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We recently received an update from long time reader R.E., who remains very healthy, happy and content indeed. We are reprinting his original email of June 2002, which remains relevant, perhaps even more so, today! Enjoy!
As result of recent articles in PTBuzz, especially the disclosure of the U.S. Army Field Manual FM 3-39.40, (Mid May 2012 issue) we have received numerous emails from readers asking us [PT Shamrock] what we recommend they do about this.
Although no one answer fits all and one man's meat is another's poison, it is exceedingly difficult for us to advise people in any general sense what to do. We can, however, say what WE would do if we found ourself in such a situation as is occurring in the US and the UK now. We can sum up what we would do in one word "LEAVE".
It's so much easier and comfortable for one to make excuses why NOT to make any change and stay where they are instead of getting off their duff and leave from where they are today.
Leaving until matters sort them-self, is an option that many should think seriously about. It took the Soviet Union 75 years to collapse, communist China is still going strong since 1947, 65 years now and Cuba is holding on after 52 years of communist rule. So how long a police state in the US and UK will last until matters sort them self is your guess as well as ours. The tyranny there may or may not be resolved in our lifetime. Why live in a country, any country, where you are treated as cannon fodder owned by the government? The government of
We believe the following email from R.E. will prove helpful to those seeking answers, looking for alternatives whilst his email is very informative at the least.
I am a long time reader and have availed myself to much of your sound advice, products and services over the years.
Since your recent Missive, "its wake up time Amerika!" [Mid May 2012 Newsletter] and during the recent visit with my two (grown) sons, we agree that martial law is rapidly approaching in both the US and UK. Therefore I thought I'd pass along my own story and experiences in my quest for a freer and better life. I trust this helps a few fellow readers to ease the pain of expatriation, or at least encourage some to seek a better and freer life elsewhere while leaving their current one behind.
For me it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, leaving family, friends and my former life behind, at least that's how I felt after I actually made the big move overseas. That was the toughest part, actually leaving, departing my old life. I was scared, worried and anxious and you could throw in a bunch of other concerns as well. That was 11 years ago and it seems like another life now. I'm sorry I didn't leave earlier.
Becoming single after 26 years of marriage and after enduring a particularly ugly and costly divorce, along with my children being grown up and on their own, all of this helped to ease the transition of my expatriation. I'm in my late 50's now and am living life to its fullest. I'm married to a lovely young lady 22 years my junior and we have a lovely daughter six years old who is the love of my life. My spouse never gives me a hard time, is more than helpful and I don't believe we could be happier. We travel often, as much as 4 or 5 times a year when our daughter isn't attending private school, as we feel that traveling the world is the best possible education for her. I should probably thank my ex for dumping me, but it's always best to let a dead horse lie as the age old adage goes.
My grown children, young men, come and visit us once a year. My oldest son brings his two young children, my grandchildren, to visit granddad and play with their auntie, my six year daughter as they're all near the same age. There is plenty of love to go around, God is in our lives, there's plenty of room for everybody, plenty to do and practically everything back at their home is available here, at a fraction of the cost back in the "old world" as I call it.
Don't get me wrong. There are drawbacks living in a third world country. I don't speak the local lingo as well as I should or like to. But most everyone understands me and helps me as best as possible. My spouse's relatives often require financial assistance for one thing or another, which we're happy to help with. A niece or nephew needs help with school tuition; an auntie or uncle requires help in paying a hospital or doctor bill, et cetera and so forth. The
The internet isn't as good as in the big cities and could be better. But at the end of the day at $20 per month I can't complain as it's a bargain and gets the job done. We have a generator that turns on automatically when the electricity goes off. However rarely does that happen, maybe once or twice a year at the most nowadays.
There are many pluses here. We don't have to wait hours for a doctor or dentists appointment. You walk into their office without an appointment and are seen within ten minutes, if not immediately. Most doctors and dentists here attended medical or dental school in the US or Europe. A doctor visit will set us back $4 each. First class medicines are readily available at the local farmacia at a fraction of what they charge in the old world. For our annual dentist's teeth cleaning its $12 for the 4 of us, maid included. Our satellite dish sorts us nicely and is had at a knock down cost to boot. We have a full time handy man (8am to 6pm, 6 days a week,) plus a live in maid who cooks up a storm and who not long ago learned to prepare some of my favorite meals, just like Mom use to make! I have also learned to enjoy the local food as well, pollo, papas fritos (chicken and French fries) beans and rice being on the menu often. My favorite is Arroz Con Pollo, "Rice with Chicken."
Going out to eat for the 4 of us, (maid included) costs less than $30-$35 including an imported bottle of wine and drinks for our daughter, usually fruit juice. First run movies cost $3 per head and the newer 3D movies are $4. We can purchase or rent the latest videos for a dollar per flick just down the road. Major international dailies are available in the big city, about 60 kilometers away. I hardly read the main stream press any longer as it's clear to me since I made my departure, they're brain washing readers into accepting the ruling elites views and mandates! If I ever get a hankering to read them, I just go online and read them free.
