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Nick Scholfield

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I moved to Tokyo 7 months ago.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

For three years and four months.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Personal development. After a while I felt like i was going backwards and needed to get back into the first world as my ways were becoming rather relaxed. I mostly love the Thai way of doing things, but when I felt myself developing too many of the local habits I felt that it was time to hit the road.

Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?

Better money of course although i did manage to save a fair bit in Bangkok. I have enjoyed the four seasons and related activities as well as seeing how first world Asia works (which gets dull quick). After over three years in Thailand it was great to get out of the Thai bubble for a bit but having been there that long there is some indescribable force compelling me back there.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Everything - my daughter, the food, the people, the weather (kind of), the islands, chaos, smiles. I just got back from two weeks in Thailand and realised how much I have missed everything.

Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?

My advice would depend upon the character of the person of course. Easy going, fun loving, relaxed, simple - Thailand. deep, complex, intellectual - Japan.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

I would love to but I don't think I can teach ESL for too much longer. I would like to become a qualified teacher back in New Zealand then head back so I can be a part of my daughters life.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

If resentment starts to set in - get out quick.

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