The last week not a lot has been happening as I’ve been looking at new ideas and the fact my budget is a bit limited until i get back to work in the UK. but its also been a time where I’ve actually slept at night which is the first for a long time. Some times it gets frustrating due to the fact nothing is ever straight forward here. I’ve been sourcing T shirts for the airsoft team for approx two weeks now (yes not days!) because I’m looking for long sleeved either in desert or camo styles. Which I’m going to logo the centre on the front with iSKALAWAG logo and the back with Tropicalpenpals.com/CebuAirsoft.info (because during gameplay it is covered by a tactical vest). But as yet still scratching my head and looking.. But no doubt something will come up. The G20 summit back in the UK is something I’m just keeping an eye on the peoples politics rather than the politicians doing as they please. Such as the people arrested in Plymouth under anti-terrorism for having “replica guns” and “fireworks” with “reading material”. Now I’m not interested in the peoples motives because with the equipment the Police have disclosed it seems nothing more than to create a stunt to the media. It definitely doesn’t sound like terrorists. My issue is why not arrested for having the replica arms if illegal or the fireworks.. my issue is surely this is more to do with public disorder than terrorism. I get the feeling its more likely they are being “held” under the terrorism act and wont be arrested no doubt released after the G20 but time will tell. I don’t agree with such stunts because they would be the first people to complain if shot by police marksmen. But I am cautious of the “anti-terrorism” being stamped on things as there are a lot of powerful laws tied with it which can ruin lives of normal people aswell as criminals/terrorists. Anyway enough of that..
Its hot and sunny today like every other day and there seems to be a storm brewing with a lot of expats lately looking at alternative countries. Tired of the corruption and the fact many other countries are cheaper and less problems and expense with immigration (e.go. going once a year or every 6 months instead of every two months). Personally the immigration is a gripe with me as we bring so much money into the country and yet we still have to pay a premium which is higher than a lot of peoples salary in the Philippines.. What I’m wondering is what the real affects will be I have a friend visiting Malaysia shortly to scout the area while there aswell as friends who already reside in China, Thailand and Puerto Rico. Some of which have already stayed in the Philippines. With the expat communities already existing transition from one country to another is a lot easier than most people realise. Ok you have the upheaval of selling up to make the move but a lot of the expats are retired and don’t have to worry about work. With other expats aswell as locals craving good quality goods I doubt there would be much of an issue selling household items but the problem would be buying when you get to the new destination. Who knows we will see the statistics later in the year to see if there has been a decline. I also believe its getting more expensive here as my budget seems to have crawled up by around P5,000 a month (up by 1/3rd) I know I could cut thing back a bit more but to be honest I think I would go crazy this also doesn’t take into account I shipped several boxes of goods so my budget should have reduced. We have also decided to put our lot up for sale for P1m in Minglanilla which has views over a valley area (literally nearly all green). Why? Its because after a bit of thought and the problems we had last year with the aunts I think its better to be nearer Aprils parents aswell as needing to release capital for a project in Minglanilla town itself. There are around 5 lots I would like to purchase (notice I say like) but 3 nobody knows who owns them and country it looks like a land tip. One is a hectare (waiting for land prices to hopefully go down) and the other is a 6 block of apartments which has been an owners project for over 9 years but has more repairs on it than work completed so hoping he will sell it cheap so I can get it refurbished and be renting it out by the end of the year.
There is also a lot of small scale ideas I’m working on which I want to prove work before I publish anything as it would be nice to see a few ideas get to the size I want them to be without having to pour money into them. Most small scale ideas if planned correctly can return profits within 6 months although you need to be realistic as they are unlikely to be offering returns that you would find in the UK or US but then again your not investing the same sort of money. Projects of around P50k to P1m are the sort of thing I’m looking at and I’m not looking at making more than P10,000 a month on the P50k projects infact if I go 50/50 with relatives I would be looking at 5k but then again 10% per month return is better than I would get from any bank.
I was talking the other day to a friend of mine regarding the up and down of things in Cebu some days things irritate you to the point you just want to go to bed and wake up another day and other days you look at why you stay here. Driving lately has started to get under my skin due to some seriously bad drivers which is partly why I haven’t ventured out much lately aswell as the fact I’m waiting on some money arriving. But generally most days go fine although could do with some more local sports to keep me occupied. Problem is sometimes you forget that what you spend in a month might be feeding 2 or 3 average families which is why there is no sports complex nearby unless I head into Ayala which is a tiresome trek due to the traffic. So although I’m busy with Airsoft on Sundays I’m currently upgrading my guns and will likely start playing Wednesdays aswell for a team on the night. But could do with a football pitch and a good basketball court (with roof) to get involved in those sports aswell. We have badminton at the central market in Talisay which is another option either way need to start getting more motivated. One thing I do realise is that a lot of the positives I find in the Philippines come about by the negatives I have in the UK. E.g a company trying to insure my car without my consent in the UK because I insured with them last year, having to SORN (Statutory Of Road Notification) your car if your not using it if you don’t retax it (infact I had mine crushed a couple of years back because of the tax goodbye to over £6000 worth of car. I was out the country and someone had moved it to gain access). The cost of living… there are over a thousand reasons for leaving the UK and often I find myself comparing things with the Philippines on that to find although the Philippines has issues the UK will always go out its way to be a bigger pain than any other country. But the other issues that are arising is there are other alternatives to make my life easier if I moved to Malaysia for example where I can own a property aswell as easier to operate a business.. Just will say watch this space.