I’d say that there are three things I love most about living in the Philippines and one of them is island hopping. “Besides island hopping what are the other two things you love about the Philippines, Rusty?” I’m glad you asked. That would be Filipina and the low cost of living. Cebu provides a treasure chest of all three. Most of the Philippines will provide that though.
I’d say my most fulfilling moments while living in the Philippines included island hopping with Jessie. The low cost of living makes it possible for me to engage in island hopping. So the three are tied together like the bamboo of a nipa hut.
Someone recently asked me about freedom in the Philippines. He had been given some information from a friend that visited here. The information was not incorrect but perhaps a bit incomplete. His friend had told him that the people in the USA were brainwashed into thinking they were free compared to the Philippines. Now that I disagree with. Mostly because the degree to which American’s enjoy freedom of speech seems to be unequaled in the rest of the world. His question gave me the idea to write this article.
The question “How much money do I need to live in the Philippines?” is one I get often. This is a question that often comes in email and is a question better asked in public so that it will help others. Of course, there is no one answer fits all for this question. I require more money that many due because of my medical bills. The cost of living in the Philippines is much lower than it was in the USA for me. Some say it is higher, I don’t see how it could be. Some things cost more. The cost of services and housing is where you will likely have the biggest savings.
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So you want or have a long distance relationship with a Filipina. A Filipina girlfriend can be a marvelous thing. Like with any woman though, it can be like falling into a pit of common brown cobras. A long distance, online relationship with a Filipina is plagued with even more potential snake bites. They can workout though.
My long distance relationship with a Filipina worked out well. However, there were also a few snake bites along the way for me too. When you’re a long way off and the Filipina badly wants a foreign boyfriend, they tend to agree to anything. They often are fooling themselves. It is a fantasy and if you try to make it real and in person, they run away as they are often very shy.
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Wow, the US dollar to Philippines peso exchange rate has been in a long slump if you’re an American expat living in the Philippines. This affects more than just Americans, it is also hard on many Filipino families. Most Filipinos that work overseas (OFWs) send dollars back home to their families.
It also affects some international Filipino businesses. Many times they bill in dollars. When the dollar is falling, they loose revenue. When they prepare their Philippines income statements the funds are converted back to pesos. Thus, their gross receipts could take a substantial hit.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of revisiting the Odlot Hideaway in northern Cebu with four beautiful Filipina.
I was really surprised to see the three Filipina that went with use chow down on a raw jelly fish they caught in the Visayan Sea.
Understanding how important that respect in Filipino culture is will take you far toward a happy life in the Philippines. It also crucial in beginning to comprehend Filipino culture. I hear so many from the West say that respect must be earned. Those people just do not understand Asia nor the Philippines. In most cases, a Filipino will treat you with respect even if they have utter disdain for you. Usually though, respect is felt for the other individual. Even where there are disputes, it is not customary to show anger toward the other party. The disagreements are handled in a respectful way. Honestly, I can’t see the problem with that. It is how we all should treat others. The world would have far less conflict if we would do this.
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