Sunday, August 5, 2018

Expatriation Ragnarok – My New Guide For Expatriating in These Dark Times

Hello everyone, Markcus McCloud here. You may know me better as Ghost from the Happier Abroad forum. I think it is evident that expatriation is harder these days, as the condition of the world continues to rapidly deteriorate. Ten years ago must seem like the good ol' days of being happier abroad. Where is there left to go that is still relatively good? How can you get started going abroad if you are starting at zero? And once abroad, how can you get what you need out of it? I talk about these things and so much more in my new guide, Expatriation Ragnarok.

The successor to Expatriation Apocalypse (2015), Expatriation Ragnarok expands on why the West is declining and collapsing, how we got into this mess and where it is leading, the ultimate economic doom that may be coming over the next few decades, and how to make the most of going abroad when things are so grim and difficult.

I have always had a focus on the 'common man' who is starting from zero or near zero. There are not enough resources for these alienated men who need help the most. Expatriation Ragnarok is the same – a guide for those who are at bottom and just want to get out of the West before it is finally too late.

I do not offer predictions and prognostications about the future. What I am doing, however, is exploring what I see as the most likely dystopian possibilities for the West and the world. We do not know the day nor the hour when the West will splinter, or when going abroad won't be feasible at all anymore. But we can look at the warning signs and see that things are heading in that direction.

The window to expatriation looks to be closing, and the world is in a worse condition than it was even just a few years ago. Get working on an escape plan before it is too late.

Expatriation Ragnarok is available here on Amazon:


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Make the most of going abroad while you still can.

Marrying A Filipina? Here Are Three Things To Watch Out For!

This are some tips about marrying a Filipina lady from a Filipino guy that I know. Some very interesting insights that you need to know if you are headed this direction with a women from the Philippines.

It's not a big surprise that many Americans today prefer to abandon ship when it comes to love and swim over to the other side of the world in search of their elusive soulmate. The relatively toxic culture of the West when it comes to marriage and commitment is an open secret, hence the collective eyes of its men are all turning to Eastern countries, one of which is the Philippines.

The Philippines is a relatively poor nation, but assuming you're not planning on finding economic opportunities there, they have a lot to offer when it comes to women. Marrying a Filipina is a joy that needs to be experienced firsthand, but some men get blinded by the euphoria and fail to see the negative aspects of the wedded life. Here is a list of three cultural norms that may make you hesitate when it comes to tying the knot.


Intrusive family members – in the States, everyone's expected to pack it up and move out of the house when they reach 18. Not so in the Philippines. It's relatively common for people to live in their family home up until they're ready to leave, which may never be. Parents also remain in close contact with their children even after they've started their own families. While you may be able to get a private abode for you and your Filipina wife, you can never really get rid of her family ties, so expect lots of unexpected visits and unwelcome opinions from her extensive network of busybody relatives. This may be a good thing if you enjoy all that company, but it can prove to be a massive irritant for those who prefer to be left alone. Above all, do not make an enemy out of your wife; it's like declaring war to an entire tribe. You won't survive!

Tampo – this is a strange phenomenon that is endemic to the Philippines. Tampo is a local word that roughly translates to "silent treatment," and it is a weapon employed with cruel precision when a lover's quarrel breaks out between you and your beloved Filipina. Rather than engage with you in a screamfest like many scorned American women, the Filipina will use the opposite tactic: ignore you until you're literally tearing her hair out in trying to get her to say something. A typical tampo (displeasure) will last for several days, and the only way to break out of it is to apologize excessively or threaten her with something severe enough to compel an interaction (like divorce). Speaking of divorce…

No divorce – That's right. Other than the Vatican, the Philippines is the only nation on earth that does not have legalized divorce. You can get an annulment, but that usually takes a few years and will require you to prove a legitimate fault such as adultery. If you decide to marry a Filipina in her home country, you're going to be in it for life, so make sure that you don't exchange vows unless you mean every word of it.

Is marrying a Filipina all fun and games? Obviously not. There are some days when you're going to feel as if you'd rather get hitched with a Las Vegas gold-digger than spend one more minute in the house with your wife. But you know what? These cultural quirks, while frustrating, are mere quibbles when compared to the benefits: a doting spouse, a well-kept home, a nurturing mother, and a devoted partner who stands by you through the good and bad times. At the end of the day, dealing with a few snakes are worth it when it means living in paradise.


