Hi! Welcome to PhilippinesPlus.com! I’m “The Kano,” your host for this website. I’m a 64-year-old guy from Central Illinois that decided to retire to the Philippines in July 2009 with my lovely Filipina wife of over 16 years, “The Sainted Patient Wife.”
I retired after almost 30 years of service with telecommunications giant, AT&T. I absolutely hated the last few years of working there and when the opportunity arose for me to retire at the age of 57, I grabbed it.
I asked my wife if she would like to move to the Philippines. She already had a house and lot paid for in the rural province of Guimaras. Made sense to move somewhere we did not have a house payment.
We stayed at the house in Guimaras for 30 months. Problems with my mother-in-law prompted a move to nearby Iloilo City where we lived in a subdivision for two years.
In October 2013 we moved back to Guimaras and resided on five hectares that we called “The Farm.” We rented the house and lot for 5,000 pesos a month, about 110 US Dollars. My mother-in-law has gone to live with her oldest son in Manila. I highly advise following the “Three Hour Rule.” Live at least three hours from relatives. While most of my spouse’s relatives are good people, there are a few always looking for a handout from the “rich” Americano.
We have built a new 4,000 square ft. house in a rural location in Guimaras and have recently moved in there.
Thanks for checking out this website. If you’ve never visited the Philippines, I urge you to include it in your future travel plans. I love living here, and I’m enjoying a great retirement. It is more fun in the Philippines!
Dave – Finally you allow comments back here and the only comment I can make would be unpublishable!