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Most of you come to (Live in the Philippines) daily, so I know you have either been here and want to come back, or you haven’t made the decision to come yet, but you are planning on it.

Why don’t you come right now?

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  1. “Well, Jason, I have an important job, and a mortgage, car payment, and credit card bills that I can’t just leave!”
  2. “I don’t know how I would support myself if I lived in the Philippines.”
  3. “I can’t just leave everything I know and jump on the next plane!”

All valid excuses, but lets, in fact, agree that they are excuses.

“But, Jason, that’s easy for you to say because you are already there!”

Yes, I am, but I didn’t get here hoping that someday, somehow it might happen. I took action!

Let’s talk about each of these in turn

Number 1: Stuck in the Rat Race

Some of you may object to me telling you that you are stuck in the rat race. But, let me ask you: Are you happy doing what you are doing? Is that job making you happy? Do you want to do it another 20 years? Does it make you happy to turn over most of your check to the bankers and credit card companies? Do you need all that stuff that you have accumulated over the years?

I haven’t lived in America for seven years, but I know what’s going on over there. I hear about things the average citizen doesn’t hear because the media outlets in the U.S. won’t air the truth about what is going on. I can say the same for many countries that are used to being economic powers. Life is not the same. The jobs aren’t there, and the jobs you can get, you are overqualified for, aren’t you?

If you have a great job, do you think it will be around forever? Do you think your company cares about you as a person of value? Do they care that you have a mortgage and a car, and credit card debt?

No, they don’t!

They are looking for the quickest and easiest way to get rid of you and replace you with a computer or robot. What are you going to do when your entire industry is replaced by artificial intelligence?

Hate to break it to you, but everyone is walking thin ice. If you lost your job, how many months could you survive? Is it more like weeks? Are you stockpiling Ramen already?

All I am saying is don’t get too attached to your job and lifestyle. It can all go away in the blink of an eye.

If it can, wouldn’t you rather escape the rat race a build something that can take you to retirement and beyond, and live in the beautiful Philippines while you are doing it?

Number 2: I Can’t Survive in the Philippines

This is the excuse that holds the least water.

Not only is there an internet of business opportunities waiting for you, but Bob Martin, AKA MindinaoBob, has even given you 49 ways to make a living .

Living here in the Philippines has allowed me the freedom to do many different things because, for the most part, it is very cheap to live here. I write and start businesses. Bob has many businesses. You can get by on so much less here, and when you do start making good money, you can get the good internet, like Bob (I’m jealous!).

And don’t even use your health as an excuse. I am seriously and severely mentally ill, and my wife and I make it. Bob has poor eyesight and has had strokes and heart issues.

Stop making excuses.

Do you know what I did last week when I had some mental issues? This:

mental health day

Mental Health Day!

In the U.S. I probably would have curled up in a ball in the corner or ended up locked behind a padded door. Life is hard. Life is short. Life is a whole lot of things. Don’t waste it on excuses!

Number 3: I Can’t Just Leave!

Believe me when I tell you that you can. That house? Airbnb that sucker and live off what’s left over after you pay the mortgage. We’ve already had a long discussion about your job. Family? I am much closer with my family now than ever before! Your family will understand.

FIN

Okay, I am done busting your butt. I’m am only doing it because I love you and want the best for you. Some of you are going to want to chew me a new one. Some of you will have more excuses. Some of you will want to do something about it, and in the next few weeks, if Bob will allow me, I will announce a way to help you.

Let’s hear it all in the comments! Let’s have a huge discussion about this. If I am lucky, Bob will jump in and answer anything I can’t. Let’s blow this out of the water!

Are you with me?

 

Jason Weiland

Jason Weiland (website http://jasonweiland.net/ ) has been living in the Philippines for almost 7 years, first in Cavite, then in Iloilo City, along with his wife Flora and daughter Zoey Belle. He also has three grown boys in the States. Jason is a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys the simple life in the Philippines and is probably right now drinking a Red Horse on the beach or eating Adobo.

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Mark Swenor
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$$$$

Bob Martin
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Read the article, you might get some tips on how to get over that problem! 🙂

Alexander Mooney
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Bob Great article by Jason. Definitely getting out of the rat race is key.

Jason Weiland
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Thanks a bunch, Alexander!

Bob Martin
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Alexander Mooney There are so many people who talk and talk for years on end that they are going to move to the Philippines, but they never do it. There comes a time when you have to make a choice! LOL

Alexander Mooney
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But but Bob the rat race oh so comfortable… You’re exactly right, the day comes when people just need to decide. The thing is once you get out you never go back.

Bob Martin
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I would never go back, but a lot of people find that they can’t make the adjustment here, and end up going home.

Jason Weiland
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Bob and Alexander,
I know someone who spent 8 miserable years here and I know he complained all the time. It’s not for everyone. This guy finally went home and is probably still complaining.

Just keep an open mind. In fact, that is good advice for everything!

Mark Swenor
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Bob Martin I plan on moving there this year. I already filed for the passport. I’m just basically waiting on that. Thanks

Bob Martin
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Good luck! Passports usually come quickly… you mean a passport and not a visa, right?

