InterNations - A Social Network Community for Expatriates

In over 350 cities around the world, from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, New York to Singapore; Amsterdam to Canada and Belgium to South Africa, InterNations is a one-of-a-kind social community that embraces expatriates all over the world.

It is the largest and major international social network community (both online and offline) for expatriates far away from home, with well over 1.7 million members worldwide.

InterNations offers expats a trusted network to find and get to know each other, not only at important events and occasions but also at their over 4000 monthly activities, wherever their city of abode may be.

The trusted community which boasts of having local and foreign members . . . is an international experience you will love and enjoy.

Hear them – “From the moment you decide to move abroad until you’ve settled in and beyond, we want to make sure that you can enjoy your expat experience to the fullest! Wherever in the world life takes you, our InterNations Communities help you feel at home”....

As a member, you’ll have a great social life outside work with fellow expatriates and locals of “global minds".

After all, “all work and no play…” as the old adage says!

Benefits of Being a Member of InterNations

The benefits of being a member of the community are enormous, but best of all, you’ll find that:
  1. InterNations provides a platform in which to exchange and receive dependable information about a new place of residence
  2. You can get insider tips on all expatriate-related issues
  3. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow expats in your new country
  4. You can partake in exciting events where you will meet local and international people of like minds 
  5. You will get tips and useful information you need about the new city/country you’ve just arrived at
  6. You will get helpful advice from fellow members of the community 
  7. You will find online forums where you can talk or chat about . . . city talk, jobs, housing, expats Q&A, marketplace, etc...
And you can bring your family and friends aboard, because . . . it’s free to join!

Some of the Activities of Its Various Communities Worldwide

InterNations can be found in 390 cities around the world. With nearly two million members and over 200 destination guides, around the world, members partake in over 4000 events and activities every single month.

Fun and relaxation; most definitely!

Activities and event groups include:
  • Arts, culture, and entertainment
  • Business groups
  • Professional networking activities
  • Dining out
  • Nightlife activities
  • Sailing and boating
  • After work groups
  • Sport activities
  • Leisure activities
  • Nationalities and languages
  • Jazz music
  • Chess and other mind games
  • Cigar clubs 
  • Expatriate's spouse club
. . . And so much more!

So, wherever in the world work or life decides to take you, your city’s InterNations community will always help you feel at home from the day you land at the airport.


How to Get Your First Video Production Job

If you are a beginner in the video production industry and have just successfully set up your own studio, finding your first client is the most challenging part of this business. Am I right?

Yes, you most probably possess the necessary skills required to create a great project and you’ve set up a pretty good recording studio at your home. BUT you need to find someone who is willing to hire you.

Potential clients may know you are a beginner, in the sense that it’s your first prospective job and you are working in your own establishment. But then, they can’t really tell how competent you are. Or not!

How Do You Impress Your First Customer?

First of all, if you aim to start off on a good foot in the video production industry, you need to impress your very first client. It’s like . . . “make or break” . . . well sort of. It’s good to know that he/she/they may be the key to other openings. Their experience with you, if great, may help you get repeat jobs and good referrals for future jobs.

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The way you present yourself and the little inconsequential things count; yes they do. You may not realise it but unexpected things, asides a job well done of course, do count towards how they perceives you. And this begins from the moment you both speak over the phone or meet in person.

Remember the saying “first impressions count?” . . . It’s so true if you want to impress your first client. And you must do your best to keep the tempo on through the entire process of the video production job.

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 This is your first money-earning project so with that in mind, here is how to impress your client.
  1. Good preparation is vital for video production so plan well ahead. Yes, this is pretty obvious, but careful and thoughtful preparation is very important if you want your client to have confidence in you and your capabilities as a videographer.
  2.  Place value on time. It's important that you prove this to your client because it shows the qualities of an efficient professional. They’ll be impressed. So, keep strictly to timed meetings and ensure you show up well prepared.
  3. Plan out video your shoots well ahead of time so as to reduce down time. You must give your client a realistic timeline for the project, and you MUST adhere to it.
  4. Never ever promise what you know (or feel) you cannot deliver. Come clean and let your new client know this. You’ll be respected for being forthright.
  5. Listen attentively and be open to your client's likes/dislikes. Don’t be one of those video professionals that disregard incorporating a client's thoughts into a project. If your prospect feels like sharing a preconceived idea about his/her project, lend an attentive ear and take note of their desires. They almost always like this; they feel carried along with the production.
  6. If need be, point out carefully (in a nice tone of voice and good attitude) why you think their idea may or may not work. Even though the client is the boss you want to make happy, you still need to carefully consider any idea suggested, as long as it doesn’t impact the video production process in an nonconstructive manner.
  7. A good tip on how to quickly to impress a prospect is to attempt to implement some of their ideas, maybe with slight modifications of course. It’s funny, but as your client base expands, you will soon notice that one thing prospects have in common is the likelihood of getting a speedy final approval if they feel like they have their ideas woven into the final production. They love the idea of having their own stamp on the work of their video producer, no matter how small it may be.
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A Video Producer Must Have an Aspect of Surprise

