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  • London Expat Meetup, Oct 24th

    Expat Focus
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Our first ever expat meetup on Friday Oct 24th aims to bring together new and existing expats in London with a view to sharing experiences of life in the capital. The evening begins with a free 3 course dinner as the boat makes its way along Regent's Canal towards Camden, followed by a fundraising raffle for The Samaritans. There is no charge for the canal trip, dinner and drinks but we hope all our guests will be generous in their support for such a worthwhile cause and purchase raffle tickets to the value of £25-£30. As seating on board the boat is strictly limited we are holding a draw…
  • The Top 10 Expat Destinations For Health And Wealth

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    24 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Living and working in another country is something that many of us consider for a variety of reasons, but how many of us actually take the plunge? Figures show that around 7% of Britons currently live abroad, with the majority staying put for more than four years. But are some relocation destinations better than others? According to the seventh annual NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index, carried out by the Centre for Future Studies, the answer is ‘yes’. The study, which collates the opinions and attitudes of 1,800 British expats living and working abroad,…
  • Coronavirus kills 1, infects 5 more

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    30 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday an expatriate man has died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, commonly known as coronavirus. Five others have also contracted the virus in Riyadh, Hafr Al-Batin, and Taif.
  • China’s Guide to Democracy

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

    British Expatriate Community
    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    A study carried out by Find UK Property has revealed that most British expats are unaware that they could get up to £10,000 of tax free rental income when they purchase a property in the UK. The UK currently allows expats and residents of many other countries who purchase a home in the UK to claim a tax-free personal allowance which in the current year is £10,000 and is increasing to £10,500 next year. Whilst there has been debate on if this allowance should be amended or restricted, it is still in force and likely to remain so in most cases. However, a Find UK Property survey, carried out…
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  • Coronavirus kills 1, infects 5 more

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday an expatriate man has died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, commonly known as coronavirus. Five others have also contracted the virus in Riyadh, Hafr Al-Batin, and Taif.
  • Kidnappers release expatriate in Ogun

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    An expatriate with the German construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria, who was kidnapped by four gunmen last Friday has been released.‎ The expatriate’s colleague was shot when they were ambushed by their abductors and he later died in the hospital. They were on their way to the company’s quarry at Ogbere, in Ijebu East Local Government...  [Read More...]
  • Expats manning mall’s women-only shops held

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
     In a major crackdown, the Labor Ministry launched on Tuesday an inspection campaign targeting a leading mall in east Jeddah where expatriate men were engaged in selling women's accessories.
  • Ghanaian Oil Workers Strike; Claim Expatriate Workers Are Treated Better

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
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  • LATEST NEWS

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    In this May. 12, 2014 photo, Saudi and expatriate girls practice basketball at a private sports club in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Women’s basketball is gaining in popularity in a kingdom famous for its public restrictions on female movement and activity.
 
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    Expat Focus

  • London Expat Meetup, Oct 24th

    5 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Our first ever expat meetup on Friday Oct 24th aims to bring together new and existing expats in London with a view to sharing experiences of life in the capital. The evening begins with a free 3 course dinner as the boat makes its way along Regent's Canal towards Camden, followed by a fundraising raffle for The Samaritans. There is no charge for the canal trip, dinner and drinks but we hope all our guests will be generous in their support for such a worthwhile cause and purchase raffle tickets to the value of £25-£30. As seating on board the boat is strictly limited we are holding a draw…
  • Expat investment webinar - what would you like to learn?

    26 Jul 2012 | 8:24 am
    Expat Focus is delighted to announce that our expat investment partner and Registered Investment Advisor, Tom Zachystal, will shortly be delivering a free webinar (i.e. online presentation) for Expat Focus members who are interested in learning more about the basics of expatriate investment. In order to make the webinar as relevant as possible we're keen to learn more about the specific areas you'd like to see Tom cover in his talk. Please add your suggestions here or email admin@expatfocus.com and we will forward them to Tom.
  • Interview with Lindsay de Feliz, British expat blogger in the Dominican Republic

    15 May 2012 | 4:39 am
    In this interview we talk to British expat blogger Lindsay de Feliz about life in the Dominican Republic, writing a popular blog and her plans for a book. Watch the interview here or download the podcast here.
  • Managing US Pension Accounts When No Longer Resident in the US

    14 Mar 2012 | 9:52 am
    If you have worked in the United States for any length of time (either as a US citizen or a foreign national) it is likely that you have paid into a US pension account such as an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) or a 401k (an occupational pension plan). The question arises as to what should be done with such an account once you give up US residency. There are three alternatives: You can transfer it to another pension account, you can distribute the money, or you can leave it in the current account... Read more
  • No Peakie Panish (Learning a New Language)

    11 Mar 2012 | 1:48 am
    by Expat Focus columnist, Stephanie Angulo There can be a lot of pressure when moving to a foreign language speaking country when only your better half knows the lingo. It puts stress on one side to constantly translate and the other racing to learn the new language as quickly as possible. In the case of my husband (a.k.a. the hubs) and me, he was already fluent in Spanish before moving to Panama whereas my lingual skills were limited to words like fajitas, fiesta, and margaritas... Article continues here
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    International Herald Tribune

  • China’s Guide to Democracy

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

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

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

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

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    From the New York Times : The spectacle began, as it often does, with a local tragedy. Last month, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In a less media-saturated time, we might have gone on to consider this serious news event on its own terms, with journalists providing facts and insights, and politicians pondering a course of action. But in the mixed-up scrum of politics and media that our so-called national conversation has become, a serious news event is only the start of the news. Soon after the shooting,…
 
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Majority of British Expats Unaware of Tax Benefit

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    A study carried out by Find UK Property has revealed that most British expats are unaware that they could get up to £10,000 of tax free rental income when they purchase a property in the UK. The UK currently allows expats and residents of many other countries who purchase a home in the UK to claim a tax-free personal allowance which in the current year is £10,000 and is increasing to £10,500 next year. Whilst there has been debate on if this allowance should be amended or restricted, it is still in force and likely to remain so in most cases. However, a Find UK Property survey, carried out…
  • Record Net Inflow of Migrants Continues

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,700 migrants in September 2014. This equals the highest-ever net gains recorded in August 2014 and February 2003. The increase in monthly net gains over the last year was mainly due to more arrivals of non-New Zealand citizens. In the September 2014 year, New Zealand recorded its highest-ever net gain of 45,400 migrants.  Migrant arrivals (105,500) reached a new high in the September 2014 year. The increase in arrivals compared with the September 2013 year was led by more students, particularly from India,…
  • Impact of changes in the ‘pension death tax’ on QROPS in France

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    The Chancellor’s announcement on the removal of the pension death tax creates a field day for clichés! The speech drew widespread approval at the recent Conservative party conference. Osborne has done it again, pulling a ‘rabbit out of the hat’ to combat less than helpful headlines elsewhere. According to him it’s a ‘£150m giveaway’ and a natural follow up to his 2014 budget changes to pensions. Some have called it a ‘game-changer’, others a ‘rearrangement of the deckchairs’. As ever, ‘the devil is in the detail’. Technicalities The basic technicalities are quite…
  • Reforming skilled migration to improve Australia’s competitiveness

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Joint media release from the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister; the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade; and the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Australian Immigration and Border Protection The Government will reform the 457 visa programme for skilled migrants, while maintaining strong safeguards against abuse. The 457 programme must be a means of filling genuine skills gaps in the local labour market while not placing unnecessary administrative burdens on business. An effectively managed skilled migration programme ensures foreign workers supplement rather than substitute…
  • South American Country Tops Expat Location Survey

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    It may not be many British people’s first choice as an expat destination, but Ecuador has topped an international poll to find the world’s top country for expats. Conducted by InterNations, The Expat Insider 2014 asked 14,000 expatriates from over 160 countries across the globe a variety of questions about their life abroad. Touching upon various areas of expat living – including general quality of life, working abroad, family life, leisure and making friends abroad, international romance and expat relationships, and personal finances – some 61 countries received enough responses to…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Sewing up a Storm

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Several years ago Craig bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I loved it, but was terrified of it. I even made Craig use it to sew two shower curtains together to throw over the pool table so we could keep the cats off. The thought of sewing anything proper and, God forbid, threading the thing gave me a panic attack. So it's been collecting dust and I've looked at it longingly and wished I was more talented and brave.Then of course a quilter/sewing woman moved in next door and I have started coveting all the cool things she has in her house - mainly quilts, cushions, and throws etc.
  • Father Forgets by Livingston Larned

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I came upon this recently and it struck a chord about how I perhaps treat my boys sometimes. It's definitely worth 4 minutes of anyone's time....
  • NaBloPoMo's Coming!

