Travelling to China & Cancun Mexico

Posted on: Mon, 12/25/2006 - 10:08am
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My son is highly allergic to Peanuts and tree nuts. Has anyone travelled to any of the above destinations? I am interested in Medical care and any advice you could share. We are extremely cautious and we plan to stay in American hotels. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 7:35pm
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Hi,
If you do a search you will find my previous repkies to people about China and allergy. I have lived and travel extensively throughout China without a problem. I am allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. I do speak Mandarin though and am married to someone who speaks Cantonese which does help when ordering at restaurants, etc. I usually eat out about 90 percent of the time when in China. Peanut oil is not used as frequently as many people would think. While you should always ask I was very rarely told that an establishment used peanut oil. It is rather expensive so you are more likely to see it in Hong Kong or in upscale restaurants. Just like in any other country, some bars have bowls of peanuts on the tables, other than that peanuts and tree nuts are not something you see everywhere. Also, there are a number of places in major cities like Shanghai,Beijing,Hong Kong where you can eat american all day long if you want as well as grocery stores stocked with food imported from America/England. You and your family will have a great time! Just have someone make up a chef card with simplified characters for mainland china. If you have any questions just post here and I will be sure to check in the next few days so I can answer.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 8:37pm
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I haven't been to China yet but we are vacationing right now in Thailand with our PA son. We are staying in Bangkok at a serviced apartment. It is a small apartment perfect for a family, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. We usually try to stay at service apts when travelling, since that way we can buy groceries and cook for ourselves. If we eat out, we can bring our son's food with us. Good luck and have fun!

Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2007 - 4:25pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Sandra Y:
[b]I haven't been to China yet but we are vacationing right now in Thailand with our PA son. We are staying in Bangkok at a serviced apartment. It is a small apartment perfect for a family, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. We usually try to stay at service apts when travelling, since that way we can buy groceries and cook for ourselves. If we eat out, we can bring our son's food with us. Good luck and have fun![/b]
Wow. I (bad mommy) told my son that he should not go to Thailand--ever.
What a limited and negative thinker I'm feeling like now. It's really good to read your post. But I would still be quite scared if I can't read labels. Perhaps you just buy veggies and rice?

Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2007 - 4:28pm
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Quote:Originally posted by maggie4:
[b]My son is highly allergic to Peanuts and tree nuts. Has anyone travelled to any of the above destinations? I am interested in Medical care and any advice you could share. We are extremely cautious and we plan to stay in American hotels. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.[/b]
We've been to Cozumel (across the pond from Cancun) twice with PA DS. We stayed at all inclusives and just asked a lot of questions. And DS would eat basic food--steamed veggies, etc. We kept to our same rules we have when eating out in the US, but amplified, if you will. DS did enjoy parts of the breakfast buffet. And we took snack food for him (Nutrigrain bars, etc).
I will raise a thread about Qs in Spanish. We laminated these Qs in card form (our version is color coded) and took several with us. I use this card here in Texas, too, and now DS knows how to ask about peanuts in Spanish. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
We stayed at the Occidental our last go around. We took lots and lots of Epis and benadryl. And lomotil and D&E Cream (I think that's what it is) just in case . . . (not for FA).
[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited January 04, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 01/04/2007 - 2:09am
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Quote:Originally posted by McCobbre:
[b] Wow. I (bad mommy) told my son that he should not go to Thailand--ever.
What a limited and negative thinker I'm feeling like now. It's really good to read your post. But I would still be quite scared if I can't read labels. Perhaps you just buy veggies and rice?[/b]
He eats at the hotel's (Marriott) breakfast buffet every morning. He has also eaten at McDonald's, KFC, an Italian restaurant and a pizza place. When we eat at Asian restaurants he eats white rice only, along with whatever snacks we have on hand for him. There are plenty of imported foods from the U.S. available and there's even a local grocery store chain, Villa Market, that specializes in imported foods. We bought Cheez Its, Pepperidge Farm cookies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Campbell's soup, Prego spag sauce and all kinds of safe, familiar foods there. We also bought some fresh chicken and ground beef, as well as tortilla bread, lunch meat, cheese, rice, and other basics to make some meals in the apartment. We've had a great time and very sad to be leaving tomorrow.

Posted on: Thu, 01/04/2007 - 12:16pm
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I travelled to Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong. I had no problems finding safe food in Hong Kong or Singapore.
Due to the fact few people speak English in Beijing, I mainly ate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel restauarnt and at McDonalds.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 10:25am
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Does anyone know where I can order or obtain a card that would say in Chinese "allergic to peanuts and tree nuts". I remember reading on these boards about restaurant cards in different languages, but after a search on the boards, can't seem to come up with it. Looks like we MIGHT be taking the kids to Singapore.....
Shandra (mom to Madeline 8 1/2 pn/tn/soy and Grant 4)

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 11:44am
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I don't think you'd need it unless you go completely off the beaten track. Most Singaporeans speak English--it's taught in the school system and Singapore is one of those places where business and trade is essentially all conducted in English.
If you really really want one, you could just ask at your hotel and I'm sure someone there could write it for you

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 12:29pm
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DH has been offered a 2 year job in Singapore and we are weighing the good/bads right now.
Our main concern is the safety of DD (8 1/2) and pn/tn/soy allergy.
We would have a good company "package" and we wouldn't be eating out a lot---if I can find SAFE foods....
Do you think we are crazy?? Will we be able to keep her safe?
I appreciate your advice. Thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 12:53pm
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Of course you can keep her safe! We are Americans living in Korea with our PA and sesame allergic kid and when we were visiting friends in Thailand recently, they told us there are a few PA kids at their international school.
If you've never been an expat before, my best advice would be to do some serious research on living expenses in the area where you are moving. A lot of people think their expat pkg is generous, until they get to the new place and realize all the extra expenses they have. A large percentage of expats take an economic hit (even with the increase in salary) because of all the extra unanticipated expenses. By the time you return to the U.S., you can still face some lingering tax problems and it can be an expensive mess. I was a frugal bargain hunter in the U.S., but as an expat I don't have the knowledge base to hunt for the best deal, so we pay top dollar for everything we buy. Also, buying imported food costs 2 or 3 times as much as what you'd pay in the U.S.

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