Oceania


From the Philippines to Singapore to New Zealand: Notes From Our Corner

18 November, 2019 12:20  Erin Erin

Notes From Our Corner Hi there. My name is Aileen, I am originally from the Philippines, and lived in Singapore for almost 10 years. I am now currently living with my husband and two girls in Wellington, New Zealand.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had been living and working in Singapore for almost a decade. We wanted to make sure we have a good work-life balance in order to take care of the kids that we plan to have at that time, and we knew that the pace of life in Singapore would not be sustainable for us in the long-term. Immigration policies in Singapore were tightening at that time as well, and we were concerned our Employment Passes will not be approved (both our PR applications were rejected), so we wanted to go to a country where we could be permanent residents and eventually, citizens.

We first looked to Australia, but fortunately, the company where my husband worked in Singapore offered him a job transfer to New Zealand, and so this is where we are now.

2.    How do you make a living?
I was an IT professional in Singapore. When we moved to New Zealand in 2016, I was a stay-at-home mom right up until 2018, when I went back to the workforce. I now work as a contractor for various companies as  Programme Coordinator.

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From Germany to Mexico, Australia...and back to Germany: Germanymore

06 May, 2019 11:44  Erin Erin

Germany more I’m Dominik, coming from Germany and now living in Frankfurt/Main after having lived for quite some time abroad.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Due to work I have lived in different countries (e.g. Mexico, Australia, UK and El Salvador). Now I’m back in Germany and try to help foreigners living in Germany to make their live easier.

2.    How do you make a living ?
I work in the aviation industry as a Director for Supply Chain Management. Previously I was working as a Project Manager for Business Development also in the aviation industry and had the chance to see and live in many countries as we have customers all across the globe.

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From Canada to the USA to New Zealand: Jandals & Togs

18 June, 2018 21:48  Erin Erin

Jandals & Togs My name is Grant Highstead. I am currently an Emergency Medicine physician, but this is a second career for me. I grew up in Canada and moved to the U.S.A. nearly 30 years ago. I have a wife and a tween daughter, both of whom are from Texas. We returned to the US last October after living in New Zealand for a year and are working on moving back to NZ permanently, hopefully in the next several months.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My wife and I are always seeking out new experiences for ourselves as individuals, but also for our family. We were looking for another chapter for our lives in a new country and culture. Four years ago we spent two weeks travelling in a caravan through New Zealand’s North Island and decided to move there for a year. We loved it so much, we decided to move back permanently.
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From France to Wallis Island: Life experience in Wallis Island

11 June, 2018 09:55  Erin Erin

Wallis Island Hello! My blog name is Naniwallisienne. I come from France. I am a resident of Wallis Island (which is a French territory) since the 1st of January 2018.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had a passion for travelling and discovering new way of living. Last year, my husband told me that he has a job opportunity in Wallis Island. I immediately said yes and I joined him with my son early this year.

2.    How do you make a living?
The first month was devoted to the discovery of this new life on a small island. Since February, I've been a volunteer in an association that helps entrepreneurs to create their own company.

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Da Italia a Australia: itaGIRLSonTHEroad

12 March, 2018 08:03  Erin Erin

itaGIRLSonTHEroad Ciao, mi chiamo Karmen (Kika per gli amici) e, per chi non mi conosce, sono una “ragazzina” italo-croata di 30++ anni. che momentaneamente vive “down under”, ovvero a Sydney. Sono nata in Croazia, a Orsera per la precisione, e ci ho vissuto fino ai miei 18 anni, con mia sorella, la mia nipotina, i miei genitori e i nonni. Sono sposata, e per il momento tento di mimetizzarmi con le australiane colorando i capelli di arancione 

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Mi sono trasferita all’estero la prima volta nel 2010, quando il maritino ha deciso che sarebbe ora di cambiare ambito lavorativo; stessa azienda, ma da Trieste ci siamo spostati a Singapore. Dopo quasi 3 anni li, la storia si è ripetuta e ci siamo trasferiti a Sydney. Ad Aprile saranno 5 anni che viviamo qui.

