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CatherineY posted Accounting/Finance job on the Taiwan forum on December 17, 2014:
Hi there, I'm an experienced CPA currently working in Toronto, Canada. I currently work as a Finance Director dealing with financial reporting, controls and tax. I have also worked extensively at a Big Four firm in both audit and tax. I am looking to move to Taiwan in the next year, however I would like to secure a job first. I also read and speak Mandarin as I was born in Taiwan. Any tips/suggestions on where I should look? Much appreciated.
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jimdida replied to the thread Nanny/AuPair Available in Taipei on the Taiwan forum:
mai1229 initially posted:
Please PMs me for more information if you are interested in hiring a FT/PT nanny/au pair for your children. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Regards, Yvonne
jimdida replied on December 17, 2014 with:
Hi Yvonne, My Name is Jim from the USA living in Taiwan, and looking for a full time nanny for my son who is 2 and half years old. Thanks Jim
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donjuanc replied to the thread bringing my 8-year old son with me to taiwan on the Taiwan forum:
wattsco01 initially posted:
I am considering moving back to Taiwan. I spent a year there 10 years ago. I'm sure things have changed dramatically. The last time I was there I was working as a photographer, teacher, actor, and handled sales and marketing for a Taiwanese trading company. I have a BA in Broadcast Communications a TESOL certificate and experience teaching English in more than one country. I don't think it would be difficult to get back into the groove but.....I will now have my eight year old son in tow. I am doing research on what would be available to me for him. I.E schools, tutors, babysitters for when I can't be with him, etc. I am hoping to start hooking up with both expats and locals before I actually come there, because I do remember this: It is not what you know but who you know. If anyone on this site reads this, I would be truly grateful for any input you have. I do not want to move my son-who would follow after I have set things up-into a situation that would not be a positive experience. I am not going to be sponsored by a large company, but I do have some monthly income set up from the US, but would not be able to put him in an expensive private school. I'm thinking home schooling with the support of an online school that can help me with the curriculum. I do know from my last visit that there are groups of expats with kids that do a sort of home schooling group. I have not been able to find any info online and know I need to probably be there to find them. But I can hope. I'll be honest; I am not just considering this for him-exposure to the language and culture at this age would definitely be valuable- but also for me. I miss Asia and want to move back, but I do not want to be one of those parents that crams information and experiences down my sons throat with the misconceived idea that it is for his own benefit. I will probably come over in January of 2015 to check things out. I can do this easily because I can fly to pretty much any major international airport for free. Once again any input would definitely be appreciated. Thank you for time and consideration Best Regards, Weston
donjuanc replied on December 13, 2014 with:
Hey Weston, I brought my two children to China last year and they were 10 and 11 at the time. If you're going to work as a teacher, you could work a deal along with the school contract where your son can attend classes to learn to write and speak Chinese. My kids were taking kindergarten and first grade Chinese along with their grade level classes plus I did some home schooling. I wanted to have them stay a second year, but they didn't like China as much as me, even though I assumed they would adjust better than me as kids. They're back home in the states with mom and family. It was a good experience for them to have in their life, and they learned some Chinese, but not enough in a year. Hope that helps.
Cocokennell replied on September 18, 2014 with:
Hi Weston. I too have similar questions and concerns since I want to move with my boyfriend who is in Taiwan. I have an 9 year old son . I don't have any certificate to teach English and I'm not sure how I would earn a living in Taiwan. My guy will be teaching English while I'm at home and that is slightly terrifying. I'm a hairstylist and I'm told I wouldn't be able to do that in Taiwan. I just more concern about the kid. I wished some one would've responded to your post
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donjuanc posted Taiwan vas. other Asian countries on the Taiwan forum on December 13, 2014:
I just recently moved to Taiwan from China and I have a question for anyone experienced with Taiwan or Asia, over all. I also visited other Asian countries in the last two years, and I have found that Taiwanese people are not as friendly and open as was my experience in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia. I have found them to be more similar to the way locals act in Singapore or Hong Kong. I'm asking because I was told people here was nicer than Chinese but it hasn't been like that at all, including, I have to admit, my attempts to meet Taiwanese women. Any feedback, anyone?
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AdrianJTapping posted Temporary Staff on the Taiwan forum:
Would anyone know where I can source temporary staff to distribute a newsletter at an event in Taipei next week?
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saravde posted laser hair removal in Kaohsiung? on the Taiwan forum:
Hi I am wondering if anyone knows of a good, safe place for expats to get laser hair removal in Kaohsiung? If you know of some places, could you please tell me the name, location and/or website if you know the approximate costs of some laser hair removal treatments, that's even better). Thanks!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan
Review-of-Taipei American School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school has a nice campus that is badly in need up updates. Ther are many opportunities for after school activities. The ones for elementary school are pricy. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Don't be fooled by the name American. This is a Chinese School with a very few amount of westerners. Asian parents pushing their kids, not friendly administrators. White kids are seen as stupid. Big bullying problem. School asks for money all the time. Elementary school classes have kids who don't speak English. We moved our kids to the European School. More tolerant.
A reader replied recently with:
After coming from 2 other "International Schools" this school is a Chinese School with the word American. The administration only cares about the wealthy Chinese parents. The board just asks for money parents whenever there is an event. And there is a lot of bullying of the whites that is ignored by the administration. And the Asian groups only help each other.
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howardchang posted Wanted: Engineer in Taiwan on the Taiwan forum:
I am looking for mechanical engineer in Taiwan. Job will be locate in Taichung. Send mail to howard3877@gmail.com if you are interested.
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I was in Taiwan for two years ten years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and want to come back. The issue is, that now I would have an eight year old boy with me. He would not stay year round, but either the school year or summer break. I would prefer, that he stay with me during the school year because my ex-wife is well….lazy….when it comes to helping him navigate his way the through the school year. So my question is: would it be a too much to expect him to adapt to life in Taiwan and, once he has learned Chinese, going to school in the public school system? The major problem, is that I will once again be teaching English and would not be able to afford any of the prominent private schools. I would not be taking him with me initially, but would send for him once everything was set up. I have done a bit of research and did find one group, I have yet to get in touch with them, that have a sort of home school group set up. In addition, there is a US based international online academy that offers material for me to home school him and then I would set him up in a school to specifically learn Chinese. I am also looking for any other alternatives that I have yet to find. All of these are possibilities, but I do not actually have to go….It is not like I am a refugee applying for asylum. I am doing this for two reasons, 1) I would like him to learn the language and culture while he is still young, like I learned French and 2)To be honest, I must admit this, I am bored to tears in the US and really enjoyed all the time I spent abroad as and expat…..which was extensive. Expats are generally an intense but very interesting group of people. I have not just lived in Asia, but also many other parts of the world. I just have an affinity for the language and I think China is the big kid on the block and that any exposure my son has to the Chines culture will be nothing but helpful. I don’t want to be one of those parents that convinces themselves that they are doing this all for their child, I’ll be honest, I am the one that wants to move. I have taken into consideration his personality characteristics, and I think he would go through some significant culture shock, but would probably land on his feet. Thus, I am looking for as much information about the possible move as I can get my hands on. If I do bring him over it would not be until the summer vacation of 2015, and then it would be solely to get a grip on the language and travel throughout that part of the world. I might be coming over in January of 2015. But, once again, would like to say, that I will probably not come over to stay if it is not in his best interest. Any information you might have to share with me would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have a degree in broadcast journalism, I’m a photographer, and I will have a TESOL certificate in hand when I hit the ground. Thanks for any info you can give me. Best Regards, Weston
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