Living in a foreign country can be tough at times when you cannot visit your family on a regular basis. There will be times when you feel a bit homesick and you want to see your family. Fortunately there are services on the Internet you can sign up for to make video calls to your love ones. Such services available are Skype, gmail, and GV mobile+ app. Certainly there are many more. I just list the ones I use often. What is great about these services is that they are free. All you need is a computer, internet service, speaker/mic for your computer, and a webcam (optional if you want to make video calls).

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If you find yourself in a foreign country and your passport book is about to expire, don't panic. Renewing a US passport abroad is straight forward, much the same way as if you are renewing the passport in the USA. I am going to explain how I renewed my passport from Japan. The idea is the same if you are living in a different country. You would need to search for the US Embassy in your country for the correct mailing address to sent in your application.

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I missed last year's Christmas Illumination lighting in Tokyo Midtown, so I decided to go this year's. It's more than likely that it will be the same. The only difference is the weather maybe freezing cold. It's better than having it to rain I suppose. As it turned out, the weather was perfect. No rain was forecast; the temperature wasn't as cold either.

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A bit late in posting my trip since I went on November 15, 2012. But better late than never. Ever since I came to Japan back in 2008, one of the many sites I wish to visit has finally come true, Hiroshima. Although Hiroshima city is small in size with a population of 1,181,410 compare to the population in Tokyo at 13,216,221 in 2012, Hiroshima first thought to one's mind is the atomic bombings on 1945.

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All foreigners living in Japan will have to go through this process eventually. For some, it could be just a walk in the park and for others, a total nightmare. My visa is due to expire this December. Once again, I have to visit the immigration office. I am writing this post as a reminder for myself when I have to re-do this again in 3 years. The process is pretty simple much like obtaining a Japanese drivers license if you have gone through it once. Of course, not all of us falls in the same criteria and certain documents and or forms must be filled out accordingly. At any rate, the process is pretty much the same for any applicants. To make your process as painless as possible and to limit your trips to the office, I have provided a guideline. At the minimum, you will require to make 2 trips. Read on.

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