Koh Lanta Animal Welfare – an animal lover’s haven.

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About a month ago, Mustafa and I visited the island of Koh Lanta, Thailand. While we were there we decided to visit the number one attraction on TripAdvisor – The Koh Lanta Animal Welfare.

What we found was an enchanting place where volunteers from around the world came to take care of sick dogs and cats for a few days or a few weeks at a time. We just spent a few hours there and it was hard for us to leave because the animals were all so friendly and lovable and in need of permanent homes.

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This lovely shelter is not only a temporary home for lost animals, it is also a sterilization center and the work that the vets and the rest of the staff do there is stupendous.

It really got me to thinking, what about those who have pets and need/want to travel? So far I’ve found a really great service for dogs for those in the UK and the Western European countries called DogBuddy.

12631486.jsonWhilst you go traveling and visiting awesome places like the Koh Lanta Animal Welfare, at least you’ll know that your dog or dogs is/are safe and very well cared for.

That being said, I also encourage you to check out the Koh Lanta Animal Welfare’s Facebook page, read up on their amazing history and the touching stories of their beautiful animals:

https://www.facebook.com/lantaanimalwelfare/

A weekend away – Xi’an Edition! (places to go for expats living in China)

In this series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my travels in China. To start things off I’ll be giving you my experience getting to Xi’an, the hotel I’d selected and visiting some of the attractions there including the fabulous Terracotta Army!

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1. Nanjing to Xi’an – train or airplane?

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Whilst it is possible to take trains the easiest and fastest way is to fly. The major pro to taking a train is that you get to have an enjoyable night ride where you can socialize and make new friends. Flying is a good option if you want to save on time or if the timing of the train departures clash with your work or personal schedule.

Whereas the Skyscanner app is useful for international flights, domestic carriers all have deals that are available on Ctrip. You can purchase your tickets online or call them directly. You can even visit them in person at their airport branch or at their office in Nanjing.

Flight duration: 2hrs        cost: between 600-800RMB

Train duration: 8hrs        cost: from 608-684RMB

2. Airport to Hotel – shuttle or taxi?

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There is an extensive and inexpensive (average 25RMB) shuttle bus system that can take you close to or even to your hotel, depending on where it is and what time your flight arrives. If you happen to miss the last shuttle bus then be prepared to fork out a bit extra to a taxi driver. Always remember to insist on their using the meter, though, or you will be paying way over what you should.

As a side note, the train station is located fairly close to the city center (3km from the Bell Tower Hotel) and all the major attractions, it is possible to catch cheap buses or even walk to where you need to get to if you wanted.

3. Where we stayed: pros and cons.

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We stayed at the old but lovely Bell Tower Hotel. The staff were extremely nice, and the location of the hotel is second to none in Xi’an. However, the hotel has been around for a long time and some of the rooms may look slightly run down. The view from the window, in my opinion, made up for the worn state of the room and facilities.  We had a direct, unrestricted, view of the beautiful Bell Tower of Xi’an, which is absolutely gorgeous at  night.

4. The Drum tower and Muslim food street.

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I would suggest visiting the Drum tower around eleven am or three pm as there are daily drumming shows put on for the public inside the tower. The entry fee is 35RMB for the Drum tower and if you wish you can purchase the tickets for the Bell Tower there as well. (As much as we admired the Bell Tower from the outside, we didn’t have enough time to visit it).

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The Muslim food street is right next to the Drum Tower so after visiting the tower many people head down the street in search of good food, souvenirs and the like. My favorite thing for a long while on that street was a spicy breaded and deep fried squid – there’s nothing quite like it on a cold night. Also, coated and fried bananas are really excellent, as well as all the noodle dishes you can lay your hands on – a Chinese friend once told me that noodle dishes from Xi’an are especially delicious, and they are!

3. The Wall and the Beilin Steles Museum.

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Now, it’s not the Great Wall of China, but it is a pretty nice wall to walk around or go on and have a stroll or a bicycle ride around. Every ancient Chinese city had it’s own wall, Nanjing has the remnants of one and so does Xi’an. Xi’an’s wall is the most intact due to fortifications and rebuilding of certain sections so a bicycle ride around it is a great sightseeing and a light, refreshing workout.

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The Steele museum is another one of my favorite attractions in Xi’an – it is a museum comprising ancient stone tablets which scholars used to record important academic and political works, poetry and even art. The stone tablets filled me with a sense of awe at their different sizes, engravings and ages. The surrounding courtyards are quiet, clean and very charming. A really relaxing getaway from the city bustle.

