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I receive a lot, I mean a LOT, of emails!  That also generally means that I send a lot of emails.

Most of the emails I receive involve people asking questions about living in the Philippines.

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Maybe they need to find out how to file for a visa.  Maybe some cultural question about how to deal with people or a certain situation in the Philippines.  Maybe they just want to find out when are the best months to visit the Philippines.  Whatever the question, I answer it if I can, and I usually am able to do so.

Not long ago, a fellow had written and asked a couple of questions.  I wrote back with the answers that he needed.  When I send back the reply email, sometimes I never hear back from people.  Other times, the people write back and simply say “Thank you”.  From time to time, I get a reply that is pretty unexpected.  On this occasion when I wrote back, within minutes, I got a reply from the man that made me think.
Here is what he wrote:

Thank you for that. I have had enough “fun” here in New York. It’s time to start to live.
My best

Sounds kind of simple, but what he wrote captures a recurring theme that I hear from people writing from the United States.  He said he had had “enough fun” in New York.  He further said it was time to “start to live.”

Are you living?

I mean, if you are reading this, we know you are alive, but are you really living?  Are you enjoying life?  Is the life you are living worth the effort that you put into it?

time-to-make-a-changeI think that most of us Americans, and perhaps people from other lands, will agree that life is getting tougher.  It is getting to be more of a hassle.  There are a lot of pressures.  The rewards are getting to be less than they were in the past.

So the question is… is the life that you are living worth your effort?  I think that more and more people would say that it is not.

Make a Change

Maybe, if you cannot say that your life is worth the effort you are expending, it is time to make a change!  Moving to the Philippines may be the change that you need.  I guess it really does not have to be the Philippines, but it has been the right solution for me.  It might be for you too.

Well?

If you are a person who can answer that yes, you need a change, I have one question for you….

What is holding you back?

I seriously want to know!  Leave a comment and tell me!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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robert

I dont have the money to support myself there yet and had some issues with the law about 15 years ago and that might stop me from moving there. it was a victimless crime but still shows on my record. it was internet based

MindanaoBob
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Hi Robert – I can understand that!

For the first issue about income, you can still make it here! Get together some money and make the move, then earn money here! It can most certainly be done. I know, because that is what I do!

As for the trouble you had with the law, without knowing what happened it is hard to give advice, but one thing you could do is to liver here on a tourist visa, there is no background check.

Good luck!

robert
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robert

thanks so much a tourist visa only last for 30 days or what isthe longest i can apply for??

MindanaoBob
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Hi Robert – Better check into that again! The INITIAL stay for a tourist visa is 30 days… but you can extend it for up to 3 years before you have to leave!

Raymundo Munoz Gavina
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Raymundo Munoz Gavina

Yes Bob, I do want to make a change like living in the Philippines in my town, I left PI in March 1965 to join the US Navy, hmmm what’s holding me back is the looking or searching for a bride to be for my eldest son Richard Tambalo Gavina, who’s going 45 this July 2016, he’s a pure filipino, born and raised in America, English speaking, been to PI when he was about five years old. I’ve been asking a lot of my relatives and facebook friends to see if they have friends they can recommend, 35 and below… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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hi Raymundo. Hope you are doing well.

For your son, I would suggest that if you live in the Philippines, you can quickly find a bride for him! It won’t be hard at all. 🙂

As for your daughter, yes, even as a US citizen she can study here, just let her get a student visa. I would think, though, that she would be eligible to be a dual citizen, no?

Good luck to you, my friend!

Rodrigo
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Rodrigo

My wife is from Samal Island and she obtained a degree from a college in Mindanao. When she arrived in the U.S. she had good expectation of gaining a great career in the medical industry. She learned pretty quickly that her college credits (and experience) were not worth the vellum they were printed on even though the school claimed to be internationally accredited. She was pretty disappointed at first that she had to go to college all over again (for four years) just to continue doing the job she loved so much. Your daughter will be much more marketable for… Read more »

Greg Schulze
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Nice article Bob.

