A Discussion about Semi-retirement and its implications for moving to the Philippines
I would like to enlist the help of many of the readers on this blog to help me with something I am really interested in, and that is as the title suggests Semi-Retirement, I would really welcome your views on this.
Just a bit of background before we get into it, about 2 years ago, I was flying Gulf Air from Bahrain to Manila, and I got chatting with a British expatriate who lives and works in Oman, he was an aircraft technician for the Omani Air Force, he told me his story, and I made a mental note to remember it for the future, because whilst it didnt’ seem palatable to my thinking at the time, it seemed to provide myself with an option that might be considering in the future.
My flight freind as I will call him we met in Gulf’s lounge in Bahrain airport, and spent quite a bit of time discussing things about the Philippines during the flight, lives in Oman, and commutes back to the house in the Philippines where his wife and son live.
I asked him how he coped with this and he said “Its not an ideal situation, I would have preferred if my wife and son were with me, but the post is unaccompanied, in any event, I have a house in the Philippines, my wife prefers to be there” no doubt its a strain living seperately for long periods of time, but my wife has relatives who are sea farers and they live seperately for long periods of time also, I had occasion on my last trip to visit one such sea farer who happened to be back in Phils on leave.
He told me a similar story, that he spends 9 months of the year at sea, and his wife and family are back home at the house, he told me, you have to sacrifice sometimes for the life you want, I could identify with him as you have to earn a living.
One of the things I am contemplating myself is semi-retirement, or more accurately, semi working, i.e. working back in UK for 5 to 6 months of the year initially and spending what I call the not so buoyant months in the Philippines, I have another chat friend who lives in Thailand and does more or less the same thing, he is a public accountant, who comes home for about 3 months a year, earns as much money as possible, and then disapears back to Thailand.
Is anyone else on this blog in that position, if not, what do you all think about it, if anyone is actually doing this now, i would welcome your story, and your views, your tips and how you do it, what are the pitfalls of this, and positives to negatives, if you’re not in this situation, have you considered it, what are your views if any ?