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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Lexusgs430: 5:12pm On Nov 05, 2018
nwabobo:


https://www.lycamobile.co.uk/en/bundles/

But you can go to Peckham or Brixton, ask the Asian guys selling top up along Rye Lane in Peckham or Brixton market for a Nigeria bundle SIM. They code it fir you @ £12 - £15 for 250 minutes.

You don't even have to buy a new sim. Simply buy bundle, from within the app portal......

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by nwabobo: 7:41pm On Nov 05, 2018
Adapapaokoye:

Thanks

U r welcome.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by mim1031: 10:26am On Nov 06, 2018
Lexusgs430:


You don't even have to buy a new sim. Simply buy bundle, from within the app portal......
Thanks so much
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by MrBati(m): 8:32pm On Nov 06, 2018
I hope and believe I will leave the shores of this country one day. @ OP u made me fell in love with the UK. I pray may God continue to be with all our brothers and sisters in overseas

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 4:25pm On Jan 09, 2019
Hey how’s it going? Hope you’re doing well.
UKmigrant:
Tick tock, exactly a year since I moved here!!! Uhmm! what can I say? Bitter sweet-experience, but can't complain sha.

Any regrets so far? Absolutely not!

Are things going according to my plans? Well, kinda! grin

All I can say is, life gets busy really quickly here, too many things to do personally, professionally, socially, and if you're religious, thats additional time commitments.

In summary, no matter how rosy it may seem to be "abroad", you'll work very hard for everything and the system would also try to take as much from you as possible.

But if you are obsessed with societal functionality, you cannot complain.

So for now, I keep cracking on. No time to look back grin

Happy anniversary to me!

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by DisGuy: 12:14pm On Jan 10, 2019
Oga has been MIA..hope all is well

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by jesmond3945: 10:47pm On Jan 10, 2019
UKmigrant:
Some things are beginning to come to light to me in my few months of being here. As a Nigerian, most people (other immigrants) think they are better than you. Ghanaians, Zimbabweans, Asians all think they are better than you. You only need to have deep interaction with people around for you to know how condescending they could be. Some Nigerians who were born here or who have been here longer also sort of think they are better people, you are even more likely to have problems with these ones than other immigrants. This thing weak me o grin
thanks for this, this is one issue I am having with other immigrants here you know acting as if you are some pit of shit.
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 12:22am On Jan 12, 2019
Saffi:
Hey how’s it going? Hope you’re doing well.
I am doing great Saffi, can't complain. I have only been busy engaging more in productive activities. I hope I get the motivation to keep my thread going again at some point. Life just gets too busy here! grin

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 12:23am On Jan 12, 2019
DisGuy:
Oga has been MIA..hope all is well
Oga is doing fine o, he now has a life and is busy living it to the fullest. He is too lazy to be posting up and dan!

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 12:43am On Jan 12, 2019
I completely understand. I’m safiaa btw. I was just thinking about you the other day, I just hope you’re doing well and great. Looking for an update soon. I know it’s not like before, you’re already used to this environment so it’s not exciting to post all the time anymore. But there’s still people like myself who enjoy reading your adventures smiley
UKmigrant:
I am doing great Saffi, can't complain. I have only been busy engaging more in productive activities. I hope I get the motivation to keep my thread going again at some point. Life just gets too busy here! grin

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by LagosismyHome(f): 1:44am On Jan 12, 2019
UKmigrant:
Oga is doing fine o, he now has a life and is busy living it to the fullest. He is too lazy to be posting up and dan!

smiley cheesy grin grin
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Jackossky(m): 3:28pm On Jan 13, 2019
LMay:
23kg max not 25kg if Turkish Airlines. That is, 23kg each in two places. That's for your main luggage.

8kg max for your cabin luggage.

Total of 54kg!

UKMigrant has touched on food items to bring on. Let me help with luggage packing tips, you might need them.

Tips

You're not allowed to put food or sharp objects (cutlery, blade, pocket knife etc) in your cabin luggage or carry on (hand bag/laptop bag), so pack smartly.

