Recently, I met a new friend online. His name is Len Jones. Len lives in the US, but has a strong desire to live in the Philippines. He is currently exploring different ideas and formulating a plan to make the move someday. So, today, let’s talk to Len and find out how things are developing for him.
What do your family and friends think of your desire to live in the Philippines?
Well, Bob, I’ve gotten a lot of mixed reactions on this. But, then again, I had the same reaction from people when I told them I ws going to the Philippines to meet a girlfriend 13 – 14 years ago! I was told that I was making a mistake. Comments like “mail order bride” came from people who were jealous “know it alls” come to mind. Even my parents had apprehension at the time. It’s my decision and my family’s to make, though.
I understand that, Len. Only you and your wife and child can decide something like this.
When do you think you will make the move?
Well, Bob, probably not for a long while. But, it doesn’t hurt to lay out a game plan way ahead of time. Right now it’s just in the thought process. I need to look before I leap. Check my “I’s” and cross my “t’s” before I make such a huge venture. By my retirement age for sure. If sooner, bring it on. Right now I’m just taking things in stride.
You are right, Len, formulating a good plan takes time, and it’s never too early to start.
Where to you plan to live in the Philippines?
Well, I’m eyeing up a house in Bacoor, Cavite in a rural area, but yet very close to the city. Has amenities and is very well secured. so, this way I can eat mangoes in the morning in the country and have Jollibee’s for lunch in the city. He he. Cause I’m sure I’ll be craving my American junk food lifestyle. Really doesn’t matter where I am at as long as my family is with me.
I’d probably avoid the Jollibee, though! 🙂
Have you ever been to the Philippines?
Yes, this is my third trip to the Philippines, and was probably the best one. My 7 year old finally got to meet her family from that side of the world. It was quite the culture shock for my young one coming from the USA for sure. Roosters, roving dogs, giant spider, you know part of the landscape. But, she celebrated a traditional “7th” birthday tradition which she will never forget. Nor will I. Not to mention, I was able to see a lot of children who had grown into young adults on my recent return. Also, was great to see neighbors and other family members that I haven’t seen in so long. Hate to compare to the United States, but here, “good fences make good neighbors” applies.
Yes, the neighborhood dynamic is certainly much different in the Philippines, for sure!
Do you have any concerns about moving to the Philippines? What is your biggest concern?
Well, Bob, getting into the right business and really being stringent on your money is the number one concern. Not to mention taking precautions and maintaining safeness. One always has to have concern when you’re out of your territory. As long as the hammock is tied secure between a couple of coconut treas that’ll lessen my concerns.
Ha ha, I hear you, that hammock better not slip! Seriously, though, I find the Philippines quite safe, and I would not be overly concerned about safety here. Frankly, I feel at least as safe here as in the States. You will too, most likely.
Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your move to the Philippines?
Sure, Bob, it is one of my favorite places to go. As far as I’m concerned. I really don’t have desire to go anywhere else on the planet. The Philippines has beautiful people, beautiful islands. It’s become a second home for me with no question. I hope one day to live the dream.
Good luck on that, Len. If you really want to do it, and I think you do, then you can do it! Just keep working toward your goal.
Thank you Len, for taking the time to answer my questions! I really appreciate it a lot. Good luck on your plans, I hope everything works out great for you!