Expat Life

Dating Around the World

Relationships have a universal value and importance in almost every culture. Not surprisingly, dating around the world reflects differences in cultural attitudes, customs and accepted norms. So, dating success can often come down to understanding the nuances of local approaches to dating around the world. Dates can vary from freewheeling encounters to heavily supervised skirmishes through to a casual outing at the movies. Daring To Date Dating can be simultaneously frustratingly complex or simple. The differences between Western concepts of dating and other cultures can create liberal unfettered dating customs, constrained meetings, and formally choreographed gatherings. In some countries, dating is actually illegal. As if all that isn’t enough for budding Romeos and Juliette’s, along came...

The Science of Attraction: Why do Some People Seem Irresistible?

It’s that mysterious spark that has inspired many song writers, artists and films. That instant physical chemistry that is beyond the logical and can be difficult to understand, let alone control. It’s the science of attraction. And, scientists have spent many years researching the different aspects that influence attraction. Leah Baldwin, a counsellor and social worker at Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, explains why we can be instantly and irresistibly drawn to some people. In addition, she explains how to turn that instant chemistry into a healthy long-term relationship. The Psychology Behind Attraction Regardless of whether you’re in the initial “butterflies in the stomach” stages of a romance or 20 years into a relationship, attraction may largely be based on our ...

You Can Buy a Home in These Charming Italian Towns for About $1

If you’ve ever dreamed of retiring in the Italian countryside, surrounded by nature but yet have access to the sea, now is your chance. You can buy a home in these Italian towns for about $1. The “Case 1 euro project” is trying to address the problem of shrinking populations in some towns and villages in regions like Sardinia and Sicily. One can buy an historic property for a fraction of the market price. The Sardinian Town of Ollolai Ollolai is located in the Nuoro province of Sardinia and has approximately 200 homes for sale. And some for as low as one Euro. Fresh local staples like sheep cheese can be found here. Surrounding the town are idyllic lakes, hillside retreats and parks. The town currently has about 200 stone-built homes that up for grabs, according to CNN. Buyers can spend th...

What No One Ever Told Me About The Netherlands

If you’ve ever visited The Netherlands then you’ll know what a pleasant surprise it is. There are amazing things to see and experience. Before visiting I imagined what it would be like. But, there were incredible, subtle things that nobody told me about The Netherlands. No Chaos People told me to keep an eye out for cyclists as they don’t mind pedestrians but it’s not the case. Bicycle paths here are taken seriously. This means that there aren’t any garbage bins placed on them, or pedestrians strolling on them or crossing them before looking both ways. Traffic at busy crossings may seem chaotic at first glance but the locals are very efficient at navigating through them. Independent Shops Preferred If you’re from another big city you are then accustomed to the large shopping centres that a...

Things to Know When You’re Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is never easy but is a lot of fun. Your horizons open to new cultures, new ways of thinking and expression with a new language. Here are some things to know when you’re learning a new language that will help you grasp it a little easier. Make Realistic Goals Ask yourself what you’d like to achieve and by when. When learning a new language, it’s best to break your goals down. Make them more manageable and achievable over a few months. This will be both more realistic and more motivating. Remind Yourself Why You’re Learning Everyone has a different reason for learning a new language. For many who are teaching themselves it’s especially hard to stay motivated and to keep the momentum going. Write down your top 10 list of why you are doing this and keep it in fron...

A Magazine Created for Expats by Expats

We would love to invite you to enjoy reading this magazine online, created for expats by expats. You can follow our daily updated newsblog, subscribe to our newsletters, check our international and local Facebook groups and pages. Moreover, we have webTV, and you can contact us with all kinds of questions and requests for assistance around the world. General Trends We see a high concentration of connected people in Europe, Asia and North America. In addition, we are now pro-actively starting to connect with people and companies to grow our community in Latin & South America, Africa and China. Did you know that there are now over 500 metropolitan areas in the world with over 1 million population? Therefore, these are the cities we are aiming to grow. In these cities we strive to grow st...

