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Reasons to Move to Davao or the Philippines

Recently many of my articles have, what might be looked at as a negative attitude about living in the Philippines. This is not what I am trying to do. What I am trying to make the readers understand life here is not the same as in America, Europe or any other “First World Nation.” There are many sites with the subject of living, retiring or just visiting the Philippines. Some of these sites make it look like it is the...

Mortality and Medical Care

I have been lucky since I have moved here. Except for a little athlete’s foot and an allergic reaction to a foot powder, I have not needed any medical care. From what I have heard, in Davao, there is good doctors and medical care available. This is part of what we need to think about and understand before moving here. Just going to a doctor or hospital here is different from what is normal practice in America. Here a doctor...

Living in Luxury in the Philippines

Living in Luxury? What does that mean? A while back a commenter said something that had bothered me. He said when he retired, he could live comfortably in America or he could live in luxury in Davao. He said, to him, it was a no brainer. In other words living here was the best decision. I have spent many hours at different times on this philosophy. In America I have lived well at times and there have been times I have lived...

Look before you Leap

What do I mean by the title “Look before you Leap”? If you have thoughts of moving to the Philippines to meet and marry a lady, use the old street crossing motto “Stop, look and Listen”. Do not just meet a lady online, pack up and move here. There is no way to know who you have been chatting with and if she is for real. I recently received and email. It was from someone who has a 70 year old friend who has had a...

Types of Visas to Live in the Philippines

Many readers here are looking to move to and live in the Philippines. I am sure many of you have researched the hows and whys of moving here but I thought it might be of interest to those who has not. The information I will give will be as accurate as I can find, but realize the laws here change and some of my research might be out dated. So I suggest you verify this information yourself before making the big plunge. Citizens...

Hobbies and Staying Busy

A while ago one of the comments I received was for me to write about “A day in the Life” living here. I felt, unless I did something exciting, nobody would be interested in my average daily life. Over the years, my time at work and leisure revolved around computers. When I lived in California, from 1979 through 1997 I played golf and volleyball. In the last 8 years there I got into the “Country” life doing a lot of...