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When moving here try to ask people that know a lot about the PI. I’ve been hearing lots of foreigners asking Filipinos abroad of what would they think of the Philippines now? To think a lot of those Pinoys that live abroad never been back here for ages. Then of course their opinions of the Philippines would be the time when they left.

Just like when I was there that’s over 20 years ago. Many Pinays that I knew there had different opinions of the Philippines. Some that wanted to retire here had the positive attitudes. Others really hated even visiting here. Some even made bad comments even though they’ve never been back since going there. It used to irritate me when they made not so true comments about Mindanao. And the one that’s bad mouthing she’s never been to Mindanao in the first place. To be honest the people that bad mouthing about the Philippines are really the Filipinos. Even the Filipino people that live here, they still talk against the other place other than the place they’re residing. As if it’s the competition of every place.

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At Starbucks with Michael and Malcolm

At Starbucks with Michael and Malcolm

Like me I’m originally from Sarangani Province. To be honest I love my place, only thing it’s not really the place for our family right now. Maybe later in time. When we first arrived here, we settled in GenSan. We liked it there. During the time we just arrived here too many bombings happening in GenSan. Really it didn’t last long for that, now the place is booming. I highly recommend for expat to stay there too. So many malls were built there for the past 5 years. The place really improved a lot.

To be honest I highly recommend living here in Mindanao. There’s just certain area here that I will not recommend. I’m pretty sure you can find that immediately on the internet where that place be. Bob went to those areas a while back. I will not recommend for any of you to go there if you don’t know anybody there or you had no good connections there (I mean people from higher places). It just happens that Bob was invited by somepeople there and was accompanied by a friend that had good connections. I’m pretty sure same thing if any of you will visit to any place here in the Philippines that you’re not familiar with. You will ask person that you know about the place.

If you had the desire to move here for good or part time try to ask the people (either Filipinos that used to lived a long time abroad and retires here and even an expats that lives here already for awhile). Also try to research the place that  you want to retire here. With the power of the internet you can now find anything. If people tries to say negative things about the place try to ask around. Lots of write ups now regarding living here.

Today Bob and I met a couple (Malcolm & Jenny) that we’ve known on the internet for a long time. Jen is from Davao and Malcolm is from the UK. They’re really very nice people. They knew Bob through our website. They’re one of the couples that will constantly communicate with Bob. They also love Mindanao.

I hope that sometimes the not so nice opinions of my fellow kababayan will not deter you from retiring to any place  here in the Philippines. I’m not saying it’s perfect here, it’s so far from it. Just as I always said here Please carry with you LOTS of  “patience” everyday.

“The challenges ” its adds to more fun in living here in the Philippines!!!

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Vivien Aquino
7 years ago

Hi Feyma, Thank you for the very nice input on living in Pinas, I am still considering the idea of going back there for good at a later time, I have close relatives back home, my uncle, my dad’s brother, his family lives in Vista Real, in Quezon City, my one cousin lives in Alabang, my sister/nephew are in Taal, Batangas. A close friend of mine is retiring there in 2 years time in Baguio, where she already bought a house. I am thinking of Baguio, because of the cool climate, good for my asthma, and not so far from… Read more »

Brenton Butler
Brenton Butler
7 years ago

Hi Feyma This is current from the Australian Government website to travelers. Essentially they say don’t go to a lot of Mindanao, even Davao gets a mention. Australians I know usually just steer clear of Mindanao altogether because of Australian Government warnings. The report states to steer clear of the east, the centre and the west, which in effect is perceived by most Australians, it’s just safer to steer clear of Mindanao. “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines because of the high threat of terrorist attack and the high level of serious crime.… Read more »

Brenton Butler
Brenton Butler
7 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

Hi Feyma – I think Governments do that to cover themselves. Especially in countries like Australia, people litigate over anything. The people of Queensland defeated the Queensland Government in the Supreme Court because they didn’t adequately prepare against a big flood a few years back, where 20,000 houses got flooded in Brisbane, the Government was deemed negligent by the Supreme Court. Hence the Government takes an ultra conservative view, they have to or they get it from all angles if Australians die anywhere. Even 34 Australians were killed recently in the civilian plane shot down, Our Prime Minister said “their… Read more »

cougar
cougar
7 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

Well they should have a warning saying ” Do not Go to the USA ” they have far more crime and gang troubles in any cities.and towns.

