The BELTA blog has a new URL location




YOU can check out The BELTA blog at its new online location


It’s quite similar, the only difference is, if I’ve dropped the extension in the URL. THAT’S IT… nothing drastic 🙂

o, and now you can join a forum / community chat to inquire, discuss, and learn about the various aspects pertaining to living and teaching abroad right from people who have done just that.


See you over there! And tell a friend and a stranger too :)D


Happy New Year – 2014 – 140 characters… literally


Top 10 Countries whose residents love Plastic Surgery – Hint: I currently reside in #1


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Patient-with-Surgical-Mar-001By Denis Foynes

More and more Americans have chosen to go under the knife in recent years. Last year Americans spent almost $10 billion on cosmetic procedures. However, they are certainly not alone. Cosmetic surgery is now a truly worldwide phenomenon. These are the ten countries that spend the most of plastic surgery per capita.

10. Mexico

Plastic surgery in Mexico is a whole lot cheaper than plastic surgery in the United States. For example, a face lift is known to cost between $5,000 and $6,000 in the United States. In Mexico, a face lift costs between $2,000 and $2,500.

9. France

There is a strong desire to age gracefully in France in a similar fashion to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. French women don’t want to look like young girls, they just want to look great for their age. Therefore, subtle anti-aging procedures are popular.

8. Japan

“Japanese people also like to have smaller faces,” a Japanese doctor explains. “So we often combine face-lifts with liposuction under the chin, to make the jaw line between the face and the neck more striking.”

7. Taiwan

Wrinkle reducers like Botox were the most popular among all surgeries performed. Cosmetic surgery is now very fashionable in Taiwan.

6. United States

Liposuction is the most in-demand procedure, with breast augmentations coming in at a close second.

5. Colombia

Liposuction is the most popular procedure, both among surgical and non-surgical procedures, with nearly 90,000 reportedly performed in 2010.

4. Brazil

“Culturally speaking, Brazilians have no problem with plastic surgery,” said Roth. “If anything, it’s seen as a status symbol to have had it.” The governments of Brazil even have a number of tax deductions to support plastic surgery.

3. Italy

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox Dysport) is the most popular procedure performed overall and liposuction was the most common invasive procedure with more than 69,000 reported a year.

2. Greece

With its terrible economic situation, Greece is a surprise second. Breast augmentations took the top spot among invasive surgeries in Greece.

1.South Korea

The plastic survey industry has stormed Asia in recent years to the point that today, one in five women from Seoul have undergone some sort of plastic surgery.

According to the report, more than 360,000 total procedures were performed in 2010, with the most common procedures being liposuction, nose jobs and blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery. More than 44,000 double eyelid surgeries were performed in 2010 with many customers are pursuing more Western-looking eyes.


The World’s 50 Most Violent Cities

According to a table released by a Mexican think tank – the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, of the world’s 50 most violent cities, 45 are in the Americas. The rest of the dangerous cities were located in Africa and the Middle East. None of the top 50 was in Europe despite its current economic and social problems. The table certainly doesn’t make good reading for Brazil, 14 of their cities have made the list. The United States received some disturbing scores with three of their cities named.

However, it is important to remember that the results are based entirely on murder rate per capita in 2011. Other crimes have not been taken into account. It is also worth noting that almost all of these cities have drug related gang problems. This inter gang violence is the source of the vast majority of the murders on the table.

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

49. Durban, South Africa

48. Baltimore, United States

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

46. Panama, Panama

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

44. Mosul, Iraq

43. St. Louis, United States

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

40. Goiânia, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

38. Monterrey, Mexico

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

36. Macapá, Brazil

35. Pereira, Colombia

34. Cape Town, South Africa

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

32. Recife, Brazil

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

30. Detroit, United States

29. JoĂŁo Pessoa, Brazil

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

27. SĂŁo LuĂ­s, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

23. CĂşcuta, Colombia

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

21. New Orleans, United States

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

18. Veracruz, Mexico

17. Vitoria, Brazil

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

14. MedellĂ­n, Colombia

13. Culiacán, Mexico

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

11. Cali, Colombia

10. Belém, Brazil

9. Durango, Mexico

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

7. TorreĂłn (metropolitan area), Mexico

6. Caracas, Venezuela

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

4. Acapulco, Mexico

3. MaceiĂł, Brazil

2. Juárez, Mexico

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras



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