Asia


From the UK to Hong Kong: Afaranwide

09 September, 2019 11:24  Erin Erin

Afranwide We’re Colin Simpson and Sue Brattle and we run the Afaranwide travel blog. We’re from the UK and have been married for nearly 25 years. We’re both journalists, and worked on national newspapers in London for many years.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Twelve years ago we felt it was time for a change, and we wanted to experience life in another country. We’d always loved travelling, so it seemed a natural step to take. We went to Dubai first and had spells in Saudi Arabia, the US, the Seychelles and France before going to Beijing. We moved from there to Hong Kong four years ago.
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From the USA to China: China-Mike

08 July, 2019 11:37  Erin Erin

China MikeI’m “China Mike”, the guy behind the China-Mike.com website. I’m from the United States but have spent significant years in Hong Kong and traveled to many other parts of China.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Man, that was so long ago it’s hard to remember! I think I initially moved abroad for the adventure. Life in the US seemed too…planned out. You get a job, you marry somebody, you take a vacation one or two weeks out of the year and then you retire. I wanted something different.

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De Rennes à Osaka au Japon: MycrazyJapan

29 May, 2019 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

MycrazyJapanEmmanuel, originaire de Bretagne (Rennes !) et j'habite maintenant à Osaka, dans la région du Kansai

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

Je suis parti au Japon avec l'objectif d'apprendre le japonais par moi-même et d'en apprendre plus sur la culture japonaise. Après avoir terminé mes études, je voulais voyager encore un peu avant d'entamer une vie professionnelle probablement peu intéressante en France !
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From Italy to China to Malaysia: Monkeyrockworld

20 May, 2019 12:01  Erin Erin

Monkeyrockworld I'm Marco, from Voghera, a small town near Milan in northern Italy. I have been living in China in 2007, and on Penang island, Malaysia, for the past decade. I have, more or less, sustained myself as a freelance writer ever since.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I couldn't stand living in Italy anymore. It was 2007, Berlusconi was in power, the job crisis about to start, and the brain drain in full swing. At that time, I had been playing in a punk hardcore band, the Nerds, for 10 years, touring as far as the United States and the farthest reaches of Europe.

I tried making it as a musician or a music producer, attempted a move to the United States, failed, and went back to Italy to work at a friend's bar for one umpteenth summer. In that time, serving coffees and lattes made me really think and focus of what I truly wanted to do, which was to live a full and adventurous life. I came to the conclusion that the only real skill I had was being able to speak several foreign languages, and looked into teaching English abroad as a possibility and a learning experience.

I found a job in China as Italian teacher just a couple of weeks later. Everything seemed too easy, serendipitous and irresistible to say no, so I embarked on a real adventure, without any knowledge of the Chinese language, nor any real interest in Asia. After ten years, a move to Penang in Malaysia, and having visited over 60 countries in the process, I think it was the best decision I could ever make.

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Des Vosges à Kuala Lumpur en Malaisie: Tribu des pieds nus

13 May, 2019 12:49  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Tribu des pieds nus - latribudespiedsnus.comBonjour, Je m’appelle Philippine. Je suis Maman d’une petite tribu de 2 enfants : Camille 6 ans et Charlie 4 ans. Nous avons déménagé des Vosges en France pour venir s’installer à Kuala Lumpur en Malaisie en Septembre 2018.

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

Mon conjoint a toujours été attiré par l’Asie du sud Est, nous y allions régulièrement pour les vacances. Jusqu’au jour où il est tombé sur une offre d’emploi sur un groupe Facebook pour la Malaisie. Il est venu faire un essai pendant 1 mois et on a ensuite pris la décision de partir en famille !
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From Spain to Suzhou: Marta Lives in China

22 April, 2019 09:57  Erin Erin

Marta Lives in China I am Marta, I come from a small city in the west of Spain and I currently live in Suzhou, China.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
The first time I came to China I wanted to improve my Mandarin. I studied at a couple of universities in Beijing for 3 years thanks to scholarships. I went back to Spain but after a year my company sent me to Suzhou, where they had a factory. I was very happy to come back to China!