Tightly pack all your clothes, shoes, books, or weaves (if female) into your cabin luggage. Instead of folding clothes passively or mindlessly like we do when arranging our closet, roll each tightly into a bunch.This will squeeze out air & give you more space in the box to squeeze more clothes into. You can watch YouTube videos to learn this technique.

Now you're left with food items, sharp objects, and any cream/perfume exceeding 50ml (Only liquid of less than 50ml per bottle is allowed in the cabin luggage). Now arrange all these carefully into your main luggage.

For food items, put into ziploc bags or transparent polythene bag like pure water bags. Put different food items into each and label appropriately...e.g Melon, Ogbono, Ugwu vegetable etc.

For ladies carrying weaves, discard the packs to make your luggage relatively lighter.

Palm oil is not allowed. Don't even bother!

You don't necessarily need an industrial scale to weigh your luggage. Buy a regular domestic scale. You know the ones "Check your weight" guys carry around? Yes, that one. It's less than 2k.

To weigh, first stand on it and check your weight. Write it down or memorise it. Now put your luggage on your head and check your combined weight. Subtracting your own weight from the combined weight will give you the weight of your luggage.

Your allowance per main luggage is 23kg but aim for 21kg or max 22kg at home. Why? The scale at Murtala Mohammed Int'l Airport is forward by about 2kg. You don't want to stress yourself with reshuffling at the airport or trashing stuffs you bought with your hard-earned money. Pack smartly from home!

Airport staffs are not smiling again. Before they allow you pass/check-in a 23.9kg bag, you'll beg tire. Anything above that, they'll tell you to go obtain a ticket of $150 per overweight bag upstairs! You don't need that wahala in your life.

What else?

Remember I asked you to stuff all your clothes & books plus shoes into your cabin luggage? Trust me, it would have exceeded 8kg by now. You know the box itself will add to the weight as well.

Let me give you orijo. grin

1. Your laptop bag is not weighed. That's an extra space to put clothes, books, laptop (of course), charger etc.

2. Your hand bag isn't weighed either. If you're a lady, that's a plus. You can carry a laptop bag + your handbag alongside the cabin bag.

3. If you're eleru town council like me & you've utilised all available spaces yet you're still not within allocated kg limits, fear not. There's still a way.

Leave your original cabin luggage with somebody (eg family/friend who followed you to the airport). Let them act like they own the bag while they simply stand by it.

Check in your laptop bag as your Cabin Luggage. They'll tag it and return it to you while the two main bags are passed to cargo. Now remove the tag and stickers on your laptop bag and place it on your original Cabin Luggage you kept with your escort. You're done!

With these tips, you'll have a smooth sail luggage wise.


Extras....

Depending on how light or fancy you want to travel, those silly Echolac boxes are not your friend. 1) They'll add to the overall weight 2) They're not durable. Most would be damaged (broken handles, broken wheels, torn surface areas, etc) before you arrive your destination. How would you even lift a damaged box? You'll place it on your head maybe grin

Invest in a quality box. Might be pricey but it will last for years and save you from embarrassing situations. I don't know if/where those are sold in Nigeria. I bought mine in the abroad. This is my 5th year of usage and I travel very frequently. It's still intact.

If you're low on cash, buy those very strong bagco ghana must go bags as main luggage. Not the usual ones. This one is a bit recent & it comes in one color - grey! More like a grainy white mixed with black. It costs about N1,500 per bag. Nothing to be ashamed of. You wont even see it until your final destination after you check it in at MMIA, so you can still form posh in transit with your cabin luggage. Regular travellers use it a lot. It's very light and durable. For your information, they sell it in the abroad too. So what? In fact, its a life saver for people whose boxes get damaged at the airport. Just that they'll pay a few extra thousands more to procure it at the airport.

No use am as cabin baggage oooo. You'll look like Osuofia in London. Hehehe. Joking. Use a correct small sized box as cabin/hand luggage.

Third option is to source for lightweight boxes (rare) or lightweight travelling bags with wheels (looks like a piece of cloth with wheels attached when empty. The box-shaped compact ones are heavy).


Wishing you a safe flight!






