Retiring in the Philippines

by Philip Bock
(Anchorage, Alaska USA)

Me today

Me today

Hello Everyone:

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.

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thinking about retire
by: Anonymous

China can be a good place to retire, good climate in south,such as Sanya in Hainan province,has beautiful beach, clean air, cheap living cost but decent life. Also many cities near the sea if you like beach. And chinese food is very delicious. Not difficult to find a job as english t teacher if you still want to work although you are retired.

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by: gunns

i retired from the military at the age of 37. im now 57. 1500 will go quite a long ways as long as your modest in your living. also depends on WHERE you retire. if you try a big city like manila, cebu, etc its going to cost you. in the province like zambales , bataan (where i am) it is relatively cheap. you can get a modest apartment for around $200 plus a month , cheaper in some places. transportation is no problem. food is cheap. in 20 years here i have never had one problem with anything, no threats, no prob with age, anything. best move i ever made. only bad thing is quality of medical care in provinces

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by: steverik

I will give me my hand to you. I am also planning to retire at the Philippines. I am now 55 years of age. and I think most of the US guys treat me as an old man who cannot do anything. But in Philippines it is different. They treat me like I am still young and I can do a lot more in my life.

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RETIRING IN PHILIPPINES
by: Anonymous

CRAZY TO RETIRE IN PHIL...BIG DIFFERENCE IN VISITING THEN LIVING HERE. LIVING HERE WITH THEIR DOUBLE STANDARD SUCKS.

YOU ARE A TARGET FOR EVERY CON AND GET DOUBLE CHARGED AT EVERY TURN. MALES LIKE IT HERE FOR THE LADIES AND NO OTHER REASON.

HOW MANY FEMALES DO YOU SEE RETIRING OR VISITING HERE.

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Retiring in the Philippines
by: Miguel

Philippines is definitely the best and the cheapest destination to retire what ever nationality you are.

What one really need is a good and trusted adviser to get in.

I'am 65 years old and about to retire from my work here in Saudi. Am willing to give some advise to anyone who wants to retire in the Philippines.

Anyone needed some advice PM me on this thread with your email address and will get back to you as soon as I can Regards.

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hello
by: Anonymous

And its definitley cheaper than anchorage-

kelly

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Maybe I can help
by: Anonymous

I got in manila two days- ago-I have about 2000 a month and in manila it doesnt go far but-could survive-

checking out the lady scene-i agree with a litttle of what you say-but i can see there are possibilities across the board-

Ive listened to alot of people- and manila is def. cheaper than sanfran, new york all that-but not cheaper than boise idaho-or pensacola florida where i currently live-

however transport is cheap-food seems cheap- and i hear this is the most expensive place- i am glad i am here- have some backup money though-at least 2000-

I am learning the ways-on my own-everyone has advice and i take what i can from eveyone-

sincerely kelly

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