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Sadly yes because Obama believes in giving the money that I have to get up and go work for and then give it others who are not working. Now I don't mind those who because of the economy don't have a job, its the other guys who still don't want to work that a large part of my check goes toomad_01.gif

 

 

What will suck is that the US will work to keep the dollar low as long as possible. The PI got spoilt on big money from Koreans, and the Koreans will probably be back spending before we do.

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yes its sucks that the economy in the US is bad and its not a good thing for all the unemployment but and there is always a but... If things were not the way they are i could not afford to get a condo in reno and still keep my house here so when you get lemons make lemonaid...

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This is a very good thread and some great responses, thank you.

I'm printing all this and it goes in the Phils Folder for my future thoughts about our move.

Many many things to consider. Trial runs are mandatory!

 

I had a thought to share, and was wondering if some folks left the Phils because of the poverty over there? There's rich and poor. No middle class.

We're planning a move where my wife's parents are located. Our dream house and one other fairly new house would be amongst the typical filipino home. Either a wooden shack or some half-planned unfinished cinder block (hollow block) building with a tin roof. Usually no ceilings to shield from the heat of the tin roof, a stand-fan, a "ref", a 20" TV, and a couple of flourescent lights.....maybe running water and a CR with half the toilet missing.

And we'll be in this two story house with A/C and hot and cold running water and 3-4 bathrooms with real toilets.

I really think mama and papa would not want to live with us coz it would look like they stepped ahead of the others in their neighborhood.

 

Fred

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I want to thank everyone for taking the time to share their thoughts. I've either lived in or visited several countries in Latin America so I have an understanding of the pressures poverty and lack of infrastructure can impose on one's well being.

 

As for those who are worried about the U.S., fear not the government's solution to the national deficit is devaluation of the dollar. Countries like the Philippines who are heavily dependent upon OFW remittances will have no choice but to let their currencies float and settle where they may. I think U.S. expats should be prepared for 20 pesos to the dollar sometime in the not too distant future (a few years, perhaps?). The dollar will contiue to fall until the U.S. balance of trade levels out. Sooner or later it will be cheaper to manufacture in the USA than to import.

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Admin:

 

"I came to the Philippines to stay permanently very early on in this decade. I came with the attitude that I was going to do what it took to live here, hands down. I would be the one who would adapt and adjust. I would be the one who would change. I would be the one who would accept the Filipino culture as my own, for the most part anyway." Is the BEST advise I've EVER heard. Attitude is EVERYTHING in life. As for specifics, it has been my experience that the only REAL difference between PI and ALL other places is that the PI just don't care to hide it. As I was once told by a friend in NY, "You can't claim to be from NY unless you've been mugged at least twice". :angel:

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For the typical American who is not as adventurous as some, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama are much better choices. A little more expensive than the Phils, but close to home.

 

As for me, none of the things you cited really bothers me, but I've lived in the 3rd world before. If I get itchy feet, I'm headed to Malaysia or Thailand.

 

I guess I'd only advise you to be really sure why you are going anywhere if leaving the USA. Whoever said that Americans are ignorant about geography is very correct. You need to know what your real motivations are and then what your new overseas home is really like. If you fail to understand these two things, I think the odds are that you will be disappointed. And as admin says, if you can't adapt, it also gets to be real tough.

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You got that right!

 

That's one of the main reasons I am leaving the US and retiring in the Fils. I have other reasons, but that is in the top five.

 

What a time to create another socialist program paid for on the backs of the working man or woman.

 

I could have gone to Canada, but too cold most of the time. Could have gone to Mexico, but too many Mexicans. Europe is expensive. Southern hemisphere just seems "upside down" to me, being raised "right side up" all my life. Not sure I could get used to seeing my toiled "flush" the wrong way. :thumbsup:

 

That leaves Asia.

 

So, where would an English speaking, Christian, white boy retire in Asia that's cheap enough to live comfortably on a semi-fixed income? Hmmmm...where indeed. :biggrin_01:

 

 

 

 

 

 

well you wont have to worry here about the government there are no programs here but they still expect you to pay for the ones they do have your just not allowed to benefit..... as for the cheap you can live in clarksville TN for the same amount of money as you need for cebu

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What a great thread! I was almost going to do the multi quote thing and address some of the comments, but really, everyone covered it so well I would just be repeating.

 

So the best thing I can do is compare the Philippines to kangaroo meat, which I consider an absolute delicacy. It looks great, it smells great on the grill, it's best rare to medium rare, is extremely high in protein, low in fat, and the taste is sublime.

 

When people see it cooking, they'll always point to it and say "can I have some of that?", and after tasting it will declare "Wow, this is the best bit of steak I've ever had, where did you get it?"

"Ummm, I shot it yesterday... it's 'roo meat".

 

When a particular bloke, who I did not know very well (friend of a friend), found out what it really is, he spat it out in disgust, rinsed his mouth out with beer, and asked angrily "why didn't you tell me? that's f*n shit".

 

"You pointed it out, you specifically asked for it, you loved it, 'the best I've ever had' you said, but when you found out what it really was, you hated it. You have no idea how to love something for what it is, only for what you think it might be. Your nagging fat cow of a wife proves this to be true. I drove out into the scrub and spent a day walking up and down mountains to bag this meat, and you spat it out. Get out of my sight and get out of my house". Or words to that effect.

 

Yes, it all really comes down to your attitude, your set of beliefs, and your willingness to adapt.

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What a great thread! I was almost going to do the multi quote thing and address some of the comments, but really, everyone covered it so well I would just be repeating.

 

So the best thing I can do is compare the Philippines to kangaroo meat, which I consider an absolute delicacy. It looks great, it smells great on the grill, it's best rare to medium rare, is extremely high in protein, low in fat, and the taste is sublime.

 

When people see it cooking, they'll always point to it and say "can I have some of that?", and after tasting it will declare "Wow, this is the best bit of steak I've ever had, where did you get it?"

"Ummm, I shot it yesterday... it's 'roo meat".

 

When a particular bloke, who I did not know very well (friend of a friend), found out what it really is, he spat it out in disgust, rinsed his mouth out with beer, and asked angrily "why didn't you tell me? that's f*n shit".

 

"You pointed it out, you specifically asked for it, you loved it, 'the best I've ever had' you said, but when you found out what it really was, you hated it. You have no idea how to love something for what it is, only for what you think it might be. Your nagging fat cow of a wife proves this to be true. I drove out into the scrub and spent a day walking up and down mountains to bag this meat, and you spat it out. Get out of my sight and get out of my house". Or words to that effect.

 

Yes, it all really comes down to your attitude, your set of beliefs, and your willingness to adapt.

 

Good post, yes you are right its all about attitude. I like Roo meat and Croc is good meat to, I can't really understand why some people don't like the thought of them, I guess some people just have closed minds and same

closed mind attitude applies to the Philippines.

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I guess some people just have closed minds and same closed mind attitude applies to the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chaz just because someone dont like what you like does not mean they have a closed mind.... most likely they are just not interested ... you like living in the country and riding the jeepney i find that boring and unexciting , I like going to manila to see a stage show , i find manila exciting compared to cebu we are all different .. hence the saying different strokes for different folks

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