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On Facebook the other day a lady from my hometown group in Boston asked me why I live in the Philippines. In a short synopsis I explained that I started living here because I was working as a seaman and all my ships were in Asia plus I liked it and the people were good to me.
Plus I had met and married my wife here. Of course I told her as time went on I was now retired and what was available to me in the states no longer appealed to me. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s when the political party didn’t matter as much as the value of the person running for office. I have voted for members of both parties. And that is all the politics for this week.
Also I was happily married, owned a house, and had put down roots. I’m quite contended with my life here. I have no opinion of any of the politics in the Philippines as I feel it is the Filipino and not the guests of the Philippines who should have a say in how their country is ran.
Now back to the know-it-all lady (?) from Boston, who had told me she had never visited, Asia but seemed to know all there was to know about it. I explained that I have visited 90% of Asia and have lived here for over 25 years, and still didn’t know as much about Asia as she seemed to know. I found that to be amazing.
But I will explain to my fellow LiP readers what she knows! We men want very young women, who are subservient to our every whim, women we can treat badly and get away with it.
I pondered her reasons and thought, no, the real truth is, I tried western women many years ago and found them extremely lacking (FOR ME). This applies to me, not you or any guy who has a successful relationship with his western girl friend or wife. But she is a shining example of why my feelings are this way.
I enjoyed the ladies in the Caribbean and central and South America. But at that time I was single and was remaining single until I had enough money banked so when I was retired I would lack for nothing in my future. The last loan I ever had was in 1978 when I wanted a brand new Lincoln Towncar. From then until today, if I couldn’t pay cash, I did without. That is why I had all those new old cars over the years. I have a new car now.
Sadly I failed to convince Boston lady, as her mind was made up. I felt no envy for the guy that won that prize. And I was reassured by her that I had made the right decision in moving here.
All the foreigners I’ve met here in the past twenty five years, seemed to have found what they were looking for, and the ones who didn’t returned home. They had not in any way failed; this country was just not for them. If on their return they met that lady from Boston, then I’d have to say; “I guess they have failed.”
Here on LiP we have picked apart all aspects of living here on these Isles of Enchantment, no one island is better than the other, it is just the Island we liked. No spouse’s age should matter to anyone except the two in that marriage. Renting or buying a domicile is a personal judgment no matter what the oracles tell you. Buying a car or motorcycle or riding public transportation is one more choice that is given to you as your right.
Like the lady from Boston, I too have lived there in Boston, as well as many other locations around this big round ball, while she has never been to where we live, and is talking out of her arse about Asia.
I can’t and won’t speak for anyone else, (Well maybe Sir Bob (LOL).) but this is the place we want. If you’re looking for me, on a mountain on Bataan is where I’ll be!
A quick addendum:
The subject of age can cause trouble!
If an older man marries a younger woman here in the Philippines, it is their business and damn sure not mine. BTW I have seen that happen and for the most part it worked out very well and they are still together. Yes there a few horror stories, of course there are, but I find them few and far between. Except for one American guy who was married and divorced from 6 local girls as each girl started hitting age 25. The Philippine government did ask him to leave the country and four of his ex-wives remained friends with our group and they all met and married western guys and are still together living all over the world..
My wife is 13 years younger than me only because I never asked her age when we met.
So the bitter old lady from Boston, whom albeit I don’t know, but I’d wager she has driven a few nice guys out her front door. I tried to explain to her, that it unwise to assume, or report fake news on the internet; there are other people who get paid to do that!