Meme quizzes, Uncategorized MY INTERVIEW IN WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER 20 September 2010


My interview in the West Australian newspaper, on 14 August 2010.
Written by the ever eloquent Haidi Lun.


A mutual desire to learn Chinese and expand their
career horizons led Beverly and Chris Burgess to the
dazzling skyline of Shanghai. Beverly, who was born
in Singapore and grew up in Sydney’s North Shore,
relocated to Shanghai over a year ago to take on the
role of regional marketing manager for eBay, looking
after China and South-East Asia. At the same time,
Chris was also offered a promotion by Microsoft
based in Shanghai.

“We were very fortunate, as almost all expat
families have a ‘trailing spouse’ — someone who has
to quit their job to move,”
Beverly says.

With a childhood spent between Singapore and
Australia, this foundation in transience and adventure
held her in good stead for the move to Shanghai. “It
was an exciting challenge to uproot ourselves out of
our comfort zone, and start a new life in an entirely
different country and culture,”
she recalls. “Given the
recent economic crisis, I believe China is still soaring
high. The country’s future is bright and I wanted to be
a part of a rapidly accelerating culture and economy.”

Unlike the Gargetts’ heritage residence in the
French Concession, Beverly and Chris live in a
modern two-bedroom apartment in the bustling
central Jing’an district. Their apartment complex
is not dissimilar to any CBD apartment building in
Australia, complete with gym and pool facilities. The
couple enjoy the use of an ayi for housekeeping duties,
as well as a driver for transportation.

“We specifically picked the location of our
apartment because of the neighbourhood — our block
is on a street for excellent food of all cuisines, DVDs
and massages: just a few of our favourite things to
indulge in,”
Beverly says. In fact, one of the couple’s
favourite Shanghai haunts is a “health” spa where
guests are pampered with massage while they watch
the latest movies on widescreen television and munch
on a stream of snacks from an all-you-can-eat menu.

In this city of extraordinary commercial activity
and materialism, the couple try to inject some balance
into their lives by volunteering at orphanages, homes
for people with disabilities and animal shelters
at weekends. “Moving to China has significantly
strengthened our relationship, because we could face
the challenges and excitement of building a whole
new life together,”
Beverly reflects. “It’s really opened
our eyes to the world, and made us more accepting of
different cultures.”

For many expats, sustaining healthy relationships
can be difficult in Shanghai, particularly when
presented with all the decadence and excess that the
city has to offer. The expat experience in Shanghai is
often marred by marital breakdown, loneliness and
depression. “They call Shanghai ‘Sin City'” Beverly
says. “I think it’s particularly difficult for the older
couples and families, especially when one person has
had to follow the other to come here. The nature of
friendships in the expat community is very transient,
because people come and go frequently.”

Read the full article here.

32 Comments

  • babyflite posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Did Haidi quit her lawyer job to become a journalist?

    Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations! You’re being featured in so many places 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

      It’d be fun to be in a pregnancy/baby magazine, hee! Esp since that’s all I’m interested in now, lol

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on September 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Oh wow a huge congrats! I think it’s really lovely how your life is so bright and full of successes, yet you still seem to enjoy a a fairly simplistic, genuine lifestyle. I love to see people immerse themselves in a really graced life. Lucky you! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      That is so nice of you, thank you 🙂 I wouldn’t say my life is any better or worse than the average person, but I do tend to be more optimistic than most, hehehe

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    you are going places babe! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Hee! I dunno, but it was fun doing the interview 🙂

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

        i can say ive got a famous friend! ;D

        Reply
  • babyflite posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Did Haidi quit her lawyer job to become a journalist?

    Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Cool. I like the photo.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      i look so windswept ‘cos it was taken in freezing winter, but was still vfun

      Reply
  • internettourist posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Love the picture and story. Yay!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

      Thanks hon!

      Reply
  • oldron posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Outstanding Beverly!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

      Thanks Ron 😀

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations! You’re being featured in so many places 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

      It’d be fun to be in a pregnancy/baby magazine, hee! Esp since that’s all I’m interested in now, lol

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on September 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Oh wow a huge congrats! I think it’s really lovely how your life is so bright and full of successes, yet you still seem to enjoy a a fairly simplistic, genuine lifestyle. I love to see people immerse themselves in a really graced life. Lucky you! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      That is so nice of you, thank you 🙂 I wouldn’t say my life is any better or worse than the average person, but I do tend to be more optimistic than most, hehehe

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    you are going places babe! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Hee! I dunno, but it was fun doing the interview 🙂

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

        i can say ive got a famous friend! ;D

        Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Cool. I like the photo.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      i look so windswept ‘cos it was taken in freezing winter, but was still vfun

      Reply
  • internettourist posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Love the picture and story. Yay!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

      Thanks hon!

      Reply
  • oldron posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Outstanding Beverly!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

      Thanks Ron 😀

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on September 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Great article! And great photo!

    Were you nervous to move to Shanghai? My bf keeps saying he wants to find a job in HK or Shanghai. I think I’d be that “trailing spouse”. I think I could handle HK, possibly Shanghai but it’s still a big culture shock for me from North America and not knowing any Mandarin, not really knowing anyone and I’m not sure how I’d find a job lol.

    Our hotel (the Hilton on Hua Shan was in Jing’An! That temple was so pretty all lit up at night! I liked that area! It was easy to get to the subway from our hotel and the subway lines got us everywhere!

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    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

      Yeah language and culture were a big shock for us, you’ll be in a similiar position too. I suppose the difference was that both of us had our companies move us over so we didn’t need to look for a job, so not sure howdifficult it would be!

      We live in Jingan, it’s a lovely area 🙂

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on September 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Great article! And great photo!

    Were you nervous to move to Shanghai? My bf keeps saying he wants to find a job in HK or Shanghai. I think I’d be that “trailing spouse”. I think I could handle HK, possibly Shanghai but it’s still a big culture shock for me from North America and not knowing any Mandarin, not really knowing anyone and I’m not sure how I’d find a job lol.

    Our hotel (the Hilton on Hua Shan was in Jing’An! That temple was so pretty all lit up at night! I liked that area! It was easy to get to the subway from our hotel and the subway lines got us everywhere!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

      Yeah language and culture were a big shock for us, you’ll be in a similiar position too. I suppose the difference was that both of us had our companies move us over so we didn’t need to look for a job, so not sure howdifficult it would be!

      We live in Jingan, it’s a lovely area 🙂

      Reply

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