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Let’s Get Personal: Rain, Baggage, and Instagram

Let’s Get Personal: Rain, Baggage, and Instagram

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Hello! I never thought this day would come: The day where Taipei is finally sunny again. It has been so long since the skies were clear. Each morning, I would rise and shine, but would find no shine. Quite dreadful, I know.I tried to be positive and remember that rain brings beautiful things like flowers and trees. However, that mentality lasted only about 3 days. I felt like the children in the…

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Let’s Get Personal: Hello June!

Let’s Get Personal: Hello June!

I miss this weather! I hope the sun comes back soon :(

Well let’s be honest: We haven’t seen as much of each other lately as I would have liked. However, May was a very busy time. In expat teaching terms, I was finishing up my last great flings with spring courses and (frantically) preparing for the mountain of summer courses I will be teaching. Of course, I needed to re-stock my worksheets, revamp some syllabi to fit into new time constraints, read…

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How Carrie Bradshaw Influenced my Travels

How Carrie Bradshaw Influenced my Travels

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Between Disney movies and Carrie Bradshaw, my generation grew up with the idea that our purpose in life was to find that special person and never let go. We search in cafes, bookstores, and clubs for The Right One. To this day, I cringe at the thought of leaving my apartment without at least looking semi-put together. Who knows who I might bump into! The Sex in the Citymotto of dating and dating…

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Expats, Interviews, & Giveaways

One thing I love about being an expat is the supportive community that comes with it. Regardless how far we are spread out, expats have created strong connections and relationships all over the globe.  

Expats, Interviews, & Giveaways

One thing I love about being an expat is the supportive community that comes with it. Regardless how far we are spread out, expats have created strong connections and relationships all over the globe.  

Expats: Dealing with Finances in Asia

Expats: Dealing with Finances in Asia

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Personal finance is difficult for anyone, but the challenge increases the minute you cross borders. Then it becomes a tangle of currency exchanges, banking partners, and multiple tax returns. While a transition between the United States to Europe is relatively painless, making a move to Asia can undoubtedly be tricky.

Fear not! Here is what you need to know about dealing with finances when…

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How to Fully Embrace Asia

How to Fully Embrace Asia

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With a continent of people so richly diverse (and packed), Asia holds a trove of travel treasures. I have to admit that Asia was never on my immediate regions to explore—in fact, I did not think I would travel there until I was well into my 30s. However, by overcoming my own fear of the unknown, I have learned that Asia is a region that any individual (at any age) should visit.

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