Monday, October 28, 2013

4 Quick Tips on Transitions Abroad

When you are in a transition period in a foreign land, you are in a state of incomplete information so you should follow some of these tips. 

A lot of men who are going abroad will only be staying there for a short time. What they see is only the surface of society not the underlying themes that play beneath it. When you are visitor, not an expatriate, what you are is clueless.  That is how most men from USA who move to Asia are: clueless. I too from my first weeks here was clueless.

If you had charged me Php100 peso for an orange? I would not have questioned you.

If you had taken me to a fancy restaurant to take my cash. I would have unknowingly paid for it.

If you had asked me what I do for a living within 5 minutes of meeting me. I would have not thought malice.

If you were being aggressive of being my girlfriend. I would have made you mine without consulting my dating market value.

There are lessons to be learned from moving overseas. There is a transition period where your information is incomplete and things are not what it seems. As time goes by you start to acclimatize to the local vibe, the local aura. You will be a man whose environment only plays part to his purpose.
So what are the lessons? 
  1. Keep your cash tight – as time moves, you will develop a natural inclination for the economics of the prices of goods that you require in your target coutnry. Internet expensive. Fish? Cheap. Fruits? Cheap. Restaurant with php700 per plate. Expensive. Taxi wants to do a contract. Do not let him. Bar charges too much for drinks. Locals prefer this over this. You should keep your cash tight and your spending to a minimum. After getting your bearings is when you should let the dollars flow.
  2. Ask questions – locals are helpful. They have perfect information of the market and an inkling into what consititutes a bargain. Ask them where they hang out. Ask them what they do on the weekends. What is important is that you ascertain the lifestyles of the locals. Ask them their opinions on certain things. They provide valuable information. 
  3. Do not over-game – I know American women are the suck but don’t  go crazy with gaming girls here. They have a metric of how long a foreigner has been overseas, and generally, the shorter staying expatriate is fresh meat. Start with going on some dates. See what dates revolve around. Maybe office hours ends late due traffic so dinner is not an idea. The clubs are open late. Maybe malls are there for a reason, maybe there are other day gaming venues. Who are these women? What is my value as a male in my new environment?
  4. Focus on your work – the anchor of man is his work. The environment only poses a challenge into whether it is suitable for you to do your work. You must always find time to focus on the things that will give you income and not just hedonistic pleasures of women. If you are still trying to launch something, spend your time with the launch instead of working on it when you have free time. Make your money making activities take the majority of your time.
The important thing to remember is that during a transition, or a quick stay, your information will be incomplete making you vulnerable. Reading information online helps and having your trip and your work already structured makes things easier.

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