6 Things I Hope 2019 Will Bring Me

I won’t be writing a list of resolutions. Improving myself and my life is something I work towards every day, without feeling the need to write it down.

However, I found that laying down your hopes and wishes on paper is a great help you to define your dreams and goals. As soon as you write them down, they feel more real. And in general, doing so at the beginning of a new year allows you to see things clearly.

Here’s me doing just that. 


In 2019, I wish…

To Travel More…

Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China… how many of them will I be able to visit this year?

I believe my being in Singapore will help me on that wish, since going anywhere in South East Asia from here really isn’t expensive. In fact, these days it’s making me wonder about what really prevents people from traveling, apart from money.

Here in Singapore I can witness locals not really wanting to travel although it’s a cheap matter for them, and what’s more, travel alone. I believe nobody would ever do that here. Going somewhere in Asia by themselves, without the perspective of having a friend meeting them at the airport upon arrival is something quite close to a nightmare. Of course I can understand to some extent, and here I’m talking about Singaporeans but this applies to any nationality. It’s just even more obvious since Singapore is known to be Asia’s nerve center.

And you, what are you afraid of that prevents you from traveling, apart from money?

To Meet New People…

So far I’ve done a pretty good job overcoming my shyness and have met and bonded with quite a lot of people. It’s been a long time since I’ve made new friends, but moving to a new place alone has forced me to be more open to new relationships.

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This year, one of my biggest challenges will be to improve my Japanese as much as I can before going to Tokyo again on my own and hopefully make some friends during my stay, or even one friend would be huge! Cross fingers for me!

To Improve My Content… and Find My Pace

20190119_212644_00017379178381326100204.pngI’m still in the process of choosing what will be best for both this blog and my daily life. At the moment, I’m going with the flow and creating content when I feel like it, favoring quality over posting on time.

As you can see in my right column, I am supposed to post every Wednesday and Sunday, which roughly means 9 or 10 blogposts per month depending on the month. This goal is something I’ve imposed on myself but so far, I haven’t been able to keep up with it, since I have many other things on my hands apart from my 9-to-6 work: my YouTube channel, my Japanese lessons, my Bujogram, the reading challenge I’m on every year, and staying fit by going to Yoga classes and doing fitness on my own.

As much as it pains me to admit, 2 blogposts per week was too great a challenge for me. I am going to have to slow down on this blog. I’ve decided I’m going to post only on Sundays and see where it leads me. I’ve chosen Sunday since I believe this is a day when most of you have time to chill and actually read some blogposts. 🙂 Let me know what you think about this change!

To Tackle On My Anxiety…

Mental illness has been the talk in town for quite some time now. Many people have had the courage to speak up, and I’m happy to see it did spread some light on it.

I myself have had anxiety for as long as I can remember, and in fact for very concrete reasons I know too well about. It’s something I know I’ll never be able to master completely, but I can definitely improve how I manage to live with it in my daily life.

Since my first job has started, my anxiety has never been so low during the day. I’m still having trouble to sleep though, but I’m working on it. And I haven’t had a single panic attack for the whole of 2018. I hope I’ll be able to say the same at the end of 2019, and also that it doesn’t affect me as much. Wish me luck guys ❤

To Get A New Tattoo…

I know it comes rather aggressively after saying I wished to tackle on my anxiety, but in fact these wishes are very much linked to one another. Finally getting tattoos for my 25th birthday in 2018 was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Since then, I’ve been more in sync with my body than ever before. I’ve slowly started to actually like my reflection in the mirror, just when I thought it would never happen to me.

This subject needs a whole blogpost to itself, which I’m keeping in mind for the future. For now I’ll only say that the 4 tattoos I’ve got right now are still missing a fifth one. If I could get it done this year after having designed it, it would be perfect. 🙂

To Have A Healthier Lifestyle…

So far, I’ve quit smoking and coffee altogether, and am careful not to drink too much alcohol, in hope that someday I’ll quit alcohol too. This year I’ll focus more on this, because I’ve overlooked it for too long, due to my anxiety level being too high during my studies. Now that I’ve ‘started on my life’, I really wish to be as healthy and responsible as possible.


Of course this list isn’t exhaustive: I wish for many more things to happen and will talk about some of them in later posts! So don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to be able to know when new blogposts come out 🙂

Stay tuned,

Lilly

aka The French Hat

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Life’s Sweet In Singapore | Sat’Update #3

Day: Saturday the 8th, December 2018 (late afternoon).