We had a local dig our own water well (cost approximately $800 to dig including the pump) that supplies us with abundant cool fresh and clean water. We never have to worry about the government putting poison (fluoride) in our water supply.
Our backyard garden supplies us with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, although the missus goes to the nearby market every other day to purchase bags of foods and fresh veggies for under $20 a shot. We have a few chickens that lay eggs for us and you can't imagine how fresh and delicious the eggs taste. Our monthly expense for food, for the six of us (handyman included) runs around $500 but that's including our going out to eat twice or thrice a month. So we're more or less self-sufficient which is a joy in and of itself these days.
I admit the local transportation leaves a lot to be desired. However air conditioned buses run every 30 minutes or so to and from the big city from where we live (about 60 clicks' from a big city,) and costs $2 round-trip and takes a little over an hour each way. By automobile the trip takes 35-40 minutes tops. The roads are in surprisingly good condition since we don't have the severe weather as in the old country that really ruins the roads with snow, ice,
We recently treated ourselves to a 'new' (second hand) car at a very reasonable cost. Although the petrol prices are higher here than back home, so my sons say, at the end of the day we don't drive that much so monthly petrol and upkeep costs for our automobile are nominal.
Fortunately I managed to salvage a fraction of my former wealth from a bitter divorce, which comes in handy these days. Today our family manages to get by very well on US$1,500 per month and slightly more when my sons and grandchildren visit. In fact I would venture to say that I enjoy a far better life style with a superior standard of living than I did previously in my old country. When I hit retirement age in a few years, I hope to receive at least that much or more from my government retirement pension; that is if the government doesn't go bust and stops paying pension benefits. What $1,500 will purchase if and when I receive a government pension remains to be seen. We're not counting on any pension, which is good thinking if I say so. If it happens it'll be a bonus and icing on the cake.
When I first arrived I started an internet web site selling vitamins mostly to keep myself busy and occupied. We're earning about $2,000 per month from it now. It's not any MLM type of business, but since I'm a middle man, I don't need to ship the vitamins direct from here to customers, most of whom are repeat customers I'm happy to say. But you need to understand all that glitters isn't gold. It's imperative to realize it took more than 3 years before the money
My sons tell me things aren't so great back home. Both are worried about losing their jobs and they've seen the army on the streets in their home towns in Florida practicing drills, exercises, road blocks and such nonsense, whatever that means. My grandchildren are in private schools, but my son is concerned with how long they can keep affording such a luxury, which it is these days, at least back home.
I'd like to think I keep up to date on most matters, as I subscribe to numerous newsletters of which yours (PTBuzz) is my favorite. I also tune into many of the radio talk shows from the old world and keep fairly well informed that way. Thank goodness for the internet! Between my sons, newsletters and radio talk shows; I believe I'm as up to date and informed as anyone back in the old world, perhaps even better from my perspective outside the old world. When my sons and grandchildren are back at their home in the old country, we communicate regularly via Skype for free.
I've done my best to encourage my sons to relocate but their wives aren't going for it… yet! One son owns a home that they paid $300,000 for, but is now worth just US$195,000 and lucky if they could get that. However they still owe more than $250,000 on it. I advised my oldest son and his wife to let the house go and mail the bank their keys and relocate elsewhere. But my daughter in law, a very nice young lady, is in denial believing that things will get better, if only this or that happens!
My other younger son and his wife rent and pays US$1,500 a month for a two bedroom dump in a not great neighborhood so they say. We paid less than $90,000 for our 5 bedroom three bath near palatial home with 10,000 square meters or about 2.5 acres of land and had a swimming pool installed. Granted it would be hard to find such a bargain as ours for that amount today, but one can still find great homes and properties for well under US$100,000. Short of that you can always rent a lovely home or apartment for under US$700 - $800 per month, even less depending on your taste and where you care to live, in the city or countryside.
The best part of living abroad, aside from my new family, is having a second passport. It's hard for me to describe the feeling of having a new nationality and passport. The best I can describe it is its gives me peace of mind. Thanks in part to your guidance; I obtained mine in a few years. Originally it was going to take 5 years of residency, being able to speak and communicate in the local lingo before I became eligible for naturalization with a new citizenship and passport. Marriage to a local shortens that period of time requirement considerably. Although I haven't renounced or relinquished my old nationality, I haven't renewed my passport from the old country and don't intend doing so. Let a dead horse lie is
I don't file tax returns in the old country or here for that matter 100% legally. I don't have any income, nor do I own anything, not the house, car or even the TV. Everything is in my spouses' name including the house, local bank account and a trust for what was left over from my former wealth after a nasty divorce. That's very sound advice so long as you can trust your spouse and are happy and comfortable with such an arrangement as I am.
I don't pay any taxes anymore I am very happy to say. Nor do I pay lawyers and accountants any longer the many hundreds of dollars per hour I use to even if my name popped in their head! I use to hate having to save receipts for when the tax man cometh and felt liberated when I moved here thinking I'd never have to save receipts again. The irony of that is now here I am once again saving receipts. However this time it isn't for the tax man! Rather I find myself having to save receipts in the event an appliance or such dies and I have to show the receipt for warranty purposes. Such irony in that isn't there?
