Are you thinking of retiring to the Philippines? I moved to this group of 7,107 islands with my beautiful Filipina wife over nine years ago. Aside from getting used to men peeing in public in broad daylight, there are other issues to deal with in this Southeast Asian “paradise.” Here’s my list of 10 Things You Need to Know before Moving to the Philippines.
Anyone that knows me wouldn’t be surprised by the title of this post: “Crusty Old Expat’s Antisocial Ways.” It doesn’t bother me that I’m probably the only person in the Philippines that isn’t on Facebook. We rarely have friends over. Pool parties are limited to close relatives now. And I haven’t been shopping in nearby Iloilo City for weeks.
For you newcomers, I’m an American expat from Central Illinois who moved to the Philippines over eight years ago. I’ve been married to a loyal, loving Filipina for almost 18 years now. “EXPAT Safety & Security: PHILIPPINES” has never been more important.