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Singapore

Ten Things To Do In Singapore This Winter

Posted on Friday February 05, 2016 (09:10:55)
Singapore is one of those places that doesn’t quite have a winter. In fact, plenty of people would say that Singapore doesn’t really have seasons at all – lying only one degree north of the equator, it’s warm and rainy all through the year. At this time of year, which is what usually counts as winter in the northern hemisphere, average temperatures in Singapore are just about a degree cooler than in “summer”.   more ...

General

From Warzone To Expat Hot Spot

Posted on Friday February 05, 2016 (08:43:50)
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It’s a sad fact of human nature that every few years a new conflict flares up. For whatever reason opposing groups turn to violence in an attempt solve their differences, often resulting in nothing more than widespread harm to those caught in the middle.

Even more tragically, the scars of these conflicts often linger long after the last shot has been fired, with the wreckage of proud cities slumped where thriving communities once lived.   more ...

United States (USA)

Interview With Toni Hargis

Posted on Thursday February 04, 2016 (09:13:19)
Toni Hargis
Toni, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

I am a Brit, born in the north east of England, who has lived in the USA (mainly Chicago) for twenty five years. I studied Law at the University of Bristol before working in London, which is where I met a tall American...... Silver anniversary and three children later, I am now a writer, blogger and founder of a charity that supports a school in Ghana.   more ...

Italy

Interview With Ivanka Di Felice

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016 (09:20:57)
Ivanka Di Felice
Ivanka, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

I worked in the financial industry in Toronto and got laid off due to re-structuring. Before I found another job I convinced my husband to take a year off and live in Italy. At first he was reluctant but then when his company unexpectedly moved outside the city, he decided this may just be our chance. Then we fell in love and are still here 9 years later!   more ...

Employment

Six International Business Trends Expats Need To Be Aware Of In 2016

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016 (09:10:08)
Business trends often play a very important role in shaping not just the economy of a nation but also the future of any entrepreneur and professional. Every year brings forth its own share of economic surprises, good or bad, which are likely to have a huge impact on businesses across the globe.

Specialists and observers regularly conduct a thorough study of the movements in the market in order to spot any opportunities or threats way ahead of time.   more ...

United Kingdom (UK)

Interview With Derek Knight, Expat Author

Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016 (08:49:00)
Derek Knight
Derek, you're an author, blogger and columnist for ExpatFocus. Tell us a bit about yourself: What was it that first prompted you to start writing?

Well, I always wanted to write, which probably came from being an avid reader when I was young. I loved the way a story could carry me away from where I was to somewhere entirely different, and I wanted to be able to do that too.   more ...

General

What Are The Easiest Languages In The World To Learn?

Posted on Monday February 01, 2016 (09:04:16)
Knowing a second language is always a great advantage, and expats are likely to be more aware of this than almost anyone else. Being able to speak more than one language opens up new avenues for you both in terms of career and personal relationships.   more ...

Malaysia

How High Is The Cost Of Living For Expats In Malaysia?

Posted on Friday January 29, 2016 (09:26:37)
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Malaysia offers excitement, adventure and opportunity for expats. A booming economy, rich culture, a high level of development and friendly locals make the country a vibrant and energetic place to live and work.

There has been a long history of empires and immigration in Malaysia, making for a hectic mix of ethnic backgrounds and a plethora of languages. Luckily for expats, English has become widespread, and is well established at all levels of society.   more ...

France

Interview With Rosemary Border Rabson

Posted on Thursday January 28, 2016 (09:31:16)
Rosemary, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

Everyone calls me Rosy. I am Rosemary Margaret and narrowly escaped being christened Margaret Rose after the Little Princess. I am 72 and have been married to John Rabson for 43 years. I have worked as an Open Competition civil servant, a teacher of English as a foreign language, a lawyer and most of all a jobbing wordsmith.   more ...

Education

The Top Five Countries Offering A UK-Style Education System

Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016 (09:15:47)
The UK education system is divided into several parts: early years (pre-primary), primary education, secondary education, further education, and higher education.

Children begin going to a pre-primary or nursery school at the age of three and continue to do so until the age of five, which is when they move to the next part or phase.   more ...

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