My Nigga*

Gbayii for your explanation
That is to show that there is still that Nigerian survival instinct and shrewdness in you cool

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by sgtponzihater1(m): 11:32pm On Jan 19, 2019
Any reviews for living in Liverpool or Manchester? Kindly give those reviews

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Myati: 3:44am On Jan 21, 2019
sgtponzihater1:
Any reviews for living in Liverpool or Manchester? Kindly give those reviews

Manchester is a great place to live in and it's very multicultural. Houses are quite affordable depending on where you are staying and this can range from 700 pcm to 1500 for a standard two bed house . You may get something cheaper towards the north of the city but the south and central are a bit more expensive. In terms of job opportunities, Manchester is getting a bit saturated and competition is quite high but if you get an offer, it's all good. The city boasts of a robust transport system including the trams, buses and trains.

Having said these, Manchester is quite cold, a lot colder than London and it rains here like no other. In short, never leave your house without an umbrella because it rains all year round.
There are many Nigerian communities in Manchester, and you'll never starve of Nigerian food, they are abundant.
There are many attraction sites and if you're a football lover and a City or United fan, all the better. You'll be in the heart of your club.

The airport connects to most countries and the rail system is very effective as well.
If you do not want the rowdy life of London but still need somewhere upbeat, you cannot go wrong with Manchester.

I don't know much about Liverpool but the few times I've been there it seems like a nice place to live in, a lot smaller than Manchester but quite beautiful, the accent is a no no though.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by sgtponzihater1(m): 8:00am On Jan 21, 2019
Myati:


Manchester is a great place to live in and it's very multicultural. Houses are quite affordable depending on where you are staying and this can range from 700 pcm to 1500 for a standard two bed house . You may get something cheaper towards the north of the city but the south and central are a bit more expensive. In terms of job opportunities, Manchester is getting a bit saturated and competition is quite high but if you get an offer, it's all good. The city boasts of a robust transport system including the trams, buses and trains.

Having said these, Manchester is quite cold, a lot colder than London and it rains here like no other. In short, never leave your house without an umbrella because it rains all year round.
There are many Nigerian communities in Manchester, and you'll never starve of Nigerian food, they are abundant.
There are many attraction sites and if you're a football lover and a City or United fan, all the better. You'll be in the heart of your club.

The airport connects to most countries and the rail system is very effective as well.
If you do not want the rowdy life of London but still need somewhere upbeat, you cannot go wrong with Manchester.

I don't know much about Liverpool but the few times I've been there it seems like a nice place to live in, a lot smaller than Manchester but quite beautiful, the accent is a no no though.

Thanks.
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Stoicbaba(m): 11:31pm On Jan 21, 2019
Hello UKmigrant, Safi and all the cool guys in the house...
I am warming up to emigrate to the UK, Blackburn to be precised. I hope to not feel too lonely there, even though I may be "johnny just come" by then. grin

Nice to have found this thread and I wish I could go through the 69+pages and grab the discuss...but, there is God grin

Thanks.
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by sharpboyus(m): 11:52pm On Jan 21, 2019

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by innamorat(f): 9:49pm On Jan 28, 2019
Good evening house, my husband is a medical doctor. Please how possible is it for him to get a job over there if he applies from Nigeria. Thanks. Please I need reply from experienced people because things are not moving so smoothly for us at the moment.
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Lexusgs430: 11:03pm On Jan 28, 2019
innamorat:
Good evening house, my husband is a medical doctor. Please how possible is it for him to get a job over there if he applies from Nigeria. Thanks. Please I need reply from experienced people because things are not moving so smoothly for us at the moment.

Has he heard the word PLAB before?

https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/before-you-apply/working-as-a-doctor-in-the-uk
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Safiaa(f): 5:13pm On May 28, 2019
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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Ebendo123(m): 11:32am On Jul 10, 2019
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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Ebendo123(m): 10:16am On Jul 19, 2019
UKmigrant:
Things we have to endure living in a shared house. So far, these are the bullshits I have been enduring:

1. One of my housemates told me to please walk more slowly and gently while climbing stairs as it disturbs her downstairs.

2. One of the bottles of wine I kept in the fridge went missing, my fruits go missing too.

3. One told me to always close the kitchen door when cooking as the smell makes him uncomfortable.

4. A note was left by a housemate to keep the TV volume down between a certain time as she would be doing a nightshift and needed to sleep.

