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5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Singapore

Posted on Tuesday July 29, 2014 (19:45:34)
With its diversity in culture, language, food, art and architecture, Singapore can be regarded as one of the most fun and exciting places to live in. This dynamic country has so many fresh experiences to offer, it is hardly any surprise that thousands of expats are choosing to move to Singapore each year. There are several things to see and do in Singapore, whether you are a resident or a tourist. Here are five uniquely Singaporean experiences that all expats must have:

1. Take a shot at the Merlion:

The Merlion, an 8.6-meter tall mythical creature that has the body of a fish and the head of a lion, is like the national icon of Singapore.   more ...


Austria – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2014 (10:57:57)
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Austria and some of the bloggers who write about living there.   more ...


5 Places you Might Want To Move To In France But Have Probably Never Heard Of

Posted on Sunday July 20, 2014 (21:13:09)
Living in France is probably like a dream come true for many Expats because of the quality and pace of life. This country is the number one destination for expats of all nationalities and ages.

There are several places in France that expats from the US and UK would like to move to, such as Paris, Marseille, Nice and Lyon. However, many parts of this country are still unexplored by foreigners. Here is a list of 5 places in France that you may love moving to, but have probably never heard of.

La Gacilly in Brittany

The French village of La Gacilly has a population of less than 2,500 people. The small commune hugs the banks of Brittany’s Aff River. The cosmetic company Yves Rocher is based in La Gacilly.   more ...


Dealing With Culture Shock In Bangalore – Some Advice For New Expats

Posted on Wednesday July 16, 2014 (23:14:23)
Experiencing a culture shock is an inevitable part of moving to India, especially if you are traveling to the country for the first time. Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India” is a dynamic city with deep religious roots. In spite of being young, tech-driven, and urban the culture in Bangalore is rather different from that in the average Western country, and therefore most expats from the US and the UK need some time to adjust.

Eventually, you may love living in Bangalore, but initially the sounds, sights, smells and colors or this city may assault your senses. You need to be willing to adjust to a new way of life while the culture shock wears off. Of course, the best way of dealing with a culture shock is to learn as much as you can about Bangalore and its people. Here is some advice for new expats to deal with culture shock in Bangalore.   more ...


A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Mexico

Posted on Tuesday July 15, 2014 (20:18:13)
Food is an essential aspect of Mexican culture and identity, as it plays a major role in everyday life, social occasions, business events and all celebrations. The cuisine in this country is a fusion of Mesoamerican cooking with Spanish elements.

Because of the variance in geography, climate and ethnicity, food in Mexico may vary from one region to another. For example, beef preparations are more likely to be served in the northern part of Mexico, while the southeastern part of the country is known for chicken-based dishes. Similarly, states along the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Ocean are famous for their fish preparations.   more ...

Saudi Arabia

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Saudi Arabia

Posted on Monday July 14, 2014 (22:39:16)
Even though the Public Transport system in Saudi Arabia is quite advanced, most residents own a vehicle and prefer to drive around, which is why there is one car for every four people. As compared to other countries, gas in Saudi Arabia is very reasonably priced. Moreover, the road network and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia is second to none. Some of the inter-city highways have up to eight lanes to accommodate the flow of traffic. Overpasses, underpasses and ring roads further help ease traffic in the cities.

The minimum age limit for driving in Saudi Arabia is 18. Most American expats living in the country face little or no difficulty driving, as the steering wheel is placed on the left side of the car and people drive on the right side of the road.   more ...


British Sporting Disappointment But UK Economy Gives Reason For Expat Cheer

Posted on Saturday July 12, 2014 (10:35:07)
Simon Hilton
by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

Britain has suffered a disappointing summer of sport, with the recent failure of England’s football team in the World Cup, a whitewash for England’s rugby players in a three test series against New Zealand and defeat in the cricket versus Sri Lanka, who won their first ever test series in England. Add in Andy Murray’s worst Wimbledon performance since 2005, and that caps a pretty miserable month or so for those of a sporting persuasion. Thankfully, the UK economy isn’t suffering in quite the same way; in fact the opposite is true – it continues to flourish.   more ...


Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Malaysia - Some Tips For Expats

Posted on Monday July 07, 2014 (10:32:53)
Malaysia has a rich and diverse history, and even today is home to a variety of people from many different ethnic groups. As a result, the languages spoken in Malaysia are quite varied too.

The most widely spoken language is Bahasa Malaysia, which is actually a dialect of the Malay language. There are several other Malay dialects spoken across the country, in addition to which you will hear Chinese dialects, certain Indian languages, and languages of some of the native tribes. English too is fairly widely spoken across Malaysia, especially in the cities and towns. In the bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur, it is even possible to get by on English alone.   more ...


5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Australia (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Posted on Friday July 04, 2014 (21:12:14)
Australia is a country like no other – encompassing the entire mainland of the Australian continent, plus a few surrounding islands, the country is young but highly developed and modern, and can boast of the fifth-highest per capita income and the 12th-largest economy in the world. Due to its history, location, and immigration policies, Australia is also a unique cultural mix of British, American, indigenous, and Asian influences. Here are five reasons why Australia is a good place to move to.

The Weather

For many people, especially those living in the northern parts of Europe and America, sunshine and warm weather are a rare pleasure.   more ...


4 Top Tips for Going Home

Posted on Friday July 04, 2014 (20:51:21)
Dhyan Summers
by Dhyan Summers, Expat Counseling and Coaching

Whether we are returning home to repatriate or for summer vacation, we are bound to rub up against some rough spots with family and friends. The folks back home have not shared our experiences, and have a limited capacity to “get” what our lives have been like abroad. They may feign interest because they care, but they cannot really understand our experience.

Living in a foreign country enlarges us. Our worldview will never be the way it was before we left. We have seen too much and have had too many varied experiences to remain culture-bound. Even though we probably didn’t realize that our views were culture-bound before.   more ...

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