Today, I would like to welcome aboard a new writer here on LiP, Scott Fortune! Scott is not yet living in the Philippines, but he is going through the process of preparing to do so, and he will be focusing on that process. For anybody who wants to move to and live in the Philippines, there are preparations that need to be made, and Scott is going to let us go through that process with him. Welcome aboard, Scott, we are happy to have you here! MindanaoBob
My name is Scott Fortune. My wife, Joanne, and I have been married for 2 and one half years now. We were planning on moving to the Philippines when I turned fifty-one, which is when I would have been able to retire with a full retirement. However, last year fate steps in, as we all know it does, and altered our plans. With a back injury, the pain is pretty bad, but it is much worse here in Michigan where we currently live. So, we have decided to make the move to a warmer climate for my health. And why not do what we were planning on doing when I turned fifty-one, now!? So, while my back keeps me from doing much manual labor, my brain is at full functioning capacity. While I might not have been born with a V16 brain(motor-city reference) I do feel I have at least a small V8 capacity, and it works like a champ. Well, as good as a 40 year old engine does. As you can tell, I like to joke around, and don’t have a problem being the brunt of the jokes, as long as I’m the one telling them.
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Anyway, my brain has not stopped working. I eat, drink, and sleep the Philippines now. It’s become my passion, and my way of life, despite the fact that I am 8,000 miles away. You may have read some of my forum questions about various topics for the Philippines. That’s because I crave information. I don’t like to go into a situation unless I have as much information that I can possibly have prior to beginning a venture, quest, job, or in this case retirement.
I will say that it is difficult for me to come to the realization that my body is unable to do the things that it once could. It is difficult to know that I need to rely on others for help doing some of the simple tasks. So, what to do? Well, for one, I’ve got to have warmer weather. This past winter has certainly proven that to me. And I am probably going to need a support group(family/friends) to rely on for things should my condition get worse. This is also where the Philippines comes into play. I have never seen the kind of family support , love, and unconditional help that the Filipino family provides one another.
We are making this move at my request, and my wife has generously agreed to the move. She misses her family, and I am sure that she will love seeing them again, as she has not seen them since she came here in 2009. But, I am hoping that this move will be one that not only brings us closer to each other, but helps us to become a closer family with hers she left behind for the sake of love.
My articles will first be of our process of preparing to move to the Philippines, and then our adjustment to our move, and finally our continued life in the Philippines. I look forward to each of these articles, as each one means that we have taken one more step to our Philippines destination.