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A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy, sour and sweet — and you will want Read the rest “A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native”

Costa Rica – an Overview of the Splendors in the Land of the Ticos

Pura Vida (Pure life), a more typical Costa Rican saying you will not find elsewhere! Used in every form and shape by the warm and life loving people from Costa Rica called “Ticos” for short.

It can be used for greeting, showing your appreciation about someone or something, saying goodbye, and just giving off a good vibe.

If Latin America had a heart, it would definitely be Costa Rica. Due Read the rest “Costa Rica – an Overview of the Splendors in the Land of the Ticos”

Different Types of Properties Available for Purchase in Phuket

A recent survey on residential projects in Phuket conducted recently has shown that there are currently 23,340 units available on the island. The survey on Phuket real estate was conducted by Government Housing Bank Real Estate’s Data Center whose Director Mr. Samma Keetasin, told a media house that there was a total of 9,940 house units, 1,280 bungalows, 4,430 National Housing Authority condominium units, 720 National Housing Authority house units Read the rest “Different Types of Properties Available for Purchase in Phuket”

Ana Gaby on life as an expat in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta

Ana GabyThis week we spoke to Ana Gaby, a Mexican by birth and now settled in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta. In an exclusive interview to us, she tells us about her love for traveling, life as an expat in South-east Asia, and what foreign nationals can expect and watch out for when they travel to or decide to settle in this part of the globe.

The interview…

Please tell Read the rest “Ana Gaby on life as an expat in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta”

Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket

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A photographer and blogger by choice and a web director by profession; meet Willy Thuan, the French expat living in Phuket as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his professional career, his blog and most importantly about life in Phuket. But before we go to the interview, we would also like to thank Willy who has been kind to share some of the Read the rest “Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket”

Jacques Duquesne – An Expat’s Life in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur

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An expatriate specialist and founder of the Expatypus.com website; meet Jacques Duquesne, as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his journey from France to Asia where he has been staying since 2004, and life in Kuala Lumpur, the city which he now loves to call his home.

The interview…

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
I am from the Read the rest “Jacques Duquesne – An Expat’s Life in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur”

Michele Chan-Thomson on life as an expat in Malaysia’s Penang

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Meet Michele Chan-Thomson, a home-maker and a blogger by choice as she speaks to us in an exclusive interview about life as an expat in Penang, one of the leading tourist destinations in South-east Asia.

The interview…

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
I’m a Chinese-American who was born and raised in the United States. My husband and I have three kids, and I’ve
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Andrew Maniotis on Living as an Expat in the Philippines

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Greek by birth, a sports junkie and a dancer by choice; meet Andrew Maniotis who changed careers to finally find home in the Philippines where he now works as an International Director in a major player in the consumer services industry.

The interview…

Tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
My Nationality is Greek. I’m blessed on how I grew up. I was involved in sports my
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Robert Richardson on Living in the Philippines

Robert RichardsonIn an exclusive interview with Holiday Home Times, Rob Richardson talks about his journey from Texas to Manila. He also shares his life as an expat in this tropical country and explains why “it’s more fun in the Philippines”.

The interview…

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
I’m an American who grew up in Texas. I came to the Philippines probably around April of
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Eduard Hempel on Life as an Expat and Sri Lanka’s Beautiful Holiday Homes

In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Eduard Hempel, CEO of Pearl Properties in Sri Lanka tells us about life in Sri Lanka in general, the country’s emerging holiday home market and why more and more expats are investing in property and are retiring in the country known for its virgin beaches and year-long warm sunshine.

The interview…

Eduard HempelPlease give our readers a brief personal background and history Read the rest “Eduard Hempel on Life as an Expat and Sri Lanka’s Beautiful Holiday Homes”

Malcolm Scott on Life as an Expat in Bali

In an exclusive interview with Holiday Home Times, Australia-born Malcolm Scott talks about his journey from his native country to Indonesia, about life in Bali, his recently released book and what expats can look forward to in this resort island.