4. The Terracotta Army.

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This world famous attraction is quite far from the city and it takes about 40mins to an hour to get there by public bus. There will be many tours offered and taxi drivers will be shouting at you left and right but the best and cheapest way is to go to the bus depot and find bus 306, get on and sit down. Sooner or later the driver or the fare collector will come by and sell you the ticket for about 5-7RMB one way. The entrance to the warriors itself is about 90RMB and I would strongly advise not to accept any tour guides that try to convince you to hire them at the gates. Anything they can tell you will already be in your booklet or online…plus a lot of them just try to get their groups to buy things from the stores.

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There is a sort of standing, all-walls covered, cinema with the history of the Terracotta Army and how they were discovered on loop in one of the buildings, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles. It’s not long and it’s totally worth a visit after walking around and seeing all the cool excavation sites and what’s in them.

When you’re all done you can easily catch another 306 bus back into town, sometimes these buses will not be in the parking lot they dropped you off at by at but the roadside parked facing the direction to head back to the city center.

As a final note, I’d advise that you try to leave the site no later than 3 or 3:30pm as the traffic, by the time you get to the city, will become nightmarish if you leave after those times and you really don’t want to be stuck in traffic after a day of exploration!

If you have any questions at all about getting there, things to buy (or not buy!) or even getting around; I’d be super happy to help out! Post your comments and questions below!

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Classroom Discipline! (classroom management tips for teachers)

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There are hundreds if not thousands of articles about achieving and maintaining discipline in the classsroom, however, when I started out as a new teacher, none of the things I read really seemed to help me much in the savage world of the Trinidadian highschool system. Even when I went to China I still struggled, this time not so much with antagonistic, teen angst rebelliousness, just restlessness from younger students.

The thing is, I learned a lot. I learned from each experience and I was able to fine-tune the knowledge I had gained with concrete practice during a TEFL course I did not too long ago.

I want to share my hard-earned lessons with the hope that teachers everywhere can benefit. Teaching is not as easy as some think, but it does not have to be a nightmare either.

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1. Be the authority!

If you know you have a soft heart then put on a stern face before you even get to the school. Straighten your shoulders, walk smartly and fake that know-it-all confidence. Do not look frightened, they will try to test you, especially the class bullies, the bored but smart ones, and those afraid that they’re not intelligent enough to keep up with the work. Remember that your classroom is not a democracy – you are responsible not only for their education but their safety and well-being for every period that you have them. That isn’t to say that you can’t be friendly with them, however you must not allow yourself to smile until –

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2. You establish the rules first.

Some teachers encourage a class discussion to establish rules. I say the safest way, especially with older students, is to establish your rules first then invite the class to set additional guidelines or rules for the class. Remember to do your rules, clearly, concisely and firmly. Also, do not start the class until you’ve finished the discussion and establishment of all the rules. There are several ways you can introduce rules, but in my experience the clearer you are, the better you are understood. Beat the dead horse, folks.

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3. Good rules vs. Bad rules.

The words you use can sometimes go over students’ heads, especially young ESL  learners. Our language has to be clear and impacting.

An example of a good rule is clearly, loudly (not shouting, only projecting) and firmly saying “No running!” possibly accompanied by a picture of someone running that has been crossed out. Furthermore, having a rewards and consequences system in a good way to clearly let students know that there will be punishments for breaking the rules. Just remember to consistently enforce both rewards and punishments every time if you choose to do this.

An example of a poorly laid out rule is saying very sweetly and uncertainly “Be safe…” accompanied by the words printed on a nice background. Kids are more likely to ignore those that do not give them pause, which is why you need to –

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4. Be larger than life when teaching.

Capture and maintain their attention by projecting your voice in a way that is not harmful nor energy expending for you. You can say something like “Ok, class! Let’s begin!” or “Attention!” (In Chinese schools a literal call to attention actually works as this is how quite a few Chinese teachers get their attention.) If this is not possible, then practice your very best death-glare to instill silence, then speak at normal volume, forcing them to either stay quiet or miss what you have to say. (Always wait for absolute silence before you begin your class! Do not ever allow a student to speak while you are speaking!)

Alternatively, you could use some rhythmic clapping, a song, tapping your marker sharply on your whiteboard, a whistle or a bell. Frankly, anything startling enough to draw their attention to you will work. An important thing to note is that you need to maintain the level of energy you begin with, or even take it higher sometimes, as the students will copy your example, verbal, non-verbal and even emotional.

