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Have you ever noticed when you have plans made, that life steps in and changes things?

Last time I wrote, I was one year into a five year plan of downsizing and doing retirement planning.

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Since then, things have moved along as planned in a couple areas and drastically changed in others.

I have sent almost 1500 pounds of things in Balikbayan boxes to the farm.   1500lbs.??? Who needs that much stuff?  I remember when I was in the USAF fitting everything I owned into my short wheelbase van.  But I am digressing.

Why so much stuff and why now?   I had a list of things that I wanted and or needed at the house and on the farm.    I know it is possible to get some of the things there.  The hardware store there is small and has an unlimited supply of “out of stock” and a limited stock; I prefabricated the panels and other things for hookup when I get there.   I am planning on going there very soon, but more about that later.

Following suggestions received from previous articles, I purchased a Kindle and so far have about 800 books loaded on there. There, that step eliminated a lot of boxes of books.  I read 4-7 books a week and some of my favorites I have read many times so they are like old friends that I would hate to miss.

Change of PlansI also found that I could upload a lot of my PDF reference items on it so that eliminated a lot more STUFF that was good to have but not necessarily in hard copy.  I know to you experienced people that sounds as if I just discovered that water is wet, but since I had not used a Kindle to any extent it was a pleasant discovery to me.   Things that I want in hard copy have been uploaded to Dropbox for cloud storage for backup as well as saved to CDs.   I know it is redundant but I am what my friends call a “belt and suspender man”.

I had expected to simply cancel my magazine subscriptions.   Instead I have begun converting them to a service called Nextissue that allows digital downloads instead of mail.   The trial version seemed to work out good and was very cost effective.   Check one more item off my to do list.

Some of you readers suggested items that I might consider bringing as they are hard/almost impossible to bring.   I have contacted the manufacture of a couple of these items and found that special ordering will allow me to have these in the needed 220V so I have placed an order.

I am also getting my health issues addressed.   I know that I could do that in the Philippines but dealing with that now means one less thing to deal with there.   Mostly getting medications regulated to proper levels since I have lost over 75lbs and finding a plan for dealing with some hip and knee issues.   One of my retiree friends that lives there had replacement surgery for about the cost of my deductible under our new Obamacare compliant coverage so waiting is an option since I could have the recovery time with family around.

Ok, it sounds as if all is going according to plan.  What is the problem?

First of all, the county informed me that they are going to do a road enhancement project and part of my property will be under pavement and another part will be in their right of way and this is the part where the house is located.

Soooooo, I might not have a house to live in sooner than the projected 4 year plan.   It is possible that the house might be allowed to stay.   However, the prospect of fighting to have a house sitting so close to the road that passing trucks could splash all over the house and in the summer time suck the curtains out the window is less than exciting.   That all remains to be untangled and sorted out.

Next, I had planned on spending most of March there in the Philippines.   Changes in the department at work have caused an involuntary adjustment to my time off.   I had not told my daughter that I was coming because I am planning on surprising her at the door.   The change in plans means that she will not be disappointed in the reduced time that I have but she will still be surprised.

If no other unexpected changes happen, it looks as if I will be there for a short time in mid-March.   Previously I had used a travel company run by a Phil-Am couple that specialized in travel from the US to the Philippines and had excellent rates.  I cannot find the contact to them so I am scrambling to get travel plans finalized so I can get the over 21 day discount.   I welcome suggestions on this matter and if anyone has suggestions you can email me directly at lfmillerassociates@earthlink.net .

When I decided to move to the Philippines, I had a monthly income in mind that I would consider necessary to allow me to live there.  It is well above the minimum I have seen mentioned on LiP.   I further decided that I would have to meet or exceed that amount for 10 months before deciding that I would depend on it to move.

I have set up an online business.   While doing research on that business, I read an article on one of Bob’s other sites.   I followed up and have included that into my business activities.    It is working well enough that I expect the income from that alone to give me the required minimum income and to do so in a way that would allow me to move much sooner than the planned 5 years when I started.

So to summarize; my life is currently in chaos with a number of unknowns.

One of the bedrooms in my farmhouse has been set up as Moving Central.  6’ tables line the walls with boxes labeled keep for the container, ship in Balikbayan box, donate, and take on the airplane.

My home office is similarly organized with archive boxes for Permanent Records – Keep, Consulting Business, Online Business, and Highway Project.   This is all in addition to my files for daily work.

While I am there, I will be looking into what I will need to do to be able to continue my online business from there.  The internet connection is poor at the farm so whether I can use an onsite cell repeater to boost the cell signal at the house or if I will have to make other arrangements remains to be seen.   I have a cell repeater that I used when I was working with a local cell phone company that uses the right bands to work there.

In closing, when I was in the USAF and things started getting a little crazy, I would often hear someone exclaim, “This stuff (cleaned up for a family website) is getting real in a hurry”.   Yep, that’s how it is now.

