Expat Interview: Bernard Keramaris

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Mr Christophe Keramaris

Name: Christophe Bernard Keramaris
Home Country: France/Germany
Designation: General Manager
Marital Status: Married
Other countries you’ve lived in: USA, France, Germany, Indonesia, Poland

What brought you to Malaysia?
After 18 years in Indonesia, I was looking for something new to challenge me and that quest brought me to Malaysia.

What do you like and dislike about living here?
What I like about Malaysia is the sceneries, where the lush greenery and concrete jungle can coexist. I also like the variety of food, especially the local food that is available. I am also amazed that motorcyclists can ride on the highway, unlike in Indonesia. So far, there is nothing to dislike.

Name three typical weekend activities that you enjoy.
Sports, playing guitar, and painting.

What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
Mount Kinabalu – conquered it in April 2014. With its 4,095-m summit (13,435 ft), it was not only a personal challenge, but also offered tremendous botanical and animal biodiversity. I also enjoy Langkawi and Perhentian islands. They have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of accommodations.

Describe a memorable eating experience you have had here.
I think one of my most memorable eating experiences has got to be the sampling the mee goreng at local mamaks. This Indian Muslim dish is the complete package. Yellow noodles fried with beef or chicken, shrimp accompanied by soy sauce, veggies, and eggs. A bit of chilli tossed in for an irresistible jolt. It sounds simple, right? But it tastes and smells so good.

What do you miss most about your home country?
The snow in the winter…

What advice do you have for a newly-arrived expat?
Get to know the local cultures first.

How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia? Where would you like to go next, and why?
As long as possible. Not sure on the next posting, but I believe that the dawn of a new day will be a better day with different experiences.


Is Malaysia a good place in which to work and do business? Why?
To work, yes indeed. You will just need some time to adapt to the local ways. Business for sure; investment-wise, I believe it’s the best ROI in Asia.

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