Location: McDonald’s, at United Square Mall (Novena), Singapore.

Last event(s): very busy week at work, have made my first Singaporean friend & purchased my new BuJo for 2019.

Next event(s): building IKEA furniture that arrived at my apartment on Wednesday & getting internet connection at home.

Current state of mind: very excited to prepare lots of contents for the coming new year (more Blogposts, more Instagram pics, new Bullet Journal).

Current state of body: feeling good & full.


This week was extremely busy but at the same time life’s been so sweet here.

Here in Singapore, you never worry about the time, or the weather (even when it’s raining because you just get under the covered passages), or walking home at 2 a.m., or getting food whatever the time of day or night may be, or making friends…

Singaporeans are so friendly and genuine I still can’t believe they actually exist!

My new friend told me how she and her friends have always been afraid to go to France and all I can say is how much I can relate to it now that I can see how untroubled and oblivious life here may be…

I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I have been making lists of topics I absolutely want to cover on my blog and I can’t wait to sit down and write the related blog posts for you all!


Until next time (and don’t forget to travel),

Lilly,

aka The French Hat

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: A Glimpse At Singapore’s Crazy Lifestyle | Review #2

If you’ve not heard of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ yet, I think you’re actually living in a cave because that’s basically impossible: this movie has been the “talk in town” for months now, but it actually has almost as much lovers as it has haters, which was to be expected. However, something else interested me in that story.


Crazy Rich Asians’: A Bit Of Background

This movie is based on Kevin Kwan’s bestseller book of the same name first of a trilogy followed ‘China Rich Girlfriend‘ and ‘Rich People Problems‘. Most of the story is set in Singapore, because the male main character has his whole family living there.

The Story. – You would believe a movie attracting so much attention has an interesting plot but actually it hasn’t. It’s your basic romantic movie plot, with a guy and a girl, loving each other, who’ve been together for a year. The guy takes the opportunity of having to go to his best friend’s wedding to ask his girlfriend to tag along and at the same time, meet his family.

She eventually meets the family, but doesn’t get along with the mother (what a shock!) because apparently, she’s not good enough for her son – so the mother-in-law gets in the way of her son’s relationship, breaking them apart. However, the girl makes a fight for it, and they end up together once more.

The Twists. – There are two twists added to that story:

  • the family is Chinese, and actually quite traditional;
  • and it is one of Singapore’s richest one, which is saying something knowing that Singapore gathers some of the richest people on Earth.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the story, even though it is basic because a story doesn’t have to be complicated to be entertaining, and I loved the film. I’ve even started reading the book, which is also quite good.

But of course, that same story has been a story ever since stories have been invented (story-ception?) and, well, in this particular case, it actually gets quite old.

Plus the fact that everything seems very superficial: the background stories, the  conversations, the character development, the shots… you can end up pretty bored if you don’t know what you’re getting in advance.

The trailer says it all:

So What’s The Fuss All About?

The Good Sides. – The film has mainly been the talk in town for one thing: its cast is ENTIRELY Asian. Which has (apparently) never occurred in a Hollywood production.

So Westerners get excited because it means mentalities are finally changing, and Easterners get excited because they see it as a new era.

Also, the film is actually quite funny as well, but for the first time in a big Hollywood production, in an Asian kind of way, meaning there are a lot of inside jokes for Asian people.

Goh Peik Lin character, talking to Rachel about how she thinks her mother-in-law sees her, taking into account Rachel is an Asian who’s always lived in the USA.

She just thinks you’re some like unrefined banana. Yellow on the outside, and white on the inside.”

The Bad Sides. – But not everyone likes it. The movie was expected to reach a climax point upon its release in China, but it’s been a true disaster.

Mainly about the fact that the outstanding majority of Chinese people are not rich at all, and such a display of Asia’s richest people lifestyle can in fact seem bitter to them, which I can understand.

Such a depiction of distorted reality of Asia goes in fact directly against their life (and spirit) principle of yin and yang, and rips apart the equilibrium and balance that is supposed to be one’s main goal in life.

