Posted by: wonders | December 6, 2007

why i love being an expat (updated)

Have you all noticed that all the posts written by expats on expatriatism don’t know if this is even a word, are about whining thanks for the correction Qwaider ;) and missing home bla bla bla…Why are we expats if we hate it so much? because we don’t hate it or at least i don’t and for me coming to Dubai and starting on my own has been the best experience. The things i have learnt the past year would have taken me … God knows how long if i had stayed home.

So for the list.. here you go, and everybody is welcomed to pitch in:

1. We all love our family, but God! they can really be a pain in the a55 a lot of times over everything and anything. Now i just have the 5 minute call with them daily and this is as far as they can intervene plus i am the long lost child living abroad who get’s what they want when they visit home. In the case of married people IN LAWS as well!!

2. No body knows you! now don’t get me the wrong way as i know most of you all will😉 but this way i can be just ME, no pretending just lil ol me. No worrying over what extended family members or neighbours have to say over my corrupt up bringing.

3. It’s my way always. Just at home of course, i wonder if they are willing to apply this at work… T.V channels, bed time hehehe no my parents never applied this even when i was a kid but i am sensitive to light and sound when i want to sleep, shower time no need to make shower reservations before going out that is if you didn’t have the luxury of a private bathroom.

4. You defenetly grow up. Being broke half way through the month is not an option, you have bills to pay and luckly just one mouth to feed🙂

5. Addition by 7aki Fadi: Depending on what country you are expated to, there is complete religious freedom and nobody judges you if you don’t follow the religion.

6. Addition by Tinkerbella: the casuality of social obligations.. you dont have to pull out all the bells and whistles everytime anyone comes over, you can just take it easy and not do anything.
not to mention that you will *never* get any unexpected visitors and ppl who just show up at your door at 11pm expecting you to invite them over to spend the night!
in the expat world, any visits are always coordinated days/weeks in advance cuz everyone’s so busy D

That’s about it, i gota go work… i just mentioned i have bills to pay…

 Cheers!


Responses

  1. i agree to everything you said,, i want to be an expat .. i think its a great experience to live ( 3am ba7ki min kul 3a2li ) biddi a3eeesh la7ali and be a total stranger

  2. hey Tala, i seriously love it bardo 3m b7ki min kul 3a2li😉 i encourage everyone who wants to

  3. Nice post wonders.

    To me being unknown is THE best thing about being expated.

    I like to add:
    Depending on what country you are expated to, there is complete religious freedom and nobody judges you if you don’t follow the religion.

  4. I take it that you haven’t been -in exile- that long. Give it five years
    I was more excited than you are right now. With time, it starts fading and fading, and what’s left is how much you miss and long for the warmth of the old days that have already passed you by

    ps: Whining, not winning. I’m sorry I had to say it before Hal discovers it, she always does

  5. Qwaider,
    I am quite the opposite. First I missed Jordan like crazy, I talked to myself walking down the street. ten years in the US, I went back home twice, the second time only for 48 hours. it is just not the same anymore.

    Good post wonders, I agree that we, or at least I, whine too much, But that’s because of old times not today’s Jordan.

  6. 100% TRUE …

  7. Thanks 7aki, good addition i missed that😉

    Qwaider i have been here just one year, hmmm.. will let u know in 5 how things r going😉 thanks for the correction

    Globalorama, i hated it at first too but after my one week visit to amman two months ago, i started enjoying the whole expat thing more…

    thanks Anas…

  8. loool…yea, i needed to read sth like this.
    im also going to add the casuality of social obligations.. you dont have to pull out all the bells and whistles everytime anyone comes over, you can just take it easy and not do anything.
    not to mention that you will *never* get any unexpected visitors and ppl who just show up at your door at 11pm expecting you to invite them over to spend the night!
    in the expat world, any visits are always coordinated days/weeks in advance cuz everyone’s so busy😀

  9. thanks for the addition tinkerbella, also there are no sudden visits at lunch time😉

  10. You know it also works the other way, like i’m Jordanian but i’ve lived abroad all my life, and when i got back to Jordan (this year) I realized that i can be treated, to a degree, as an expat. Like you can always give off this attitude that you’re clueless about the culture and social norms here CUZ YOU DIDN’T GROW UP HERE, and you find that you can escape a lot of the rules and judgemental attitudes from people😀 especially social obligations, which truthfully i am actually clueless about many of them.

    I get away with that all the time, especially cuz english is my first language, and so sometimes if i feign ignorance of the Arabic language (which i actually understand perfectly), i get excused for not getting “it”….

    Its sad that i have to do that, play dumb, but then again its to avoid having people judge me on their cultural standards that seriously i have no reason to be subscribe to🙂

  11. i SO agree on the independance part and everything goes ur way, ya allah there’s nothing better than going back home to 0% nagging, and 100% ownership!

    and i agree, i love my folks, but they get on my nerves big time! im gonna kick my kids out at 18 the american way! lol

  12. that’s another way of looking at it Maha🙂 loved the part where u pretend not to understand…

    loool VA🙂 i might do that too…. only if u are living as an expat otherwise relatives will be all over you.. back to square one it’s awesome to be an Expat!🙂


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