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


World traveler shares 10 travel tips for female solo travelers


6 tips of how to travel Phuket Thailand International Airport

20140216_214704*this post was written while waiting for my delayed plane* (Mercury retrograde travel issues)

1. rule – there are no rules. if cutting merging or finding a way to NOT stand in line for long periods of time is not ur forte… pretend you’re someone else and do it!
lets take me for example… i arrived in phuket 4 days ago… 2 planes late to walk into the immigration section pictured below. it took me 2-2.5 hrs to get past immigration because they only have ~8 reps for 4-5 planes worth of people. fail #1. once i got past immi. i had missed my taxi and my bag wasn’t there. they had lost my ish.

20140217_030222rule 2… NEVER exchange your money INSIDE where the bags are OR right outside of the baggage claim double doors. i was 3 hrs behind schedule, stressed and all kinds of other things i wont get into here but lets say due to my mental and physical state i got coerced to exchange a nice chunk at that first desk u see when u walk out with the 2 ladies and later learned I had just been jipped out of close to 4,000 baht (plz don’t take me back to that… i’m trying to forget about it…and its gonna take a while #nolol)


rule 3. taxi costs to or from the airport to patong beach area should cost you NO MORE than ~800 baht. i scheduled one thru my hotel and they charged me 1000 (but i really only paid 500 cause i didn’t even make the ride) and on my way back to the port… i paid 700 only because the ride was after 10pm otherwise it would have been 600.

rule 4. in patong… EVERYTHING is up for negotiation. remember this “it cant hurt to try” the merchants care nothing about your wallet. they have mouths to feed and will work their children to work you out of your money. also, they may cop an attitude if you aren’t interested in patronizing with them… be forewarned.

rule 5… remember at the airport… all things that may seem like common sense in how to do things… DON’T. you’re dealing with a myriad of “different” cultures… as well as tge logistics of the thai business culture…adjust and adapt… and if you’re not comfortable with cutting… money talks worldwide. i know id take a 10 or 20 if someone wanted to cut right in front of me last min… i had to wait anyway might as well get paid… so don’t rule it out if you’re in a rush.

rule 6. have fun. its a beautiful place. if ur airport experience proves to be a bit rough, don’t let that ruin paradise for you. trust – take it from someone who had a breakdown on the steps of orange restaurant at 6 am after having no bag, paying more money for a ride i didn’t use, getting jipped at the exchange, and not having a room for the rest of that nite/am. my trip ended on a totally different plane that how it started.

Good luck… and enjoy!

Imagine 8 more lines of people at immigration. It looked like a MJ European concert.

And imagine all the baggage claims stopped with more bags on the belt and on the floor next to it :/

Happy New Year – 2014 – 140 characters… literally


Korean Men must have wealth and “flash” to find love

As Korean culture becomes ever more popular throughout the world, with Korean romantic dramas in particular finding millions of fans in Asia, it may come as a shock to some that “cars and property” are listed by many Korean women as two of the most important factors when looking for love.

During a “Korean Drama special” version of a popular dating show that aired in China last week, fans of Korea’s heartwarming love stories had their dreams smashed by Korean men and women who gave their honest opinions of the state of love and romance in their homeland. Rather than handsome young men in suits plucking plain-faced girls from the crowd or rogueish artists finding love with the understanding girl next-door, cash, cars and cribs factored into the equation for more than Chinese audiences had been led to believe, filling the studio with gasps and the sound of broken dreams scattering across the floor...

“The reason I was dumped by my last girlfriend,” a strapping young Korean man told the Chinese audience, “was that I didn’t have a car and a home of my own. Her parents were completely against us being together.”

Ouch! As a man who proposed to his wife when he was getting by on just US$900 a month from part-time jobs, I don’t think I’d have been so lucky had I been living in Korea…

According to Record China, an estimated 80% of Korean men lacking the necessary assets find it difficult to find a wife, with most men working desperately throughout their twenties in order to save the cash required to put themselves in the running.

But it’s not just the women who are all about the money, according to the TV show’s guests:

“Unlike in the dramas, it’s rare for Korean men to treat their ladies to dinner; usually when we eat out, we split the bill or pay just for what we each ate.”

Wait? So no roses on the table and young men in designer suits handing over their platinum credit cards at the end of the meal? Needless to say, the Chinese TV show’s audience were left feeling rather forlorn when they heard that their neighbours to the south weren’t quite the romantic gentlemen the dramas had led them to believe.


Read the rest of the article here…