Interestingly, I received an email asking me about what I actually do for a living. Er, I don't actually blog for a living (though I would love to) as my income from ads doesn't warrant me giving up my day job, not yet anyway.
Now, where were we? Oh, the person who sent the email assumed that since I considered myself an expat, I would probably be raking in big bucks. He was probably thinking along the line of serviced apartments with a chauffeur and butler at my beck and call. Trust me, I am working towards that but I hate to break the news to him for I still do my own chores, cram into a sorry excuse for a flat and feel more at ease dining at Leicester Square's Jen Café than Hawksmoor.
He then kindly inform me that the term 'expat' is reserved for foreigners pulling in huge incomes. I panicked. Obviously, I don't qualify to be an expat then. Should I change the title of the blog to London Foreign Worker | London Singaporean? Somehow it doesn't have the same ring to the current title.
In an act of desperation, I turned to Google (I have given up on Oxford dictionary since I discovered the internet). Typed "define:expat" on the Google search field and it showed,
Unless I have been unknowingly been exiled or converted to an XML string, there is a good chance that I can avoid changing my blog's title. Believe me, it's a hassle that I want to avoid. Thank goodness for Google.
Assuming what Google says is the gospel truth, then wouldn't all foreign workers (barring economy refugees) be expats then? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.