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Boardcore posted To Relocate or Not!! on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on August 29, 2014:
Hi, We are an Irish family with 3 kids (7, 3 & 4mths) that have been offered jobs in trinidad. Accomodation is provided within gated communities and we need to make a decision over the next few days. I'd appreciate all support and info you can give me, but specifically: 1. What is the situation with nannies etc., for baby and 3 yr old - where do i look, are they reliable, trustworthy etc., & how does it work? 2. What is the best school for my daughter, she is going into 2nd class (Irish system) this year, so what year is that? 3. My son, who is 4 in nov., would be attending a pre-school year here in ireland - what age do they start there? 4. What is quality of life - is it safe to go to beaches at weekends or is it all gated communities? 5. Is there areas to avoid? I guess bottom line, is this an opportunity not to be turned down. Appreciate all the help you can offer me, Many thanks
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TheCulturalNorm replied to the thread Looking for cars to buy on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
beachlover initially posted:
Hello, we are new to POS and need 2 cars, preferably 4x4, used. Thanks!!
TheCulturalNorm replied on August 28, 2014 with:
I couldn't find a Facebook group called Trini Expat For Sale. Could you post a link, Msturge? Thanks.
jray replied on August 14, 2014 with:
Yes i have a range rover evoque 2012 forsale.
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Ledapq replied to the thread Moving to trinidad on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on August 28, 2014:
awilliamson initially posted:
Hi moving to Trinidad next year with my 13 year old son , my husband is moving out there this November. Feeling very anxious as do not know what to expect but have heard crime is very high . I have also got 2 dogs I need to bring as will be out there for several years. Can anyone give me some advise
Ledapq replied on August 28, 2014 with:
In Westmoorings you have the American International School. And there are also Canadian and British schools, but I dont know exactly where. Most of my colleagues' kids attend the American school. About the dogs, I was told that basically no gated community will accept pets, maybe you'll be luckier but that was the response I got from 3 different realtors. There are a couple of apt buildings/ gated community in Westmoorings but its basically an opened neighborhood, however, it is very safe. We live there and I really like the neighborhood. Our dogs were coming from Costa Rica and the US so Im pretty sure we had more requirements than the UK, if you give me your email I can send you the application form/ guidelines. Once you submitt your application it only takes 3-4 days to get the permit, but on our permits we were asked for more tests for the permit to be valid, and also the permit was given for only 3 months so you have to make sure you dont apply too soon but have enough time in case they ask for extra tests.
awilliamson replied on August 27, 2014 with:
Thank you for your reply this is very helpful. I have heard westmoorings is very good also I have heard there are some good schools there. It is important that I am close to a good school and a safe gated community but worried about how the dogs fit into this. I haven't started any procedure as yet so any advise would be much appreciated . We are moving from near London and I have a spaniel and a retriever.
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Chibs replied to the thread New Friends on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on August 27, 2014:
dashawnab initially posted:
Hi, i'm not new to Trinidad as lived there with my trini husband for a year. I am from Chicago and I went home to give birth last year and will return to Trinidad next month. Are there any ladies from the states looking to make a friend? It would be great if you have kids as my daughter will be 1 next month.
Chibs replied on August 27, 2014 with:
My wife and I are from the uk and have a son who too will be 1 in September. We have just moved to trinidad so my wife doesn't know anyone yet.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
We were limited to what the realitor wanted to show us, mainly West Morings. My husband talked to people at work (other expats and locals) and they told us about different areas. We insisted in viewing the other areas we knew of. (Like the US, realitors are looking at their best interest; not yours. They want to show you where they have rental properties, need I say more...)

Secondly, Drive to work and back during your work hours once you find the area you like. Adjust the hours or the location depending on your choice. Everyone complains about traffic, but Houston's traffic is the same if not worse with 6 lanes on every road. (Continue)

Markiza replied most recently with:
thanks for details, but what about safety, kids kidnapping and murder issues (second country in the word) appreciate your support
A reader replied recently with:
moving soon from Houston we are looking to live near the school are there any other neighboorhood options you suggest?
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Skp29 replied to the thread Bayside towers on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Chibs initially posted:
So I have arrived in Trinidad, spent the first 3 days house hunting and after looking at about 20 different places with some over budget, some not safe for a toddler, some tatty and some although amazing houses to far out of the way, I have decided on bayside towers in cocorite. However I haven't signed the lease yet so if anyone know why me my wife and 10 month old son would not be happy there please let me know. Or if you think it's a good choice I'd also like to know.
Skp29 replied on August 18, 2014 with:
I lived there for a year. Overall it's very safe and convenient. I left because the ventilation is terrible so i smell the neighbors cooking as if it were mine, the ac units are terribly loud and the water in the tap was dirty. If you are on the side with the road then im certain the apartment would be dusty. The pool and green area however is lovely and great for kids.
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myana posted Cooking classes!!! on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Hey all! I am a Trini born French-trained professional chef. Ive worked in Mediterranean as well as Indian kitchens over the last 7 years! Newly settling in Trinidad, I am finally starting cooking classes at the Country Club, probably on Mondays. Wanna learn how to use herbs? take apart a whole chicken? Make veggies fancy and tasty? cook a 3 course meal to impress? Take the challenge ladies (and gentlemen) and jump on board this exciting culinary journey! Contact me at myana_@hotmail.com for further info.
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Cola posted Safety on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
I am considering a move to Port of Spain early in 2015 with my wife and 13 year old son. We are keen and somewhat excited about the move, the main reservation however is personal safety having read about the number of murders and kidnappings. I wonder if anyone can advise should we be highly concerned or not?
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Symantha23 posted Garage Sale in Port of Spain on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Hi Everyone, Im leaving Trinidad unexpectedly and selling all sort of imported household items, mostly new or barely used, organic groceries, etc as won't be able to take back to the UK, please check the link and please share with your friends as leaving in few days. email:morellis.chuecos@gmail.com whatsapp: +44 7881404342 https://www.dropbox.com/s/clrrh033gawg80s/TT%20Sale.xlsx
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Chibs replied to the thread Tax on Package Allowance on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Themariner initially posted:
I would like to know, if you are employed in Trinidad, you are subject for a Tax of 25 %, is all your package subject for a tax? or only the basic salary?
Chibs replied most recently with:
From what I have been told by my new employer everything is subject to tax. My wages will be taxed at 25% and so will my housing allowance and my bonus I get at the end of my contract.
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