When you decide to move to another location in the world, everything is exciting. Well, most everything.
Fact is, most people who decide to move to the Philippines have some problems to deal with in addition to having exciting times ahead. One of the biggest issues that causes a problem is often family.
For most of us, it is a double edged sword. That is because most, or at least many of those reading this have family in their home country, but also likely have family in the Philippines. That is because many of us are married to ladies from the Philippines. Because of that, when you decide to move to the Philippines you have your wife’s side of the family very excited – their daughter is coming home, after all. On the other hand, the husband’s side of the family is often distraught over the fact that they are “losing” him to another land. He is leaving, they won’t see him any more, at least not often. It can truly be a tricky position to maneuver.
Feyma are in our 15th year of living in the Philippines and we are still dealing with this situation to some extent. My family now consists only of a brother and my mother. My Mom is in her 70’s now, and my brother is younger than I am, he is in his mid 40s. It was kind of funny because when we left the USA there was friction with my mother, but everything seemed fine with my brother. Now, years later, it is somewhat the opposite! I talk about it in today’s episode of the Expat Answer Man Podcast.
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