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Old 27th July 2020, 12:04 AM
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Well guys I've been talking about retiring for years but the lure of a challenging but rewarding managerial position kept me going back year after year, the lucrative pay check helped as well.
I cannot return to Oz so have relinquished my position but advised that I am only a phone call away. They are talking about next year but I think it's time to go.

Definitely a turning point in my life after 46 years of grafting. I have to get over the fact that I am now retired and all that comes with it. While I only contracted for 6 months a year for the last 8 years the farm in Oz kept me busy, 50 acres etc. here only 2,500M2 is a walk in the park, I am glad I sent fishing gear over but realise I need to find more interests now. Pondering the future as I'm sure many of you have done.
Full time here now with only a few vehicles to get rid of there and bank accounts to tie me to Oz. Welcome to the Philippines full time.

Cheers, Steve.

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Welcome to the full-time geezer group. Took me several tries to make it. I first retired in 1990 - only lasted one week. Found another job in different field -retired in 2001. 3rd wife died in 2008, back to work to have something to do - quit in 2010. Then did volunteer driving to transport disabled military Vets(patients) back and forth between the small clinic in Globe where I lived and Phoenix, Az. (about 90 miles distance) where there is a major Hospital. Quit doing that when permanently moving here in 2014. Now I just lounge around and smell the roses, If I feel like doing something, that is fine, if I don't feel like it, that is also fine. I do maintain the property & my little van. Installed a pressure pump water well system a couple years ago and had to install a new clutch in my van a few months ago. Just enough so I don't have a useless feeling.

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Yes I hear you Fred, they are trying to book me for next season so never say never. I simply think it's time to move forward with my life here, no hobbies, a comfortable place to live in, no money worries and in the last 5 months have gained 4 kg's, time to focus and get off my back side me thinks. I'm sure all retirees have been there.

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I hear ya!...and hope to to join the fully retired ranks by end of year when I can tack on US social security to the take home $. It IS great to have time that is your own And a passion or project to work on, plus more time to work out. I really enjoyed my first go at retirement late 2017 and we knocked some US travel destinations off the bucket list, though not the 1 yr RV rental plan to cris cross the whole USA for a year before the first planned move to PI and "paradise". I really enjoyed having lot of time to work on a half completed remodel home we bought and not feeling that grind of working M-F only to have to work on house, lot, etc all weekend. As you and I discussed some privately, only went back to work 35 hrs a week after son diagnosed with autism and the intense programs they put them in nowadays to get them really functioning in the real world ain't cheap!...sometimes $2K out of pocket After insurance, but money well spent as he made huge strides. The suck of it is there aren't a lot of great jobs out there where I can call my hours, etc and needed time off for him....far cry from the excitement of the prior 35 yrs. Reckon I'll finish out the yr working even when he completes most programs in Aug and we'll try replenish savings and better fund the move, even though heart's not "in it" by then and working just to work; so, keeping eye on our Philippines move likely now next Spring and prepping for that and convincing myself I'm working at the courthouse for That. Just hope us old [email protected] can move freely around PI by then, as the one decent thing here in US is that we can All still go out of the house and neighborhood whenever we want, which still sounds off limits there. So!...enjoy the time that's yours and let me know how the fishing goes. I'll be looking for a new hobby and lots of travel hopefully next yr, including a vacation to Oz when things allow. Cheers!
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I hear ya!...and hope to to join the fully retired ranks by end of year when I can tack on US social security to the take home $. It IS great to have time that is your own And a passion or project to work on, plus more time to work out. I really enjoyed my first go at retirement late 2017 and we knocked some US travel destinations off the bucket list, though not the 1 yr RV rental plan to cris cross the whole USA for a year before the first planned move to PI and "paradise". I really enjoyed having lot of time to work on a half completed remodel home we bought and not feeling that grind of working M-F only to have to work on house, lot, etc all weekend. As you and I discussed some privately, only went back to work 35 hrs a week after son diagnosed with autism and the intense programs they put them in nowadays to get them really functioning in the real world ain't cheap!...sometimes $2K out of pocket After insurance, but money well spent as he made huge strides. The suck of it is there aren't a lot of great jobs out there where I can call my hours, etc and needed time off for him....far cry from the excitement of the prior 35 yrs. Reckon I'll finish out the yr working even when he completes most programs in Aug and we'll try replenish savings and better fund the move, even though heart's not "in it" by then and working just to work; so, keeping eye on our Philippines move likely now next Spring and prepping for that and convincing myself I'm working at the courthouse for That. Just hope us old [email protected] can move freely around PI by then, as the one decent thing here in US is that we can All still go out of the house and neighborhood whenever we want, which still sounds off limits there. So!...enjoy the time that's yours and let me know how the fishing goes. I'll be looking for a new hobby and lots of travel hopefully next yr, including a vacation to Oz when things allow. Cheers!
Well Jay I'm glad to hear Wesley is doing well, fantastic mate. You will get here when the time is right for you guys and will then enjoy.
I'll let you know about the fishing,,,,,, if and when it happens,,,,,, my employer was on the phone yesterday talking about chartered flights and immi clearances in PH and Oz. Good luck there I said but they are also trying to get some 200 crew into Oz from the U.K.
Personally I didn't realise I was valued to this extent for them to go all out to get me back, pigs might fly I have told them, stand ready they tell me.
I will know more on the 7th of August. I am in two minds now whether to stay put or go back. Friends have just started up again at Fox studios in Sydney and all crew are tested for covid 3 times a week as social distancing is difficult on a film set. Do I need to go there as it will probably be the same for our gig, introducing new health protocols, higher risks etc.

As for moving freely here? I go out only when needed and adhere to the requirements implemented here, I could go out more but I'm happy to sit at home and reduce the risks, Ben does most of the running around once or twice a week for our food and bills etc. Sometimes we go for a drive but stay in the car and simply look,,,,, the new normal? I hope not.
Stay safe.

Cheers, Steve.
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