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Chinese culture information

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Submitted by ManonJ on Sat, 12/22/2018 - 13:50
Destination: China

Hi everybody !

As part of my studies and in order to prepare my forthcoming departure to Tianjin, I would need to interview some expatriates who have stayed in China for at least one year or who are still in the country.

That would be a pleasure to exchange with you about this experience !
Don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a good day

Difference between American Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

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Submitted by coolcat on Sat, 12/15/2018 - 15:46
Destination: Ho Chi Minh City


My husband might be relocated to HCMC from USA, we have two children, middle and high school, so I was researching the International Schools in HCMC and found at least four American Schools - TAS, ISHCMC, ISHCMC American Academy and South Saigon International School. I'd really appreciate some input on these schools. I'm specially confused with the two ISHCMC schools... Any advice?

Thanks in advance!

What is needed to rent an apartment in Rome?

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Submitted by fraisecitron on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:56
Destination: Rome

Hi there,

We are moving to Rome in February with our two young children and will have a month to find a place to live. I would like to know whether we will need an Italian bank account before we can rent somewhere, and whether that will be a complicated process? We are excited but a little apprehensive about everything we will need to get done in a short time and would appreciate any advice.

Many thanks!

How do I buy a car in France?

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Submitted by Anneka on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:33
Destination: France


I am going to be living in France and have the possibility to buy a used car but haven't moved into my new accommodation yet. I understand that you need to get a "Carte grise". Do you have to wait until you have actually moved in to be able to provide a proof of address and proceed? And which do you have to start with, insurance or carte grise?

Thanks and kind regards!



Best neighborhoods for families in San Francisco?

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Submitted by Bina on Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:47
Destination: San Francisco

My family and I are moving to San Francisco later at the start of next year Jan 2019. We have 2 children under 3 and are looking at areas to live. Where do people recommend? We're looking for a safe neighbourhood, with good pre-schools, parks, houses with decent gardens, and a village-like feel...

My husband will be working near Union Square, so ideally would like a maximum commute of 1hr. 

I would be grateful for Suggestions 


Advice for Making Friends in Doha?

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Submitted by Margie2018 on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 03:00
Destination: Doha

Hi there,

My husband is considering employment in Doha, which comes with family status.

As our  children are 20 and 22 they will remain in our home in Australia, so I won't have young children to help make new friends through at mums groups, school etc.

Are there many expat ladies in late 40's early 50's in Doha? What does everyone do to keep busy and make friends? Are there any recommended groups to join?

Daunting to leave family and friends behind an start again at 54! Any advice welcome.

How does the cost of living in Norway compare to Switzerland?

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Submitted by sabriontour on Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:39
Destination: Oslo

Can anyone give advice on how the living cost in Oslo relates to the living cost in Switzerland?

My partner and I will move to Oslo because I got a job in a higher position there; nevertheless, the salary is about 10'000 CHF / 86'000 NOK lower than my current Swiss salary. We are a little bit worried about the loss of our current quality of life.

Employment pass rejection and status tracking in Singapore

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Submitted by manishkutar on Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:24
Destination: Singapore

Hi Expats,

I’m new to this forum, so sorry in case I have posted any silly questions. My question and scenario is: My employer (via agent) applied for my EP which was rejected some days back. One week later, employer have appealed on EP rejection. This all efforts are good, but the problems are 

1. how can employee track status of appeal?

2. Can employee use passport details to check the appeal status?

3. Or is there any possibility that employer never appealed and employee have to wait for long duration?

Racism in Johannesburg

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Submitted by Eli123 on Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:00
Destination: Johannesburg

Hi All,

I would like to know what is the atmosphere like for black expats living in Johannesburg.

Is there any area to avoid? I understand it is not as extreme as it used to be, but I am reading online of places that invite black people to leave, such as restaurants and the alike.

Thanks a lot for your answers!

Remote working and visas in Seoul?

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Submitted by clarapart2 on Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:59
Destination: Seoul

A question that's a little confusing. I'm based in the UK and am looking to take a break next year and live somewhere else for a little while (literally like 2 or 3 months) and wanted to head to Seoul. Been there a number of times now and think being there for a longer duration would be amazing.

To support living costs during my trip and the costs I'll still have in the UK during my Seoul stay, I'm thinking about working remotely part-time for the company I already work for. The company I already work for are based in the UK and I'll be paid in GBP as will my normal income taxes.

Advice needed on schools in Brussels

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Submitted by Chiara on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 19:07
Destination: Brussels


we are considering moving to Brussels and are looking at options for the our kids' schools. We have an 8 and 6 year old who are currently at an English-speaking school.

We are already a trilingual family with Italian and Spanish spoken at home and English at school. I am weary of introducing a new language French but affordable school options don't seem many in Brussels.

I am considering Lycee Franciase for the bilingual program.

Does anyone know ACE of Brussels??

Another option is BIS Bogaerts, but this already so pricy!

Please advice!!

What can I expect from the cost of living in Doha?

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Submitted by Banu85 on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:44
Destination: Doha

Hi All

I am working as a DBA at columbus Ohio, usa. I have 12 years experience in the IT industry. I got a job at Doha Qatar. I have three children. Here I just googled and understood rent and education are both highly expensive when compared to Columbus Ohio. I am basically from india. I have three kids. I need to keep my family with me and also need savings too. How much package should I ask? Any insights on cost of living comparison between columbus and doha?


Questions about working remotely in Greece

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Submitted by Ceekayed on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 15:11
Destination: Greece


I work as a freelancer through a co-operative and I'm considering of moving to Greece (namely Thessaloniki as I've spent time there already and got to know the city) for at least a few months, if not half a year to a year to work remotely. I have some doubts about it as I've never done this kind of a thing before though.

Concerns about moving to the Czech Republic

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Submitted by Sverre on Sun, 10/28/2018 - 18:31
Destination: Czech Republic

I’m retired and looking for a nice place in Eastern Europe to move to. My foremost concern is something as trivial as contracts for renting houses. Are there anywhere I can read up on this? Do they have something like we have in Norway (but which is very seldom seen these days, because most Norwegians buy, not rent), life long rent, where the one renting can move out, but never be forced out? I’m not interested in any big cities, but rather towns or villages. How will a Norwegian fit in?

English medium schools in Stockholm - Parents on work visa

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Submitted by NyjilJoshy on Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:23
Destination: Stockholm


I am relocating to Stockholm on work visa. Looking for information on english medium schools in and around the city. If any one of you have your kids studying there in an english medium school please guide. Whats the annual fees for a non international school? Does private schools have english medium whats the fees?

I heard public schools are free of fees with good standard but is the medium of teaching in Swedish or English?



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