Following a very easy flight where I slept most of the way and only woke up to be served delicious ice-cream, I am now in Bangkok.
For actuaries the way of life here is very desirable. The basic salaries sound low especially after tax, but they are more than adequate to live a comfortable ex-pat lifestyle.
The cost of living here is extremely low. e.g. a half hour taxi ride that in London costs an arm and a leg here is less than £2. Certain things are expensive eg. one scoop of Haagen Das ice-cream that I bought from a department store cost approximately double my taxi fare back to the hotel.
If any actuaries want further information about lifestyle or work in Bangkok they should either register or update their registration on the GAAPS website or contact me by phone (020 7397 6200) after my return to the UK on 2nd of August.
Jason has arrived in Sydney to join Tony at GAAPS PTY Australia.
So far he has looked for actuaries on Bondi Beach,
on Sydney Bridge,
and on a cruise.
So, if you are an actuary looking for a job in Australia, check out the GAAPS website for the latest vacancies.
(And if you are an employer, please be aware that we have a comprehensive database, we don’t limit ourselves to the actuaries that we find at popular tourist attractions.)
Jason has stopped over in Singapore on his way to join Tony at GAAPS PTY Australia.
He’s taking advantage of the stopover for a number of company visits so let us know if you are looking for an actuary job in Singapore or an actuary job in Asia.
Travelling to meetings closer to home, Yaxue and Collette went to visit a client in Kingswood, Surrey and took these photos of the quaint railway station on the Southern line and the inside of the Station House.
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Wanda and Geraldine went to Rosebank, another district with hotels, shops, businesses and housing to do some shopping. They have a famous Sunday morning market, selling African ware, clothes, food, flee market. Took opportunity to buy gifts: African jewellery and glassware. It was very busy and outside, lots going on with steel drum band playing and big area of restaurants and bars.
Geraldine went out for dinner with some local actuaries.
Geraldine relaxed in the hotel resting in the sunshine by pool. The temperature was 27/28 degrees at the weekend, an improvement on when we first arrived.
The finals for the Calvin Klein underwear model competition were being held at the department store next to the hotel. Wanda just happened to be passing by when the 10 finalists were in the window posing in their underwear so had to take a photo….
Wanda went to a game reserve about an hours drive away from hotel. Saw a variety of wild life: White lions, Cheetahs, Wild dogs, wildebeasts, wart hogs, water buffalo, zebra, hippos, Ostrich, springbok etc. They also had an area with baby animals and there was an opportunity to cuddle the lion cubs.
The careers fair was very successful, with the biggest turn out ever for students and companies. Read more about the careers fair at the GAAPS Blog.
After careers fair we went to Melrose Arch to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice hotel. Melrose Arch is a vibrant area of bars, piazzas, shopping and hotels. The hotel was built especially for the world cup visitors and is a boutique style, 5 star hotel. We much preferred the area and hotel and the food was excellent.
Breakfast meeting at 7:30am in the hotel – we met with a Senior Consultant who might be joining us to head up our operations in South Africa.
2:30 pm – Client visit. Looking for a consultant with reinsurance experience, they have promised to send us a detailed job description ASAP.
4:00pm Another client visit. This time we picked up several vacancies for qualified actuaries and experienced PTQs.
A perfect start to our trip began with a visit to the Seafood bar at Heathrow where we had smoked salmon accompanied by chilled champagne. Then a 10 hour flight during the night, arriving in Jo-burg at 6.30am the next day.