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Life is a Scam – Enjoy Going Abroad While You Still Can

I'm going to tell you a secret that isn't so secret: life is a scam. If you are red pill, then you probably know that by now. But do you understand the depths of it? That is what I want you to realize. I'm not saying that life is a scam only right now, at this particular point in history. I am saying that it was always a scam. Sometimes the scam is a little better or a little worse for you, but it is always a scam. And it is specifically a scam for men.

What do I mean by that?

The system seeks to extract as much from you, a man, for as little as it can give you in return. Even for some red pillers, this can be a scary rabbit hole to go down. This system has always been in power – it is a defining part of humanity's nature. You can apply any label to it you want. Some call the system gynocentrism or feminism. Others call it statism. Some just call it society. Let me repeat: the world seeks to extract as much from men as possible for as little as it can give you in return. That is the essence of the system no matter what you call it. This has always been true and it will always be true.

You give the system your labor – it wants to pay you as little as possible.

You give the system your imagination – it wants to give you as little status and recognition as possible.

You give the system your courage – it forgets you after you have made your sacrifice

You give the system (represented by a woman in this instance) your commitment – it gives you as little sex as possible.

You give the system your children – it gives them as little of their father as possible.

This does not at all conflict with the idea that “things used to be better.” Why not? The system has at many times throughout history been forced to give a lot to men (jobs, status, sex, etc.) if it wanted to elicit anything from those men. Just because things were better for men doesn't mean that this same system was not in power. It was. It just had to fulfill its end of the bargain.

And you know what?

That this system is in power is not even necessarily the problem in itself. As long as the system gives men plenty of what they need, it works.

The problem is that things can get too unbalanced. And this is where we are now.

The same system is in power, but we have now reached a point at which the system can get by with giving men NOTHING.

Now at this point you may be thinking, “yes, but wait, when the system does that it means men drop out of the system! That means MGTOW rises.”

And you would be right. But here's the thing: the system is now able to push men out and still perpetuate itself. It is able to do this with technology. In fact, this is one of the big issues in the world today: technology will replace workers, and the economy will be automated with robots and other machines. Our fate hasn't fully been determined yet, but for now this is what it looks like to many.
The system has become so good at discarding men that most men cannot even get a scrap from its table.

A menial job - any job at all? No. A girlfriend – any girlfriend at all? No. A country, a home that he can call his own? Big NO.

Historically speaking, this is...new. You have probably heard or read that Rome collapsed in part because of feminism. Yes, and feminist leanings were responsible for the decline of many great empires and countries. But Rome did not have a system that was capable of not needing men to keep the lights (err...candles?) on. And this is precisely the problem for men now: the system doesn't “need” them.

Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that because the system can discard men now that this system can go on this way ad infinitum. (Pushing men out means innovation slows and stops, and populations decline, and the social fabric tears – which long term has historically meant collapse.) But for the time being, the system has men over a barrel.

We're fucked and we know it.

I don't think this will change in our lifetime. So what to do in the meantime?

Going abroad plays into this because in many countries (undeveloped or 'third world' countries mostly) some semblance of traditional life exists. The system isn't able to push men out the same way it does in the first world. There are a number of reasons why this is so, which we won't go into here.

But here's the kicker: this is not the great option it once was.

Expatriation as a solution to this imbalanced system is declining – and steeply. Don't get me wrong, it is still far better abroad than in, say, the U.S. But it is getting worse. As countries “develop” they become more like dystopian societies of the Western world. And we don't know how bad that situation is going to get, but there's no reason to be optimistic about it.

Hope has all been extinguished and the future is over. Acceptance can bring you peace with the bigger picture, but here, right now, you still have to live your life and make choices.

If at all possible, go abroad and experience the ghost of real life before expatriation becomes entirely pointless.

Life is a scam, and the best you can do is leverage yourself into a position that is better relative to what you had before. The system is present and in power everywhere, but there are still some countries where it has to give something to men if it wants to perpetuate itself.

Go abroad while you still can.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Traveling Abroad As Explained By The Joker

By Andy



Greetings, my fellow lateral thinkers. The picture below is so very true. But you know what? Screw what others think. Happy travels!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Xiongmao in Zhejiang. Dating Paradise or Freezing Hell Hole of No Eye Contact?

