“7 Reasons Why American Expat Plans to Stay in Philippines” is a self-examination. As I turn off my Jango internet for the day, I pause to remember that it’s nearing my ten year anniversary in the Philippines.
Return to the States
Several Americans on our island province of Guimaras and nearby Iloilo City have left. They have returned to the United States. A prominent former expatriate in the Philippines from Mindanao, Bob Martin, has also gone back to the States.
Furthermore, everyone has his or her reasons for returning to the USA. I’m not here to say that the Philippines is a tropical paradise. I don’t spend all day on the beach surrounded by exotic bikini-clad beauties as I sip on a margarita. In contrast, I spend most of my time at home with my lovely Filipina wife and eight dogs. That’s “paradise” for me.
Manggahan Swimsuit Beauties
While I’ve visited our annual Manggahan Festival a few times in the past week or so, such outings are rare. Remember, I am The Crusty Old Expat. (Again, thanks to Iraqi War veteran Scott H. for suggesting that moniker.) And while I’ve been disgruntled with poor quality internet service with Globe lately and people looking for handouts, I’m here to stay.
Consequently, I present to you the following:
7 Reasons Why American Expat Plans to Stay in Philippines
7. My wife could never leave our eight dogs. The “puppies,” as we still call them, are part of the family. The “pups” are our only “children.” Frankly, we could never part with them.
6. My wife could never leave her plants and flowers. More “babies” for my spouse who spends hours every day caring for her garden. My asawa has also planted dozens of bananas, mahogany trees, papaya, lemon trees and hundreds of flowers and plants on our three-acre lot. We’ve been at our new home for almost four years and my wife has invested thousands of hours of work on her plants and flowers.
5. Our dream home is already built. We love our 4,000 sq. ft. home and the surrounding property. It would make no sense to move back to the USA and start all over. Especially not at my advanced age. We could never sell the property and house and recover what we’ve put into it.
4. More freedom. While I’ve previously commented on the proliferation of laws in the Philippines and their lack of enforcement, I enjoy my freedom in the Philippines. While more and more regulations are being abolished back in the States, I suspect I still have more liberties in “paradise.”
3. Less stress. I hate to jinx myself. However, we haven’t had a power outage, brownout, thus far in May. It’s already the 20th of May. It’s a first in ten years of living in the Philippines. This lowers my stress level tremendously. Plus, no fiestas have been contributing to the noise levels at night. I let my asawa drive everywhere. I have no doubt that my stress levels would be far greater if we were back in the States.
2. It’s still cheaper to live in the Philippines. While the Philippine peso is not near the 55 to 1 exchange rate it was close to several months ago, the current 52.70 to 1 affords us a comfortable lifestyle. Inflation has slowed to around 3%. While the Departments of Health (DOH) and the Department of Finance (DOF) are pushing for higher “sin taxes” on cancer sticks and booze, it won’t have much impact on our household. No one smokes and we don’t have any alcohol on hand. While I’ve had a few beers over at our Manggahan Festival, we don’t go out much otherwise. Consequently when we do, I’ve usually passing on the beer and other adult beverages.
1. My wife’s relatives will take care of her when I’m gone. Frankly, this was one of the original reasons we originally moved to the Philippines. Consequently, since I’m 13 years older than my spouse, I could be the first one to go. It gives me peace of mind knowing that there are trusted relatives who will take care of my better half as she gets older.
Therefore, those are my “7 Reasons Why American Expat Plans to Stay in Philippines.”
Why fix it, if it’s not broke?