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All About Changing Domains

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maya Angelou

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. 

 

Read about the people who managed to find their calling in a country outside of their birth or nationality. To read the articles, click here. Below are the videos.

Click on each post to read about food, events, moving overseas and things that go with it.

Wine Bonanza: Gourmet Food Tasting

By Shem B | December 16, 2017

Not just about wines A few days ago, AT Marketing invited me and V to sample the food at Wine Bonanza. I was there during the media launch, imbibed the delicious wines, and tried some of the dishes. This time, the focus was on the modern fusion cuisine. We were given a glass of Christian…

Cranes

Travel Sights: Visit Jurong Bird Park Singapore

By Shem B | December 15, 2017

Birds, Birds, and more Birds The city-state maybe a small red dot in the map but don’t let others tell you there’s nothing to see here. If you like bird-watching, you may want to visit Jurong Bird Park Singapore. The Jurong Bird Park is part of the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore. There are four parks…

Get your own German maid?

By Shem B | December 9, 2017

An all-in-one can-cook-anything maid of German descent? Not quite. I was invited by Sandra, whom I met at a website building workshop a few weeks ago. We talked for a bit then she asked, “Do you like eating?” Of course, I do. I just don’t like cooking. “Ok,” she said. “Would you like to come…

Day of Adventure enroute to the Singapore Writers Festival

By Shem B | November 16, 2017

“Sorry, I can’t watch Thor: Ragnarok with you in the morning.” H tried to hide his disappointment. Thor was a big deal. IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes both rated the movie highly. “What about in the evening after your event?”   I thought about it. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’d know that I try…

Settling in Singapore

By Shem B | November 7, 2017

Our furniture and boxes finally arrived! We had so many issues with the shipping company, I despaired of ever seeing our things again. First, the shipping company hired a 3rd party contractor to pick up our things. No issue with that. What worried me was when they started dismantling the furniture. “Aren’t you going to…

Ganbanyoku: Heat and Healing on a Slab of Stone

By Shem B | November 5, 2017

Would I lie on a slab of heated stone for 30-60 minutes? I pondered over this question for about 2 minutes. I’m a believer in trying everything at least once, except in certain cases, and I have had heated stone massage before; therefore, my hesitation lasted for as long as it took me to google…

Wine Bonanza: Where Fine Wines and Gourmet Food Await in Singapore

By Shem B | November 2, 2017

Wine connoisseur I am not, but there’s something to be said about the quality of wines when I wake up at 3 am after drinking 5 glasses of various wines a few hours ago and not experience a heavy head, dry mouth, and dry skin. To be fair, I’m more of a Moscato / Riesling…

Nature Spots in Singapore

By Shem B | October 16, 2017

Singapore is not all about the efficient trains (some would object), air-conditioned malls, and the wide array of food choices. The city-state is also a huge garden. There are trees, flowers, and interesting animals. One of the things I missed in Melbourne was the proximity to nature. We lived in a suburb surrounded by trees.…

How to be Comfortable Meeting People

By Shem B | October 6, 2017

I hate networking. I hate the image it conjures. I hate being forced to do it. I know. There’s a lot of hate there, then I realized I was misusing the word. Hate was too strong a word; I was uncomfortable with the idea of networking.   When I first heard the word “networking”, it…

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