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May 15, 2007

Sponsor: Clements International,
    Global Insurance Solutions
Article: 10 Things You Can DO Today to Improve Your LIFE WHEREVER YOU ARE!
Quiz of the Week
Job Opportunities
Article: Ways in and Out
of US Tax Residency

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Property of the Week
Travel Warnings
Expat Events


10 Things You Can DO Today to Improve Your LIFE WHEREVER YOU ARE!
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By Pamela Mattsson

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
- Henry Ward Beecher    

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10 Things You Can DO Today to Improve Your LIFE WHEREVER YOU ARE!
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By Pamela Mattsson,
Passionate Life Coach

Here are 10 things that you can do to improve your life TODAY!

1. Be intentional with your thoughts. Whether you are in the middle of planning your move or have been an expatriate for years, your life is a continuous creation and your thoughts are a key part of what creates your life. How your thoughts make you feel is your personal radar letting you know whether your thoughts are serving you and your life or not. If your thoughts make you feel good, GREAT! If your thoughts make you feel bad, make a concerted effort to shift your thought. This is bigger than "positive thinking" this is about taking control of our unique human endowment -- our ability to control our thoughts.

2. Be honest with yourself and others. I really believe that it takes small bits of our soul to not speak our truth. Even white lies can wear away at your character. More important than your relationship with others is your relationship with yourself. There is consistent pressure to "look good" or "be nice" when leaving old friends and when making new friends. True friends appreciate honesty -- not simple politeness. Being honest is one of the best ways to honor yourself. Strive for self-integrity. (Read More)


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Quiz of the Week

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1.) True or False? Australia's culture has evolved from mostly British and Irish influences.

2.) True or False? English is the national language of Australia.

3.) True or False? The Anglican religion is the state religion of Australia.

4.) True or False? Tasmania is a separate nation off the coast of Australia.

5.) True or False? Sydney is the capital of Australia.

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Ways in and Out of US Tax Residency: To Be or Not To Be a US Resident Alien!
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By Marc J. Strohl, CPA,
Protax Consulting Services Inc

The goal of this article is to provide a comprehensive checklist of information for the US person to consider prior to accepting an assignment outside the US. This article is not designed to teach you the technical competence required to perform self compliance, however it will certainly arm you with the knowledge to determine if your US tax preparer knows all that they should know to provide you with technically competent professional services.

To Be or Not To Be a US Resident Alien:

All United States (US) citizens, green card holders and foreign national individuals in the US meeting the Substantial Presence Test (SPT), which comprises adding the actual days of US presence in the current year with a fractional two year look back rule, are US resident aliens.

You meet the SPT if you have at least 31 days of US presence in the current year and where the following sums to 183 days or greater days: 100 % of the physical days of US presence in the current year + 1/3 of the days of US presence in the preceding year + 1/6 of the days of US presence in the second preceding year. (Read More)

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Abducted 4 year old from Portugal

Q: Can everyone download the new poster of Madeleine McCann from the SKY NEWS website and display it in as many places as possible. She has very distinctive eyes and this SKY NEWS poster shows them in great detail. It is feared that Madeleine's abductors have taken her out of Portugal and she is somewhere in Europe. Thanks!

Moving to Barcelona, need advice please.

Q: Hello, I'm a 30 year old professional moving to Barcelona as soon as my Visa is approved. I have never lived outside of the US and I'm going by myself. Unlike many people on this site, I'm not transfering with a company. I actually don't have a job lined up and was wondering how difficult it will be for me to find a job once I get there? I do have a place to live once I arrive, but no job. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Slovak Republic
Long Visit?

Q: I am planning to visit the Slovak Republic end 2008 and considering a stay of at least one year. I am presently beginning to learn the language. I would be interested to learn any information others would care to offer about "moving" to Bratislava, i.e. how to get to know the "real" not tourist Slovakia, also good places to visit and stay, or viewing particularly noteworthy music, art, cultural, architectural, natural and religious artefacts or events...

Bangalore Information

Q: We are moving to Bangalore soon with our 3 kids, ages 19, 17 & 15. The oldest will be away at college most of the time, and the other 2 will attend school in Bangalore. Does anyone here have teenagers attending school in Bangalore currently? What kind of extra curricular activities are there? How easy or difficult is it to have a social life at that age in Bangalore?

Costa Rica
35 looking to move to Costa Rica-need some advice

Q: I am 35 and very interested in moving to Costa Rica. My work background is Political, I served as Finance and Political Director to the former Mayor of Miami. I'm at a point in my life where I am looking for something different. I want to move to Costa Rica, improve my Spanish and immerse myself in the local culture. Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy and need to find a way to make an income. I would like to possibly find some work in a hotel and would be willing to work for room amd board if necessary. I really want to make a jump, but am a little fearful as this is a big risk and I would be doing it alone. I was thinking about Tamarindo, Santa Teresa but am open to most areas. I would be greatful for any advice or ideas that someone may be able to give me.

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St Germain les Belles, Limoges, France

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Webinar: Successful Global Expansion
Wokingham (05/16) - You are invited to attend a complimentary web seminar being presented on May 16, 2007 at 1:00 PM EDT. (Full Details)

Accountancy Worldwide International Recruitment Forum Johannesburg 2007
Johannesburg (05/19) - Where in the world do you want to work? The Accountancy Worldwide Forum is the largest international recruitment forum for qualified accountants interested in international opportunities. (Full Details)

Patchwork Exhibition
warsaw (06/02 - 06/03) - The patchwork group of Varsovie Accueil Association is presenting their members' works. (Full Details)

How to Make your own Dream Lifestyle South of the Border a Reality
San Miguel De Allende (06/03 - 06/05) - At the Live & Prosper in Mexico Seminar the expert in-country presenters International Living has assembled will provide you with all the information you need about living, working, retiring, and investing in Mexico. (Full Details)

'The Twits': Professional English Play: 1st- 17th June
Geneva: Bern: Zurich (06/01 - 06/17) - Simply Theatre Productions presents a professional English play of the Roald Dahl classic 'The Twits'. A wickedly disgusting treat for kids from 4 to 104! Geneva, Bern, Zurich Bookings & Info: (Full Details)

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