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I've been such a slacker on this blog the last two weeks. In my defense I've been saving some things up because starting on Friday it's National Blog Posting Month!I plan on posting every day for 30 days and posting tons of stuff; pictures, stories, updates on house projects and my monthly 1-second video. There's no 'theme" - just the usual malarky.
  • RIP Luke the Hammy

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    We had such a great night tonight at a Halloween event but came home to find that Luke the hamster had died. I told Jack while he was in the bath and his little face crumpled up and he cried and cried, it was awful. To see him so upset and so grieved is really hard. He also said that having Luke in his room gave him comfort, that he liked having somebody else share his room at night when he got scared. I feel so bad for the little guy.Now what to do to make him feel okay about being in his room without his hamster buddy? Getting another one is not an option.
  • Instilling Kindness

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    One of the things I want to install in my kids is kindness. I think kindness comes above any kind of triumph. Kindness to each other and to everyone around them. They aren't kind all the time by any means, in case I'm coming across as a naive fool, but I like to think that the manners and the kindness I'm constantly drilling into them is starting to become part of them, like second nature.  My mum did that to me and Craig's mum did that to him, so we are passing it down, along with always feeling guilty when you see a policeman and never taking the last piece of cake.On Monday Daniel…
 
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    An Expat Life in Nicaragua

  • The Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur

    Sarah
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Hey everyone! If you are planning a trip to Nicaragua that includes San Juan del Sur, don’t miss out on this awesome e-book. Written by two highly knowledgeable expats (nope, not us) who have lived in and visited San Juan del Sur for years, this guide offers comprehensive information on everything from the best hotels to not-to-miss activities. As explained on their website, the 180 page Ebook includes: -Under the radar, little touted and off the beaten track experiences not covered in regular guidebooks (Miss any one of these and you’ll have to come back) -Practical insider tips to…
  • Casita for Rent!

    Sarah
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Hey everyone – we are now accepting reservations for our fantastic Casita Nacascolo!  Hop on over to Air BnB to take a look: Click to view slideshow.  
  • Baby Gear Rental Business in San Juan del Sur!

    Sarah
    25 May 2014 | 10:40 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s because I’ve been busy developing my latest business venture: Mums and Bums Nicaragua – a baby gear rental shop for those of you visiting San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with families! My good friend and business partner, Rosi, and I are super excited to introduce this new business to Nicaragua. Please visit and like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mumsandbumsnicaragua to learn more and to stop abreast of new products for rent, upcoming promotions, and more! We can also arrange for babysitting services (with…
  • Help us to fund a new school campus in Nicaragua!

    Sarah
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dear Readers, As most of you know, in 2008, Justin and I set out on a journey to Nicaragua.  What began as an extended honeymoon has turned into so much more – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua has become our home and more importantly, it is now home to our two children: Lucinda and Theodore. In 2009, our dear friend, Julie Speier, opened the doors to a small ½ day preschool.  Five years later, San Juan del Sur Day School has developed into a pre-k thru grade 2 International English School, educating expatriate and Nicaraguan children.  Julie’s vision does not end there.  By the year…
  • That’s not a bug…

    Sarah
    25 Oct 2013 | 9:04 am
    …THIS is a bug: Click to view slideshow.
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  • dude, where's the driver?

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

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

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    This one is for you, Fiona!Today, I was in the grocery store. Adiel and I had just enjoyed a nice lunch with our friend Deborah - who Amely calls, "my french teacher, mommy" - and I needed to replenish our pantry.our house is filled with newborns lately - chicks and ducks!lucky animals don't have any rules to follow!This particular grocery store is more like a super Wal*Mart: food downstairs, everything else upstairs.  I had the baby in my mei-tei carrier, snuggled up like a bug and sleeping. Snoring, even. We went upstairs to get some felt-tip pens and foam balls (random, I know)…
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    Expat Chronicles

  • Documenting the Nicaragua Canal Route

    Colin
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Expat Chronicles In 1914 the Panama Canal was lauded as the largest engineering project in history. A century later there is a new contender that, if completed, will take the title. The Nicaragua Canal is an ambitious project plans to cut a waterway three times longer (175 miles) and 150% deeper and wider than the Panama Canal and carry 2.5 times the capacity. It also includes building tourist centers, five-star hotels complete with golf courses, an international airport in a free trade zone, new highways running alongside the canal, two deep-water ports, and an artificial lake to support…
  • Acknowledging the Patrons

    Colin
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Expat Chronicles The Kickstarter campaign for This Mick’s Life was successfully funded. This article is a public dedication of gratitude to my patrons. The word, “patron”, has become confused over time and across languages. In English you may understand it to be a “customer”. But see the patronage article on Wikipedia: Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists…
  • Banging up Girl in Colombia

    Colin
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Expat Chronicles A major part of The Mick‘s life was his heroin addiction in 1980s Ireland. Capturing that is a challenge for me, someone who’s never taken heroin nor been physically dependent on a drug. ** Today is hte last day of the Kickstarter project to fund This Mick’s Life: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia. ** Kendall was also addicted to heroin before coming to Colombia. He identifies a part of the addiction as wanting to get high by injecting drugs into your veins with a needle. He takes to injecting cocaine. This chilling story is about a day…
  • Rock en Español Playlist: Yea or Nay?

    Colin
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Expat Chronicles I rant about Latin culture as much as I want here on the blog. But in person I’ve learned to keep the complaints private. The wise expat knows that gringos have been coming to these lands for hundreds of years, telling the Hispanicized how to improve their societies and be less backward. The obvious effect is generations of built-up resistance to gringo advice, no matter how wise it is. I have learned that and subsequently shut the hell up about things, except on this blog of course. It’s my outlet. But there are some subjects I don’t keep quiet on with…
  • Contributed Story: Scoped in Bogota

    Colin
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Expat Chronicles This article was contributed by an American living in Bogota. See my article, Scopolamine: Drugged and Robbed in Colombia, if you aren’t aware of its effects and use. [start] There’s a sentiment here in Colombia about papaya. It’s not a fruit or a local delicacy- it has to do with putting yourself in a position to be taken advantage of. If you’re drunk and obnoxious and walking the street with pesos hanging out of your wallet, that’s ‘giving papaya’ to the nth degree. If you’re loosely holding your cell phone by the doorway of…
 
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    Black Chick On Tour

  • This Halloween 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 This Halloween 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.
  • Authentic. Honest. San Felipe.

