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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.

Treetops, Monkeys, and Wet Trails

By Shem B | October 2, 2017

Traversing the MacRitchie Reservoir  “It rained,” H said, peeking out of the window. I had stumbled out of bed to I rush to the study to turn off the blaring music of my alarm. Darn, I thought. That meant muddy and probably slippery paths. H and I had been looking forward to this outing. Not…

How to Write your Resume if You Have Employment Gaps

By Shem B | September 27, 2017

Employment gaps are not career killers. This was the general gist of Suzanna Borst’s workshop at the Resume Writing Event hosted by PrimeTime Singapore at the Caribbean at Keppel Bay on 27 September.   I’m trying to get back to the corporate world after taking a sabbatical for close to 2 years. Unlike many who…

Home for the Wandering Soul

By Shem B | September 17, 2017

“If you could please initial this page you missed, thank you, then we could proceed with the inventory,” the real estate agent’s voice was a mix of friendliness, excitement, and professionalism as he directed H to each room. Ray* punctuated his statements with a chuckle, apology, and information as he pointed out the curtains, the…

Get Upgraded when Flying

By Shem B | September 6, 2017

I’m not rolling in dough and I’m not very savvy when it comes to accumulating credit cards to get points. I’m just your average traveler. I book months ahead and compare prices before purchasing my plane tickets to have a bit of saving. I look for apartments instead of booking at hotels so I could…

Breaking the Bystander Apathy

By Shem B | August 23, 2017

Photo from media.wbur.org “Driver, I want this guy thrown out of the bus. He swore at me. Pull over and kick him out…What? You’re scared of him coz he’s Black? You’re probably white aren’t you? You’re fucking scared of him. Fucking cowards! C’mon, you want to fight me? I’ll kick your ass.” This was a…

Kefalonia & Athens – Dream Fulfilled

By Shem B | August 21, 2017

August 2015 Greek Gods and Goddesses. Tragic love stories. Once I read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology in grade school, I was a goner for Greece. I wrote short stories about my version of some of the stories I read or came up with entirely made up stories of my own. I fashioned myself after Artemis, the…

Lighthouse and Castle in Gloucester, MA

By Shem B | August 18, 2017

August 2016 Closer to home (temporary home, that is) is Gloucester, Massachusetts. H was determined to visit as many lighthouses in New England as possible, so our research brought us to the neighboring town port. It was just over an hour’s drive from our place and for the most part, the drive was pleasant and…

Half-a-day in Victoria, British Columbia

By Shem B | August 15, 2017

Continuing with my August 2016 trip reminiscing. In contrast to its sibling Vancouver, Victoria, BC, was a fun place to visit. We took a ferry from Vancouver, which took about 1 hour and 35 minutes. There were a lot of people headed to Victoria that day. We were lucky to be close to the front of…

Valerian vs Wonder Woman or the Movie Experience

By Shem B | August 12, 2017

I’m not fond of crowds. I’m not oclophobic. I can attend a concert and I have attended protests but I just don’t like being surrounded by people when watching a movie. I blame it on my lack of patience on a number of behavior I’ve observed and been subjected to over the years: being distracted by…

Vancouver, Canada – Mix of Highs and Lows

By Shem B | August 12, 2017

August of 2016 saw me visiting Canada for the first time and nearly made me swear off visiting the country ever again. I have to partly blame myself as I had very high expectations cultivated from reading too much pro-Canada travel articles and watching too much of Simon and Martina’s vlogs. I’ve heard so much…

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