Why I won’t Write for American Expats in the Philippines
Very little of what I write is for American expats in the Philippines. Why? Because some of them are the most thankless people I’ve ever met (online only, of course). They move here thinking they’re moving to paradise only to find out they’re wrong.
Any place you choose to live isn’t going to be any better than you make it. Or any worse. There are some really bad areas to live in the Philippines as well as some really good areas. It’s like that in the United States as well, despite what some people would like you to believe.
The Plans that American Expats Make
I read about it all the time, mostly on Facebook. In fact, I recently read the posts from a guy who’s waiting until he can afford to retire in the Philippines. His Filipino girlfriend, in the Philippines, is a lot younger than he is. From appearances alone, I’d say she looks young enough to be his granddaughter. But hey, who am I to judge?
The biggest problem I see is the Americans who come to the Philippines to go wife shopping. Most of them are old, like me. When they get burnt by their prospective partners, they turn into the most negative people you could hear about.
This phenomena isn’t limited to American expats, of course. I’ve read about expats from other countries getting themselves into similar predicaments.
Expats in Paradise
The Philippines is a paradise for some expats and hell for others. I guess it depends on perspective. If you lived all your life in a really hot and humid part of the United States all your life and move here, the weather is going to be agreeable. If not, it won’t be.
When I first moved here in April of 2006, I suffered. I didn’t know ahead of time that it’s one of the hottest months of the year. It took years to get used to the heat and humidity combined. I previously lived in Hawaii (and I was stationed there once while in the Marine Corps) and the humidity is just as bad, but without the heat.
Expats and Sex Tourism
If you think it isn’t happening, think again. Many American expats live here for years on end by extending their visas. When they can no longer extend, they go to another country (usually Guam) for a day, return and start the process all over again.
There are single expats living here who intend to stay single. Some are young and some are old, so it’s not an age thing. I know of one specific area where the men go home with different women every night, usually after a night of drinking at one of the local bars.
Expats and Negativity
The way people feel tends to rub off on others. It’s almost as contagious as a virus. If you surround yourself with negative people, you tend to feel negative (mostly depressed). If you surround yourself with positive people, you to tend to feel positive.
I don’t write for American expats because I don’t like the negativity influencing me in any way. I’m already retired and I don’t need that kind of stress in my life.