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English is part of the schooling here and 99% of anything that is readable is in English.

The exchange rate is at an average of 40-1...

Cost of living is generally very cheap.

Over all, the people here are beautiful and humble.

ADVICE...

Do-not get into a relationship with a Pinay if you will not accept her Family bond. It is as important to them as life and death.

I will beat Gene to this point....Come here and stay for at leat 6 months and see if it is really what you want..

An Australia last June 2011 met his girl on the internet and and in Sept. he moved to Ipil north of Zamboanga City and married his girl. 6 weeks later in October he was kidnapped and until now is still in the hands of these people.

He did not do his home work..regards

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English is part of the schooling here and 99% of anything that is readable is in English.

The exchange rate is at an average of 40-1...

Cost of living is generally very cheap.

Over all, the people here are beautiful and humble.

ADVICE...

Do-not get into a relationship with a Pinay if you will not accept her Family bond. It is as important to them as life and death.

I will beat Gene to this point....Come here and stay for at leat 6 months and see if it is really what you want..

An Australia last June 2011 met his girl on the internet and and in Sept. he moved to Ipil north of Zamboanga City and married his girl. 6 weeks later in October he was kidnapped and until now is still in the hands of these people.

He did not do his home work..regards
You sly dog--you took the words right outa my mouth-er-ahh-keyboard that is.
But as usual, you are 100% correct in your assessment and advise. This really is a great country to live in as far as I'm concerned and would NEVER return to living in the states. But using extreme caution and doing lots of study and spending time here before any move will help you to live the life you want and enjoy it. And most importantly, hopefully save your skin by not making bad mistakes in judgment...

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I was stationed in Subic at Cubic Pt. from 1986-1990. I was a U.S. Navy photographer and aircrewman and I met a my wife while stationed there and we lived in Barrio Barretto. We visited every so often and still love it there. We have a great family there and a hectare of beach with a small cinder finder block house.

We plan to retire there in about 4 years. Overall I love the people and atmosphere of the Philippines, our little place on the beach, the sunsets, and kayaking. I can't wait to travel throughout the islands and Asia with my beautiful wife and camera.

I've spent enough time there to know things aren't perfect there but the good definitely outweighs the bad. See you lucky expats in about 4 years.
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Good to have you here in the site. Know exactly what you mean. I lived just north of you in the Grand Island/Columbus NE area and bailed outa there in 2003. Still here, married and love it in the islands! Can't imagine ever going back. The area where you are going to move is still a great place. The old base as you probably know is still in fairly good shape with new businesses and even a shopping mall now on base. Plus a new highway, it takes only about 30 minutes to get over to Angeles for more malls and good restaurants.

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I have been reading some posts here and have observed that most expats who post threads are married to Filipinas and are thinking or have retired in the Philippines - Why?
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The other place I would seriously consider is Ecuador. The language problem would mean learning Spanish or missing out on much of what Ecuador has to offer. Although not as inexpensive as the Philippines, it is the manana life style on $1,000 a month for Andes living. This is temperatures up to 75 in the daytime and down to 50 at night, or beaches with typical tropical weather. Very little extreme weather, no typhoons or hurricanes, a wet season and a dry season. I would suggest checking out International Living magazine to get a better idea. This month also has a story about a man who retired to Cebu in the Philippines.
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If I was not married and with what I know now, I would consider Panama to retire. It is close to my family in the US and dollars can be spent there. Do not get me wrong, I still love the Philippines.
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Even with the bad reputation from the past, Colombia is getting to be a place of choice for expat retirees; same with Peru and even Belize. South America really does have a lot to offer.
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the thing that worries me about the Philippines is temptation.. most of the girls there are extremely attractive / liberated and we all know how some prefer foreign gentlemen.
Even the most faithful and level headed family guys i know have been tempted at one time or another.

being from UK i would just retire to spain in i wanted sun. now the euro is wrecking their economy some property dealers and doing buy one get one free on houses!

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the thing that worries me about the Philippines is temptation.. most of the girls there are extremely attractive / liberated and we all know how some prefer foreign gentlemen.
Even the most faithful and level headed family guys i know have been tempted at one time or another.

being from UK i would just retire to spain in i wanted sun. now the euro is wrecking their economy some property dealers and doing buy one get one free on houses!
I've seen many guys ruin their marriage by doing wrong things here in paradise, but I feel that if a person is happily married and committed to their marriage, location will not or should not make a difference. We have been living within a 20 minute ride of Angeles City/Balibago for over nine years and can honestly say that I've not been tempted in all that time.
If married to the right one, being faithful is not an effort, it simply comes naturally. Choose your love and love (only) your choice...
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I have been reading some posts here and have observed that most expats who post threads are married to Filipinas and are thinking or have retired in the Philippines - Why?
I am a Filipina, married to a Brit and lived around Asia until settling down in the UK. My husband and I have decided not to retire in the 'Pines at all. Would rather retire in Thailand as corruption is 'set' or 'scaled' unlike the 'Pines where it keeps on going up! And the other thing I can't stand is the attitude of my fellow countrymen just because I am married to a white guy! Attitude is I know similar in other Asian countries but not as bad as when I go home


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