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From Sydney to Hong Kong: Eclectic Cool

28 July, 2011 09:41  Erin Erin

eclectic cool joanne I am Joanne, a Sydneysider. I own and design the lifestyle label, Eclectic Cool, based in Hong Kong.  I have been living in Hong Kong for 4.5 years with my family: a husband, 3 kids and a dog.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Hong Kong as my husband was doing a lot of travelling from Sydney all around the world chasing great business opportunities. A move to Asia meant that he was closer to the action and the travelling was easier. I was also keen to develop my business ideas in Asia.
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Di Padova in Thailandia e Malesia: Worldoscope & Mondoscopio

18 July, 2011 09:09  Erin Erin

fabio mondoscopeThis talented Blogger presented his interview in both English & Italian! Read our first Italian interview below and check out his English & Italian blogs.

Mi chiamo Fabio, sono nato a Padova. Attualmente vivo nel sud est asiatico, la maggior parte del tempo tra Thailandia e Malesia.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Non c'è una ragione particolare. E' stato un impulso, qualcosa di piuttosto irrazionale. Credo di averlo fatto più che altro per curiosità e irrequietezza. (More)

   


From Singapore to Tokyo: Lioness in Japan

11 July, 2011 10:57  Erin Erin

lioness japan bike My name is Yu Ming and I’m from the Little Red Dot, also known as Singapore. I moved to Tokyo in Oct 2006 and from being just a “trailing spouse”, I’m running my own online business, Beauty Box, an online store that sells Japanese beauty products and supplements to the US and Canada.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My fiancé got a job with an Australian software company that needed someone to head up their Tokyo office. He moved there eight months before I did to have a feel for the place and to make sure he really liked the job. Once he decided it would be a permanent location for us, he asked me to move to Japan, so I quit my job, packed my bags, and flew over.
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From Los Angeles to Shanghai: Shanghai Shangrila

27 June, 2011 10:26  Erin Erin

An American couple in Shanghai each share their journey. Read about their individual perceptions of being an expat. Tiffany's story is first, with Mike's story below.

 

shanghai shagrala boat My name is Tiffany Hynek and I’m from Los Angeles, California in the United States. I am currently living in Shanghai, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My boyfriend, Mike Finstad, and I had lived in Los Angeles for over five years and we were ready for a new adventure. We both wanted to try to move to China to gain international experience in a country that is growing so quickly. Being an architect, I was intrigued by not only the amount of building, but also the amazing historical architecture in China.

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From South Africa to Korea: Claudia and Oliver’s Korean Adventures

09 June, 2011 09:32  Erin Erin

oliver claudia korea I am Claudia and Oliver is my boyfriend. We have been dating since November 2004.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been nagging and nagging at Oliver, telling him that I needed to get out see the world. At the time Oliver was working as a photographer at a car magazine (a fantastic job which made him reluctant to leave) and I had just finished my honours at University (which made ever fibre of my body want to leave). I applied for an international scholarship and the day I didn’t get it I was devastated. I marched up to Oliver, who was busily working on photos and merely told him that I was going to teach English in Korea or work as a UN Volunteer and I hoped he would come with me. Without waiting for a response I turned my heels in the other direction and went to sulk. After about fifteen minutes, Oliver slinked into the room and with a smile on his face said “let’s do it” and that is how one of our most amazing journeys ever began!

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From London to Seoul: Smart Travels

19 May, 2011 10:30  Erin Erin

Travel Smart kimono My name is Catharine and I’m originally from the UK (I grew up in London). I spent 17 years living on Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, and for the past three years I’ve been living in Seoul, South Korea.  The blog title comes from my surname : Smart.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I originally went to Reunion Island as a student on my year abroad, went back there temporarily “for a year or two” and ended up staying 16 more years!  I came to Seoul with my French husband in 2008 when he got a job posting here.

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From the UK to Hong Kong: Land of No Cheese

09 May, 2011 10:49  Erin Erin

Hong Kong emilie lan of no cheese My name is Emilie and I grew up in the UK. However, chance has had it that I have only ever worked abroad: Spain, France, and now Hong Kong. I seem to be a bit of an accidental expat.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love.

2. How do you make a living?
My ticket to HK nearly two years ago was a teaching position, but now I’m an editor/writer for a local publisher, which as well as being closer to my interests, allows me to pay my (disproportionate) rent. I also get to enjoy the perks of being part of a Chinese company: mooncakes in autumn and lai see (red 'money envelopes' ) in spring.

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From Vancouver to Mumbai: A Little Bird on the Windowsill of Bombay

28 April, 2011 10:07  Erin Erin

a little bird on the windowsill of bombay bronwyn My name is Bronwyn. I’m from Vancouver, Canada, and am now living in Bandra west, Mumbai, India.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been living in and out of India for the past near three years. I think that my experience is different from a lot of expats because I was not sent abroad by my company, or assisted in any way with integrating into life in India. Each of my long stays in India has been because of my own initiative: I am now in Mumbai because I want to be here. I love the challenges presented to me on a day to day basis here, and feel that I’m growing in ways that I couldn’t back in Canada.

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From Florida to Beijing: Officially Foreign

18 April, 2011 09:00  Erin Erin

dana sunglasses officially foreign My name is Dana Zemke, I’m from Florida, USA and I now live in Beijing, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband’s company had a project open up and he was asked if we’d be willing to relocate.  We both love to travel and were expecting a move somewhere abroad for his work for years, so when they told us about China we were ecstatic.

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