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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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Hey Feyma! Hope all is well for you….nice to see you posting as well. Marisol says Hello!

Gary
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Gary

Me too my friend.

Tina
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Tina

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!

Paul
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Paul

Hi Bob – Yup, I agree with that. Think the bird's nest we're trying to unravel goes back to early Spanish times. The "Castillians from the Peninsula" referred to any Muslim (and some non-Christian groups they thought mirrored Muslims) they came across in the Philippines (similar to Moors).

Good thing those "bounders" were booted in the early 1900s! 🙂

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Bill

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 »

NEERAJ
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NEERAJ

HI Feyma, I JUST FINSIHED WRITING TO BOB.NICE TO SEE U TOGETHER NURTURING UR KIDS WITH THE BEST U ALWAYS WANTED TO GIVE THEM SPECIALITY OF BEING ORIGINAL AND NOT FOLLOWING THE RAT RACE. I HAVE ONE QUESTION ABOUT MY TO BE PARTNER LIZA RESIDANCT OF PANGASINAN PROVINCE AND DAGUPAN CITY. WHAT WILL I DO THERE WITH LIZA ,IF I WILL EVER DECIDE TO STAY THERE LIFE LONG.I DID MY GRADUATION IN COMPUTER SCINCE IN 2001 AND NOW WORKING AS A LECTURER.WILL I BE ABLE TO SHARE HONESTY AND INTEGRITY AMONG PEOPLE OF PHILLIPINES AND RING THEM BACK TO REAL… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Gary – Impressed – well, I kind of like that! Jealous? No need for that!

I can't wait for the day when you and I can get together for another cup of coffee, but this time we'll speak Bisaya to each other! 😆

Bill
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Bill

PS

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

Bill

Gary
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Gary

I don't blame you – and I'm impressed / jealous.

Feyma
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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.

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Lettie

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 »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Gary – for now, I think I want to let my foundation firm up a bit in Bisaya. I don't feel comfortable adding another language quite yet.

Feyma
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Hi NEERAJ,
Thank you for your nice comment. Honestly I don't know much about Dagupan though. But if I were you, try to live there for awhile with Liza. It would be hard for me to tell you when I haven't been to that place yet. Good luck to you and Liza.

Hi Lettie,
I'm glad you enjoy seeing the photos of Davao. I am treated good here in Davao, we would not stay here this long if we're not happy here. Maybe when you come for a visit let me know and we could hangout.

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Ikay

Hi, my name is Ikay. Cagayan de Oro city is my hometown although I now live in Australia for 15 years. I've been back in Cagayan de oro many times with my husband, and have been experiencing many heart breaking moments when it's time to leave. The lenght of time I spent living in Australia has not changed the longing in my heart to be back home and never to leave again. My husband is willing to try calling Cagayan de Oro city our permanent home. However, I am a little worried about his safety after all these news I'm… Read more »

Feyma
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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.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Paul – Ah… Pilipino is just Tagalog… 😉

Might be something to consider.

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