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Where to start? I guess the beginning is the best place.

Flashback to 2006 when I visited Shanghai on holiday and first met my wife. Later I returned to Shanghai and Amy and I got married (April 2007). I found a job teaching English and we got our first apartment together. However several apartments and two teaching jobs later I now find myself in a very difficult position. I’ve been here paying my taxes and working in the country for 11 years, but last November the Chinese government decided to alter the conditions required to legally teach in China, and so that’s when my problems began. The said change came in the form of an age limit, 60 years. Unfortunately for me I will hit that milestone in March this year and as a result I’m now unable to renew my Foreign Experts Certificate, essential for teaching English.

In January this year the government made another change to their policies which will help us in the future. The new rule allows Amy to move her Hukou to Shanghai, I hear you all cheering with excitement as I did, hooray I can get a spousal visa I thought. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. In order for Amy to transfer her Hukou there’s a 6 month period of time that needs to pass before I’m able to apply for the said spousal visa. Alternatively I could get a 1-2 month tourist visa by flying to Hong Kong and then returning to Shanghai, however I’d need to do this at least 3 times and I’m informed that getting 3 visas like that is virtually impossible these days.

A quick aside here, as many of you know I’m a British citizen and prior to moving to China I lived and worked in the USA for a period of 16 years. After the first 3 years I could have applied for US citizenship, however I chose not to, believing my British citizenship to be more valuable. Well what do you know, I was wrong, while I can only get a 1-2 month tourist visa my American friends can get a 10 year tourist or business visa, making it very easy for them to visit China at any time. Hindsight is a cruel thing.

Unable to get nothing more than a 1-2 month tourist visa to remain in the country and a potential wait of 6-8 months before I’m able to apply for the spousal visa I have no choice but to leave China. So that brings me to my reason for creating this document and my updated YouTube/Facebook videos.

I’m being forced into an unplanned trip, it was something Amy and I had discussed but we were nowhere near ready to do it, but I have no choice. I did briefly consider returning to the UK but in view of my age and the current economic climate I’m not sure that would be in any way advantageous to me. It would certainly be much more expensive than living in the Asian countries I have listed below.

My plan is to spend the next 8 months traveling in SE Asia. To begin with I’ll visit Siem Reap in Cambodia for 30 days, followed by 2-3 months in Malaysia, 1 month in Bali and the remaining months I still have to decide, but perhaps Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Unfortunately Amy won’t be able to accompany me on most of my travel as she’ll need to stay in Shanghai. She will spend time with me at a couple of the locations to be decided based on her own responsibilities and free time.

Well if you’ve made it to the end of this document you can perhaps appreciate the stress and worry Amy and I have been through in the past 3 months. We have decided once I return that we need to downsize our lives to something more minimalist and so we’ve been selling and moving 11 years of accumulated stuff ready for me to begin my journey.

So that’s where you all come in, I could use some financial support from you all to make this happen. It won’t be easy, financially or emotionally, being separated from Amy when the most we’ve been apart in the last 11 years was 14 days when Amy traveled to Canada a few years ago. Also as this wasn't a planned trip It's going to hit us pretty hard financially. Still I’m trying to look at this not as a disaster or as a set back, but as an opportunity for an adventure. I plan to spend a lot of the time focusing on improving my photography, cinematography and editing skills. I’ll be posting on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as often as I can, keeping in mind the fact that internet access in SE Asia isn’t always that reliable or accessible.  So if you stumble across our channel or are already a subscriber, please consider offering me a little financial help. even the smallest contribution could make my journey a little less stressful and more productive.

Now let's talk rewards, as this is essentially a startup channel right now, understand that I'm limited in what I can offer as a reward for your patronage, however as the channel grows I'll be increasing my rewards for you all. To start with maybe the most I can offer would be hand written and personalized postcards or prints from the various countries I visit. 
Where to start? I guess the beginning is the best place.

Flashback to 2006 when I visited Shanghai on holiday and first met my wife. Later I returned to Shanghai and Amy and I got married (April 2007). I found a job teaching English and we got our first apartment together. However several apartments and two teaching jobs later I now find myself in a very difficult position. I’ve been here paying my taxes and working in the country for 11 years, but last November the Chinese government decided to alter the conditions required to legally teach in China, and so that’s when my problems began. The said change came in the form of an age limit, 60 years. Unfortunately for me I will hit that milestone in March this year and as a result I’m now unable to renew my Foreign Experts Certificate, essential for teaching English.

In January this year the government made another change to their policies which will help us in the future. The new rule allows Amy to move her Hukou to Shanghai, I hear you all cheering with excitement as I did, hooray I can get a spousal visa I thought. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. In order for Amy to transfer her Hukou there’s a 6 month period of time that needs to pass before I’m able to apply for the said spousal visa. Alternatively I could get a 1-2 month tourist visa by flying to Hong Kong and then returning to Shanghai, however I’d need to do this at least 3 times and I’m informed that getting 3 visas like that is virtually impossible these days.

A quick aside here, as many of you know I’m a British citizen and prior to moving to China I lived and worked in the USA for a period of 16 years. After the first 3 years I could have applied for US citizenship, however I chose not to, believing my British citizenship to be more valuable. Well what do you know, I was wrong, while I can only get a 1-2 month tourist visa my American friends can get a 10 year tourist or business visa, making it very easy for them to visit China at any time. Hindsight is a cruel thing.

Unable to get nothing more than a 1-2 month tourist visa to remain in the country and a potential wait of 6-8 months before I’m able to apply for the spousal visa I have no choice but to leave China. So that brings me to my reason for creating this document and my updated YouTube/Facebook videos.

I’m being forced into an unplanned trip, it was something Amy and I had discussed but we were nowhere near ready to do it, but I have no choice. I did briefly consider returning to the UK but in view of my age and the current economic climate I’m not sure that would be in any way advantageous to me. It would certainly be much more expensive than living in the Asian countries I have listed below.

My plan is to spend the next 8 months traveling in SE Asia. To begin with I’ll visit Siem Reap in Cambodia for 30 days, followed by 2-3 months in Malaysia, 1 month in Bali and the remaining months I still have to decide, but perhaps Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Unfortunately Amy won’t be able to accompany me on most of my travel as she’ll need to stay in Shanghai. She will spend time with me at a couple of the locations to be decided based on her own responsibilities and free time.

Well if you’ve made it to the end of this document you can perhaps appreciate the stress and worry Amy and I have been through in the past 3 months. We have decided once I return that we need to downsize our lives to something more minimalist and so we’ve been selling and moving 11 years of accumulated stuff ready for me to begin my journey.

So that’s where you all come in, I could use some financial support from you all to make this happen. It won’t be easy, financially or emotionally, being separated from Amy when the most we’ve been apart in the last 11 years was 14 days when Amy traveled to Canada a few years ago. Also as this wasn't a planned trip It's going to hit us pretty hard financially. Still I’m trying to look at this not as a disaster or as a set back, but as an opportunity for an adventure. I plan to spend a lot of the time focusing on improving my photography, cinematography and editing skills. I’ll be posting on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as often as I can, keeping in mind the fact that internet access in SE Asia isn’t always that reliable or accessible.  So if you stumble across our channel or are already a subscriber, please consider offering me a little financial help. even the smallest contribution could make my journey a little less stressful and more productive.

Now let's talk rewards, as this is essentially a startup channel right now, understand that I'm limited in what I can offer as a reward for your patronage, however as the channel grows I'll be increasing my rewards for you all. To start with maybe the most I can offer would be hand written and personalized postcards or prints from the various countries I visit. 

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