The interview…

 

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
My Name is Malcolm Scott and I am author of the book called Bali RawRead the rest “Malcolm Scott on Life as an Expat in Bali”

Laws Around Buying Property in the Philippines for Foreigners

Thinking of buying your own property in the Philippines? But what exactly do you need to know about owning property in the Philippines when you are a foreigner?

The thing is, where you are a foreigner, you cannot really own a piece of land in the Philippines. The law prohibits this and, unless you are married to a Filipino you cannot go and purchase real estate properties. However, there are Read the rest “Laws Around Buying Property in the Philippines for Foreigners”

Holiday Homes in the Philippines -What they would cost to buy?

Despite the rise and popularity of condominium units in the Philippines these days, not everyone living in the Philippines is willing to shell out money to own a small piece of a high-rise building. There are still those who want their property in the Philippines to be the traditional house set on their own land. So for those looking to get more than just building space, you can’t go wrong Read the rest “Holiday Homes in the Philippines -What they would cost to buy?”

Greg Miller on Life as an Expat in Thailand’s Chiang Mai City

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The journey of an entrepreneur and restaurateur from San Francisco to Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai; meet Greg Miller as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about life in this culturally rich city, his blog and what expats can look forward to in Thailand.

The interview…

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
I had owned and operated small businesses for Read the rest “Greg Miller on Life as an Expat in Thailand’s Chiang Mai City”

Information on International Schools in the Philippines

There are many international schools in the Philippines and most of them are in Manila, while a couple others are in Cebu, Subic and Davao. The schools are accredited both locally and internationally, and they offer either an American or British IGSE school track. Needless to say, all schools are staffed by competent educators and guidance counsellors, most of which are foreigners with local and international teaching experience. Even if Read the rest “Information on International Schools in the Philippines”

Ashish Bahl – the man who gave wheels to India’s adventure junkies’ dreams

 

Ashish Bahl, the man who gave India its first adventure sports store, talks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his love for ATVs and dirt bikes and about his company, Adventure Wheels, which he founded a couple of years back to give adventure enthusiasts easy access to these mean vehicles and high-speed modelling cars, and even monster trucks.

The interview…

Tell us in brief about yourself and Read the rest “Ashish Bahl – the man who gave wheels to India’s adventure junkies’ dreams”

Filipino Customs and Habits You Need to Know

Living in the Philippines is a relatively easy task. Most Filipinos, especially in the urban areas, are able to speak English well enough to be of assistance to foreigners and they it is very rare that you would run into someone who will not be willing to help if you are lost and needing directions. But, as friendly as the people are, a foreigner is still a foreigner and the Read the rest “Filipino Customs and Habits You Need to Know”

Top 5 Locations to Buy Holiday Properties in the Philippines

So you are planning for a nice long holiday out of the country and, after going through a lot of brochures and promotional videos, you were convinced that “It’s more fun in the Philippines” and decided that it is the place to go. With 7, 107 islands, you are now faced with a tiny little problem. Where do I stay? Where is the best place to rent holiday homes in Read the rest “Top 5 Locations to Buy Holiday Properties in the Philippines”

Asif Merchant – A Witness to Panchgani’s Transformation

Asif Merchant sittingHe has closely seen Panchgani’s journey from being a sleepy village to making its way to India’s tourism map as a major tourist destination. Meet Asif Merchant who has been in Panchgani since the 40s as he talks to us in an exclusive interview about the history of the place, its early challenges, its transformation and what a visitor can do here.

The interview…

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Life as a baker in the countryside of Karjat – Meherzad Afagh

Meherzad AfaghThe Irani Zorastrians are well known for their bakeries in and around Mumbai or Pune – the fresh bread, delicious pastries, rolls and melt-in-the-mouth pavs – are unmatched by any other mass bread manufacturers. Karjatkars too have the opportunity to enjoy some of these bakes, courtesy, Meherzad Afagh, the 33-year old entrepreneur who has been running a popular chain called Meher Bakery for the last 11 years.

After pursuing Read the rest “Life as a baker in the countryside of Karjat – Meherzad Afagh”