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Why Leave Florida,USA for Davao, Philippines

This is the beginning of the saga of Bruce and Elena, an American man and a filipina lady. I will use this blog to journal my life and experiences moving to and living in the country of my loving woman.

To start off, for about 3 years I have tried to bring my fiancee Elena to America. Well for reasons I do not want to discuss here, the American Embassy has been holding things up.

I have visited the Philippines 3 times. First for a week in Manila, and 2 times in Davao at Elenas home.

The first trip to Davao was for Christmas and New Years of 2006. All of her family was there to meet me. It was in experience having 18 people living eating and sleeping in a 2 bedroom house. Thankfully all 18 were there for just 2 days. The rest of the time we only had about 12.

The second trip was last July/August. This time it was just Elena and her 3 neices staying with her as they attend nursing school.

Then, I was laid off from my job because of the decline of the housing market in Florida and most of the US. I am a Project Manager, Cadd Manager, Studio Manager and Architectural Computer Draftsman (pick what ever positions you like best, I am all).
I have looked, but cannot find another position with enough income to be able to live here.

Well, with the moneys I have invested, and the proffits from selling my home, I have decided to just move to Davao City, on Mindanao in the Philippines. We will not be rich, but we will be comfortable.

To read more about Elena and me, visit http://www.filipinainamerica.com/ where I started a blog to journal her move here which has not happened.

6 Responses to “Why Leave Florida,USA for Davao, Philippines”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have you ever been to the phillipines? Is your future bride ok with you going there, i assumed she wanted to come to America to get away from the Island. What if she leaves your ass there? Unemployment is huge there? What are you going to do there?

  2. Bruce says:

    Even though you are rude, I will still answer your questions. I have been to the Philippines 3 times, once to Manila, and twice to Davao. About her wanting to come to America. She only wanted to come to America to be with me, but preferred to stay there.
    About working, I will not have to work there. I have enough savings and investments to live a comfortable but not extravagant life. I might do some consulting or web based business.
    Leave me? where would she go, she is already home.

  3. Rudy says:

    Hi Bruce,

    just stepped over Your blog. Sorry Your link
    http://www.filipinainamerica.com/ is not working anymore.
    I’m also looking for a filipina wife and thinking about moving there some day and spent some time in Davao and on Samal Island
    therfore I would have been happy to read about Your experiences, even if I’m from Europe what will make all legal procedures different.

    Is it possible to access its contents elewhere ?

    Anyway thanks for Your nice blog.

    • Bruce says:

      Rudy,
      I am glad you enjoyed my blog. When I first thought Elena would come to America I started “Filipina in America” but when plans changed I started this one. Then I let the domain name expire.
      As far as I know, all laws here is the same for all foreigners. The only difference I can think of is getting a drivers license and maybe documentation for marriage. Americans do not need to take the tests, they just fill out the forms. Some people from other countries I had heard they need to go through all the requirements. For marriage the requirements may be different proving your clear to be married.
      Where are you from and when do you plan to visit? Feel free to ask me any information yo are looking for and I will be happy to answer or try to get your answers.

  4. Dan2maasin says:

    Hello Bruce,

    So looking back now Bruce, and I know this is kind of a dumb question to ask maybe, but, “Are you sorry you lost your job now, are you thinking to yourself, it was just meant to be, and you are very happy now living in the Philippines?” No regrets? about leaving the USA, and looking further into employment here in the USA. I think I already know the answer to this, but I am still curious.
    I didn’t realize you had problems with the paperwork and it was being held back, that would scare me if I were thinking of bringing Rose to the USA, but I am not ..at least not for now, maybe sometime in the future for short time.

    Thanks my friend,
    Danny H. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bruce says:

      Dan,
      I do wish the housing crash and the economy did not crash. I was making decent money finally in my life and looked foward to having Elena in the USA, us both working and saving for a better retirement. even if it was in the Philippines.
      I am happy here, except I miss being employed. I became a lazy workahaulic and miss the discipline of going to the office each day.
      I do not want to get into the problems we had, and if Elena got to the States before the crash, maybe we could have survived with a combined income.

      As it stands, with my age, I do not think if the economy comes back and housing gets back as in the past, if there would be a job for me.

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