Xiongmao reporting in.

In this post I'll review my first 4 months living in Chinas's Zhejiang Province.

I've lived in China before of course. In 2013 I lived in Guangdong Province for a while. It was fun, but an incredibly annoying place to live. After 4 months I went for a 2 week holiday in Thailand, and stayed there for another 6 months.

So I'm back in China, albeit a different province.

Is Zhejiang better than Guangdong?

In a word - NO.

But there are some positives.

From IT Geek to Language Teacher

My first ever teaching job has gone pretty well. But that's not really anything to do with my location. Chinese Universities are pretty identikit and I don't think the work would have been that different in any other part of China.

I am glad I spent the money getting a CELTA from one of the world's best language schools. I was able to hit the ground running here. Which was good as I was given a pile of textbooks and told to get on with it.

Initially you'll think your students are shy, but they're nothing of the sort. Instead you need to learn how to interact with them, and get them speaking.

They're diligent. Attendance has been great and practically every student does homework assignments. Out of 250 students I have maybe 4 superstars. The rest are all at intermediate level. They think they're a lot better than they actually are. I visited Chad laoshi's class and his students couldn't tell me what major they were studying. I left depressed, as long time foreign teacher Chad cherry picks the best students to teach!

Admin departments in any Chinese university are rubbish - you'll soon learn that. The best way to deal with them is have as little contact with them as possible. They've not even managed to open a bank account for me after 4 months. I ended up doing it myself. Actually I end up doing a lot of stuff myself.

As to other things:
  • My salary is 9750 RMB a month (I got more for having a doctorate).
  • I teach nine 90 minute lessons per week. Each lesson has a 10 minute break in it.
  • Classes have between 18 and 47 students. 18 is a lot if you want to get them speaking, 47 is ridiculous.
  • My accommodation is pretty nice. I got a nice big room and the bathroom alone is bigger than my London studio apartment was. And it's a 5 minute walk to most of my classrooms which is great when your teaching day starts at 8am.
  • I can in theory eat in the school canteen. It's 2 RMB a meal which is practically free. It's worth it for the apple. But on the downside it's pretty bland and only good if you like boiled vegetables or skeletal fish.
  • The best thing about our school? It has its own metro station and it's a 15 minute ride downtown.
Downtown there is a Tesco supermarket, an Ole (for expensive imported foods), a Carl's Jr and of course many other stores. It's kind of hard to use the restaurants though because so few have English menus (and photo menus/plastic food displays) aren't that common either.

Here's a long detailed blog post about my salary and benefits.

If you're interested in teaching English in China (or elsewhere) then check out my TEFL blog here.

4 Months in China - No Dates And No Social Life!

So teaching has been OK, but my social life has been pathetic. My fellow teachers are all older than me and are a pretty miserable bunch it must be said.

We had one social event downtown but everyone left by 8pm.

So I've tried to get a bit of a social thing going but it's been gigantically difficult.

I tried joining an English corner downtown. I'd heard it was a good place to meet ladies who want to meet foreigners. But sadly I got a lot of hostile @#%!? when I tried to join their little group. I found their QQ Group and asked where the meetings were held. But they got all nasty and told me I should read the publicity poster (which is all in Chinese). What a nice welcome.

Well screw them who wants to belong to such a miserable group anyway?

I've generally found that Zhejiang residents are very group orientated. Much like the Japanese. Well they're not going to like me making that comparison, but we are geographically very close to Japan.

And the problem with group orientated societies is that it's very difficult to break into said groups. Especially when you're such an obvious looking foreigner yourself.

Instead I tried dating here, but that's been a total disappointment.

Dating was awesome in Guangdong Province. I met some incredible ladies in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Here it's been terrible.

I tried China Love Cupid as it worked so well in Guangdong Province. But here in my tier 2 city there just aren't enough ladies on the site to be able to find dates. There are a few more if you factor in nearby Hangzhou. But there still aren't that many ladies even in that city.

Widening the radius brings in Shanghai but I've had very little success with Shanghai Princesses. And it's still a 4 hour roundtrip on the train to go and meet somebody.

What else?