Bob Martin
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Glad you liked it, Greg. 🙂

Rod Ward
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Rod Ward

I am an “in transition” visitor to the Philippines. I’m 62 and in good health. I own and operate a business in the U.S. and spend between 3 to 5 months here in the Philippines. I am a retired Army Officer and I’ve done the responsible thing about saving for the future. Having said that, I’m not really ready to fully retire. I don’t come to the Philippines to escape from the U.S. I come here because my life is richer here in the Philippines. I have a loving fiancée and daughter and we are making our long range plans… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Rod – Nothing at all wrong with splitting your time as you are doing. If you enjoy your time in each place, you are probably on the right track!

Jason Weiland Sr.
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That was awesome Bob. Really a good article.

Bob Martin
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Thanks, Jason!

Robert Patterson
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Robert Patterson

Hi Bob I am giving serious thought to moving there. I will never be able to retire here in America (texas) due to a bad divorce. But I can easily retire there on my social security. Problem is I have a girlfriend there in PI who is going to nursing school. She’s lived on Luzon San Fernando. Her dream is to come here and I’m having problems convincing her that the good ole USA is not what she thinks it is. Things are getting tougher and tougher here and I’m not liking the direction this country is going. I have… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Robert – To be honest, it is doubtful that your girlfriend would be able to come to the USA as a nurse. The US has clamped down on nurses coming in. Now, if you were to marry her and bring her in that way, it could be done.

In my view you are completely right when you tell her that you can have a much better life here in the Philippines.

John Reyes
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Wow! Here we go again, blaming the USA!

Instead of giving your girl friend flimsy excuses,

“Things are getting tougher and tougher here and I’m not liking the direction this country is going”.

Why don’t you tell her the honest truth that you can’t afford to live in the USA with your paltry Social Security benefits and “due to a “bad divorce” ie.,

“I will never be able to retire here in America (texas) due to a bad divorce. But I can easily retire there on my social security.” Quotes are from your own comment.

MindanaoBob
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If a guy is down on his luck, why do you feel a need to kick him?

John Reyes
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Why don’t I have the right to express my opinion when everybody else does, including you? Isn’t that how you get your “clicks” to this site?

MindanaoBob
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Read more carefully what I wrote. I never said anything about you not being able to express your opinion like others do. I never threatened to stop you from commenting. I only asked you a question. Why kick a guy when he is down? If you don’t want to answer, that is your business, but I just am curious. Do you get some kind of high out of attacking people? Does making others feel bad make you feel superior? I am just curious, it must bring you some benefit, I just can’t figure out what that would be.

John Reyes
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What I have expressed is an opinion. If you feel that my opinion is kicking a guy when he is already down, or attacking him, that is your problem.

MindanaoBob
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No problem for me. I just don’t see what you get out of belittling people.

John Reyes
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And, no, I don’t have insecurity problems like you do. You have such a big ego, dude, you don’t realize how many people don’t like you and have stopped participating in the conversations. You never impressed me.

PapaDuck
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PapaDuck

John,

You gave the right comment for the information you had at the time, so i totally support you in everything you said. The US may be down, but it far from out. If any country can come back it will be the US. The elections have really lit a fire under America that has not been seen for years. Work hard and don’t give up and there’s a good chance you will be successful.

John Reyes
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Thanks for the support, Randy. You may have noticed that this article is identical in theme to the one published on July 2, 2015, that generated 476 comments.

Even the title is almost the same, “It’s time to get out”. This one is titled, “Time to start living”. LOL Same soup, different pot.

https://liveinthephilippines.com/its-time-to-get-out/

Todd
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Todd

Robert Patterson…honestly, your gf should NOT take much convincing to stay in the Philippines if she knows she can help herself and her family by staying here. If she is hellbent on going to the United States, that would be a really serious MAJOR red flag to me. There is a big difference between wanting to visit and see the United States than wanting to leave your country, your family, your friends, and everything you have known to go to another country. In many of those “I just want to get to America” deals the situation for the American (or… Read more »

PapaDuck
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PapaDuck

Todd,

We know several Filipina’s who have worked hard and been successful and love it in the US. You can be successful in the US if you are willing to work hard, relocate or retrain. She would have a better opportunity to help her family if she were living in the US rather than just relying on her b/f Social Security.

