The PhilFAQS Story

(Updated 22 Dec 2018)

The PhilFAQS Story.

This site has representative articles about my life here in the Philippines, why I chose the Philippines and why I still still choose to stay here, year after year.

It also will help you answer questions regarding how suitable life in the Philippines might be for you.


The PhilFAQS StoryI’m a US-born and raised man who fell into a relationship with the Philippines going back 15 years or so.

I worked more than 38 years for the USAF.  10 years active duty and more than 28 years of both USAF Reserve and USAF Civil Service.

I “officially” retired in May of 2003 but I have always kept active in many sideline activities.

One of them being this website, which has been online on one form or another for more than 15 years now.  Time goes fast when you’re having fun.

In 2006 my dual citizen (US/Filipino) wife and I made the decision to leave our cold and snowy home in Colorado and move to our own little piece of paradise in Marilao, Bulacan, Republic of the Philippines.

It was the right decision for us then, and we still feel that way.

Would it be the right decision for you?

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Read on and I’ll try to help you find the information you need to make the right decisions.


There are times it almost seems as if there are a certain group of folks who have chosen to live in the Philippines and have dedicated themselves to making it seem hard for others to make the move.

I hate this attitude of “hazing” newcomers and the curious.

Folks, the truth is, it just ain’t that hard to move to and live in the Philippines.

There are a number of things to consider and a few things to learn along the way, but they’re all simple and I can help you with them.  The mechanics of making the move, no matter what your age and marital status are just not that difficult.

But That Doesn’t Mean Moving to the Philippines Is The Right Thing To Do (For You).

Deciding where to live is probably one of the most important decisions anyone can make over the years.

A huge percentage of the people who come by here and read this page are thinking mainly about one of two things (maybe both).

  1. They have someone special they have grown close to hear in the Philippines and they want to live happily ever after with them.
  2. They have heard about the cheap cost of living in the Philippines and they want to move here to make their money go farther, especially if they are retired or living on a fixed income.

These are both great reasons but you need to step back and consider all the alternatives before you commit yourself to a life-changing move.

You might, for an example, find it much better to bring your loved one to the USA and live together there.  This is especially important for his or her future financial good health and it’s extremely important if you, yourself, have a job and are living paycheck to paycheck on a salary.

It is also important to think the “cheap cost of living” issue through thoroughly.  There’s an old saying that’s been around for centuries and it is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago:

The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long After the sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten.

It IS cheaper to live here in the Philippines than in the USA.  But I don’t live here because it is cheaper.

I live here because (for me, anyway) my life is better here than it would be in the USA.

I have designed my lifestyle to be up to a standard rather than down to a price.  I urge you to do the same for yours.

One last caution:

If you are profoundly unhappy (many people who visit here are), do NOT expect that moving to the Philippines will suddenly make you happy.

Your happiness is controlled 100% internally by your attitude.

Moving thousands of miles will not make a sour outlook on life suddenly turn sweet.

You alone are responsible for how you feel, no one else can make you feel anything.



We strive to provide you with the answers you need, based on fact, not fiction.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Dave Starr (AKA Philly)

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