for an English language facebook page based in Muscat, Oman is... staggering.There are a lot of people that want to win the overnight stay and 2 tickets to see Ed this weekend!!A little birdy tells me that at some point today they will close the competition and announce the winner... so if you didn't get into the competition yet - get in and try your luck :)Now,…
  • An Evening with Gary McAllister and Jason McAteer

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Coming up on Thursday 16th April at 7:30pm is an evening of interest for the Liverpool fans out there among you, but not just Liverpool fans, because between them they've played for 8 clubs. Gary McAllister and Jason McAteer will sharing stories from both on and off the pitch during their time at Liverpool as well as from the rest of their careers at the club and international levels.Sports Speaker are returning to Oman this time after a false-start last year with the unfortunate clash with Eid meaning their last event had to be cancelled at the last moment. This won't be happening this time…
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • 3 Things Dating Foreign Women (And Marrying One) Taught Me

    Russell Ward
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In my younger years, I tried dating girls from my home town but the relationships never got off the ground.Once I was set up with a friend of a friend. We met at a local pub and I hoped for enthusiastic conversation and a bright ending. We talked about the things we both liked but the chat was forced, the mood sombre and we had less in common than we thought.Some time later, I took another local girl on a date. I'd returned from university and while the craving to head abroad had started to grow, I was determined to give hometown life and a night out with this pretty, intelligent girl a fair…
  • How Writing Saved Me

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

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

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

    Russell Ward
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It was in the summer of 2002 that we first decided to move abroad. The kernel of an idea was already there but, during that summer, we began to turn an idea into reality.One year later and our first stop was Vancouver, Canada, where I turned my back on the corporate world and returned to student life. It was tough to begin with but things got easier as time went on. And we moved on.To Ottawa and a job with the government, a new set of friends, our first Canadian house and a more settled way of life. But we were young and so we grew restless.With the quest for travel and adventure still…
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    Expat Explorer

  • The international festivals you should be at this year

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Without doubt, festivals are one of the best ways to have some fun and escape for a short while.  And with many festivals taking place each year around the world, they are a great way to meet friends in your local area, or a fun, ice-breaking experience to have with new friends you have made since becoming an expat.  Festivals are no longer just about no sleep and not showering for 4 days; the festival scene now offers everything from glamping to yoga, food, to poetry.  Here is our pick of the best international festivals which will be taking place around the world in 2015, for…
  • Exploring the barrios of Madrid

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    As the third largest city in Europe both by size and population, Madrid is one of the most diverse and fascinating capital cities. This, coupled with a restless history, pleasant climate (if not downright sweltering in the summer) and relaxed culture, makes it one of the top European destinations for expats and tourists alike. With the help of a Madrilenian ex-expat, here’s a roundup of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods, or ‘barrios’, and what’s not to miss in each! Image source: creative commons / Fermín RodríquezSalamancaMadrid’s most exclusive neighbourhood sits just to…
  • Planning for a new life abroad – Five expats share their top tips

    6 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Packing up your whole life into suitcases is literally a life changing task. Where do you begin to plan for the trip of a lifetime and what do you really need once your reach your destination? There are the basic elements of moving house that everyone will be aware of, but how do you know what you will really need when that move is to a house in another country? A great bonus of becoming an expat is the international network that you are joining is full of people who have made the move away from home. There will always be someone who has already asked the same questions that you are asking…
  • Packing your life up: where to start?

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Everyone has experienced the stress of packing a suitcase to go on holiday. How to fit everything in, deciding what you really need to take and if you do get it all in, is it the right weight to get on the plane?! So what do you do when packing isn't just for two weeks in the sun, but is instead for your new life as an expat.Even for seasoned travelers, it’s important to take stock and prioritise what you need before the big move!Start with the practical Pack with arriving in mind. Put essentials in one box e.g. towels & bedding so they’re easily accessible when you arrive. Label…
  • Mixing with the locals vs mixing with expats

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

  • Attorney General Investigating 566 Sham Marriages

    Staff News Writer
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Since  2009, the Civil Registry has referred 566 marriages for investigation to the Attorney General’s Office. In 49 cases a criminal conviction has been successful, and in 70 others a criminal investigation is ongoing. In every case, the event that triggered the investigation was the marriage of a foreign national, who sought naturalization to become a citizen of Costa […]
  • Casa Canada/ARCR Silent Following Departure of General Manager Ryan Piercy

