A few days ago, I got an e-mail through my contact form here on LiP. The e-mail was from a reader named Kevin. Kevin had a question in his mind that he wanted to hear what LiP readers thought about. The article that sparked his interest was the article last week that was written by LeRoy, Retire in the Philippines, is it for me? In his article, LeRoy wanted to get help from LiP readers to help him decide if he should think about retiring in the Philippines.
Well, when Kevin read the article, a question came to his mind too, and Kevin wanted to know what other LiP readers thought.
Here is Kevin’s question:
If you had $1 Million, would you still choose to live in the Philippines?
I am sure that the answer will be different for everybody. Let me share my own personal view on this.
I have never had a million dollars before, at least not at one time. I suppose that over the course of my life I have had more than a million dollars, but when it is spread out like that, it doesn’t exactly afford you the opportunity to do the things you could do if you had a cool million in a pile in front of you.
For me, moving to the Philippines was never about money. A lot of westerners who move to the Philippines do it because they can live here more cheaply than they can in the States. But, that was not a factor for me.
Why did I move to the Philippines?
Well, the answer is a multi-folded answer. Here are a few of the reasons:
- Adventure. I had grown tired of the mundane life that I felt I was experiencing in the States. I wanted a little adventure. Having married somebody from the Philippines, and having visited the Philippines many times over the years, I felt that the Philippines was the perfect place to find the change of pace and adventure that I was mission in my life.
- Weather. I lived in the Pacific Northwest of the USA for the last 15 years or so that I lived in the States. There were a number of things that I liked about the area, but the weather was sure not one of those things. Basically, in Oregon or Washington (I lived right on the border of the two states) you get 9 months of rain and snow. It is constant. During those other 3 months, which are supposed to be summer, you have about a 50% chance of rain most of the time, it seems! It gets old. I wanted to experience some nice tropical weather, and I got that when I moved to the Philippines.
- Extended Family. Feyma and I have a son who has a handicap. Taking care of our son could be very time consuming, difficult and tiresome in the States. We got a bit of help with this from my family in the States, but only a limited amount of help. I do not blame my extended family for this, people are busy in the States. Other thing have priority, like feeding your own family and working to do it. Here in the Philippines, there is help from the extended family to help somebody like my son. That is greatly appreciated, and it played a role in our decision to move here.
So, those are the main reasons why we decided to move. None of those reasons are financial in the least. So, to answer Kevin’s question, in my own case I would certainly still choose to live in the Philippines, no matter how much money I had. Whether you dumped a million or even a billion dollars in my lap this afternoon, I would still stay in the Philippines. There is no doubt in my mind about that.
What about you? If you had a million dollars, or even more, would you still choose to live in the Philippines? Leave a comment below, and let Kevin know what you think!