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Business etiquette in Hong Kong

6th March, 2012 Expat Life

In my second post in this series, I’d like to take a closer look at business etiquette in Hong Kong. This dynamic Asian city is a fascinating blend of east and west and this is reflected in business culture, as elsewhere in the city.

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Medical Insurance in China

28th February, 2012 Health Insurance

China has a very different concept of medical care to the West and I found it confusing at first. People visit their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner often to keep their health in order, even before they are experiencing any problems. This might seem like an odd idea, but in many cases, the job of a TCM practitioner is preventative. Rather than being paid to treat sick patients, their job is to stop them getting ill in the first place.

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Health at Hand – Personal health information that’s just a call away

25th February, 2012 Health Insurance

Taking care of your health can sometimes be a challenge. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in the camp of people who don’t always plan ahead. With my busy lifestyle I’m all too guilty of ignoring those little twinges which I should get checked out, simply because of the time it would take to visit a doctor.

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Driving in Dubai

23rd February, 2012 Expat Life

One of my favourite pastimes in Dubai is cruising the open desert roads just outside the city. With the sun blazing overhead and the lonely sand dunes on the horizon, driving in Dubai can be a real pleasure and a great time to be alone with your thoughts.

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Finding a hospital in Hong Kong

18th February, 2012 Expat Life

When I first arrived in Hong Kong my taxi drove past an enormous building of white Art Deco curves fronted by leafy palm trees. Was it a local airport I asked, or perhaps a hotel? My driver took great pleasure in explaining to me that it was a hospital, and that in Hong Kong such buildings are taken very seriously.

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Finding a school in Hong Kong

7th February, 2012 Living Abroad

If you’re moving to Hong Kong with school-aged children, the best advice I can give you is to plan ahead. The demand for school placements enormously out-strips supply, which can make finding a school in Hong Kong very competitive and often difficult.

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Business etiquette in China

2nd February, 2012 Expat Life

I’d heard the phrase ‘there’s no ‘I’ in team, but until I came to China I’d never seen this sentiment so thoroughly adhered to. As a westerner I was used to a capitalist working style where individuals often work to further their own interests in a business. But China is a collective culture and people place a greater emphasis on groups and think more in terms of ‘we’ than ‘I’. As a consequence, social interactions are very important.

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Using a mobile phone in Hong Kong

30th January, 2012 Expat Life

I always assumed that using a mobile phone in Hong Kong would be straight-forward, and for the most part that was true. But I made the classic mistake of many mobile phone users – I waited until I arrived in the country to get set-up.

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Choosing a dentist in Hong Kong

6th January, 2012 Expat Life

Back in the UK I never gave too much thought to dentistry. I made my regular appointments and attended check-ups. However, I found that choosing a dentist in Hong Kong was a more difficult business. Everybody I asked seemed to have a view on who was the best dentist in the city and who to avoid.

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Arranging health Insurance in Dubai

5th January, 2012 Living Abroad

Many people see arranging health insurance in Dubai as quite daunting. I remember realising that I was the one in charge of my own medical cover – and that included knowing what would happen should I ever need to claim. Understanding hospital cover for major injuries was one thing. But what about those every day complaints where I would usually just see a doctor?

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