Cycles are circles. One of the universal laws state circles with in circles. Care to guess what phase we’re currently in.
If giving up US citizenship was a tradable stock on any exchange I would have to suggest buy now and go long. Check out the stats for yourself on Google Analytics. You’ll discover it’s one of the hottest search terms and has been for over one year now. As the saying goes “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Here’s a snapshot of what I’m saying. In 2009 a mere 742 Citizens or green card holders applied to have their status as citizens or residents relinquished. Since then it’s been on a steady uptick and on a graph chart begins to take on the appearance of a stable bull market trend for the foreseeable future. 2010 was up by a healthy margin over 2009 followed by 1781 in 2011. We’re up a healthy 33% in 2012 which tips the scale at over 2400 applications. [click to continue…]
Kathy’s Healthcare Miracle
This is part 2 of Kathy Stahl’s medical “miracle’ story. In this video interview, Kathy describes her experience undergoing only 5 days of treatment by Dr. Frank. At times Kathy you will see that Kathy is a bit overwhelmed with the progress she has made in such a short period of time. That is understandable since she has been battling almost 16 years of unbearable pain as a result of a very serious auto accident.
She simply was not getting lasting relief despite the intensive treatments by multiple doctors and at one time over 32 active prescriptions. At the time she and her husband, Paul, made the trip down on one of our DYD Discovery Tours, Kathy was bedridden in pain for several days of the tour.
I suspect that Kathy felt she was desperately grasping at straws when she heard stories from various expats about this physician called Dr. Frank. But, what did she have to lose. She was headed for confinement to a wheel chair if her pain continued unabated.
Kathy shares her experience trying to get on Dr. Franks schedule and the unorthodox diagnostic methods she observed. You can see the results of only 5 days treatment in her face. I would have to agree…. [click to continue…]
Kathy’s Medical Miracle
We’ve told you about Dr. Frank in past posts and videos. He has an impressive list of medical success stories with expats in the Cabrera Dominican Republic Region. In this video you will meet a lady that I first met in February 2013 on one of our DYD Discovery Tours. In order to explore a possible retirement from Ohio to the Dominican Republic, Kathy Stahl came on tour with her husband, Paul. That was a tough tour for us and for Kathy. We always worry if one of our tour participants is under the weather, but Kathy was bed-ridden in pain for several days of the tour. That really worried us. We learned that this was the result of a terrible car accident 16 years ago.
I can identify with Kathy’s situation. In my younger years I was involved in a boat racing crash at almost 140 miles per hour. I can assure you, with total confidence, that water is as hard as a brick wall when you hit it at almost 140 miles per hour. For many years after this accident I was in pain and walked with a painful limp. The doctors told me that I should just be happy to be alive and walking was a real plus. So I put up with pain and accepted my fate. That is until Dr. Frank got ahold of me. As you will hear in Kathy’s video interviews, Dr. Frank is an amazing guy. Kathy is not the first expat that I have heard claim that his treatments are a miracle. For me, that was also the case. In this video…… [click to continue…]
Today we talk to Canadian Expats about the International Schools in and near Cabrera and explore the advantages of a multilingual education for kids in todays careers. Claude and Marie Josee explain that their highschool aged son attended the French International school in nearby Rio San Juan for over 3 years before starting his college career in Canada.
The multilingual curriculum helped prepare their son to succeed in todays international focused job markets.
Next Claude explains the challenges of his own career as a flight nurse in northern Canada, near the north pole. Claude is on duty for 28 days a month in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees, then commutes down to Cabrera for a balmy 85 degree 28 days. Strangely enough, it is not the temperature change that is Claude’s biggest challenge…. what could be a bigger challenge than that? [click to continue…]
Small Business Opportunities Everywhere
“Can we make a living in the Dominican Republic” is a common question we hear from people evaluating whether to move or retire to Cabrera Dominican Republic. As we’ve said many times, your best bet is to start your own business to provide services or in demand goods to both expats and locals. Wage rates tend to be very low here compared to first world countries, which is great if you are the employer, but not ideal if you are looking for a job. But the real opportunity is owning your own business in order to capitalize on the low labor rates.
We did a recent video interview with Canadian expats Claude and Marie Josee. Like most expats in Cabrera, Claude believes there are quite a few opportunities and he has a few tips on how stack the deck in your favor in your business. Claude also shares a few ideas about viable businesses that he sees the need for in the area.
Claude and Marie Josee chose the B&B route to supplement their income. Maybe that will work for you, or perhaps you would prefer one of the more hands-on businesses Claude recommends.
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Let’s just suppose the SHTF and the dollar collapses. I bet you are missing several key survival tools from your preppers checklist. Have you covered all the bases to keep your family safe in a total financial collapse of the dollar… and the turmoil that will follow? Do you have a realistic contingency plan that responds to a desperate government that will squeeze the life out of you for whatever assets and freedoms you have left in order to perpetuate their control?
Let’s review one version of a simple preppers checklist.
Food – Do you have a continuous and abundant supply of food that you can either grow, buy cheap or barter for easily. I’m not talking about “rations” that will get you through a few months, I’m talking about something that is self sustaining without 18-wheelers restocking the shelves every week.
Guns and Ammunition – Worse comes to worse… can you defend yourself against the angry, hungry people that expect to live off the government handouts that suddenly fizzle out, and the riff raff that resent that you have prepared better than them? Of course, guns and ammunition will do little to defend yourself against an overzealous first-world government. Your little stockpile of weapons and ammunition will pale in comparison to what can be sent your way if you become a problem… or a honey hole.
Healthcare – Of course you should have your first aid kit packed to the gills with anything you can stockpile for those unexpected emergencies. But at some point you will need to have access to real healthcare by real professionals. This might pose some challenges if you currently reside in a country where the healthcare industry owes much of its existence to government subsidized medicine or government reimbursement schemes like Medicare and Medicaid. Healthcare providers in many of these systems are already desperately trying to shift costs to the few people left that can actually still pay for healthcare. Costs are already out of control. Take for example a simple 15 minute diagnostic in the MRI machine… with a $4,000 bill on the other end. Ridiculous! What happens when the massive government healthcare subsidies dry up? Who will be left to maintain the status quo of all those well paid doctors and hospitals. YOU?
Ability To Live Cheap and Off the Grid – How will you handle a major outage of the power grid for an extended period of time? How cold does it get in the winter months? Is your water supply dependent on the power grid somewhere up the pipeline or from your well? Have you really thought about what a shut down of the power grid really means. Gas and diesel pumps don’t work. Water pumps and wells don’t work. Many heating systems don’t work. Communications are typically shut down. Most of the high-tech equipment in hospitals no longer work. If there ever was a case for living a simpler life…. failure of the power grid ranks right up there. [click to continue…]