    Staff News Writer
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    More than two weeks following the departure under mysterious circumstances of General Manager Ryan Piercy the Casa Canada Group and it’s division the Association of Residents of Costa Rica, ARCR Administration S.A. (or ARCR) have yet to issue a press release or public statement regarding its current management or future. The whereabouts of Piercy are […]
  • Central Bank Sells $37 million in USD to stabilize exchange rate

    Daniel Woodall
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Costa Rican Central Bank (BCCR) announced on Wednesday that it had sold $21.7 million in dollars to stabilize the exchange rate. The news comes just three days after the BCCR announced a new monetary policy, abolishing a system of exchange rate bands, which it had concluded as obsolete. It also brought to $37.3 million, as […]
  • Costa Rica Central Bank Abandons Currency Bands for “Float”

    Daniel Woodall
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Costa Rica Central Bank (BCCR) announced over the weekend that it will eliminate the system of maintaining an exchange rate floor and ceiling, and allow the exchange rate to “float”. A press release from the bank said that it had not intervened to change the value of the colon, outside of the bands since December […]
  • Public Demands Resignation of Fiscal for Mishandling of Jairo Mora Case

    Daniel Woodall
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    A group of concerned citizens protested this morning before the steps of the Supreme Court, calling for the resignation of the country’s attorney general. Jorge Chavarría, who has admitted prosecutors mishandled evidence in the trial of men accused of murdering environmental activist, Jairo Mora is also refusing to appear before Congress to testify on behalf […]
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • What France thinks of vegetarians

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Ahh, look at this rustic hippy scene from the seventies. Hang on, that’s an image from a brand new advertisement on French TV. The ad represents vegetarians as hippies living in houses with home-made decorations like shells on strings. Add some cotton shirts, bouffant hair and beaded jewelry and we’ve got the perfect hippy family. Cured meat makers, Aoste, are responsible for the ad, in full, below (with a shortened translation under it). Dad: “But how come you don’t want to be a vegetarian anymore?” Son: “I’m sick of always eating the same things —…
  • Is this sign really needed?

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    This photo needs little commentary. Public toilets in La Clusaz are often shared by both sexes, and when I walked into this one, the sight of urinals didn’t surprise me. The sign, however, did. It says “Water not drinkable.” Who is this sign for? Who tried to drink out of a urinal? Related posts: Public toilets in Annecy This photo is probably a bit misleading after a title... The tipipi – the best toilet ever Pictured is the door to a very special tipi (or... When ‘forbidden’ doesn’t really mean it The sign in this photo translates roughly to…
  • Switching to winter tyres in France

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

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

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

    Aisha Ashraf
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    They said on the radio today this was the coldest February since eighteen-something. After a certain point cold is cold is cold. The post The Coldest February Since Eighteen-Something appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Accepting Disability – A Work In Progress

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Smith
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Flexible access pensions start from April 2015 – but what are they and how do you choose the best way to manage your pension? The new rules mean from 55 years old retirement savers can withdraw as much of the direct contribution pension funds as they wish. The good news for expats is these rules cover Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) as well as standard onshore pensions. Civil servants and public sector workers are outside the new rules and their pension arrangements remain the same. Learn more about QROPS Find out more information about the basic features, benefits and…
  • SIPP Compensation Pay Outs For Failed Investments

    Lisa Smith
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Retirement savers who lost pension cash in three failed investment schemes have been given the go ahead to make claims from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS has agreed to pay out for investment losses, including pension charges and lost pension growth. IFAs are to be held liable for giving pension savers advice to switch cash into the investments, which are: Green Oil Plantations Limited Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Sustainable AgroEnergy plc Compensation claims are limited to £50,000. IFAs to blame “We’ve come to the decision that IFAs are responsible for…
  • Brits On Stricken Liner To Sue For Stress

    Jim Atkins
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    British passengers and crew who were aboard the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia when she ran aground are launching a legal challenge for compensation. The 300 metre liner struck rocks near Giglio, an island off Tuscany, Italy, in 2012. The ship was carrying more than 4,000 passengers when disaster struck. More than 30 died and many more were injured. Captain Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning passengers as the liner listed and took in water on the rocks. A court sentenced him t0 16 years in jail after hearing he sailed the ship too…
  • Week in Expat Money Matters 16th February – 22nd February 2015

    Jim Atkins
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Below are the articles from last week, documenting events from the world of expatriate finance, as reported on iExpats and from other places across the web: Expat Savings – February 12, 2015 Interest rates could be cut further in the very near future according George Carney, the governor of the Bank of England. Expats Ready For Mortgage Misselling Court Battle The Swiss franc mortgage scandal of Cyprus which involved such a large number of British expats is finally about to begin. They’ve been waiting since 2003 to try and get their claims heard, now the banks that lent the money in Swiss…
  • £50m Waiting For Expats Grounded By Delayed Flights

