EXPAT 101, "19 TIPS to SUCCESS"


Success is based on you and your decisions


World Globe

Do not kid yourself its hard.


Beware of moving overseas! It’s tough, confusing, disorienting… and ultimately, extremely rewarding.  So take it one day at a time and learn to walk before you run.

Living overseas will not solve your problems

 It may distract you for a while but you’ll likely find that once you’ve been overseas for a while, old habits and patterns begin to re-emerge and you’ll find yourself with all the same problems, just in a different place.  Your problems could only get worse if you run.  Face them prior to leaving.

Eliminate baggage

 Becoming an expat is not only physical, geographical, and logistical it’s also emotional. Your priorities change. Having these things back home will make you miss them.  Then when you return home you may question why you left to start with. It was such a distant memory.

Bring Money


When you arrive budget is out the window as you try to settle in.  So you must have more money then you thought.  Plan for the emergency that may arrive and be prepared.

Visit First

 All the reading and understanding does not explain the culture.  There is nothing that compares to boots on the ground.  A book and words mean nothing in real world situations   So visit for a while and see if it suits you.

Be Flexible


Be prepared to be flexible about specific destinations. A
 lot of research on a city that you  think you would love. After a couple of days of getting there you may realized it wasn’t the kind of place you wanted to spend more than a week let alone a life time.  You are not married to one place so do not give up.  Just move to another city.


Have Goals


 Know where you want to be and set a time frame.  Know that you must sacrifice in the short term to eventually reach those goals. If you come up short set the goal again.  

Governments problems can be compounded

You need to be patient with the documentation procedure,  be open and understanding with different languages and culture.”

Research


Research, research, research

Have a support structure


Dedicate time to spend time with people of similar culture to bounce ideas and thoughts off.  It will keep you grounded.  It will allow you to be open to talking about your fears and frustrations.

Have interests that the country provides

 Do not be one dimensional when you move to the country.  You must have genuine interest in the country you are moving to. Enjoy all the sites and sounds of your surroundings. 

Water and Condoms

Don’t drink the water and use a condom.

Do no accumulate to much stuff

When you first arrive you will want the creature comforts of home. Yet you need to give it time before you settle into your life 100%.  Ensure it is the location you desire as moving again would be of significant loss. This can be an emotional and physical drain if you must relocate.

Eat and speak local

Live outside your own little bubble.  Get out Eat foods that you never thought you would, Take in the culture and learn the language.  Push your self to the limits and then you reap the rewards.  

Its not your home country

Your values and your idea of right and wrong belong in your home country.  Adapt to the surrounding and try to be an Expert of life there.  If you try and compare it will frustrate you and soon you will be packing.

Be a tourist

There is nothing wrong with being a tourist.  It actually gives you an excuse when you make an error. Slow down take time and just enjoy this new life. After the honeymoon is over then settle into that new life.   

You will miss family

People that do not travel frequently become home sick. They miss the close family support structure. This life changing decision can not just be undo instantly.  It would be very costly to head back home.  So you should consider this aspect prior to any move. 

It is a move not a vacation

This is a step to a new location and new life.  It will not end after a month so understand the dynamics involved. Do not think it is an extended vacation.  This will be your life from today forward.

Dream or reality

As long as you sit at home and dream about this.  The farther away it becomes.  The only way to make this happen is to do it. Then it becomes a reality.  Talk is cheap and dreams happen every day.  Reality is when you step off the plane and you have arrived.  To make this happen you must take the steps in the direction required and do what is required.  Every step forward is a step towards making this a Reality. 
Enjoy

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Top Ten Must Have Android Apps

My most used Android Apps

With the market place full of apps it is so hard to find an app that is useful for everyday use that makes life simple.  These are the apps I use the most and have found to be overall best in class.




FlipBoard

Flipboard brings together world news and social news in a beautiful magazine
designed for your Android phone and tablet. Once you pick a few topics, your Flipboard is built and you can instantly start flipping through the pages of news you care about and stories and photos friends are sharing. Flip through the news from your Twitter timeline as well as from outlets like the BBC, USA Today and The Verge. See everything from posts and photos shared by friends on Facebook and Instagram to videos from YouTube and pop culture nuggets from Rolling Stone. Find inspiration for your travel, style and life from places like National Geographic, Oprah and Cool Hunting.
Bring Flipboard on the train during your morning commute, catch up over coffee or on vacation, use it as a tool at work or simply to wind down your night. Search for anything or anyone, and make it your own.
It’s the one thing to simplify your daily life.

