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Honestly, do you know of an expat who moved to Philippines recently other than to interact with Filipinas? Excluding the occasional missionary, pedophile or gay has there been any? It is well know back in the day some would move there to hide or start over.

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Honestly, do you know of an expat who moved to Philippines recently other than to interact with Filipinas? Excluding the occasional missionary, pedophile or gay has there been any? It is well know back in the day some would move there to hide or start over.
I am married to a wonderful Filipina ( almost 8 years now ) so i don't need to "interact" with Filipinas and i don't fit into any of the catergories mentioned above, but we are moving to live in the Philippines next year.The reason is very simple. If we move to the Philippines we can afford to retire early and as we've spent our life together working on a farm we are at ease with our decision.

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Honestly, do you know of an expat who moved to Philippines recently other than to interact with Filipinas? Excluding the occasional missionary, pedophile or gay has there been any? It is well know back in the day some would move there to hide or start over.
I don't know whether to be insulted, or laugh my ass off. (The latter would probably be a healthy thing. :yes: ) I am over here by myself...no girlfriend, no asawa, no missionary zeal, no pedophile or gay photos on my computer or thoughts in my head. Comments like "it is well known" try to turn personal opinion into unquestionable axiomatic fact. That won't work, at least with me. In addition, the way you word the sentence makes it sound as if all expats are either a) sexpats, or b) perverts and criminals on the lam. I am neither! What I am is a FREE individual who no longer has to worry about big brother tracking my every move, recording my every phone call, pulling me over at random times and places and impounding my car for any level or blood alcohol or drugs (those of you who think you have to have a 0.08 or 0.1 blood level are woefully out of date), and do any other damn thing he wants, including believing that he can take porno pics and/or grope me any time he feels like it. (Those who don't believe would do well to Google VIPR groups under the TSA...what they do, WHERE they do it (HINT: Its not airports), and why TSA wants to triple the number of such units.)I chose FIRST to leave the nanny/police state America is fast becoming while that was still possible. I suppose, if you want to stretch it, that could be interpreted as hiding or starting over. I view it as refusing to become one of the sheeple. If America had been as bad in the early 60's as it has become now, I would never have joined the military, much less given more than 20 years of my life to defending her. Sometimes, I can't help but cry when I see what she has become, but my staying there would not have made any difference other than probably destroying me. So I chose to leave.The SECOND decision was to choose the Philippines as my initial destination. ...they speak English, in general I like the laid back attitude of the people (the are bad people in every country), the country side is beautiful (outside of the big cities), and they are close to the rest of Asia. If I decide I am not comfortable here, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand are all fairly close by. Okay, truth in advertising...the Filipinas aren't bad either. Not against hooking up with one, just not actively seeking same.I don't believe I am the only one here for other than sex, or to hide. Edited by RetiredNavyGuy
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I'm here for the clean air. Been in the Philippines for two months and have had a chronic cough from day 1. No wonder the average life expectancy is in the mid-60s. Filipinas are the ones with the long, black hair, right? <cough>.

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I'm here for the clean air. Been in the Philippines for two months and have had a chronic cough from day 1. No wonder the average life expectancy is in the mid-60s. Filipinas are the ones with the long, black hair, right? <cough>.
Generally speaking yes, the short ones with long black hair but its always best to “check under the hood” just to make sure what you’re dealing with.

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Why is anyone anywhere? In a lot of countries, foreigners went there to learn the language, then fell in love with the culture and lifestyle, got hitched (maybe), and decided to stay. Since Filipinos speak English, learning Tagalog or one of the other plethora of dialects is not something anyone really does. In other countries, people move there to learn a religion, but Filipinos are Catholic, and that's widespread in most countries. Other people move to countries to learn a martial art, and the Philippines does have stick fighting, but it's not something most people are anxious to practice, getting hit with sticks and all. People move to countries for the nature, and that IS something people move to the Philippines for. I think you could classify most scuba divers in this category, even if they do have a wife or an assortment of girlfriends. Also, anyone who's dreamed of living near a beach (me), and happened to get married or attached to a girl in the process would fit the bill. Some love being somewhere for its history, and that, in part, could relate to any military who came back for memories, or people who came to be around it. I guess the problem with living overseas is finding work. A lot of people survive all over the world teaching English, but that's not very convenient to do in the Philippines, though some try. I'm pretty sure my friend, who went to the Philippines for his wife, would sure as heck come back for the cockfighting even if his wife and him divorced. Then you have business people, but there's only so much foreign investment in the Philippines. It's not the most hospitable place to do business. If it were as open as China, then maybe the types of foreigners present would change as well. Many Koreans move to the Philippines to retire, as well, mostly to do with cost of living. Many others love it for the golf. I think there are lots of reasons to live in the Philippines, but in the absence of strong foreign business relations, not as many as there could be. Unfortunately, men coming for women dwarf all the other good reasons.

