Singapore is among thebest cosmopolitan cities of Asia and still retains its old British colonial charm. Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, Singapore is a hub for the regional financial markets and is also ranked among top five foreign exchange trading centers of the world. Though the strict rules of living here are authoritarian, it helps to keep the city safe and clean despite having a large multi-cultured population of more than five million across various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Finding a job in Singapore is not easy as local residents are well educated and competition is tough if you do not know the local language.
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Expatriates with children need not worry about education system in Singapore as it is run under strict guidelines of Ministry of Education which subsidizes school education in government assisted public and private schools. It is compulsory for children to attend schools once they reach preschool age and the medium of instruction is English. Expats in Singapore generally educate their children in international schools which are available across the city though it is advised to carry out necessary research about it before enrolling your children in any particular school.
Even though Singapore is quite westernized and English is the primary language spoken in business establishments, it can provide culture shocks to people that travel here for the first time. The language can be an eye opener as local people here speak a mix of English and Malay or Cantonese which is called Singlish and may be difficult to understand the first time you hear it.
Food courts for expats – As eating in restaurants is an expensive endeavor in this city, people prefer to eat out in food courts at shopping malls and other public places. There are several European restaurants here offering a mix of Italian, Mexican and also American style food options along with different fast food chains. Expats brave enough to try out local food can start with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options which may be a little spicy for Europeans as it contains local spices. The local markets still have roadside cobblers who repair shoes sitting on the roadside as you enjoy fried chicken feet or hot dimsums.
If you were to compare the cost of living in Malaysia to other equally well developed nations and cities in Asia like Singapore or Dubai, don’t be surprised if you find it relatively inexpensive. Besides job opportunities, Malaysia offers a great range of accommodations for families, with or without children, and singles depending on their requirements of proximity to work place and entertainment. While condominiums in the commercial area of large cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Kuala Terengganu are priced high, rents are comparatively lower in the suburban areas.
Pregnant women world over have interesting tales of strange customs, rituals and behaviors that you have to endure from strangers feeling your stomach to being force to wear a radiation proof apron. If you are living in Vietnam or moving to Vietnam when you are expecting you are fairly luckily, the country does not have strange pregnancy customs or traditions, however they do have rigid post pregnancy confinement rituals.
During your pregnancy all you might have to deal with is unusual or superstitious advice mixed with typical pregnancy advice from strangers.
Moving to another country to work can be exciting yet scary. Moving to another country where English isn’t the native language can be frightening. You spend less time being excited by the new job or promotion and more time worrying how you will cope with the language barrier.
Language Acquisition Tip 1: There is no language gene all you need is a willingness to learn.
A simple way to make your move less scary is by learning the local language. Do not wait to go to Vietnam and immerse yourself into the culture to learn Vietnamese. Take the fear out of your move by being proactive. Opt to take a class, install an app, buy a CD or make yourself flash cards. Whichever method you choose, you will gain basic language skills even before you step of the plane in Vietnam. You can later expand your linguistic abilities as you live in the country.
Traveling with children is extremely different from traveling as a single adult or a couple. You cannot just pack a bag and head off on an adventure. You need to plan your holiday, book hotels and ensure there are child friendly attractions to visit. You need to ensure that you chosen destination has something exciting for both adults and children. These restrictions do not mean you have to stick to a 100 mile radius or visit only developed nations with well known theme parks. You can visit exotic locations from China to Vietnam, all you have to do is a little research and some advanced bookings.
What if you could lead a life as comfortable as in your country, but only at lesser costs? Well, living in Thailand is as good as residing in your home country, that too without extra expenses. Of course, life will be a little different, but that is what will make it exciting! Living in Thailand can be a breeze if you select the right place to stay at. Affordable living, low healthcare cost, yet a comfortable standard of living, why wouldn’t expats in Thailand want it? Here we give you four options that you should totally consider, if you plan to have an extended stay in Thailand.
Thailand has a distinct culture and a rich set of traditions, which people here have been following since ages. If you are an expat living in Thailand and are planning to raise a family, you will be expected to abide by certain pregnancy related customs. Though it is not necessary that you follow all of them, it will help you be aware of what may or may not be expected of you during such times. Here is a look at some common and a few uncommon customs related to pregnancy in Thailand:
There is no hype around ‘pregnancy’
You might have spent ‘fun holidays’ in Thailand, but relaxing for a couple of days and staying in the country are two different things. No matter what brings you to Thailand – whether it is your job, your education or your love for the place, you will have to learn a thing or two about this tourist’s haven, before you settle here.
There is more to Thailand than the sun-kissed beaches, national parks and stunning landscapes. Probably it is one of the first things that will hit you once you start earning a living in the ‘Land of Smiles’.