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  1. Hello all! I haven't been around for awhile, as my 'research' for a retirement country has taken me (not literally) to Central America. But I find myself looking back to the PR, this time south from Manila instead of north. My early interest in the PR was Baguio City or perhaps Palawan but now what I'm looking at is SE from Manila....the Batangas province, and more specifically the coastal areas around Lobo and Laiya? Anyone have any experience there? What's the weather like there when the storms roll in? I gather both areas are primarily agricultural, and not as 'touristy/wealthy" as Calatagan. Thanks for any info!
  2. Now how am I screwing up the quote thing?? LOL So what you're saying, Earthdome, is move to someplace like West Virginia. We don't have any of those here. :hystery:
  3. Ooooo......good point. I never considered that. Some of the stuff she said she was looking at (military or Christian pages) would have ties to me I suppose.
  4. LOL I could live with a day or two of frost. :)
  5. Yeah, that was the first thing I asked, if she knew Jennifer. She said no, she was just sort of browsing. LOL Oh well....yet someone else to question about the PR. :)
  6. LOL I live in West Virginia. Right now it's something like 3* (which is admittedly a rarity, but it does get cold here), the roads have a nice layer of ice, and I'm certain I could exist for the rest of my days without seeing snow. :D
  7. I don't know any of the female members here by name. Not on any other forums, don't do dating sites, and my FB profile pic was put up on the 1st. LOL
  8. Thanks again for all this info! Baguio is looking really good to me!
  9. Is any part of the PR more prone to scammers or whatnot than others? I've only recently been looking at the possibility of retiring to the Philippines, and it's not something I've been advertising. Yet today I get a friend request on Facebook from a young Filipina.....okay, 31, but that's young to me. LOL....anyway, as I usually do I chatted with her a bit. I had assumed she knew somehow the Filipina that goes to my church. Nope. Just randomness. Pleasant enough conversation, nothing really stood out as "weird". Just that my profile is pretty private, so I can't think of anything that'd make someone want to send out the random friend request. Which of course made me a tad suspicious. So what's the deal? Is this the opening salvo of some scamming campaign? Am I just a jaded old cynic who should quit being so suspicious??
  10. No matter where I retire to, I think I will spend my time sightseeing. Aside from the financial benefits to going to a new part of the world, I expect learning the culture and checking out the new sites will fill my time. LOL I would love a "hot wife", but if I'm still single at 60, I can't imagine I'll be dating.
  11. I kind of immediately ruled out any coastal areas as a potential retirement location, simply because I don't want to endure/recover from a typhoon. But as I look at Google Earth, it occurs to me that typhoons generally move east to west (southeast to northwest). Do the northwest sides of islands suffer from as much storm surge? I stumbled across Palawan and I'm wondering how it fares. Volcanos, earthquakes, landslides, typhoons......a veritable cornucopia of natural disasters. LOL And I think I wanna retire there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. That sounds pretty great. :) You kinda made it sound like you save the heated water for when it's cool. Is that a Philippine thing, or personal preference? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Earthdome, can you put a number (in Fahrenheit ) to "pretty cold" LOL Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Tuka, your lifestyle sounds intriguing. I may have to look more into that. Thanks for the input. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I'm really looking for something less urban than Manila. Right now, Baguio City is looking very nice....or perhaps somewhere in the near distance. Reading these posts, I'm finding myself looking around my current home and saying "I can do without that". Air conditioning is not required. A fan will suffice nicely. I rarely use my stove, but I think what electrical kitchen items I need will be determined by how the local food is cooked. I really expect to make heavy use of whatever local market there is. Internet is a requirement. With it, I am sure I could satisfy most of my entertainment needs. Can you get Netflix in the PR?? LOL An "on-demand" water heater (I assume these are similar to the ones in Europe?) is something else I'd want. Tuka, you made the comment about "running water".....is that a luxury? I mean I would suppose in the super rural parts (Nipa huts, etc. etc.) it might be, but is it that prevalent?
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