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Old 15th December 2011, 01:14 PM
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Hi folks, I've been living in the Philippines for almost four years now. It will be four years in early Feb.

I have been having the time of my life. Some come here and hate it though.

It certainly isn't all roses. If you hate it or love it really depends on what is between your ears. I think your ability to overcome failures and find work arounds for things you don't care for will help.

If you're looking for love, that can go very well or it can go very badly. I'd expect more failures in that department than success. I lucked out. I've been with the same woman since I stepped of the plane and it has mostly gone very well.

If you have any questions, shoot them my way and I'll do my best to answer them. I don't know everything and some don't agree with me. I am amused that some people say I'm too positive about the Philippines while others say I'm too negative. I must be doing something right to ruffle feathers on both sides of that issue.

Mostly I've increased my opportunities in life exponentially by living in the Philippines. This may be less true if you're well off. If you're really well off though, it could still be true.

Moving to the Philippines is more like moving to another world and not just another country. I was totally wrong about my expectations.

Thanks,

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Hi Rusty,

"Lucked out" in Aussie means the end result was not good. I guess it is different in the USA...

You been living for 4 years in the Phils.. Can I ask where.

I think just about every-one on this board shares your good feelings about the Philippines but I think we should still make aware to anybody the possible pitfalls and our experiences.

We are all positive about living in the Philippines but also very aware of what is awaiting if we mess up.

It is great to paint a rosy picture to any Newbie asking the questions but it would be stupid of us not to make him aware of what is lurking behind a bottle of redhorse, jealousy, disrespect, scams, thieving, hold-ups and especially the pay under the table system.

I am sure you have encountered some of these..cheers
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Yep, lucked out is good in the USA. I love British slang, probably would like Aussie just as much.

Yeah, funny thing is I have almost as many people say I'm too negative about the Philippines but slightly more say I'm too positive. I take that as a sign of getting it about right.

I live out in the boondocks of northern Cebu province.

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Hi Rusty,

"Lucked out" in Aussie means the end result was not good. I guess it is different in the USA...

You been living for 4 years in the Phils.. Can I ask where.

I think just about every-one on this board shares your good feelings about the Philippines but I think we should still make aware to anybody the possible pitfalls and our experiences.

We are all positive about living in the Philippines but also very aware of what is awaiting if we mess up.

It is great to paint a rosy picture to any Newbie asking the questions but it would be stupid of us not to make him aware of what is lurking behind a bottle of redhorse, jealousy, disrespect, scams, thieving, hold-ups and especially the pay under the table system.

I am sure you have encountered some of these..cheers

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HI Rusty,
Great to hear from another American. I have my immigration to do in Cebu City and love to hit my McDonalds. I agree you have to change some of your lifestyle to live here but the life is great.
Hope to meet you someday. I don't drink or smoke so probably meet at McD or KFC. I agree my first wife here was only for money and now I am trying to get my annulment so I can marry the great woman I am with now. You are so right, when you get the right woman, life is so great and I think this time I "Lucked out" too
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Hi folks, I've been living in the Philippines for almost four years now. It will be four years in early Feb.

I have been having the time of my life. Some come here and hate it though.

It certainly isn't all roses. If you hate it or love it really depends on what is between your ears. I think your ability to overcome failures and find work arounds for things you don't care for will help.

If you're looking for love, that can go very well or it can go very badly. I'd expect more failures in that department than success. I lucked out. I've been with the same woman since I stepped of the plane and it has mostly gone very well.

If you have any questions, shoot them my way and I'll do my best to answer them. I don't know everything and some don't agree with me. I am amused that some people say I'm too positive about the Philippines while others say I'm too negative. I must be doing something right to ruffle feathers on both sides of that issue.

Mostly I've increased my opportunities in life exponentially by living in the Philippines. This may be less true if you're well off. If you're really well off though, it could still be true.

Moving to the Philippines is more like moving to another world and not just another country. I was totally wrong about my expectations.

Thanks,

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HI Rusty,
Great to hear from another American. I have my immigration to do in Cebu City and love to hit my McDonalds. I agree you have to change some of your lifestyle to live here but the life is great.
Hope to meet you someday. I don't drink or smoke so probably meet at McD or KFC. I agree my first wife here was only for money and now I am trying to get my annulment so I can marry the great woman I am with now. You are so right, when you get the right woman, life is so great and I think this time I "Lucked out" too
God bless.
I'll put my two cents worth in here also and agree that finding the right one makes all the difference in the world.
Really makes life worth living here with a good wife. Only trouble is- mine cooks too good and starting to make me fat! Ah well, guess that ok if that's all I can find to complain about.

Don't ya hate having to mess with immigration every time? Too bad they don't have an online way to get things done here for people.
Got to thinking about that though just now. If they made it simple and online, there would be no way to charge for extra stuff and thus they could not make their "coffee money." Hahaha


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I thank You fellows for your input as I am still in the USA and thinking of moving to the Phils., but don't know the 1st thing about the process. Is there anyone who can guide me with this?
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I thank You fellows for your input as I am still in the USA and thinking of moving to the Phils., but don't know the 1st thing about the process. Is there anyone who can guide me with this?

I don't know if I can post a link to another site... I guess Gene will remove if it's not allowed (my apologies).

Try reading a bit here: PhilFAQS - Travel, Retire, Work and Live in the Philippines

There is a section on moving to the PI.

Also, Google is your friend.

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I thank You fellows for your input as I am still in the USA and thinking of moving to the Phils., but don't know the 1st thing about the process. Is there anyone who can guide me with this?
Hi Sarge and welcome to the fourm. There are many here who can answer questions and provide ideas for a potential move or vacation trip. Right off the bat the first thing I would suggest is to come to the Philippines. Spend as much time as you can here and get a general feel for the place and see if it really is a place you might like to live.
Land ownership here for a foreigner is not possible. Even when married, land must be in the wife's name. If living here and not married to a local you must renew a visa every two months or so for up to two years. Then you must exit the country and resume the same thing again when you return.
Many different ins and outs in the law here and takes time to learn and get all the good info.

How much time have you spent here in the past? How long ago? And how soon do you plan to travel over this way? Remember we have typhoon season starting in about June or so and that can badly effect travel and even your personal safety.


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I don't know if I can post a link to another site... I guess Gene will remove if it's not allowed (my apologies).

Try reading a bit here: PhilFAQS - Travel, Retire, Work and Live in the Philippines

There is a section on moving to the PI.

Also, Google is your friend.
Hey that is a good site with information. Yea, I think it's okay to leave the link as its not a competing blog site and it does provide the needed information.
Thanks for including that for us all.


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Thank You for the info, no, I have not been to the Phils yet. I am planning on June or July of this year and just trying to research what is to be expected of me. I have been to China and Hong Kong, but, I am sure the Phils will be a little different, I will come there with an open mind. Thanks again Gene
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Hi Sarge and welcome to the fourm. There are many here who can answer questions and provide ideas for a potential move or vacation trip. Right off the bat the first thing I would suggest is to come to the Philippines. Spend as much time as you can here and get a general feel for the place and see if it really is a place you might like to live.
Land ownership here for a foreigner is not possible. Even when married, land must be in the wife's name. If living here and not married to a local you must renew a visa every two months or so for up to two years. Then you must exit the country and resume the same thing again when you return.
Many different ins and outs in the law here and takes time to learn and get all the good info.

How much time have you spent here in the past? How long ago? And how soon do you plan to travel over this way? Remember we have typhoon season starting in about June or so and that can badly effect travel and even your personal safety.


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