Allyson: Life with Karlly
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Doha, etc.
I’m a young professional from the Philippines working in a medical field. I’ve been here for more than 3 years now but technically not new since I studied here when I was a kid.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Actually it was my friends who urged me to start blogging because they know that my best friend and I are always out and about here in Doha. After some time, I encouraged my best friend to start it up with me. I also think that it would really help other expats like me to know more activities that they could do and where to go whenever they’re around.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Oh of course I do!
Tell us about the ways your new life in Doha differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
The only difference is that this is a Muslim country so I have to respect their culture and the rules that come with it.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Doha? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I already knew what to expect since as I’ve said earlier I partially spent my childhood here and I’m staying with family. I don’t think I had to prepare myself for that. Haha
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
No funny experience to share, sorry.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Doha?
- For the ladies, leave your sexy outfits at home.
- Be a defensive driver.
- Go out and meet people, there are lots of different nationalities here and it’s such a small place.
How is the expat community in Doha? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I already had family and friends here before I even arrived. It’s not really hard to be friends with people here. You just have to be sociable.
How would you summarize your expat life in Doha in a single, catchy sentence?
Doha is not bad at all; you just have to make the most out of it!