    Terri Lundberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Out of the blue I received an email from a friend titled, “Best Travel Deal Everrrrrrrr!” And, since she never emails I figured it must be good. This email goes on to explain how a group of friends is renting a house in San Felipe. They’re all meeting in San Diego and road tripping the [...] The post Authentic. Honest. San Felipe. appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
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    Ruth's Place

  • Can I ride?

    ruthsplace
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I’m entering this layout in the Stuck?! Sketches October 15th Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch we were given to follow. I pulled out my hexagon quilting template and went to town. Gosh it’s hard to get purples to photograph accurately. Unusually for me 90% of the paper on this page came from a single line of paper: Kaisercraft Violet Crush. Photo was taken at the second wedding that Gorgeous Girl was in last year. She was very taken with the vintage car and was most disappointed that the only the Bride and the Bride’s father got to ride in it to the church and not the…
  • Simple Joys

    ruthsplace
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I’m entering this page in the Let’s Get Sketchy Team B October Week 2 Challenge. Here is the sketch we were given. I thought this would be a great sketch for scrapping up a sequence of photos I have. They are not the clearest photos, but they tell a story. Gorgeous Girl received this pool for Christmas last year while we were in Australia, but we couldn’t set it up until we arrived back in PNG as we needed it to stay in the box so we could take it on the plane. These photos capture her much anticipated first use of the pool. I used the frame of a wood veneer I had used in a…
  • Getting organised

    ruthsplace
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    So, the conference paper for Hong Kong is written, and the shortened presentation is worked out. My presentation for university is done. Travel documentation has been printed and the suitcase is packed except for the last minute things. Handbag has been cleaned out and purse will have Australian money, bank cards and ID transferred across shorty. Hotel for the first night in Hong Kong is booked and transport to the conference location is sorted thanks to the excellent maps of the MTR available online. I’ve also gotten the travelling crafty things ready. Two knitting and three crochet…
  • Baking scrapbook pages

    ruthsplace
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    I’m entering these pages in the Let’s Get Sketchy Challenge. I really liked the sketch when I saw it, lots of white space and simple lines. The colour scheme for this was inspired by the butterfly I used for the embellishment. I was given a 6.5 inch Violet Crush pad from Kaisercraft for my birthday last week and I wanted to break into it. I edged each paper element with stripes and dots. Here’s the page. I then flipped the sketch for the second photo. I’ve digitally erased the names of the kids in the journalling. This was a great way to use photos of different…
  • Seaglass

    ruthsplace
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    This yarn’s been off the wheel for a few days quietly languishing waiting for a wash. It’s the result of two evenings of spinning. I’m calling it sea glass because the soft gentle green reminds me of the glass you can occasionally find washed up on the beach. The colour is really hard to capture, this is the best I could manage. It’s superfine South African merino that I dyed myself a few several years ago. 19 wraps per inch and 310 metres. It’s not plied as tightly or as evenly as I would like, but the spinning wheel needs a new drive band. I’ve ordered…
 
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    Clark Nielsen for the Win

  • The Wonderful World of Aquariums

    Clark
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Aquariums are some of my favorites places to visit. I think I get more excited to see the animals than any of the kids there. And the great thing about aquariums is that every visit is a unique experience. I always see at least one new thing. There’s always one fish that stands out to me more than any other and becomes my new obsession. For instance, in 2007, my family and I went to the aquarium in Salt Lake City, where they had triops. I’ve only ever seen triops at this aquarium. You could buy a “triops kit” from the gift store to grow your own, though. So I did.
  • China Critics and Apologists

    Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I realize I can be very critical of China sometimes. My critiques are often met with a lot of opposition, whether that’s in the form of a negative book review or an angry blog comment. Hey, it happens. That’s the risk you take when you have an opinion! What surprises me are the people who are so quick to jump to China’s defense. I’m not saying that, because I expect every laowai to vehemently hate China. Sure, there are antagonists out there who delight in lambasting China over everything from Tibet to dog meat. But there are plenty of sensible people, too, who…
  • US National Parks from a Chinese Perspective

    Clark
    21 Oct 2013 | 5:01 pm
    My wife and I just got back from a short weekend trip to Sequoia National Park. This is only the third national park in the US my wife has been to (preceded by Yellowstone and Arches), but I think that’s enough to get a good sense of what parks in this country are like. So I asked her to give me a list of things that stand out when comparing American parks to Chinese parks. Her thoughts: 1. They’re so cheap! A seven-day pass to Sequoia for both of us was only $20. When we went to Zhangjiajie in China last year, one ticket was 250 yuan (almost $40) per person for three days. A…
  • The Joys of Being a Travel Writer

    Clark
    13 Sep 2013 | 9:31 am
    My first travel book, Yes China!, has been out for little over two years now. I stopped recording monthly sales about the same time my wife and I went to Thailand, though, so I’m not sure how many copies it’s sold overall. What I have noticed is that paperback sales are nonexistent again while e-book sales continue along at 4-5 per month. At one point, monthly sales were in the 20s, but that was right after I did a free promo on Amazon. I told myself I was only going to do one of those. That said, if you haven’t read Yes China! yet, just leave a comment here, and I’ll…
  • Upgrading to a 10-Year Green Card

    Clark
    18 Jun 2013 | 1:21 pm
    My wife got her green card back in 2011, and while that was a major relief, it wasn’t the end of our immigration journey. The first green card is only good for two years, at which point you’re expected to file for “removal of conditions.” If this is granted, you’ll receive a ten-year green card that, until you become a US citizen, must be renewed every ten years. I feel like this is a “gotcha” step, because I don’t remember ever being officially told to do this. We were just supposed to know and remember. That’s how the whole process has…
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    Expat Life in Belgium, Travel and Photography | CheeseWeb

  • 4 Top Cooking Classes in Belgium

    Alison
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    From beginners to advanced, there’s a cooking class in Belgium for everyone. Whether you’re a culinary diva, looking to learn some new techniques, or you can barely boil an egg, there’s a cooking class in Belgium for you. I love to cook, and many of my skills are self-taught. However, sometimes it’s nice to learn directly from an expert. Today we share four great tried and tested options for cooking classes in Brussels and elsewhere in Belgium. Le Pimpinelle Shop, Tearoom, and Classes Because my biggest passion is Indian food, I was excited to learn my friend and Indian food guru,…
  • On Plans and Laughter – A Lesson in Adaptability

    Alison
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Man Plans. God Laughs. Today, we’re getting personal and sharing one of the hardest lessons we’ve learned as expats. We’re also giving you a sneak peak of our big plans, and the future of CheeseWeb. We’ve all heard the old Yiddish proverb, ‘Man plans. God Laughs.’ If there’s one thing we’ve learned over our ten years as expats, it’s to expect the unexpected. Despite my ever so slight desire burning need to have a plan, my expat experience has taught me how to roll with the punches, switch gears at a moment’s notice, and adapt, amend, adjust. For the past month, we’ve…
  • Reviewed: Michelin Starred Restaurant JER (Just Eat Right), in Hasselt, Belgium

    Alison
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    JER Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Hasselt, Belgium Michelin-starred restaurant JER (Just Eat Right) in Hasselt, Belgium, offers local ingredients in a fine-dining setting and is well worth the trip to Limburg. While most places we want to eat are easy to visit, some restaurants elude us. One-star Michelin JER (Just Eat Right), in Hasselt, was one such establishment. It came highly recommended by friends in Hasselt, as well as foodies around Belgium.  But JER seemed to be shutting us out. The weekend we visited Hasselt, they were on holiday. We tried on a different weekend and they were…
  • The Radisson Blu EU Hotel and Willards Restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

    Alison
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series BluBloggers.Radisson Blu EU Hotel in Brussels, Belgium In the heart of Brussels’ EU quarter, the Radisson Blu EU Hotel, with its designer rooms, friendly service, and excellent Belgian cuisine in Willards Restaurant, is more than a typical business hotel. Back in June, we had the opportunity to visit the Radisson Blu Royal hotel in Brussels and dine in their Atrium restaurant. But the Royal isn’t the only Radisson in town. The Radisson Blu EU Hotel, beside the European Parliament, is another great accommodation option for visitors to Brussels. This…
  • 9 Top Food Trucks in Brussels, Belgium and Beyond

    Alison
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.9 top Food Trucks in Brussels, Belgium, and beyond! From burgers to burritos, truffles to toasties, you can find it all in a food truck in Belgium. We share 9 of the best food trucks in Brussels and beyond. Food trucks have been all the rage in North America and the UK for more than ten years now. Belgium, however, was slow to catch on to this foodie trend. Despite having a great street-food culture in Brussels, the closest you could come to a food truck was a waffle van – until now. Over the past two years, we’ve…
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    Blogitse

