Giving up on the Philippines and heading to the UK?
Not exactly, what has happened though is I have been spending more time looking at the opportunities and possibilities for the future of everyone as a family and simply the Philippines doesn’t offer it to a level I am comfortable with. It would take around 10 years to achieve a close standard to living we would get within 1 in the UK. Also I have concerns over church and state influence in schools and I know in the UK neither find too much influence in daily life never mind school life for kids.
But then the education and opportunity for the kids are other factors that affect choices for moving to the UK, Taking the kids camping at weekends and having child friendly facilities nearby. On top of being able to broaden our children’s development with also being able to visit Europe we also have the fact good food is readily available to help maintain good health and physical development of the kids.
As you can probably guess my main reason is the children as I want them to be given the best life possible and here in the Philippines where leaving the country is on the majority of peoples minds it makes sense for us to go as well. In a few years if the kids want to come back they can do with their British passports allowing them the world to travel and not just limited to headaches of trying to leave on a Philippines passport.
On top of this I know its always been a dream of my wife to visit the UK and Europe this will give April the chance not only to live a dream but also experience the food and culinary delights of Europe. Food may not seem important to many others in the way me and my wife enjoy it but its part of us, the first thing already on Aprils mind upon arrival is the British fish and Chips followed by a curry night. But the opportunity to sit in places that I haven’t experienced with my wife such as Greece, France, Italy or more locally Scotland and Wales all offer up a new environment I know my family will enjoy.
But what about work won’t it be expensive? Well this is the pondering question for some time but as I have found here in the Philippines everything takes way too long or impossible to do due to interference of some kind. E.g. can’t get a faster internet connection unless we move house! which means I can’t setup the next stage of development I want to do. I can’t setup business here the way I want as machinery is either overpriced or poor quality, while in the UK many places are sitting idle due to the recession.
Now this is a thing about the Chinese market its famous for poor quality at the same time I remember some of the Staffordshire potteries closing down laying off hundreds of people. Thing is many wanted to retire anyway but you end up with a skeleton of very skilled and experienced staff that can produce high quality goods and in reality this is where a lot of the UK business survival lies. Small companies with less than 20 people working in them, custom made furniture for example a business I operated several years ago but closed due to having other ventures that were more profitable and more simple to operate. Today many ventures are still there and unexplored simply because people either lack the finance,interest or knowledge. Yet they are still there, keeping small scale is the key and if anything splinter off separate companies with other people rather than grow it to the point it becomes a tax burden.
On top of that my work opportunities have been increasing with the recession. A lot of this being linked to the social housing market which is no doubt seeing a heavy increase in activity, meaning more surveyors are being needed to manage those properties as well as more being purchased.
Downside of leaving the Philippines is mainly friends and family, can’t say much for the weather lately due to the amount of rain we have been having.