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Can You Be Happier Abroad? Maybe You'd Be Happier Back Home?

What's your story? Discussions your reasons for going abroad.

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Would you be Happier Back Home?

Yes
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No
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Total votes: 24

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Re: Can You Be Happier Abroad? Maybe You'd Be Happier Back Home?

Post by xiongmao » June 13th, 2018, 12:59 pm

Well I moaned a bit in the post above but I have renewed for another year so it's not too bad I guess.

I'm in Zhejiang Province, near to Hangzhou.

Positives:

My room is nice and I am too attached to it to move.
I do really enjoy teaching it can be a lot of fun but it does affect me if the class is in a bad mood.
The salary is very good here and my retirement fund is growing at a similar rate as it was back in the UK. But I only do 20 hr weeks here, not 40 hrs like in the UK. I did get interviewed for a job in Thailand but after expenses I'd be left with pocket change. Better to live in China and fly business class to Thailand a couple of times a year!
I get paid a retainer over the Summer.
Employer is legit.
Much cleaner here than in the rest of China (particularly the food).
Easier to learn Mandarin here as more people speak it than in places like Guangzhou.
On the high speed train network with Shanghai 2 hours away and Hangzhou 1 hour. Both are great. Shanghai is full of foreigners of course. Hangzhou is a backpacker paradise with exotic night markets and quaint backstreets but there are no backpackers.
Now give zero f*cks about the politics and sh*t going on back home.

Negatives:

East Asia is soulless, particularly in this part of China. I went to a businessman meeting the other night. The expats were white pot bellied bores. The Chinese could only talk about house prices.
Dating is abysmal here, not sure why. My students are so lovely but they obsess over dreamy KPop boys and there is relentless pressure to look pale and thin. Also the girls are very cliquey and outsiders have a miserable existence. Maybe those are clues.
Pretty boring here. Nobody drinks and does stupid sh*t like back home.
I quit my boring cubicle slave job and now I'm Happier Abroad...
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