Controversial country. Got here because I visited a friend while I was on VL, ended up taking her job. The rest is history. Stories for another day. China is as complex as its history but by the length of time I’m living here, it’s pretty obvious I like it.
I have met fellow Iskos and Iskas here, mostly architects, teachers, and entertainers/musicians. A degree is one of the first things that qualify you for the Work Visa/Resident Permit here. Your employer should be providing you all the documents for this but so far, opportunities for foreign workers are pretty fair. Foreigners can also open businesses and I have helped open the one where I’m working now. There are also some Filipino businesses thriving here in our area (South China). Issue ko lang is mostly management change with my former company, also I check how a company treats its local employees kasi sila lagi overworked and underpaid. I also avoid office politics as much as possible.
There are various social organizations for expats in China that I’m happy to be part of for almost 10 years and I’m proud to be one of the few Pinoys to be on the board for 8 years and running. Most social expat groups for women are run by women na trailing spouses (usually they’re housewives when they move here), what I’m proud of is I’m one to break that mold as a working woman, not some rich oil company guy’s wife.
Challenge is mostly language. You’re lucky if you get a company that helps you with Chinese classes. Add-on yung Mandarin to get better opportunities. I’m still studying the language. My scheduled Chinese proficiency exam that was supposed to be on February 9 got cancelled after the lockdown so I used the refund for review classes.
Met hubby here, had baby here, still here until restrictions are lifted.