Maria Feist
7 years ago

I wish we knew someone who lives in Coron, Palawan. My husband and I visited there two years ago and fell in love with it so now we want to move there. We’re planning on visiting for a month this August to see if we really want to move there.

Do you have any tips on what we should be looking out for or things that we should do while we’re there?

Lou
Lou
7 years ago
Reply to  Maria Feist

I would suggest to search for some blogs that talks about their experiences in Coron. I’ve never been there myself and I have heard a lot of positive things about it. Try marketmanila.com. He’s been there a number of times.

Good luck!

Maria Feist
7 years ago
Reply to  Lou

Thanks Lou! I will check it out for sure.

Darby
7 years ago

We live in Ortigas and love it! Though I have to say that every time I venture to Cebu I am treated like royalty. Sweet, happy people willing to help a stranger.

Darby

dessie
dessie
7 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

Hi Feyma, Darby is right. Cebu is a nice place to live. Very cosmopolitan tho not as crazy as Manila. You can still cross the city to the airport in less than an hour in off-peak hours. Lots of expats live here because of warm climate, affordable western lifestyle with perks like live-in staff and very friendly people. We live in a rural coastal town, 3 hours from the city and me and my Canadian husband love it so much. I have lived in Canada for 45 happy years and retiring here is like icing on the cake. Mind you… Read more »

Bill
7 years ago

Hi Feyma, I enjoyed reading your article. You are spot on about Filipinos who live here in the United States bashing their homeland. I just had dinner with two filipinas here in Wisconsin and they spoke very negatively about the Philippines. You’d think by the way they talked I’m in for some serious problems when I arrive there (soon). I was always told stay away from the Sulu Sea and along the Zamboanga Peninsula. Otherwise, Mindanao wasn’t so bad. These two ladies made it sound like I’m heading for nothing but trouble. If I wasn’t a person who does my… Read more »

Bob New York
Bob New York
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, I could say similar about New York City. What I usually suggest to people is to follow a New York news website for a few weeks if they want to compare and see what is ” dangerous “. For any number of reasons, every day someone is killed in New York. Taxis crashing through store fronts, manhole covers exploding or electrocuting people, construction cranes toppling over, robberies at gunpoint, transportation accidents, gang wars, drugs, snatchers, rape, people falling or being pushed onto subway rail tracks and so much more, from about as far away from Mindanao as you can… Read more »

Lou
Lou
7 years ago

I feel like I have to give my two cents here Feyma. I noticed Filipinos who bash the country are the ones who particularly have nothing much to go back to there and who struggled while living there. Now they are in a different country and they feel they have achieved “the American Dream”. I have always planned of going home to the Philippines. Friends are surprised with my decision and could not imagine me liking and surviving it there but I couldn’t wait. I am close to my families there and we’ve always helped each other even though we… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago

Hi Feyma – The U.S. has the same travel advisory as Australia’s for Mindanao and Sulu. It has been in effect for many years now. The warning is not necessarily a knock on Mindanao. People need to understand that a government bears an enormous responsibility for all its citizens when they are in a foreigh country. They should also understand that in any uncertain situation, governments tend to err on the side of caution. The intent of the U.S. advisory is to warn and protect U.S. citizens from harm, and by issuing such a blanket directive for all of Mindanao,… Read more »

GaryM
GaryM
7 years ago

I have been to Mindanao with work. I was in Zamboanga, South Cotobato and General Santos (beauthiful place I stayed at the East Asia Hotel). I have also been to Jolo, Sulu. It all depends on what places that you go to and who you know. Will I go back? I don’t know. There was some beautiful places but then again there are beautiful places everywhere. I know that when I am on my transition leave from the US Army I am forbidden from visiting Mindanao or anywhere south or west of there. It all has to do with the… Read more »

victor
victor
7 years ago

My wife and I agree that you are 100℅ correct. The most critical of the Philippines are pinoy. My coworkers are mostly pinoy, and they always dissuade from travelling to the Philippines. Its kinda funny,kinda sad.

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