5. Another note on the kitchen sink by one that she doesn't share her mugs, plates and spoons.

6. Constant triggering of the fire alarms almost everyday depending on who is cooking.

7. Housemates not willing to clean the common areas.

8. Housmates ignoring you when they drive by even when they see you on the roadside in the rain.

9. One asked me, I heard you're some kind of professional, what do you really do

10. Most never remember my name grin

11. There is a whatsapp group for us, we're just four in the house, but no one responds to any questions you post on it. They're all whites by the way.

12. If you don't bring out your clothes from the washing machine on time, they just evacuate it and dump on a dirty surface for you rather than tell you even though you just saw each other seconds ago.

13. Waiting to use the bathroom especially in the mornings and skipping shower sometimes to avoid being late to work.

I'll add more if I can think of anything else.

So it's not all rosy cry

grin cheesy grin grin grin savages.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Rubyventures: 3:32pm On Jul 22, 2019
UKmigrant:
Things we have to endure living in a shared house. So far, these are the bullshits I have been enduring:

1. One of my housemates told me to please walk more slowly and gently while climbing stairs as it disturbs her downstairs.

2. One of the bottles of wine I kept in the fridge went missing, my fruits go missing too.

3. One told me to always close the kitchen door when cooking as the smell makes him uncomfortable.

4. A note was left by a housemate to keep the TV volume down between a certain time as she would be doing a nightshift and needed to sleep.

5. Another note on the kitchen sink by one that she doesn't share her mugs, plates and spoons.

6. Constant triggering of the fire alarms almost everyday depending on who is cooking.

7. Housemates not willing to clean the common areas.

8. Housmates ignoring you when they drive by even when they see you on the roadside in the rain.

9. One asked me, I heard you're some kind of professional, what do you really do

10. Most never remember my name grin

11. There is a whatsapp group for us, we're just four in the house, but no one responds to any questions you post on it. They're all whites by the way.

12. If you don't bring out your clothes from the washing machine on time, they just evacuate it and dump on a dirty surface for you rather than tell you even though you just saw each other seconds ago.

13. Waiting to use the bathroom especially in the mornings and skipping shower sometimes to avoid being late to work.

I'll add more if I can think of anything else.

So it's not all rosy cry


With all due respect, you are not in Nigeria

What did you expect?

The kitchen door should shut when you are doing your cooking, what you should realise is that the smell of stock fish and dried fish is not very pleasant. The vent and window should also be opened. Its called consideration for your fellow house mates.

You shouldn't be leaving your clothes in a shared washing machine and its polite to ask the owner before touching their items. It annoys me when my kids leave their washing in the machine.
If you are not very friendly with your house mates they are not under any obligation to give you a lift, unless you share the car cost with them.

I could go on and on but Nigerian mentality of assumption should be left at the MMA before boarding.

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Aphrodite007(f): 6:47pm On Jul 23, 2019
Rubyventures:


With all due respect, you are not in Nigeria

What did you expect?

The kitchen door should shut when you are doing your cooking, what you should realise is that the smell of stock fish and dried fish is not very pleasant. The vent and window should also be opened. Its called consideration for your fellow house mates.

You shouldn't be leaving your clothes in a shared washing machine and its polite to ask the owner before touching their items. It annoys me when my kids leave their washing in the machine.
If you are not very friendly with your house mates they are not under any obligation to give you a lift, unless you share the car cost with them.

I could go on and on but Nigerian mentality of assumption should be left at the MMA before boarding.

You’re too right about that dried fish smell. That’s how my MIL visited us one day, I just finished making egusi soup for my soul and was waiting for her to leave so I will sink into food happiness. Next thing I know, madam said “hmm that smells so horrible, is that the smell of damp?”

I stabbed her 3 times in my head.. how dare she refer to my okporoko as mould, chai! I just told her it was a Nigerian delicacy. Now I’m sure she will never let me cook for family parties grin

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 7:54pm On Aug 17, 2019
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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Nobody: 8:22pm On Aug 18, 2019
Rubyventures:


With all due respect, you are not in Nigeria

What did you expect?

