Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By definition, fasting is a voluntary or willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It has been practiced for thousands of years. In fact, many religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism have all practiced fasting in one form or another. In ancient yoga, fasting has been used as a method of natural healing. And even the ancient philosophers, such as Hippocrates, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle praised the benefits of fasting. Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine was quoted as saying "fasting is the greatest remedy - the physician within".
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I also recognize that not all expats are the same and therefore each person's circumstances and requirements may be quite different. For instance, a foreign assignee (and family) might have medical insurance built into their expat deal. But a young expat adventurer may weigh their options and decide not to take medical insurance based on personal circumstances and low risk factors. Or the expat entrepreneur who runs a business in Sri Lanka and has a young family that wants good medical insurance cover has a preference for private healthcare as that's what is the norm back in their native country. Or the expat retiree who has come over on the "My Dream Home" visa programme which requires a valid medical insurance policy applicable in Sri Lanka will make a choice based on their age and medical needs.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
All-in-all it was a good month and I can't complain at how the year is starting to shape up. Of course, the challenges still abound, but you have to roll with punches. I think you learn this as part of your life training in Expat 101 when you move to a foreign country.
I have a few interesting blog posts on the horizon. With trying to balance work, travel and being in the moment it can be difficult to find the time to put regular posts up, but rather than churn out blog posts, my aim has been to publish fresh and relevant posts that I'm interested in writing that are filled with experiences or tips that might be useful to fellow expats and travelers.
So, enjoy the February round up - there's been a lot in the news if you need to catch up. Plenty on if you're looking for something to do around Colombo, particularly around International Women's Day. In any case, I hope there won't be too much March madness to navigate through...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
We don't have the local knowledge that would truly help in this kind of climate. And we don't necessarily go in search of finding it out either. If you're like me, you drink a little more water and go swimming to cool off. But then I started to wonder what the locals do. I mean they don't look like they drink a lot of water, nor are they a nation of swimmers or beach-lovers. If they're at the beach, more often than not, it's because their livelihood requires it, or they enjoy the water by being near it, but not in it.
As the years have gone by and the island has experienced some increasingly hot weather with plenty of dry spells and delayed monsoons, I've become more interested in learning about how locals cool down. It goes without saying I've been lucky to have people share their knowledge with me, and I'm about to share what I know with you. Hopefully, you'll find it useful to acclimatizing to the tropical heat.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Of course we are all travelers of a sort. We travel everyday to get from A to B and back again. We travel for adventure and to experience destinations around the island and beyond these shores. We travel to visit loved ones and to reconnect with our native countries. And beyond this physical travel, we travel through the internet, within the stories in books and, in the realms of our aspirations and dreams.
Traveling in Sri Lanka is both a wonderful and challenging experience for visitors and expats on multiple levels. Foremost, it provides an opportunity to experience the island's people, places, language and culture. I don't mean the kind of traveling where you jump into a private hire vehicle or your own vehicle, but the travel where you're rubbing shoulders with the locals on public transport (i.e buses, coaches, and trains) and getting the full experience of life on the island. I have learned so much from these kinds of experiences - from commuting on buses and trains in Colombo, to long-distance travels by bus, coach or train, and also off-the-beaten-track tuk-tuk rides as well.