retiring in the philippines

Color of My Dream {2}

Anahaw palm

Retirement in the Philippines. Sometimes I think I should just pack up what I can, throw it in a backpack, and head on over. Other times, it seems as though the stars would need to align, or the river to part, for me to be able to realize my dream. The closer you get, the more you keep slip sliding away, so says Paul Simon. It sure seems that way on occasion.

I’ve come to realize recently that the possibility of retiring in the Philippines is a very fragile proposition. Not only is there a good amount of time working against me, there are multitudes of potential pitfalls, some of which I’ve not even imagined yet. Others have hit me square in the face.
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It IS Cheaper to Live in the Philippines {11}

I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. I could be referring to the economy, politics, life in general, any number of things (that clip from Network is as relevant today as when the movie came out), but in this instance I’m referring to what seems to be the nonsense that I keep reading over and over again on posts/articles, mainly from expats living in the Philippines. For some reason many seem to enjoy spreading the word that things are not cheaper in the Philippines. I don’t live there, yet, but let me tell you this, in case you are confused – IT IS CHEAPER TO LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES.

I will give them this, there are some things that can cost more there, but even then, what is their reference? As an example, lots of things in Seattle cost me more than in Spokane, and vice versa for that matter. Overall, Seattle is more expensive to live in than Spokane though, and that is one of the reasons I moved here 20 years. Not the only one, though.
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