The kitchen door should shut when you are doing your cooking, what you should realise is that the smell of stock fish and dried fish is not very pleasant. The vent and window should also be opened. Its called consideration for your fellow house mates.

You shouldn't be leaving your clothes in a shared washing machine and its polite to ask the owner before touching their items. It annoys me when my kids leave their washing in the machine.
If you are not very friendly with your house mates they are not under any obligation to give you a lift, unless you share the car cost with them.

I could go on and on but Nigerian mentality of assumption should be left at the MMA before boarding.
Thank you sir
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by profemebee(m): 8:39pm On Aug 21, 2019
Hi everyone,

I love this thread and will keep following..

A lot of insights allover each page..

Please keep the thread burning...

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Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Sanguine1: 9:36pm On Sep 09, 2019
UKmigrant:
You are wrong about the tax thing being 40%, very wrong:
The first £11,500 of one's annual salary is non-taxable, meaning you only pay tax if your annual income is over £11,500
Then whatever you earn above £11,500 up to £45,000 is taxed at 20%,
Anything you earn over £45,000 up to £150,000 is taxed at 40%,
and part of one's income earned above £150,000 is taxed at 45%.

NOTE: The UK's national average wage for 2016/2017 is £27,000 per annum, meaning most people don't pay taxes exceeding 20% of their income.

In addition one could get tax reliefs/refunds for various reasons if you qualify, know your way around it and apply.
STOP misleading people that one pays tax of 40% flat, only income earned above £45,000 per year is taxable at 40%.
I know one would still have to pay council tax but you'll see with your eyes what it is being used for e.g fire service, recycling, refuse collection/removal, council leisure centres, maintenance of parks and open spaces, street cleaning, subsidising of public transport, museums, environmental health and food safety (for example, in pubs, restaurants, and shops), support for voluntary groups, facilities for young people, social care, adapting homes for disabled people, play centres for children, cctv installation, flood defences, and many others.

So stop complaining or move back to your beloved Nigeria, if not already back here.

I don't even know why you complain about taxes when you benefit hugely from the NHS, your children can get free education up to secondary school level, the kind people pay hugely for in Nigeria in BIS Lagos, Chrisland, Atlantic hall, Loyola Jesuit, Abuja etc. Nigerians and their entitlement mentality. Try moving to the US and buy a full coverage health insurance like the UK offers, then come back here to whine.

Below is a community primary school in the neighbourhood I stayed when I visited Manchester. Its free and not even close to any of the best government schools in Manchester in terms of standard.
How MUCH IS HOURLY RATE FOR ANY CASUAL JOBS FOR NIGERIAN
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Sanguine1: 9:38pm On Sep 09, 2019
HOW MUCH IS THE HOURLY RATE FOR CASUAL JOBS IN THE UK
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Kukuadie: 2:05pm On Nov 04, 2019
Hello everyone,

I plan to migrate to Bournemouth early next year.

Is there anything I should be anxious of?

I’m in a panicky mood already, because I saw that the place is very expensive.

My gross annual salary will be around £30k

Wifey will have to look for job when we get there

We have 2 kids.

Though we won’t have to pay rent within the first 5 months of arrival.
Re: The Adventures Of A New UK Migrant by Lexusgs430: 1:45am On Nov 05, 2019
Kukuadie:
Hello everyone,

I plan to migrate to Bournemouth next year.

Is there anything I should be anxious of?

I’m in a panicky mood already, because I saw that the place is very expensive.

My gross annual salary will be around £30k

Wifey will have to look for job when we get there

We have 2 kids.

Though we won’t have to pay rent within the first 5 months of arrival.


If you're not paying rent for a whole 5 months, why the panic?

My advice to you, save that rent figure in those lucky 5 months. It would be required to eventually organise your rent payment afterwards.....

You would earn £30K, let's say wifey too would earn £18K (for starters)....

Why are you panicking? Some couples with 2 kids get by with £20K joint income.....

No place in the UK is cheap, are you saying Bournemouth is more expensive than London?

Cut your coat according to your materials..... Don't make promises before you depart Nigeria (don't promise anyone Camry tiny light, giving monthly pocket money etc etc..... And you would be fine........ cheesy

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