Asia


From Canada to Venezuela to China: Steph's Travel, Climbing and the TEFL Life

29 February, 2016 12:15  Erin Erin

steph's: travel, climbing and the tefl life My name is Steph, I was born in Canada but grew up in Venezuela. I have lived in several countries, and at the moment find myself working in China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
With a Venezuelan father and a British mother visiting family meant getting on a plane or car and traveling. And we did this as often as we could. My parents had also a sense of adventure, and they highlighted the importance of getting to know other cultures, the experience of living in different countries, as well as traveling within the country you live in. For me, packing up and moving seems like the natural thing to do.
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From India to Canada to Japan: Sun and Squalor

22 February, 2016 10:30  Erin Erin

sun and squalor Hello! I’m Melissa. I was born in Bombay, India and moved at the tender young age of 14 to the wintery, frostbitten land of Canada where I spent my angst-ridden teenage years trying to overcome culture shock and alienation.

So now that I’m 29, it only made sense to skip town for some time and head over to the Land of the Rising Sun where I now spend my time trying to make the best of myself. I currently reside in Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I never felt truly connected to my adopted country (Canada) and found it more or less stifling to think that, that was where I would perish. Being a true escapist and harbouring delusions of grandeur, I wanted to do more than just go on vacation. I wanted to re-experience having to adapt to another culture without the emotional baggage. I knew ​moving to Japan  would be a fulfilling experience in the sense that I would learn to appreciate all cultures, including Canada without bias. Honestly, I just wanted to right all the wrongs I did when I first moved to Canada before starting a new chapter in my life.
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From Toronto to South Korea: Elaina's Lane

08 February, 2016 09:44  Erin Erin

nadine elaineMy name is Nadine, but I also answer to my middle name Elaina, which sparked my site Elainaslane. I moved to South Korea in February 2013 and I still love it!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I’ve always wanted to travel around the world, but the job I held at the time could hardly afford me to buy a bus ticket never-mind buy a plane ticket out of the country. So, I decided the best way to travel was for me to live and work abroad.  
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From Canada to Phuket: The Lucky Couple

07 December, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

The lucky couple Hey Guys! We are Shawn & Katie, 2 Canadian Expats currently living in beautiful Phuket, Thailand  (Hence why we call ourselves the lucky couple!)

1. Why did you move abroad?
We decided to move because we had both lived abroad previously, and were yearning to see more of the world still. Thailand was a cheap option that Shawn already had ties to, so it made sense for us to try to make it work here.

2. How do you make a living?
We are both working full time, in the tourism industry. Our friends are always shocked, because everyone else we know are teachers! Since we both have sales/tourism experience, we were really excited to be able to find work still in our field!
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From New York to Seoul: Runaway Bunny in Seoul

30 November, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

runaway bunny in seoul Hi I’m Alana (or Alana Margaret), former New Yorker, current Seoulite.

1. Why did you move abroad?
While my husband was in business school he received an offer from a Korean company. After a lot of discussion, talking with people who had done the program he’s doing now and talking to friends who had taught in Korea, we decided the opportunity to live abroad and easily travel around Asia wasn’t one we wanted to miss.
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From Pittsburgh to Seoul: Willful and Wildhearted

09 November, 2015 12:34  Erin Erin

Willful and Wildhearted I’m Laura. I’m a 27-year-old Pittsburgh-native living in Seoul, Korea. I like pizza, Chuck Norris jokes and the band Phish.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I decided to seriously move abroad after a series of traumatic events in my life. I had always contemplated the idea of teaching or volunteering abroad, but the timing was never right. Within a year’s time, my brother died, my grandmother died, I was the instigator in a necessary yet traumatizing end of a relationship and I suddenly became jobless. So like any sane human being, I decided I needed to find somewhere to heal, far
away from any friends and family. I enrolled in a TEFL practicum and moved to Seoul, Korea a few months after the madness ended.
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From England to Singapore: MR E in Singapore

19 October, 2015 09:38  Erin Erin

MR E Singapore Hi, I’m Jason, alternatively known as Mr E thanks to my job. I’m originally from Dartford in England. I moved to Singapore in August 2014 with my partner.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was 29 when I moved here, living with parents and having struggled for the previous 5 years to make any significant progress in saving for a deposit. With teachers in the UK being hit year on year with a pay freeze (now entering its fifth year), and the cost of living ever increasing I began looking for alternative options. A few interviews passed and a few months later I had flight booking confirmed and the move was on!
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From Oklahoma to Shanghai to Sydney to Hong Kong: The Renditions of Renoir

17 August, 2015 09:56  Erin Erin

Emily Wiltshire Renditions of Renoir My name is Emily Wiltshire though to many I could be “MimiCakes” or “Mommy” and I am originally from good ole’ Oklahoma! We are currently (and just recently) back in Oklahoma after spending several years overseas that included Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We first moved abroad for my husband’s company. I still remember the day he came home from work and told me about his boss asking about us possibly moving to Shanghai. After a few hours of research on the computer I told him I was in. He thought I was crazy (and wasn’t so sure himself!) but off we went, in tow with our 1 1/2 year old son! And what was supposed to be a 2 1/2 year stint turned into 3 different countries in 6 1/2 years and adding two more sons to the family!
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From the Philippines to Singapore: A Walk to Zen

06 July, 2015 09:34  Erin Erin

A Walk to Zen I am Jed M. Bellen. I’m from the Philippines. I live now in Singapore.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad to learn new culture and widen my world view.

2. How do you make a living?
I work as a Process Engineer for an Oil and Gas company. It is a unique experience I would say because I am doing a unique project. I am doing the Jurong Rock Caverns project, an underground oil storage facility and the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Adding to my unique work experience is the fact that I am working for a Korean company. Korean culture pervades in the workplace and we are provided with Korean foods for our meals every day. So, it is like, I’m in Singapore in Gangnam style.    

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From New Jersey to Bangkok: A Lawyer Abroad

18 May, 2015 08:41  Erin Erin

Lawyer Abroad Zachary Strebeck. Originally from New Jersey, I lived in the Los Angeles area for over a decade prior to going nomad. Currently I’m in Bangkok, Thailand, but that changes often!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I have never really traveled in my life. I had never left the country, aside from a brief vacation in Costa Rica in 2008. So after law school and reading books like The 4-Hour Workweek and blogs like Tropical MBA, I decided to give the nomadic life a try. After a year and a half, I don’t think I want to go back to a sedentary life!
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