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How Expats Can Save Money In The Most Expensive City In The World

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It’s official: As of June 2016, Hong Kong has been named the most expensive city for expats by consultancy firm Mercer in their 2016 Cost of Living Survey. Many expats who are currently living in Hong Kong have complained about the high costs of living, especially when it comes to securing accommodation and food. Understandably, if you’re moving to Hong …

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Hong Kong to The First-Timer: Things You Should Know

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Quick question: What do you think of when Hong Kong is mentioned? Good food, people drinking in bars and yelling in Cantonese on the streets, and perhaps even adrenaline-fuelled police chases, courtesy of Hong Kong crime dramas (we’re looking at you, Infernal Affairs). You would be right, but there’s also more to the Fragrant Harbour than those! Without further ado, …

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Get Your Kids to Practice Higher Order Thinking With The World’s First Math Mobile Ecosystem!

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It’s been labeled as the world’s first critical thinking mathematical mobile ecosystem, connecting little learners’ progress with teachers and parents through a handy analytics performance reporting dashboard. Previously, Team Expat featured Zap Zap Math as an educational app you want your child to get hooked on—and the app continues to amaze us with its ability to progress with the times. …

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How To Survive Long Haul Flights With Your Kids

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At some point in their lives, expat parents would have to make a plane trip with their kids in tow—whether to move abroad or to pay a visit to their extended families back in their home countries. Travelling by plane is arguably one of the most grueling journeys to make, as it involves the hassle of inspections, the marathon run …

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An Educational App You Want Your Child To Get Hooked On!

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As expat parents we all get concerned when our kids fall behind in their lessons, especially if it’s brought on by the change in school and environment. An international relocation away from all that’s familiar to your family is tough enough; imagine how it affects children who are more sensitive to change. When it comes to challenging subjects, ‘math’ must …

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Insurance for Globetrotters: A Guide for Expats Seeking Health Coverage

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When you’re living abroad, the quality of healthcare in your adopted city may not be the kind you are used to getting in your home country. Healthcare facilities vary from one country to another. Plus as a foreigner (and unless your work employment package includes international health insurance), you and your family will not likely be entitled to any free …

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Now You’re Talking! 5 Easy Ways Expats Can Learn A New Language

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Relocating to another country is daunting, but moving to a foreign country where the main language is not English ramps things up a notch – everyday tasks such as getting around and eating becomes slightly more difficult. Your enjoyment and experience of moving abroad are also limited to a foreigner or tourist’s perspective – which means you’ll miss out on …

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An Expat’s Guide to Understanding the Property Scene and Settling Down in Hong Kong

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According to a report conducted by London-based real-estate firm Knight Frank along with research firm WealthInsight (2014), Hong Kong is the second most expensive real estate market in the world – a million dollars only gets you roughly 220 square feet of space! In fact, the world’s most expensive home per square foot was recently listed for HK$819.1 million in …

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How to Find the Best Schools For Expat Children in Hong Kong

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While public schools in Hong Kong are considered academically excellent, the study approach is learning by rote and reinforced through examinations. Also, local schools may promote themselves as English schools but many still conduct a majority of lessons in Cantonese; as the language is the main medium of communication in Hong Kong. This can be a challenge for parents of …

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Top 5 Hong Kong Schools Expat Parents Need to Look At

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According to ‘The List Reader’ Choice Awards’, listed below are the top 5 schools Hong Kong has to offer. To understand how education works in Hong Kong, its intricacies, and how you need to prepare for your child’s schooling arrangements before making the move to Hong Kong, do read our comprehensive article on Finding The Best Schools For Expat Children …

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Authentic Asian Travel Experiences Handpicked by Expert Itinerary Planner Cristy Elmendorp: Part 1

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In this special first-episode piece contributed by guest blogger, avid traveller and a lovely engineer of tailor-made itineraries to some of the world’s most exciting destinations, Cristy Elmendorp, we cover some of the travel connoisseur’s favourite handpicked travel experiences in the northern hemisphere of Asia. Team Expat strongly advises expats living and/or working in Asia NOT to miss out on …

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Relocation Checklist: 10 Essential Things You Must Do To Make Relocating to Hong Kong Less Stressful

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Relocating to another country is daunting. A welcoming city with easy access to a world of modern amenities and facilities, Hong Kong takes some of that pressure off you though – especially if you’re well prepared ahead of time. Hong Kong To The Uninitiated… Hong Kong is one of the world’s largest financial hubs and a popular holiday destination, with …