WeChat's People Nearby function used to be great for random hookups but it's junk now. Every time you go on there you get spammed by hookers. Why don't they clean it up?

I've tried TanTan which is a kind of Chinese Tinder clone. It's good in that it's free and it has an English UI. But I've not had much success on it. Apparently I've had 42 matches. But it doesn't show you who likes you. You just gotta keep endlessly flipping through ladies giving them social affirmation of their SMV. It's all such a big waste of time, especially as my accommodation wifi/4G signals are so bad.

I tried JiaYuan which is a local dating site. It's immensely tough to use a dating site that only has a Chinese UI. I'm really pleased with myself for managing to create a semi-decent profile on the site. And it's about a quarter of the price of China Love Cupid.

That's the only positives though. JiaYuan has been pretty useless. The moderators almost never approve my profile changes or photo uploads. The site keeps opening dozens of new browser tabs. And I've had hardly any interest on the site.

About the only good thing from the site is that it's taught me very much that marriage is viewed as a financial transaction in China. What Western dating site asks you about the financial strength of your parents?

What else?

DateInAsia - again not enough ladies here.



I tried some free Chinese dating sites but they're so hard to use, many needing phone confirmation routines that are hard to figure out/just don't work.

Cold approach/PUA - hard here as nobody speaks English (well apart from "hello"). My Mandarin is better than last time but I've barely learnt any new language since I've been here.

Disappointingly, nobody has tried to cold approach me. Well apart from the few copy watch guys there are here. I had a lot more random encounters in Guangzhou. The Zhejiang residents seem a lot more distant, and, well, unfriendly.

Other Ramblings

I got really excited about the prospect of working in Zhejiang. It's really close to South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. So I had visions of really awesome holidays in those three countries (two of which I've never visited before).

The downside is that South Korea has been too cold to visit in Winter. And flights to Japan are really expensive. Of course Taiwan needs no introduction if you're a Happier Abroad regular.

So I've ended up with a staycation over the Chinese New Year break. Not least because it's harder to use UK credit cards overseas now, and China's CTrip is a rip-off for international flight bookings.

Hardly anyone speaks English here. I mean not even my students speak it well, and they're majoring in either English or Business English.

They're someway behind the students I met at the Guangzhou university where I studied Mandarin. I've subsequently found out my Guangzhou university was very prestigious and attracted the best applicants from all over China. A couple of my current students applied there but didn't get in.

There are a few tourist sites here but getting out into the countryside is pretty difficult. As is going anywhere to be honest. Our city only has two metro lines. To go everywhere else you have to go by bus. This is nice and cheap, but very slow. Our city has many rivers, and too few bridges. So there are a number of bottlenecks where the traffic is a nightmare. Traffic also seems worse here than in Guangzhou. It's generally wealthier here, and more ordinary people have cars.

Of course there are taxis but I had so much problem in Hubei and Guangdong with taxis, and that was with having a Chinese girl to do the arguing for me!

Most of all though, it's VERY cold here. Particularly as it's a La Nina year. Sure, it was warm when I got here in September, but that's a distant memory now.

It's even colder than my native England. At least we're warmed by the gulf stream in Winter. In Zhejiang it has been relentlessly cold since early December.

It does seem safer here. Crime appears to be very low. Certainly lower than in Guangzhou.

There are very few foreigners here. Over Christmas I went 8 days without seeing a single one.

Food seems to be cleaner here and I've had less problems with dodgy food than I had in Hubei and Guangdong. Of course it's also cooler, which means bacteria grow a lot more slowly.

It's harder for foreigners to live in China than it was when I was here five years ago. Google Maps doesn't work very well so you have to use Baidu maps. Software development standards are really low in China, and I've found all Chinese apps really drain my battery. They're also slow and rarely have English UI's. The work permit system is a real hassle and I had to pay to get my China visa and certificates notarised (about $750 in total).

There's also rampant discrimination and there's loads of stuff you can't do without a Chinese citizen's ID card. By comparison, in London we even let you foreigners use our hire bicycles and you don't need to show your passport when you buy a train ticket. We even let you own land and buy properties.

I can understand more Mandarin now so I have more of an awareness of when people are talking about me. Which is quite frequent. I'm sure they think I'm a spy, especially if I visit one of the working class neighbourhoods near my school.

