I am an American expat that has been living in the Philippines since February 6th 2008.
I love living in the Philippines. I think it was the best choice I’ve made in a long time.
This is not paradise, you have to die to get there. I also don’t think it is a life for everyone. If I were rich, would I live here? I’m not sure. I know I would spend some time here. If money were no object then I might live in Greece, Italy, France or who knows where. I might even live in the good old USA. The USA is a wonderful country too.
Do you notice a theme there? I’d be happy in both places with all things being equal.
A lot of unhappy people leave their homeland and think their misery is about what is around them. It can be. Often it is not.
The number one thing that the Philippines does for me is make my dollar go much further. Now if I insisted on living the same way I did in the USA, then that benefit would go away. If you’re strapped for funds, they will go a lot further here. You can easily live here on $2000 a month. Many do it for much less.
The second reason for me are the women. I have found a wonderful woman to call my own. They are not all wonderful but I’ve never been treated this good. She even gets upset if I try to do things myself. She wants to do things for me.
If you’re thinking of moving to the Philippines, this site can help you. You should remember that sometimes I speak in general terms. Often, what applies in one part of the Philippines does not apply to all of the Philippines. If you have questions about a specific region, ask. I may not know but I will answer if I can. Mostly just remember that what you find to be true for me, may not be true for you.
I think my Expat Manual is a really good value for people thinking of a life in the Philippines. Check my eBook here.
If you’d like to contact me use the contact us page.
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