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Why live in the Philippines?

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Hi Everyone

I have just joined but have been interested in living in the Philippines for a few years ( I am single).

I am planning to spend a few months travelling around the Philippines early next year before making a permanent move - if the virus allows it.

I prefer the Philippines to other Asian countries as I like the culture, they can speak English and its a beautiful place to live.

However, other than Thailand I have limited travels to Asian countries like Vietnam or Cambodia.

My question is for those who have lived in other Asian countries why did you settle on the Philippines - what advantages or disadvantages did you find?

Thanks Neil

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I have not lived in other Asian countries so cannot offer an answer.  But I did want to welcome you to the forum. :thumbsup:

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8 minutes ago, Side show said:

why did you settle on the Philippines

Welcome to the forum Side. :hello:

I think you will find that most of us are married to Filipina women or had a Filipina girl friend prior to moving to the Philippines.

Then the reasons to stay are that most here on the forum are retired and the cost of living is lower than the home country. As you said english is widely spoken. After these basik reasons you will find all sorts of other minor reasons but those are the big ones in my opinion :thumbsup:

 

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I enjoy living here because the people are foreigner friendly in the provinces. They are quick to smile and have a positive disposition when politely approached. They focus on living in the present and are appreciative to secure the survival basics of human life. The majority of people here do not feel entitled to much of anything, unlike citizens of western societies, where the list is endless. 

You can live a simpler life here if you wish, and choose the level of technology and complexity to engage in. That's not always possible anymore in many advanced countries. 

You do have to either adapt to, or ameliorate the discomforts that may come with the tropical climate. Solutions exist. But that's a universal problem set that you have to deal with, no matter where you chose to live.  

Living in a place with a high heat index (see air temp + humidity % charts) can be a  challenge if you haven't confronted them before in a continuous manner. Likewise re dealing with insects. Seasonality means something quite different than the places most westerners are accustomed to.

You, yourself have already encountered many of these factors during your SE Asian travels to date, and probably know what to expect.... so I am adding comment mostly for others contemplating moving here who may not have spent time in the tropics.

Good luck  with your future trip here.

 

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I think its wise to visit a few places in Asia and see which fits your style. Im happily single ( was married to a filipina for many years ) but happy to live here . but I also lived and worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan , China and Philippines.. so im very aware of the differences of each country and was fine to make my decision to live here post retirement.

however given some of the goings on with Covid 19 here and the chaotic response , or lack of response from federal govt here and LGU's plus erosion of various freedoms I might decide , post pandemic to spend half my time in Europe and half here.

Philippines is good for traveling around ( if you are ok with buses and ferries etc.. there are no trains) plus planes which were always full and always departed Manila at ungodly hours, but being on some of the excellent islands for weeks at a time, one can have a very easy going life and there are plenty of pleasant well educated ladies with whom you might wish to share your time.

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