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Why Live in Davao

I have written the reasons for leaving America for Davao City in the Philippines, but I have not written why.

Besides the obvious, I have no job and my fiancée lives there, why move to a “3rd world country”?

Well, yes, you can live comfortable on a lot less then in America, but there are other advantages.
The fist advantage for me is Elena’s family. Currently she has 3 nieces living with her while they attend Nursing School. The girls have an older brother that lives in Davao City too. They are originally from Bislig, which is a small city. Davao is a big City and has some of the best colleges and universities on Mindanao.

While Elena’s mom was alive, the family would come to Davao for their university schooling and live with her. Since Elena had moved in with her mom when she got a job in Davao, now that Mom is gone, Elena is there to take care of and watch over the girls.

Over the 3 years I have known Elena, and my 3 trips there, I am already known as Uncle Bruce. All of Elena’s family have accepted me and love me as much as I love all of them.

Back to the whys.
The Philippine mentality is more family and neighbor orientated then America. In America we have been driven to work hard, earn money to have all our “stuff” and our “stuff” has to be bigger, better and more expensive then everyone elses “stuff”.

In the Philippines, people are happy with a nice home, and loving family to spend time with. They are not always running out to go to clubs or buying the latest fashions just to keep up with the “Jones'”

In the Philippines, from what I have experienced, is so different. Elena’s family has excepted me as family. When her nieces and nephews heard I lost my job, was moving there, but will not be the “Rich American” they have already told Elena and me “not to worry, we will take care of you”

I hope never to need their assistance, but it is wonderful how they have promised to send us money each month to help support us.

Elena has already told me, even if she stays home, I need to go out to restaurants to get foods I am used to, at least once a week. I have told her we both will go only if we can afford it. We are a Team and share the good and the bad together.

One cute story to show how they think about me there. Elena was telling the girls how I want chores to do to keep me active while living there. The youngest said to Elena “what does Uncle Bruce plan to do, sweep the house each day?” Elena said “yes” and her niece responded “no, that is our job. Uncle is to just relax as the king of the house.”

So, you see, I might not be living in the luxury as I am used to in America, but I will be living a better life of love and caring.

9 Responses to “Why Live in Davao”

  1. Michael Hansen says:

    I grew up in the Philippines, I know exactly what you mean Bruce. Once they accept you, they will love you no matter what. Im glad you are enjoying yourself and most of all, you seem to be very happy. be safe and stay safe..

    Mike Hansen

  2. woody says:

    wow man ur makin me anxious….hmmmmm.well all good things come in time ,right?i dream to share and feel the love of which u speak.i can feel it from my lady so far away.i hope to see her for the first time in august.wish me luck my friend,and luck to u as well

    • Bruce says:

      I wish you the best and hope reality is as good or better than your dreams. When your here, let me know and we can meet at least for coffee.

  3. ulysses says:

    I like visiting your website, i found it very interesting and start appreciating you being an honest man. i have graduated from davao , earned my engineering degree. i like davao mainly peaceful city having much fresh fruits around the city.

    I have bought just recently a parcel of land and planning to build a towhouse for rent in preparation for my retirement income. You know working overseas has no retirement benifits from the philippine government, thus, no other option but to make other initiative to earn a living during our riteremnts days with my loving wife. I have two children who are still very young at age.

    Im planning to be in davao within a couple of days from now, i expect that we will meet somedays at your convinient available time. see you then.

    • Bruce says:


      Thank you for enjoying my site. I try to be honest with my feelings and observations. I would enjoy meeting you and discussing with you any assistance I can give you with your townhouse plans.
      What area of engineering are you in? Also where abroad do you work?

  4. ulysses says:

    I’m a civil engineer, my wife works in government hospital, i have 2 kids daughter, and presently residing with my family here in qatar.

    • Bruce says:

      I had worked with civil engineers here in Davao. When I was in school for computer drafting, I originally wanted to do civil drafting for my discipline. I enjoyed doing contour maps from filed notes. Someday I would love to see Qatar and the other progressive Mid East countries. Maybe you will give me a job there. 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Yes, the filipinos are very hospitable. I am happy to see that you have been accepted by the family with open arms. Eventually, when I do move back home, I will be able to adjust back to living there with no problems.

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