If you’re interested in this topic, I suggest you go and read this article, that is actually quite well written: (amongst many, many others)

The Reasons Why You Should Go And See It

  1. It’s entertaining. Most of the characters are quite funny, though also quite cliche, but it’s not that annoying.
  2. It’s a great introduction to what life in Singapore’s life is like. At one point in the movie, you can see the characters go to a hawker center, a Singaporean food court, and have the best time eating some of the best food they ever tasted, which is really accurate. Some hawker stalls even have Michelin stars! / Every location the characters go to in town is also accurate, meaning that locals actually go there, and the love of BIG and BIGGER parties is also very true. So all in all, it’s 80% accurate.
  3. Michelle Yeoh plays in it. She plays the mother-in-law. Michelle Yeoh’s like the Asian Queen for me. I’ll never forget her part in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha‘. Unbelievably accurate acting.
  4. A very original Original Soundtrack. It was soooo funny to hear ‘Yellow’ (Coldplay) sung in Chinese, as well as a jazzy song in Chinese which I currently listen to all day (Sorry not sorry!).

Hope you enjoyed reading my blog post about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’! This blog post is the first movie review I write, but I always wanted to write reviews about movies, having always been quite a film-lover myself!

All in all, I must have seen about 300 movies in my life so far, and always have a HUUUUUGE list of must-watch I have to go through! (same as books really, my list always seems to expand by itself…)

In any case, if you liked to read me don’t forget to like this blog post and subscribe to my blog to know when I publish more content!

Thank you so much for reading,

And until next time,

Lilly

aka The French Hat

Bear With Me: I’m Only Switching Continents! | Sat’Update #1

Day: November 17 (morning).

Location: at a friend’s house, in Suresnes (Parisian suburbs).

Last event(s): leaving my apartment in France.

Next event(s): expatriation in Asia coming in approximately 30 hours.

Current state of mind: not ready for what’s coming tomorrow.

Current state of body: completed knackered.


I just wanted to update you guys on my life because everything went so fast I didn’t have a chance to post anything on my cherished blog for about 2 weeks!

Those last two weeks easily were the busiest two weeks of my entire life: I’ve moved out of my apartment in Versailles (France), said goodbye to Versailles Palace, and that took my friends and family (and I) three days in total (saturday morning until monday evening). For three days, I had to stay alert without discontinuing, which was extremely exhausting.

But I’ve done it, and now I’ve moved out and most of my stuff is in transit, between here and there… Lost in Translation? haha just kiddin’, I’m way too tired to make witty remarks xD

I’ve even vlogged everything so that you’ll be able to see! We’ll talk about my YouTube channel and its future in another blogpost, but I’m just saying: you’ll have a Moving Vlog coming your way soon 🙂

Soooo yes, my main photo for this blogpost is quite blurry on purpose: this is only meant as a teaser for my upcoming vlog!! Tell me whether you’re excited about it, I sure am myself!!!

Anyway, I am leaving France tomorrow evening, and I’ll be arriving in Asia on Monday afternoon.

IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!


See you on my next round of adventures!

Lilly,

aka The French Hat

Time To Say Goodbye Again | Thoughts On Expatriation #2

I’ve had a hard time writing on this topic, because I do think I’m not like many people and it’s making me nervous. But I’ve also said I’ll be as honest as possible on this blog. October the 15th has passed, therefore it’s official: I’ll be leaving for my second expatriation in less than a month.


And yes, you’ve guessed it, Singapore is the destination!

Small disclaimer: in this blog post, I’ll be talking about very sensitive subjects, on purpose, because I feel like giving my opinion and let my voice be heard is quite as important as hearing the voice of others on those subjects. So there will be talk about:

  • Expatriation v. immigration;
  • White European girl wanting to discover as much as she can about the Asian culture(s);
  • Moving v. Traveling

To make things perfectly clear, I’m going to Singapore to work, and work a lot for that matter. And anyway, Singaporean authorities wouldn’t let me stay on their land otherwise. You can find a lot of resources on that subject everywhere on the web.

But to be perfectly honest, I can’t believe my luck.

The Wonders Of Asia

My first expatriation was in Ireland, and it already was quite a change compared to France. I had some preconceived ideas about the culture that were literally blown away by the end of my two years living there. And I’ve discovered things you could never find in books or on the internet. But that’s for another blog post.

But now Asia, this is a whole other story.

As a white French girl, I will say I feel as far from the Asian culture as can be: not by choice, though. I would love to know more about each and every culture composing it, making this culture one of the oldest, richest and most diverse of our world.

COLLAGE ASIA

Japan I know a lot already, due to my early interest in this country and my learning of its language since early 2017. But what about the others?

Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Cambodian, Dravidian, Filipino, Hmong, Hong Kong, Indonesian, Israeli, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Macanese, Malaysian, Miao, Mongolian, Punjabi, Tibetan, Romani, Sindhi, Tajik, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay…

What am I rambling about? I say this because Singapore is a real melting pot: it has a diversity of languages, religions, and cultures, with 4 official languages, 8 religions being practiced on its land, and at least 9 completely different cultures thriving there.

And for the record, I currently feel two things:

  • I feel very lucky to be able to see what I’ve been dreaming about with my own eyes;
  • I feel disappointed I’ll probably never be able to fit in any of the Asian countries.

Which brings me to my next point:

Why Stay In My Original Country?

…while there is so much to discover elsewhere?

And I do mean discovering it by actually living in those places. Not wandering about during your annual two-week holiday trip.

I’m not saying you won’t see anything in such a short period of time, but rather that you won’t be able to get very much in depth on anything.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I will be touching on those sensitive points I’ve disclaimed above.

I’m not judging anyone, I’m just saying I know you simply cannot get a good idea of a place and its culture(s) while only staying there for less than three months. And yes that’s a totally subjective minimum.

Now, people will have different takes on this, but I also think a place cannot be detached from its living population: therefore it’s constantly growing and you will never be able to know everything about it (but I guess it’s now more a matter of what you consider being a ‘knowledge’… but I’m going too far).

My point is, I’m not saying I wish to discover the Asian culture to then become a sort of sociological expert or a tour guide.

I’m not fooling myself thinking I’ll know everything there is to know about Asia even after living there for years.

But I can try experiencing as much as I can get into my system.

In fact, just so you know I make a point living like locals when I’m in another country. Not imitating, but experiencing life as they do. So that after a while, I can consider myself a local without blushing.

And I’m desperate to do it again soon.

Privileged French Expat’

Okay, third sensitive point. And it may be the worst one for many people. So without getting into much detail I’ll just say this:

Yes, I am white. Yes, I am French and therefore extremely favoured compared to most of the world’s population.

But I can’t do anything about those two things.

Yes, I have the opportunity to expatriate myself, i.e. moving to another country where I’ll be working (/immigrating: moving to another country because my original one cannot welcome me anymore).

And YES, I know how lucky I am and how many people would love to find work in the first place and what’s more find work in another country than their original one.

I’m not saying being aware of it wipes out the fact I still am considered privileged.

I only wanted to address this topic before getting real hate about it, and I know I will get it.

Saying Goodbye…

Last time I knew I would stay in Ireland for 2 years.

This time I’m saying goodbye for I don’t know how long… every single one of my close family members and friends have already planned their trip to come and see me over the next year.

Adventure cannot get more real than that, despite it being a sensitive matter because of my skin colour, nationality and situation in life.

And you know what? Maybe I should be, but I’m not scared one bit.

Until next time,

With love,

Lilly

aka The French Hat


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25 Things I’ve Learned In 25 Years On Earth

So. On Monday, October 8, 2018, I turned 25. In fact I’m writing this on that Monday evening, just to be sure I get things right, and also because I like being a dramatic like that (yeah).


Dear 24-year-old me,

This morning, when I woke up and realized I was 25 at last, it didn’t hurt as much as you’d thought it would. In fact, I felt pretty good and I still do.

Even though I know I am now a quarter of a century, and technically closer to 30 than 20 (although, not when writing this post because I’m precisely in between) I still feel okay with it.

Maybe it’s because I’ve put way more effort into my well-being and mental health these past few months, but I do feel happier, and more content with my life as a whole.

So, turning 25 isn’t so bad after all. And you do accept it even more when you realize, like I did, that you’ve accumulated quite valuable knowledge so far, that you wish you’d figured out earlier.

So here are the 25 most important things I’ve learned so far. May this knowledge be useful to anyone now or in the future, younger or older.


