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Old 06.11.2019, 08:16
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Thanks all for replies.

The benefits would be:
-International work experience for me and hubby
-International experience for the children - seeing something very different from Zurich
-Discovery of a new continent during the travels there
-Going to a more diverse school for a period of time (but one that does indeed allow a relatively smooth re-entry into the Zurich system)
-We would have an adventure
-Kids will learn English and hopefully some Mandarin

The downsides:
-Salary cut and potential risk to not get this level back upon return
-Higher risk (what if they fire me when abroad?)
-Lack of family nearby (as opposed to here)
-Kids will go through adjustment phase
-The huge amount of paperwork and physical work related to an international move

I guess it comes down to the question of how much salary cut is one willing to take for the benefits outline - bit like an investment in self and children development

Will ponder some more and let you all know

Happy Friday everyone
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On the offchance that Singers is your destination of choice there is a goldmine of information here: https://forum.singaporeexpats.com/viewforum.php?f=33

Sunday morning staples is a highly informed contributor & I used this forum all the time during our time there & in preparation to leave. Best of luck wherever you're headed.
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Old 06.11.2019, 08:21
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Had fun rereading this post almost 3 years later!

Got so busy I never came back to update but... we ended up coming to Singapore and it has been amazing!

Don't was to sugar coat it, the household move itself and the list of hundreds of to dos was horrible... Living here however has been great - kids have learned so much, we have done super travels and experienced something different.

The food is to die for!

So no regrets and happy we decided to come.
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Old 06.11.2019, 08:27
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is it just about learning Mandarin?
Romantic, cosmopolitan & desirable as it sounds, I'd recommend not bothering for a couple of reasons.

-The Chinese are learning English with a view to spreading their influence & economics across the globe not the other way around.

-Singaporeans don't really speak Chinese except the older generations that run the multitude of hawker centres.

- It's a bad use of your time as you'll almost certainly never ever use it & when you do you'll be laughed at as the "Ang Mo". You'll end up being a source of amusement rather than being viewed as internationally progressive or integral.

Don't bother is my 1st hand experience - spend your time learning piano or something.
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Had fun rereading this post almost 3 years later!

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Wait what? the thread is 3 years old ?D'oh!

Glad it worked out for you la!

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Thanks for coming back to update and glad it has all been worthwhile. Feel free to pop by more often than once every 3 years.
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My father was only a hobby politician, his father, whom I never met was an MP.

In 1983 when I was 21, I was earning more than twice as much as my father, even through he had a degree from Cambridge whilst I just had some 'O' levels. I had little in common with my father, he was unable to help me with my career in any way.
Oh wow, how did I miss all of these?

FMF, that explains a hell lot of things.
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Old 08.11.2019, 10:07
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-The Chinese are learning English with a view to spreading their influence & economics across the globe not the other way around.

What rubbish !


If you can and are able (neither easy to achieve) toi learn Mandarin or any other language for that matter, not only do you gain a huge advange for intergration with your local community but you gain so many more experiences that you would miss otherwise.


The Chinese have realised this and learn English so when we mutter between oursleves they understand exactly what we are saying; when they mutter between themselves we have absolutely no idea what they say.


Who is at the most disadvantaged, the one who speakes a language or the one who doesn't ?


If you are located in a country it is so much easier to learn the language just by imersion, can you imagine trying to learn German or Chinese in England for instance ? Far harder than here or Beijing, respectively.
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