I have a friend who coincidentally is in the water treatment field in Manila. He travels to Cantabaco to climb a few times a month. Manila is a dangerous place as are most of the Philippines. There are relatively few pictures that will detail the poverty you will see EVERYWHERE. The climate is hot and humid (which I like), the poverty and lack of basics like trash service...for example I dislike. It is a great adventure for me since I love the outdoors and nature and I like ADVENTURE. I have made an effort to find food I like...and have eaten more coconut, pineapple, guava, guyabano, and jackfruit than I ever dreamed. The local food here I don't like as a general rule but that's probably because they cook it when they want to and it sits in plastic bags until someone buys it- so the presentation of the food isn't pretty. I have found lots of veggies I like with the appropriate amount of hot sauce, ginger, garlic, onions. I would say come if you can climb...but that is just me and my friends know I'm CRAZY!
I'd go in a heart beat and worry about all that other sh#t as it happens. Better on your resume than a big hole. I'm dealing with that now, and I'm screwed. Not old enough to retire, "too old to train" (bs), got fired from last 2 jobs for not putting up with sh#t, now I clean fancy houses. Meh, GO!
Thanks for your post. Just working through the details. On one hand I want to jump on this assignment, on the other it poses some risk. I am the "go to" guy in my office when it comes to water treatment. If I take the assignment and something comes up while I'm gone they will need to bring in someone else.
It is just a really complicated situation with no surety in either direction.
I missed your thread, as I'm having a lot on my plate right now.
As to whether you should go to Manila for 18 months, my first reaction is that it's probably not a good idea in terms of location. Especially if you have problems with Eastern foods.
Back in the 80s my husband insisted we go to Hong Kong for a long trip. I went kicking and screaming as I was sure I would not enjoy it. Turned out the reverse was true, I loved everything about it, the food, the people. I was shocked at how clean the place was, I had always heard the opposite.
I now realize that Hong Kong is a very sophisticated place and if you can afford a nice hotel your experience will be very pleasant.
I've never had the same feeling about the Philippines. If you're there is a VIP getting the best of everything that's one situation, but if you are not so lucky, I would not expect that you would enjoy an extended stay.
Whatever your decision, I personally wish you the very best for you. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.
I would think it would be tons of opportunities for people in your field in China as well. We know the Chinese can afford paying for good engineering advice. My husband made a number of trips over there in the late 70s early 80s. Helping them with water treatment plants, when people were still wearing Mao suits.