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barprincess replied to the thread Internet & potable water on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on July 03, 2015:
salmat initially posted:
My husband leaves for Trinidad in 2 weeks to negotiate terms for employment. He will be transferring with his current company. Our daughter will attend ISPS and we will be allowed a large shipping container of household items. I have read the forum and what to bring and schools. I am very concerned with having high speed internet so I can continue my consulting work while living in Trinidad. Can someone please share about connectivity, availability of reliable Wi-fi and phone/cell service. I will have an international plan for my iPhone, but would like to use VOIP for calling internationally. Does anyone work from home with colleagues in the US and how do you handle it? My in-laws live overseas and have constant disruption of power, lack wi-fi and must rely solely on cell service to connect to internet. I am hoping that is not the case in Trinidad. Also, should we bring a reverse osmosis water filtration system to have safe drinking water. I would prefer not to buy bottled water for drinking and the high end reverse osmosis systems are quite good at removing even small particles. I read that up to 20% of the water has bacteria after heavy rainfall. Thank you in advance for your help.
barprincess replied on July 03, 2015 with:
I work from home (my company's office is in Boston) and I have not had any problems with internet service (I use FLOW). There are occasional outages but that has been rare; no different from the outages I've experienced in the US. I suggest investing in a good wireless router before you arrive. To reduce the chances of having a dropped connection, I always use an ethernet cord when working from home but you should be fine with a router. I can't advise you about VOIP as I use Skype to communicate with my colleagues and family. As for the water, I use a Brita and I've never had any problems. I've been here for three years. Best of luck with your move.
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Msturge replied to the thread Internet & potable water on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on July 02, 2015:
salmat initially posted:
My husband leaves for Trinidad in 2 weeks to negotiate terms for employment. He will be transferring with his current company. Our daughter will attend ISPS and we will be allowed a large shipping container of household items. I have read the forum and what to bring and schools. I am very concerned with having high speed internet so I can continue my consulting work while living in Trinidad. Can someone please share about connectivity, availability of reliable Wi-fi and phone/cell service. I will have an international plan for my iPhone, but would like to use VOIP for calling internationally. Does anyone work from home with colleagues in the US and how do you handle it? My in-laws live overseas and have constant disruption of power, lack wi-fi and must rely solely on cell service to connect to internet. I am hoping that is not the case in Trinidad. Also, should we bring a reverse osmosis water filtration system to have safe drinking water. I would prefer not to buy bottled water for drinking and the high end reverse osmosis systems are quite good at removing even small particles. I read that up to 20% of the water has bacteria after heavy rainfall. Thank you in advance for your help.
Msturge replied on July 02, 2015 with:
We don't have wifi disruption so much but late afternoon it slows down, and we use VOIP with no problems. We have a water dispenser for water and Blue Waters will deliver the big bottles, or you can get a water purifying system put in by these guys who our friends used: http://www.culligantrinidad.com
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Msturge replied to the thread Moving soon with kids on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on June 28, 2015:
LL3 initially posted:
We are moving to Port of Spain, from the US, soon with our 3 kids. We are able to bring a lot of things we feel we need with us, but I'm curious about what everyone would bring if they could? We obvioulsly don't want to spend more money for something in Trinidad if we can bring it so are trying to prepare. We'd like to bring our bikes, pool and swim toys, and I guess a ton of summer clothes? What else?....
Msturge replied on June 28, 2015 with:
Furniture, rugs (I wish we had brought an outdoor rug because the tile outside is slippery when wet), linens, kids toys & outdoor play structures, organizational stuff (storage bins, drawer organizers, etc), beach gear, boogie boards, etc, beach chairs & umbrella... How old are your kids? We have a Facebook group of expat moms here if you want to join....PM me.
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OhChuts replied to the thread biking safe? on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on June 27, 2015:
LL3 initially posted:
I want to bring bikes and a bike trailer to bike around the area (Port of Spain). Is it safe to do this? I'm not sure what the streets are like but I wouldn't want my kids to feel scared in the bike trailer. What are the roads like? Thanks
OhChuts replied on June 27, 2015 with:
It's not safe to ride a bike on the general roads in the city itself. Even in some neighborhoods it may not be safe ... depends on the amount of traffic. And certainly don't ride at night anywhere.
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