Monday, January 15, 2007 3:42:44 PM
However, if you break down the whole ordeal step-by-step, it’s not actually a big deal.
We left China to move to Bangkok for several reasons: a better education for the kids, living in a more comfortable city, more access to culture and entertainment, better weather, a better job for Clare and more business opportunities for me.
So after packing all our household items, getting them delivered to the Port of Dalian, having to go there to get them inspected by customs officials, arranging transport to Bangkok, the 17 hour train ride to Beijing, the 5 hour flight to Bangkok, we finally arrived in the city which would be our new home for the next while.
After a night in a hotel and slowly getting accustomed to the high heat and humidity, the search for an apartment started and quickly ended after finding the perfect place near a school and with a pool.
Next was to register the kids in school while also asking the school to hire Clare as a teacher at the same time. School fees are very high in Thailand so for a school to get three new students is a nice influx of revenue. If this revenue comes on the condition that the student’s mother needs to work there, well this is a cause for some negotiations.
A couple hours later, my kids are registered in an international school and my wife is now an employee of that school! Their commute to their new school and place of work is now about 3 minutes by foot….How convenient!
With the home, school and wife’s employment sorted out now comes the much larger job of building my personal network and setting up my company in our new country. More on that soon…