Move to the Philippines even with children?
How often I have noticed, especially in the past few years of economic crisis and government and media sensationalized fear, uncertainty and doubt, that it is our youngest people .. US, Philippine or where ever who have the oldest most conservative , fuddy-duddy outlooks on life.
Don’t take a chance, don’t listen when opportunity knocks, just listen to Donovan and the Gold Watch Blues … it’s sad and disturbing to me.
When You Are Young Is The Time To Take a Chance!
- 1 When You Are Young Is The Time To Take a Chance!
- 2 But You Don’t Understand, I Have a Family.
- 3 So remember, You’ll Be Old Some Day Soon (if you are lucky, that is)
- 4 Here’s a great question worth asking yourself–
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When you are old, fat, broke and tied to a whole network of health care providers, drug companies and the American “double-edged” sword of Medicare, maybe THEN you have to think about staying in one place … the place your car broke down, or your daddy’s car broke down many, many years ago.
But when you are young, you have time to explore, to get off your duff and find out where the best place really is for you.
But You Don’t Understand, I Have a Family.
That’s great. I raised two fine sons. Enjoyed it. Proud of them. I’ll wager a great many of you reading this have children too, and I truly hope you also enjoy the experience.
But children are not supposed to be one of those old balls on a chain that prisoners used to be shackled to. There’s no law that says you are an unfit parent if you actually “Do Something” before you are old.. And your family too.
Having a Child Doesn’t Mean Life is “On Hold” for Twenty Years
The people who put their life on hold for twenty years because they made a baby are really missing out on life, big time.
Do you think a baby has to grow up in the city he was born in?
Do you think they don’t have baby bottle and formula and crib mobiles and such in the Philippines? Geez, just what DID you learn in what the USA laughingly calls an “education”?
One of the great things of my working life was that I spent it with the USAF.
Almost 40 years traveling the world, living in countries aside from the US, meeting different people, learning things I never would have learned in the USA, etc.
You know who was “along with me” at most places … everywhere military families were allowed to accompany their military sponsors? Kids.
I know of plenty kids who attended as many as 10 or twelve different schools during their 12 years of pre-college education.
Know what? The huge, overwhelming percentage of them are just like kids in your hometown of Podunk who never went to any school except the Podunk Public School system
Except that a lot of them are probably a lot more grounded in life, more self-reliant, and certainly know more geography than the average Podunk HS graduate knows.
But mainly? They’re just like your kids and the overwhelming “good” majority of kids are. (and there were some delinquents and screw balls along the way .. just as there sometimes are in Podunk.
Traveling and living in a foreign environment won’t turn a good kid bad or make a bad kid good. Life is life.
It just strikes me how some many people I talk to, with children, say they would like to move to the Philippines … but they still have children in school. That’s a lame excuse if I ever heard one.
You know a lot of kids born and raised here in the Philippines who turn out just fine. And I am privileged to know the children of some expat friends who came to the Philippines with their folks at various ages, and they do just fine too.
So remember, You’ll Be Old Some Day Soon (if you are lucky, that is)
Think life goes on forever? Let me tell you … inside I am still 16 or so, but every morning this old man looks back at me from the mirror … and I was in high school just last week … or was it last month?
Life is finite and short .. if you want to waste your best years, hey, that’s your privilege … but don’t use your kids as an excuse.
My colleague, Simon Black wrote a great article on this subject recently ..;. worth the read …
by Simon Black on January 24, 2013
January 24, 2013
What would you do if you hit your breaking point… tomorrow? Where would you go? What would you do with your time and resources? It’s a great question worth asking.
But what are they going to do overseas? They’re still young and energetic. And when you’ve spent your whole adult life in the same industry, in the same place, it’s not easy to pick up and restart your professional career abroad.
Yesterday, for example, one of my friends was telling me about a budding development in the US that, while potentially lucrative, would tie him to California for the next five years.
“I don’t really want to be in California anymore,” he explained, “but I know this business so well… I always go back to this way of thinking.”
It’s totally understandable; we naturally gravitate to where we feel the most comfortable. And the unknown is anything BUT comfortable.
Again, though, when you look at the big picture trends, where is the long-term opportunity? Is it in one of the most bankrupt states within the most bankrupt nation that has ever existed in the history of the world?
Or, perhaps, are the prospects brighter in healthier emerging economies that have fantastic fundamentals and numerous growth catalysts…?
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great businesses and investments to be had in the US and Western Europe. If the history of economic decline teaches us anything, it’s that there are ALWAYS winners and losers in any situation… even in extreme cases like the Great Depression or hyperinflation of the Weimar Republic.
Similarly, bankruptcy attorneys are going to clean up in the West. Real estate is due for a frenzied bounce. Savvy investors can pick up high quality distressed assets on the cheap. Bankers are doing quite well receiving interest-free loans from inflated money supplies. Etc.
But it’s clear where the long-term trends are pointing. Massive debt is a killer. Bloated entitlement spending is a killer. Populist regulation is a killer. And no amount of optimism can change this reality.
It’s important to keep this big picture perspective in mind, particularly when thinking about business and investment deals. There may be some easy money to be made now… but what will the economic landscape look like 3-5 years from now? While it’s possible that things will still be OK, do you really want to bet the farm with such looming storm clouds overhead?
A better option may be to consider diversifying abroad… seeing how you can put a portion of your skills, experience, assets and expertise to work in some of the world’s most exciting markets.…
Some interesting thoughts here, for those who chose to think. Are you SURE it is better to wait to move to the Philippines?