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Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

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2 hours ago, Jack Peterson said:

 I have stopped reading Blogs now after 10+ years here as I feel that many are written by disgruntled Expats that just never gave their Retirement here the full commitment it deserves. We have over the (Certainly last few years) had members with a Totally negative Attitude and it showed in their Topics and Postings that they Just Did not want to here ( if they ever wanted to be in the First place) I for one will never go Back to the UK for many reasons, maybe a Visit if I could get my Wife and Sprig there ( But that's another story)  5 years only sounds a bit like the marriage 7 year itch to me :smile: ASs many have said and no doubt many more will say and agree? there are an awful lot of people that will not really be happy anywhere. Me? happy as a pig My friends :wink:

I've been here for four years and while I will confess openly to my share of complaining and swearing under my breath, I am reminded of the saying, "Wherever you go, there you are."  You can't run from yourself.

Have I learned that lesson? Alas, not completely.

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15 minutes ago, Mark Berkowitz said:

Much to my surprise, all of my blood work, as well as my urine and stool test, came back with great results.  So, I actually survived my time in the Philippines without any negative effects on my health.

 Well done that man BUT maybe mark, you will let us know in dues course as and when it comes about you will let us know how your wifes heath either benefits or ( heaven Forbid) deteriorates, I hear plenty of Stories of the deterioration of pinays health when living in the West :89:

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6 minutes ago, Jack Peterson said:

Well done that man BUT maybe mark, you will let us know in dues course as and when it comes about you will let us know how your wifes heath either benefits or ( heaven Forbid) deteriorates, I hear plenty of Stories of the deterioration of pinays health when living in the West :89:

Jack, I'm truly hoping for the best health of my pinay as she becomes accustomed and acclimated to Western life.  I will keep the forum apprised of what happens.

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I have lived here almost 6 years and just made a 2 month visit back to Dallas, TX. (my 2nd visit in 6 years).  The first month was fine... but the 2nd month drug on forever and I was just ready to come back home.  It was nice seeing my kids (I was a single dad for freaking ever). I also got to meet 2 grand kids.  I liked the little things, you know drinkable tap water, decent internet, good grocery stores - 24 hour stores even.  But it really felt like a visit, not home.  

A few years ago I offered to move back to the US if my wife wanted to work, and send money to her family. It would also be good to get her into Social Security, and get her a blue passport. She did not want to move to the US. Not sure if she did not want it or she knew I really did not want it ha ha...  

I have an ignored blog but vlog pretty regularly on YouTube (that is why I ignore the blog).  I try to stay mostly positive, without wearing rose tinted glasses. I will point out some negatives, but more as a 'fact of life' than a complaint. The conceit of my channel is basically: "I am having fun being retired, and you are not ha ha ha".  

It was nice to visit family, but 2 months was at least a month too long. Glad to be back home in Iloilo. 

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9 hours ago, Mark Berkowitz said:

At the risk of saying negative things about the Philippines

Bet it wont be long before you are saying negative things about your home country and will be wanting to return to the Philippines. Grass is always greener for awhile. 

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"One man's meat is another man's poison"

This forum act's as a guide to those who are contemplating a move to Philippines, it is very informative and gives a balance view.

So from time to time, we have people who want to say why they decided to return to their home country, in most cases it is because of ill health or the break up of their relationships. others like the OP. just never settled, lets see it as it is, wart's and all.......JB

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I retired here in 2002. Had a very good paying job as a branch manager for a national pest control company. Company car..bonuses,etc. Went back to the US last year for a 3 week visit and didn't like it. Took my airline ticket to the counter at the airport and luckily I got a flight back to my favorite place after 2 weeks. Had to sit in a middle seat for the 16 hour flight but it was worth it to get back home. 

This is my home now. And my GF, son, and dogs were happy to see me too. 

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Some don't repatriate, they just move on to other countries.  It's life.  There is no paradise, but the search for it is great.  There is no trophy for the longest stay in the Philippines.  As JD said:

4 hours ago, JDDavao said:

"Wherever you go, there you are."

So best of luck to all who move "back", to all who stay in the Philippines, and to all who chose to try a different country.  Its all good.

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Been living here 7 years now. Still like it. Sure, there's that 'out of stock' problem and black smog from trucks etc.  But, it's still, in my mind, better than living in the USA.  Much better, considering the SJW/culture war has heated up a lot in the past few years.

 

 

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Kuya John said:

So from time to time, we have people who want to say why they decided to return to their home country, in most cases it is because of ill health or the break up of their relationships. others like the OP. just never settled, lets see it as it is, wart's and all.......JB

Another major reason for returning to your home country is for the benefits and opportunities for your children, if you have some.

I have a nice life here and most of that stuff that people complain about doesn't impact me much here in Subic Bay.  I have a nice house in a quiet area with respectful neighbors of many nationalities.  The kids are in decent schools and enjoy it here.

However, I think the kids would have a better life back in the U.S., so in the back of my mind, I am always trying to figure out a way to do it financially.  Time will tell.

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