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“Our Guest is Our God”

There’s a saying in India that’s roughly translated to English as, “Our guest is our god”. And boy, do the locals here really live by that phrase! You walk into any Indian household and chai or coffee is basically shoved down your throat. I had brunch with a colleague recently and we discussed our living experience…

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Dharavi Slums Visit

Working in the world of glitz and glamour is a dream come true. After all, you’re rubbing elbows with the biggest A-list stars! But when you’ve become so deeply engulfed in this world, you can become desensitized to larger world issues, like poverty. India is known as the “King of Contrasts” and for my experience,…

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Why I Prefer Long-Term Travel

It’s been 172 days since I’ve seen my mom, had a cup of Tim Hortons, or eaten a home cooked Filipino meal. Having said that, I may or may not be dead on the inside. However, I really can’t blame anyone but myself since I’m making the conscious decision to further extend my stay in the Bay. (Can…

Language Learning Apps I Use Daily!

The world is globalizing at a crazy pace, and quite frankly, if you only know how to speak one language, you’re at a disadvantage. Besides the practical reasons for learning a language (ie. connecting with locals while travelling is easier and the fact that this skill looks damn nice on your resume) , I think *elementary…

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Your Complete Checklist for Flat Hunting in Mumbai!

Living independently is something that’s totally new to me. Up until I moved to India, I’ve always lived at home with my parents who (as I’ve now realized) have been babying me all this time. Adulting makes me ask a lot of questions, such as … Why does everything cost money? And more importantly, What do…

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How to Transfer Money Internationally (Without the Headache!)

I hate worrying about money.  Especially when I’m traveling. My first experience living on my own adulting in Mumbai has been quite a challenge, financially speaking. Mainly because international wire transfers from Canadian banks to Indian banks take about a million years to process, and another billion years to trace. Whenever you’re dealing with international…

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The DO’s and DONT’s of Being an Expat!

There are tons of ways you can travel! You can do a student exchange program, volunteer in a developing community, backpack independently, or you can become an expat – just like me. You may be wondering … What is an expat exactly? An expat (short for “expatriate”) is someone who resides in another country outside of their…

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