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Klaus: German Expat In The Philippines

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in the Philippines makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to the Philippines, etc.

I am from Northrine Westfalia in Germany and moved to the Philippines for good in 1999 after visiting the country since 1982 regularly. Right now I am teaching German language at a state university in Davao City/Mindanao; I am a journalist for radio/print/TV and a certified translator, blogger and businessman.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I started blogging some 10 years ago, because that's the easiest way to tell the whole world what you are thinking about.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

Unfortunately, I don't have any favourite entries of my blog yet.

Tell us about the ways your new life in the Philippines differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

I got no problems in my new expat life.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in the Philippines? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

Yes, I was fully prepared and I would never regret that I moved to the Philippines. Many expats just came here - very blue-eyed and then complaining. My advice: plan first before you move here.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Sorry, nothing available right now.

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in the Philippines?

  • Check first your financial background. If you are in financial troubles, nobody will help.
  • Second: Think before moving here, what you gonna do. Being bored is killing.
  • Third: Try to stay in the Philippines for a year or so, before you break down all bridges to your home country.

How is the expat community in the Philippines? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

There are a lot of expat communities in the Philippines. As a journalist I didn't have problems to find same-minded expats.

How would you summarize your expat life in the Philippines in a single, catchy sentence?

There is no paradise on earth, but it's really fun in the Philippines.

Jacques Paillard

"All expatriates in my company joined InterNations because it really helped me get accustomed to my new life in Manila. "

Adriana Rodrigues Zon

"The idea of getting to know other expats in Manila was very appealing to me, and I've greatly expanded my network in the Philippines. "

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