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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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Enjoying Christmas away from home

20th December, 2011 Living Abroad

If you’re abroad over the Christmas period it can feel as though you’re missing out on all the fun. This can be particularly true if you’re in a country that doesn’t celebrate the festive season in the same way as back home.

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Finding a job in Dubai

13th December, 2011 Living Abroad

With year round sunshine and tax-free salaries, Dubai is a popular destination for job seekers. Although though the construction industry there isn’t as buoyant as it was a few years ago, there are still plenty companies in a variety of sectors looking for professional talent. A recent report by international recruiter BAYT found that 25% of all UAE companies were ‘definitely looking to hire’ in the next three months. Whilst another 28% would probably hire, with executive positions forming the mainstay of recruitment for most employers.

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Moving pets to Hong Kong

6th December, 2011 Living Abroad

If you’re moving pets to Hong Kong there’s plenty to arrange in advance. The Hong Kong Government has tried to make matters as simple as possible for animal owners, but safety comes first. So while those arriving from developed countries are unlikely to need to quarantine their pets, strict health criteria are in place.

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Finding your new home as an expat

2nd November, 2011 Living Abroad

If you’re moving abroad to work, you’ll need somewhere new to live. While some employers provide accommodation, the majority of expats have to find a new home themselves.

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