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Roboguy 04-08-2008 03:30 PM

Calling Ex-Pat Wives
 
My wife and I might be considering a stint (5-6 years) in Moresby. I'd love to know how expat wives have found it? Ease of making friends, staying occupied, safe and basically sane.
We've lived and Asia and loved it but PNG sounds like quite a different gig. Will my wife (coming up to 45, kids off our hands) go bonkers?

surveyman 05-08-2008 12:16 PM

I am looking for the same kind of info. My wife and I will be moving there soon and would love to get some up to date advise.

Roboguy 06-08-2008 11:29 AM

Hi Surveyman
Maybe we'll see you there?
Roboguy

Ian P 06-08-2008 07:18 PM

Hi Roboguy & Surveyman,

Myself & my wife are also heading to Port Moresby in a couple of months. We have found out about a few clubs etc that have ladies events such as the All Nations Womens Club (I think). Maybe we will catch up. Cheers

Roboguy 07-08-2008 02:55 PM

Hi Ian P
Do you have email details for any of those clubs or people you mention? I'm still 'in process' and any relevant info would help with decision making.
Thanks.

sbort 07-08-2008 04:50 PM

If you'll be in Pom, there is the Yacht Club where most Expats hang out, then there is Aviat Club - there other little associations where expat wives involve themselves with like the Susu Mamas and many more.

Roboguy 08-08-2008 02:11 PM

Thanks Sbort
Is there anyone we could email to get the low down on what life os like for expat wives...no kids...lots of time on hand?

shazza 08-08-2008 05:39 PM

hi roboguy and wife
you'll enjoy port moresby don't worry!! your wife can get involved in many womens groups and clubs, i suggest when you get there to begin making friends that have your same interests and passions - if you play golf the POM golf club has a really good womens group both comp and social, moreover there is the Business professional Womens Club that do alot of charity work trying to raise funds for girls tuition fees, the susu mamas is another really good group but its more for women with young kids, the All Nations is another good group especially for socialising as there are many women in it that are with the Diplomatic Corps and get quite involved in charity and fundraising. if you are sports orientated there are many social clubs like the POM Runners, Boroko tennis club, etc
However, as someoen who was born and grew up in Pom i beg of you not to become the typical expats that only socialise within the expat community !!!- PNg people you will find, are friendly, great to be with and make long lasting friends!!! I hope to see you in POM...you will have a wonderful time there




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Originally Posted by Roboguy
My wife and I might be considering a stint (5-6 years) in Moresby. I'd love to know how expat wives have found it? Ease of making friends, staying occupied, safe and basically sane.
We've lived and Asia and loved it but PNG sounds like quite a different gig. Will my wife (coming up to 45, kids off our hands) go bonkers?


Roboguy 09-08-2008 01:36 PM

Hi Shazza
Thanks for your full answer. Can I prevail on you for one more question. Everything I read about POM makes the place sound like a war zone ie the high level of concern around personal and property security. How much crime is actually directed at immigrants and expats? Are white women a target for raskols? Evert country (including New Zealand) has its risks and violent crime is an everyday occurrence here but of course we blend right in with everybody else. I'm nervous about taking my wife to a place where I'll always be worrying about her safety if she is a target. As you suggest, life is much richer if you are accepted by the local community. We lived in Thailand for a few years, travelled freely and learned the language. So no worries on that score. I visited PNG exactly 20 years ago for 2 weeks. I found it quite lovely despite the obvious social problems and disparities and as you say, in the main, the local people were very friendly and open with me so I was never afraid as such. A frank answer from you regarding your opinion on the safety question would really be appreciated by many visitors to this site, not just me I think.
Thanks.

sbort 09-08-2008 02:28 PM

Roboguy
Pom is a nice place to live in. You just have to be in the right place right time all the time................just like anywhere else in the world.


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