There seems to be an upward trend of younger expats coming to the Philippines to live. Not sure if its the current economic situation driving it or it could be Western civilisation where people are quite happy to drop out of the sickening consumer lifestyle that encapsulates the West. Although be warned i have seen some very rich young Chinese and Filipino’s embracing the culture i hate the worse case i remember is a twenty something chinese girl at Hong Kong airport wearing designer Burberry head to toe looked more like a walking rug proves you can’t buy class though. Anyway back on topic its also the fact people are very more like minded in the 25 something age group and often more positive than our retiree counterparts don’t get me wrong if i was retired i wouldn’t be looking to do business here either because that’s the whole point of retiring to be retired! at the same time i wouldn’t get involved in what other people are doing unless its a positive help to their ventures. Although i do give advice on deaf ears a lot of the time as i tell the people involved its advice i don’t care if you take it or not but if it goes wrong and i hadn’t warned you about something wouldn’t sit well with me. So i tell them they ignore it and sometimes it goes wrong either way the secret of doing business here is to dig in deep and just keep chipping away at it. As most of the guys in the 25 – 40s are here for business they are looking to setup a new life here. A lot of things will go wrong and eventually some will go right. The point is to look at the positives and build on them it doesn’t take a lot to build enough to live over here so getting a few right is pretty much got the rent paid and food on the table.
A lot of the people i have met especially in the 25 – 35 bracket are working online not something i advise making a living on unless you are already doing it where you are. Reason being its not easy and it does take time. Monetary exchange rate fluctuations can also send damaging ripples into your business depending what your doing (e.g. selling goods out of China online and dealing with the dropped UK rate). How i have managed to work it to feather the nest was to setup several small ventures initially and let them develop which have become our bread and butter. I am now concentrating on the larger scale operations which is why i am constantly banging my head on the wall as just when you think everything is great something goes wrong and your back to square one. That is the worst part of things not fully under your control and the reason if your coming here your first ventures should be tightly controlled and not something people can interfere with.
So if you are in the 25 – 40s bracket please leave a post just so we can see how many of us are really out there. One thing for sure i hope more come soon so we can look to form up some sports teams. As well as doing more interesting trips around the Philippines.