  • playing with water soluble wax pastels

    BLOGitse
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
      I played with water soluble wax pastels. Here’s what I did in my sketch book.     PAINT PARTY FRIDAY       Do you see something in this? (I don’t!)  What would you call it?     Last weekend I posted art in EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.   I’m sure you want to see more!       Jaakko Mattila (1976) is a very patient guy or he has a machine to paint this kind of art.   In Jaakko’s blog HERE you can see more of his art – tell me what you think of his works. ps. I like most of them……
  • shovel in orange, macro and ruby

    BLOGitse
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
        Colors, I love colors!   That’s why I participate new meme for me, to get energy for this season of darkness….     Mandarin Orange Monday         This version is for   Macro Monday 2       ‘rusty face’     This version is for   Ruby Tuesday Too         Yes! Now I have a lot of energy – how about you?     Have a good week!    
  • inspirations

    BLOGitse
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
          It started from this pine branch….I got an inspiration     to digitalized it     This digital version was  an inspiration for my watercolor painting, just inspiration.       Paint Party Friday     On Saturday we visited EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art     A piece of art playing with shadows!   Shadow Shot Sunday2       ‘World in Colours of Water’ by Janna Syvänoja.   It’s worth to visit Janna’s blog – her art is really unique and beautiful!  …
  • red splotch

    BLOGitse
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO   RUBY TUESDAY TOO         Have a good week!  
  • playing with colors

    BLOGitse
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
        I’ve been painting…a lot!   BUT. I’m still trying to learn how to paint with water and colors Here’s one I did yesterday, ‘dancer’. I wanted to learn how to leave white white….     Paint Party Friday           One of my favorite brushes….     Maple tree leaves are playing with light and shadows…   Shadow Shot Sunday2         Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. I’ll be busy this weekend - I’ll visit your blogs on Sunday evening…
 
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    Everyone's Expat Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • Recommendation German teacher / Swiss teacher

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

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I am having a lot of access issues for now for this site and others. Its not fully loading anything but text. But I am sure as soon as i can get time to finish my router and VPN service things will be fine For now i did not recall if there is a jobs in Shenyang section, but i am not looking for any employee's just some skilled folks that want to make a few extra bucks here and there I would prefer putting the money into local pockets of people i meet and befriend here but if cant find what i need i will continue to use the services back in America that i have used over the years Pretty soon i…
  • Arrived, Recovering

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Well today makes 1 week since i got back here to Shenyang. Gonna be a little longer before i get out to meet with anyone. Lots to do setting up a new place we will stay for at least a year. Just got the internet a few days ago Still have to replace my NEW routers firm ware with one that works better on the VPN service i have If the power hick up's etc during the re-flashing i end up with a very nice and expensive brick (router) to prop the door open But it will allow all our devices to share the one VPN connection so its worth the effort Yeah Netflick's and such Really happy to be back Will…
  • you guys have wechat(微信) software on your cellphone?

    wang ye
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    my dear Shenyang friends,now here in China, wechat(微信),a software on cellphone is quite popular,install it and add me"qitian0007" ,glad to make more friends!
  • Wow, Actor and comedian Robin Williams died today

    Dwayne & Samantha
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-dead-dies_n_5670050.html
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    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • WARNING: Avoid this corrupt, third-world country at all costs

    Simon Black
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    October 31, 2014 Santiago, Chile John Anderson, an American tourist from San Clemente, California, was driving down a poorly-maintained highway when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror. After a brief exchange with the local police officer, Anderson was shocked when the cop started searching his vehicle. Anderson had $25,180 in US dollar cash in the car, which by the way was not a crime according to the local laws. When the cop saw it, he told Anderson that we would take it and threatened him with arrest if he protested. Anderson couldn’t believe it. This is the sort of stuff you…
  • No inflation Friday: How sport salaries reveal the true rate of inflation

    Simon Black
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    October 31, 2014 Santiago, Chile The new NBA season started this week. And with it the new salary cap for 2014-15 entered into force. It increased by 7.5% and is now at a record high of $63 million. Yet another “all time high” in a world where everything seems to be hitting the moon. NBA’s salary cap increased only marginally in the previous seven years. It went from $55.6 million per team in the 2007-08 season to $58.7 million for 2013-14, an increase of 5.6%. Now it more than made up for it. Similar increases have been happening across the board in sports. Let’s look at the most…
  • 022: These investments should do well no matter what happens in the global economy

    Simon Black
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    October 30, 2014 Santiago, Chile Do you remember all the great economic forecasts that ever came out of the Fed? I don’t either. My favorite one was when 9 months before the Great Recession kicked off, the Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, remarked: “The Federal Reserve is currently not forecasting a recession.” We all know of course what happened next. These people have a horrible track record. This is not a dig at anyone personally, it’s just simply a fact of how the system works. So yesterday the Fed, under Chairwoman Janet Yellen, announced that they’re bullish on the economy. That…
  • Historical figures’ salaries in gold: Leonardo da Vinci

    Simon Black
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    October 29, 2014 Region VII, Chile Among the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Scapigliata” stands out distinctly from the rest. The unfinished painting is of a common woman with disheveled hair. It’s remarkable particularly for depicting not the exceptional, but the real. Part of da Vinci’s genius was the way he was able to capture life—genuine, unaffected reality, often intense detail. His notebooks reflect the same. Leonardo, in fact, passed on to posterity great details of his finances. We know, for example, that around the time he painted La…
  • Here’s a major risk you’re probably taking without even knowing it (and how to stop it)

    Simon Black
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    October 28, 2014 Region VII, Chile  The killer lurked outside in the rainstorm, his axe still dripping with the blood of his last victim. Inside, the sorority girls gossiped about their missing sisters who had mysteriously disappeared the week before. –Stop me when this sounds familiar… it’s the standard plot of hundreds of b-rated horror movies– Suddenly one of them hears a noise. It’s the killer, lying in wait to chop her up into kibbles n’ bits. The music heightens, and the audience shouts ‘Don’t go out there!’ We all know what’s…
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    MyBrownBaby

  • Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE)

    Denene Millner
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This Cider Apple Pie recipe is a new staple dessert Girlpie whips up for company—or when I beg. #AintTooProud The post Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE) appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family Vacation

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's time for a getaway! Plotting an affordable family vacation at Kiawah Island's Andell Inn, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. The post Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's not just battered moms who get hurt: the effects of domestic violence on children are real—and long lasting. The post Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is Pitch Perfect

    Denene Millner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My baby isn't a baby anymore. Buying my daughter her first bra made that crystal clear. This new tween bra made the trek easier—for sure. The post Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

    Laurel
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The original can be found here: The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland. Please read the original.Liminka Bay is the number one bird watching spot in Finland, according to wildlife photographer Jari Peltomäker, who promises that he's not biased. You can find over 200 bird species there!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Growing On and Off the Mountain

    Laurel
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The original can be found here: Growing On and Off the Mountain. Please read the original.What happens on the mountain doesn't stay on the mountain! The confidence that you gain carries over to the rest of your life.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • The Not So Secret Success Sauce for Travel Bloggers

    Laurel
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    The original can be found here: The Not So Secret Success Sauce for Travel Bloggers. Please read the original.Travel bloggers are always asking other bloggers What's the secret to being a successful travel blogger? I won't pretend to have it all figured out, but I do know that face-to-face connection is a big part of the secret sauce.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland

    Laurel
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The original can be found here: Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland. Please read the original.Kalajoki and Maakalla may not be well-known outside of Finland, but that’s what makes them so special! Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of them either until recently, but that’s what draws me in. Remote can be difficult to find in our ever connected world – especially in Europe  but that’s what I found in Maakalla. I […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • X ALP by Salomon: A Review

    Laurel
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    The original can be found here: X ALP by Salomon: A Review. Please read the original.A review of X ALP, a new line of outdoor gear by Salomon that I personally tested in the mountains.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Lessons Learned from My First International Assignment

