Tips for expats considering driving a car in Hong Kong

Before moving to Hong Kong, you maybe can not imagine a life without car. However, many people in Hong Kong prefer public transport over driving a car. Not only because of the traffic, but mostly because public transport is so easily available, more efficient and at a fraction of the cost. So let me give some insights of driving a car in Hong Kong: Continue reading “Tips for expats considering driving a car in Hong Kong”

Things you never thought of buying before moving to Hong Kong: dehumidifiers and air purifiers!

Certainly, you can survive in Hong Kong without a dehumidifier and air purifier. But as air pollution and humidity are often named the biggest drawbacks of living in Hong Kong, you might see why smart people end up buying these equipment to battle their worst enemies in this town! Continue reading “Things you never thought of buying before moving to Hong Kong: dehumidifiers and air purifiers!”

Opening a bank account in Hong Kong

Knowing that Hong Kong is the financial hotspot of Asia, the formal process of opening a bank account or getting a credit card might seems a bit slow and old fashioned to expats. However, with a bit of preparation, you can do it one time right and receive your bank passes within a few days. So here are some tips: Continue reading “Opening a bank account in Hong Kong”

What I wish I would have known before moving with kids to Hong Kong

With over 300.000 expats in the city, you are certainly not the first mother that arrives with a young baby, toddler, kid, or teen… so don’t be scared (as I felt!) and let me help you to be prepared! Because actually,  I believe it will be an awesome experience.  Also read Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect? Continue reading “What I wish I would have known before moving with kids to Hong Kong”

Tips and tricks to settle quickly in Hong Kong

You won’t forget the day you arrive in Hong Kong – the first encounter with the Fragent Harbour’s skyscrapers, wet markets, it’s smells  and tiny serviced apartments, will make you feel excited and scared at the same time. How to get up to speed in this city? Here are some tips: Continue reading “Tips and tricks to settle quickly in Hong Kong”

Moving to Hong Kong? Must have Apps en FB Groups

For the ones just moved to Hong Kong and want to get connected to digital Hong Kong as soon as possible, please find below some useful apps and facebook groups. Continue reading “Moving to Hong Kong? Must have Apps en FB Groups”

How to decide where to live in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has it all: authentic local areas, expat bubbles, island life, buzzling spots in the city and tranquil oases near the beach or mountains and anything in between all of this. So where to live? I will give some pointers to help you decide where to live: Continue reading “How to decide where to live in Hong Kong?”

Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect?

The question most asked during our recent visit to family and friends is: how is it to be an expat in Hong Kong? Well here is the answer – it is amazing to live in one of the world’s economic centers, on the 38th floor with a stunning view, with kids playing in the pool, enjoying the beaches, drinking cocktails in the skybars, and working in one of the beautiful buildings of the skyline. Using the taxi, metro, boat or tram to move around. Making lots of memories with new friends and enjoying time together as a family. Continue reading “Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect?”

Find a relocation Buddy!

I came across this article on Forbes (Susan Adams) when researching for my new blog ExpatWise. It inspired me to become what they state is a key success factors to overcome many relocation traps:  a relocation partner and friend!

The article quotes Couper and Segal, both authors and consultants in the international career industry, who suggest:  Find an expat relocation buddy, someone you know who lives in your new city or town. If that someone has made the same move you’re facing, he or she can help you navigate the many practical challenges ahead, from how to get cable TV hooked up to the local dining scene. Segal also recommends finding a friend who comes from the culture where you’re moving and has spent time in the U.S. “Find someone who can help you with protocol and etiquette, and with the nuances of doing business,” she suggests. Even better than a buddy, says Segal: Ask your firm for professional help, known in the relocation world as a “settling-in service.” These pros, can help you do everything from securing a local driver’s license to getting working papers for your spouse.

With ExpatWise i want  to provide you with  settling-in and expat advice,  with a buddy approach. Please let me know how I can help you with your move to Hong Kong.