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Melltoo_mom_profilePic_smallThis week’s Into-yous features Singaporean expat Sharene Lee

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am the co-founder of Melltoo, social classifieds market, a mobile app for iOS and Android. I am also an educator (English teacher) and researcher (PhD student researching mobile instant messaging and student engagement). But most importantly, I’m a mother of 5, ages 3 months to 10 years.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I first moved to Dubai in 2005. I moved to Saudi Arabia in 2010 and returned to Dubai recently in Jan 2014. A number of things brought me here, including the fact that Dubai is very family-friendly, compared to other big cities in the world where I’ve lived. (Try renting a place to live in L.A. with 4 children!) Read more

Older Couple Walking Along BeachThe National Health Insurance Law is coming into effect in stages
Health insurance will be mandatory for expatriates who, after retiring, wish to continue living in Dubai.

The new Health Insurance Act makes health insurance mandatory for all citizens and residents, said Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Financing, Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Speaking to Emarat Al Youm, Dr Yousuf was quoted as saying that a health insurance policy will be required for issuing a residence visa to an expat who has retired, but wants to continue to live in the emirate.

Also, visas will not be renewed without health insurance in place for the applicant. Read more

therapistChoosing your therapist.

Once you have decided to see a therapist regarding your problem you need to decide if it would be more comfortable talking with a man or a woman. There is no one therapist who is perfect for everybody and the choice must be yours, to whom you can open up, be frank and totally honest about what has happened and what is happening in your life.

A doctor would not tell a patient he must see a particular psychological therapist he/she will give a list of therapists who might be able to help, or suggest the patient do an internet search for someone in his local area. The patient would then do telephone interviews with the therapists, looking at the tone of voice, the feeling of empathy and their availability. Importantly it is the nature of the therapist’s relationship with the client that enables change. Read more

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