Evernotes

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

Friendcaster

Friendcaster for Facebook – the best Facebook experience on Android devices!

Friendcaster is the #1 third party Facebook app available for Android with over 3,000,000 downloads and thousands of positive reviews.
Version 5.0 is sporting a beautiful interface, loads of Facebook features and the only real time Facebook notifications available through Google Play. When it comes to getting your Facebook “fix” on Android, Friendcaster is the way to go, and it’s free!
With Friendcaster we’ve also put in thousands of hours making the app VERY fast. Tired of waiting on the Facebook app to update? Go with Friendcaster!

Go SMS Pro

GO SMS PRO brings you cool UI, fast and convenient SMS/MMS experience.
GO SMS Pro is the most popular messaging app; Very powerful, Cool, Funny, Safe, Fully customizable; Well support SMS/MMS + GO Chat(free message) + Walkie Talkie(free voice).

Chrome

The speed and simplicity of Chrome, now on your Android phone and tablet.
Search and browse fast with Chrome on your Android phone and tablet. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer to bring it with you anywhere you go.
Search fast
– Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.
–  Browse faster with accelerated page loading, scrolling and zooming.
Simple, intuitive experience
– Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your phone, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On your tablet, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.
Sign in
– Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet.  Pick up right where you left off.
– Send pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your phone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even when you’re offline.
Privacy
– Browse privately in Incognito mode.

Google Voice

Make cheap international calls with your Google number. Send free text messages. Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcripts.
Currently only available in the US.

Dolphin HD

Dolphin Browser is the FASTEST, EASIEST and most FUN mobile Web browser

Download Dolphin’s free mobile browser and join the 50 million plus who enjoy the exclusive features of our elite mobile web browser.
Dolphin Browser is the FASTEST, EASIEST and most FUN mobile web browser available Dolphin Mobile Browser(Formerly Dolphin Browser HD is the world’s first Gesture, Sonar and Add-on enabled mobile web browser on Android.

Tapatalk

Designed for forum superstars. Award winning forum app gets better w/ Tapatalk 2

The only and the best fully functional forum app in the Market, endorsed by over 40,000 of forums worldwide. 4.5/5 stars reviewed by ten thousands of power fellows. Why not give it a try?
Online Communities at Your Fingertips
If you have ever tried to visit a forum using an Internet browser on your Android device you know what a nightmare it can be. The multitude of layouts you will encounter can have you scrolling, pinching, zooming, and swiping until your fingers are numb. Enter the Tapatalk Forum App.
Tapatalk houses over 35,000 of the most popular public forums right inside the app. From online games to technology, animals to extreme couponing, there is a forum out there to suit your interests. Browse the 13 categories or search for a particular forum in Tapatalk’s easy-to-use interface. You can find anything and everything with this app.
Once you have found the forums you want to read it is easy to add them to your favorites for quicker access. Then you simply log in to the app and read your private messages or reply to current topics. You can also easily start a thread about something that piques your interest. You can also mark the topics you care about on your forums.
Tapatalk contains all the features and capabilities found in your favorite browser but in a simple, straight-forward delivery. Easily see who is online, view board statistics, and even user profiles all without waiting for your phone’s browser to connect to the Internet. Give it a try today.

Root Explorer

Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users. Access the whole of android’s file system (including the elusive data folder!).

Features include SQLite database viewer, Text Editor, create and extract zip or tar/gzip files, extract rar archives, multi-select, execute scripts, search, remount, permissions, bookmarks, send files (via email, bluetooth etc), image thumbnails, APK binary XML viewer, change file owner/group, create symbolic link, “Open With” facility, MD5, create shortcuts.

Sound Hound

SoundHound : Blazing fast music recognition with LiveLyrics

Features:
◦ Blazing fast music recognition
◦ The world’s only singing and humming recognition
◦ LiveLyrics: see lyrics move in time with the music
◦ SoundHound Headlines: brings you free song streams, new artists, and more
◦ Real-time Facebook and Twitter updates from your favorite artists
◦ Facebook and Twitter sharing, listen-on-startup, and geotagging
◦ Buy links, YouTube videos, artist biographies, and much more


Enjoy


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