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Many visitors who come to he Philippines do so not just to have a vacation, but to also try and start a new life and even to kick start a new them.
The Philippines has English signs and it is easy to be fooled into believing that it is very easy to settle into the Pinoy culture.
Here is an expat story from Paul Whiteway from a few years ago.
Article from https://internationalliving.com/
“Sundays begin with family. They arrive early and, before long, we’re on our way to the beach. We swim, eat, swim…and eat again. It’s a pleasure watching people enjoy the simple things,” says expat Paul Whiteway.
“The perfect Sunday ends with music. Like a lot of local households, ours wouldn’t be complete without karaoke. The more we drink, the louder we sing.”
But that’s on weekends.
Weekdays, Paul squeezes in a little work. A perpetual smile on his face, the 64-year-old moved to the Philippines five years ago. There he found a new love and a new lease on life.
Coming of age in the 1960s was fun. For Paul, the idea that you should “live for today” (and not worry about tomorrow) resonated deeply. “We saw so many people spend their lives planning and saving for retirement, only to die before they could enjoy it. Banking on an uncertain future didn’t make sense to us [Baby Boomers].
So…many of us didn’t,” he says.
As Paul reached his 50s, it began to sink in that he could be around for several more decades. And he knew he couldn’t afford to retire in Australia, where he’d been living. His home country, England, was too cold and too expensive to be an option. Still young and fit to work, Paul nonetheless dreamed about getting out of international sales. Maybe retiring early and getting back to basics…a simple life, and the things that really matter.
Researching alternative retirement destinations online, he discovered that a lot of retirees—many of them single, like Paul—were making their way to the island of Cebu, in the Philippines.