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.
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.