There is just something special about living in the tropics. It’s different here. Pleasantly different.
I live in the heart of the City. A residential area not far from downtown. I can walk for 5 to 10 minutes and be at a mall. However, from my desk, in the office, which is in my house, when I look out the window, I see banana trees, coconut trees, even mango trees! All of this, just a 10 minute walk from a shopping mall in a very large city! The best of both worlds.
I’ve been living in the tropics for going on a decade now, and I have come to love it. Nice warm weather. Beautiful views. Just a few minutes to tropical beaches. Fewer worries too, it would seem. All around, it’s a good life, and I am glad that it is my life.
Living in the tropics impacts nearly every part of your life. How about your diet? Well, there is something great about eating the wonderful tropical fruits. Oh, sure, you can get fruits like pineapple and mango in grocery stores in the west, even during the cold of winter. But, you know what? It doesn’t taste the same. I’m talking about tree ripened fruit that is sweet like sugar. Pineapples you buy in the States are usually tart, even sour. The pineapple here is pure sweetness. The fruit we eat here is not picked from the tree while it is still green, and then ripened in a box during shipment. That’s not fruit the way that it is intended to be eaten.
Lifestyle is a little slower in the tropics too, and I savor that. Coming from the hustle and bustle world of the west, it actually takes time to learn how to slow down and savor life. Not having to run to work or to the mall is outside the box for most westerners like me, and learning how to relax requires training, it’s a learning process. I know that hearing such a thing is hard to believe, but it’s true.
Tropical living is the way to go for me. Moving to the Philippines is one of the best things I ever did.