Philli Wong

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    Philli joined AIRINC in 2011 as a surveyor and analyst. Today she is the longest serving full-time surveyor. Philli has surveyed 200 locations for AIRINC covering all the continents. She speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, and is picking up other useful languages along the way.

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    How do you find a home to rent in Zug, Switzerland?

    May 05, 2020 @ 05:49 PM / by Philli Wong

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    During my Switzerland survey, I found that many people choose to live in Zug for its lower cost of living and lower tax costs compared to neighboring cities Lucerne and Zurich. Zug is just about thirty minutes by train, which makes it a practical choice.

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    Manila, Philippines: Surveying after the first COVID-19 case

    Mar 31, 2020 @ 08:15 PM / by Philli Wong

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    On January 30th, I arrived in Manila to start my recent survey quarter, and the Philippines had just confirmed their first case of COVID-19. I observed what seemed like a swift local response as much of the population was already wearing masks, and hand sanitizer was provided in most hotels and restaurants in the Makati area. One supermarket even advised customers to put on a mask upon entering, but it was not mandatory.

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    Expatriate Recreation and Tourism in Manama, Bahrain

    Dec 24, 2019 @ 12:15 AM / by Philli Wong

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    During my recent survey, I visited the Avenue Mall in Manama, a seafront mall stretching for 1.5 km. It reminded me of the Avenue Mall in Kuwait because it provides an outdoor feeling with large glass windows and skylights, while protecting shoppers from the burning sun. As anyone that’s traveled to Bahrain knows, the country is a popular destination for residents of Saudi Arabia seeking recreation and malls are one of the top attractions. Numerous expatriates and Saudi Arabians visit Bahrain for the shopping, movies, restaurants, waterparks, and other activities.

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    The Challenges of Transportation in Casablanca

    Nov 05, 2019 @ 07:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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    Despite the availability of options, public transportation in Casablanca feels prohibitive. The bus system is not really an option for expats or visitors as the vehicles are old and falling apart. The tram is modern, but stops are limited, and it doesn’t connect with major malls, hotels, or restaurants.

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    Obvious Change: My Third Survey of Far East Russia

    Oct 08, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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    I recently surveyed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city in the far east Russia, for the third time. Given the city’s size, it is easy to notice any changes. Sakhalin Island is developing in accordance with the government’s plan to promote tourism, which would also increase recreation options for expatriates. 

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    What's the best way to travel around Mauritius?

    Jun 19, 2019 @ 09:09 AM / by Philli Wong

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    Transportation in Mauritius can be challenging for new assignees. Driving is a necessary part of life here as traveling across the island for meetings and activities is common.

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    Currency and Economic Volatility: The impact on Turkey's rental market

    Jan 23, 2019 @ 08:58 AM / by Philli Wong

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    Rents in Turkey decreased due to lower demand, the depreciation of the lira, and the economic conditions that resulted from recent government policies and security concerns. A recent change in lease laws required that all contracts be signed and paid in Turkish lira (TRY) instead of USD or EUR.

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    Expatriate Life in Belize City [5-minute read]

    Jan 04, 2019 @ 02:30 AM / by Philli Wong

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    Over the past decade of surveying Belize City, availability and outlets in our goods and services survey have changed very little. The same two supermarkets remain the best options in town–Brodie’s and Save U. These outlets offer a decent selection of grocery items and some imports, but an assignee may have to visit more than one shop on a shopping trip in order to get particular ingredients.

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    The Meter is on Mobile in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    Aug 16, 2017 @ 12:47 PM / by Philli Wong

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    There are official and unofficial taxis in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The unofficial ones are most commonly used by locals as they can be hailed easily.

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    Luanda, Angola: Then and Now

    Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:33 PM / by Philli Wong

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    After two years, I’m surveying Luanda, Angola for the second time. I remember clearly how awful the traffic was during my first survey in 2014

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