When I started blogging, I was in the Philippines and started my internship in family medicine. I do not have a niche topic for my blog. I would blog about everything and everything under the sun. As I continued my blogging journey, I also learned that blogs are better when they have a specific niche. The more specific, the better. Being just a lifestyle blogger can be like an all-rounder, but a master of nothingness. I wanted to narrow down my blog topics and find out who my audience is. When I became serious with my blogging, I was already in Singapore, following my career as a doctor. I slowly discovered my niche in blogging. I decided to blog about my life abroad and what it's like to live and work in a country that is not your own. (However, for reasons of confidentiality, I rarely write about my working life). I also have my personal experience as Child of the third culture During my high school days in Saudi Arabia, which contributes to my reputation abroad. I could have a blog about life as OFW (Overseas Foreign Worker). OFW refers to Filipino migrant workers with Filipino citizenship living in another country for a limited period of time on the basis of an employment contract. But I realized that I wanted to have a larger scope of the blogging community to involve and employ other foreign workers who are employed in other countries, not just my Filipino colleagues. That's why I decided to rename my blog as an expat blog.
Define the word: expat
in the Wikipedia, one expatriate (often shortened to Expat) is a person who lives in a country other than their home country. In common parlance, the term often refers to professionals, skilled workers or artists occupying a position outside their home country, either independently or seconded by their employers. These can be companies, universities, governments or non-governmental organizations. By this definition, it is safe to call all OFWs, all migrant workers, all those who work and live in a country that is not their country of birth, expats.
But frankly, I was a bit shy to call myself an expat blogger, let alone an expat, because I realized that this word was only for high-paid Caucasian or European nationalities working in a foreign country. check-Out This article by The Guardian which reflects my exact feelings.
When I was working in Singapore, I like to call ourselves OFW because we used that term as Filipinos, but with the E-word, I was a bit squeamish to describe myself. Some would say, usually locals, "Oh, the area in Central or the Resto in this area are filled with expats," which means Caucasians or Europeans work in Singapore in a large company with high-paying jobs. The expats in this sentence do not mean "all kinds of expats" in the right sense of the word. These "expats" in this sentence definitely do not include Filipino domestic workers or Indian or Bangladeshi construction workers.
What can one call an expat? Is it the race or the country you come from? It seems that people from third world countries such as the Philippines, India, etc. who work abroad can not be called an expatriate in a First World country. So let's take a look at the company or job you get abroad, where you work. I learned that they assumed that expats or expat-living would apply only to those personally invited by the foreign company to work with a generous housing allowance in the country. Take my example, I am a doctor, a profession with a title, and I receive housing allowance from my (previous) company. However, I was not personally invited by the company to Singapore but selected by a Filipino headhunter agency to take an exam and job interview for the job in Singapore. Would that qualify me as an expat? Hmmm, the technique of the word is so confusing.
I do not know if this pun andWho is an expat at all?? "Are similar to all countries around the world. But, having been living in Oman for 5 months now, I realized that the word expat or expatriate is used freely for all those who work and live in the land that is not Omani. They are easy to distinguish and to identify as an expat. If you go to the medical center, your profile will identify you as an expatriate, as your medical services are different from those of the locals. (However, expatriate government officials have good medical services compared to non-governmental expatriate employees.) Therefore, I can freely call myself an expat here in Oman.
In this note, I'd like to restart my blog series by Expat Diaries, inviting expats of various nationalities to share their experiences and adventures with you and me. Take a look at the previous blog post from the series:
Amber, American blogger in the Philippines
Elena, Russian photographer in India
Hanna, Filipjna Fashion Blogger in Singapore
If you are expats or know expats that I can introduce, please email me at [email protected] or fill out the form in this link.
I look forward to reading and learning about the various expat stories around the world.
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