However, only half of the energy you project will be reflected or produced by the students and that is why you need to be a superstar in the classroom; I’m not saying that your lesson should be teacher-centered, no. Authority-wise, they should respect you and interest-wise they should be eager to listen to you. Be animated, be fun! And always be prepared to –

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5. Reign it in when necessary.

If you keep on maintaining good eye contact through the appropriate times of your lesson, say when you are presenting something new, then that scanning alone should be able to prevent any misbehavior. However, this is not always the case, some students are distracted regardless and sometimes teachers may not always notice trouble brewing until it has erupted. Never fear, even if you don’t nip it in the bud, you are still in control.

Maintain your cool. Depending on your classroom, the age of the students and which part of the world you are teaching in, etc, you will have different options available to you. Always take a minute, if possible, to assess the situation. Think of how you can let the student know that their actions are wrong without resorting to any negative language. Look at the student sternly until eye-contact is achieved. Approach slowly whilst keeping eye-contact and simply put away whatever the student was playing with, or confiscate it. If the misdemeanor was talking in class or something similar you can calmly ask the student to repeat or read the class rules. If you have a rewards and consequence system in place then enforce it neatly and place more focus on how they can gain rewards in the future through good behavior, for example:  “Next time you can get a sticker if you follow the rules.”

If you do not have such a system in place and you are met with refusal simply say “Ok, after class, then.” and proceed with your class. At the end of class stand at the door so the student doesn’t escape, have him or her sit down with you and just have a chat with them. Try to understand and not accuse – you have the opportunity to show them compassion. Sometimes trouble makers just want some TLC.

Well, good people, these are a few of the most important (in my experience) classroom management tools that I’ve picked up over the years. Let me know if they are helpful to you and what other techniques you’ve learned through your experiences!

How economies effect a foreign teachers salary.

In this article I will discuss how economies effect a foreign teachers salary and I will also touch on why it’s important for you to be aware of it.

Okay, let’s say that you signed a contract early August 2015, you flew out to China by September and you have been teaching and saving your money (for whatever purpose; paying of debts, funding your next trip abroad, saving up for a business venture). Early August 2015, the conversion rate of Chinese RMB to US Dollar was: 1 USD = 6.3 RMB approximately. At this point, you might be saying, what’s the point of all this? Well my friend, you’ll see soon enough.

Now, again let’s assume for the sake of the argument that you are a qualified teacher in your home country and you accepted an offer for 19,000 RMB over a 10 month contract. Now this is the part how economies effect a foreign teachers salary. When you signed up over a year ago, you did your math and calculated you would be getting paid $3K USD per month, giving you a net pay of $30K over a 10 month contract, Great! Fast forward to today, as I am writing this article (6/July/2016, 10:55 AM) RMB hit a record high: 1 USD = 6.959. It’s a record high, that’s great right? NO!

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The graph of Chinese RMB losing value over a period of 12 months.

What this means is that over that period of almost 1 year, the money that you have saved has just lost value be 10%. So, in reality, you didn’t accept a job for $3K per month, you accepted a job that was paying $2.7K per month.

There’s a similar story if you had accepted a job in Malaysia. If you had signed up for a 2 year contract around July/August 2014 where $1 USD = 3 RM (Malaysian Ringgit), you would be surprised to find out for the past year, it has been floating around $1 USD = 4 RM. So last year, all foreign teachers received a 33% pay cut (unless some were lucky enough to renegotiate their salaries).

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The graph of Malaysian RM losing value over a period of 24 months.

So, before you accept your next job offer, consider the state of your target countries economic state and negotiate well accordingly.

How I was scammed of 500 Baht!!!

Update!

We have recently received an email from Fozia, a person who is claiming to be this girls mother. Even though we have not been able to confirm her identity, she claims that her daughter was mentally ill and somehow did those things due to depression.

When we asked for compensation for the money her daughter scammed from us, she has replied with a threatening email stating that we will be sued. It doesn’t faze me, I can see why this girl would run away from home and act out against her parents. Besides, what kind of parents would leave such a “vulnerable” and “mentally ill” person all alone in a place like Thailand?

We urge anyone who has been scammed by this girl to come forward and demand compensation from her mother. It is not fair that kind and generous people like us are taken advantage of by rude and uncaring people like Maya and her mother Fazia.

Here is the IP address and email of Fazia, if anyone has any further information about either of them, please forward us a message in writing at the comment section below. Thank you.

