The many responses & impressions posted to our latest Blog, What’s It Really Like to Live in Asia? reveal the depth of the experience for international educators. Lifestyles in Asia, like anywhere, are dependent upon which country you’re in. Whether you’re hoping to land a job in the Far East, more interested in the ancient cultures & traditions of India or Pakistan, or aiming for the Bali beach scene, you’ll want to know what educators are saying about life on the Asian continent.
Excerpts from What’s It Really Like to Live in Asia?
As a teacher in KL I can say it has everything and is very affordable. The society is very multicultural, the city is a real melting pot – that’s interesting!
Taiwan has wonderful hiking accessible from any of the cities and lovely beaches in the southern half of the island. The pollution isn’t bad outside of Taipei.
Censorship is a huge issue. Buy a VPN for internet usage.
If you are a single woman, I would not recommend this or any other place in Asia. While there can certainly be life without dating, the complete absence of the possibility can be depressing.
Tokyo is one of the most soulless cities in the world–if you watch the movie Happy you will understand. Japan is also very cold, literally and figuratively. The Japanese people polite, yes, but xenophobic and sexist.
We’re in Singapore now, after Japan & Thailand. We love it! The bureaucracy that people complain about has more benefits than negatives. It’s a small place, but there are so many unique places, it’ll take us years to see them all & peel back the many cultural layers.
Korean cuisine has a strong emphasis on seafood and also on lots of vegetables that look (to my American eyes) like weeds.
I’ve lived in Jakarta for 12 years and although there are some positives, I’m ready to move on due to one major factor – traffic. Until you live here, you have no idea just how badly the congestion restricts and diminishes the quality of your day-to-day life.
If there is one thing that will drive us away it’s the pollution. An average rating of 150+ for the year is not something you will enjoy, with days sometimes peaking at 350+. Recently the headlines reported a reading of 750! You really do wonder what harm you are doing to yourself and your children – not seeing blue sky on a regular basis can be depressing.
THIS week’s Blog, What’s It Really Like to Live in EUROPE? expands the ..conversation to the European continent Do you have comments/insights/tips to share with colleagues regarding the pleasures & challenges of life in EUROPE? Please do! TELL us your thoughts: International Educators Keeping Each Other Informed is what ISR is ALL about!
• What is the BEST & the WORST of living in EUROPE?
• Do you recommend living in EUROPE or are you counting the days?
What’s It Really Like to Live in EUROPE? JOIN the Conversation HERE!
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