How to be a Good Host Family for a Foreign Exchange Student

My Junior College daughter is hosting a foreign exchange student from Taiwan for 13 days.
That means the rest of the family at home automatically become the host family!
Being a first-time host family, I searched and scoured for tips on how to be a good one.

So here’s How to be a Good Host Family for a Foreign Exchange Student.

  1. Provide safe secure and welcoming place to live.
  2. Provide a room or at least a bed.
  3. Provide a study space and stationaries.
  4. Provide internet access for student to contact home.
  5. Provide transport and food.
  6. Ask about allergies or dietary restrictions.
  7. Ask about birthdays and other special events. Celebrate!
  8. Offer meals that represent your culture and tradition.
  9. You may suggest student to cook their food for your family.
  10. Provide support, guidance and encouragement.
  11. Represent your country and your culture.
  12. Help them learn about local customs and laws.
  13. Provide opportunity for student to learn your language.
  14. Encourage student to share their experience and culture.
  15. Ask the student how he/she would like to be called.
  16. Find our how he/she would call you in their culture.
  17. Let student know your home rules that your kids follow.
  18. Bring student along on your daily routine, like going to the market.
  19. Get student involved in local sports and activities.
  20. Show your student around your hometown and community.
  21. Encourage student to ask you questions about anything.
  22. Be patient when speaking with student of a different language.
  23. Treat student as part of your family and not just a visitor.
  24. Let student do some of your household chores.
  25. Don’t do any big activities the first and second day. Let them adjust.
  26. Mediate on signs of quietness, not socialising and unhappiness.
  27. Be ready to deal with teenage issues and crisis.
  28. Take over the parenting role from the student’s natural parent.


Happy hosting to us!

Adrian Lee

Run 3km in 25mins Without Running Out of Breath

How to run longer without running out of breath?
Today I used these 3 techniques to run 3 kilometers in 25 minutes.
Not very fast but at least I kept my breath at near normal rate.

  1. Start slow end fast. Started about 8″50′ per km until the 2.5 km mark where I sped up to about 6″50′ per km.
  2. Look at a distant tree. Stared at the furthest tree I could see. Kept looking at a bunch of leaves until I ran past it. Then looked at the next furthest tree. Of course I looked down at the road once in a while to be safe.
  3. Think happy thoughts. I couldn’t keep my mind off my business, so I thought about plans and strategies that will bring it to the next level and what I stand to gain.


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Happy running!
Adrian Lee

Photography Course for Beginners in Singapore


I have been often asked to teach a Photography class in Singapore.

I turn down the requests because I am more of a Videography expert.


So here are places where you can sign up for photography lessons.

Photography Courses in Singapore for beginners

  1. John Arifin 2-day Basic Photography 101 Workshop: Live class. S$350. 2 days. John Arifin is a Singapore based photographer and educator, having first taught a photo class in 1987.
  2. SOP Essential Foundation Photography Course: Live Class. S$590. 8 x 2-hour sessions. Focuses on the person behind the camera and not just about the camera.
  3. PSS Digital Basic Photography Course Foundation Module: Live Class. S$240. 3 weeks. 2 hours/ session and1 outing on the weekend. PSS is the Photographic Society of Singapore which caters to the interests of photographers in the region.
  4. Phocus Practical Photography for Busy People: Live class. S$320. 4 sessions, 2 hours each. Unique in keeping theory to the minimum and doing more real photography.
  5. Baobab Photo Beginners Photography Course: Live Class. S$570. 4 x 3-hour lessons. Unique in hands-on individual attention in a small class size.
  6. Pictorial Beginner’s Standard Photography Course: Live Class. S$250. 12 hours. 1 theory session and 3 outdoor sessions. Unique in mastering the camera instead of using software to enhance photos.
  7. Photography Institute Professional Photography Course: Online Class. S$1099. At your own Pace. Unique in providing tutoring with a live teacher online and homework assessments as well as a diploma after the course.

Do you teach photography for beginners? Do you know someone who does? Leave a link to the course in the comment box below, so I may add to the above list.

Adrian Lee