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

    Margie
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
  • Coach of the Month – Magda Theodate

    Margie
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
  • Coach of the Month: Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
  • Coach of the Month – Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • Floating in the Dead Sea – Aqaba, Jordan

    steve
    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

    steve
    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

    steve
    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

    steve
    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…
  • Standing at the border of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Israel – Umm Qais, Jordan

    steve
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    Our first day trip in Jordan was barely in Jordan. Driving to the extreme north west of Jordan from our base in Amman the road signs often listed as many countries as cities. As we passed through Irbid, the last major town before the border, the signs read turn left for Israel, turn right for Syria or straight ahead to Lebanon. Arriving at Umm Qais, or Umm Quays as it’s often spelt, was a bit of an anti-climax. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the initial view is piles upon piles of boulders. Beyond that are more boulders lining a short road up a hill. Cresting the hill reveals the rest…
 
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    The Displaced Nation

  • DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: How to fly solo without burning the tips of my wings

    The Displaced Nation Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I am pleased to welcome back up-and-coming author Shannon Young. This past summer, Shannon announced she’d cut 18 inches off her hair, quit her day job to become a full-time writer, and given herself a pen name for her planned adventure novel series. And, yes, she is an expat, a kind of love refugee, in […]
  • TCK TALENT: Alaine Handa’s fringe fest dance performance immortalized on the big screen

    The Displaced Nation Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang started up this column in summer 2013 with a two-part conversation with today’s guest, fellow TCK performing artist Alaine Handa. By the end, I for one had come to believe in the truth of Martha Graham’s assertion: “The body says what words cannot.” —ML Awanohara Welcome back, readers! It’s a pleasure to […]
  • GLOBAL FOOD GOSSIP: Solving the obesity problem with LBDs for all

    The Displaced Nation Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Joanna Masters-Maggs, our resident repeat-expat Food Gossip and Creative Chef, is back with her column for like-minded food lovers. * * * I’ve come to believe that it would be possible to stem the tide of world-wide obesity with the standard issue to all women of a beautifully made, French, Little Black Dress. You know […]
  • CHUNKS OF DRAGONFRUIT: A tale of an Australian expat navigating her own way in Japan

    The Displaced Nation Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia is a new anthology edited by columnist Shannon Young. For the benefit of Displaced Nation readers, Shannon has generously carved out a few tasty morsels from the writings of the collection’s 26 female contributors, highlighting their feelings of displacement within Asia. […]
  • LOCATION, LOCUTION: Fran Pickering, London-based crime writer and Japanophile

    The Displaced Nation Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this month’s “Location, Locution”, expat crime writer JJ Marsh interviews Fran Pickering, a London-based crime and mystery writer who has lived and travelled extensively in Japan. Her experiences there provide the inspiration for her Josie Clark in Japan mystery series. She also writes about London art and events with a Japanese connection on her blog, […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: Dark clouds on the horizon

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Changing the law is comparably easy, but it will probably require extrajudicial firing squads to change the culture of corruption, because if you merely arrest a corrupt official, it merely results in that individual paying a bribe... And so on, ad inf...
  • Re: Dark clouds on the horizon

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Half a year?  Giving the government until Easter is giving it far more time than those learned people I have spoken with lately and their estimate regarding the patience of people.The consensus is that several headline changes need occur within the fi...
  • Re: Exceed the 60 days - limit with my car

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    No expirience with such a long period. Just a hint: DO NOT drive in Odessa area. Lot of very smart customs guys waiting for you.Another hint: On M13 to PMR there is a god forgotten Ukrainian border post, which significantly enhances your chances to n...
  • Re: Dark clouds on the horizon

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    ...well...when it rains, it pours...spotted this lunatic fringe prospect info...cheers... You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Medvedev Admits That Sanctions Do Impact Russian Economy:

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    No, definitely not.SCM will soon buy First Renaissance Bank and incorporate it into the ПУМБ stable.  With so many assets being valued so low and the new government in need of getting a lot of entities off of the State balance sheet, expect a spending...
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • The Long Pool Cabana

    Sythe
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A few weeks ago Mrs Sythe & I went out for a dinner date (I'm so happy we found a good babysitter) and we decided to visit The Long Pool Cabana at The Chedi. The evenings are cooling off now so we figured some al fresco dining would be ok, and it was.We arrived at the long pool around 8pm without a reservation and chose where we wanted to sit without any hassle. The lighting was sufficient for conversation and casual dining (if I were sitting down to a full meal I think I'd like a bit more light) and there was music playing softly in the background. It's quite a setting and is certainly…
  • Halloween party round up

    Sythe
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This Friday is the 31st October, and Halloween! There are a number of parties being thrown around town, a bit further afield too. He's a round up of the Halloween parties that I'm aware of so far:1. MRFC Halloween party at the Copacabana, Grand Hyatt.This is an advance ticket only event - you can't buy tickets on the door to this party, the tickets cost RO 5 if you are a MRFC member, or RO 10 if you are not. Nearly 200 tickets have been sold already - it'll be a good night. If you want tickets, send an email to events@muscatrugby.net or head to Gloria Jeans coffee shop at the Wave tonight…
  • Pink afternoon tea at the Grand Hyatt, Muscat

    Sythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Keeping the cancer charity theme of the blog posts for today, the Grand Hyatt are repeating once more their annual Pink afternoon tea at the Sirj tea lounge in the picturesque grand lobby. They are taking part in raising awareness for Breast Cancer throughout the month of October. On Wednesday, 29 October between 3pm to 8pm they're offering a fancy afternoon tea along with a glass of bubbly as well. The cost is RO 8.800 If you'd like to make a booking for this, please call 2464 1234 or email muscat.dining@hyatt.com.More soon!le fin.
  • Cancer awareness carnival tonight

    Sythe
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Tonight between 6:30 and 10pm there is the Cancer Awareness Carnival taking place at Love at first bite in Shatti al Qurum. There will be live music, stalls selling stuff, games and prizes on offer.le fin.
  • Fury ticket winners

    Sythe
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thanks to all of you that entered to win a pair of tickets for an advanced screening of Fury at VOX cinema MCC location tonight at 9pm. The five winners (each to get a pair of tickets) are as follows:1. Lorraine Sovereign-Smith2. Fazal Mohammed Ajmal3. Erin Yard4. Shoma Guptaroy5. Kate MaherThe movie will be premièring this Thursday 23rd October at cinemas across Oman, and the world!More soon!le fin.
 
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  • Finding Home

    Judy
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    We sold our house this week. No, we’re not moving overseas again, not even across the country, in fact we may well end up living within walking distance of where we live now. We simply decided, for a number of reasons, that now is time to move from a house to condominium apartment. Deciding to sell the house was probably one of the most difficult decisions we’ve made. But why? We’ve owned this house 26 years, but almost half that time we were overseas. We owned 4 other houses before it, and have rented 7 other homes since. And yet this house held a special place in our hearts, which…
  • Expat gone soft

    Judy
    26 Jan 2014 | 2:48 pm
    How soon we forget!  A couple of days prior to Christmas, Toronto was hit by a major ice storm.  The weight of the ice broke many power lines, as well as trees overhanging the power lines, resulting in a major power outage affecting 300,000 customers for several days.  As we awoke to a cold, dark house, my heart sank as I realized how poorly prepared we were. When we lived overseas I’d always had a back-up plan for water cuts, power cuts and even, heaven forbid, an evacuation plan, but settling back into a comfortable life in Canada, I’d oh-so-quickly let myself backslide. All I had at…
  • The Repairman Cometh (again)

    Judy
    3 Sep 2013 | 5:10 am
    I’ve written about repairmen before, but reminiscing with someone about our life in Cairo reminded me of my year–long struggle with air conditioning which, as the summer here in Toronto draws to a close, seems like a fitting topic for a blog post. We were fortunate to live in a brand new apartment building for the year we spent in Cairo.  It sounded great until we got possession and I realized all the construction debris had been left behind for us to deal with … but that’s another story. While in Azerbaijan we had the old-style window air conditioners and in Dubai full-on…
  • Taking a career break as an expatriate partner