IP: 92.110.175.238

Email: foz6aa@gmail.com

Scammers come in all shapes and sizes these days. It’s not the average looking guys that are chilling in their Tuk Tuks that you have to worry about. Have a look at the images/videos below, see if you can see a scammer anywhere!?

What’s that? You don’t see a scammer anywhere? Well be warned! This is what the average pro scammer looks like these days. Cute little things that will make up some story about how they have “lost their friends” and that they don’t “have enough money to stay at a hotel tonight”. She promises you that she’ll pay the next day through Facebook somehow.

Guess what happened when we frequented the same club a couple days later? Hmm… surely she’s not gutsy enough to come back to the same ol’ club to pull of the same scam? Is that what you think? Well you think wrong my friend. This devil in disguise has a good little scam going. We bumped into her again, and guess what? Yes… ah huh… indeed, she was pulling the scam on another couple of young girls, pretending to be lost and drunk. But, she sobered up and disappeared fairly quickly when she saw us.

She’s figured out a pretty smart scheme. You see, Zoe’s in Yellow (a club in Chiang Mai) is frequented by young tourists all the time. The thing is, she knows who the regulars are (since she’s a regular herself) and targets people she sees for the first time in the club (or atleast people who look like it’s their first time). Even if the people she has “borrowed” money from try to harrass her on her facebook page. She knows that most people will either be too drunk/lazy to follow up or they will move on to another city/country before they can collect.

I have to say, I didn’t see it coming. Like WOW! It’s pretty damn smart of her to come up with a scheme like this. I mean, she looks so innocent, don’t you guys think so?

Her name is: Maya Umnia Van Elk (from what I could investigate)

Her age is: 19, since her D.O.B is: May 25, 1997

Link to her Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010932362408

Three unbeatable reasons to “get lost”.

unnamedAny experienced backpacker or explorer will tell you that abandoning The Plan and simply getting into a place and getting lost is spice of traveling. The unique challenges and rewards really help people find themselves, as ironic as that sounds. Here I’ll give you the three most exciting reasons to “get lost”.

1. Adventure

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Central Festival; finding it was a bittersweet relief after a long journey through exciting backstreets.

You can’t beat finding a road that is fresh and unexplored by too many people, or a discovering a different path that leads to the destination you’re (eventually) getting to. A good example is when Mustafa and I took a “shortcut” to the Central Festival mall here in Chiang Mai and ended up stumbling upon a few interesting places that weren’t on TripAdvisor, like a board games center/shop and a new restaurant with some great guava juice. The magic of the road is that you truly don’t know what to expect.

2.  People.

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The famous Golconda fort where Mustafa, with no plan nor intention, was invited over for the night by a perfect stranger who saw that Mustafa was a little lost with nowhere to stay. Kindness can be found everywhere.

Granted that no matter where you go you’ll run in to interesting people, there’s no better way to experience the true culture of a place than to just get lost and head into places and communities that aren’t perfectly mapped out on your maps app. Mustafa did this (quite bravely) in India. He’d gotten lost, found Golconda fort and after exploring it, met some lovely people that hosted him for free at their place.

3. Food!

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“Could you add some more peanuts, please?” We’d found this lovely pad thai stall whilst we were searching (and getting quite lost) for our bank branch. It was a tremendously tasty find!

All the greatest, tastiest tales have been about discovered food finds whilst meandering down an unknown quarter of a town or village. We discovered what might be the most amazing pad thai in Chiang Mai on a street we had no intention of going down (we’d only gone down it to look for a bank). Also, lots of deserts and snacks that are indigenous to the local culture we’ve only been able to find through getting lost and happening upon them.

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Bonus pic…The most amazing grilled bananas stuffed with shredded coconut and smothered in coconut milk…..best lost find, ever!!!

 

Violence in Pattaya, unacceptable behavior in Thailand.

Before you start reading about violence in Pattaya, have a quick look at this video:

As tourists, we travel from all around the world to visit Thailand. Now, there’s an unspoken common courtesy when you visit a new country (especially when it’s your first time). You need to show respect to the culture to whichever country you are visiting, you can’t just behave the same way you do back home. This French guy thinks he’s still in France, attacking / insulting / aggravating the motorbike taxi. From what I have gathered from the video and the blog that posted it, it’s a French guy using violence in Pattaya to solve his problems.

Be a smart tourist!

