Being practical is something I am used to but also how I prefer to live. For me the UK came down to one issue and that was the way everything revolves around money. Which with the constant push to get credit and more credit is pretty much why we see the country in dismay.
This has got the issue of too much ignorance over searching for failure or success its simply ignored the problem completely except for positive drive on “things will be alright” even though there is no practical solution left.
Life in the Philippines though has seen the worst end of the stick with the constant push on failure promotion rather than success. Not talking about Kris Aquino’s latest TV show I am talking about expats in general love to see others fail as it gives them more to talk about. Do something positive and prove them wrong your unlikely to hear any praises or anything positive. Fail and they are looking to celebrate your demise.
The recent events regarding going back to the UK has put a spanner in the works with many of these people simply because they assumed we are financially broke and to decide to wait nearly another 6 months before even looking at dropping into the UK to see how things are sort of scuppered the “Matt must be broke”. Only a few people emailed me about child education and agreed that the kids best options are the UK but how many people did I bump into that thought we were broke and had already left? the majority lets put it that way.
Part of life in the Philippines is just switching off to the people around you that function like this as they have nothing useful to offer in the first place. Reading some positive thinking books you will come across “surround yourself with positive people” which to be honest is pretty much true in most things in life as everyone is pushing forward for success not standing waiting for the guy next to them to fall.
Retirement mixed with people working is often the issue here as those with time are retired those that are working are generally busy. Odd thing is why aren’t the retired spending more time doing something positive? I am sure here are plenty of good people out there but on the internet side there is a lot of negativity from within the retired sector and mainly from Americans.