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I have lived in the Philippines since March 2007 and enjoyed many things that come with living here.

However times change and life changes. This decision comes with alot of thought about my family and my lifestyle here.

I have found over the last few years that cost of living continues to rise. Food and Electric being the primary rising prices. We once never had electric bills over 2,000 pesos. Now we are lucky if it does not go over 4,000 pesos. Our food cost minding that we now have a baby. The cost for our essentials has risen from 9,000 pesos to well over 15,000 a month. What once seemed like an inexpensive lifestyle now costs me more then what I would pay if I return. So the biggest factor in my decision is money. I have to have enough money to not only live but survive on an economy that continues to raise prices. Though some can say they can live here much cheaper I ask at what cost.

Then my son needs receive surgery for his hand. The doctors are just not up to standard. No I am not being overly critical When the leaders of this country wish to seek medical in the US there is a reason for that. Additionally I have medical insurance yet it is out of pocket till reimbursement if and when I get it. So that adds into my decision.

Schooling is of huge concern yet I would have to pay to receive an educational value equal to that of US public schools. Again money plays into this decision.

My opportunities and that of my wife / child are limited by the bounds the Philippines has set for the people here. Thus them rising in the social standard is very unlikely unless we spend large sums of money.

 

For the nay sayers and saying what a horrible decision or people saying I should try this or that. We discussed all scenarios prior to reaching a decision. We must no matter what give our child the best opportunities that life can offer. Those opportunities in the Philippines are not available or come at a high price. That is what ultimately pushed us over the edge for our decision.

 

When May arrives we will file our DCF and begin the process. We are hoping that once the process is started we will have completed the process by January 2013 and fly to the US.

 

The Philippines is a great place just not great for raising a family.

 

Enjoy

Tim

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RandyOdom

Sad to hear that Tim but I hope you and Zol are happy there. We have discussed the same things and maybe we'll arrive and the same decision but not right now. Good luck.

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streak03

You're the only one that can make that decision, good luck with the visa and in the future!!

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Stranded Shipscook

Good luck Tim, and whatever you decide is good for you and your family.

 

Everybody is different and sets different priorities, that's the beauty which make people and the world such an interesting place.

 

Hope to see you once in a while.

 

(And please don't turn into a nagger about the Philippines, LOL )

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CardiacKid

You have hit on the very reasons I would not retire her in 1989. I had 2 school age daughters at that time and I could not see sacrificing their futures. When you're retired. Yes. Probably the best decision you could have made. but not an easy one. Best of luck and I'm sure you will do well.

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Tim,

 

We will be making a similar decision for same reasons but not for another 18 months.

 

Being a family person with many years ahead of education to look forward to it changes the game plan completely.

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I appreciate your honest and clear explanation of why you have chosen to make a change from living here. Ironically, I happened to hear from a fellow who came here to settle and within a year had made his return to Australia. Didn't want to do it, but there were just too many issues to deal with.

 

I appreciate the honest and helpful advice from members in this forum. I suspect some of them are holding back negative opinions. Kinda like someone who took a vacation and doesn't want to tell people it was not good.

 

I have a personal philosophy on the order of "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it". That has kept me from leaving here. I continue to find things that are difficult here but find I am able to adapt. However, there are times when I wish for a return to a lifestyle and conditions more to my liking. Unfortunately, that's a lot easier to talk about than to put into action.

 

I applaud your effort to let others know of your decision. I hope the changes next year work for you and you can pass the along to us as good news.

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Tim,

 

You are over a year away from the point of no return. Many things can happen in that time to confirm or change your decision. Getting the wheels in motion is the key thing given the time scale involved. Plans are needed for all things as you know.

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the.lone.gunman

I hope you keep in touch here Tim. Your posts are always informative and thought provoking. Best of luck.

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RandyOdom

My average electric bill here has averaged 7000 and we practically live in one room. Know the feeling.

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SkyMan
What once seemed like an inexpensive lifestyle now costs me more then what I would pay if I return.

I'm sure you know the COL in the US has changed since you left and have been looking at the prices there. Still, you may not find this statement quite as correct as you envision.

When the leaders of this country wish to seek medical in the US there is a reason for that
Yes, it's called trying to avoid prosecution but I'm sure that doesn't apply to you.[quote name=Norseman'

timestamp='1322468222' post='429514] Schooling is of huge concern yet I would have to pay to receive an educational value equal to that of US public schools

Well, what state are you going too? I got stationed in Montgomery Alabama and it was quickly apparent from the low property tax and other indicators the public schools were worth less than free. So, like most others I paid about $700/month, 12 months a year for my daughters to attend a so so Baptist Church school. When they returned after 2 years to the same school system they'd left in Ohio they had some catching up to do. Most of the southern states public schools suck because of the high number of private school students and to improve them they need money from Property taxes. However, you can't get people to vote for tax increases to help the public schools because people aren't going to pay additionel property taxes for schools when they are already paying a bunch of $$$ for private schools.

As for education it how much you pay to what you get.
Public schools in the US are free up to HS graduation but paid mostly through property taxes. So, of course, they aren't really free. Just having high property tax doesn't mean the schools are good though. Many states have decent public schools. But if you send your kids to private schools, you still have to pay the property tax for schools.

 

Tim, I'm not trying to talk you out of this. Of course you have more time to think but it sounds like you're made up. Failing to plan is planning to fail and it sounds like you've been planning. I pray you are making the right choice and will be happy with it.

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