Asia


From Italy to Shanghai: Expat Cucina

17 September, 2012 12:22  Erin Erin

expat cucina daniMy name is Daniela. I’m from Italy (Lecce – south) but I live in Shanghai (china) since 2008.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved to china after graduating from collage. My major in uni was Chinese so I thought It was necessary for me to do some work experience abroad for improving the language.

2. How do you make a living?
My “day job” is  being an alliance manager for a Swiss company, Kaba, we sell security systems and data collection devices. I spend most of my free time cooking, blogging about food and giving cooking classes.
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From Cincinnati to Czech Republic to Switzerland to Kuala Lumpur: Katie Not in Prague

03 September, 2012 10:53  Erin Erin

Katie Not in Prague My name is Katie and I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. After living in the Czech Republic and Switzerland, we moved to Kuala Lumpur a year ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I studied abroad in Prague during college, which is where I met the guy I ended up marrying. We moved back to the US and life went on until he was offered a job in Prague in early 2008. Because Prague holds a lot of good memories for us and we had a built-in social network there we were more than happy to move back. As the recession hit and cuts started to be made at his company he saw the writing on the wall and began looking for another job. He found one at a fantastic company that took us to Geneva. Two years after that the husband was asked to do an international assignment in Kuala Lumpur, which is where we are now.

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From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Channel Steve

16 August, 2012 10:58  Erin Erin

channel steve Hi, My name is Steve. I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia and I moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After 13 years in a giant corporate, serving internal and external IT customers in various ways, I found myself increasingly dissatisfied (with life?), but not sure why. I wangled a severance package during a huge corporate restructure, which allowed me the luxury of a long overseas trip. I chose Asia because we have so many Asians in Melbourne, but because they tend to keep to themselves I knew nothing about them.

Seven countries and 53 days later I came home, having fallen in love with Vietnam and Japan, but not knowing if I would ever see those places again. I started a new job, but remained unhappy. A few weeks later I read that my favorite metal band, Judas Priest, was playing the Budokan in Tokyo. This is one of those iconic gigs that most people only ever dream of attending, but I was determined to make it happen. A rather spontaneous trip ensued, leading me back to Japan, with Vietnam added for good measure as well. It was after that trip I knew I needed to live in Vietnam. I undertook a TESOL course, hooked up with a local agency, sold my house, ended my 10-year relationship and moved. Crazy, you say? Maybe so. I am now much more satisfied with life, though.
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From Arizona to Okinawa: More Things Japanese

26 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

Benjamin Martin more than Japanese Benjamin Martin is from Arizona, USA now living in Okinawa, Japan.  He is author of the YA novel Samurai Awakening coming this Fall from Tuttle Publishing, and recently won the 2012 Kengo Tarumi award for his photography in JTA’s yearly contest.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan since high school when I took Japanese as my foreign language requirement.  The more I learned about it, the more intrigued I was, yet I knew I’d never really be able to learn the language until I went.  I continued studying through college and applied for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme run by the Japanese government.  I got accepted and after graduation started packing my bags. (More)

   


From Mexico to Jakarta: Stumble Abroad

04 June, 2012 06:43  Erin Erin

stumble abroadMy name is Ana Gaby, short for Ana Gabriela. With a telenovela name like that you can probably tell I come from somewhere in Latin America. I was born and raised in Mexico but by the time I was 23 I had already lived in 5 different countries due to my studies and for work.  I married another global nomad and after 4 wonderful years of marriage, 3 different countries and 2 beautiful boys we currently call The Big Durian (Jakarta, Indonesia) our home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love. Sound cheesy? It is, and it’s awesome. I was already living “abroad” working in Washington D.C. at an international organization while my better half was living in Frankfurt, Germany for work. After a few months of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, he realized he couldn’t live without me ;), we got engaged, tied the knot and I became a trailing spouse after I quit my job and moved to Germany. My husband’s work has us moving every two to three years, so after two years in Frankfurt, and two in Bangkok we are expecting to stay in Jakarta until the summer of 2014. Then, who knows? We might go back to the US, or start a new adventure in a new continent.
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From Canada to China: Tales from Hebei

21 May, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

tales from hebei My name is Kelly Sandor-Yang.  I’m originally from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, but now I live in a small city in Hebei, China (yes, a few million people is “small” by Chinese standards!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short answer is that I was dissatisfied with my job and unsure of what I wanted to do (find a new one, change careers, go back to school).  I basically chose to run away from it all for a year to try to figure it all out.  Then, just to show that life really is what happens when you’re making other plans, during that one year I ended up falling in love with a Chinese man and deciding to stay.  We are now married and building our life together here.
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De Normandie ├á P├ękin: French Man in Asia

07 May, 2012 09:03  Erin Erin

This talented blogger has presented his interview in both English & French! Read his French interview first, then continue to his interview in English at the bottom.

french man in asia Bonjour, Je m'appelle Julien, 28 ans, originaire d'un petit village de Normandie en France mais ayant vécu la plupart de mes expériences à Paris. Je vis maintenant depuis 1 année en Chine, domicilié à Beijing.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
J'ai toujours eu depuis petit le gout du voyage et l'envie de découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Lors de mes différents périples à travers le monde (Australie, Afrique, Malaisie, Indonésie… ) , je rentrais régulièrement avec cette idée qu'il me manquait une partie de la culture et de la vie d'un local. Ayant eu une opportunité professionnelle en 2010, j'ai décidé de sauter le pas l'an passé et d'atterrir dans un grand inconnu, la Chine.  (More)

   


De Espa├▒a a Se├║l: Eurowon

23 April, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

eurowon spanish Hola. Me llamo Felipe y soy español. Tras vivir en Irlanda durante 4 años y medio, ahora resido en Seúl, en Corea del Sur.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Principalmente por motivos familiares, ya que estoy casado con una coreana. También me apetecía mucho aprender el idioma coreano, y tener la experiencia de vivir en una gran ciudad asiática.
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From Honolulu to Yokosuka: With Aloha from Japan

16 April, 2012 10:48  Erin Erin

With Aloha from Japan couple Hi there!  My name is Shannon E. and I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After high school, I lived in Washington State for five years, Northern California for eight years, Hawaii again for another three years and now I have the amazing privilege of calling Yokosuka, Japan my home. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had long discussed moving to Japan in order to advance his career (he is a civilian with the U.S. Navy), to allow me to take a break from mine (I was an employment attorney), and just to start our lives as husband and wife together on our own, without too many outside influences.  So when my husband got the job here in Japan, it was really a no brainer for us and he accepted immediately.  Shortly after he accepted the job, the earthquake/tsunami hit Japan and for a little bit we were unsure what was going to happen, but once the U.S. State Department gave the all clear, we stuck with our plan to move and I think it was the best decision we ever made!
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De Paris à Singapour: Paris-Singapore

05 April, 2012 08:14  Erin Erin

gardens singapour Enoa, pas encore 30 ans, français né à Paris qui a émigré à Singapour il y a près d’un an

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Autant par goût du défi que par envie de voir autre chose. Après 4 ans passés dans la même entreprise à Paris j’avais besoin d’un nouveau départ pour ne pas m’enfermer dans une routine qui commençait à devenir pesante. Et surtout pour partir avant qu’il ne soit trop tard, le plus dur ce n’est pas de partir à l’étranger mais de quitter son petit confort quotidien (et au fil des ans il est de plus en plus difficile de partir).
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