2.    How do you make a living?
I graduated in Translation and I currently work localizing and testing mobile games for a game publishing company. I have been doing this for a year and a half and I love my job! Previously I worked as an executive assistant for a Spanish plastic manufacturing company (that was the company who relocated me to Suzhou).
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De la Suisse à Hong-Kong : Hot Fondue Pot

28 February, 2019 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Karine et Nicolas de hotfonduepot.comBonjour !

Moi, c’est Karine ! Je vis à Hong-Kong depuis septembre 2018, avec mon mari Nicolas ! Nous sommes suisses et avons 32 et 33 ans !

Nous vivons dans un joli quartier, très vivant, qui s’appelle Wanchai, sur l’île de Hong-Kong.

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

Une opportunité professionnelle s’est offerte à Nicolas. Nous l’avons saisie !

Lors de ses études, l’année dernière, Nicolas avait eu la chance de faire un stage de trois mois à Hong-Kong. Je suis venue le rejoindre pendant mes vacances, un peu dubitative et imaginant que cette grosse métropole ressemblerait à ce qu’on voyait à la TV : les gros buildings, les hommes d’affaires pressés, le béton… Je ne savais franchement pas ce que je ferai de mes 3 semaines de vacances dans une ville comme celle-là. 

Je me trompais complètement. Je suis tombée amoureuse de la ville le premier soir de mon arrivée. Nicolas m’avait emmené dans une rue de Mongkok où des gens faisaient du karaoké dans la rue… c’était très chinois, très dense, il y avait un tintamarre assourdissant, beaucoup de lumières, des odeurs de nourriture partout, des magasins complètement déjantés. J’ai tout aimé !

De plus, vivre à l’étranger a toujours été un de mes rêves d’enfance. J’ai toujours beaucoup lu. Petite, j’adorais les récits de voyages, les histoires exotiques. Je m’imaginais tout quitter pour partir vivre en Inde, à Madagascar ou dans d’autres contrées. Dès que je voyais un documentaire sur un pays, je m’y voyais déjà. Pouvoir vivre une telle expérience de l’intérieur est une chance inouïe ! (More)

   


Von Dubai nach Dänemark nach Deutschland: Job im Ausland

19 November, 2018 19:27  Erin Erin

Job im AuslandHinter job-im-ausland.info stehen Kyra & Johannes.  Wir haben als Expats vielerlei Erfahrungen gesammelt:
als Expat-Kind in Asien geboren, Auslandsstudium in China, Auslandspraktika in Kalifornien und Großbritannien, erfolgreiche Jobsuche im Ausland, Expat-Leben in Skandinavien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Geburt unserer Kinder im Ausland, Umzüge von und nach Deutschland und zwischen Expat-Stationen, Rückkehr in die Heimat …. Wir haben also alle Phasen des Expat Lebens erlebt.

Immer wieder haben uns Freunde und Kollegen nach unseren Erfahrungen als Expats gefragt. Irgendwann haben wir begonnen, Antworten und Geschichten aufzuschreiben. Und vor allem Dinge, die wir selbst gerne gewusst hätten, bevor wir uns ins Abenteuer gestürzt haben.  Daraus entstand unser Blog.

1. Warum hast (bist) du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Eigentlich wollten wir gar nicht ins Ausland. Ganz im Gegenteil. Wir hatten gerade eine neue Wohnung in München bezogen.  Johannes war auf der Suche nach einer neuen Rolle im seinem Unternehmen.  Damals bekam er den Rat: “such’ dir nicht die richtige Rolle, such’ dir den richtigen Manager”. Auf die Rückfrage “Und wo finde ich den?”, kam dann die Antwort: “Rede doch mal mit Rachel in Dubai”. Die Antwort darauf hieß dann: “Bist du bekloppt? Kannst du vergessen. Da ziehe ich auf keinen Fall hin.” Es kam anders und ein paar Wochen ging es nach Dubai.
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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.  (More)

   


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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