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I believe that a lot of us who are married to a Filipina fit into the category of coming to the Philippines for a Filipina or Filipinas since it is my opinion that we partially do it for our wives sake and wishes, as well as if we were married to say a girl from Thailand or elsewhere, then we might have ended up there instead. So I do not think the OP was trying to insult anyone, but like myself, he and I do not always think out all the ramifications and possibles of our thoughts when we post them, and IMHO members should take the whole person and all their posts in mind when they see one post that seems to insult or attack them or others. So for me it is about my wife and her wishes to live in the Philippines, so we do it part time for now, so I can still have my lifelong friends here in the states and she can have her time with her friends and family during the time we spend in the Philippines. I feel that when we marry and take a lady away from her whole family, friends and everything she ever knew, that sometimes they miss it, while others are just happy to get away and never wish to go back. One size never fits all, but in my wife's situation, she has made it clear to me that she is where I am, but once I am gone, then she wishes to make the Philippines her home once again, and thus our back and forth life. So for me it is about the Filipina (my wife) and in our case the Filipinas since we have a couple of lovely adult ladies in the Philippines that we consider our daughters, and miss them and miss spending time with them a lot when we are not there.

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I believe that a lot of us who are married to a Filipina fit into the category of coming to the Philippines for a Filipina or Filipinas since it is my opinion that we partially do it for our wives sake and wishes, as well as if we were married to say a girl from Thailand or elsewhere, then we might have ended up there instead. So I do not think the OP was trying to insult anyone, but like myself, he and I do not always think out all the ramifications and possibles of our thoughts when we post them, and IMHO members should take the whole person and all their posts in mind when they see one post that seems to insult or attack them or others. So for me it is about my wife and her wishes to live in the Philippines, so we do it part time for now, so I can still have my lifelong friends here in the states and she can have her time with her friends and family during the time we spend in the Philippines. I feel that when we marry and take a lady away from her whole family, friends and everything she ever knew, that sometimes they miss it, while others are just happy to get away and never wish to go back. One size never fits all, but in my wife's situation, she has made it clear to me that she is where I am, but once I am gone, then she wishes to make the Philippines her home once again, and thus our back and forth life. So for me it is about the Filipina (my wife) and in our case the Filipinas since we have a couple of lovely adult ladies in the Philippines that we consider our daughters, and miss them and miss spending time with them a lot when we are not there.
Lee,dont want to burst your bubble here but you were not married to a Filipina when you first came to the Philippines as the OP started this topic with,so in effect your reasons to come to the Philippines were the Filipina.

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I believe that a lot of us who are married to a Filipina fit into the category of coming to the Philippines for a Filipina or Filipinas since it is my opinion that we partially do it for our wives sake and wishes, as well as if we were married to say a girl from Thailand or elsewhere, then we might have ended up there instead. So I do not think the OP was trying to insult anyone, but like myself, he and I do not always think out all the ramifications and possibles of our thoughts when we post them, and IMHO members should take the whole person and all their posts in mind when they see one post that seems to insult or attack them or others. So for me it is about my wife and her wishes to live in the Philippines, so we do it part time for now, so I can still have my lifelong friends here in the states and she can have her time with her friends and family during the time we spend in the Philippines. I feel that when we marry and take a lady away from her whole family, friends and everything she ever knew, that sometimes they miss it, while others are just happy to get away and never wish to go back. One size never fits all, but in my wife's situation, she has made it clear to me that she is where I am, but once I am gone, then she wishes to make the Philippines her home once again, and thus our back and forth life. So for me it is about the Filipina (my wife) and in our case the Filipinas since we have a couple of lovely adult ladies in the Philippines that we consider our daughters, and miss them and miss spending time with them a lot when we are not there.
Lee,dont want to burst your bubble here but you were not married to a Filipina when you first came to the Philippines as the OP started this topic with,so in effect your reasons to come to the Philippines were the Filipina.
True, and my reasons for returning all the time is also the Filipinas and Filipinos, my lovely wife and our daughters and of course our all other family members.

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Silly...of course it's ALL about the filipina.And when I say all come here for a woman, I am not talking about that one lone exception who makes it 99% ...retired navy guy, totally disagree with you about the political climate of the United States and the plus versus minus aspects of this great country and you're thoughts/opinions on the nanny aspect, but being this is a non political forum, I will just respectfully disagree.But rest assured, it's the filipina for the majority.There is NO doubt the VAST majority are here for the woman....the rest of the nice things, beaches/diving/balut are simply add on's to create a mind assured aspect that you were correct in choosing this place for NOT just the ladies. Reading these threads always brings a chuckle...and Lee, you were doing the pen pal thing with your wife, came her and married her and wisked her away to Florida...it was a filipina that caused you to come here. You consider this place a dump, just like many of the rest of us....you simply have the cash to live a western life above the dump in a condo. Surround sound, lazy boy chairs...air con, perfect condo, security to keep family away....eating out every meal. Not hard to live in any third world country that style....and it's how I have to live to survive here, a gated community that is quiet, with neighbors that respect privacy among all the big wigs of Davao City. Sex is great, a younger woman is great to keep you happy in bed....but If I had to devolve back into being Tarzan to get it, I would rather live back in that dreaded nanny state, not drive drunk.... and date some woman closer to my age who kept in decent shape that I did not have requests to support her 500 family members, and ate some real food while watching high def football games every Sunday with English speaking fans. Getting drunk with a bunch of old grumpy expats/sexpats is not paradise....BUT, a sexy young filipina is.

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