Until next time, take care and best wishes to all.

LeRoy

I am in my early 50’s, living in North Central Indiana. I was medically retired from law enforcement and went back to school earning a MBA and a Masters and a PhD in counseling. My primary occupation is business turn around and consulting for business both large (Fortune 500) and small. In my spare time I donate my time to work with many of our recent immigrants in town.

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Doug Thompson
Doug Thompson
5 years ago

Next Issue likely will not work overseas due to licensing issues. Check into it. If you’ll need a US internet address, I can recommend Private Wifi.

LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug Thompson

Opps, I had not thought to check on that.

Thank you for that observation.

John Reyes
5 years ago

Hi Leroy – Good luck on your upcoming move to the Philippines. You are the third person I remember here on LiP in the past 2 or 3 years who had very high expectations about moving to and staying in the Philippines for the long term and who actually made the plunge after years of planning. Unlike the other two from whom I have not heard from here on LiP for a while, here’s hoping that your expectations about Philippine life from afar do not fell short of your expectations after you have arrived and find that living in the… Read more »

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

To be honest, there are at least 50 people that I can think of who were Stateside (or other country) readers of LiP, and made the move. Some have been very successful, others have been less successful.

John Reyes
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Hi Bob –

Of those less successful, do you see a correlation between those who became disillusioned and returned to their country and not having visited the Philippines for extended period to really experience the culture before making the move?

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Hi John – Definitely. I can say that not only about LiP readers who have bailed out, but all foreigners who move here and then leave (the ones that I know of, I mean). It is so common. The big problem that I hear about is that they are unable to adjust to the culture. They come here unprepared and then can’t adjust. They do not try to learn how to adjust, they generally think that the Philippines should adjust to their liking, not that they should adjust to life in the Philippines, which is totally unrealistic. I include in… Read more »

LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
5 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Just an idea but one I think worth considering. What is a person looking for when they decide to make that type of a move? As the old story goes, the people you find in the new place will be a lot like the ones you left behind because most people’s lives are a reaction to their actions and attitudes. In my case, for personal reasons, I had made a decision a few years back to move/retire outside of the USA. The Philippines was only 1 of 4 places under consideration and the decision was tilted by my daughter having… Read more »

Dave L.
Dave L.
5 years ago

Hi LeRoy, Books, old, recent, and to be published can be readily ordered through your Kindle from the Philippines and charged to your credit card. Also, I think that you probably can find the magazines and possibly newspapers that you might want. Your local newspaper probably has an e-edition that you can subscribe to on the internet. My 17 year old boy has a business through the internet here in Davao that is earning him amazing money so it can be done. He was inspired by Bob Martin’s success. His website is blenderpassion.com. Congratulations on the weight loss. BTW some… Read more »

LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave L.

Will look at your son’s website. I have no doubt of the quality of medical care once my mindset is out of what will insurance cover and what will it not. My decision to get these things looked at is to minimize stress in the early months. I found out today at the doctor visit that one of the medicines has a side effect that I have been fighting for 7 years. These are the little nits health wise that I want to address before I move. Not that it cannot be handled there but id I deal with it… Read more »

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago

Leroy You seem to have things organised quite nicely and appear to have the necessary ruthless streak to save some cost. As I tend to work in a different countries for one or two years at a time I tend to leave the packing up to my wife due to office commitments. The problem I have found is that she will never throw anything away or leave it behind. I have lost count of the times that on our return to Davao I have opened boxes which contain things like plastic coat hangers or bags of rice. I cannot get… Read more »

LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

When I look into the mirror of reality, I am actually a hoarder in some ways. I was raised with permission to build things out of the scrap pile or unused equipment. To buy new had to come out of my pocket and I was making only $1.35 when I was working outside of the farm. Having said that, many of the things I have I have to either know exactly what it will be used for or I will take to the scrap yard or sell online. I have pre-built some of the items for the farm and simply… Read more »

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago

You are a very lucky person to move here… NOW!!!
It’s getting VERY LATE but it’s still doable if you don’t make ANY mistakes.
That is, you MUST move into your FINAL house right upon arrival.

Chris S
Chris S
5 years ago

LeRoy,

If the highway build is effecting your house in such a way as stated, I think that in cases like this, the county pays Fair-market-value for the property. This could be of benefit to you, a nice lump sum for your nest egg and moving expenses and extra money for a short term temporary rental property. Although I would hate to have to move just to move again. Anyway good Sir, Godspeed to you and yours and it will all come to an end much sooner than later.

LeRoy
LeRoy
5 years ago
Reply to  Chris S

Right now that is part of the big battle, so to speak. Their standpoint is that it only slightly changes things so only the value of the reduced property size comes into consideration.
Secondly, their appraisal is less than half of the bank’s appraisal was a few months back when I was updating financial information.
I believe it will be a convoluted series of negotiations for those and several other reasons.
Just think, “Government logic and all will be clear.

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