    Jim Atkins
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Thousands of expats are waiting for their share of more than £50 million in compensation for delayed flights sitting in airline bank accounts. Three low-cost airlines are refusing to settle claims going back years despite a Supreme Court ruling against them. The airlines argued that they should not have to pay compensation if a flight was delayed by a technical fault, but the courts ruled otherwise and ordered them to pay compensation to passengers. The three – Ryanair, Flybe, and Jet2 – are four of the most popular airlines with expats in Europe travelling to and from the UK. They…
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  • Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

    Charles Smith
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand,... Expats Blog -
  • Irish trekker in Singapore hospital after collapsing in Indonesia

    Louise Baldwin
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    An Irish physiotherapist working in an Indonesian hospital is being cared for in a Singapore hospital after collapsing during a volcano trek last week. Twenty-two-year-old Lisa Orsi, who works in Bright Vision Hospital in Hougang, was hiking up a volcano last Friday when she fell unconscious. She was immediately rushed to hospital, where... Expats Blog -
  • Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

    Steph MacDonald
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and... Expats Blog -
  • French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

    Louise Baldwin
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer. Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme. The firm’s... Expats Blog -
  • UK: Changes to pension tax to affect expats

    Louise Baldwin
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    British retirees looking to cash in their pensions could benefit because of changes to the rules regarding withdrawing lump sums that will be introduced in April. The new regulations do not require a person to buy an annuity, while an added bonus for those wanting to take out large amounts before moving overseas is that there will be a... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • a dress rehearsal (landscape of a man, part 2)

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    When the air runs warm and the snow starts to melt, it is no surprise that I feel restless. If I had long hair, I might walk into a barber shop and ask to cut them everything off like I used to. The streets are crusted with dog shit long hidden in snow banks. Children wander towards playgrounds still wrapped head to toe. They will be in snowsuits until the trees turn green. I wake in the middle of the night, listen to N's breathing and then go to the kitchen for a glass of water. I check on E, curled like a fern on top of her blankets, a hand stretched out to some imaginary friend. A…
  • The Lonely One (a Valentine's Day song a little late)

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
  • ten second romances

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    The metro is oddly quiet, even as throngs of people squash past each other. As usual, I think of penguins while the crowd takes tiny steps, funneling into the escalators. The metro photographs well, all Soviet retro glam and decadence but no one ever looks up, or marvels at the chandeliers. Faces down, staring at phones or eyes simply closed. No flirting glances at the faces on the escalator going up, no ten second romances.I have begun to feel more than the typical winter emptiness. The city is especially barren, more gray, more muddy, more defeated. Everyone I stand next to smells like…
  • to be known

    2 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    I was walking West in Times Square, where Broadway slices across 42nd Street, veering left creating that sliver next to Sixth Avenue. There was a green light so I sped past her. My camera thumped in the bag on my side as I raked against tourist shoulders making my way. Her face was painted white, red lips, giant arched eyebrows. A police man stood in the gutter, staring into traffic. The woman was talking, jabbing her finger into the cool, wet air facing North. Her face fell, as if she could not speak any more. I stopped, as people shoved past me. Turning back, I slid the Leica out…
  • I love you both

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

  • Discover The New Central Library In Calgary

    9 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Lost In The Leaf City Lost In The Leaf City - Blog for Newcomers in Canada Have you ever been in the right place at the right time? Well you are if you find yourself in the Stampede City also known...
  • Are You Traveling With Expired Philippine Passport?

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Lost In The Leaf City Lost In The Leaf City - Blog for Newcomers in Canada How busy can you become living a life overseas? It’s Monday again and you haven’t done the laundry. Time for...
  • Find All The US Embassy And Consulate In Canada

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Lost In The Leaf City Lost In The Leaf City - Blog for Newcomers in Canada Where was the last time you’ve been to a place for a vacation in the US? Without hassle. Every luck is on your side. I was...
  • How To Renew SIN Card In Calgary

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Lost In The Leaf City Lost In The Leaf City - Blog for Newcomers in Canada After successfully submitting the application for permanent resident eventually the interview followed (maybe a year or...
  • Travel Hack: List Of C-Train Stations In Calgary With Addresses

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Lost In The Leaf City Lost In The Leaf City - Blog for Newcomers in Canada Over the years, I learn to get around the city of Calgary. And in between the weekend walkabout, delays, and getting lost,...
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    Cartus Blog

