We all have plans in life. Sometimes our plans all work out, most of the time, though, things don’t necessarily work out as we planned. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, many times things out better than we had expected or even hoped for.
My first time to visit the Philippines was in the summer of 1990. I married Feyma in August 1990. I made a number of trips back to the Philippines between 1990 and 2000, for vacation, visiting the family, etc. I guess it was in about 1996 or so that I really developed a desire to move to and live in the Philippines. I had a lot of plans for the move, what I would do in the Philippines and such. Mostly, my plans never came to be (except for the ultimate plan of living here), but the truth is, I am probably living a much better life here than I ever planned or expected.
What would I do for a living?
Of course, when you move here before retirement age, you have to figure out a way that you will earn a living in the Philippines. I had a plan. It was mostly based on the Internet, but not in the way that I am earning a living now. At the time that I moved here, I only owned one or two domain names. My big name that I owned was Mindanao.com. I had big plans for the website, and ultimately I was planning to sell the site for a pretty big price. Well, in the ensuing years, I have been offered some pretty good money for that domain, well into the 5 figure range (in US Dollars), but not as much as what I would want for the name. As it turns out, I earn money from that site, but only a small amount, really. I have many other online businesses that provide my income. Really, back when I was making plans to live here, LiP was not even a flicker in my brain, I never even considered such a site, which ended up making the bulk of my income, to be honest.
What would I do for entertainment?
Of course, when you make plans to move to the Philippines, most people have dreams of sitting on the beach with an “umbrella drink” in one hand, watching the bikini babes as they pass by. 😆 Well, we go to the beach from time to time, but it’s not a place where we regular hang out. Most of the bikini babes that I ever see are on my computer! 😉 But, I still have a very enjoyable life here in the Philippines. What do I do here for entertainment? Well, to be honest, my life is not all that much different from what it was back in the States. Sure, I am in a much nicer climate and such, and I can go to the beach any time I wish to, so some things are quite different from back in the States.
What are you getting at?
I suppose what I am getting at is that it’s a good thing to make plans. It’s nice to have an idea of what you are going to do to support yourself, to entertain yourself, and such. But, don’t get your feet set in stone. Allow some flexibility, you never know, it might work out even better than what you imagined!
For me, the things that have genuinely improved my life in the Philippines are things that I never even dreamed would happen when I moved here. Here is a list of some of the things that have made me happiest about living in the Philippines:
- Jean and Nicole – nieces that we have taken in and made part of the family. They are genuinely daughters to me now, and I love both of them dearly.
- Learning the language here – this improved my life so much that I just can’t believe it.
- Family – This partly relates to the first listing with Jean and Nicole, but other people too in the extended family have brought me joy and happiness here, and I am very grateful for that.
- Beautiful weather – Yes, the climate here is very nice, especially after living in an area where it rains constantly for 9 months of the year. It’s sure nice to see that sunshine daily!
- Flexibility – I am not tied down with a “real job” like I had back in the States where I had to go to work on a schedule and such. Here, I am self employed and can choose what I want to do and when I want to do it.
- The people – there are so many caring and friendly people here, it really brightens up my day.
- Technology – The availability of technology that was not available even 10 years ago has really liberated our life in the Philippines. Being able to communicate easy through Skype or other VOIP services makes “where you live” pretty unimportant these days, because you can stay in touch with anybody, anywhere in the world!
There are other reasons, of course, but these are the ones that come off the top of my head.
What about you? What are your plans for when you live in the Philippines? Tell me about it by commenting below!