Another ideal aspect of living outside the old country is not having to show id when withdrawing or depositing money at my local bank and for any other purpose in this country for that matter. They all know me here and I can't recall the last time I was asked for ID for any banking or other purpose other than when boarding a flight for a departure abroad.
Unlike in the old country, there are no road blocks by the police checking your breath for drink driving or any other purpose. Rarely are there serious crimes or offenses committed here, other than petty crimes like pick pocketing on a bus and such nonsense like that. There are no CVTV's in our little provincial town and very few at all in the big cities either. This country has one of the lowest murder rates in the world and is very safe as well.
Naturally drugs are a problem, mainly in the big city, as they are in all parts of the world. However drug users aren't put in jail with the keys throw away here. Rather drug users are treated as patients that need rehabilitation. With limited financial resources the government feels that money spent helping drug users to rehabilitate is money well spent and cost less than just locking them up forever. As a result drug use is on the decline here.
We don't have to worry about having every call, email and sms message being intercepted and read by the authorities, they don't do that here. The rule of law and privacy is respected in this country. The police don't wear black Balaclava's over their face and come busting down your door at 3am with Army type riot gear for minor infractions! That's unheard of here.
Privacy is respected here unlike back in the old country where the mindset is "you're guilty until and unless you can prove yourself innocent." Or "if you have nothing to hide you shouldn't have a problem exposing all of your personal and financial affairs" to those who have no business knowing them, especially the government. No such thinking that like exists here. Again I repeat, "Privacy is respected here!" How very refreshing indeed and it didn't take long
We don't require security gates or guards, nor use air conditioning much. In fact we leave our door unlocked most of the time as long as someone is home. Try doing that where YOU live and see what happens!
It's cool and breezy most of the time and I can't remember the last time anyone turned on the air conditioning. Our electric bill runs barely $45 per month and much of that cost is due to my internet use.
Here you are met with a pleasant good morning, good afternoon and good evening by folks you've never met previously whilst taking a stroll with your family or shopping. You even receive a pleasant welcome from the police as well! When was the last time a police officer or someone passing you on the street bid you welcome?
At the airport the security is tight but there is absolutely no groping like the TSA thugs do in the old world. In fact the security agents at the airport here are most apologetic and very respectful to the elderly, children and everyone for that matter.
Another refreshing and welcome change from the old country is that there isn't any sue you bastard mentally here. Having owned a successful business back in the old world, I probably could have been eligible for the Guinness book of world records for having been sued more times than any other business owner. I'm certain that I paid more than a million dollars in legal fees defending myself and my company in frivolous lawsuits over the years.
What a total waste of time, money and stress. For example my favorite or least favorite frivolous lawsuit, depending on how you look at it, was an ex-employee who claimed that both my company and myself were negligent because we had not prevented him from attacking one of our other employees, his ex-lover. The judge ruled that any damage suffered due to his crime was his responsibility for choosing to commit the crime, and that we had no legal duty to protect him from that choice. Naturally the idiot lost the case, but it cost me a US$100,000 in legal fees, whilst the 'plaintiff' had all his legal expenses paid for free, thanks to legal aid!
So much for fairness and the rule of law back in that place! The point is there aren't such shenanigans here. In fact in the event of an automobile accident, both driver's settle the matter between them rather than get the insurance companies involved and face higher
In the worst case scenario if one does some infraction of one sort or another, a small propina (gratuity) helps settles matters in a hurry.
Some reading this may wonder where I live. Where one lives doesn't matter. What matters is where you don't live. I don't live in the US, the UK, Canada or Western Europe where one is subject to being a peon under the thumb of the ruling class, aka the authorizes along with their draconian laws and never ending regulations. I live in a country that respects freedom and your privacy.
I live in a country that doesn't ask you where the $1,500 cash for deposit into a bank account came from and reports it, or asks you why are you withdrawing US$3,000 cash and report that to the authorities!
I live in a place where the people don't spy on you and the government stays out of your affairs so long as you conduct yourself in a respectable manner and remember you're a guest in their country in spite of being a citizen there.
I believe there are many similar countries around this wonderful world where you can live and can enjoy such freedoms. If you have the courage to make that big move overseas, you can start enjoying such freedoms and privacy again. Where you live will depend on you, your likes and dislikes, so start looking for that place now, before it's too late.
Some of the best advice I ever received was from you [PT Shamrock] many years ago. I wrote seeking advice, "I am thinking about relocating abroad, but frankly I'm scared. I'm comfortable here and my children are here. What would you do if you were in my shoes?" or words to that effect.
I'll never forget your advice, for which I am forever grateful.
You wrote: "If you don't give it a go you'll live the rest of your life wondering "what if". What if I had done this, what if I moved here or there? The the worst case scenario, so long as you do everything legally, if things don't turn out for you abroad, you can always return to
However I'm more than confident that will not be the case."
Thanks Shamrock from the bottom of my heart.
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