About

I am Lisa.  I’m a Filipino American.  I lived in the United States for over 9 years.   In August, 2008, my American husband, son and I uprooted from San Francisco, California and moved to the Philippines.

Tom and Lisa at Chrissy Field in San Francisco

Tom and Lisa at Chrissy Field, San Francisco

People often ask us why in the world we moved here. And before we could give an answer, they would quickly assume that the reason was for an easier and more relaxed life.  That may be the reason for some, but not for us.

The decision to move was easy.  Back in the US, I lost my job.  We were slowly draining our savings. So, before our savings disappear, we made a concerted decision to move here. In short, our reason for moving to the Philippines was to thrive.

Now, I run a small business which was passed on to me by my parents. I have no doubt that if we didn’t have that in place, before we moved here, if we didn’t have help from our parents, and if we didn’t and don’t work harder than we had when we were in America, we would have blown out our savings in less than a couple of years of staying here.

A few foreigners who have moved here write that the Philippines is a tropical paradise, with the most hospitable people in the world. . . that though the weather is hot, you can sit on the porch and enjoy the sea breeze while sipping a cool drink.  Perhaps that is exactly how they experience living here. But if you’re expecting that that is what you’ll end up doing, you might get disappointed, frustrated, and pack up.  Or worse, go broke and get stuck here.

I started this blog to write about our day­-to-day experiences in living in the Philippines.  It’s not from a viewpoint of someone who has money to burn, and afford an idyllic life.  It’s more like a realistic view of someone who is on a budget, and has to deal with, first hand, the extreme heat to save on air conditioning, the smoke belching buses while driving to work, the full-blast neighborhood karaoke at unholy hours, traffic danger, potential scammers, red tape, graft and corruption.

I and my family came from America.  We’re now in the Philippines.  We’re keeping it real.

7 Responses to About

  1. Just wanted you to know I am adding you to my list of blogs I read. Is there a way I can be notified via email when you post something new?

    • Thanks!

      I’ll look into how you could be notified of new posts. I’ve been searching Help / Support on wordpress.org on how that plugin could be added. Can’t figure out yet how to do it.

  2. Hi, I stumbled on your blog through Google with the search word “Filipino shirts America”…anyway, I used to author a blog before but had to cancel it because for 2 reasons; schooling and the negative vibes my blog gathered from people who don’t know what else to do in life, but diss others down. Well, my blog is like yours, only it was more about being a Filipina (me) living in America. I’ve been living in the US for 13 years and still currently based there. But as of this writing, I am here in the Philippines taking up Nursing. You see, just like you, I lost my job too (though I resigned but I never found any employment again since the recession hit hard in the US at around 2007-2008), So, to find a job, I enrolled in a Nursing course here and hopefully will be finish soon next year and be back in the States to reunite with my family. My husband is also American and we live in the northeast.
    Life here in the Philippines is much better if there’s money and savings. And that is my goal. I cannot go back here and convince my family to live here with me unless we have a job so that we can save enough for our retirement. My husband is enough for us but if we rely on it, we can’t save. So that is why I am seeking employment through the health care industry.
    I enjoyed reading your posts because I can relate to your musings.

    Anyhow, regarding your reader’s query, all you have to do is to go to Google RSS and submit your blog. After you submit your blog, they will provide you with codes to copy -paste into your blog so your readers can subscribe to your posts. Also you need to verify your blog so Google will be notified everytime you post—this is called Search Engine Optimization.
    WP is a great blog platform but it’s not user friendly. My blog then was hosted on Typepad which provides me everything I need to do and the Customer Support Staff actually helps you do it or they do it by themselves. The downside is, you pay every month for this kind of service, but it’s the most efficient and convenient platform for a blogger like me who does not want anything to do with the technical stuff of blogging.
    And do you know you can earn extra passive income through your blog? I used to earn about $1,000 a year from my blog…Though not much, but not bad for just blogging.
    Anyway, have a great day and God bless.

    • I agree! It’s really hard to adusjt with food regardless of how long you live outside the Phils. I live in US for almost 7 years (and 3 yrs in Canada) and we’ll be going back there next year,but I don’t know when I could finally accept that having pizza or burger for dinner is ok bec I always need my rice

      • When I was in the US, I was able to adjust quickly to not having rice for all meals. Then, when I came back to the Philippines, I had to re-adjust to eating rice all the time (agahan, tanghalian, hapunan, merienda). My American husband and I are now used to it.

        My husband is amused about my “rice logic”. He asked me at one time why I still would need to have rice with my fried chicken when I already have pancit (vermicelli noodles). I told him: Well, right now, I feel like having ketchup with my fried chicken, but I don’t like ketchup to mix in with pancit. I think it’s just plain wrong, like mixing in patis (fish sauce) on spaghetti. The condiment for pancit is toyo (soy sauce) and kalamansi (lime). But that would leave the chicken without any staple to go with it, which is why I’m having rice. If we’re out of ketchup, or at times I don’t feel like having ketchup, then I’ll have chicken with just pancit, no rice. At first, he thought I was joking. But then my parents supported my reasoning. After over 4 years of living in the Philippines, my husband now understands my other rice logics.

        • wag na kayo mangarap mautnkpaa sa america. mas maganda ang pilipinas sa america. ang mahirap sa aten ay yung mga official nateng dapat ibalek sa indonisia, china, at kung saang bansa nilang nakuha ang ugale nilang criminal. para sa aken , pilipinas ang pinakamagandang bansa sa buong mundo. kaya mga bata, wag na kayong mangarap mahalen at tulungan ninyo ang sarile ninyo. God only helps those who helps themselves//;;;

    • oh my goodness, i caelld my husband in to show him this. i’m half filipino so i remember my momma and aunties all eating it… i never tried it only because i was small but i probably would’t try it now just because i’m a vegetarian 😉 but i told him it was a delicacy back home…nice to meet a fellow pinoy 😉

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