Asia


From Minnesota to Hanoi: Fishsauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise

23 January, 2012 09:10  Erin Erin

fish sauce vietnameMy name is Hannah and I’ve lived all over the United States, though most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly six months now.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had planned to live abroad since I was a little kid.  I had a good role model in my grandmother who lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Switzerland as a girl.  Additionally, I’ve lived in eight different US states.  Moving abroad seemed like a natural next step.  My parents weren’t shocked.  They’d sent one sister to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, when she was 16, the other to study in Germany and me to study in France.  I moved abroad when I did, though, because I hated my job.  I scheduled medical appointments in a call center.  Despite seeming very sudden (I was offered a job and moved here three weeks later), the move was completely predictable.  To sum it up, I guess that I had always planned to live abroad but the decision to leave when I did was spurred by economics as I am going to be paying off student debt till I’m 400 years old.
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From South Africa to Tokyo: Rurousha

12 January, 2012 11:31  Erin Erin

rurousha I refer to myself as Rurousha, a Japanese word that means nomad or wanderer. I'm from Stellenbosch, South Africa; I now live in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ten years ago I was a career woman who'd never considered a committed relationship or relocation to another country. Then a mutual friend introduced me to a Japanese man … and that caused havoc in my life. I fell in love with him, stalked him halfway around the world and then fell in love with his country.

2. How do you make a living?
I teach English at university and at a conversation school. I have a Master's degree in linguistics and have always worked with language – as journalist, editor and publisher – so the transition to teacher has been easy and fun.
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From Florida to Hong Kong: Seeking Elevation

29 December, 2011 10:23  Erin Erin

seeking elevation My name is Lisa Harvey.  I’m an American expat, born in Massachusetts and raised in South Florida.  In the past ten years, I’ve lived in Florida, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Venezuela, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, back to Florida, and Hong Kong (where I currently live).  I’m tired.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I broke up with my boyfriend in 2001, he moved to Egypt.  I thought that was the most interesting thing he’d done  since I’d met him, so I followed him over there.  Some time during that six-week vacation, I fell back in love with him and in love for the first time with life abroad.  We returned to the States so I could get my master’s degree and then took off for good.
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From Greenwich to Beijing: You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

19 December, 2011 08:16  Erin Erin

you're not from around here profile I’m Steve, originally from Greenwich, London but now living in Beijing. We’re currently considering a move south to Chengdu for the winter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I worked for a bank straight from University. Throughout my twenties holidays and free time were in short supply, so in 2006 I took a sabbatical to travel across Central Asia and loved it. I returned to my old job just in time to take the blame for the financial crisis, and took voluntary redundancy a few months later.

After doing some volunteer work building houses in Costa Rica, I headed south to Latin America. On Christmas Eve in Venezuela I met a Chinese girl travelling alone and we hit it off. We climbed mountains and sailed down the Amazon to the Rio Carnival together, then went our separate ways in Argentina. We met up a few months later in Beijing, and I’m still here. (More)

   


From the USA to Seoul: Asia Vu

08 December, 2011 11:54  Erin Erin

Asia VuMy name is Caroline.  I’m an American living in Seoul, South Korea with my husband and two teenage sons.  My husband and I are both TCKs (Third Culture Kids); our childhoods were spent in Asia and Europe, as well as all over the US. We were thrilled to give our own kids an opportunity to experience the fun – as well as the challenges – of living in a different culture.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
My husband works for a multinational Design/Engineering firm that is doing work in Seoul.
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From the UK to Canada to Vietnam: Saigon- Why Am I Here?

28 November, 2011 09:36  Erin Erin

elka kids Saigon Why Am I Here Xin chao! My name is Elka Ray. I was born in the UK, grew up in Canada and have spent the past 16 years living in Vietnam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After high school, I backpacked around Southeast Asia for six months. I was 18 years old, blonde, totally clueless, and lucky to have survived! But I loved it. After doing a degree in Journalism and Asian Studies I moved to Vietnam “for one year” as I wanted to learn more about the country. At that time, Vietnam had only recently reopened to foreigners.
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From the Netherlands to Hong Kong: Being Dutch in Asia

03 November, 2011 10:56  Erin Erin

Roald Dutch Asia pictureHi! My name is Roald, I’m originally from The Netherlands but living and working in Hong Kong since this summer. Although I have lived in The Netherlands for all my life, I have been working as an IT professional on projects in many different countries in Europe and Asia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ever since the first day I came to Hong Kong several years ago, I’ve been fascinated with this city. I still remember the first time I arrived here; the high-rises, neon signs, the millions of people, the food. That feeling of excitement only grew stronger during the times that I visited the city for my work again, so when I got the chance to relocate here, I didn’t hesitate for a moment.
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From Canada to Tokyo: Whoa...I'm in Japan?

13 October, 2011 10:35  Erin Erin

japan amanda I’m Amanda, a girl on life’s journey – literally. I love to travel and my current stop is the fun, fascinating and sometimes frustrating country that is Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad? If I’m being completely honest, I needed an escape. Life had become too mundane, and the routine was digging into me like a slow brand, or a hole made by the constant slow drip, drip, drip of water.

2. How do you make a living? I work as an English Instructor. I like this job because I went to school for English literature and journalism, and I get to use all my English language and grammar knowledge. I also like talking to people and it’s rewarding to watch them learn. (More)

   


De Costa Rica a Se├║l: Desde Se├║l

19 September, 2011 09:02  Erin Erin

desde seulMe llamo Elías Molina, tengo 21 años y soy originario de Costa Rica (en América Central). Desde hace más de 1 año y medio resido en las afueras de Seúl, la capital de Corea del Sur.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
En mi país de origen, participé para una beca para realizar los estudios de bachillerato en una universidad en Corea del Sur. Luego de varias semanas de papeleo, y entrevistas, y alrededor de 2 ó 3 meses de espera en silencio, me notificaron que había sido elegido, y que tenía que volar a Corea dentro de 2 semanas. Por lo tanto, actualmente y por unos años más estaré realizando mis estudios universitarios en este país.
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Von Deutschland zu Kuala Lumpur: Ein Neues Leben in Malaysia

08 September, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

fishing village Malaysia German Mein Name ist Conny Sandland ich bin Deutsche und lebe jetzt in der Nähe von Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Wir hatten schon lange den Wunsch in einem anderen Land zu leben. Gründe dafür waren zum einen das schlechte und kühle Wetter in Deutschland, die hohe Steuerlast, allerdings auch die typisch schlechte Laune und Schwarzmalerei der Deutschen.
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