Today I am featuring an interview with my old friend, Chas Rand. I have known Chas over the Internet for years now, and we met in person back in 2009. Unfortunately, when I met Chas I was feeling sick, and later learned that at the time of our meeting I was just coming down with a case of Dengue Fever! So, it was not all that pleasant of a meeting that we had! We’ll have to do better next time, Chas!
Chas has plans to move to the Philippines, let’s see what he has to say about it!
What is your name, and can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Chas Rand, late 50s and from the UK.
Trained as a Mech Engr with the RN and spent several years with the Far East Fleet based out of Singapore.
Back in civilian life i moved on into Sales, Management and Business.
When I first read your response and saw “RN” I thought the American abbreviation RN.. Registered Nurse! Upon further reflection, I believe you meant Royal Navy, am I correct?
Have you ever been to the Philippines?
Several times over the years.
Yep! I know 2009 for sure!
Why do you want to move to the Philippines?
About 8yrs ago i started thinking about my retirement, somewhere in Asia was an obvious choice for me.
During my research I met a wonderful Filipina and like they say, the rest is history.
Funny how those things happen! Well, I am sure you will enjoy your retirement in the Philippines! Good luck to you on that.
Do you have concerns about moving to the Philippines? What is your biggest concern?
No major concerns, i think I’ve got most things covered.
Believe me, it won’t be 100% easy, Chas. I can assure you that adjustment takes time. Just be sure to give yourself the opportunity to adjust!
Where do you live plan in the Philippines?
Initially Davao City, then we will take it from there. We do have other options in Mindanao if the hustle and bustle of Big City life gets too over powering.
Always good to have options.
You are right, options are a good thing. I was kind of surprised when you said Bislig, as I thought that somewhere in Bukidnon was on your mind! Bislig is fairly remote, and it might be hard to make the adjustment. But, different strokes for different folks, and only you know what is best for you!
What do your family and friends think of your desire to live in the Philippines?
I have no children so no issues there.
My family are used to me living far away since age 17 so they are familiar with only seeing me now and again. We will keep in touch like we have always done, by phone.
You Brits are a lot more worldly than us Americans! Moving to another country is a very big move for us, but you guys live abroad a lot! Good for you, Chas!
When do you think you will make the move?
Later this year.
So, the time is nearly at hand! Congratulations, Chas! A new chapter in life is upon you.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about your move to the Philippines?
I will be very relieved when it’s all over, way too much to do and organize, (Stress Time).
I understand about the stress. Making such a big move is something that creates such stress, you can’t avoid it. I am sure it will all go well for you, Chas, and I wish you the very best! If there is anything I can do to help you and make the move a bit smoother, please let me know!
I would like to thank Chas for taking the time to answer my questions and share his journey with readers of How to Move to the Philippines website! Chas, you have a big adventure ahead of you, and I am sure you will enjoy (nearly) every moment of it! Good luck.