Mallorca’s Best Areas to Live

Mallorca, Spain is a true paradise island for living and many who reside here year-round feel fortunate to do so. However, if you are not familiar with this Balearic Island it can be difficult to decide on which area will be best for your day to day life. If you are looking to buy or rent a home in Mallorca this guide to Mallorca’s best areas to live will be useful. Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca. This city has the benefits of a cosmopolitan city mixed with old world charm. Palma is easily reached from the airport and is located directly by the sea with the largest marina on the island. Palma de Mallorca was recently declared the best place to live in the world by the UK ‘Sunday Times’. If you are looking for a home here, you will find a range of sea-view, h...

How to Behave Like a Local in Manila

Moving to Manila may be intimidating for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be. From acting like a shark in theatres, pointing with your lips, these tips will help you fake it until you feel completely immersed in local society. Pretty soon people will be calling you “Chip” or “Te.”  Find out how to behave like a local in Manila with these tips. How to Talk to Strangers Address men as “Boss,” “Chip” (chief), “Kuya” (Tagalog for older brother), “Pogi” (handsome) or “Pare.” When speaking with women, call them “Miss.” But replace the short “i” with a long one, so that it sounds like “Meees.” If that doesn’t roll off your tongue, then you can call women “Te” which is Tagalog for older sister. In Manila, communication between people is about a balance between fam...

10 Things We Could All Learn from People Who Never Diet

If you’ve tried diets and have failed then consider not dieting.  It’s a different way of thinking but here are some great things to learn from people who never diet. 1. Have Dinner with Friends. Often. Enjoy socializing during a meal. Linger over conversation and enjoy what is on your plate in front of you. We were not meant to eat alone. 2. Every Day Isn’t a Special Occasion Muffins at the office, a decadent meal, birthday cake? Most people’s lives are quite full of special (or not so special) occasions and reasons to indulge. Treats are just that – treats – and should not be an every day thing. So choose wisely here and cut out the rest. Share dessert with the friends you’re having dinner with and pass on the office snacks. 3. Don’t Waste Time on Diet Foods Low f...

Expat Life Around the World

There is a certain allure to an expat, a definable and seductive je ne sais quoi that evokes when someone describes their experiences in leaving everything behind to move abroad, embrace the expat life to live and work. On any given day, the evocative dream of swapping your dreary workplace for an office in an exotic local surely beckons. By some counts, there are an estimated 232 million expats currently living abroad around the world today. Their reasons for choosing to leave their home countries for a new life overseas are many and varied. What unites them, however, is an intense desire to seamlessly combine the economic imperative of earning a living with a wanderlust-driven willingness to experience the world. What Is An Expat? An expat is a “person who chooses to take up residency in...

5 Tips For Finding a Healthy Work-Life Balance

 By Inspiring Interns Sometimes it can feel like all you’re doing is clocking in and out, commuting to and from work, and that’s that. It’s exhausting! It’s important for your mental and physical well-being to carve out some much needed you-time.  If you find that it’s impossible to abandon work when you’re home then here are some tips on drawing the line. Add some downtime to your schedule It’s important to fully recharge and enjoy time with friends and family.  If you have a tendency to get swamped with work then schedule some family-activities for the weekend.  Not only will you have something to look forward to but it’s an extra incentive to manage your time well! A good tip is to schedule recurring social activities, like a monthly book club or a weekly dinner....

5 things New York Expats Need to Know About Healthy Family Living in Singapore

By  The New York World If you’re thinking of making the move to Singapore, you’re not alone. This beautiful garden city is a safe, family-friendly place, which could explain why many expat families choose to live there. HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer Survey even voted it the best destination for expats, so you should find it easy to make the transition to your new way of life. While moving with kids can often be tricky, Singapore is welcoming, so your family should feel at home soon after settling. English is widely spoken, familiar Western foods are available, there is already an expat community, and there is much to see and do. If you’re worried about practical considerations and safety for your family such as medical care, then expat health insurance is available for access to high-quality ...

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