  1. Life is short.
  2. Take lessons from the past, dream about the future, but always remember to live in the present.
  3. You never know what turn your life is going to take from one minute to another.
  4. Never underestimate your own courage.
  5. What you can achieve only depends on what you think you can achieve.
  6. You have to be brave to fulfill your dreams.
  7. Always sleep on it.
  8. Don’t overthink, because your first take on something usually is the best one.
  9. Love doesn’t come easy, you’ll have to work at it.
  10. Be patient: things always come around.
  11. Never take life-changing decisions under stress or lack of sleep.
  12. Always make sure to make time for yourself everyday.
  13. Open your mind.
  14. Never forget things are never black and white.
  15. People who lie always will.
  16. Learn about History, and your own history: doesn’t define who you are, but gives you perspective.
  17. Don’t despair and believe: the wind will turn.
  18. If you are looking for answers, ask yourself.
  19. Alone doesn’t equal to lonely.
  20. If no one believes in you, believe in yourself.
  21. Your guts never lie.
  22. Always do the best you can.
  23. Always show kindness and understanding.
  24. Never let others tell you how you should live your life.
  25. But, always listen to your Mom (perhaps the best advice of all)

With love and kindness,

Lilly

aka The French Hat

S’expatrier en Thailande sans préparation : Elo l’a fait ! | Expat’Interview #6

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Salut Elo ! Alors dis-nous en un peu plus sur toi : où es-tu expatriée et depuis quand ?

Je suis expatriée à Bangkok en Thaïlande, depuis déjà 2 ans !

Et tu fais quoi là-bas ?

Je travaille en tant qu’Ingénieur packaging, en tant que responsable de recherche, dans une entreprise thailandaise basée sur Bangkok.

Est-ce-que tu es expatriée en solo ?

Maintenant oui. Initialement, j’y suis allée pour suivre pour mon ex-copain, mais la vie thaïlandaise m’a convaincue de rester !

Dis m’en un peu plus sur ton chemin de vie. Comment ça se fait que tu es maintenant expat ?

Je dirais que c’est un peu du hasard. Je n’avais pas pour ambition de vivre à l’étranger. Il y a 2 ans, mon ex-copain a eu une opportunité de poste sur Bangkok et comme mon emploi de l’époque ne me convenait pas, j’ai décidé de démissionner pour le suivre. J’ai eu une superbe opportunité d’obtenir un poste équivalent en moins de 3 mois.

Et, peu de temps après, je me suis retrouvée célibataire, mais comme je débutais un travail, je me suis donné au moins une année sur ce poste avant de revenir en France… Et puis j’ai découvert une superbe vie sur Bangkok, en créant de jolies amitiés, en profitant de la vie nocturne de Bangkok, en voyageant beaucoup, et en gardant le soleil toute l’année. Alors pourquoi revenir en France ?

Ah oui, donc tu n’avais pas spécialement envisagé la vie d’expatrié avant ça… Quelle a été ta motivation première alors ?

C’est compliqué à dire… l’amour m’a fait venir, mais ma passion du voyage et la jolie vie que l’on peut s’offrir en Thaïlande (en tant qu’expat) m’ont fait rester plus longtemps que prévu !

Quel a été le point de non-retour, après lequel tu as su que tu partirais ?

Je dirais qu’il y a eu plusieurs points de non-retour :
1/ le départ sur Bangkok : une grosse déception pro (et perso), qui m’a motivée à démissionner.
2/ lorsque j’ai su que j’allais rester : j’ai reçu une jolie proposition d’emploi pour revenir en France au bout d’un an… mais je n’ai pas mis longtemps à me rendre compte que je n’étais pas prête à ‘revenir à la vie normale’ et à quitter cette vie ‘hors-norme’ ! 😀

Tu dirais que tu as ressenti quoi à ce moment-là ?

Tout est enfin devenu plus clair pour moi.

Qu’est-ce-qui t’a fait choisir cet endroit dans le monde en particulier ?

Je n’ai pas vraiment eu le choix: mon ex-copain a eu une opportunité en interne pour un poste sur Bangkok. Et, honnêtement, j’ai fait un tour d’Asie en mode backpack il y a 4 ans… et la Thaïlande était de loin le pays que j’avais le moins apprécié, très certainement à cause du coté ultra touristique. Mais pour y vivre, je pense que Bangkok est l’un des meilleurs choix en Asie:
– une ville internationale, donc c’est pratique pour continuer d’avoir des amis européens, voire français en cas de manque;
– une superbe ville pour faire la fête;
– c’est tellement plus simple de voyager en Thaïlande lorsque l’on parle un peu la langue locale;
– le faible coût de la vie;
– les accès faciles à de nombreuses plages paradisiaques !
– de même pour les parcs naturels;
– l’absence d’hiver;
– et on se régale avec les plats thaïlandais !

Tu parles combien de langues ?

