New Years Around the World

04 January, 2011 11:52  Erin Erin

New year celebration with fireworks © Fejo - Fotolia.com

USA

New York City

Though the U.S. officially spans 9 time zones, most Americans watch the city of New York and its traditional ball drop for New Years Eve. Times Square fills with about a million eager party-goers, decked out in novelty glasses, paper top hats, and noisemakers. The snow that caused such havoc throughout the hectic winter season was swept aside. Host Ryan Seacrest led the festivities as a range of celebrities performed. Snooki, from the infamous reality TV show Jersey Shore, was planned to appear in the globe that drops at midnight. At the last minute, this odd sideshow act was pushed to the nearby state of New Jersey which spawned the original show. (More)

   


Happy New Year 2011

01 January, 2011 00:01  EasyExpat EasyExpat

 

StarWe wish you all a very happy year 2011!Star

So many changes for 2010 and more to come in 2011.

2010 was a busy year with a lot of improvements:

  • We have completed the specific services provided to our member with myExpat. Read the full change HERE.
  • We have fully redesigned our classifieds section and add a few new features. Read the full change HERE.
  • The forums and the community management has been fully redesigned and improved. Read the full change HERE.
  • Plenty of more guides and translations: Hong Kong, South Korea, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Rome, Lisbon...etc

We will work on more guides for 2011, with the update of the oldest ones. We have planned more services to follow your ads...and other improvements you will discover along the year.  (More)

   


Best-of EasyExpat: the worst emails received

28 December, 2010 13:49  EasyExpat EasyExpat

To finish this year, we have decided to present the EasyExpat Best-off list for the funniest or most bizarre emails we have received ever (compilation from the past few years).

We remind you that EasyExpat is a list of city guides for expatriates, host a public forum for the community and free services such as job listing, classifieds, directory of expat websites. Apparently some Internet users did not understand it! Enjoy. (More)

   


Holidays on the Fly

20 December, 2010 15:27  Erin Erin

The one thing that can bring down "holiday good cheer" and "goodwill toward men" can be the flight home to see your family. Nothing quite dampens the mood like overbooked flights, sleeping in airports, and invasive security scanners. Don't let the flight home ruin our holiday! Be aware of the potential issues, prepare, and be jolly. (More)

   


Stay connected

16 December, 2010 16:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have implemented a new box on the right hand side of EasyExpat's pages for social network tools and newsletters.

Social Network box for EasyExpat: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Newsletter

EasyExpat has now a page on Facebook. We hope to see a lot of fans and feel free to participate commenting on our wall and sharing the news.

You can also follow our latest news on our Twitter account.

If you have nice photos from your expat life that you want to share, you can post your photos on our Flickr pages.

Last but not least, feel free to register to our monthly newsletter (in English and in French).

Of course we are happy to receive your feedback on our new pages, ideas to improve the contents etc. Please use the comment box below.

   


Guide for expatriates in Sao Paulo, Brazil

14 December, 2010 18:10  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BrazilWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sao Paulo is the capital city of the state with the same name, which lies in southern Brazil.

As well as being Brazil’s largest industrial, commercial and services centre, the state of Sao Paulo is also the country’s prime agricultural producer; coffee (Brazil’s main export at the begining of the 20th century) remains the most important agricultural product.

Faculdade de Direito da USP. © Wikipedia images

Sao Paulo is by the far the most important industrial state in Brazil and industrial activity is focused on the cities known collectively as Grande São Paulo - São Paulo itself, Santo André, São Bernardo, São Caetano, Diadema (known as ABCD), Guarulhos, Osasco and Suzano. As q consequence of the population and the industry, Sao Paulo is the largest consumer of energy in Brazil, with almost 90% of its energy needs produced by hydroelectricity plants located across the state.

Due to overcrowding in the city of Sao Paulo successive governments have introduced incentives, such as tax breaks and free real estate, to encourage people to settle in other towns. Thanks to São Paulo’s superior infrastructure in terms of telecommunications, energy supply and transportation, it is nonetheless set to remain Brazil’s commercial hub for the foreseeable future. (More)

   


Guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan

10 December, 2010 17:55  EasyExpat EasyExpat

TaiwanWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan is also known as Formosa, (from Portuguese, Ilha Formosa) which means "Beautiful Island", separated from the Asian continent is only 120 kilometres (75 miles), across the Taiwan Strait.

The city of Taipei is headquarters of Taiwan's political, economic, and cultural scenes. It is the capital and largest city of the Taiwan province.

Taipei 101 at night © Wikipedia imagesCity is home to an estimated 2,607,428 people. The city, along with Taipei County, and Keelung City form the Taipei metropolitan area with a population of 6,776,264.

Taipei is at the centre of Taiwan's rapid economic development. It is now a global city with a focus on technology. Some of the leading companies include: Shihlin Electric, CipherLab and Insyde Software. National brands such as: ASUS, Chunghwa Telecom, Mandarin Airlines, Tatung, and Uni Air are headquartered in Taipei City.

Tourism is a growing area of the economy. International visitors look to total about 5.3 million in 2010. The industry brings in about US$6.8 billion to Taiwan's economy. (More)

   


Brits say 'au revoir' to their expat life

07 December, 2010 14:45  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of Tony Blair, wrote recently in the Mail On Sunday about her mariage breaking down after a family move to Dordogne.  "The sad truth is that life in the European countryside can be as basic, boring and as downright exhausting as it was centuries ago" she says. "The man gets drunk and resentful about his role as an odd-job man once he was happy executive or, in our case, a lad-about-town".

Direction Londres © zuchero - Fotolia.comAnother British expat in Charentes, France, whose husband left her to cope on her own when he wnet back to England in 2008, started an organisationcalled WAIF (Women Alone In France) designed for women/men alone in France who need practical help and advice to survive alone. There are a team of French medical, legal and financial experts offering advice about how to navigate the French wealthfare system and knowing your rights in France. (More)

   


Rio de Janeiro guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Rio de Janeiro en français

03 December, 2010 21:13  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Brasil

We have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is artistically bordered by magnificent mountains, white-sand beaches and spectacular blue ocean, and lush rain forests. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The area of the city is 1182.3 square kilometres or 456.5 sq miles. The city is dense, with about 6.1 million people in the city and 11-13.5 million in the greater metropolitan area.

Brazil is not only a large country in South America, it is the fifth largest country in the world with an area of 8,514,877 sq km and population of 198,739,269. (More)

   


List your participation and see your favourite pages at a glance in your myExpat area

17 November, 2010 12:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have completed the specific services provided to our member with myExpat. myExpat screenshot

MyExpat is the private area of Easy Expat, for members only. On this page you can:

> Bookmark your favourite pages

You can find thousands of pages on EasyExpat: topics on the forums but also articles about cities, classifieds, expat jobs, FAQs and links.

You can manage your own list of favourite articles, pages on the forums and all the other pages of EasyExpat. In order to add a page to this list, you just need to click on the image: Add this topic to your bookmarks on MyExpat at the bottom of each page. You can always check your list on your MyExpat page.

It cannot be easier to tag a page: on any page, find the Add this topic to your bookmarks on MyExpat at the bottom, and the tag will automatically be registered with its title (you can review and add a description). (More)

   


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