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Happy New Year!

2020 New Year’s resolutions

My 2020 New Year’s resolutions are a work in progress. I used to have a long list, most of which I never did, so every year I recycled them. I had a ready made list. But then, two years ago, I actually built them into my life. Yay. Success at last! So I have to come up with new ones. But my main 2020 New Year’s resolutions are continuing and expanding my digital detoxing. This is going well. And to overcome my autoimmune response allergies seemingly caused by my recent rabies vaccine. Ironically, this in part is detoxing, too. Actual physical detoxing.

papaya

papaya and Italian cake

we need to dump the Smartphone

It really is soon getting time to dump the smartphone. It’s been fun. And very convenient. And we love our phones, I know. I don’t want to dump the smartphone. But there are big consequences if we don’t. So how do we do it? (And to read my free “truth” newsletter, click here.)

dump the smartphone - my first 4G phone

 

The future – if we don’t dump the smartphone

But let’s look at the future. At the endgame. If people don’t dump the smartphone, what is going to happen? But dumping it may not be enough. Furthermore, r.ejecting 5G may not be enough.

Let’s look at the worst case scenario that we can imagine at the moment. Now, I don’t know if any or all of these things are going to be imposed. However we do get hints from China and India, among other countries, that they will.

 

Retiring in Sri Lanka?

Last year I made a trip to Sri Lanka.  Edward has asked me a couple of times if I would write a rough and ready evaluation of whether I would consider retiring there.  So, just off the top of my head, here is a quick response.

I might consider it, but I would need to do a lot more research, and I think at the moment for me the answer would be , “no”.  I liked travelling there, and kept on meeting people and families (often from the UK) who were having their third holiday there.  But I am not sure about living there.

I don’t know the visa situation, nor the cost of rental, or the possibility of property purchase.  Hotels were relatively expensive.  Having only been through Columbo I don’t know the availability of any goods that I might want to buy if I was staying. This is also a problem in Malaysia – if it’s not a mobile phone or its accessories  you want then it may not be so easy to find.  I also don’t know if importing one’s household goods would be easy and tax-free.

Being an island I find Sri Lanka a bit isolated.  I don’t know how many flights out there are, their availability and costs.  I think there is now a ferry to India, too.

I don’t know how good Internet access availability is in general, but mobile Internet was cheap and speeds reasonable.

Domestic transport was cheap, but crowded, although the country roads seemed quite empty and the standard of driving reasonable. I haven’t checked the statistics on that, though.  I’d have to check car prices.  Tourist sites can be expensive to enter.

And it was quite annoying that it was too risky to use a credit card as reportedly so many people will copy the numbers and use them.  So I never used a credit card there. And I only used an ATM there twice – the second time the bank stopped my ATM card as the ATM machine I’d used (in the middle of Kandy) had been used in the past for fraud.  I had a backup card with another bank, but this could have caused a terrible problem when I was doing everything right, correctly, carefully and honestly.

What about the future of the economy and the stability of the currency?  I don’t know.

Alcohol prices and availability are not so good, which may or may not be an issue.  And I don’t know about health facilities, either, but apparently malaria is not a problem now.

Certainly it was easy just to communicate in English,  the food was good and inexpensive, and the scenery and variety of scenery wonderful.  It seemed safe enough, although there is sometimes political violence.  If you don’t attend demonstrations you would likely have no problems.

So, after doing my research on these and other matters I still imagine probably would not want to retire there under current conditions.