From Australia to Bali: BaliExpat

10 February, 2020 11:01  Erin Erin

Bali Expat My name is Mike and I am originally from Australia, but now living in Bali.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After my first trip overseas to Japan as an exchange student, I knew I wanted to travel as much as I could. So, as soon as I finished university, I moved to Japan and like many new graduates, I taught English and studied Japanese.

2. How do you make a living?
My background is in IT, so when I discovered I could make money building websites, that is what I did. We have some rooms we rent out on Airbnb and after we had kids my wife went back to university and studied  to become a lawyer, where she now has her own legal practice.


From San Francisco to Tokyo: Survive in Japan

27 January, 2020 13:29  Erin Erin

Save JapanMy name is Thomas. I was born and Raised in San Francisco, California and I am currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ever since I was little, I was always interested in Japan because I used to read a lot of manga and watch anime.
When I saw that there are a lot of English teaching jobs available in Japan, I decided to try applying and was able to actually land one.

2. How do you make a living?
In the beginning, I worked as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) for a year in Tokyo. After a year, I switched jobs to a software engineer, which is what I actually majored in, at a Japanese company, which is where I still work at today.



From the UK to Malaysia: The Stay Abroad Dad

09 December, 2019 08:14  Erin Erin

I am Dave, I'm originally from the UK and now I live in Malaysia with my wife Ruth and our two young children.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
In 2010, (our pre-kids days) we took the opportunity to leave the recession behind and go and work in schools in South Korea for a year. It was brilliant but we both agreed it would be a 12 month thing and we would return to the UK afterwards to pick up our careers where left off. We both had good jobs but we always had itchy feet because of our time in South Korea. In 2018, an advert for a job in Malaysia unexpectedly appeared in my wife's spam email folder. She jokingly said 'should I apply for it?'. We'd both had a pretty terrible day at work and felt like we needed to do something whilst the kids were young and before we fall into the trap of going 'through the motions' of everyday life. So, a few interviews and car boot sales later, we said our goodbyes and got on the plane!


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.


From the USA to China: China-Mike

08 July, 2019 11:37  Erin Erin

China MikeI’m “China Mike”, the guy behind the 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.



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 !


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.



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 !


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).


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)


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