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BorderCrossed
A traveler trying to cross national, cultural, and ideological borders
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Who knows if China will become the world?s 3rd largest economy by 2007? Ink
2007-08-22 16:46:00
Who knows if China will exceed Germany in terms of GDP by 2007? When I went to China, I was always impressed by the speed of its development. Nowadays only the Gulf can rival that. Some people have expressed bullish views on China, saying that its GDP will overtake Germany by this year. If that’s true, ...
More About: Economy , World , The World , Largest
3 sites to learn Shanghainese and Chinese online
2007-08-09 09:19:00
Sometimes it’s hard to find face-to-face language classes in your neighborhood. This is why many people are using the Internet to learn new languages Following an earlier post titled Learn ing Arabic online, here I’d like to introduce 3 sites that offer free online classes in Shanghainese and Mandarin Chinese . I use them for revision Shanghainese learning resources 520hai.com ...
More About: Sites , Online , Hain
Promote a country on the Internet - what governments in the Middle East can
2007-07-14 23:26:00
In an earlier article Votes from the Internet - the Most popular Middle East ern Gulf country, I talked about the popularity of different Gulf countries using a keyword research tool. Dubai is the clear top choice. To push the idea forward, here I’d like to talk about what governments can do to promote their country ...
More About: Country , The Middle East , Kuwait
Votes from the Internet - the Most popular Middle Eastern Gulf country
2007-07-13 14:39:00
Which is the most popular country among the 6 Middle Eastern Gulf states? Bahrain? Kuwait ? Oman? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Or the United Arab Emirates? Everybody has a different answer in their mind. I did a little keyword research to find out what Internet users think. Here are the results generated by a tool called Wordtracker Free Keyword ...
More About: Country , Popular , Dubai
How this blog (Borders Crossed) started
2007-07-07 17:09:00
I have always wanted to travel to the less well-known places, places that are not popular tourist destinations. In a globalizing world, the opportunity to travel will only increase The challenges in living in a foreign culture are enormous. So why not share some lessons leant? Idea of making a blog To share information with a group of ...
More About: Blog , Borders , Order , Crosse , Ross
How this blog (BorderCrossed.com) started
2007-07-07 17:09:00
I have always wanted to travel to the less well-known places, places that are not popular tourist destinations. In a globalizing world, the opportunity to travel will only increase The challenges in living in a foreign culture are enormous. So why not share some lessons leant? Idea of making a blog To share information with a group of ...
More About: Blog , Order , Crosse , Ross
Kuwait dentist - Gulf Clinic is good
2007-07-05 12:58:00
I dread going to the dentist, especially the lying on the dentist chair watching scalpels moving in and out of my mouth. I know it is a necessary evil, but at least I want to lessen the pain Visiting the dentist in Kuwait - Summary I have recently visited the Gulf Clinic in Kuwait City. It’s the ...
More About: Good , Dentist , Wait
Kuwait dentist - Gulf Clinic is good
2007-07-05 12:58:00
I dread going to the dentist, especially the lying on the dentist chair watching scalpels moving in and out of my mouth. I know it is a necessary evil, but at least I want to lessen the pain Visiting the dentist in Kuwait - Summary I have recently visited the Gulf Clinic in Kuwait City. It’s the ...
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How to get pass Dubai immigration quickly - e-Gate
2007-06-30 23:33:00
Have you experienced standing in queues at the Dubai airport waiting to get through immigration? Something called e-Gate will save you from that hassle every time you get through Dubai immigration What is e-gate and why you should use it? You probably have noticed some part of the immigration look like a subway station - instead of going ...
More About: Immigration , Pass
How to get pass Dubai immigration quickly - e-Gate
2007-06-30 23:33:00
Have you experienced standing in queues at the Dubai airport waiting to get through immigration? Something called e-Gate will save you from that hassle every time you get through Dubai immigration What is e-gate and why you should use it? You probably have noticed some part of the immigration look like a subway station - instead of going ...
More About: Immigration , Pass
Speed reading tools - dealing with information overload
2007-06-28 15:14:00
The world has changed - from too little information to too much information In the past, professionals and business people always complained about the lack of data to help them make sound decisions. Nowadays, with the advent of the Internet, people complain that too much information exists and they don’t have enough time to find the ...
More About: Information , Tools , Reading , Speed , Form
Speed reading tools - dealing with information overload
2007-06-28 15:14:00
The world has changed - from too little information to too much information In the past, professionals and business people always complained about the lack of data to help them make sound decisions. Nowadays, with the advent of the Internet, people complain that too much information exists and they don’t have enough time to find the ...
More About: Information , Tools , Reading , Speed , Speed Reading
Babel and Lost in Translation - machine translation
2007-06-23 15:38:00
Thoughts on cultural gaps Posters of the movies Babe l Communication breakdown is a big challenge for human society. They are illustrated vividly by the tragic scenes of the movie Babel. Cultural similarity can also bring seemingly unrelated people together, especially when they cannot blend in to a different culture. Lost in Translation gives this a somewhat romantic ...