First of all, the first rule of using any services and/or product in a new place is to negotiate and agree to the cost. Heck, we even find out the cost and pre-pay sometimes (that’s only because we’ve become accustomed to this area). Never ever, use a service that you don’t the cost of. The very first few words that should be coming out of your mouth is “How much?”.

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I personally feel like this French guy was in the wrong doing in this video. If you truly feel like someone is trying to scam you, you just walk away. Let them call the police and chase you up. The fact is, no scammer is going to call the police and most likely, they won’t get physical with you unless you get physical with them.

Violence in Pattaya (Thailand), it should not exist!

Thailand and Thai people treat their tourists really well, they don’t want to cause drama as we are such a big part of their economy. Having said that, they will do their best to take advantage of your situation. They do this but you can easily circumvent it. You just need to have some level of intelligence and you will be alright. On the other hand, being a brute is not welcome here. If you are a person that solves problems through violence, I repeat, violence in Pattaya or anywhere in Thailand is unacceptable and you are better off staying in your home country!

Five Chiang Mai Food Specialties

This one’s for the foodie in us all.

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Best noodles in Chiang Mai, right here on Rattanakosin road!

In my previous post about the wonderful, sumptuous delights of Thailand I mentioned that I would be doing a part two to focus on the mouthwatering masterpieces of Chiang Mai. Well, the wait is over. Allow me to introduce you to some of the most amazing foods I’ve ever eaten.

1. Khao soi gai

Slow cooked meat in a spicy yet decadent coconut curry. Delicious!!
Slow cooked chicken in a coconut curry noodle soup, topped with crispy fried noodles and lots of green onions. My personal favourite!

This dish is a Nothern Thailand bestseller. Khao Soi is renowned all over Thailand as Chiang Mai’s biggest culinary export. This particular location has, in my opinion, the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. The owner has very good English, the ordering system is so easy – you just sit at a table and tick off what you want from the ordering menu, which is in English. Or, why bother when the staff all know the names of the dishes anyway?

2. Noodle soup with chicken

Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!
Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!

Now, I know everyone loves a good chicken noodle soup…. well you ain’t ever tasted anything quite as good as this chicken noodle soup from the same restaurant that serves the best Khao Soi this side of Thailand!

I kid you not, some of the best noodle dishes I’ve tasted in Thailand were right here at this homely little corner restaurant.

3. Pot stewed duck noodles

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Here we have another winner of slow cooked meats!

This treasure is found right by the famous McCormick hospital in Chiang Mai. The duck is slow cooked and the soup is savory, a little on the sweet side and is a great meal, especially for lunch. You get a large drumstick and two wings plus a heaping portion of noodles and fresh, delicious bean sprouts.

4. Salt-grilled red snapper

Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!
Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!

Ok. I know I talked about salt-grilled fish before….but I didn’t have this beauty to compare it to!! The fish are sold by an old couple on the sidewalk, grilled fresh every afternoon right outside the Inspire Hotel. It would be a crime to miss out on this fish. Served with fresh greens and a super spicy green sauce, you can’t go wrong.

5. Crispy basil with chicken on rice.

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Basil, basil, basil. I just can’t get enough!!!

Served with a clear black pepper and spring onion chicken broth, this amazing rice dish comprises fried crispy basil and minced chicken on rice. By far one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in Thailand. I don’t even have the words to express how much I adore this dish. You’ve just got to try it for yourself!

Cookbooks for your enjoyment:

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Young nerdy boys of the world, COME OUT OF YOUR SHELLS!!!


bromanceOriginally, I was going to call this post something like “10 reasons why it sucks to be a single guy in Sydney”, dedicating it to a couple of young boys I know and deeply love like my own younger brothers that I never had. Then I realised that the other is in another country and in the same situation.

So, what’s this rant about you say?

I will try to not bore you with too much details. The thing is, it sucks to be that guy who is technologically savvy but has no / little clue when it comes to interacting with girls his age. The fact is, while the boys are playing their “Scrap Mechanic”s and watching their “One Piece”s, girls their age are constantly going out to clubs learning the ropes of becoming masterful manipulators (in a positive way). Finally, when these boys come out of their shells, walking into these clubs for the first couple of times, they soon realise they are out of their league. It’s too harsh of an environment. It seems like every other guy is cheating by doing Roids and gyming 24/7. Soon, they realise they’re too behind in “night club” race. They decide, “if a girl truly likes me for who I am, then appearances don’t matter” or something along those lines.

The wake-up call!

