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Hello from Hong Kong

Hi everyone, I just found this forum whilst researching a possible move to Zurich.... I am English and married a Swiss guy whilst living in London. We now live in Hong Kong and who knows where else next......
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4 hours on this forum has truly given me a headache !!

We were married in Zurich but never lived in CH together. Husband and I have been discussing the possiblilty of living in either Singapore for 3 years or going home ( for him) to Zurich. I have been tooing and froing from this forum and various websites trying to find out what my options would be iIF we were to move there and I think I have just given up, my god it is complicated. Even the consolidated threads make my head hurt.....
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Re: Hello from Hong Kong

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Welcome to the Forum. Really sorry about the headache. Come to Switzerland where the pharmaceutical industry is...
Seriously - when wading through the Threads in the Forum, you have to remember that it is a Forum, everyone can have a say, so a lot of personal experiences get mixed together with facts about the law of the country.
Pity you didn't get married earlier (when you were about five years old perhaps ?!?) as I believe you would then have automatically received Swiss Nationality when you married, as I did.
When your headache has gone, have another look - perhaps it isn't quite so black after all!
Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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Living in Singapore could be a good prelude to living in CH -- well ordered country with lots of rules and regulations and low taxes. It's hot and humid there though.

If you like exploring the tropics, Singapore is a good base. You earn relatively big bucks there and take your money to visit surrounding regions, especially Borneo island (Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan) for its bounteous wilderness, quite empty islands with nice beaches, amazing dive sites, and varied cultures.

Be aware though that the work culture in Singapore can be brutal -- long hours, great pressure, and you're expected to be 'reachable' most of the time.
A lot will depend on the culture of the organisation you or your other half will be working for.


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4 hours on this forum has truly given me a headache !!

We were married in Zurich but never lived in CH together. Husband and I have been discussing the possiblilty of living in either Singapore for 3 years or going home ( for him) to Zurich. I have been tooing and froing from this forum and various websites trying to find out what my options would be iIF we were to move there and I think I have just given up, my god it is complicated. Even the consolidated threads make my head hurt.....
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Your move will obviously depend on your personal situation, but if you have the opportunity to work elsewhere in Asia I say grab it! Working in different Asian countries could be a very enriching experience personally and professionally. There are SO MANY things I miss about Asia but thankful that I've had the experience and now my husband and I are building new memories in Europe
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Be aware though that the work culture in Singapore can be brutal -- long hours, great pressure, and you're expected to be 'reachable' most of the time.
A lot will depend on the culture of the organisation you or your other half will be working for.

I don't think Hong Kong is any different from this perspective.
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Re: Hello from Hong Kong

Hi thanks Argus and Longbyt for your replies

I haven't given up just needed to stop looking at websites that list a million different visa types.

There are many pros and cons to living in both places. I love the heat and am fairly happy with humidity ( HK is currently at about 95% ) I HATE cold despite being born in Manchester !!! But that also explains why I don't mind the tropical rain !! but enjoy the clean air and mountains in Switzerland...... Golf is expensive in both places.
Travel is great from Singapore but from Switzerland you ahve Italy which is one of my fave countries...

Hubby works for Swiss company so working hours are not too bad.

At the moment just on here and looking at other Brits feelings about living in CH. and also trying to get my head around what the working situation would be like, though I would prob go to school to learn German full time for the first 6 mts...
I have very mixed feelings, but then the longest I have been there is 3 weeks and that is staying with the family and not having any other friends.....

Think I might just pull straws.....
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Your move will obviously depend on your personal situation, but if you have the opportunity to work elsewhere in Asia I say grab it! Working in different Asian countries could be a very enriching experience personally and professionally. There are SO MANY things I miss about Asia but thankful that I've had the experience and now my husband and I are building new memories in Europe
I know, I know but now we are 40 we are also thinking about buying/building a home and actually living in the same place for more than 3 years.......( which we have never done) so that is another plus for CH !! I would definately miss the food out here though......
We are in CH in August for a couple of weeks so i will have to look at things in a whole new light !!! I am really 50/50 on this. Thank you for your imput and for the PM's. This is really a great forum. It does make me feel a little less scared of the isolation I thought I would feel there. at least half of my family speak no English and so my trips there have always been somewhat 'quiet'.....
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Dakman's right, HK and SGP have a similar attitude on working hours. You do what you gotta do and more. Fortunately, Hard work is rewarded accordingly; and if you need to re-energise in the middle of a long work night, there's always a good noodle shop in the corner...and after work, great selection of restaurants and pubs just a few blocks away.
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Re: Hello from Hong Kong

hallo! i presume you've also been surfing the singapore expats forum, if not, here it is http://www.expatsingapore.com/

golf is expensive in SG, but should you go up north, or down south, you'd find it's cheaper. Also I understand expats in SG have been complaining about the rent of late, apparently its bad enough that many have gone home. On the other hand, the major plus for expats in SG is, you don't have to learn another language
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Re: Hello from Hong Kong

Hi,
I am thinking of moving from Suisse to Hong Kong, cause my wife is Chinese

The greatest differences you'll find between the places is the pace of life, here the emphasis is on quality, not time. Another big difference is service, en Suisse- its very easy going... some say too easy... you want to buy, you buy.. you dont.. you dont... no we they dont negociate...

On a different note, was told many years back if you are in a mixed marriage, ie your from different countries, then it works best if you live in a third, else one of the partners will feel at a disadvantage... food for thought.

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