Todd E
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Todd E

Actually, many Filipino nurses are eligible for the NCLEX exam which is the standard and deciding factor for practicing in the US. RNs make a heck of alot more in the US than PH so its quite understandable why one would want to practice in the US. Nurses work hard everywhere but have it good in the US.

Luke Tynan
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Luke Tynan

Bob, Thanks for all your help over the years and with you answering questions and giving me advise that I needed, I made the change coming up on 3 years ago. And have not once regretted the decision to move to the Philippines. And you are right. It was then that I started to live once more.

MindanaoBob
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Luke, it is my pleasure. If I helped you in any way, I am happy about that. Very glad that you are enjoying your life in the Philippines! I am too!

PalawanBob
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PalawanBob

When I was planning my one-way trip to Philippines in 2009, I was also telling to anyone who wanted to listen that the main reason for doing it was the coming SHTF in the world. I even told them that I am expecting this to happen in mid 2016. This of course invariably fell of deaf ears. I always remember one person asking me if I was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nobody was interested to hear the bad news and be ready to face it… NOBODY…!!! Now that we are almost there, and the real SHTF situation is about… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Times are bad in many parts of the world, but I am not so sure I can buy in to your scenario. Whatever happens, I find the Philippines a great place to live!

PalawanBob
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PalawanBob

Yes, Philippines is a great place to live, but unfortunately we won’t escape the imminent world-wide SHTF scenario. Next couple of months will be the real eye openers. Here where I live an expat died (70) last week from natural death but a few of us who knew him, we all suspected that he died from extreme anxiety and stress. Seven months ago, his bank in US stopped his ATM card on which his whole lively hood depended. Reason; suspicious use (three attempts) of his card. He had to go to Manilla US ambassy to reactivate it which he failed… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi PB – I feel for the fellow, that is tough. Unfortunately, such things can happen with finances for expats, and we have to be careful to have backup plans. Tough deal for the fellow, that’s for sure!

Steve Baker
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Steve Baker

I’ve been to the Philippines many times and love the people there. I guess I’ve been fortunate to only meet very nice people. Even though I miss the larger “space” the USA offers, in many other ways I feel more free in the Philippines…maybe its psychological. I am looking forward to my longest trip in the Philippines this November. My plan is to arrive, and get married to my Fiance of 3 years. I am smart enough not to buy property there, I will rent a place for 5 months. My Fiance (a widow) has a nice home in Laguna,… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Steve – over the years, I have run across a few Filipinos who were less than friendly, and a few who were downright mean people, but the vast majority of Filipinos that I have met have been wonderful people. ON the issue of “space” I can sometimes miss the “personal space” but if you are talking about “island fever” where you feel cooped up in terms of land area.. that does not bother me. Like you, I feel very free in the Philippines. The government, for the most parts just leaves you alone and lets you do your thing.… Read more »

SteveB
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SteveB

Thanks Bob. I think you told me before you use a mail forwarder for address purposes. I would probably just use my brother’s address, I pay all bills and handle most correspondence online so probably a minor issue. I would however live my financial life there through ATMs…so I’m absolutely paranoid about the government keeping their mitts off my accounts!

MindanaoBob
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Over the years, I have used a few different things. I used my Mom’s address, but it did not work out well, so I decided to use a mail forwarding company. That worked great. However, I have not had any mailing address for several years, because I just got where I never used it any longer. So, now my address is a Philippine address. Works fine for me! 🙂

I do think that in early years you will want and need a US mailing address, though.

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