The reality is, both these boys are at a disadvantage at their home cities. Just like I once was. Everyone these days wants to be special, they want to be “unique”. Whereas these boys are as common as stock roms that come with your brand new phones (nerd terminologies, hehe). This is why I push the message to them, “get out”, “get as far as your home as possible”, because only then you will arrive at a place where no one knows who you are. The people around you are different, YOU ARE DIFFERENT to them. Different is good, different makes you special and interesting. It won’t be long before the girls you considered to be an 8 (or, in other words, out of your reach) who considered you to be a 5 (or treated you like you weren’t in their league) appear to act differently. At this new location, a magic trick happens, all of a sudden, this girl you see who you think looks like an 8 thinks she looks like a 5, at the same time she thinks you look like a 7 OMG!!! (note that the numbers here don’t relate to girls’ self confidence, but to the novelty of you being different in their location)

This exact scenario happened to me multiple times as I was traveling (before I met you ofcourse Leshanta… please don’t kill me *shivers with fear in the corner* ). It’s so sad that this sort of thing is happening all around the world. Boys and girls are setting such high expectations (appearance wise) of their future potential partners that they are spending more time alone than with someone special.

As I have mentioned this You Only Live Once idea in other posts. But, truly boys, I know you’re both young and everything – please, please, I’m begging you – don’t waste a single moment of your lives. Life is way too short and there are so many girls out there who would be lucky to have you. They just don’t exist where you currently residing. I know you all have your issues to deal with. But solve them as soon as humanely possible and get out there. This world is yours for the taking!

Australian Singles! Who are they? Where are they?

So you’ve fantasized about going to this beautiful island / country called Australia.

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The place with sexy young Australian singles just waiting for your international coolness to touch down in the land of the “down under”. But, you did a quick google search or two. Counted the coins in your piggy bank. Soon, you realized that traveling to Australia is a distant dream. It’s unfortunate that you will never meet all the single Australians, to you heart’s content. It’s like the gods are taking a piss at you, this paradise of single beautiful people is inaccessible to you.

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Well here’s the good news!

We will come to you, no need for you to travel to one of the most expensive countries in the world. (“Sydney and its southern cousin, Melbourne, have ranked seventh and eighth most expensive cities to live in out of 140 cities in 93 countries worldwide“, Allianz)

Australian Singles: Who are they?

And here’s the bad news!

We don’t look like any of these pictures on this post! *sadface*. You probably bumped into us without even knowing that we were australian singlesAustralian. (“A new report has found Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world“, ABC). Well well well… did I just ruin your dreams even further? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that there aren’t any really attractive Australian individuals out there. I am just saying, whether they’re attractive or not, you can’t really tell who’s from where these days solely based on someones looks.

So, what do Australian singles look like you say?

Well, you’re on the right path of questioning (not exactly though, explained later). We (Australians) look like everyday people really. Just because mainstream media in your home country has painted the image that Australians have blonde hair and blue eyes, doesn’t make us all look that way. In my personal opinion (coming from a person who literally grew up in Sydney), that image is actually the minority, I would even go as far as saying its a fraction of Sydney’s population.

Look at me and Leshanta for example. I look like I’m from the middle east (I have actually been called a few different things like: Indian, Italian, Thai, Filipino, etc.). Whereas a lot of strangers we bump into through our travels quickly conclude that Leshanta is from India. Long story short, stereotypical appearances that mainstream media portray no longer hold true.

The Silver Lining! Ah… The Silver Lining!

Let me try to recover your shattered fantasy/dreams from the ground with a taste of reality. You’re BETTER OFF! Australia is probably one of the hardest and most expensive places for you to be dating. You buy a girl drink or two, she’ll have her fun and move on to the next guy. You see attractive buff guys, but they’re sitting at a corner having a beer with their mates. (Later in the next article I will describe “Why it sucks to be a single male in Sydney” based on my views and experiences).

ARGGHHH!!! You’ve ruined my dreams!

Not quite! I have dosed you with a hint of reality. The thing with stereotypical ideas is that, there’s always a hint of truth in there. If you really want to be dating Australian singles, then don’t give up on your dreams. Maybe one day you’ll have enough money in the bank for a vacation to Australia. Even better, maybe an Australian hottie will bump into you, asking you directions to a touristic landmark. So my advice is, be alert and don’t judge someone too quickly by their appearance.

Sources:

https://www.allianz.com.au/home-insurance/news/most-expensive-areas-live-australia

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-11-17/australia-second-most-multicultural-country/2339884