Joan Lehmann Articles by: Joan Lehmann

Wanna Live Elsewhere? Here are 4 Key Steps to Your Immigration Plan

February 5, 2016 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Migration Process to New ZealandYou may have your roots in your hometown with your family, but there will be instances when you look around you and feel foreign in your own land. You may realise that the grass is indeed greener on the other side (hello, Adele) or that you can better grow where you’re independent and focused on work. Regardless of reason, if you’ve been planning to move permanently to another country but can’t seem to get around to it, here are four steps you should take to get started.

Know the Requirements

Different countries like New Zealand offer varying visas and living and work arrangements for its immigrants. You can check an embassy’s website and check the requirements to prepare yourself. There will be international language requirements. Some embassies also follow a point system; you can check their website and see if you’re eligible for immigration.

Prepare Your Papers

Once you’ve checked the requirements, it’s time to prepare your documents. You may need to get tonnes of documents to be included in an embassy’s pool of candidates. Usual papers are certificates of employment, birth, and even marriage if you’re including your spouse in your application. It may take weeks to get your papers from government agencies, though, so factor that in your timeline. You may also need to write an essay expressing your interest to migrate.

Look for Employment Opportunities

You need a job to live in a foreign country permanently, of course. You can do this once you’ve arrived there but it’s better to look for potential jobs while you’re still in your home country. There are certain job categories available: skilled migrant, immediate, and long-term. It’s often easier to move if you’re in the medical or engineering fields. It depends on the country, too.

Consult Immigration Experts

When you’re still unsure of your eligibility, papers, and potential job, perhaps it’s time to consult immigration experts such as Business Immigration NZ. They know the bowels of immigration requirements and can effectively advise you about your plan. They’re licenced by the embassy or consul and are authorised to provide advice for immigrants like you.

These four steps may take a month to a year or more, depending on your efforts and how much or how soon you want to move. Make sure you have the time, money, and patience and you’ll get there when it’s time.

Your Choice of Landscape Determines Your Inner Landscape

January 20, 2016 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Beach Rentals in Sea IsleThe idea that your choices reveal who you are as a person is a premise that launched numerous narcissistic quizzes.

But it rings some truth, especially when it comes to geography. Studies show that your preferences of vacation destination links to how much of an introvert or extrovert you are. University of Virginia psychologist Shigehiro Oishi and colleagues Minha Lee and Thomas Talhelm claimed that introverts thrived in secluded locations while extroverts enjoyed open areas.

Oishi’s Study

Oishi and his team surveyed 921 undergraduates, rating their personalities with a standard questionnaire. The survey asked students their choice between mountains and oceans. Comparing the results, the study reported that extroversion shared a link with beaches while introverts chose a peaceful night at the mountains.

Visual tests further confirmed their findings. After taking the standard personality questionnaire, the students viewed pictures of beaches and oceans. Oishi’s team asked where they’d want to visit and invest their time.

Beach Please or Solo Night in the Mountains?

The beach was the top choice among extroverts and if you are one, it’s easy to understand why. Extroverts are most comfortable in the presence of others. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, a local Sea Isle rental, says that the beach offers endless opportunities to bond. You can play volleyball, jetski, or simply lay down on the sand with other peers.

But if you are a professed introvert, you want some peace. The mountains, not the beach, are your places for solace. Introverts enjoy most when they are alone with their thoughts. Since the mountains offer a more peaceful setting, you would want to spend time here rather than in a noisy beach.

Room for More Research

Sure enough, the study still has its set of limitations. The researchers could not determine whether geographical preference shaped personality or vice versa. There’s still much to explore on how living near beaches or mountains affects an individual’s personality.

Still, this study is a reminder of how your surroundings match the landscape within you.

Discover the Best Gastronomic Experience: Foodie Hotspots in London

May 21, 2015 at 3:37 am Comments are Disabled

Borough MarketLondon is one of those cities where it feels like you will never run out of wonderful places to visit. There are so many mainstream choices, along with more than a handful of hidden gems. Turn right and you will see a Mexican taco joint. Turn left and you will notice pistachio-coloured sweets inspired by Italy.