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Babel and Lost in Translation - machine translation
2007-06-23 15:38:00
Thoughts on cultural gapsPosters of the movies Babe l and Lost in TranslationCommunication breakdown is a big challenge for human society. They are illustrated vividly by the tragic scenes of the movie Babel. Cultural similarity can also bring seemingly unrelated people together, especially when they cannot blend in to a different culture. Lost in Translation gives this a somewhat romantic touch. The more common variations are the social groups and online forums for Western expatriates in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Also worth mentioning are the Japanese associations and China towns in major citiesThere have long been dreams that technology can bridge this gap, enabling everybody to communicate with others from different culturesExperiment using technology to bridge language gapsI tried to use online machine translation tools to translate phrases from English to other languages, and see what comes back. I recommend a website, Babelize, that makes this really easy and fun! It tr...
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Babel and Lost in Translation - machine translation
2007-06-23 15:38:00
Thoughts on cultural gaps Posters of the movies Babe l Communication breakdown is a big challenge for human society. They are illustrated vividly by the tragic scenes of the movie Babel. Cultural similarity can also bring seemingly unrelated people together, especially when they cannot blend in to a different culture. Lost in Translation gives this a somewhat romantic ...
More About: Machine , Abel
Playing with word combinations - Anagrams
2007-06-22 01:01:00
I've always struggle in word games like scrabble, because I only know a limited number of words. At school, I once played a word game called Anagrams. It required me to rearrange a word to form other words. For example, the word "Arts" can be rearranged as- Tars- Rats- Star- TsarLately I've come across a few websites that automatically solve this type of word game . They give me a relaxed way to learn new words. I can type some words that I am curious about, and boom! In a split second, a list of words with the same letters arranged differently, come up. Here are some words that I find interestingly sarcastic (although politically incorrect)Japan's rime minister- Shinzo Abe -> Sob in HazeTaiwan's president- Chen Shui-Bien -> Nice Bush in heKorean actress who once had an affair with a Hong Kong singer- Kim Hee Sun -> I sue HK menThe world's hybrid car- The Toyota Prius -> Oh, auto is pretty! -> Ahoy! ProstituteThe intertwined relationship between 3 celebrities in Taiwan- Jay Cho...
More About: Word , Agra , Grams , Gram , Comb
Playing with word combinations - Anagrams
2007-06-22 01:01:00
I’ve always struggle in word games like scrabble, because I only know a limited number of words. At school, I once played a word game called Anagrams. It required me to rearrange a word to form other words. For example, the word “Arts” can be rearranged as - Tars - Rats - Star - Tsar Lately I’ve come across a ...
More About: Word , Agra , Grams , Gram , Comb
Playing with word combinations - Anagrams
2007-06-22 01:01:00
I’ve always struggle in word games like scrabble, because I only know a limited number of words. At school, I once played a word game called Anagrams. It required me to rearrange a word to form other words. For example, the word “Arts” can be rearranged as - Tars - Rats - Star - Tsar Lately I’ve come across a ...
More About: Word , Agra , Grams , Gram , Comb
Getting around in Kuwait - by Taxi
2007-06-20 00:01:00
A typical taxi-cab The most common form of transportation in Kuwait is by private car. But if you don’t drive, or don’t want to look bad driving a Toyota next to your friend’s BMW, taxis are the only viable alternative. Buses are infrequent, slow, and the routes they go are very limited. Usually only blue-collar expatriate ...
More About: Round , Taxi , Wait
Getting around in Kuwait - by Taxi
2007-06-20 00:01:00
A typical taxi-cabThe most common form of transportation in Kuwait is by private car. But if you don't drive, or don't want to look bad driving a Toyota next to your friend's BMW, taxis are the only viable alternative. Buses are infrequent, slow, and the routes they go are very limited. Usually only blue-collar expatriate workers take themHere are some tips that may help you improve your experience with Kuwaiti taxis1. Call taxi (241-3414) instead of waiting for street cabsWhen I am in Kuwait City, this is the number that I call the most: 241-3414. It is the phone number of one of the larger taxi companies. It is probably the most important number for visitors. I use them for the following reasons- After you call, they usually come pick you up within 5 minutes- Cabs are coordinated centrally and are connected to a radio system. They have some English-speaking operators in their call centers. So when I want to go somewhere, as long as I have the address, the driver will find a way...
More About: Round , Taxi , Wait
Getting around in Kuwait - by Taxi
2007-06-20 00:01:00
A typical taxi-cab The most common form of transportation in Kuwait is by private car. But if you don’t drive, or don’t want to look bad driving a Toyota next to your friend’s BMW, taxis are the only viable alternative. Buses are infrequent, slow, and the routes they go are very limited. Usually only blue-collar expatriate ...