Alexander Mooney
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Bob He probably means visa.

Mark Swenor
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Bob Martin Right. I’ll get the tourist visa first. Then go for The long term. I have friends from there living there in Manticao Misamis Oriental Near Cagayan De Cagayan de Oro, Philippines Assembly of God Church Manticao Misamis Oriental, Philippines

Lou Zola
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Lou Zola

Excellent article Jason! The Philippines is the friendliest country I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Having been there and visited Cebu and Bacolod I can tell you there is no other place like it. If someone told me I could have a one way ticket there tomorrow I would be on that plane

Jason Weiland
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Lou, thank you!

Best decision I ever made was buying that one-way ticket.

I have family, friends and love. It’s a great position to be in.

Mike
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Mike

Lou Zola, I do not know your situation and you may have very compelling reasons not to be able to move abroad, but may I ask (and this is a question for everyone still thinking about moving abroad) ‘WHO you are waiting for to tell you that you can move to the Philippines?’ Maybe it should be you who tells yourself and you can best do that only when you make that shift from ‘the comfort I know’ to ‘the challenge I THINK I may face’. Most of what we do in life involves APPREHENSION… the ‘killer of dreams’. But… Read more »

Jason Weiland
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Awesome, Mike!

Sounds a lot like my story. I finally gave myself permission and just jumped. I won’t say my mental health challenges didn’t cause me trouble at first, but I quickly made this my home.

Thank you for commenting!

Bob New York
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Bob New York

I have enjoyed 13 vacation visits to Iligan City, Mindanao Philippines over the last decade and absolutely loved every minute of it. In 2012 I came down with pneumonia. I was hospitalized for 5 days. Fortunately I had done my homework before hand and knew of one of the best hospitals in the city. On my last visit near the end of 2017 once again I came down with pneumonia but a much worse case than in 2012. I was in intensive care for 5 days and then in a private room for another week. Total cost was equal to… Read more »

Jason Weiland
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Hi Bob,

Sorry to hear about the sickness. I,ve had bad flu, but never pneumonia even when I smoked.

Thanks for the comment. I hope we see you here again soon!

Don
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Don

Maybe in your case, you have not much to lose by moving to the Philippines. But if someone has a good job in the US, then I would not quit it to jump into an uncertain work situation in the Philippines unless you have a stock pile of savings to get you through a year or more. There are too many uncertainties including medical bills and needing a ticket to fly back home. Yes, there is a book on how to make money, but being an entrepreneur is not for everyone and if it were that easy, then everyone would… Read more »

Jason Weiland
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Hi Bob,

Sorry to hear about the sickness. I’ve had bad flu, but never pneumonia even when I smoked.

Thanks for the comment. I hope we see you here again soon!

Jason Weiland
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You are right, Don.

I didn’t write this to single anyone out, just get people thinking.

It is a different life here and you can’t just come and expect the same quality of life.

Its an adventure, and not everyone can pick up and move 8000 miles.

I hope it got you thinking though.

Don
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Don

I’ve been living in the Philippines for the past 7 years. I am probably the exception in that I have a good paying job with good expat benefits. Only down side is having to live in Manila. But not much worse then other big cities I have lived in.

Bob Martin
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HI Don. You might not want to share, and that is your choice. But, I am sure that many people would like to hear about your job, what kind of work you do, etc.

Don
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Don

I work for Asian Development Bank. Goal is to eliminate poverty in Asia and the Pacific. While I do not have a direct operational role, my efforts provide the financial support for ADB to deliver on its goals. We have over 600 expats in Manila, and over 2000 people at our HQ, which is in Manila (Mandaluyong City). There are quiet a number of development jobs in the Philippines. USAID, UNICEF, WB, etc. Just need to have the right background and be focused on finding the right job. My wife left a very good job in Singapore as regional director… Read more »

Bob New York
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Bob New York

Concerning Casinos, I think it is the other way around. there are lots of Filipinos in Las Vegas. So many that Jollibee opened up there quite a few years ago along with a Red Ribbon and Chow King. Now there are 2 Jollibee locations in Vegas so that should indicate something.

John Reyes
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John Reyes

Hi Don – Several years of reading your comments on here like, “my staff did this”, “my staff did that”, I, too, have wondered what kind of work you do and for what company. You also have made allusions to being a member of Harley-Davidson club that meets at some bar in Makati. I can only say that yours is a situation that many expats can only dream about – being in the Philippines and making good money. Btw, I take it that you come from one of the commonwealth countries, not the USA, as suggested by your spelling of… Read more »

Don
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Don

Actually born in Arkansas. I have been an expat since 2002 and lived in UK for a while so I interchange British English and American English a lot.

I have actually never gambled in the Philippines. In my younger days, would go to Vegas quiet a bit.

Yes, I am a Mad Dog.

Jason Weiland
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Hey, Don!
That is great, but I agree that living in Manila is tough. Can you get out of the city and enjoy other islands at all?