  • Cartus Continues Global Expansion: Opens New Service Center in Brazil

    David Pascoe
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As part of our strategic expansion to better serve our global relocation clients and their transferring employees, we’re proud to announce that earlier this month, we opened our newest service center in São Paulo, Brazil. This new service center is another important Cartus initiative and a natural expansion for us, as we already have significant experience in Brazil. In 2014 alone, Cartus transferred over 1,300 assignees to and from the country. Ranked as the seventh largest economy in the world, Brazil has become a critical strategic market in Latin America. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,…
  • Immigration: Non-EEA Nationals Relocating to the UK

    Des McKell
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Immigration rules often carry unique challenges for international assignees. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights looks at new legislation that will affect assignees from a non-European Economic Area (EEA) who are planning to relocate to the UK for more than six months. The Legislation Non-EEA assignees scheduled to relocate to the UK for six months or more must apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). From March 2015, this new legislation is expected to be introduced during a country-by-country, four-month implementation phase, which means the assignee’s country of origin will…
  • Realogy Reports Financial Results for Full Year 2014

    Kevin Kelleher
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    This morning, our parent company, Realogy, issued its financial results for the full year 2014. Read the press release for more information. You may also listen to the recording of the earnings webcast via the Investor Information section of the Realogy website. Written by Kevin KelleherWith 30 years of relocation management experience, Cartus President & CEO Kevin Kelleher has led the company on high growth and global expansion strategies, inclusive of multiple acquisitions and the creation of new products.
  • Raytheon Recognizes Cartus for Service Excellence!

    Bill Tully
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    During our client Raytheon’s recent Supplier Conference, Steve Sebestyen and I were on hand to receive Raytheon’s 2014 Service Excellence Recognition award on behalf of the Cartus team. The conference provides an opportunity for Raytheon to collaborate with key suppliers to drive affordability, innovative solutions, and best-in-class service offerings. Steve and I were greatly honored to accept the award on behalf of all the hard-working Cartus employees who service the Raytheon account. The Cartus teams work hard every day to support the Raytheon mission of customer success. Our long,…
  • Relocating to Czech Republic: What You Need to Know

    Lisa Reid
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland. With a developed industrial economy, the Czech Republic attracts many expatriates, especially to the capital city of Prague. Our latest Market Watch on the Czech Republic, produced in conjunction with Cartus’ Destination Service Provider, Inter Relocation, discusses the potential challenges that assignees may face when moving there. Challenges for International Assignees Language In the workplace, English speakers are increasing in the Czech Republic, especially amongst young…
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    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.
  • This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It)

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

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

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

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Sally’s in a tricky situation.  For the last few weeks, her parents have been chasing and pressuring her: “When are you — and the kids — coming back for Christmas?” Sally is agonizing. She’s torn between catching up with loved ones, reviving childhood memories, passing family traditions to her children and juggling her husband’s busy […] The post Difficult Expat Conversations – The One Thing You Can’t Avoid To Create A Peaceful Holiday For Everyone (Part II) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • What Do Expats Really Think? The NatWest Quality Of Life Survey 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Seriously considering moving abroad? You may well find yourself amongst good company. Last year, data from the United Nations showed that the number of Britons choosing to live abroad has skyrocketed over the past decade to over five million. And once again in 2014 the annual NatWest Quality of Life Survey demonstrates that Australia still tops the charts as the favourite destination for emigrating Brits. But what else did British expats have to say? Destination of choice The top worldwide destinations of choice for building a new life were revealed to be Australia, followed by Canada, the…
  • London Premium Property Price Index: September 2014

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:53 am
    The new Cadogan Tate property price index draws on Land Registry data to give an accurate month-by-month view of the London premium property market. The first report analyses sales from September 2014, focusing on the market for properties valued at upwards of £2million.  Please click on table to view the full version in a new window. The month showed balanced growth across the London area, compared with September 2013. Properties in this price bracket were sold in 35 postcodes across the capital, and in these areas, figures showed a roughly equal split between those areas gaining in value…
  • Moving to Hong Kong with Children

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:15 am
    A move abroad promises plenty of planning and big decisions ahead, no matter what point of life you may currently be in. But never is this statement more true than when you have a young family to consider and relocate along with you. Hong Kong for kids Ensuring you provide children with a great education and excellent quality of life comes top of the priority list for any parent, and a move to a country as far away as Hong Kong can seem more than a little intimidating. After all, the images that initially spring to mind are of high-rise buildings, hectic crowds and a culture so far removed…
  • City Guide: Bordeaux

