Travel

Why Tourism New Zealand must target China

In spite of the scary stories told in “Horror tales from Chinese tourists” in today's Business Herald, we must not lose sight of the potential of the Chinese tourism market. It was reported that Tourism Holdings will decide in the next month whether to keep pursuing the Chinese market....

Why learn French

French is the second most popular language at Euroasia, after Spanish. Here are some reasons why you should consider learning French: Together with English and Spanish, French is one of the most international of European languages, spoken in all the continents of the world. French was for centuries the...

Learn languages or lose out on jobs

Britons are missing out on jobs at home and abroad because of their inability to speak languages other than English, the European Union commissioner for languages has warned. I came across an interesting article that is perhaps informative for us here in New Zealand. Leonard Orban, the EU commissioner...

Want to go overseas but can't speak the language?

Recent government research published in the UK showed that two thirds of teenagers intend to work abroad in Europe or Asia when they leave school even though most of them speak no foreign language. This from Times Online: More than half (58 per cent) of 11-18 year olds say...

Global migration: #1 management challenge

Understandably, the foremost issue in the mind of most managers today is how to deal with the global recession. The focus, at least in the short term, is how to survive the downturn. This should be the time to be thinking about how to capitalise on the next upturn....

Chilean National Day celebrations

Today is the anniversary of Chile's independence from Spain. Our Spanish teacher, Jose is from Chile.  He and his friends are putting together a celebration next Saturday.  I thought maybe I should do some research to understand a bit more about Chile. This from the CIA Factbook: writing essay...

Smart Indian kid

I'm unsure if any of you have seen this youtube video before… it's the story of a young Indian kid named Ravi. He sells peacock feather fans at the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai. What's particularly amazing is that he can speak in a variety of different languages (ie. in...

Free wifi in New Zealand

Why is it that we don't get free wifi access in New Zealand? The closest to free we had was with the Telecom wifi hotspots that you find at all Starbucks stores, free if you're a Telecom broadband customer. I must confess that was one of the reasons I...

Only in Singapore…

After the serious post on Singapore vs NZ from earlier this week, on a lighter note, allow me to share some interesting things about Singapore. Because everyone's so stressed out, but not too inclined towards anything overly strenuous (nocturnal activities aside), the number 1 national pastime is SHOPPING. There...