    Judy
    12 Aug 2013 | 5:36 am
    If you’re interested in the topic of accompanying partners and their careers then I’m sure you’ll find this article in the New York Times (The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In) to be of interest.  It’s a follow-up piece to an article written 10 years ago about high-powered women who gave up their careers to become stay-at-home mothers. Although it’s not about families that relocated, I couldn’t help but see many parallels with expatriate partners, whether or not they have children. Giving up careers Creating meaningful lives around volunteer work and child rearing…
  • The Magic Socket

    Judy
    22 Jul 2013 | 5:00 am
    The Magic Socket was located just beneath the water heater We had a 7-hour power outage the other evening due to a bad storm, which is pretty unusual for Toronto. In the late 90s in Baku power cuts were a regular event, usually lasting several hours and sometimes days.  Coupled with daily water cuts, it made life rather complicated, but you learned to cope.  We had several large rechargeable lanterns, a battery radio, a gas stove for cooking and a gas fireplace for heat.  But our real savior was the Magic Socket. We discovered it soon after arriving.  Our washer and dryer were located in…
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • Playing to Australia's Sport Obsession

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

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

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

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

    Russell Ward
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    I nearly quit blogging last year.The average blog has a lifespan of two or three years and I thought it might be time to retire In Search of a Life Less Ordinary.Because the blogosphere can be a lonely place. You never can tell if what you're doing truly works. Feedback is rare and the reaction to your work doesn't always makes sense. A post can bomb one week but a similar one will excel not long after.And it's a hefty commitment. Keeping that well of inspiration full, drafting, writing, editing, tweaking the site, updating the content. We do it because we love it but it can often feel…
 
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  • ‘Lac en Partage’ fun in Annecy

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

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

    Wendy
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    France, I’m sorry. I’ve made light of you many too times and questioned why you do things in what seems to be the strangest of ways. I take it all back after visiting the Italian island of Sardinia. Looking for late summer sun, I took a road trip around the island. The first sign of oddness was the car hire man, who upgraded me from a Fiat 500 to — wait for it — a Fiat 500. Maybe the upgrade was the dusty finish, or the unnecessary bumper parking in the half-empty parking lot. Thankfully, the car exceeded its ‘Fix It Again Tomorrow’ label and I whizzed around…
  • When ‘forbidden’ doesn’t really mean it

    Wendy
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    The sign in this photo translates roughly to “No public entry on work site”. Yes, on the left of the photo is a new building development. On the right is a picturesque view of the village of Les Plombieres les Bains in Les Vosges. Two members of the public are visible, and another four were standing in the unfinished building. Despite the warning sign, the four people in the building were looking at plans for its completion. Normally, if you didn’t want people poking around your building site, you wouldn’t put up plans. You might even fence off the area. But this is…
  • Vegie burgers hit La Clusaz!

    Wendy
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    France is many great things, but it is not known for its friendliness towards vegetarians. As a non-meat eater, I’ve been offered fish galore, and even chicken — “because it’s not meat”, (“Yes it is”), “No it’s not” (and so it went on). In La Clusaz and the Aravis area, vegetarian options usually revolve around cheese, regardless of rennet content. Raclette and fondue is available for indulgent vegetarians, and goats cheese salad for those being healthy. Pizza and pasta are sometimes available, but they get boring after the first few…
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  • Leaving Islam – irreconcilable differences

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

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

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

    Aisha Ashraf
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    How much of my father’s behaviour was a result of his illness, and how much was his real personality? The post Blame It On The Bipolar appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: Family life – everyday, like no other

    Aisha Ashraf
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    "Good weekend?" ...and you stand there vacant as a sixties flowerchild - mind scrabbling for a trace, a scrap, a glistening nugget of memory that will bring the two-day void back into focus. 'What DID we do?' The post Point & Shoot: Family life – everyday, like no other appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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  • Big Guns Turned On Deflation In Currency Wars

    Lisa Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Currency wars are breaking out to tackle rampant deflation that is crippling economies around the world. It’s bit like a global game of pass the parcel as whoever is caught with the strongest currency inherits the economic problems of the country before them in the chain. A currency war is about shifting the deflation in one country to another by weakening currency exchange rates. Politicians and economists see this measure as a way of making their imports more expensive and stimulating their economies, while their exports are less expensive for other countries to buy. “Nations exerting…
  • Expat Saving Rates: October 9, 2014

    Lisa Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Lloyds Bank is ditching expat savers without a British address when they try to switch their cash out of eSavings accounts. Expats are seeking to change accounts as Lloyds is slicing the interest rate from 1% to 0.55% from October 28. UK onshore savers or expats with a mainland address can still swap their accounts. Lloyds is not the only bank or credit card provider singling out expats without a UK address. Money laundering and ‘know your client’ regulations are stopping many financial providers from dealing with expats. High risk A spokesman for the bank explained Lloyds has shifted…
  • Guard Against Volatility By Derisking

    Jim Atkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Stock markets are in a state of flux with shares plunging in value as investment uncertainty returns. Everyone is looking for the trigger that started to unsettle the markets. The contenders include deflation worries, concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and political unrest in the Middle East and The Ukraine. But many market experts are warning investors not to worry as some market correction was inevitable after nearly two years of rocketing prices. Rather than knee-jerk into selling, the best course of action is to safeguard against volatility by ‘derisking’. Derisking is…
  • SEIS Start-Up Applications Soar By 75%

    Lisa Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Entrepreneurs are queuing up to make funding applications under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), according to new research. Start-up firms seeking SEIS cash from equity investors has surged by almost three-quarters in just 12 months, says a study by fund manager Radius Equity. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) told the firm that 2,582 start-up businesses applied for SEIS status in the 2013-14 tax year, compared with 1,644 in the year before. However, the figures do not reveal the amount of cash staked against SEIS companies by investors in the year, although investors can put up a…
  • What Makes A Start-Up Business Flop?

    Lisa Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Entrepreneurs and their small businesses are the engine room driving Britain’s economic recovery, but out of the thousands of firms opening, few survive to grow into thriving companies. The rate of attrition is high – according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), 20% close within the first year and 50% have disappeared by the end of year three. For every 10 businesses opening today, only three will be trading in 36 months. If you are looking to invest in one of these firms through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or crowdfunding,  spotting a business doomed to fail…
 
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  • Windfalls waiting for thousands of missing Standard Life expat customers

    Steph MacDonald
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tens of thousands of former Standard Life customers have been missing out on a share of the huge cash pile distributed by the company when it went public eight years ago. The former mutual insurance and pensions company has tracked down the vast majority of the 2.5 million customers who were entitled to a part of its massive multimillion... Expats Blog -
  • US warns Western expats working in the Middle East over jihadist threat

    Louise Baldwin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    US embassies based in capital cities across the Middle East have issued a terrorism attack warning to US expats and Western teachers after an extremist group posted threats on its website. All British and American schools in the region are now under enhanced security, and embassies are working with UAE officials to improve protection for... Expats Blog -
  • QROPS aces in the tax hole for permanent expat residents

    Steph MacDonald
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    QROPS are still a good choice for expats living permanently overseas as they give significant tax advantages in addition to conforming to the new pension rules. Overseas workers and expats who’ve reached retirement will benefit tax-wise from a QROPS, provided they have left the UK on a permanent basis. According to the Treasury, the new... Expats Blog -
  • Hong Kong expats support protestors by running umbrella shaped marathon

    Louise Baldwin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Although Hong Kong’s expat community is divided over the ongoing student protests in the heart of the city, two of its number today took part in an umbrella-shaped 102 km marathon in support of democracy. The pair, both experienced ultramarathon runners, were expecting to take around 15 hours to cover their planned course, shaped on a... Expats Blog -
  • US Justice Department cracks down on Swiss banking privacy

