So you are an American who has decided to move to the Philippines because ____________. You have your reasons which could be you like the Filipino life, the beauty of the Philippines, or you are on the run from the police, IRS, or an ex wife (just kidding on the last ones).
In any case you sell most of your household goods, pack up the rest for shipping, and you move to spend the rest of your life in paradise with your wife or girlfriend. So easy isn’t it, you just do it because this is the kind of person you are. You just pick up and leave when you feel like it. Let me tell you fellow it is not that easy and if you are a reader of my friend Bob Martin’s website you know you should do some preparation.
Now I’m not going to go into the many things such as visas, paperwork, and other things I’ll leave that today to Bob’s website Live in the Philippines. The thing I’m talking about is one of the most important things to take and that is a good attitude.
First off even though you may spend the rest of your life in the Philippines you are not a citizen, or not even a Filipino but you will generally be accepted as a unique part of your Filipino family. Even though your are not a Filipino and are still a visitor. As a visitor you will be treated differently, you will stand out and yes many will be watching how you act and react in certain situations. That means you must be on your best behavior when out in public especially. If you don’t understand the way things work you should observe and learn for the first months, years or however long you can, but still you will be watched. If you can’t handle that it may be the first sign that you probably shouldn’t have moved here.
Many of the Americans living in the Philippines successfully have said you need to spend some time living like a Filipino. This means to only get your food from the sources that the Filipinos do like the market. You should also spend more time visiting places Filipinos go rather than the touristy places. There are so many thing you need to learn about the Philippines hopefully before you move there for good.
One of the things I think you should have is an escape plan. What I mean is a way to get back home (yes the United States is still your homeland) if this move doesn’t work out. This could include:
- Enough money for a return ticket
- A credit card to use in an emergency
- Someone in the States who will promise to buy you a ticket
Like I said I don’t want to elaborate too much today, I’ll leave that to the many experts on their websites but I am just stating the important aspect of a good attitude needed with your move to the Philippines. Also I must add that this blog post does not call any individual or individuals out personally, it is just from my observations of many people in this situation. Salamat Po