Moving to Philippines — Will the Family Accept the Idea?
- 0.1 Moving to Philippines — Will the Family Accept the Idea?
- 0.2 Thanksgiving Party 2005
- 0.3 Successful People
- 0.4 Big Surprise
- 0.5 The Non-Believers Were All About Money
- 0.6 Money is not what life is about.
- 0.7 The Biggest Mistake I Made in Moving to the Philippines
- 0.8 But The “Mistake” Worked Out Fine, Anyway.
- 0.9 Don’t Let Anyone Else Decide!
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Recently I received several questions and comments regarding how friends and family would respond to the idea of someone moving to the Philippines. Well my wife (The Unofficial Cook) and I have been here in the Philippines nearly 8 years now … so if many people have changed their opinions I won’t have first-hand knowledge.
The answers to just about all the questions you might have are here on my dedicated Moving to Philippines page, by the way … never a charge nor an obligation)
But I think this account of some of our experiences when we did make the move is still very informative.
Thanksgiving Party 2005
In 2005 my wife Mita and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with one of Mita’s sisters, a nurse in Florida who has been in the US about 18 years now, plans to stay in the US for many more but still plans to retire to the Philippines.
One night we had a party attended mainly by friends of the sister, almost all of whom were medical professionals and also Filipinos or dual US/Filipino citizens.
Most are quite successful, many had big-time investments, some owning two or more homes, several exspensive cars and all the common “toys”.
When Mita and I talked about our plan to be in the Philippines full-time before Thanksgiving 2006 (we made it, PTL) I was very surprised by the polarity of reaction.
About half the guests acted like they had suddenly found a couple raving lunatics in their midst. They were incredulous that a couple, both American citizens, owning their own business would even dream of getting out of the US-normal “squirrel cage” where you run like the dickens to stay in the same place, money comes in and money goes out just as fast.
All this endless running just to “feed” those “fat cats” who keep the squirrels in their cages for amusement and profit … those “squirrel owners” are also called “employers“.
(and in the US, when you are a “mom and pop” business owner, you are even _more_ in a cage, earning money for a whole list of government agencies and “providers” before you ever make a single dollar to call your own).
The other half just got a wistful look in their eyes and voiced that horrible Filipino refrain which I have grown to hate … “If only …”.
The Non-Believers Were All About Money
Not a single person in the “non-believer’s” group voiced a useful or rational reason for being against the move … every comment centered around the concept of “Here in the US you can make money.”
Well I have news for the doubting Thomases.
Money is not what life is about.
But since we all need it to live, realize:
- It is as easy, or even easier, to make money in the Philippines … and our money goes a lot farther.
- If you want to live a “rich” life, lose the phrase “If Only” and just do something about whatever it is you want to do.
The Biggest Mistake I Made in Moving to the Philippines
So far I have only found one big error that I made in moving to the Philippines in 2006. Want to know what it was?
I waited 6 years longer than I planned to/needed to.
I should have moved to the Philippines in 2000 or 2001. I was already eligible to retire, Mita had a good job at a big name Philippine corporation, and we certainly would have enjoyed those extra years here, had we “availed” of them.
But The “Mistake” Worked Out Fine, Anyway.
The plus factor of this mistake was that Mita got to come to the US, learn about life there and attain her US citizenship. The minus factor is, we both spent 6 unnecessary years in the squirrel cage.
Don’t Let Anyone Else Decide!
It’s not the responsibility of your family or your friends to tell you how to live.
It’s your decision. Think more of yourself and choose wisely regarding moving to Philippines.