Am I Truly Happier Abroad?

So is my current life better than my old life back in London?

I do like having a nice big room to live in. Back in London I was pretty much forced to share an apartment with idiots who needed the money, or live in a cupboard under the stairs. In my free teacher's apartment I do indeed have room to swing a cat.

I think teaching is a more healthy lifestyle than sitting in front of a computer coding for 40 hours a week. I've seen what the stress of office life can do to people over the years, and I'm glad I got out before it was too late.

My teaching salary is pretty decent and as there's not much to buy here I've managed to save 70% of my salary so far. What a shame then that it's so difficult to send money out of China. Anyway, if you've just graduated and have crippling student loan debts then teaching in China could be a good option for you.

If I could go back in time then I would definitely try and hold out for a teaching job in a warmer location. But on the other hand I know that your first TEFL job generally sucks and I could definitely have done a lot worse.

It's a few months till I have to decide what to do next year. I probably will stay with teaching, but I will go somewhere warm.

Zhejiang - In Summary

I'd say that Zhejiang is a good place to come if you want to earn money. There are a lot of rich people here who will pay good money for private tuition. But then there are rich people in other parts of China too.

If you're serious about learning Mandarin then it's much more widely spoken here than in Guangdong.

I thought there would be less pollution here than in Guangdong but that's both true and false. The air is worse here - maybe due to local geography. But rivers are cleaner/smell sweeter and there is less trash lying around.

If you like cold and depressing Winters then Zhejiang is the place to come.

Any questions about teaching English in China or living here? Leave your comments below.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winston Wu on Russia National TV News! After being mugged in Cherepovets, Russia

National TV news story about Winston Wu in Russia in November 2004. See story and explanation in the slides of the video. As mentioned in the video, here is the full story of what actually happened, which I wrote right after the event.

See more video clips of me in Russia here. Or on our HA videos page here.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Be Careful Who You Meet While Traveling

By Andy

Be careful who you meet while traveling. Actually, be careful who you meet. Period. I write this piece, fully aware that I am venting, based on some forgettable experiences, but it is only fair to warn others about certain types of people one encounters, even while traveling. There is one particular type of person that you should avoid at all costs, and that is the smartest person in the room.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Winston's Lessons on Happiness and Meaning in Life


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Here are some things I learned about happiness:

Most people are only happy temporarily. But it isn't sustainable or permanent. You can buy temporary happiness with a bottle of wine even. But in the end its really a state of mind.

However, if you cultivate happiness as a state of mind rather than as something dependent on favorable results and circumstances, then it can be longer lasting though. See the movie "Hector and the Search for Happiness". It illustrates this nicely. There's a popular saying in spiritual books that goes like this:

Friday, November 10, 2017

HORROR Stories From Dream Connections Clients - Scamming Ladies Exposed!

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Holy cow! Check out these SHOCKING HORROR stories from Dream Connections clients posted on a review site called Site Jabber below. They surprise even me! I never would have imagined these things on a DC tour. In the first account, a guy gets scammed by a lady on the DC Bangkok tour who turned out to be a prostitute and bar girl, and was very aggressive in getting him to hand her cash! In the second account, a guy gets on the DC bus that came to get him from the airport, only to have toxic exhaust fumes blowing into his face from the rear of the bus which leaked into the interior! WTF?! Can you imagine paying $5,000 for a DC tour only to end up on their bus transport with poisonous fumes in your face from a dangerously damaged bus they hired for you?! Geez! For $5,000, why couldn't Mark Davis and DC get a better bus than one that blow toxic fumes in your face? Golly! Talk about first class VIP service! Goodness gracious. For 5k, you'd think the clients would at least get to ride in comfort in an air conditioned vehicle. Even I'm shocked by this. I thought I'd seen it all. The last account below is particularly incriminating and damning and will make you shake your head.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dream Connections vs. AFA Romance Tours - 5 Advantages of A Foreign Affair to Consider


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Greetings. If you are a gentleman planning to book an international romance tour to find your lovely foreign bride, then you have probably heard of A Foreign Affair and Dream Connections. And you may be trying to decide which one to choose and comparing them. If so, then here are some advantages of AFA over Dream Connections below for your consideration. (* Disclaimer: AFA did NOT ask me to write this. It is my opinion piece.)