A city so beloved that it's sometimes referred to as the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, is one of the most populous cities in the Mindanao region. The city certainly knows how to have fun, and is famous for offering unsurpassed kayaking and white water rafting experiences on the Cagayan de Oro River. Living in Cagayan de Oro can be a lot of fun for expats too, with a wide spread of opportunities that will make you feel at home in this new country. But if you're the kind of person who needs something a little less intense than white water rafting, then you should visit the San Agustin Cathedral with its centuries old stained-glass windows. Following that you can adjust to living in Cagayan by resting under the ancient mahogany trees in the Vicente de Lara Park.
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So you've made the big leap, and you have decided that you're moving to Cagayan de Oro. When you first arrive you can feel scared or alone, but do not worry, the international community of expatriates on the InterNations website can be an invaluable source of indispensable advice on moving to a foreign country. Categories in the forums include jobs and professions, geography and environment, lifestyle and fashion, science, general chit chat, and arts and entertainment. There are numerous forum threads, with Q&As lead by other expats to get some quick and easy answers, or more detailed approaches to solving problems. In addition, the Expat Magazine has member-submitted articles, as well articles written by the experienced in-house staff, on expatriation relevant topics such as international finance and culture shock.
The Expat Magazine also has some crucial tips on working abroad, too. If you're thinking of working in Cagayan de Oro, it should be clear that working as an expatriate, you will be facing hurdles not only connected to starting a new job, but also have to cope with working and living in a foreign culture. Even if your work is already sorted, and you've been sent over by an employer to continue working abroad, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a simple experience. At first you might have trouble with the cultural barriers, and you might misunderstand the business etiquette overseas. The Expat Magazine has articles that are especially written to deal with these types of situations that you might come across, as well as hints and tips on finding work in the first place, how to start up your own business, or what it's like to brave the world of self-employment.