A professional video producer must “leave some tricks in the bag”, so learn and adopt this skill now as a beginner. For instance if you have a great idea to really enhance this video project, suppress the urge to “scream it to the world”! It’s always good to keep a trick or two up your sleeve, make it something you client least expects.

But it must be good and it must have a “WOW” factor. Certainly, they’ll be impressed with this.

Don’t divulge this 'ace up your sleeve' because once you've told the client about this one “hot” idea of yours, their expectations become over-blown, and they’ll expect some ‘magic’ of sorts in the final production.

Surprising them with a few brilliant ideas when they view your product can put their reaction “over the top”.

Be Accessible

If possible, be accessible to your first client(s) at all times; it will pay off eventually . . . remember, patience and perseverance pays off in the long run. See this approach as an investment. The time will come when you’ll have a number of clients at a time, and this may require that you do some “juggling”. It’s okay!

The secret to referrals or repeat business in video production is to always be receptive to your clients. For example, if a client calls you, or sends you an email, if you have been so busy as to miss the call, or didn’t read your mail in good time, as soon as you realise this, you must get back to them ASAP.

So to wrap it up, as a producer, if you make yourself easily accessible, approachable, open and honest, you’ll find that you will have very happy clients.


Graduation Shirts 2015 – Custom T Shirts for Graduating Students

So you are one of the new “grandaunds on the block”? That’s wonderful news and quite an accomplishment. Graduation is not only a very important ceremony, but one that’s significant to each and every one of you in a number of ways.
  • Graduation is a major milestone in your life
  • You will be receiving an academic degree
  • It’s a culmination of all your hard work and sleepless nights of study, learn, study!
  • It marks the beginning of your journey into the ‘real world’
  • It’s a day to cherish for the rest of your life
  • School is finally out, as in OUT, and in most instances, forever!

This is a time to celebrate your great achievement, because as you walk out of the school door after graduation, you will be doing so as an alumnus . . . and what a great euphoric feeling this must elicit!

Custom Senior Tees, as Big a Tradition as Graduation Itself

It’s also a time to keep to tradition of graduation shirts. This is one item of clothing that’s a must-have, one that has become a kind of custom over the decades; graduation tees.

This is your year – “Class of 2015” so let your pride shine as far and wide as is possible, starting from the day of the graduation event, right under your academic dress.

The ceremony takes ‘forever’ and in many regions it becomes sweltering hot. Why in the world would you wear a flowing gown or a suit, shirt and tie under your graduation gown?

And after your ceremony and the days, weeks, and years to come, you want to have this memento, a souvenir that shows how proud you are of getting your degree. It becomes a keepsake and a kind of "traditional announcement; a timeless and formal way” to share the news of your graduation with family, friends, and associates.

From hoodies and tank tops, to long/short sleeve t-shirts and crew neck sweats, graduation tees can be customised to you and/or your group, crew, team, or cliques taste. Also, at many colleges, they are worn for grad parties or given out as gifts to friends and school mates.

Showcase Your Proud Achievement through T Shirts

Show your pride in yourself, your accomplishment, and your “big, swollen, full-of-knowledge brain”. Let everyone see the results of your brain work and the year you accomplished the feat. Tell the world through your custom graduation tees.

Subscribe To Your Favourite Magazines at Discount Prices Online

Do that many people really read physical magazines, comics, and other such publications anymore? Doesn’t it seem like many of us past ardent magazine subscribers read most of our publications and articles online this century?

This is the question on many people lips these days. It’s hardly surprising though, judging by the fact that there is so much to read online . . . who has the time to read physical books and magazines when there are millions of journals, articles, research papers, and other such periodicals on the internet.

For many of us buying or subscribing to magazines and periodical digests such as Beautiful Homes and Readers Digest was the custom. From fashion magazines to bulletins; comics to anything to do with the aircrafts and automobiles, it was so satisfying holding onto a physical magazine, flipping through its pages, viewing images, photos, and illustrations; reading article after article of weekly, monthly, or quarterly publications.