Here is a quick guide if you want to go on a culinary adventure in the British capital:

Authentic Indian Restaurant

Your trip to London will never be complete without visiting Brick Lane’s Indian restaurants. They offer the tastiest afternoon dishes, not to mention they bring together authentic flavours that reflects traditional recipes. From Chicken Chat and King Prawn Puri to Aloo Bhaja and Garka Lamb, Indian cuisine is ideal for those wanting to experience unique food. The combination of fragrant herbs and spices, such as coriander, cardamom and cloves make it a favourite for many.

Food Trails

Expect to go on a one to two-hour stroll when journeying through London’s diverse food trail. Exploring the city’s food trail is already an adventure by itself. One thing you will love about this is the close proximity from one to shop to another, which makes it a real treat.

Borough Market

This place is one that should be on every tourist’s itinerary, as there is no better way of experiencing an exciting food adventure than to visit a London market. Though crowded, Borough Market is a go-to place for nougat, Mexican guajillo chili, Spanish Iberico bellota ham, candied nuts, Turkish delights and a variety of cheeses from France. All the different choices will lead to something that can please even the pickiest eater.

Oyster Bars

Are you craving for some seafood? If so, then an oyster bar is a great place to indulge. Many people come to London to appreciate the seafood specialties such as scallops, razor clams, tiger prawns and Dublin Bay prawns.

London is probably limitless when it comes to choices for places to eat. The city’s food scene is constantly evolving, guaranteeing there is always something waiting to be discovered.

City Life or Suburban Living?

May 6, 2015 at 3:20 am Comments are Disabled

CitySome people prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, thanks to quick access to schools, jobs and other luxuries. Little do they realize that city living may produce more disadvantages than benefits. Here are reasons city life may not be as exciting as it seems:

More costs

The cost of living in the city is generally more expensive than the suburbs. The US census noted that the average price of new homes reaches $272,900. 20 cities in the US experience a fast-paced increase in home prices at 5% due to high demand and low supply of properties. There’s a lower cost for suburban living, on the other hand. People can buy suburban homes for sale in Lake Conroe for as little as $170,000, for instance.

Lower quality of life

Cities tend to be more unhealthy and unsafe than the suburbs. The high population creates more pollution and causes health issues. Cities are not good for one’s peace of mind, as these have higher crime rates. It’s healthier and safer to live in the suburbs due to fewer commercial areas and lower population.

Not conducive for families

City life can be difficult for those who want to start families. The high cost of living leaves people with fewer options when looking for homes to accommodate additional members. It also keeps them from giving education for their children. Research showed that cities account for one in 4 students who don’t graduate each year, despite educating 1.7 million or about 1 in 8 high school students. The lack of income affects their capacity to receive education.

Dwindling options

With more people moving to the cities to find homes and jobs, there are fewer options left to newcomers. Lands for property development in cities are expensive and limited so contractors are building houses outside the periphery. The suburbs, meanwhile, gives people more opportunities to establish homes and businesses.

City life is not as exciting as some people think. The high cost of living, lack of opportunities, health and safety risks that city life poses may not be good for one’s peace of mind. It’s better to go for the suburbs, at times.

Jakarta: It is Not Just for Shopping

May 4, 2015 at 5:17 am Comments are Disabled

JakartaThere is more to Jakarta than retail stores, bazaars, and swanky shopping malls. As a dynamic city filled with unexpected attractions, Jakarta offers a unique experience for every visitor. While it is not a primary tourist destination, the city is home to quite the handful of interesting sites to explore.

Despite the city’s concrete and gridlocked streets, the citizens of the Indonesian capital are positive and good-natured compared to many major cities in the world. The crime levels are also low, enabling you to explore the bustling capital in many different ways.

Whether you’re visiting Jakarta for 48 hours or planning stay for a couple of days, there are plenty of places and things to interest you.

