Asia


Da Napoletane a Hangzhou: Milena on the Road

22 October, 2018 06:53  Erin Erin

Milena on the Road Ciao sono Milena, ho 26 anni e attualmente vivo ad Hangzhou, Cina. Sono cresciuta in un piccolo paese toscano ma sono di origini napoletane.  Mi sono laureata in lingue e subito dopo mi sono trasferita negli Stati Uniti. Sono rientrata in Italia per quasi un anno e sono ripartita alla volta della Cina. Da qualche anno scrivo nel blog MelinaOnTheRoad, per raccontare le mie esperienze.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Quando sono partita per gli Stati Uniti, il mio obiettivo principale era quello di migliorare l’inglese. Dopo una laurea in lingue sentivo l’esigenza di confrontarmi direttamente con la lingua. Sarei dovuta rimanere un anno ma estesi il mio visto per un altro anno ancora. La vita in America era ormai la mia normalità. Vivere in Cina aveva lo stesso scopo, migliorare il mio cinese. Ma questa volta sentivo proprio la necessità di viaggiare, lasciare l’Italia e scoprire altre parti del mondo.  

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From the UK to Shanghai: Expat Financial Guy

17 September, 2018 10:15  Erin Erin

Expat Financial Guy Hello! My name is Rob and I am an English expat, living in Shanghai. I have been in China since 2008.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

After years of corporate life in the UK, I was feeling jaded and decided to look for some new and exciting opportunities. At that time, I had no ties and it was easy to uproot and go anywhere I chose. My location of choice was Canada, but, while I was waiting for my immigration visa to come through, I took the chance to visit China, completely on a whim, to learn some Mandarin. I’d never had any interest in visiting China or learning Chinese before that random thought popped into my head, but I just went with it.

And I am glad I did, as it was here that I met my future wife and so ditched the Canada plan and ended up staying in China!
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Du Bordelais à Nagoya : Rill in Japan

06 September, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Rill in Japan - RideOn m’appelle Rill. Je suis une bordelaise de 28 ans. Cela fait maintenant près de 4 ans que je vis au Japon, dont la plus grande partie dans la ville de Nagoya, en centre de l’archipel. Je suis, entre autres, une passionnée de littérature, de moto, de gastronomie populaire, mais aussi d’anthropologie japonaise.

J’écris le blog « Rill in Japan » depuis près de 8 ans, afin de romancer sans enjoliver, mais avec humour le Japon qui me plait : Le Japon réel, celui de la vie quotidienne, avec bonnes et mauvaises surprises culturelles et humaines. J’essaie d’y donner des clefs de compréhension de la société japonaise moderne au travers de nouvelles humoristiques. J’aime aussi beaucoup faire des concours postaux, afin de pouvoir interagir avec mes lecteurs.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

C’est en bougeant pour de nombreux stages (Allemagne, Canada, Angleterre, Îles Canaris…) que j’ai réalisé à quel point la France est un pays confortable, presque trop simple. Je me suis toujours doutée que la vie quotidienne dans n’importe quel pays avait son lot de découvertes négatives et de coups durs.

Le Japon a été une évidence dès mon tout premier voyage de travail en 2010. Il faut dire que j’ai commencé l’apprentissage de la langue très tôt, car comme beaucoup, j’étais passionnée de manga depuis l’adolescence. Je suis toujours étonnée par la sensation de bien-être qui m’enveloppe à chaque retour au Japon. Je me sens à ma place, dans l’ordre naturel des choses, chez moi, malgré une vie quotidienne pleine de complications liées à mon statut d’étrangère.

Je pense réellement que l’adage « les voyages forment la jeunesse » est un fait. On se retrouve alors seul face à ses propres travers, on apprend à se faire confiance, cerner ses limites. Ce que l’on obtient, on ne le doit qu’à soi.

Plus encore chaque retour en France est un petit supplice. Je me rends compte à quel point la culture japonaise déteint peu à peu sur mon cerveau : je ne supporte plus les grèves des transports, les espaces publics sales, les retards dans les rendez-vous, je rouspète contre le manque de toilettes et l’état lamentable de celles que je trouve… Mais je suis heureuse que mes proches aient accepté mes choix.

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From California to Japan: West Coast to Far East

03 September, 2018 07:27  Erin Erin

West Coast to Far East A documented journey of relocation from Hollywood, California to the Japanese countryside. From the move, to getting settled, to the subsequent adventures that take place. I’ll offer my insights on the culture, raising children, challenges and the beauty of Japan. We hope to expose some of the beauty and hidden treasures of this part of Japan.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I never planned to raise kids in Los Angeles, and suddenly I had two – and they were growing fast. They loved the Japanese countryside when we visited, and with my wife having family there it just made sense to do something great for the kids and embrace an amazing new life experience.

