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.

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From the Philippines to China to Saudi Arabia: Ten Thousand Strangers

27 August, 2018 08:41  Erin Erin

Ten Thousand StrangersI am Noel Cabacungan from the Philippines but I'm currently an expat here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've been here since 2011 but my expat career began in China in 2006. I go by many other nicknames in several internet forums but you can easily recognize me as the stormtrooper running the blog Ten Thousand Strangers.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Moving to Saudi Arabia has never been a part of any of my plans. How I ended up working in this country remains a mystery to me. I can still remember myself saying I won’t lay a foot in this country even if it’s the last country I can go to for employment. Which is why when I was looking for overseas jobs I can apply to several years ago, I would always skip applying for jobs based in this country.
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De France à la Réunion : Les Détours d'Anne-Sophie

23 August, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Je m'appelle Anne-Sophie et  j'ai 26 ans. Je suis née à Troyes puis j'ai habité à Metz pendant 9 ans pour faire mes études et au début de ma vie professionnelle. J'habite à Saint-Denis de La Réunion depuis Septembre 2017.

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

La Réunion n'est pas à l'étranger. C'est un département français d'Outre-mer où l'on trouve les mêmes boutiques (ou presque) qu'en métropole. Je suis partie à La Réunion pour suivre mon compagnon. Une opportunité professionnelle s'est présentée à lui alors que je venais de quitter mon travail et que je rêvais d'autre chose, d'ailleurs.

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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.

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From Texas to Australia to Germany: What the Blog?

13 August, 2018 10:09  Erin Erin

what the blog germany Hi! I’m Anika. I grew up in a suburb northeast of Houston, Texas, but moved out when I turned 18. I lived in Austin for university, studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia (where I got bit by the travel bug), and moved to San Francisco with my degree in hand and a job with Americorps to start my career. Since then, I’ve lived in Austin (again), Washington, DC, and currently, Mainz, Germany. I love to travel, although the arrival of my 2 sons (now 5 and 2.5) has slowed it down a little. I love writing, and wanted to make sure I kept a log of my favorite travel memories –hence, the blog!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had both really wanted to live abroad “someday”. We were both on the job market, and he got his ‘dream’ job in Mainz, Germany. I figured I could make something work, and that it may be our best chance at living overseas. We didn’t own a house, have kids, or have much debt. We still had (have?) a sense of adventure and wanting to explore Europe. We didn’t speak German, but we were up for the challenge!

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De Lyon à Milan : Globe Croqueurs

09 August, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Pasta et Bambini : Charlène Bonjour, je suis Charlène ! Il y a bientôt un an nous avons quitté Lyon avec mon mari Nicolas et nos deux enfants pour nous installer dans la région de Milan.

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

Nicolas travaille dans une société de logistique française qui dispose de filiales en Italie. On lui a proposé de déployer la solution française de l’autre côté des Alpes. Nous rêvions d’une expérience à l’étranger depuis longtemps, suite à un voyage au long cours il y a quelques années. Nous avons donc saisi l’opportunité.

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From Germany to Jordan: Living in Jordan as Expat

06 August, 2018 09:52  Erin Erin

Jordan Bastian I am Bastian from Germany, currently living in Jordan with my family.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
It is a combination of several aspects. I was looking for a new job, I have lived and worked in Jordan previously and I wanted a new challenge.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am employed at an International Agricultural Research Organization.

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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.
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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 ?

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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.
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