And, I’m with Bob. If you feel comfortable, please tell us about your situation!

Don
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Don

Yes, I ride a Harley, so get out of Manila as much as possible. There are great rides in Luzon, Mindoro, and other islands just a roro away. Just not as often with a young daughter.

Jason Weiland
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Don,
You are an interesting man.

Sounds like the right combination of background and sense of adventure has made for you a great life. You have enough interesting things going on they deserve either a blog or book.

I imagine traveling the roads in the Philippines on a Harley is quite facinating and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing with us all.

Luke Tynan
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Luke Tynan

Jason, For the most part you are right on the money. However, Eden is not a place, you and I like it here in the Philippines but each of us have our own place that is perfect for us. Eden is a state of mind, where we feel whole and at home. Over 55 years ago my mother and I went to Fairbanks, Alaska to visit my aunt and while we were there my cousin drove us up to the Artic circle and on the way we camped for the 1st night of the trip, he drove us to a… Read more »

Jason Weiland
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Luke,

You are so right on the money. I feel people should go to their dream place. I just wrote about the Philippines because that is what this website is about.

I would say, follow your fream to your eden. I love it here, but others may want to live in Norway.

I just want to get the idea across that you are not stuck in one place, even if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur. There are ways to make an income.

Thanks, Luke!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jason; Sometimes life just gets in the way and prevents folks from making such a monumental move like pulling stakes and heading for the tropics. Jobs family money are all valid reason, as to why they are not living here. When they are ready they will! I retired from the Navy, opened a beach bar in Puerto Rico. But I was ready as I had been single my whole life except a brief two year marriage which I got out of like a rocket, and said; “Damn, never again!” Hurricane Hugo took my bar, and I decided to go back… Read more »

Bob Martin
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Good roundup of thoughts there, Paul! In my view, I think more than 50% of those who move here don’t make it. What would you say?

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Don;
Ice in your beer I picked up in the Caribbean, refs were not available but the ice truck was. Warm beer on a hot day is not pleasant, but toss some ice in the mug and enjoy. The second trick I learned was not to wait long, drink the beer fast and beat the melting ice. I do the same with “Boat Drinks” (Any drink with RUM).(LOL)

Jason Weiland
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Paul,
Nothing worse than watery beer. My family wonders how I can drink Red Horse so fast and I always say I am “beating the ice!”

Jason Weiland
Guest

Paul,
That comment could be an article all by itself. You are a wise man.

I think when I got here, I would have been one of those you thought wouldn’t last. I made mistakes. But, I made a home here.

I have little tolerance for those that want to change this place to suit their wants. It is what it is, and I love it!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jason;
In 26 years I lost count of the mistakes I’ve made, and still make some. The big mistakes I avoid now, but the small ones will pop up when you don’t expect them.

Don
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Don

Jason I see you seemed to have settled in and seemingly developed a Filipino habit already…Ice in your beer!!!

Jason Weiland
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Haha, Don. I was wondering if anyone would notice! Yes, when I drink beer I put ice, unless its frosty. I’ve picked up quite a few interesting habits.

Jason Weiland
Guest

I eat chicken feet too. Haha.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Don;
Ice in your beer I picked up in the Caribbean, refs was not available but the ice truck was. Warm beer on a hot day, is not pleasant, but toss some ice in the mug and enjoy. The second trick I learned was not to wait long, drink the beer fast and beat the melting ice. I do the same with “Boat Drinks” (Any drink with RUM).(LOL)

Jeff Knick
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My facination with the Philippines began in earnst in the fall (US) of 2014. I arrived in General Santos City on Feb 17 2018. The first breathtaking view, as I turned around on the field after descending the stairs of the plane, will be forever etched in my mind. That moment set a tone that has not disappointed in my overall stay thus far. While I have every intention of visiting my country of birth from time to time, I have a strong desire and commitment to make this land my home. The years I spent researching the culture and… Read more »

Bob Martin
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I am very happy to hear that you are happy with your decision.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Bob;
A couple have surprised me and took to the Philippines like a duck to water, and are thriving. But they were the exception to the rule.

Jason Weiland
Guest

Awesome, Jeff!

Nice to hear great success stories!

John Skibo
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John Skibo

We will move when I finally retire. At this point the career is going just too well to drop everything and go. I enjoy my job and travel the world, I think my asawa likes when I’m gone 🙂 She just applied for Naturalization.
I have a pension here as well as two from a previous employer and though I am sure there are many ways to make money there, my goal in retirement is to not work at working, but to enjoy not worrying about having to work.

Ed
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Ed

I was earning good money in the 1990s back ‘over-there’ and paying the big taxeson it, all resulting in my personal life being abysmal. I gave my decades-long non-productive leaching (then) wife due notice to fix her mental problems and attitude and start being a decent wife and partner. She just got worse and worse. Seven years later, I wrote her a check for her to prepare divorce papers, which she promptly used to instead improperly sue me, evidencing her lack of integrity. I haven’t seen her since nor do I care to. I came to the Philippines with my… Read more »

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