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Kazakhstan or the Philippines?

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Kazakhstan or the Philippines?

Postby The_Hero_of_Men » Wed May 11, 2011 3:19 pm

These are two possible places that I want to go studying abroad and/or settling there permanently. Which one is actually better, and why?
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Re: Kazakhstan or the Philippines?

Postby Rock » Wed May 11, 2011 4:45 pm

The_Hero_of_Twilight wrote:These are two possible places that I want to go studying abroad and/or settling there permanently. Which one is actually better, and why?


Kind of like asking whether an apple or orange is better and why, very open ended. Also, the info on this board is asymmetric - all kinds of stuff on PI, very little on Kazakhstan.

Let's see if Lad or anyone else whose lived in FSU/Eastern Europe passed through there and can add anything.
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Postby ladislav » Wed May 11, 2011 5:26 pm

I would say for an American, the Philippines is much more convenient, surer, and basically a guaranteed place for a better life. It is like moving to Hawaii, except that it is some 5 times cheaper and the people are friendly. The country runs on the English language, the visas are a breeze, and many- as in hundreds of thousands- ladies want to date you. You will feel more at home here than back home. And you do not need to be rich to be here.
Kazakhstan may be more exotic - Russian speaking Muslim Oriental people, but there is no infrastructure to meet an incoming American and accommodate him the way the Philippines would. You would be dealing with laws that may seem weird, visa regulations that are much stricter, people who do not speak English, and a country that runs on a Cyrillic alphabet. Some guys have managed but these were employed by respectable foreign companies which acted as a buffer between them and 'the world'.
So, if you go at it alone and do not want unnecessary "challenges"( read -unnecessary headaches and wacky problems), the Philippines is here to welcome an American with open arms in English. However, if you still want a place as exotic as Kz, I would recommend you go there with a company/job.
Finally, why not go to two places and speak with expats who are there?
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Postby Think Different » Wed May 11, 2011 6:32 pm

ladislav wrote:I would say for an American, the Philippines is much more convenient, surer, and basically a guaranteed place for a better life. It is like moving to Hawaii, except that it is some 5 times cheaper and the people are friendly. The country runs on the English language, the visas are a breeze, and many- as in hundreds of thousands- ladies want to date you. You will feel more at home here than back home. And you do not need to be rich to be here.
Kazakhstan may be more exotic - Russian speaking Muslim Oriental people, but there is no infrastructure to meet an incoming American and accommodate him the way the Philippines would. You would be dealing with laws that may seem weird, visa regulations that are much stricter, people who do not speak English, and a country that runs on a Cyrillic alphabet. Some guys have managed but these were employed by respectable foreign companies which acted as a buffer between them and 'the world'.
So, if you go at it alone and do not want unnecessary "challenges"( read -unnecessary headaches and wacky problems), the Philippines is here to welcome an American with open arms in English. However, if you still want a place as exotic as Kz, I would recommend you go there with a company/job.
Finally, why not go to two places and speak with expats who are there?


It's my understanding that a large part of the Kazakhstan population is Orthodox Christian (as I am). Do you know anything about that, and/or if the ladies there are approachable. What kind of life can you afford there, if you're there teaching ESL?
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Postby ladislav » Wed May 11, 2011 7:09 pm

It's my understanding that a large part of the Kazakhstan population is Orthodox Christian (as I am). Do you know anything about that, and/or if the ladies there are approachable. What kind of life can you afford there, if you're there teaching ESL?


Oh, yes. The ethnic Russians who had moved there ages back. And yes, their ladies are approachable. If you teach ESL and make some $800-1200 a month, you could live well - I guess as well as a person who is making some 60K a year in the US. I would go to ESLcafe.com forums and look up the section on Kazakhstan, become an eslcafe member if you are not yet one and ask all these questions there. Many people are working there now. Those countries are now the future.

You should also check out Kyrgyzstan next door. It seems to be even better. This may be your life there, lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig3lY169lxE

here is the view:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wa39hdRmjI

The good thing about those countries is that they are used to seeing white people because of being exposed to Russians for centuries and living under them. So, you will not have people sticking fingers at you if you are white and calling you a "foreign devil".
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Postby Rock » Thu May 12, 2011 1:28 am

ladislav wrote:
It's my understanding that a large part of the Kazakhstan population is Orthodox Christian (as I am). Do you know anything about that, and/or if the ladies there are approachable. What kind of life can you afford there, if you're there teaching ESL?


Oh, yes. The ethnic Russians who had moved there ages back. And yes, their ladies are approachable. If you teach ESL and make some $800-1200 a month, you could live well - I guess as well as a person who is making some 60K a year in the US. I would go to ESLcafe.com forums and look up the section on Kazakhstan, become an eslcafe member if you are not yet one and ask all these questions there. Many people are working there now. Those countries are now the future.

You should also check out Kyrgyzstan next door. It seems to be even better. This may be your life there, lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig3lY169lxE

here is the view:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wa39hdRmjI

The good thing about those countries is that they are used to seeing white people because of being exposed to Russians for centuries and living under them. So, you will not have people sticking fingers at you if you are white and calling you a "foreign devil".


Yanguizi, silaowai, gaijin, farang, farang, farang (little kids barking at you)!!! But seriously Lad, if they are so used to white people, don't you lose most of your exotic appeal as a westerner?

I noticed that Kyrgyzstan is dirt poor GDP per head wise (only about 10% of Kazakhstan's level) and seems to have almost nothing (reminiscent of what Russia was like in early 90s and before based on the short vids you posted). It also reminds me of UB, Mongolia in some ways, circa late 90s/early 00s. I wonder if that means the people are relatively unspoiled, the way the were in Russia before western style capitalism corrupted values. Anyway, there must be a huge difference between the two countries given the dramatic difference in incomes. What do you think about all this?
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Postby MarkDY » Sat May 14, 2011 1:43 am

In Kazakhstan you could be an ex-pat pioneer, like the first Americans who settled in Costa Rica. If Kazakhstan adopts a merit based immigration policy with some pro-growth market reforms, the economy could soon take off.
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