Changing Domains, Expat Living, and Succeeding Overseas
All About Changing Domains
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Life is not static. We change schools, jobs, residences, even lifestyles. We change domains. Domains don't have to be limited to geographic locations; they can be expanded to include skill sets. With knowledge available at our finger tips through the sharing we do on social media and forums online, changing or adding to our current expertise is easier now than in the past.
Take living overseas. Life as an expatriate has its ups and downs. Moving to a different country for work is the common reason for temporary migration. While it's initially exciting, the expectations may not always be met. These could be due to cultural differences, language barriers, or other reasons. Consequently when the expectations continue to be unfulfilled, this causes anxiety, frustration and depression.
However, when expectations are realistic and people are open to new experiences, expat living is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. Even though the world is getting smaller, many people do not get the same opportunity due to visa restrictions, financial or personal limitations. Take this time, no matter how brief your stay, to immerse yourself in the experience and truly become a global citizen.
Living overseas also provides people the opportunity to start anew, personally and professionally. It takes great courage to make that leap of faith, to leave the comfort and safety of an established existence to that of the unknown.
Having changed domains myself, both in geography and industry, I'm taking this opportunity to share what I know to enable those who are also thinking or currently are expats and looking to start anew.
Click on each post to read about food, events, moving overseas and things that go with it.
Getting a job in Singapore is the same as trying to get a job in other countries. It’s a combination of factors.Moving countries is hectic enough, more so if you’re the trailing partner and you find yourself in the position of looking for a job. First things first, though, you need to make sure you […]
Yes, you read that right. We moved condos in Singapore. Part of expat life is that you will find yourself moving condos every one to two years unless you and your landlords are perfectly happy to have a long-term contract. We liked our first condo. It was small, just 764 sq feet but it had […]
Sachiyo’s Concert – A Song of Life Home – I didn’t understand the words Sachiyo was singing but I understood the emotion. It was a re-arranged Japanese version of the song commissioned for Singapore’s National Day sung for the first time at the Esplanade Recital Studio. When I first heard “Home”, it was during the […]
Last night at Bugis+ Atrium, I attended the launch of the Singapore Street Festival 2018, a yearly community project founded in 2002 by Ms Annie Pek. This year’s theme was YOUTHNIVERSE, focusing on the multipotential global youth. “Singapore Street Festival (SSF) is a yearly event offering the opportunity for youth to showcase their diverse talents, skills and […]
Medan and Lake Toba Ah, Indonesia. Though we’ve lived for nearly a decade in Australia, we’ve never once set foot in Indonesia. Truth be told, we didn’t see the appeal of Bali due to it’s party reputation. But if fate wants you to go somewhere, you go. That’s when we ended up in Medan and, […]
It’s not hard finding optometrists in Singapore. It’s finding good ones with affordable services that may trip you up. If you have an expat insurance, you probably won’t have to worry but if you have the basic hospital and emergency cover, then price and quality would be a consideration. Your eyes are the windows […]
New Year 2017 Singapore Celebration We headed out to the Marina Bay for the New Year 2017 Singapore Celebration. Normally, we avoid the crowds for these type of festivities but since it’s a new country and it was to usher in the New Year, we said, “Why not?” The celebration concentrated around the Quays, Clarke […]
Dental Care Treatment in Massachusetts Before the year ends, I want to round up my oral care posts by writing about obtaining dental care treatment in Massachusetts. Before I go to my experience, note that health insurance in the United States is confusing and complicated. When we were there, Obamacare officially called the Patient Protection and […]
What You Need to Know about Dental Insurance in Australia Since I’ve talked about oral care in Singapore, here is the comparison with dental care in Australia. I’m limiting this to Melbourne but there shouldn’t be too much difference in different parts of the country. Dental care in Australia is generally built-in to the […]
Mind your dental expectations Time to get our teeth prodded and cleaned. Earlier in the week, H visited two clinics in the area. One was closed despite the prominent business hour notice stating they were open. He stood there awhile wondering if the entire staff was on break before he read the “Dental Assistant wanted” […]