Wednesday, November 1, 2017
With most of the year behind us I can't help but feel a little bereft. Time seems to be zooming by and that's probably also to do with all the activity in my life and the weight of many things happening across the island. There's still plenty to keep me busy over the next couple of months, such as a few blog posts, including part 2 of the two-part blog post on A Word of Caution on Investing in Sri Lanka.
We are supposed to be heading towards the better part of the year and a bit of a winding down into the holiday season. Peak tourist season is drawing near and the island will be busy with holiday-makers, adventurers and returning expat Sri Lankans.
I haven't quite sorted out my plans for the festive season. I'm not 100% sure whether I'm coming or going this year. Usually I'd have already decided whether to head back to spend the holidays with family or have made travel plans to meet up with friends, or decided to kick back on the island. Not too sure at this stage and probably not too bothered, though my family will probably have something to say about that. What are your plans for the festive season? Will you be staying on the island, or returning to spend it with family and friends, or venturing elsewhere?
Monday, October 30, 2017
There are many reasons why people look for opportunities to invest in post-war Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is still very much a developing country. Prior to the war Sri Lanka was considered one of the brightest emerging economies in South Asia. So there is undoubtedly plenty of opportunity for investors in the rebuilding and development of post-war Sri Lanka. Additionally, Sri Lanka has a forecast of around 4.5% to 5% GDP growth, which is higher than most countries globally.
In the past two years, almost every country via their embassy or trade development arm has entered Sri Lanka looking for investment opportunities. Areas for investment have included infrastructure projects, finance deals, mining and exploration, industry development, export initiatives, tourism and hospitality projects, large-scale property development, management consultancy and more. Plus, there are individual foreign investors also seeking investment opportunities in the stock market, property development, angel investing, or to set up small to medium-sized businesses and so on.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
As an expat in Sri Lanka, I've seen my fair share of expats coming and going, yet I've always considered myself to be in for the long-haul. You've probably read that sentiment in many of my blog posts. But even so, I think as an expat it's important to regularly assess how things are going and whether expat life still works for you. This helps to keep you healthy and honest.
As with all things in life, change is the constant and it can have a positive or negative effect. In my case, plenty of change over the past decade has been largely positive, but in recent times, certain things have started to make me question whether this is still the right place for me.
One incident that happened a few months ago provides a good example of one of the things that has contributed to my current thought process. I was coming out the back of my house to the little herb garden to pluck some herbs. After doing that, I walked round to the front garden to gather some of the mangoes that had fallen from my fruiting mango trees. It was then that I stumbled upon an intruder up in one of my mango trees.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Whether the expat experience is for a short-term placement, a one-year stint, or longer, the answer to the question of how to be a successful expat is much the same. Naturally, there may be some subtle differences as to how success feels for each individual, but essentially the desired outcome is the same.
Over the years I've learned a number of things about living as an expat in Sri Lanka. I've compiled a list of what I think contributes to a successful expat experience on the island. I hope you find something useful from the list.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
What has always attracted me about Sri Lankan life is its simplicity. If you don't complicate it, life on the island can be pretty darn good in its simplicity. And simplicity equates to the mundane stuff of life - eating, drinking, working, playing, engaging and sleeping, then repeat. With simplicity comes a certain level of ease and I think this is what contributes to the essence of Sri Lanka assuming that you don't complicate it unnecessarily (which is actually easier to do than one would think).