Yimkwan Tsang

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    How far have petrol prices fallen in Europe and Asia? [Infographic]

    May 06, 2020 @ 07:24 AM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a historic drop in demand for petroleum products. In addition to reduction of fuel use for air and sea transport, on-road passenger travel has been impacted as consumers are driving significantly shorter distances and less often.

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    A Cost-of-Living Survey in Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Mar 26, 2020 @ 07:34 AM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    Last quarter, in the early stages of the global COVID-19 outbreak, I was surveying Southeast Asia. At the time of my transit through Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia had recently suspended flights from mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Though normally a carrier that promotes customer self-service, the airline was diverting all travellers from these locations to the check-in counters to undergo screening questions before being allowed to proceed; in fact, they  were prohibited from using the automated-check-in machines as you can see in the photo below.

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    No Vacancy in Stockholm and a Rise in Employer-Backed Leases

    Mar 17, 2020 @ 03:31 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    The Stockholm housing rental market has been mostly stable over the last several months, despite a steady increase in demand. Rental units are challenging to find in this near-zero vacancy market and houses are especially limited. For new assignees, there has been an increase in demand for employer-backed leases and this trend is expected to grow.

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    The Coronavirus Impact on Daily Life in Hong Kong

    Feb 26, 2020 @ 01:53 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    As of Feb 26, 2020, the number of confirmed cases of CoViD-19 has risen to 91 with 2 fatalities. The anxiety on the ground in Hong Kong is pervasive. In my neighborhood, for example, there was a recent Coronavirus fatality. For many residents in Hong Kong, present events are stirring memories from of our lives during SARS in 2003. I was young at the time and mostly recall the extended holidays and chatting with friends online, but the fear of older residents who lived through previous outbreaks is tangible.

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    Tourism Turmoil: Barcelona and Madrid’s Rental Markets

    Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:59 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    Barcelona has 1.6 million residents and an annual influx of 30 million temporary residents. This excessive number of tourists has brought instability to the city’s housing market as many long-term rentals have turned into short-term furnished units to cater to demand.

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    Russia’s Foreign Citizen Registration Law: what is it and how is it impacting expatriates?

    Feb 01, 2019 @ 12:05 AM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    In July of 2018, Russia changed its rule for foreign citizen registration. Previously, a foreign resident could register using their company address. The new rule no longer allows this and requires a home address.

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    Evolving Transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Nov 29, 2018 @ 03:02 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    Rideshare companies are having an impact in Jakarta, a city where traffic is ever present and getting around can be challenging. While it is common for expatriates to have a car and driver here, taxi and rideshare companies are innovating ways to capture expatriate clientele.

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    Cape Town Water Crisis: Drought, Restrictions, and Day Zero

    Apr 02, 2018 @ 04:09 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    The government is enforcing strict policies to deal with the water crisis.

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