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On the Face Book, I’m a member of two groups that are connected to where I grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston at the time it was an Irish Catholic conclave. With a smattering of other emetic groups mostly from Europe mixed in, but we all got along. We were a prideful group, with our own language (Or at least our own way of speaking it) Wicked Pissa is something that is fantastic, we buy booze at a Packy, and being called a Hot Shit is a good thing! We have our own architecture in homes called the “Three Deckah” house, and I never had a beer until I joined the Navy, we drank “beah”. A milk shake had no ice cream in it, if you want ice cream added you ordered a Frappe’. Plus all soda pop no matter the flavor or brand is called TONIC.

Dorchester was a wonderful place to grow up, as we are on Boston “Harbah” in the South East section of the city so we had beaches and boating. You told people where you were from by telling them your church’s name.” Hey Paul, where do you live?” Saint Ann’s Parish was my proper answer!

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You get to my house by coming down Neponsit Avenue from Saint Ann’s and the street across from the New Fire Barn was Tolman Street, I lived at # 40. We had a fire plug in front (Hydrant was what they called it in New York). No matter where in the standings were any of our sports teams, a stranger had best never say a disparaging word about them, especially our Boston Red Sox, and their ancestral home of “Fenway Park”. A Bostonian, who does not know the street address of Fenway Park, will be asked to leave the city; (4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215) in Boston we put ketchup on burgers and fries and NEVER on a Hot Dog!! We even have a special hot dog bun that is toasted on both sides and may also be used to serve lobster and clam Rolls on. Hmmmmm good!

That is a little background on the way I answered the question I was asked by an old friend whom I went to High School with back in the 60’s.

“Paul, why in the hell would you want to live in the Philippines?” I thought about the answer and said: “Don’t you watch the liberal news media? Can’t you see the crap pile our country is turning into with them and the corrupt politicians running the country, and you Sheeple blindly lapping up the crap they tell you without a clue to what is really going on?

Is there corruption in the Philippines? You bet-cha there is, but not on the scale we have in the West, I’m throwing Europe also into the mix. The politicians here need to follow the example of the west, if the law makers are paid by the lobbyist to pass a law that they know is bad, they exempt themselves from it.

Example: US insider trading laws, do not apply to any member of congress or their staffers (In the interest of unfairness to Martha Stewart,) and they never read the bill on Obamacare, but still wisely exempted themselves out of it.

But here is the real reason I choose to live here, I grew up in the 1950’s during a simpler and gentler time in Boston. Where kids played on the streets until called in by our folks, all adults watched over all children and you had to win at a sport to receive a trophy. We knew which bathrooms we were supposed to use. And most of the Movie stars and politicians back then had served in WW II or Korea. My police, civic leaders, and teachers were all members of “The Greatest Generation” With role models like that how could we go wrong?

I find many similarities here in the Philippines to my growing up in Dorchester and explained that to my old buddy Sully. The other thing is my pensions, there is no way on God’s green earth I could live back in the “First World” on what I make, and I’d have to work as a greeter for Wal-Mart or go on the Welfare or the Dole to survive. I have way too much pride to live like that, so I elected to live here, and am pleased with my decision.

I answered Sully’s questions back and forth on FB Messenger, and he is my age but still working, because he must in order to live.

. I answered “The Questions” to the best of my ability and now my old friend understands the whys of my life. I am only speaking for me, your reasons for living here are your own, and I respect them! Sully was shocked when I told him I retired fully in January 2000 at age 53 and had to wait 9 years for Social Security to kick in. My Father taught his 5 son’s that if you don’t retire sometime in your 50’s, you failed! BTW the middle Thompson son who lives in the Philippines is the only son to follow his father’s teachings.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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john.j.
john.j.
5 years ago

Another great article Paul, same as you I could not live in the UK on my pensions without begging from the state.(that’s how they make it feel)

Tim Curtiss
Tim Curtiss
5 years ago
Reply to  john.j.

Yes, I am Philippine bound when I retire, as can’t live in the U.S. on pension and SS.

Rusty
Rusty
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim Curtiss

Just make sure you’ve spent sometime here. Sooooooo many people “think” they want to move here than find out it isn’t like they expected.

I wouldn’t move because of finances only. One has to love the adventures. A different lifestyle.

RT Cunningham
5 years ago

53, Paul? I did it when I was 45. I’m not bragging though.

Social security, if it still exists, will be a boon for both me AND my wife in 7-8 years since we’ll both be drawing it separately.

Living on the a military pension gets harder every year. That 50 percent isn’t 50 percent anymore. I figure the SS will even things out.

RT Cunningham
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

No fun? I plan to live to 120, so that’s only about halfway. 🙂

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I went into retirement at 35. I guess your pop would be speechless over that one. Seriously, there is a ton of so called help if you need it. But it really isn’t free to you. I got ‘help’ with my rent. That was work and the job really never ended. Like they constantly re-evaluated your needs which took constant meetings. Hurry and wait. Drove me batty. I do understand why though because people would abuse the help. I could have gotten food and help with utilities but the rent alone was enough crazy for me.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

He he! Yes, been here for about 5 years now (June 4, 2011). I was a land surveyor in a fairly big company. Did jobs mainly for the government, including the Clinton Presidential Library. But I sustained a pretty bad leg injury unrelated to work. I had no choice but to go into ‘retirement!’ :p Definitely not by choice. Being that young I really didn’t have any chance at anything like 401k and I am stuck with just a little check from SS. But I am good at budgeting that.

Mark Lydon
Mark Lydon
5 years ago

Hi Paul
I’m a Southie kid and have been to the Philippines many times so I know what you mean. My fiance is in Manila and I am working on bringing her to the US. Maybe when I am older I would consider living there.

Doug Thompson
5 years ago

I retired at 51 myself!

OB
OB
5 years ago

Hey Paul, another great article. You got me by 3 years on retirement. Spent 24 years in the AF and another 14 in civil service until I got a new “civilian” boss. His attitude led me to re-evaluate and I decided I didn’t need to wait until I was 62 to retire to the Philippines. Have not regretted it once. Keep gaining weight so you can get that final operation done, and get on the mend.

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