1/ Français de langue maternelle
2/ Anglais, développé depuis que je vis sur Bangkok
3/ Espagnol, d’un niveau basique
4/ Thailandais, que j’essaie d’améliorer au quotidien!

Du coup tu connais les langues officielles du pays dans lequel tu es expatriée, en quoi ça t’a aidée dans ton expatriation selon toi ?

C’est plus simple pour le quotidien d’avoir un niveau basique de thaïlandais : plus simple pour faire des courses ou parler au taxi, et également pour s’intégrer au travail. C’est aussi très pratique lorsque l’on voyage dans des lieux moins touristiques.

Est-ce-que tu conseillerais d’apprendre la langue avant de venir ?

Oui

Quelles ont été les difficultés que tu as rencontrées en Thaïlande jusqu’à maintenant ?

Tout d’abord, me faire des amis, et trouver un cocon dans cette nouvelle ville ! Puis, l’intégration avec les thaïlandais n’est pas facile, cela étant dû à une différence culturelle.

Quelle a été la partie la plus difficile de ton expatriation ?

Le manque des amis et de la famille en France 🙂 !

Qu’est-ce-que tu aurais fait différemment pendant ta préparation à l’expatriation ?

Mon départ en Thaïlande n’était pas du tout préparé… Et j’ai survécu 🙂 ! Je conseillerais simplement de commencer à chercher un emploi avant le départ, et de se renseigner sur les quartiers.

Qu’est-ce-que tu aurais fait différemment à ton arrivée sur place ?

Je ne suis pas une pro de l’anticipation… je ne pense pas que j’aurais mieux fait différemment. Au final, c’était un peu de découvertes au quotidien !

Où as-tu trouvé le plus d’infos et les meilleures infos sur la Thaïlande ?

Sur les blogs !

Le jour où tu es arrivée, est-ce-que tu t’es sentie perdue ?

Pas spécialement, mais c’est toujours plus simple lorsque l’on arrive dans une ville à deux!

Est-ce-que tu as réussi à te faire facilement des amis ?

Oui, j’en ai plein !

Est-ce-que ce sont plutôt des locaux ou des expatriés comme toi ?

Plutôt des expatriés.

Est-ce-que tu dirais qu’il est facile de se fondre dans la masse en tant qu’expat en Thaïlande ?

Non. Je travaille dans une entreprise thaïlandaise, en étant une des seules blanches. Donc dès que l’on fait quelque chose qui “sort de l’ordinaire”… qu’est-ce que ça gossipe ! 🙂

Quels conseils tu donnerais à quiconque voudrait venir vivre en tant qu’expatrié là où tu es ?

Rester ouvert d’esprit, et toujours être respectueux.

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster à la nourriture ?

Oh oui, la nourriture thaïlandaise est épicée! Il faut un peu se ‘forcer’ au début, mais le corps s’habitue naturellement assez rapidement!

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster aux gens ?

Oh oui, surtout dans le monde du travail : être toujours souriant, ne pas être trop direct, ne pas placer un mot plus haut que l’autre, toujours respecter les ‘anciens’…

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster à la législation ?

Pas forcément, il faut simplement être en règle pour le permis de travail.

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster au climat ?

Oui, mais c’était facile ! Le climat est chaud toute l’année, il faut s’habituer à suer 😀 ! Le plus ‘compliqué’ est la saison de mousson, où l’eau peut facilement arriver jusqu’au mollets !

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster à l’habillement ?

Un peu dans le monde du travail… en oubliant les jeans, en me couvrant les épaules, et en m’habillant de manière plus formelle.

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster aux coutumes ?

Non.

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster à la façon de vivre ?

Je prends bien plus de snacks qu’en France… Sinon ça n’a pas trop changé 🙂 !

Est-ce-que tu as dû t’ajuster à la façon de travailler ?

Etre moins directe, et bien plus courtoise, ce qui n’est pas plus mal 😉 !

Le mot de la fin ? 🙂

Si on attend le bon moment pour devenir expat… on peut attendre longtemps. Alors foncez !


C’est avec un immense plaisir que je vous livre aujourd’hui l’interview d’Elo : cette fille est géniale, et je la trouve hyper inspirante et drôle ! A elle toute seule et en seulement deux ans elle a réussi à faire ce que des milliers ne parviennent pas à accomplir durant leur vie entière : construire sa vie à l’étranger ! Elle raconte ça sur son blog alors n’hésitez pas à aller voir et vous abonner 😀

Son blog : EloditHello

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