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Whenever I meet somebody new, or if I see an old friend that I have not seen for a long time, inevitibly the talk always seems to touch on where I live. When I tell them that I live in the Philippines there are two different reactions to the tidbit of information.

  • You live in the Philippines? Oh, I wish I could do something like that! Life in the tropics! Free time! Away from the rat race that I face every day! What a great life you must have!
  • Why in God’s name would you want to live in that kind of a place? I will never leave the United States!

There are slight variations, but basically these are the two different reactions when friends or others learn about where I live. I will say that moving to the Philippines has it’s ups and downs. It is not perfect, after all there is no perfect place on the earth, is there? Overall, though, when I look at all of the factors, I love living in the Philippines. I have a better lifestyle, less stress, a nicer climate. The benefits are many. The negatives are only a few – when you live in a different culture there are always little annoyances that you have to learn to deal with. But, deal with them and enjoy!

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Why, though, do a significant number of people react so negatively toward living in the Philippines, or basically to living anywhere outside the USA? That is a question that I don’t know the answer to! I do know that some people tend to think that I am sort of “anti-American” by leaving the country. Honestly, nothing could be further from the truth. I love my country, I just don’t happen to live there.

What I do believe, though, is that a lot of people are scared or intimidated at the thought of starting a new life in a different part of the world. They cover the intimidation and fear with a wall. That is how they protect themselves from even entertaining the thought of living abroad.

What do you think?

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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Hello Bob,

How long had pass between your decision to move there and the moving itself? Continue the good work and make us dream 🙂

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Hi Patrice – after making the decision that I wanted to move, it was 2 to 3 years before I actually did it.

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don merfeld

bob was that your priest who was kidnapped–Italian priest was kidnapped. by zamboanga?

Bob
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Hi Don – No, Father Franco is our Italian Priest friend in Bukidnon. He is still safe, no worries. I do pray for the Priest who was kidnapped over the weekend in Zamboanga, though.

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ken

hi bob… its just my opinion but lots of people have put themselves in a shell and r scared to venture out into the great wide open, as man did years ago , i always say i was born at the wrong time, coz i love adventure i should have been with magellen or marco polo or columbus or the vikings etc… i will be moving to davao in november or december to be with my fiancee. i look forward to chatting to you in person.

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We move a lot- 3 different states and 5 homes in the last 5 years. And in between those moves, we go home to the Philippines once a year and spend a couple of months there(we only spent 8 1/2 months last year-he,he). Life is a constant move for us. In the next 10 years, we plan to move to 3 more different places and we want to try other countries too. Moving is a pain in the butt- costs you a lot of money, give away a lot of stuff, cable & internet hook up, etc. But we like… Read more »

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Hi Ken – I would agree with what you say, especially after 9/11, people have their own little cocoon where they feel comfortable. Anything outside their cocoon is unfamiliar and not to be trusted. It's sad. I'll be looking forward to that chat with you that you mention when you get to Davao! Hi Kiarizona – I have been there and done that. When I was a kid we moved about every two years or so. I lived in so many different States of the USA, and also lived in South Africa. Now, I am settled in here in Davao,… Read more »

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Bill Huff

Hello Bob…….Bill Huff here…….in the last 13 months of planning my move to the Phili, as i have told you, i leave in Sept. for my new home in Butaun City……i have experianced the same thing. The number 1 responce is…" oh my God, why would you want to go to that place."…when i tell them that the literacy rate alone in the Phili is higher than the US, that usually shuts them up. Like you, i love the US…..but in saying that, one must remember the stats on a world wide level…….out of the 10 worst crimes commited by… Read more »

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Hi Bill – I understand all the things you are saying, and you are right in so many respects. One thing that you wrote really struck me – when you said that "we are all raised to believe that the USA is the greatest and safest place on the earth". You know, I believe that people in every country are taught from their childhood that their place is the best, it's only logical, I guess. But, when I read that, the first thing that came to my mind is that the the lives that we live can be great, meaningful,… Read more »

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Bill Huff

Hi Bob….Bill Huff again. You could not be more right. The way you saw through what i was trying to say is nothing less than incredible….you took the feeling right from my heart, i just could not find the words to discribe my feeling as you did……a beautiful insight Bob, that does discribe my feelings. Can't wait to sit at the same table with you, thanks.

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