Welcome to August’s #TrailingSpouseStories. This month we share our tried and tested resources about our current homes – how to best live it and love it.
I am a nerd through and through. I love reading. So when I had questions about my new homes, I first turned to books and, of course, the Internets. Aren’t we so lucky that we have all this information? No excuse to jump into new terrains completely blind!
Here are some of the most insightful reads that have helped me process boggling questions:
- If you are a woman working in the Middle East, I recommend reading Jennifer Steil’s “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky”, her memoir of her life as a working woman in Yemen.
- If you are someone who is clueless to the political and cultural strife that Middle Easterners go through in their daily lives and want to understand your colleagues and friends better, I recommend reading “Day of Honey” by Annia Ciezadlo, her memoir of her life in Iraq and Lebanon.
- If you are someone who wants to understand the racial struggles of the United States, please do read or reread “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
- If you are a Filipino in the US, especially if you are living in California, I recommend reading the novel “The Mango Bride” by Marivi Soliven. You may also want to read the collection of essays by her in “Suddenly Stateside” or “Pinoy in America” by Lorenzo Paran III.
- If you are a Filipino planning to or already working in the UAE, grab a copy of “The Essential OFW Guide to Dubai” by Atty. Barney Almazar of Gulf Law
Here are some of the links you can read when you find yourself in need of a home, furniture and random pre-loved stuff:
- For flat hunting in Dubai, check out Dubizzle. But I must say that be wary of scammers, including fake real estate agents or renters who sublet the flats. Just make sure you are dealing with legit property managers and / owners.
- For apartment hunting in the US, Rent.com, Apartment.com and the local Craigslist have been very helpful. In fact, we got our apartment through craigslist!
Here are the important websites for your legal residence details:
- For any visa related concerns in the US, always consult the official website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- For residency concerns in Dubai, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs is your best source for any updates in policies.
I always go directly to government sites rather than other websites or blogs. Best to go to the source than take your chances with anything outside of that.
For local happenings, check out any of the following weekly publications that come out in both online and print formats:
Some of my favorite blogs include:
- Sandier Pastures by Grace, Philippine-born Japanese expat, who shares the life in the sandpit
- I Live in a Frying Pan is my favorite blog for the less glitzy yet no less tasty parts of Dubai
- The Taco Trail blog, which I recently discovered, is now my go-to for any tips and insider stories of tacos, taco vendors in Texas
- Pinoy in America by Lorenzo Paran III, who talks about his life in the US as well as stories of other Filipinos, who share the same journey
Happy reading fellow nerds! Do you any know any more resources? Feel free to share in the comments below 🙂
Check out other #TrailingSpouseStories in this month’s blog crawl:
Yuliya of Tiny Expats lists down the top info sites, blogs and directories for expats living (or planning to move) in Czech Republic.
Didi of D for Delicious reveals her bookish nerdiness with her go-to resources about Dubai and the US.