    Steph MacDonald
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Swiss banks are being hounded by the US Justice Department to reveal all details of USA citizens’ secret accounts. Prosecutions as well as FATCA are being used to force traditionally private Swiss banks to give up the full details of money in accounts held by expats attempting to avoid paying tax in their home country. Switzerland was... Expats Blog -
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  • no museums (Fernando)

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
     The move happened quickly. There was a long hour standing in the new kitchen, as papers were copied by hand, waiting for passport numbers and signatures. We went from room to room, pasting pink post-it notes to everything we were asking them to take away. There was a decrepit sofa that E said looked like a giant dead monkey. There were cabinets with ceramic families inside them. There were broken tables, and they were all going away to the landlord's country house if we payed to transport them.I breathed in deep, imagining a room with only our things in it, not stacked on top of books…
  • Rocco (please take a moment to vote for us before midnight Oct 22)

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    A few weeks ago I saw an invitation from Daniel Lanois, asking for filmmakers to create imagery for a handful of his newest songs. The films would be projected during live performances all over the world.I chose the song Rocco, because it felt like breathing to me, and the concept came quickly. Windows, E' s face...Today I was told that our film is one of the four selected by the judges, and they are looking for the votes and opinions of everyday people like you to help them understand what film is the best one.Please visit http://fleshandmachine.com and by all means vote for our film…
  • normal

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A woman sits on a scrap of cardboard on the cold, wet floor. Her head is wrapped in a scarf. A boy, not older than two teeters on short legs, hands stretching out as people pass. His tiny palms are filthy from the dirt and wet grime in this tunnel. I pass them, as I have countless times. She has new shoes. They have Chanel logos on them, and are crusted with rhinestones. The pink of the slippers is barely visible past the tiny sparkles.She could be in her thirties or she could be barely twenty and I would not know the difference. She appears with different children on random days. It is…
  • manhattan (and a jasmine sazerac)

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    It is difficult to understand that you have been poisoned, if it happens drop by drop. Life trickles past windows. You take your child to school in the cold air. You make lunches. You pay bills. Money is made, and wasted. The transmission is grinding. A dry burnt electric smell hovers in the air. Everything needs oil. Everyone needs rest.The neighbors have their tv on loud, all night long.It sounds like an argument.E is crazy about mortadella sandwiches, with grainy mustard. We make up a song about them and sing it in the street and on the metro."Morrrrrrtadellaaaa." She croons. "More…
  • passing Gagarin (the Americans)

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    It has started to rain just a little. We are in the car, and even though I have passed this intersection countless times, I take another picture of Gagarin. He is frozen, arms at his sides just like Superman, but he is not flying. He is a man above so many others, a man to be compared to. "You are no Gagarin." I can imagine someone once said, to someone, at some moment in time.I was asked to do an interview a few weeks ago. The questions were good ones, not the typical fluffy excuse for light-hearted anecdotes. I told the reporter I was not going to candy coat my answers. "Oh no." I was told.
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    Earth Laughs in Flowers

  • Why do Turks use Family Words for friends?

    Kerry Arslan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey This little article is in response to a readers question about why Turks use, Teyze, Amca, Yenge,... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • UK Visitor Visa Applications for Turkish Citizens

    Kerry Arslan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey A hot topic on my blog right now is UK Visitors Visas for Turks to visit the... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • Is it safe to travel to Turkey?

    Kerry Arslan
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Is it safe to travel to Turkey, with the current unrest and conflict in Kobane? Well in... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
 
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    Cartus Blog

  • The Top 10 Destinations for Global Relocation

    Mike Brannan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus’ Top 10 International Relocation Destinations count among them some names that have seen thousands of global assignments over the past decade:  the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, China. With growing familiarity, it’s easy to assume that the world really is becoming smaller and cultural differences are becoming less visible—but that can lead to some surprising gaffes, as our interactive worldwide map shows. For employees on global assignments, where company goals and job productivity can be on the line, knowing what not to do and say is even more important. So if…
  • Uncover Relocation’s Biggest Challenges: Worldwide ERC Webinar

    Ken Kopec
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus has just concluded its fourth annual Biggest Challenges Survey—a major piece in our ongoing research program that represents the input of 164 international mobility managers around the world. Now more than ever, it is critical for multinational companies to stay informed on the ever-changing mobility landscape. I encourage you to join us on Tuesday, November 11 for a Worldwide ERC Learning Zone webinar to explore this year’s survey results. We’ll look at what industry representatives have to say about major relocation trends and potential implications for employees and HR…
  • Relocating to Singapore: Seven Tips on Schooling

    Ronnie Ng
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With education such a critical issue for families relocating with children, parents face a range of key decisions to ensure their school choice is the right one. The Cartus Singapore Schools Overview offers insights into making the best choices when relocating to the city state of Singapore. Boasting a level of education recognised worldwide, Singapore offers a wide variety of schooling options. There are more than 38 international schools (including those that offer the International Baccalaureate [IB] program), country-specific schools and high-attaining local schools that specialise in the…
  • Changes in Brazil: What Can Expats Expect?

    Pawel Wojnowski
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the World Cup behind it and the 2016 Olympics ahead, Brazil is undergoing yet one more major event: one of the most tightly contested presidential elections in decades. The election is partly a choice for the future path for the country, and partly a referendum on how the current government has handled the World Cup and the requisite infrastructure investments. The Brazilian government reports that in all, R$17.6 billion Brazilian Reais (about $8 billion USD) were spent on infrastructure, with about half of that amount spent on urban mobility and the rest divided among improvements to…
  • How Can You Manage Risk for Your Mobility Program?

    Don Briggs
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you’re moving employees around the world, the stakes are high, and so are the challenges. The Cartus Supply Chain team works with those challenges firsthand and on a day-to-day basis: how to evaluate – and secure – the right housing; how to address issues such as security, schooling, and transportation. These issues can quickly turn into cost, compliance, and risk for companies, especially for moves into unfamiliar locations or those with particularly daunting challenges or complex regulatory requirements. Our first issue of Supply Chain News discusses how our global team responds…
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    Mingalapar - All About Myanmar ( Burma )

  • Season of Kathina, Season of Giving

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Picture: http://www.phyosithu.com/   This month is a very auspicious month because of Kathina festival that is held from the full moon of Thadingyut to the full moon of Thazaungdaing. Of course every month in Burmese calendar have a special festival or a ceremony, but this month, is very special to Buddhists because of the Kathina festival of Thazaungdaing, which is originally specific to the well-being of the sons of Buddha, monks. But nowadays, most of the people participate in this festival not only to donate to the monks but also for the ordinary laymen in need. Therefore, the month…
  • A sign of Peace and White Elephant (Sin-Phyu-Daw, ဆင္ျဖဴေတာ္)

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun   Of the many things that intrigue the visitors who come to Myanmar, nothing is as complicated to understand as why the white elephant (albino elephant) (sin-phyu-daw ဆင္ျဖဴေတာ္) is very precious in our country.   In Burmese tradition, white elephants are considered not only as a symbol of good luck but also strength and power. In the ancient Burmese world, if one king possessed the white elephant during his ruling period, he was considered and believed by the people as the right king who will bring peace and prosperity to the country.
  • Nats, traditional belief of Myanmar

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Picture: http://www.buddha-buddhism.com   When you come to Myanmar, you will see so many awesome things which are very different from other parts of the world, not even similar to Asian countries. If you see the shrines (small houses) at the base of banyan trees or at the entrance to villages while you’re walking alone, usually small wooden structures with crossed roof beams, young bamboo shoots and incense as offerings, and sometimes a small empty bed inside, don’t think so much. It is Nats (Spirits) traditions.   Nat belief is somewhat different from Buddhism. The…
  • Myanmar’s Economy and Investment

