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601. Posted by sanny22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Bachi,
Kindly contact me on sanju_cha2000 at the rate yahoo com or sanny22 at the rate rediffmail com.
i will give u all the details.


602. Posted by kiejai (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey mate, I am a Hong Kong born Chinese but am holding a BN(O) passport. I am planing to apply a WHM Visa. How much do I need in my bank account and if my passport will expire half year later, do I have a renew it first before I apply the WHM? I really wanna work and travel there...London is expensive, it's nice, though!

603. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Aloha Malaysian,

It is September 29, two more day before it turn October. will they reopen the application for WHM in msia ??????

Let pray

604. Posted by TravelMc (Full Member 93 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

Some simple tips - get your bank account BEFORE you come. Full stop. Don't muck about trying it once your here - I know travellers who were here for 6 months and their bank accounts came through as they were preparing ot leave. HSBC does do an account for the UK - they ask you to have a mnimum balance which is really high (like £2000) before they'll do it and it can take some time but they should do it - its all money in their bank right? But you can also ask your regualr bank what they can do for you. My bank got me one because it was a subsidiary of a UK bank (not any more though - lucky I came when I did). So do ask around but I know loads of HSBC bank account holders here who are only with them because they do UK accounts for us travellers. Ask around at your own though.
Jobs - most of the time you will find your permit/visa will specificcally state you cannto seek to further a professional career (exclusions are some medical staff, teachers, high spec prof positions but you tend to get especially brought into the UK for these). Anyway the idea is you come here without any 'tools of your trade' and just get stuck in. This may mean being a waiter or bartender until you find something else. Either way come willing to give anything a go - if you have a particular skill let people know. Asian languages will be in demand for companies that deal with Asians (one point - 'Asian' in the UK almost predominantly refers to Indians rather than the broader inclusion the rest of the world uses it with - no idea why its just what I have come across) so feel free to tell employers you are Japanese/Malya/hindu/etc etc or speak lots of languages. Look at on line recruiters in the UK to see what jobs are about and what the pay is and look into what rooms cost to rent in the area you are heading to.
Remember if you go to the city you pay more to live but you get better choices of job and better paying jobs than in smaller places. Don't feel you have to go to London though - the whole country has stuff to offer and you may enjoy your time here more if you go somewhere of more interest to you.

Come with an open mind and a willing attitude and you will always do well - thats what makes the people here love us travellers.

All the best!

605. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey peeps,

yehh I'm all set to go!
departing on 4Nov to london,
found a job, opened a bank acct, gt my visa and tix
anyone who's there on work holidaymaker visa, lets meet!

606. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 106 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been reading everyone's blogs and its so exciting to see that there is a huge community of young gung-hos in Malaysia and Singapore hungry for an experience that's different from the Regular Joe - study hard, go to uni, work even harder, save like mad, meet potential spouse, buy house, have kids, and start the debt rolling. (No offence to those who have done, btw.)

I have been in the UK for 20 months now and just like all good things, my WHM Visa is coming to an end. Come mid Jan 06, I will be bawling my eyes out as I am packed off kicking and screaming on that plane home.

Being here has been an amazing rollercoaster ride - starting with the small things like opening a Bank Account to bigger ones like renting a flat, working, living, breathing and being a part of this country called England. You just have to be here to know what I mean. Its just too cool, y'know?

And to all of you on the way out here - just one word of advice (other than have fun cos time flies!) - try not to live with friends from home. Trust me on this one. Your experience will be much greater when you're "forced" to adapt to a different culture from yours. Remember that its part of the reason why you're out here anyway AND chances of broadening your social circle are better too!
It just seems a bit of a waste when you've come all the way out here only to live like you've never left home, isnt it?

So good luck, travel hard, and keep a journal!

Later x

607. Posted by suzee (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

Im Malaysian living in London. Just wondering if any Malaysian on this site would like to get together.

And also if anyone would like to try a job as bartender i do have some contacts. Cant confrim if you can get the job but i can try to help!

You can get me at : kosong tujuh lapan tujuh lima - satu kosong lima lima lapan dua. Hope you can understand this message as we are not allowed to give contact details.

Hear from you all soon.



608. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi christamas is coming soon. i would like to get advice from you guys. i want to buy some presents for my pals back in Malaysia. currently i am in Wales. what kind of presents or things which are cheaper here compared to the things in Malaysia. just asking. i have in mind like clothes, handbags and other stuff. recommendations are welcomed

609. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 106 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Fridge magnets with either the Welsh dragon or Welsh flag. Cheap and cheerful!

610. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

urrrr,,,,,, thanks, but i think i need to buy something more expensive and not souveniers

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