More About: Gulf , Round , Taxi , Wait
Economics - game theory guru - Roger Myerson
2007-06-13 13:10:00
Game theory is a tool used to understand decisions made in situations involving several players. These situations range from wars to family relationships, from president election to bargaining in the black market. Businesses also use game theory to make strategic decisions One guru on game theory is Roger Myers on. He is a professor at the University ...
More About: Economics , Theory , Game , Econ
Economics - game theory guru - Roger Myerson
2007-06-13 13:10:00
Game theory is a tool used to understand decisions made in situations involving several players. These situations range from wars to family relationships, from president election to bargaining in the black market. Businesses also use game theory to make strategic decisionsOne guru on game theory is Roger Myers on. He is a professor at the University of Chicago. I find the following pages on his website interesting- Academic papers marrying public policy and political decision-making with economics- Excel add-ins that add statistical functions for Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis. His tools supplement Excel's weakness in probabilistic calculations. The add-ins allow users to generate Poisson, beta, gamma and log-normal distributions, as well as some other analytical features- Syllabus of graduate-level economics classes at the University of Chicago. Here I got a chance to learn what the teach in one of the world's best school of economics- Roger Myerson's Curriculum vit...
More About: Economics , Theory , Game , Econ
Economics - game theory guru - Roger Myerson
2007-06-13 13:10:00
Game theory is a tool used to understand decisions made in situations involving several players. These situations range from wars to family relationships, from president election to bargaining in the black market. Businesses also use game theory to make strategic decisions One guru on game theory is Roger Myers on. He is a professor at the University ...
More About: Economics , Theory , Game , Econ
Speed up travel at Kuwait Airport - Hala Services
2007-06-10 00:01:00
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to travelers is delay at the airport. The issue has been particularly serious in Kuwait for arriving visitors who’re non-GCC Nationals. There have been times when I had to wait more than 2 hours at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. So I ...
More About: Services , Travel , Airport , Speed
Speed up travel at Kuwait Airport - Hala Services
2007-06-10 00:01:00
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to travelers is delay at the airport. The issue has been particularly serious in Kuwait for arriving visitors who're non-GCC Nationals. There have been times when I had to wait more than 2 hours at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. So I decide to find out and share some tips to help other people save time. Hope this is useful for youThe problem - lengthy visa procedure at Kuwait International Airport Kuwait has a visa process that is restrictive by international standard. Every non-GCC visitor has to apply for visa in advance before entering Kuwait. In 2004, the Ministry of Interior has adopted a policy to open up its borders. Nationals of the following countries can apply for visa at the airportUSA. UK. France. Italy. Germany. Canada. Australia. New Zealand. Japan. The Netherlands. Belgium. Luxembourg. Switzerland. Austria. Sweden. Norway. Denmark. Portugal. Ireland. Greece...
More About: Services , Travel , Speed
Speed up travel at Kuwait Airport - Hala Services for visa / immigration
2007-06-10 00:01:00
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to travelers is delay at the airport. The issue has been particularly serious in Kuwait for arriving visitors who’re non-GCC Nationals. There have been times when I had to wait more than 2 hours at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. So I ...
More About: Services , Travel , Airport , Immigration
Learning Arabic online
2007-06-04 19:00:00
To me, Arabic is a language that's fun to learn. I've recently started learning it, and discovered many free resources online that teach Arabic to foreigners. Here are a few. I recommend Madinah Arabic, but that is just my personal preference. Other sites may suit your need better. I hope you enjoy it too!Madinah ArabicComprehensive site that offers 2 free courses, Arabic Reading Course and Arabic Language Course. Arabic Reading Course aims to help you learn the Arabic script, before learning the language itself. It suits me best because I want to learn reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also native Arabic speakers said that it's much easier to learn conversational skills if I can read the scriptGulf ArabicIt teaches the Arabic dialect spoken by people in Gulf countries, i.e. UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Southern part of Iraq. The whole website is in Roman (English) characters. Therefore, even if you don't want to learn Arabic script, you can still le...
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Learning Arabic online
2007-06-04 19:00:00
To me, Arab ic is a language that’s fun to learn. I’ve recently started learning it, and discovered many free resources online that teach Arabic to foreigners. Here are a few. I recommend Madinah Arabic, but that is just my personal preference. Other sites may suit your need better. Enjoy! Madinah Arabic Comprehensive site that offers 2 free ...
More About: Online , Learning , Earning
Learning Arabic online
2007-06-04 19:00:00
To me, Arab ic is a language that’s fun to learn. I’ve recently started learning it, and discovered many free resources online that teach Arabic to foreigners. Here are a few. I recommend Madinah Arabic, but that is just my personal preference. Other sites may suit your need better. Enjoy! Madinah Arabic Comprehensive site that offers 2 free ...
More About: Online , Learning , Line
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