5 weeks and our life is about to change! A very exciting time!! And a very uncertain time…..We’ve sold all our possessions including our homes. Left our careers behind, our friends, our family….everything that had us deeply rooted in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.
And for what?! To move to a tiny little tropical island just 8km long, and 1km wide, that most people on the side of the world have never heard of.
Have we lost our minds? No….Are we crazy? Probably.
Have we calculated the risks…..oh yeah, we’ve done some intense daily research for many hours a day. Google Wave shows our business plan was edited over 600 times so far…..and counting!
It won’t be easy to set up a business. Finding a place to lease will be difficult to say the least. Boracay property is hot right now and there isn’t much available and when it is, it goes for top dollar and there are 40 applicants waiting to take it.
But we also are firm believers that anything is possible. We’re in love with this island. We’re in love with The Philippines!! And things are possible there that just aren’t here. For example I currently live in a nice apartment in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s pretty average, nothing special. We’ve found home to live in similar to below, which is a resort but you get the picture, that are actually cheaper per month to rent than what I’m paying now.
With Boracay’s alluring pristine beaches, and world class nightlife we’ve decided to take the plunge and do what it takes to move there. We’ve met all sorts of friends there and love the small island vibe and friendly culture. Personally I love the fact that it’s just a couple hours and about $60 to fly to Thailand, or Vietnam, Bali and all sorts of exotic lands.
So….first things first. Move there legally….Hmm easy for Miss Filipino Citizen AJ and her husband Ryan. And I’m not looking to marry the first girl I meet. So it’s time to set up a corporation which will enable me to eventually get an Alien Employment Permit and a work visa.
Business in The Philippines is run different from here in Canada. It can be frustrating and humorous all at the same time. You can’t just show up somewhere, sign some papers, pay a fee and you’re done. That would be way to easy!
In later blogs I plan to write about our trials and tribulations.
I suspect at times they’ll be pretty interesting as the one time we went in search of kitchen equipment in Manila we had to go upstairs to the top of a building that looked like it was going to fall over. (See pic below) It was full of loud talking birds and overall it was just a really strange experience. I loved it!!
We’ve also figured that we’re young. If all fails well….it would suck…..big time. We’d lose a lot of money, but overall I’m sure it would be an experience of a lifetime and the worst that can happen is we’re back in Canada living a similar lifestyle we are now. That’s not so bad….just seems like…..Deja Vu!
A different world, a different lifestyle.
We’re ready for it!!!
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