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but i know very little about how to get started, how much money i should have saved, what type of employment is available, etc. I want to live a simple life...desiring only what is needed. i would also like to make an acquintance that can kind of help me learn of different areas and whatnot if i am able to make it there. any suggestions on the first step to those who have successfully made that transition?
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but i know very little about how to get started, how much money i should have saved, what type of employment is available, etc. I want to live a simple life...desiring only what is needed. i would also like to make an acquintance that can kind of help me learn of different areas and whatnot if i am able to make it there. any suggestions on the first step to those who have successfully made that transition?
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First thing I would suggest is to spend lots of time reading the posts here on the Philippines page. There is loads of good information available here and even on other sites for expats.
Then spend plenty of time here in the country. Let the newness wear off before making ANY decisions on moving here.
This is a great country for vacations and retirement. However, it is not a place to expect to find work. Labor laws for foreigners are very strictly enforced and any jobs that might be had pay almost nothing compared to jobs in the states. So to make it here realistically, you need to be able to live without working.
If you come here for trips, even if it is to meet a girl and or her family, for personal safety, do not travel to the southern Philippines. Long story short it is a very dangerous place dispite the fact that some expats do live there. See all travel advisories at the US Embassy Manila Philippines site.


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Which part of PI are you looking at, age, long term plansetc.
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everything gene said,look long and hard on it. Life here can be really hard......i lived with only filipinos for 4 yrs and finally just moved to subic 2 weeks ago with foreigners around. Makes it a little easier...
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everything gene said,look long and hard on it. Life here can be really hard......i lived with only filipinos for 4 yrs and finally just moved to subic 2 weeks ago with foreigners around. Makes it a little easier...
We have lived elbow to elbow with the poorest of the poor over here in a Mt. Pinatubo resettlement town for many years and love every minute of it. Doing business with locals anywhere in the country can be a nightmare but for living, for my wife and I, this is the best ever. I have spent loads of time over at Subic and love the place. I manged the Hungry Marlin Restaurant that use to be close to the Yacht club and loved that too. But for everyday living, for me at least, it's much more enjoyable and less expensive living within their society and living conditions. I dunknow, just seems more of an adventure even after being in our home here for almost 10 years.


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We have lived elbow to elbow with the poorest of the poor over here in a Mt. Pinatubo resettlement town for many years and love every minute of it. Doing business with locals anywhere in the country can be a nightmare but for living, for my wife and I, this is the best ever. I have spent loads of time over at Subic and love the place. I manged the Hungry Marlin Restaurant that use to be close to the Yacht club and loved that too. But for everyday living, for me at least, it's much more enjoyable and less expensive living within their society and living conditions. I dunknow, just seems more of an adventure even after being in our home here for almost 10 years.


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I agree with you there also(sounding like a broken record now) I also lived in remote mindanao and it was good,,,,much cheaper living like a filipino to some extent. Just finally had enuff of it. with my cancer and other complications going now I figure this would be a logical place for me. Better health care etc...(maybe) anyhow,,my plan is to draw my last breath here....As im telling him though,,take a long hard look at it,,the rp isnt for everybody. If youre not adaptable think again. I do like living here at the beach and I have 2 neighbors retired marines. One is from 60 miles from me in ohio long ago. Makes it enjoyable. Im standing outside my compound yesterday when he stopped car and rolled down window to ask "are u american?" I said yup,,same place same name,,it was a pleasure to deal with a fellow countryman. I also like Baretto for a little excitement. Life here is an everyday adventure.......thats why Im here. I have been told by those who have known me well for 35 yrs or more that im an adrenaline junkie. They tell me I dont do things the easy way,,,hmmmmm.....I guess its what makes life fun,never a dull moment for me.
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If you're not adaptable think again.
I think that is a 100% must. You have to be able to adjust constantly. It's like relearning all the rules on how to live. Where to go for whatever, how things are done, etc. etc. Kinda like a riddle that you will never get it all completely (cuz they are always changing).

Also, if you are looking to be living at American standards then you will be disappointed. Usually when the first problem comes along that you have to rely on someone local to fix. So like an acquaintance told me.. Set your expectations low or you will always be disappointed I think the frustrations most experience are because of this.

Being able to bounce these frustrations off of a fellow countryman every now and again is a must no matter how good your relationship with your pinay is.

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I think that is a 100% must. You have to be able to adjust constantly. It's like relearning all the rules on how to live. Where to go for whatever, how things are done, etc. etc. Kinda like a riddle that you will never get it all completely (cuz they are always changing).

Also, if you are looking to be living at American standards then you will be disappointed. Usually when the first problem comes along that you have to rely on someone local to fix. So like an acquaintance told me.. Set your expectations low or you will always be disappointed I think the frustrations most experience are because of this.

Being able to bounce these frustrations off of a fellow countryman every now and again is a must no matter how good your relationship with your pinay is.
Thus some of the value of these forums......

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I agree with you there also(sounding like a broken record now) I also lived in remote mindanao and it was good,,,,much cheaper living like a filipino to some extent. Just finally had enuff of it. with my cancer and other complications going now I figure this would be a logical place for me. Better health care etc...(maybe) anyhow,,my plan is to draw my last breath here....As im telling him though,,take a long hard look at it,,the rp isnt for everybody. If youre not adaptable think again. I do like living here at the beach and I have 2 neighbors retired marines. One is from 60 miles from me in ohio long ago. Makes it enjoyable. Im standing outside my compound yesterday when he stopped car and rolled down window to ask "are u american?" I said yup,,same place same name,,it was a pleasure to deal with a fellow countryman. I also like Baretto for a little excitement. Life here is an everyday adventure.......thats why Im here. I have been told by those who have known me well for 35 yrs or more that im an adrenaline junkie. They tell me I dont do things the easy way,,,hmmmmm.....I guess its what makes life fun,never a dull moment for me.
Agree also. I have COPD/Emphysema and am on constant meds now. I know that life would most likely last longer back in the States. But what's do do there? Nothing can compare with life here even with the frustrations. I got married almost 10 years ago here and could not imagine ever leaving for any reason.
How is the healthcare for the cancer over there - or is it better on this side of the hills at Angeles University Hospital over here?
Yea Barretto is a nice area for sure. I like going just beyond there to Blue Rock. The time I spent managing the Hungry Marlin Restaurant in Subic Base proper was a blast. Only downside was being away from my wife during the week.

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thank everyone for responding . guess i should tell a bit about myself...i am 30yrs old, single, no children lol, and i want to move for long term (i would never leave if possible). i dont look for luxuries in life, i am very self sufficient. i have been disowned by majority of my family due to them being in a cult that i want nothing to do with...so i have become very used to being alone and a loner...and i actually like either way. i dont have alot of money, maybe a couple thousand, but like i said, i dont need much to maintain...food water and a little bit of shelter. i dont mind working, any type of work, for a few pesos to keep me fed. i have the survival mindframe...meaning if i have to be homeless for a while, or here and there, i dont mind at all...i am not above anyone, and know i have to start somewhere.

i am just so ignorant to outside of the USA, and i resent this society for not introducing us to the rest of the world ....but i am willing to find out for myself. my brother lives in butuan right now, hes been there for about 5yrs now...married with a little girl. hes not military or anything, we both share curious streaks, and he actually acted on his. he is however, a part of the cult now, so he is very little help to me . they are trying to move back here next year anyway...

im not picky, choosey, or demanding...i am VERY adaptable and yielding, and i get a high from unexpectance and adventure. i am not afraid of anything, and i mean anything (not even death). i am ready to make this move, i just need to know how to make it.
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