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I enjoy writing articles for Live in the Philippines because I love living here and want to share my good fortune with everyone. I was lucky(?) enough to move here and change the way I lived while I was still young. I’ve been here seven years and will only be 50 this year. I am happy that I met my wife and she stuck with me through everything that has happened since I met her. It hasn’t always been easy.

One of my wife’s fondest wishes, along with many other Filipinos, is to live in the United States. She also wants our daughter, Zoey, to experience life there. I must admit that the idea of moving back there for a time is appealing to me. We’ve decided, that in the next year, we will move there. We don’t plan on staying permanently. We own a house here in the Philippines, and I would like to move back here and enjoy it.

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After Leaving, Why Would I go Back?

I have no problems with America. I think it is a great place. It has been my home for 42 years of my life. I have family there. The reason I left was I need to change myself, and I needed to change what was comfortable for me to do it. I was in a serious rut, and it took drastic measures to get out of it. I feel like, for once in my life, I have clarity. My health, mental and physical, is better than it has ever been. I’ve experienced successes and know I am on the right path financially.

I am ready to face what I left back in the States those years ago.

Lessons from the Philippines

The Philippines has taught me that I can enjoy a simple life, and I know I can be happy with less. Could I have learned that elsewhere? You bet! But moving here was the change I needed. For you, it may be different.

I learned to appreciate different cultures. I have felt nothing but welcome from the people here. Even though I am not from here, I have been made to feel like I belong. I’ve made many friends that I will keep for a lifetime. I often felt lonely and disconnected in the U.S. and this was just the change I needed.

The Philippines is not a perfect place, but it was what I needed at the time. I think I will always be connected to this country, one way or another.

Lessons I’ve Learned for Looking Inside

I spent my life feeling sorry for myself. Self-pity is a terrible thing because you start to feel like you have no control over your life. I blamed everyone except for myself, and I truly freed my mind when I took responsibility.

For once in my life, I feel like I control my destiny. I felt helpless before, but now I don’t. I know I can count on myself to do what needs to be done. In the past, I had so many excuses for not doing the things I should have been doing. Not anymore; excuses are not part of my everyday life.

I’ve reached inside and found strength. I felt weakened by the trials in my life. It took time, but I feel like I can take on the world!

It’s been a long journey, but I am starting to feel like I have found my place in the world. It is a great feeling to be happy most of the time, instead of the other way around.

Cheers!

 

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Jason Weiland

Jason Weiland (website http://jasonweiland.net/ ) has been living in the Philippines for almost 7 years, first in Cavite, then in Iloilo City, along with his wife Flora and daughter Zoey Belle. He also has three grown boys in the States. Jason is a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys the simple life in the Philippines and is probably right now drinking a Red Horse on the beach or eating Adobo.

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Luke Tynan

Jason, good article. Thank you for sharing…

Jason Weiland
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Thanks, Luke!

Always love when people like what I am doing!

Jay Alexander
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Jay Alexander

Incredible article! Congratulations on committing to making the next BIG step in your life and thanks for sharing.

Challenging, scary, downright difficult? You bet!

But, it is a very good decision, no doubt, for all of you. Each one of you will benefit in your own way and contribute to your Family’s wellbeing.

Blessings to you and yours,
Jay & Emy Alexander

Jason Weiland
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Thank you, Jay and Emy!

Always a comment that makes me smile for you Jay!

I actually feel like I can handle what my live dishes me. It’s a good feeling!

James Taylor
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James Taylor

ENJOY

Jason Weiland
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Thanks, James!

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PapaDuck

Jason,
Hopefully all will work out for you and your family on your future trip to the US. Should be a good experience for your wife and daughter We are planning on spending part time in the US and part time in the Philippines hopefully starting next year. We just want a change of pace.

Jason Weiland
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Thank you. I don’t know how long we are planning on staying in the States. A few years maybe. I think the plan is to live in different places. As long as everyone is healthy, and enjoys jet-setting, we will continue.

Gerald Glatt
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Jason are you planning on splitting time between he US and RP?

Jason Weiland
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Gerald,
I think we will devote a few years to the U.S.

I don’t know how long we will be there, but the plan is to come back here to the Philippines. We own a house and everything, so it is the best place for us. I like it here!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jason I was age 47 when I decided to relocate to the Philippines, but as a merchant seaman so I could work on the ships and live anywhere on earth. I had planned to go back to Puerto Rico as I still owned a beach condo there. But I met my wife Mayang while visiting a friend in Olongapo City; she was my friend’s sister+-in-law. Okay the Philippines is tropical so why not live here. Sold the condo in Puerto Rico, and built a house in Bataan. Why not? I left every year to work at sea, and loved my… Read more »

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Cordillera Cowboy

Hello Jason, Do keep us informed of your preparations and such. Sounds like an exciting and challenging move. My wife was already living overseas when we met. I’m sure she wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. We lived in Europe and the US for 35 years before retiring here. Not sure how old your kid is. Our son was with us in Germany for the first 7 years of his life. He doesn’t remember much about it, but will sort of remember places and playmates from photos and conversations. You may already be doing this, but I’d suggest that Zoey… Read more »

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