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De la région parisienne à la Polynésie : Tahiti Le Blog

02 November, 2017 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Tahiti Le Blog : FabriceBonjour, je m’appelle Fabrice, j’ai 46 ans et je viens de la région parisienne. J’ai débarqué à Tahiti en aout 2016 avec ma femme et mes trois enfants (9, 13 et 15 ans). Nous vivons à Papeete qui est la capitale administrative et économique de Tahiti et de la Polynésie française.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

La Polynésie française n’est pas un pays étranger. C’est un petit bout de France perdu au beau milieu du Pacifique Sud avec quand même un statut particulier (Collectivité d’outre mer). On parle français et on fait ses courses à Carrefour !

Nous sommes partis - nous, parce que c’est un projet familial - pour changer de vie. Nous avions déjà vécu à l’étranger (au Vietnam), il y a dix ans, et rêvions de retenter l’expérience sans oser nous lancer dans l’aventure. Et puis un jour, une petite annonce sur internet pour un poste disponible a tout fait basculer. En trois mois on donnait notre préavis à nos employeurs, on vendait tout dans la maison, on mettait notre logement en location et c’était parti ! 
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From Manchester to Melbourne: Half a World Away

07 August, 2017 08:59  Erin Erin

Half a world away melbourneI’m Katie, a travel blogger from Manchester, UK now living in Melbourne, Australia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was desperate to go travelling but I knew I couldn’t travel forever so I decided to come to Australia to work and extend my trip. My trip to Barcelona in 2013 was my first hostel experience -  I had the best time and knew I needed to go on a big trip.

2.    How do you make a living?

I work in digital marketing as a Content Manager for a global media agency. I had a similar job back in the UK which made the transition across much easier.
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From the UK to New Caledonia: Notes from Noumea

27 February, 2017 11:31  Erin Erin

Notes from Noumea Hello everyone, my name is Helen, I am a Brit that has found herself living on the small, French, sub-tropical Island of New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Caledonie) in the South Pacific. My blog, NotesfromNoumea, chronicles my life here on ‘the Calliou’ (as it’s locally known), plotting the achievements, the frustrations and downright hilarities of living on the other side of the world.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad as my partner, Phil, was offered a job with an international organisation. At the time we were both living and working in London and one day he sent me an email asking whether I fancied swimming with turtles, as there was a job advertised on a tropical island. Well who would say no to that? This was the extent to which we discussed the matter until he was actually offered the job, several months later. We were given less than 2 weeks to decide and after a lot of soul searching, emotional torment and frantic googling of ‘expat depression’ I plumped for ‘Sod it – I will regret it if I don’t’. And here I am, two years later, living what was and probably is the best decision I have ever made.

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From North Carolina to Sydney: Living EZ

19 December, 2016 10:03  Erin Erin

Living EZ Erin Z, John Z and Cecilia Z – From Charlotte, NC, USA to Sydney Australia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Erin had always wanted to move abroad, and when John got approached by a recruiter from LinkedIn about a banking position in Sydney, we decided to pursue it. We moved to Australia in December of 2014 (with a 2 month old).
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From the UK to Australia: Kat is Travelling

20 June, 2016 08:10  Erin Erin

Kat is travellingKat is a UK blogger backpacking around Australia. There's no o-zone and hundreds of creatures are trying to kill you but apart from that she guesses it's alright. You'll find her above or below sea-level trying to balance 3 cameras.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I’ve always intended to take a year out to travel after university but ended up going straight into a job and then another job until suddenly 4 years had passed and I still hadn’t done it.  I was thinking of leaving my then job and knew that if I didn’t go now when I had no ties or reasons to stay then I might never do it.  I’d always had my eye on Australia and because it’s so far to come from the UK and such a huge country I knew I wanted to spend a significant amount of time here not just come for a holiday.  So I applied for a Working Holiday Visa to stay for at least a year.

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