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johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 12, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Take it? 1.5 year assignment or be out of work for an undetermined while due to slow downs. Don't know the details yet.

Like to get input on life in Manila
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 13, 2013 - 08:21am PT
hey there say, johntp..
here is a bump for you...

will be praying for you trail,
and what to do, that is best...

bump for info, from folks, too...
do not neglect the gut feeling, if you
feel not to go... don't feel quilty, either...

:)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 13, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
Bump for a thread by one of the ST regulars seeking advice.

John - I would ask....Do YOU WANT to go to Manila






There's your answer....

Not really, but it gets to the heart of things. Best of luck during this time.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Feb 13, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
I wouldn't give it 30 seconds of thought-- GO!!!!!11111
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
Nice people, great birdwatching, a little climbing, near to many awesome places.
I wouldn't think about it more than 15 seconds, unless you really can't
tear yerself away from the OC. ;-/



Oh, yeah, yer gonna














































love balot!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
ontheedge- any more details why you would not give it a 2nd thought?

Edit: to be honest, if I were in my 30s or 40s I would jump on it, but am not too thrilled with this kind of an assignment at this point in my life. But I like having insurance and other benefits associated with beng employed.

Edit2: The office is in Alabang.
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
As someone who's been living overseas for the last decade, I would say jump on it. No matter what you read, what people say, or what you think, every place is what you make it.

What's the job?

Most expat contracts offer housing and living expenses too. Tax free. A nice way to save some money. In many cases, you can also get extension on initial contracts.

I don't know you, your personality, or character, but I would jump on it. Even if you get there and don't like it, it's only 18 months. I bet you can tolerate anything for 18 months.

Eman
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
g-guy:

Mechanical Engineering, specific to water treatment. Asia has never been on of my favorite places. Some dig it, I don't. The food makes me sick because the bugs in my body can't handle the bugs in their food.

Cheers!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Aye....there's the rub.

Start asking the universe to shine the light on your path elsewhere....

How long until you need to make a decision on Manila?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
Close of business tomorrow.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Holy crap they sure don't give you much time for consideration!

I'm stunned to imagine you being treated that way.

Bastards!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Welcome to the corporate world. There are a number of candidates, so this is not a shoe in.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Double bastards!!!

Very sorry you have this stressful thing happening.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
They are not bastards. There are a number of factors at work in this scenario that I won't get into other than to say it is related to government policy and the need to return investment to stockholders.

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Bump for specifics on living as an expat American in Manila
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 14, 2013 - 12:28am PT
In the current environment at your age do you have a solid fallback if unemployed ? Are you financially ready to retire?

Sucks but is unfortunately a serious question.

If life is good where you are then life is good anywhere you go.

opposite theorem to the grass is always greener on the other side.

If not your kinda f*#ked no matter what ya do lol...
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Feb 14, 2013 - 02:07am PT
Firstly, my reasoning is that you do not want a year and half hole in your resume, especially if you are in your 50s (I don't know how old you are but that's what it sounds like from your post upthread) and need to keep working. Asia is going nuts and your experience there would likely lead to more opportunities. I totally hear you on the Asia thing- I feel the same way. I hate heat and bugs and my butt opens the floodgates upon contact with the food. I got interviewed for a job in SE Asia that I would have taken if I got the offer, but still was sort of bummed about actually having to live there.

Secondly, and notwithstanding what I just said, living in a foreign country is really cool. I lived abroad as a kid and am thinking about doing the same thing with my kids within the next 6 months to a year.

Good luck!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:47am PT
Year and a half assignment then .... you're in Manila looking for the next job?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:19am PT
http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/manila-s-inability-to-curb-violence-rings-alarm-bells-1.750122


lots of stuff like this on the intarweb..
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 14, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
For crying out loud....Did you even look at the date of that, or do you just like making people worry?
Credit: happiegrrrl

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