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In Conversation with Leading Ladies: Expat Career Growth in Singapore

  "People have a tendency to hide behind cultural excuses, but that doesn't mean that they don't have the capacity for behavioral change. In Singapore, managers are prized for specializations and are trained to know the answers, and hierarchies tend to lead to over-micromanaging. These factors can contribute to a resistance to changes in procedure or thinking. Singaporeans need proof to...

Lombok: A Story of Traveling Hazards and Happy Times

  "As he started the engine, frantic techno blared from the speakers, seeming completely at odds with the surrounding countryside. His driving kept time with his music as he whipped around cliffs and darted between mules and carts. We felt a surreal foreboding of death from the nodding dachshund, as we looked from our mysterious, silent driver the the uneven dirt...

Tohoku Slopes to Soaks, Unveiling Japan’s Scenic North

  "The wonders of Japan's scenic north are all the more precious because they remain in large part undiscovered by outsiders. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa have booming tourist industries that can detract from an authentic experience, but in Tohoku it is still possible to make magical connections and to gain insight into...

Accidental Paradise in Kampong Glam

  "Golden domes peaked above the pastel shophouses on our right, and our curiosity compelled us to investigate. As we crossed the street, we passed basket weavers and Turkish restaurants. The walls became tiled in shining white and soft blue, all accented with a brassy gold. Striped awnings shielded leisurely hookah smokers from...

Going Organic

  "Japan had spoiled us, and we doubted that Singapore would be able to match the freshness and high quality that we took for granted in our food. After our relocation, we began to understand that while dining out was amazing and Singaporean supermarkets could offer an impressive variety of imports, it would require some research to find organic, locally grown...