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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.

Wolford Fatal Dress Review

By Shem B | July 13, 2017

No, I was not influenced by all the hoopla surrounding Kim Kardashian wearing the Wolford Fatal Dress. I’ve seen it on the website and had been debating for a long time on whether it was worth buying. I’m all for versatility and the promise of getting a tube (it is what it is) worn multiple…

London Shopping and Tax Refund

By Shem B | July 9, 2017

If you’re in London, shop European brands. They’re way cheaper than buying them in the US. Case in point. I bought a Wolford’s Fatal Dress in Harrods at full price for the equivalent of $153.00 including taxes. In Boston, that would have cost me $215 ex taxes. At the moment, some of the fashion colors are…

Stonehenge and Bath – Rock of Ages and Steamy Rooms

By Shem B | July 8, 2017

**Oh dear. I thought I published this post before my Merseyside post. Obviously, not.*** We initially thought of going to Stonehenge on our own but after comparing the train prices as well as the time required to get to Salisbury then to Stonehenge then to Bath, getting on the tour was more cost-efficient. Premier Tours…

Merseyside – Balls, Beaches, and Beatles

By Shem B | July 7, 2017

We wanted to see more of England, not just London and the usual touristy places of Stonehenge and Bath, in the limited time we have so we thought it would be a good idea to meet up with some of my friends. One couple lives in North Yorkshire, another lives in Merseyside. What to do?…

London Day 3 – Princess Di and the Elgin Marbles

By Shem B | July 6, 2017

Princess Di and the Elgin Marbles What do these two have in common? One word. Legacy. Betcha you were thinking the C word – controversial. I did think about that word but to do so would diminish what they represent to the world. Whatever people may say about the late Princess Diana, there is no…

London Day 2 – Stairs, Stairs, and more Stairs

By Shem B | June 30, 2017

Similar to Westminster Abbey, photography wasn’t allowed inside the baroque church designed by Christopher Wren, St. Paul’s Cathedral. 10.30 in the morning, the queues were manageable, perfect for the late risers. We paid £18 each but £2 less when purchased online. Words could not describe the awe-inspiring architecture. The striking mosaics, impressive dome, the simple memorials and…

London Day 1 – Buckingham, Boots, Bliss

By Shem B | June 30, 2017

Huh? Let me explain. Yesterday, I planned for us to watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Navigating the metro or Underground as their sign says or the Tube, as the locals call it, was initially confusing but conquerable. We arrived at the gates at 10.30 am to be greeted by a large number…

Brrrr….London Night

By Shem B | June 28, 2017

After the heat wave UK experienced last week, rain and gloom greeted us last night. The weather wasn’t my initial concern; it was my flight with British Airways and the arrival at the dreaded Heathrow Airport. I actively avoided flying with BA and any layover in Heathrow due to reviews I’ve read online. Much to…

Preparing for London, UK

By Shem B | June 22, 2017

I’ve been tracking the weather in London for the past days and I have been confused. I’ve always imagined London and the whole of UK to be grey and rainy since that’s what I’ve been used to hearing and reading from people and articles. Apparently, I was wrong since London had been enduring almost 5…

Tall Ships in Boston

By Shem B | June 21, 2017

Last Sunday, we had to wake up earlier than usual on a weekend because we wanted to beat the crowd to Boston Harbor. H got intrigued by all the posters about the Tall Ships arriving in Boston, he decided it would be a great day for a weekend date. Thus, we found ourselves following the…

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