Sometimes unexpected things happen. Sometimes things build up, and you know that it is headed in a certain direction, but it’s not the direction you expected, and you just can’t bring yourself to admit it. Unfortunately, this is the case for me. I’ve come to the point that I can’t deny it any longer. Today, I have to admit it, though.
I have decided to pack it in, give up and go back to the States.
I know that I have not let on that I’ve been having a desire to do this, but when you run a site like this, it can be hard to admit that everything you’ve done online for the past two years or so is wrong. Now, I have to let the cat out of the bag. Feyma and I have decided to pack it in.
School is out now, and the time is right for the move. The kids won’t have to go back to school until September, and we will be back in the States by then, so the timing is perfect.
Why have I decided to leave the Philippines? Well, there are many reasons. Frankly, I’m tired of living here. Too many things just are not working out for me, and it’s time to just accept that I cannot make those things work out, no matter how hard I try. I know that in the States, I can make a go of it, so why not just face up to it, pack up everything and do it? That is the wise thing to do.
For all of you who have strong desires to live in the Philippines, listen to my advice. Don’t do it. It’s a pipe dream. You can’t make it here, and I am advising you to not even try. I have been trying hard for 9 years now, and I know what I am saying. No matter how you try, there are so many things you wil never be able to do here:
- Fitting into society is something that is practically impossible.
- As so many say all the time, you can’t earn money here in the Philippines, so why even try?
- You certainly can’t learn the language. I have been studying Bisaya for nearly 2 years already and there are still some things that I can’t understand in a conversation.
- The food is terrible. If you want to eat the kind of stuff that you are used to, it’s too expensive to buy!
- Due to massive corruption, your entire life will basically be hell. Unless you are willing to pay off everybody and his brother you will never get anything done.
OK, these are some of my reasons for deciding to leave. There are other reasons too, but some of them are just way too bad to put here on the site.
Just because I have decided to cut and run, don’t give up on this site, though. I know that a lot of you are too hard headed, and will continue with your zest for living in the Philippines. Because of this, I will continue to write here. My articles will be different, though. You see, I will now start writing about why you should not live here, and giving you plenty of reasons to change you mind!
I’m out of here. Will you be joining me?
Update: This article was published on April 1, 2009. It’s important to realize that the publish date of this article was April Fools day 2009, and this artilce was indeed an April Fools joke. You should read my follow up article to get a full explanation of why I am not leaving the Philippines.