In my senior year of college, I still didn’t have much of a plan for what to do after graduation. Studying writing and psychology didn’t provide the clearest of paths and I wasn’t one of those kids who’d had an internship every summer. But I did know three things: I liked working with kids. I liked traveling abroad. And I didn’t want to move back in with my parents. Taking A Risk I wanted to take a risk and do something out of the ordinary. There’s no better way to grow than getting out of your comfort zone. So when Sonya, my girlfriend at the time started talking about teaching English in Asia, I was intrigued. It wasn’t a logical move or something that was expected of me. But it would be something I would never forget. In the spring of our senior year, we made a plan. We applied online and within a week got jobs teaching English in Shenzhen, China. This seemed a little quick but what did we know? How long is it supposed to take to get a job in Shenzhen, China, (a city I’d never heard of…
Food, one of the key happiness factors of living in Southeast Asia
It can be said for those looking to live in the Philippines or Thailand that: "a way to a Expat's heart is through their stomach." When choosing to move to a country to live in Asia, people often consider between moving to Thailand or moving to the Philippines. They are both unique in their own right. When deciding between moving to Thailand or moving to the Philippines, we often look into some of the bigger issues between the two countries. The major pros and cons often include the following:
In this article, we will focus on food, taste buds, filling our tummy along with the joy of eating out. Round 1 Knockout - Thailand is throwing 3 to 1 punches here
When it comes to food, Thailand is the leader by a near knockout and some would consider it a no contest. Here are some of the values linked to food when living as an Expat in Asia:
The food itself (does it taste good?)
Accessibility (is it…
Moving to Thailand or the Philippines and how the English language, cultural influence, cost of living, and relationships could affect your choices. It is never as easy as choosing a pros and cons list or just doing what works for others. If one is considering the possibility of moving to Asia and becoming an official Expatriate (or expat for short), two popular choices are:
Moving to Thailand
Moving to the Philippines
I use these two more specifically because I have lived in both countries. In addition to the idea of living in a foreign country in Southeast Asia, there are a few key factors that go into one's decision-making process. The four that I will discuss in this article are related to:
The above four items are only some of the areas that one might consider in relation to their own needs and desires. This article also pits Thailand against the Philippines in a kind of basic match for which one might be better for you. In order to really understand…
Living abroad and moving to Asia The Philippines vs Thailand When considering a location in Asia to earn their Expat title, many narrow down their choices to either moving to Thailand or moving to the Philippines. There are countless articles from Expats living in each location that will swear that their choice was the best. Trying to compare the Philippines vs Thailand is like trying to compare a fight between Filipino, Manny Pacquiao (Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao) a world champion boxer and now a senator from the Philippines with the now famous actor from Thailand, Tony Jaa (Muay Thai Actor) as seen in movies like Ong-bak and Furious 7. Why do I compare these two places with a Muay Thai Kickboxer and a traditional stand-up Boxer? First, I have an interest in combat sports (having taught martial arts my whole life) and I have run martial art camps in both the Philippines and Thailand. It’s something I understand and can relate too. More importantly is how they are so different and yet…
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