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Hi there my name is Feyma Martin, wife of Bob. I am going to tell you what’s my thoughts about living here in the Philippines, having lived in the States for 10 years. I do hope I would be of help to those filipinas that live abroad for a long time and thinking of moving back here.

I was born in Patag, Malapatan, Sarangani Province. Studied my secondary years in Notre Dame For Girls in Lagao, General Santos City. Finish up college in Cebu. Right after graduation I went to the States. Bob and I have been married for 16 1/2 years. When we decided to move back here I was so scared, because I was thinking it would be hard for Bob and kids to adjust to life here in the Philippines. I was wrong, I was the one that really had a hard time. After living here for a month I was ready to move back to the States. Luckily, Bob and I made an agreement that no matter what, if we like it or not we have to commit to stay here in the Philippines for five years.

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Honestly it took me two years to finally adjust to living here.

Now Davao is my home, I don’t think I would want to go back to the States to live. I can see also that my kids are happy here.

Well, if any of you ladies wants to ask me something about life here in the Philippines, please feel free to ask I will try my best to answer your questions.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Feyma
13 years ago

Hi Marilou,
I know what you mean. Sure I would be happy if ever we would see each other. Have fun.

Hi Edith,
Maybe we could be neighbors after all who knows. 😉 For Bob and I, we like Samal still clean and beautiful. Good luck to you. Honestly I do hope we could be neighbor someday.

Feyma
13 years ago

Hi Ikay,
I know what you mean by heartbreak when comes time to leave. I"ve been there before. You can stop the heartbreak if you move back here. Your husband would be safe in living in Cagayan. I saw lots of foreigner everytime I go there in Cagayan. My friends that lives in Iligan they are mostly foreigner, they go to Cagayan quiet often. Everytime we go to Cagayan I didn't feel scared for our safety. It's safe in Cagayan.

Ikay
Ikay
13 years ago

G'day Feyma, I wan'na thank you for sending a prompt reply to my query. I rang my former classmate in Xavier University(where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology) and we went into discussion regarding the present situation in Philippines. She also mentioned about Cagayan de Oro being a safe place to live. I feel this utmost concern not only for our country and our people but for the whole world. I hope that everyone will sooner or later realize that all we need to survive in this world is LOVE. Love is a positive encompassing energy, therefore if… Read more »

Lettie
Lettie
13 years ago

It was interesting to read about your experiences with relatives in your hometown. I have to share my comment . I open your husbands website every night after doing a hard day's work and household chores. I enjoy viewing the photos especially of Samal. I may feel nostalgic but contented to see the photos. I am a native of Davao and my family visit twice a year. It was a wise decision that you moved to Davao. Davao City is the best place to live, work and play, such quality of life. share us more of your experiences in Davao.… Read more »

Feyma
13 years ago

Hi Marilou,
Thanks for visiting our website.
I'm glad that you guys introduced us to Bethany Christian Home, It was really great honor to have meet Louise. She's a great lady.
Hope to see you sometime next year then. Good luck to you.

Marilou
Marilou
13 years ago

Hi Feyma, I just discovered this Live in the Philippines blog when I came across a link from Bob's topic Wanna be my Neighbour? My husband and I have been following the Mindanao Blog for about a year now. My husband Jim was the one who asked if Bob could feature Bethany Christian Home for Children in Bukidnon, which he did and we are indeed very grateful. I enjoy the Mindanao Blog and have learned a lot of things. I'm glad that you have decided to join Bob and share your experiences about living back in Mindanao. My husband and… Read more »

Bill
Bill
13 years ago

PS

I forgot to say how long my wife and I have been married. We have been married for ten years.

Bill

Feyma
13 years ago

Craig, Tina and Bill
Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I will try to share with you guys my experiences and adjustments in living here. I hope it help some of you in the near future when the time comes you decided to live here.

Hi Marisol. It was a pleasure meeting you and Craig. Hope to see you guys again soon.

Tina
Tina
13 years ago

Hi Feyma,

Just wondering what you found difficult adjusting to when you moved back to the Philippines. If you could make a list, and why, that would be great. Thanks!

Bill
Bill
13 years ago

HI Feyma, Glad to see your addition to these blogs. My wife is from Cebu. We have been married and living in the US all of that time. We will be visiting the Philippines next Winter to look for a place to live. Plan on visiting Davao as Davao is at the top of my list for places to live in the Philippines. I shared your blog with my wife. Her response was that she does not think she will have any difficulty readjusting to life in the Philippines. We will be reading your future blogs with great interest. Thanks,… Read more »

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