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Pogi 27th January 2019 04:50 PM

Moving To Palawan
 
Hi everyone,
I've been married to a filipina for about 20 years. I've been over there some 15-20 times and have been to a number of islands and resorts, etc. My wife's family is in Leyte, but we used to own land in Palawan (sold it some years ago to help my business in the US). My heart still belongs in Palawan, and I just turned 65, closed my business, and we've decided to retire in Palawan. I know the pros and cons, so please, with all due respect.....I don't need the dissertations on China's threats in the South China Sea or negatives from those who don't / didn't like the Philippines, etc. I get it, I have a pretty good grip the "risks" or downsides to the island or living in the Philippines as well as the wonder and beauty of the island, the people, the culture, the politics, and so on.

I'm interested in connecting with Americans, Europeans, or english speaking expats, filipinos, and others who are living in Palawan, plan to, or are curious about it. We'll be relocating in a few weeks....shipping our entire lives over there. It's a challenge, but I'm up for it, and am truthfully ready for the slower pace. We are going to try to find a small farm type property outside of Puerto Princesa City....perhaps to the NW of the city in the hills/mountain area, or the Bacungan area. But, we're open to something within 30 minutes drive. We can't afford, nor do we want to live right in town. For now, I have a house I am going to rent from an American friend I met there years ago, and who came back to the US to get his kids in college here. He will get them through college, then return. So, we have his place to rent and take our time settling in and finding our slice of paradise.

Though I am the type that wants to stay busy, I'm not interested in doing much business there, and I know that business is tough there. We will likely do something on the internet and a few things to make some extra bucks, but with a good social security, once we buy a place, build if need be, get a car, etc, etc we'll have a nest egg and an income sufficient for our needs. We'd like to do a little bit of growing our own organic food/animals, do a little internet stuff.....and, I have a few books in me, am an artist, and am still a minority share partner in a tech startup in the US, etc.

Hope to hear from anyone wanting to share, chat, meet up there, etc! thanks pogi (John)

fmartin_gila 28th January 2019 12:12 AM

Just recently an American friend, actually a future brother-in-law, and his lady who is my Asawa's sister had a few days stay in El Nido on Palawan and said it would be a good place to settle if he ever thought of moving here. That is some distance from the area you speak of. I have not been there so its only his thoughts that I am relaying.

He has a condo in Datona Beach.

Fred

Pogi 28th January 2019 12:48 AM

Fred, El Nido is at the north end of the island of Palawan. Beautiful place, but perhaps not the best place to settle. The reason I say that is that it is a bit isolated, hard to get to except by prop plane (which has limited flights) or driving from Puerto Princesa City...perhaps 4-5 hours. They are starting or at least planning a road all the way from El Nido south to Brookes Point (maybe 4 hours south of Puerto Princesa City), but that will be quite some time for completion. I used to own land in El Nido, but had to sell it years ago for business reasons. Too bad, because it would be worth a ton today. But, being so isolated at the time, and even now, it would only be an investment, not ideal for living there. The town of El Nido is small, lacks many amenities and things of basic need. Really it's just for tourism at this point. If they are into off grid living or don't mind being hours away from the main city it offers a lot of beauty and beaches.....and tourists who pop in and out. PPC is the main city there, the capital of the island and has pretty much everything....and is growing like crazy. Palawan is a wonderful place all in all. I encourage one to visit and check it out. John

JRB__NW 28th January 2019 12:57 AM

Palawan is indeed beautiful, best of luck there Pogi.

Gary D 28th January 2019 04:54 AM

The beauty of El Nedo is like mostly due to its isolation. Once there is a decent road will it be very quickly destroyed.

xXEsPaNyoLAkoXx 28th January 2019 06:27 AM

Palawan is a great place which has a lot of wonders. I've been there last 2017 and people are easy to be with. I hope you will be happy and successful in your endeavor.

Pogi 28th January 2019 09:19 AM

Gary, I hear you.....unfortunately, to some extent this is the way of the world and humanity. I / we see the same in every country all over the world. Not unique to Palawan. I am hoping that, at least in my lifetime there, it won't get too bad and I can enjoy as much of the pristine nature of the island while it lasts. In planning to get land outside of the main PPC area, I should be able to enjoy a little of paradise for quite some time. Going in to town will no doubt get increasingly hectic over the years, but that's the point.....live outside of town, grow most of my own food, try to be somewhat self-sufficient without being totally off the grid, etc. Wish me luck! thanks... J

M.C.A. 28th January 2019 10:49 AM

Fruit trees and vegetables
 
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Originally Posted by Pogi (Post 14785110)
Gary, I hear you.....unfortunately, to some extent this is the way of the world and humanity. I / we see the same in every country all over the world. Not unique to Palawan. I am hoping that, at least in my lifetime there, it won't get too bad and I can enjoy as much of the pristine nature of the island while it lasts. In planning to get land outside of the main PPC area, I should be able to enjoy a little of paradise for quite some time. Going in to town will no doubt get increasingly hectic over the years, but that's the point.....live outside of town, grow most of my own food, try to be somewhat self-sufficient without being totally off the grid, etc. Wish me luck! thanks... J

Good plan Pogi, I do that also to help curb the costs of retirement, I can only plant certain vegetables though because our soil is sandy and near the lake I grow a lot of Gabi (taro root) I didn't care for it at first but it's grown on me it's good in stews and also it can be made into fries and chips, hot peppers seem to grow in the back yard well.

I planted as many fruit trees as I could and finally half of them are starting to bear fruits, I have calamansi, tamarind (San Palo), papaya, guava, chokeberry (bignay), avocado, cocoa, manzanita berries, sugar apple (atis), santol (cotton fruit), starfruit, dragon fruit, Guyabano.

msaculles 29th January 2019 01:24 AM

Hello Jan,

Good luck to your move. There is no question Palawan is so beautiful. I went there to visit last year and I loved it. Now, I am on the process of moving hopefully this year trying to buy a slice of land outside PPC specifically at the Talaudyong Area. Hope everything will work out. It's nice to know that there some expats living in Palawan. By the way, I lived here in Florida closed to Orlando.

Regards!


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