Today’s guestblog is from Alan Cole. Alan is from the UK, and he and his wife have decided to pull up roots and live in the Philippines! Alan and his wife, Sofia, are in for quite an adventure – lots of thrills, challenges and changes in their lives! Can they handle it? Only time can tell, and Alan readily admits that change is coming! Let’s see what he has to say!
Well as I write this it’s October 2008. I am sitting in my home office and looking out at a typical cold wet English day.
Let me introduce myself.
My name is Alan, I am 47 and Married to Sofia and we have three children 18, 17 and 12 and our intention is to leave the UK and move to the Philippines before the end of November.
What brought this on and why the Philippines?
That is a really difficult couple of questions, for a long time I have wanted to leave the UK, without going on a major rant, it is no longer the country I grew up in.
I also hate the cold dark winters and want to be somewhere warm, my wife also has health issues and suffers in the cold damp English weather.
My Brother in Law moved out to the Phils a couple of years ago with his Philippine girlfriend after many years of living in Singapore and we sent my Mother in Law out to join them last year.
So why the Philippines? I really don’t know, I think, to be honest I would prefer Thailand, but it seems to want to make things so difficult for people to stay without regular visa runs, and most importantly the internet is not as well established as in the Philippines, I will need contact with the outside world if I am to attempt to run any kind of business. there is also a bigger language barrier and of course finally, we will at least have some family members near by.
So the Philippines it is.
We have made a few visits and I like some things and dislike many others, but I am aware that I have to grow to accept these things as they wont change just because I dislike them.
Makati City in Manila has all the schools, shopping, restaurants and cinemas we could need but we don’t want to live in the city.
My ideal would be a nice seaside town with decent facilities, we want to be able to go snorkling and enjoying a more laid back life.
My son is at the moment doing a 4 month diving internship in Thailand after spending 6 weeks diving at Anilao last year. So he should be able to support himself and travel around the world diving.
Our Daughter is 17 and we fear may be staying in Manila with her Uncle to go to college as the course she wants to do is probably not going to be found in the provinces.
And our youngest is 12 and so will need access to an International school.
My wife Sofia has been through the mill health wise and will need access to a decent hospital as she has to have regular check-ups.
So the reality is we are moving and wont actually know where we will be living!
We will make camp in Makati and travel around trying to find our version of paradise.
The countdown begins and the clock is well and truly ticking.
If Bob and you, his readers would like, I am happy to keep you updated with our travels and travails.
It promises to be a rocky road!