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Major festivals around the region

With January ushering in a new calendar year, those new to living in Asia will soon discover that the festivals and holidays celebrated here can differ from…

New Hotels around Asia

Whether you’re planning a staycation or a trip around the region, there are lots of new options in Asia for your weekend break, Chinese New Year or…

Subway (metro) system in Shanghai

  In my first post, I gave you an overview of the subway system and all kinds of transportations in Shanghai. This time, I give you all…

Housing in Shanghai – general guideline

Shanghai is one of China's biggest city and most prosperous city, almost in the world. It has a long history, back to the 11th century of the…

Welcome the God of Wealth: Huan Ying Cai Shen 欢迎财神

"Huan ying cai shen" means Welcome the God of Wealth (Zhou Gong Ming). It’s a part of the Spring Festival holiday. The God of Wealth is welcomed by fireworks…

Photowalk with another laowai: An Indonesian tourist's wish to shoot with the locals in Shanghai

新年快乐! 马年好! Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Hope everything went well during the the kick-off the Spring Festival (春节). It's gonna be a week-long holiday! The start…

Meet the Expats – Keith and Tina Paul, living in Cuenca, Ecuador

Keith and Tina have always been travellers. When their children were grown and flown they realised that they could be live a more international lifestyle and "stretch their…

Meet the Expat – Naomi Hattaway, now living in Nebraska

Naomi Hattaway knows a thing or two about moving home - she's done it 15 times! She's passionate about helping families through the (often painful) relocation process…

How do you decide if a new location is safe to travel to?

Here are the 5 ways I find out, or work out, if I should add or remove a place from my travel bucket list. I hope they…

New Year’s resolutions slipping? Here’s how to keep them

If you feel, along with thousands of others, that those New Year’s resolutions you so strongly avowed you’d hold onto through to the end of 2018 are…

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