Retiring in the Philippines
by Philip Bock
(Anchorage, Alaska USA)
I have been thinking about retiring in the Philippines for many years now. But I was still young then and just never got around to seriously looking into it. But now, I'm almost 60 years old, but I still have the body and mind of a 30 or 40 year old. Like one Filipina told me, age is just a number.
I read one comment from someone here that said he was 50 and retired there because here he was treated like an old man. How very very true that is. People here in the US have no respect for the elderly. I'm in perfect health both physically and mentally, but definitely treat me differently than they do young people.
The gentleman who wrote the article said that the Philippines is very different in the way they treat older people. Although I have 3 college degrees, military experience, etc I can't get a job no matter where I've applied.
There's not supposed to be age discrimination here but that's all a lie. He also said that the Filipinas don't hold your age against you when it comes to romance. That's something that's definitely not true here. If a woman here is over 30 it seems, they let themselves go and gain a ton of weight and don't care at all about their looks.
I spent many years in Korea. I was an intelligence/counter-intelligence agent there for a long time. I have caught you know what from quite a few people because I'd rather date and marry a lady from the Far East and a Filipina sounds like just what would make me happy. I've been divorced since 1992 and I'm really tired of being alone.
I would like to ask if there is anyone here who would help guide me on what I need and should do to retire in the Philippines. I'm already retired. It is getting so expensive to live here it's crazy. And it's getting worse and worse. The government saves money by taking it from the poor rather than their rich friends and companies.
I receive about $1500 per month. I don't know how far that will go there but it doesn't go very far here at all.
Thank you for reading my question/comment.
I hope there is someone out there who is willing to give me a hand.