People often ask me how I ended up in the Philippines. The short answer is for a better life. I must say, that the Philippines has exceeded my expectations. However, that also required an open mind and a re-evaluation of what is important.
Yes I have a few less creature comforts here than I did in the USA but it didn’t take me long to realize those things were not as important as I thought. Central air, super fast Internet connection (equal to T3), a DVR attached to my cable box with over 200 channels and hot water throughout the house come to mind. Those things are nice but they don’t matter, you don’t need them. Some of these things may be available in different parts of the Philippines, but I don’t have these things any more.
A few weeks ago, I was woken by the sound of the electricity going off. The thud followed by the air con shutting off. It was early on a Sunday morning and when that happens in Northern Cebu on a Sunday you can can bet that power will be off all day. Instead of sitting in Jollibee all day (they have a backup generator), I decided to head off to Bantayan Island wish is about an hour and a half away.
The Good Life On a Budget
Just look at this picture. I’m smoking a $2.00 cigar that would cost over $10.00 in the USA. Sitting in a bamboo chair after having lunch at Tristan’s Resort for three at a cost of less than $10.00.
I’m wearing a hand made shirt tailored just for me. Do that in the USA. Do I look like I have a care in the world? Nope, as I didn’t. I think I look like an old playboy that doesn’t realize he peaked many years ago. LOL That’s not a bad thing. I have a good life in the Philippines but it gets so much better.
Hmm, Maybe I am a playboy, I mean look at that girl. She looks so out of place next to me, or at least she does to me. What’s a beautiful girl like Jessie doing with me? What would be the chances of me finding a girl like this in the USA? Just about zero.
But even better than her looks is the way she treats me. She treats me like a king. Oh she’s not perfect, she gets grumpy at times but we usually are able to laugh that off. I just call her my ornery angel and move on. That’s because of the way she treats me though.
Jessie is ninety percent of why my life is good. My attitude is part of it too. Get your attitude right, treat a Filipina well and she’ll treat you well too. Of course there are exceptions, you shouldn’t judge what a Filipina is like based on the ones you meet online but you can meet a good one online if you are careful and don’t move too fast. I met Jessie online. I talked to a guy the other day that met his wife at Filipina Hearts.
I think there was someone on this site that mentioned finding his Filipina beauty on that site. I had an account there at one time. Talked to some girls with some promise, talked to a lot of girls that just wanted me to send them money.
If you’re thinking about moving to the Philippines, find your adventurous side and get your butt over here!
A word of caution about this playboy thing. Filipina are crazy jealous and most would admit that. If you’re planning on being a true playboy, you’re asking for trouble. Though I know some guys that pull it off. Just don’t promise more of a relationship than you can give to a girl. Even if you are careful, she may latch on to you and get hurt. A hurt Filipina, can be dangerous to the good life.
For myself, I have everything. I’ve never been so calm in my life, so relaxed nor have I had such a high standard of living as I’ve found while living in the Philippines.
Rusty Ferguson is an American Expat living in Bogo, Cebu.