Glimpse of History

Get to know more about the capital’s long history. The city has over 50 museums, most of them clustered in central Jakarta around the Merdeka square area. The National Museum is one attraction you should not miss, offering a glimpse into the diverse culture, natural wonders, and colonial history of the archipelago.

The Mini Indonesia

It is now possible to experience the whole country by visiting the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in East Jakarta. It is a replica of the archipelago, displaying Indonesia’s rich culture, tradition, and natural diversity. The park features gardens, temple, mosques, churches, theatres, and museums, including cultural shows.

Food Fare

Jakarta’s restaurant scene is thriving, with an abundance of budget eateries and luxury restaurants to experience. The country’s cuisine is now gaining an international reputation and is being celebrated by the best restaurants in the city. Foods you should try include sambal, the main attraction of most restaurants, and bakso, a savory meatball noodles soup that was one of President Obama’s favorites during his visit to the city.

There is so much to discover about the Indonesian capital. While the vastness and traffic of the city seem daunting, it is a melting pot of culture and traditions that will give you an unforgettable experience.

The Makings of a Summer to Remember

April 25, 2015 at 11:41 am Comments are Disabled

Kid Lake HoppingSpring has come. In less than two months, days will get longer as summer arrives. At most, people will have 15 daylight hours a day. The lengthening of days may mean one thing for go-getters: longer time for more activities.

Summer is always a fun time to explore places and discover new trends. Events and vacation spots abound during this season. Here are just a few things you might want to include on your summer checklist:

Go for snow

When the sun extends its stay in the sky, prepare yourself for a few days of sweltering heat. Counter this with a ski holiday midsummer. You might wonder, “A snow in summer?” A few ski resorts are still open during these months. You can choose an indoor resort, or travel westward or down south to experience real snow in the mountains. The best part of skiing in summer? Prices for lessons and equipment go down, like the K2 skis sale. Take this opportunity also to buy winter clothes if you’re not going there just to ski.


Minnesota is also popular as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” The many water forms just compliment the sun’s heat during this season. Get into water activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking, or fishing. You may even try lake aquariums if you prefer seeing marine life without getting wet. After a whole day of adventure, relax in one of the lakeside resorts and let the calming waters soothe your mind and body.

Join the parties

With the long days and warm nights, summer provides the perfect season for festivals. Reminisce your childhood with pop up fairs, or quench your thirst for music by attending concerts and similar shows. There are also culture and art-based festivities, like the annual Fringe Festival that explores different individuals’ talents.

It’s never too early to plan your summer activities. Take advantage of discounts and premiums offered by companies this early. Try these things for your next vacation and you may just have a summer to remember.

Family Vacation: Exploring the Other (Fun) Sides of Gold Coast

April 21, 2015 at 5:38 am Comments are Disabled

breakfastFor many Australians, Gold Coast is the place to go for family vacations. The city is popular not just during summer when temperatures are sweltering hot; throughout the year, visitors come pouring into the coastal city to experience everything it offers.

Gold Coast is known as the hub for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. With its pristine beaches and fun water parks, you can choose whatever activity that would fit your lifestyle. The Queensland city also offers other options for those who want to make the most of their trip. After enjoying the waves at the beach, here are some things you should try:

See nature from a different perspective

To see more of nature, head to O’Reilly’s, which is on the western edge of Lamington National Park. There, you can get close to nature and see it from a different angle—right in the midst of the canopy. The Tree Top Walkway is popular among nature lovers as they experience nature in a different way. It is 180 metres in length, stretched along nine suspension bridges.

Fill your tummies with good food

After all the sightseeing, take time to have break and have a taste of various cuisine in the city. There are numerous quality restaurants and cafes around Gold Coast. For a unique experience, try having breakfast on the Gold Coast and start your day of exploring right.

Climb the SkyPoint

What better way to see everything of the city than climbing a high point and viewing it from there. The SkyPoint Climb is the extreme version of climbing stairs. It is the country’s highest external building climb and will definitely make you feel the adrenaline rush.

Gold Coast is the perfect place for your next family vacation. Include these things into your itinerary and experience the best the city has to offer.