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
          Foreign entrepreneurs are getting into Myanmar as its doors open to outside investors. But while the country is seeking to modernize, are the country’s changes proper? That’s the question economic experts are wondering about.   IMF (International Monetary Fund) sees a good potential in Myanmar’s budget as the GDP increases 7.75 percent from 7.5 percent. If Myanmar can keep it up properly, it will be more and more developed in investment and trading in ASEAN countries. The country’s big potential is reflected in the Asian Development…
  • Myanmar: Kayan ( Pa-Daung)

    admin
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
        Source http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1215788796/photos/2504434/kayan-cm   Kayan Beauties directed and produced by Aung Ko Latt won the awards for Best Cinematographer and Best Sound in 56th Myanmar Academy Awards in Yangon in 2013. Besides, it won the Special Jury Award at the inaugural ASEAN International Film Festival held in Malaysia. Kayan Beauties provides a theme of human trafficking based on the cultures, customs and daily life of Kayan people. The screenplay and co-producer, Hector Carosso, Aung Ko Latt and four main female characters who are Kayan women with…
 
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    Expatriate Connection

  • Expats: Loneliness Can Make You Sick (And What To Do About It)

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mary was perfectly healthy. Then she got nasal drops containing a cold virus and was locked up in quarantine for five days. Mary was one of the 276 healthy volunteers in “The Common Cold Study”. This work was carried out by Dr. Sheldon Cohen, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to the […] The post Expats: Loneliness Can Make You Sick (And What To Do About It) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • True Story: 4 Lessons To Prevent Burn-Out Or Depression In Your Expat Family

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Ashley is the leading spouse — (aka the expat employee) — of an American family.  I met Ashley on LinkedIn a few months ago when she commented on “3 Myths About Self-Care That Make You Gamble With Your Life”. She wrote: “I’ve been living and working in France for almost four years and between moving, setting […] The post True Story: 4 Lessons To Prevent Burn-Out Or Depression In Your Expat Family appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have a confession to make: I’m a multipotentialite. A what?? A multipotentialite. Or a scanner if you prefer. Your eyes are still inquisitive. I hear you. The term is not common. This is how Emilie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike, a community dedicated to the flourishing of multipotentialites, defines it:     Barbara Sher, renown author […] The post How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    “We need to sell the house.”   The children looked at me in disbelief. Did they hear it right? “I don’t want to”, said the little one. Selling the house?! Our house? No way. I have to tell you: it’s not any house. We built it 10 years ago. Our two oldest children saw the block […] The post To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself

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    25 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Expats often don’t take care of themselves. It’s a shame because we need it most due to the emotional turmoil we’re going through when relocating abroad. A few weeks ago I talked about the 3 myths that make us gamble with our life. No doubt you recognized some of the 9 excuses we all tell ourselves […] The post Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • Why Move To Switzerland?

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Switzerland is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful economies and is home to some of the largest financial institutions in the global market. The majority of British expats currently residing in Switzerland are in well-paid jobs. According to the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey, 25% of expats in Switzerland earn in excess of £125,000 each year – more than twice as many as the global average. But beyond wages, what can you expect from a life in Switzerland? According to the InterNations’ Expat Insider Survey, quite a lot. Switzerland was ranked the number one destination…
  • The Top 10 Expat Destinations For Health And Wealth

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Living and working in another country is something that many of us consider for a variety of reasons, but how many of us actually take the plunge? Figures show that around 7% of Britons currently live abroad, with the majority staying put for more than four years. But are some relocation destinations better than others? According to the seventh annual NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index, carried out by the Centre for Future Studies, the answer is ‘yes’. The study, which collates the opinions and attitudes of 1,800 British expats living and working abroad,…
  • Fundraising Goal Surpassed For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, whether personally fighting or helping a friend, family member or colleague through treatment and survivorship. This is why  staff at Cadogan Tate’s New York Office decided to make a difference by fundraising for their local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. On Sunday October 19th, 15 team members from Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York headed to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to participate. With a goal of raising $1,000, Cadogan Tate is delighted to announce that the team surpassed their fundraising…
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Sunday October 19th 15 team members from Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York will take to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to raise funds for American Cancer Society, as part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The team is aiming to raise $1,000 for their 5 mile walk, as well as being joined by over 5,000 other participants come rain or shine in a bid to raise awareness and vital funds for the very worthy cause. This year's event has the theme of 'I'm creating a world with more birthdays', a sentiment that especially touched Cadogan Tate Fine Art New York's HR Manager, Andrea Mosley,…
  • Outsider Art Fair 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Taking place on 23 - 26 October at Hotel Le A in Paris, the Outsider Art Fair is the pre-eminent exhibition celebrating self taught artists from around the world. This highly recommended art fair is one of the most intriguing in the Paris calendar as it takes a closer look at the artists that have not come up through the ranks of art school or have had professional training, instead their raw talent is on show in the pieces that have been created. Cadogan Tate is proud to have been named as the official Customs Broker and Shipper for the event, ensuring that all pieces of art, along with many…
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  • On to the next adventure… From Istanbul to Romania….

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

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

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

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

    one foot in Europe
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I didn’t realise I enjoyed the smell of freshly cut grass. I didn’t even realise that I noticed it. It came to my attention once the sun started coming out here in Istanbul. In England, sunny days are something of a rarity. When the sun does decide to poke out its long lost and lamented head Brits whip the lawn mowers and the BBQ’s out of their dusty sheds and make the most out of what joy can be had. Before the sun shies away back into its cloudy den leaving behind a cider induced hangover and the inevitable insatiable longing that comes with being given a small taste of…
 
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  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #5

    Tina
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is Continue reading → Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #5 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Wordless Wednesday #18

    Tina
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America My Wednesday’s are not going to be completely wordless. Maybe I should rename these weekly photography posts of mine. What do you think? Give me some suggestions. Make them short and catchy :-) Happy Wordless Wednesday everyone! Signing off, Tina P.S. Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #18 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #6

    Tina
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Welcome to our sixth week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! Join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open by 6 am every Continue reading → Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #6 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #4

    Tina
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is Continue reading → Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Week #4 Los Gringos Locos.
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  • Images of Ta Prohm – the Tomb Raider Temple in Siem Reap

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

    Jan Blanton
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple in the world and it was built in the first half of the 12th century – it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It was rediscovered in the 17th century by a European and has since been the source of much intrigue, research and reconstruction. It’s said that the locals there still used Angkor Wat as a temple, while nearby temples laid in ruin.  Local lore also thought that the temple had been built overnight and/or by giants.  More is known now about the kings and empires that built the temples – imagine Warren…
  • Kaiping Diaolou – Eccentric watchtowers from bandit days

    Jan Blanton
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    In the early 1900s, there was a large group of Chinese nationals who ventured out and lived overseas, making fortunes, collecting objets d’art, and soaking up culture in in lands far away. Many of them, at least those with money, set up businesses, trade routes and other establishments in the Western world. Then, years later, some returned to China, with their newly acquired fortunes….but perhaps more importantly, brimming with a new taste for interesting architecture. Many of these “overseas Chinese” (as they were named by their hometown friends), congregated here…
  • Mid Autumn Lantern Festival in Guangzhou

    Jan Blanton
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    It’s Mid Autumn Festival season here in China and we’ve all had a great time staring at the big beautiful full moon (it actually appeared in a partially cloudy sky!). This year I had the itch to “go local” and find out what Guangzhouians do for the festival that involves an archer and the lunar diety, Chang ‘e.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about Chang ‘e. Before we went local, I asked my nanny what they do in her hometown.  She painted a picture for me of children running through darkened streets that were lit only by their lanterns on a foot-long…
  • Hong Kong’s Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

    Jan Blanton
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    As I waited for the car’s temperature gauge to sink below 102 today (it never did), I tried to transport myself back to our trip to see Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Budda Statue and the Po Lin Monastery.  It’s (obviously) AKA THE BIG BUDDHA.  When it’s so hot outside, it’s always fun to think of times when you were cold. Like frigid. Like being so cold you were tying to think of a time way back when it was 102 degrees outside. Wait. I guess you know where I’m headed with that one… We visited the notorious statue (well, notorious since 1993) in December…
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