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    There's something about France that inspires daydreams of moving abroad. Perhaps it's the beautiful countryside, the elegant culture or the seamless blend of historical heritage and modern living; but there's no doubt that France promises a breath of fresh air to those looking for a new life abroad. Bordeaux is a city that has experienced something of a makeover since the turn of the millennium. Previously known by the moniker 'La Belle Endormie' or 'Sleeping Beauty', Bordeaux has since been revitalised with the restoration of its charming, neoclassical architecture; sweeping boulevards…
  • Opportunities for Expats in Optimistic USA Economy

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have you heard? The US economy is finally picking up speed. This is the view of an increasing number of economists who are forecasting that 2015 will be the year in which the US economy finally emerges from its sub-par growth of previous years. It’s been predicted that the overall economy will increase by 3.1% in the coming year, which will mark a substantial leap from last year's growth of just 2.2%. The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) has confirmed that one way this growth will manifest itself is through the creation of more jobs. In November last year there was an…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • Brasov in a Day

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS First, let me say how sorry I am that I have missed the last two weeks of life lessons. We are moving again and this has been a stressful month. I had to let a few things fall behind to … Continued Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Camping in Mexico LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Learning To Blog For Myself – 4 Blogging Questions Answered

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS My regular readers might have noticed that Life Lessons with Mexico Mom has not posted for the last two weeks. Our family is going through some changes right now. Some of those changes are personal. I have come to a … Continued Learning To Blog For Myself – 4 Blogging Questions Answered LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 21

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS   Welcome to our 21st week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 21 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 20

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

  • Thailand sunset

    15 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    The post Thailand sunset 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
  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou

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

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

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

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

    Justin Davis
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has reported that their economy grew 2.9% in 2014.  This is better than many nations in the world such as Japan, most of the countries of Europe, and others, who are still struggling to gain good growth in the aftermath of the disastrous 2008 worldwide recession.  Manufacturing is currently in a slight recession in Singapore, while construction is growing slowly.  The services industry was the fastest growing part of the economy, which includes insurance and finance services, and accounts for much of the growth overall.
  • Sex Law Overturned in Korea

    Justin Davis
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Constitutional Court in South Korea reversed a law that made adultery illegal.  This occurred on Thursday, February 26.  The law had been standing for 62 years after being conceived in 1953. South Korea, known for its conservative society and often strict legal system and business culture, argued that the law protected women, who have less economic power than men.  That is improving, though Korean women still lag men more acutely in earnings than in some other OECD countries like America. The law made adultery illegal to the point of making it punishable by up to 2 years in jail for…
  • Crime Increasing in Asia – Report

    Justin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    Crime is largely on the rise in Asia, despite most Asian countries becoming more affluent and gaining higher standards of living and higher wages.  Many countries in Asia, and especially in East Asia, are considered very safe because of a lack of guns and a general culture and atmosphere in which violent crime like rape and murder are much lower than in places like America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.  However organized crime, cyber crime, and theft are reported to be rising. Al Jazeera reported in 2013 that organized crime in East Asia was worth over $90 billion a year.  This…
  • Financial Salaries Stagnate in New York, Rise in Hong Kong

    Natasha Kracynski
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    Incomes in financial services and the finance industry aren’t rising in New York, but Asia-based workers are seeing bigger bonuses and larger offers as demand for finance services professionals continue to rise in Asia. First-year and second-year analysts in Hong Kong report strong income growth in the cities, which is more than offsetting rising real estate and cost of living expenses. “I had two offers out of school–one here and one in New York,” said Lindsey, a Hong Kong-based analyst. “The pay here is about 20,000 U.S. dollars higher, and it’s much…
  • Best Places to Retire Abroad Lists are Flawed – Editorial

    Natasha Kracynski
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Many people produce lists of the best places in the world to retire, but these lists are inherently flawed and misleading. International retirement magazine International Living recently released its 2015 list of The World’s Best Places to Retire, which emphasized a balance between low costs and a high living standard. The best country for retirees looking to get the best value in retirement, the site suggests, is Ecuador, which it calls “the world’s number 1 retirement haven.” The full list is: Ecuador Panama Mexico Malaysia Costa Rica Spain Malta Colombia Portugal Thailand Italy…
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  • Savoring the moment

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

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

    4 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 I am a city girl. I have known that ever since I lived in Lyon, France for my junior year abroad. When I returned to California, I dreamt of going to live in another city and was fortunate enough to land in Paris. I am extremely fortunate to call two cities my home. In Florence, I live in the heart of the city, but in France my beau and I live just outside of Paris. It's incredibly close and it only takes me 20 minutes on the métro to get to the center of town. But for me there is something about going to sleep in the city and waking up to it that I truly miss. To…
  • Making room for change

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

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