Magazines Make Great Keepsakes 

The great thing about having physical magazines is that they make valuable keepsakes and souvenirs. Unlike online magazines, manuals, and publications in general where the best you can do to store them is have them bookmarked in your OS, physical books and magazines can be used to complement your home’s d├ęcor . . . for your living room’s bookcase and coffee table tops, your guest toilet in a magazine rack, or your bedside cabinet in your bedroom.

But how many things are we going to bookmark? Of course these things get buried deep in the pile of other bookmarks, probably never to be accessed again. There really is nothing like having physical magazines and publications based on one’s passion ‘sitting pretty’ in not only one’s view, but that of others – family, friends and guests.


Subscriptions at Rock-Bottom Prices - A Great Gift Idea

From OK Magazine, GQ, and Global Traveller, to Biblical Archaeology Review, Teen Vogue, and Gourmet Magazine, there are over a thousand magazines and other publications to choose from.

You may love to read about the latest celebrity gossip AND want copies of the magazines at home laid out for you to pick up and read anytime you wish. You may enjoy viewing pictures of luxury homes and read about re-modelling tasks, or want to have a collection of word puzzles that help exercise your brain.

But of course you want them at the best possible prices; rock bottom if possible, zero shipping costs, and most certainly WITHOUT AUTO-RENEWALS! . . . Most subscribers’ nightmare!  Look no further!

Magazine subscriptions also make a really good gift idea if you need that extra small gift for a family member, a colleague, or close friend. It's pleasing to know that your recipient will think of you all year long, whenever they receive their mags in the mail. You will find:

. . . and over 1500 more magazines to choose from!  And because renewals are not automatic, "everyone can renew their own on their own terms".

Keep Up-to-Date On Topics You Love

If you are a woman you can enjoy discounted best sellers in the world of health, lifestyle, fitness, bridal, or couture, and for men, you’ll find your favourite magazines with articles on trending workouts, the latest techy gadgets, how to improve your golf swing, and how to become a gourmet chef.

For the animal lover, there are discounted up-to-date magazines on animals and pets; for the kids’ comic and cartoon magazines, profession and career related magazines for those seeking a particular career path, and travel and leisure magazines for the adventurous.

So, whatever type of magazine publication you may need, certainly it must be one of the hundreds you can find with ease at this online discount magazine subscription site. Just take a look for the fun of it; of course you’ll be amazed at your publications finds.

25 Diseases and Conditions You Can Treat with Coconut Oil

Now the truth about cold pressed virgin coconut oil and its health benefits for certain diseases and conditions…

Though many people from different cultures from all over the world have valued coconut oil for both food and medicine, it is only a few years ago that many of us have come to respect the importance of the oil as an effective, nay, therapeutic medicine.

While many modern cultures cherish only coconut meat (flesh) and its creamy white milk, traditional practitioners have used it to treat a variety of health problems for centuries.

Only recently has science unlocked the secrets to coconut oil’s amazing therapeutic and healing properties.

Today, modern medical science has confirmed that the use of coconut oil in treating conditions, and recently published research and studies shows us that coconut may provide a wide range of health benefits.

Conditions Alleviated With Virgin Coconut Oil


There are over a hundred benefits of this amazing oil, believe it or not, but the most common of such benefits include the following:
  1. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
  2. Hair loss and skin diseases
  3. Gum disease and swollen gums – oil pulling process
  4. Teeth whitening
  5. Dental plaque
  6. Eczema - relieves any itching and allows for speedy healing
  7. Minor body rashes
  8. Dry, scaly, and cracked skin
  9. Psoriasis
  10. Rosacea
  11. Blood pressure – as a blood pressure stabilizer
  12. Cholesterol stabiliser
  13. Type 2 diabetes
  14. Macular Degeneration
  15. Ulcerative colitis
  16. Animal wounds such as inflamed paws,
  17. Scabies,
  18. Celiac disease
  19. Acid reflux
  20. Fibromyalgia
  21. Minor cuts and bruises - ensures wounds are infection free while speeding healing
  22. Broken capillaries
  23. Ringworm
  24. Abscesses
  25. Weight loss


No Harmful Side Effects

One thing that is certain about the use of coconut oil, it has no harmful or discomforting side effects. And best of all, it is non-toxic not only for us, but for our pets as well. As long as the one you take is virgin cold-pressed oil, it’s fine.

Because my family and I use it consistently – two table spoons a day, one in the morning and one in the evening – we believe that everyone should be taking a daily dose of cold-pressed coconut oil.

And as one happy user said, “I will scream it from the roof tops that coconut oil has changed my husband's life and mine!!!

Everyone should be taking it”.