1 August 2016

Henry Lucien CHAN - Expat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Henry Lucien CHAN - Expat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: 2. Born in Singapore, studied in US, domicile in Canada.

Q: In which city are you currently residing?
A: Phnom Penh.

Q: What do you do in your new city?
A: Senior Advisory roles and Project Development & Management Specisalist.

Q: How is the quality of life in your new city in comparison to that of your home city?
A: This is a developing country so it is not all there.
Shop in Hong Kong, holiday in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore. There are 27 public holidays in Cambodia.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare system in which you are currently enrolled?
A: Not good.

Q: How does the cost of living compare to that of your home city?
A: High. COL is 1st world but standards are 3rd world.

Q: Did you use a relocation company to help you with your move?
A: No, I bought everything here.

Q: How easy or difficult was the relocation process?
A: Easy, with $$$.

Q: Did you move here with any family members?
A: Initially no. But wife joined and she commutes.

Q: Did your spouse and children find it difficult to adapt to their new job and schools? 
A: Yes, wife spends 1 month on/off. Child studies in Shenzhen, China.

Q: How did the family, including you, do in acclimating to the new culture and surroundings?
A: No problem. English is a commonn medium.

Q: What is your favourite mobile app which you use to aid you in your expat life?
A: Overseas news.

Q: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer a new expat in your new city?
A: Make sure your company actually signs the employment contract and gives you a copy, make sure the health insurance is activated, dont accept any delays / excuses about late salaries, get a signed mandate and for serious issues, never accept an oral instruction.