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From France to Thailand: Phuket101

20 August, 2018 06:45  Erin Erin

Phuket101My name is Willy Thuan, I’m French, born in France a very long time ago but I have spent more time in Thailand than I did in France. I share my time between Phuket and Bangkok since 1994.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I probably was mistakenly born in France. While I think France is beautiful and fun to visit on holiday, I realized very early in my life that I didn’t belong. It took me a while to find an opportunity to start travelling seriously, but once I did, I knew I was never coming home. I found many good reasons to live in Asia and not many to go back to France.

2. How do you make a living?
I worked for Club Med as a stage designer for few years, travelled the world a lot until I reached Asia. My plan was to settle and work in Japan but economy was not great over there, so I decided to find a temporary job in Thailand. I started as a resort host in a luxury hotel in Phuket. My salary was tiny but I was really happy.

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From the Netherlands to the Philippines: Leaving Holland

30 July, 2018 10:16  Erin Erin

philippines dutch My name is Jeanette Slagt, On the internet I go by the name of JC from Holland. People call me JC. I left the Netherlands at the age of 54, sold everything I owned and became a global nomad. Or a digital nomad. You name it. But nomad for sure.

My home is where my feet rest. And I have no set place to stay. At the moment of this interview I live in the Philippines, on a small island named Siquijor. I have been here for three years and ready for my so called visa run to hopefully return for another 3 years. I ride a Kawasaki Dominar 400 and I make road trips through the Philippines. Not many women move to the Philippines, but we are an upcoming group.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I travelled since I was 17. But really as a traveller, always with a home in the background to return to. But at the age of 52 I found myself in a situation you do not wish to grow old in. For me the Netherlands became a dead end street, the social domain work field I was working in was closed due to lack of finances, I found myself at the age of 52,  unemployed and no prospects for a job. So I kind of jumped at the opportunity to move to a country where the cost of living was cheaper. This way I could prevent living in a shelter since the bank was foreclosing my house and I was at the end of my social benefit period. So it seemed like a good chance to do so, kind of now or never.
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Du Gers à la Thaïlande : EloditHello

26 July, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Lectoure-Bangkok: ElodieHello ! Moi c’est Elodie (ou Elo), 28ans ; je suis née à Paris mais j’ai grandi dans une petite ville du Gers : Lectoure, ville du melon, meilleur que celui de Charentes ou de Cavaillon. Et j’ai lancé le blog EloditHello en m’expatriant dans la capitale Thaïlandaise !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Suite au bac, j’ai fait un semblant de « tour de France » sur 10ans dans le cadre de mes études et des CDD enchaînés par la suite (entre Castres, Reims, Bourgogne, Cognac, Rouen, Paris, Angers, Rouen…), je suis ainsi devenue experte en déménagements mais j’ai préféré continuer de travailler dans ma filière : ingénieur en packaging! Plusieurs mois de back-packing plus tard à travers l’Asie, suivis d’un ‘ex-amoureux’ qui réussit à décrocher un contrat d’expat à Bangkok et d’un poste parisien non satisfaisant… m’ont donné une idée folle : ‘et si je le rejoignais à Bangkok ?’ Une semaine plus tard, un billet Aller (sans retour) était acheté ! J’avais pour but de rester un peu en Thaïlande puis de voyager quelques mois… mais 2 mois plus tard je décrochais un contrat local en CDI dans ma branche en plein centre de Bangkok, alors que demander de plus ?

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From Illinois to the Philippines: Retired in Samar

23 July, 2018 09:58  Erin Erin

Retired in Samar My name is Randy and am originally from Illinois. After retiring from working, we moved to the Philippines and we now share our time between the Philippines and Guam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
​To get away from the so-called rat race mainly. For my wife, it was a return to her homeland.

2. How do you make a living? ​
My wife and I both retired from working.

3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
​We communicate with family and friends via the internet and VOIP platforms, mostly free.
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De la région PACA à Hanoï : Impressions vietnamiennes - Thăng Long

31 May, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

impressions-vietnamiennes - Pierre-Yves EnderlinJe m’appelle Pierre-Yves Enderlin. Je suis né à Belfort (chacun son karma…) et j’ai passé ces 20 dernières années dans le sud, entre Aubagne, Marseille et Salon de Provence. Je vis maintenant à Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

A 53 ans, un burn-out devient un signal d’alarme assez fort pour que des remises en question s’imposent. Rien ne m’attirait plus en France, à tous points de vue. Sans attache ne veut pas dire à la dérive :-) . Une fois ma décision prise de partir, tout s’est ligué (!) pour que je parte serein.

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From Canada to Bali: Healing Pilgrim

23 April, 2018 08:07  Erin Erin

Amit Healing Pilgrim Hello! My name is Amit and I’m originally from Montreal, Canada. I’ve lived in Bali, Indonesia since 2011.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I never consciously decided to move overseas; least of all to the other side of the world. Two years after surviving a near-death accident while traveling around Asia in 2009, I had returned to Asia when I took a brief detour to Bali. I’d heard about the recoveries that others had made with the help of traditional healers, natural remedies, local massage practitioners and intense yoga practice. So I came to pursue further physical healing; but I also stayed on to care for my mind and spirit as well.

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