Mike Mull, also known as Ermita Mike is our interview for today. I’ve known Mike for some time online, although we have yet to meet in person. Mike is a budding Online Entrepreneur, and he is currently building a pretty nice collection of Internet Domain Names on which he will build his empire in the future.
Let’s see what Mike has in mind for a potential move to the Philippines.
What is your name, and can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Mike Mull, but some know me as Ermita Mike, because I own Ermita.com and I am most familiar with Ermita and Malate in Manila, Philippines.
I think probably most know you as Ermita Mike, or even more still remember you other nicknames which you used on Facebook for so many years!
Have you ever been to the Philippines?
I have been to the Philippines 4 times, first time being 2006. It is such a long and inconvenient journey, but nothing like Magellan had!
That’s true, and not only that, but Magellan’s journey did not end well for him! Hopefully you won’t share his fate! Just kidding…
Why do you want to move to the Philippines?
I have some business ideas I would like to try, and some of those ideas do require me to be located in the Philippines. That said, the Philippines has so many beautiful women so the scenery is quite nice! (Sings to self: “I’m a girl watcher, I’m a girl watcher, here comes one now!”)
I know all about that. Your reason for wanting to move sounds quite similar to mine. Funny thing is that the plans that I had for business and such are not what I am doing now. What I planned before worked to some extent, but what I am doing now is much better. Things always work out for the best, I think.
Do you have concerns about moving to the Philippines? What is your biggest concern?
My biggest concern in moving to the Philippines is personal safety/security. The Philippines is a poor country, and there are many who may want a piece of you. In the Philippines, you are a foreigner and you must be rich to afford to be there! If you are not Asian, you will stick out like a sore thumb, and you can be a target for unsavory types. That said, I believe that most people attract the trouble that they are asking for. Keep your nose clean, be aware of your surroundings, be respectful of Filipinos of all walks of life, and don’t do anything to harm a Filipino, treat people the way you want to be treated, and you should be OK.
It’s funny, personal safety is the number one concern that people talk to me about. To me, I don’t even consider it a concern at all. I feel it is safer here where I live (Davao) than where I lived in the States (Portland, Oregon area).
Where do you live plan in the Philippines?
I plan to live in Ermita or Malate, Manila. But I’d like to retire in the classic tropical island lifestyle somewhere in the Central Visayas region.
Personally, I could never live in Manila. Too crowded and busy for me! Ha ha, but we all have our preferences, no doubt. Central Visayas is a nice area, though!
What do your family and friends think of your desire to live in the Philippines?
My family thinks I am completely nuts to move to the Philippines! I had an aneurysm last year so that really derailed my plans to move to the Philippines this year. My doctors and my family wanted me to remain in the States until they are more confident that I will not have another aneurysm. I am doing fantastic all things considered. But I have to be careful.
I understand the health concerns. I had a stroke in 2001 while living in General Santos City, almost died. But, I found that I got great care there, and at a very inexpensive price too.
When do you think you will make the move?
As long as my health holds up, and I am able to pay off all my worldly debts and tie up the loose ends, I should be in the Philippines in a few years. (“Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed!)
So this is just over the horizon for you! Time to start making serious plans and getting everything ready for the move!
Is there anything else you want to tell us about your move to the Philippines?
I am just looking forward to exploring all corners of the Philippines. I will be writing about it in detail when I unleash my own site, WelcomeToThePhilippines.com
Good luck with your site, I hope you have great success. After you have been here for a while, we’ll have to do a follow up to this interview and see how everything is working out for you.
Mike, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview for my site! I wish you the very best with your plans, and am sure it will be a big success for you!