Expat Life: How To Make The Most of 2021

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Author: Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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  1. Travel Not Likely in 2020 (April 29, 2020).. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AaWekns0wk
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  2. How often are you posting videos? Where do you get your content ideas? Your content is much funnier than ours.

  3. Well,, If history is any indication, the 1918 pandemic of the spanish flu which killed 50 million globally , was around for like 2 years and things didnt open totally up until 1922, so thats 4 years !!!!,,,, Yes things are different now and technology can speed and has sped things up with the vaccine, but that takes some logistics to happen even in todays world,,, Just a simple insight , sad but true,,,but its REALITY !!!,,,, wait til 2022 or 2023,,, i think 2021 is DONE too, maybe some partial traveling by 3rd quarter or 4th,,,,,,

  4. Everyone thought with the insight of the number 2020 as the eye of sight of the year , 20/20, !!! actually became like the sight of a blind person 20/200……. For me its been a horrible year,,, ,,,, im sure many can attest to this …..now your right 2019 was great in many ways, so their was no balance , to me what happened 2020 outweighed 2019,,,,, but hey, theres 2022 and beyond, God bless

  5. Rikay costa rica honduras an gwatamala is getting good reports plus nicaragua is supposed to be an expat haven for canadians …my 2 legs are very weak now and im ful of arthritis ….but i am a pioneer and for me its nam ..good luck i hope 1 day we meet in the phills …garyo take care allways my good traveling friend …try an island 3 boats 1 over nite a single cabin from manila 12 hr cruise shower tv nice big double plus bathroom nice overnite cruise x takes you to chargoa then next bout to the north island onto 3 rd boat to charagao island very pritty and beautyful island ….

  6. I’ve talked to a lot of people. The feeling is that Southeast Asia wants to make back their lost money fast. To avoid gouging wait until 2023 before traveling to Southeast Asia. .

    1. @Jon B what is interesting is India vs Belgium.
      108 deaths (per million people) for India.
      meanwhile, Belgium is at 1,691 deaths, per million people.

  7. Something to consider for going to the Philippines, or any country with relatively low case numbers – you still may need to quarantine if you have been vaccinated. I know that this is an unpopular opinion but vaccination has not been proven to stop transmission, and it may never be proven. Also if you’re travelling from say Manila to Cebu, expect to quarantine a second time.

  8. Liked like you said Henry calm before the storm per say. Ayala such a very nice mall..I like the way you put the video together.
    Take care and Happy New year.

  9. I am I pretty basic direct person, when it comes to giving money away. If I have not seen the lady naked in-person, there’s no gifts or money exchange. Sorry, not very PC.

  10. I think Covid is here to stay.
    The government and politicians have found this new power to control people’s lives.
    I don’t think they’re going to give it up soon.
    The whole virus thing is total BS
    Just a total abuse of power

    1. With a competent government we eliminated covid in our country in about 6 weeks. We now have normal life with no restrictions. We now have refugees from USA applying to migrate here including disillusioned health workers exhausted from long hours and risking their lives but frustrated by ignorant covid deniers who claim to know more about this pandemic than epidemiologists who have devoted their lives to scholarship. These refugees from USA will become valued citizens here. I note that Philippines has now banned all travellers from USA due to the dire situation there (in US). Biden government will have a massive task to sort out the mess, I wish them luck but am not confident when I see mindless, maskless morons in crowds chanting USA!USA!..

  11. Your videos are so helpful and right on. Everyone acts like 2021 is going to automatically be better. With the dollar dropping against foreign currencies and lots of other stumbling blocks, it may end up being worse than 2020. I hope I am totally wrong.

    1. @Jon B Thailand is open but be prepared to jump through hoops and have deep pockets. People i have seen going there are spending money on Tests and 2 grand their first 15 days stuck in a Quarantine hotel

  12. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family! Your the best, have you ever considered doing a TED talk about your travels over the years and your general philosophy about life , I think you would be great at it !

  13. There an old saying that fits 2020 Everything was going great and up popped the Devil that happened on March 15 2020. If you want to know we all are at predicting the future just look at the old live streams of a lot of different vloggers our best guess didn’t turn out so good.

  14. I made the booking in 2019, I had a flight for April 2020 that they canceled and gave me a flight credit I think I have 1 year to use it so I might have to make a booking before April 2021. I will probably make the booking for fall 2021 and hope things get fixed by then.

  15. Just my two cents, but I also think, for those of us who don’t have anybody waiting for us in the Philippines and just want to retire, that 2021 should also be spent looking up alternative areas to possibly live like Mexico, as you said. For me, it’s other countries in Central & South America.

  16. I disagree about not knowing that 2020 would be a problem until week 10. It was obvious by week 4 or 5. Week 4 was worrisome. In week 5 there was an executive order that prevented my return to USA via China. I had to scramble to purchase an airline ticket via Taiwan.

    1. The day Kobe Bryant died I was laying in bed with my girlfriend in pampanga and I knew the world was fucked after that. Flew back to the USA January 30th haven’t been back since (can’t).

    2. Nah, that happened during SARS and during MERS too, as well as with Zika, but those things didn’t cause the whole world to shut down. So no, by week 5, it was not possible to forecast that the whole world would shut down, in week 5, we were just having a repeat of other, smaller epidemics.

  17. Happy New year! Another potential concern for Americans other than the virus, is the continuing decrease of the dollar against foreign currencies. Projections show 20% decrease in 2021. Today’s $1500 per month is tomorrow’s $1875 if dollar dips from 50 to 40 pesos.

  18. 2019 – 2 trips to the Philippines, stayed for over three months. Enjoyed everything around me.
    2020 – Praying for travel to go back. What a drastic change. Enjoy the little things, for they are the big things.

  19. Aloha lads what is the best way and free way to talk to your girl in p.h.i use what’s up app singal is bad a lot.thanks happy new year. Keep rolling I like how you break down situations and explain things.good luck and God bless ye

  20. The big picture IMO is that the Phils will be near the back of the pack once vaccines are made readily available so don’t dust off the suitcase. Stay away from drama w/the dating sites. Meeting girls is very easy once you’re here & the good ones are out there too.

    1. @James Edwards i guess everyone has to make up their own mind on this subject. Its good to have a plan tho. I feel as long as no ones shoplifting coochie its all good.

    2. Stereotyping. I found two perfect 10s online and you’re forced to know each other 15hrs a day by chatting and video chat, instead of meeting a stranger on the street, only because how she looks, and see what you then have in common. Come prepared.

    3. Agreed….it’s too easy to get hooked on one or get one hung up on you on a dating site. There’s no point when there’s so many to choose from if we can ever get there.

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