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


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.


What Natural Hair EPIK & GEPIK women should pack and buy when teaching in South Korea

Killing you softly… but how?… through Fluoride in your drinking water

HARMFUL EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a roach killer. Even at the level they use to fluoridate your public water supply, usually at the rate of about 1 part fluoride for every million parts of water (1 ppm) by weight, it causes severe problems. As little as one-tenth of an ounce of fluoride will cause death. It is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. No one will die from drinking one glass of fluoridated water, but it is the long term chronic effects of drinking fluoridated water that affects health. Dental fluorosis is one of the earlier signs of fluoride poisoning, appearing in mild cases as a chalky area on the tooth, and in more advanced cases, teeth become yellow brown or black and the tips break off. Fluoride in the drinking water leads to fluoride levels in tissues and organs which damage enzymes. This results in a wide range of chronic diseases. Fluoride weakens the immune system and may cause allergic type reactions including dermatitis, eczema and hives. It causes birth defects and genetic damage. Fluoride is likely to aggravate kidney disease, diabetes and hypothyroidism. The amount consumed in drinking water has been shown to lower thyroid activity in humans. It also causes the breakdown of collagen which results in wrinkling of the skin and the weakening of ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of ways that fluoride can be administered. The most insidious way is through the drinking water. Some of you have it in your mouthwashes, or in your toothpaste, or you may take a fluoride supplement which is dispensed in pills or drops.

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Winter in South Korea 2012 was colder than COLD

If you didn’t believe ME, take it from Keith. A Korean American now living in Korea… (Thank goodness I was in the west during this time cause that would have NOT BEEN THE JUICE! AT ALLLLLLLL)