From the Central Illinois redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Am I Still Living in Paradise?
Is living in the Philippines comparable to living in Paradise? That's a fair question. I've changed the title of my eBook and have taken the "paradise" out because after almost two years of living in rural Guimaras, I have encountered some situations and witnessed conditions that probably would not be found in anyone's version of Utopia or the Garden of Eden. But to be honest, the past two years of living in the Philippines has been about as close to paradise on earth that I have experienced after previously spending 57 years in the United States. (Photo from Flickr by Ian Ong.)
Now before you pronounce me "loco loco," which my asawa will probably agree with you on, let me explain my reasons for making such a statement:
I don't have to work anymore. Since I can live cheaper in the Philippines, even with a lower USD to Philippine Peso exchange rate (currently hovering around 1 USD to 43.36 PHP), I can live comfortably on my retirement income and support five people (myself included) for less than 700 US Dollars a month. I can spend countless hours napping, drinking bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen or "working" on new material for this website. I absolutely do not miss the stress of my former job or the daily commute at all. Having the freedom of living in the Philippines and doing what I want to do whenever I want to do it, is a fairly enjoyable benefit for me. Yeah, it's kind of like living in paradise in my books.
I think I would have to agree with a statement made in Wikipedia about the subject: "Paradise is a place of contentment, but it is not necessarily a land of luxury and idleness." The phrase "contentment" describes my present life in the Philippines fairly accurately. I am content. I have a beautiful asawa. I am living a stress-free existence for the most part. I never have to shovel snow or endure sub-zero weather conditions anymore. I am surrounded by friendly and warm Filipino people including gorgeous Filipinas. I am only 30 minutes or so away from white sandy beaches with refreshing turquoise-colored waters kissing the shore. What more could I ask for? Am I still living in paradise? Not quite, but it's fairly close.