I am looking to start off in Mactan Newtown. I have never been to the Philippines but I spent some time in Hawaii so I am somewhat familiar to the heat, humidity and bugs!! I'm not saying Hawaii is the PH, but a little similar. I know they are putting up a lot of new modern condos in Newtown and I think at least at the start I will be living in one. I watch several Philippine bloggers and this area seems to be praised for its modern shops, restaurants, etc. This will be my base of ops to travel the rest of the country to determine where I will want to spend more time. I understand from my research that female companionship should not be an issue. I am financially independent, so costs while a consideration, will not be a big issue. I am not slaved to a small pension that has me living paycheck to paycheck. I am 66yo and in good health but being at least somewhat close geographically to good medical care is important as I age. I want to look at Baugio City and Taygatay to begin. I will be buying a vehicle when I arrive, and perhaps later on a scooter once I get settled. There are so many areas I need to look at to choose. I love the beach but I don't need to be physically close to one.
I will read the opinions of forum members to add locations to my list as time gets closer to the country opening up. I will seek to obtain the SRRV so I don't need to worry about a visa expiring. I really do understand this type of life is not for everyone, and perhaps I will be in that boat. At least it will give me the opportunity to try it out, and also a base for touring the rest of Asia while I am in the neighborhood. I won't be giving up my Medicare so I will be keeping my US health insurance in case I have a major health issue.