How to Quit Your Job, Move to the Philippines and Get Paid

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Move to the Philippines Move to the Philippines?  Hey, that’s what hundreds and thousands of folks come here looking to do almost every day.  Sounds like an ideal thing to do, doesn’t it? Well “paradise” it ain’t, but compared to “working for the man” back in Colorado winters, my last gig before I moved to […]

Start a Business in the Philippines — General Thoughts


Start a Business in the Philippines.  Now there’s a thought.  Can a foreigner start a business in the Philippines as a way to make a living, instead of searching, searching, searching for that seemingly impossible task of finding a job for a foreigner in the Philippines? (You might also like There’s a Philippine Pony In […]

What Would You Give Up To Move to the Philippines?

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Is this really about your move to the Philippines?  You decide. Another short reading assignment today, gentle readers. And then a much more important thinking assignment. Reading is easy, at least if it interests you. Thinking?  Sometimes not so much. Go see what my blogging colleague Seth wrote: The taskmaster premium (go ahead, it’s very […]

Looking For An Excuse Not to Move to the Philippines?


You may think at first this post has little to do with a move to the Philippines.  But read it through, with a thoughtful mind, and perhaps you may just see a connection for yourself.  Or not.  As we say on the ‘Net, YMMV. One of my admittedly obscure heroes was a fellow who designed […]

Retire in the Philippines — No Plan?

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Retire in the Philippines Retire in the Philippines, with No Plan?  Well, perhaps not exactly, “No Plan”, but, then again, a lot less “Plan” than many of you are beating yourself up with. I really think everyone even thinking in passing about retiring in the Philippines should give this article a ‘read’ and come back […]

Medical Care in the Philippines — Insurance Companies Do NOT Own Americans


Medical care in the Philippines and medical insurance alternatives.  Here’s an interesting comment from a long-time reader, Bob from New York.  Quite insightful on several different levels. Medical Care in the Philippines I made a few comments, but Bob pretty much has said a lot that I have been saying for years … Americans tend […]

Retire in the Philippines for Good Reason?

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Retire in the Philippines — Can You? So you want to Retire in the Philippines?  Your homework assignment for today is to go and read this excellent article.  Go ahead, I’ll wait, but do come back, because I have some very specific Retire in the Philippines comments and clarification that you might find interesting. Finding […]

Questions people Ask About Living in the Philippines


From time to time I like looking at the keywords or questions about living in the Philippines that people type into Google that lead them to PhilFAQS, the site where I write about the frequently asked questions (FAQS) about living here in the Philippines. I try to put the more common questions on a dedicated […]

More Bumps in the Night — and Unpaid Federal Workers

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As many of you have already there was another large earthquake/after shock in the sea off Miyagi prefecture, Japan last night, Philippine/Japanese time.  This one was much smaller and no significant injuries/damage has been reported. So the work these guys are doing will, I believe, go on unhindered. Sendai airport was not fully open until […]

Medicare and Living in the Philippines — Does It Matter?


Medicare and Living in the Philippines? This is a question that comes in pretty regularly here at, where I try to provide the answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQS) about living in the Philippines. I always tend to write too long … so here’s the answer.  No. More extensive answers to the question […]

Waiting to Retire to the Philippines?


Yesterday was my friend Bob’s birthday and as I was sending him a Happy Birthday email I realized he is part of a growing list of people I know who didn’t wait and spend the best years of their lives ‘waiting until the time is right’ before they retire to the Philippines and started living […]