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.



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.



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.


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 ?



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.


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.



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.



From the UK to Houston to Hong Kong: What Could Go Wrong in Hong Kong

26 March, 2018 09:13  Erin Erin

Hong Kong GeorgiaHi! My name is Georgia. I am originally from the UK but have also lived in Houston, Texas. I currently live in Hong Kong.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I graduated from university last summer and, like all graduates, faced the terrifying prospect of unemployment in one of the most expensive cities in the world (London). Having not taken a gap year and not in any rush to slave away applying for graduate programs, I decided to get my TEFL qualification and move to Hong Kong to try something a little different.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a kindergarten teacher. Teaching had never been something I was that interested in but I absolutely love it out here. In Hong Kong, it is a necessity to speak English so children as young as 2 are taking part in English language lessons. My blog essentially records the hilarious antics of the snot buckets that I teach everyday.


From Colorado to Fukuoka: Nihon Scope

19 March, 2018 08:58  Erin Erin

Nihon Scope Hello, my name is Nathan Scheer and I am from Lakewood, Colorado and I am currently living in Fukuoka, Japan with my Wife.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I came to Japan in order to experience a proper education of the Japanese language as well as have the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture.

2. How do you make a living?
I make money by helping people with businesses get listed on the top of Google without the use of advertisement. Otherwise called SEO.


Von Hamburg nach Peking: Abenteuer China - Peking

05 March, 2018 08:50  Erin Erin

Abenteuer China: Peking Ich bin Linni, Ende 40, verheiratet, fünf Kinder und komme aus Hamburg (Deutschland). Ich wollte seit Jahren in eine einsame Stuga nach Schweden übersiedeln, doch das Leben hatte anderes mit uns vor: Seit Sommer 2015 lebe ich mit meinem Mann und unseren beiden jüngsten Kindern (*2004, *2006) in Peking (China) – gibt es einen krasseren Gegensatz zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit? Die drei Großen sind schon erwachsen und in Deutschland geblieben.
1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Mein Mann ist beruflich hier tätig und konnte immer seltener nach Deutschland reisen. Im September 2014 haben wir dann entschieden, dass die beiden Jungs noch das Schuljahr in Deutschland beenden sollten und wir im Sommer 2015 die Familie in Peking dann wieder zusammenführen. Die großen Kinder standen zum Glück alle schon auf eigenen Füßen.


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