If you need someone to tell you why to stay here, then your in the wrong place. If your hyper critical and unable to adjust to local conditions what can I say. You always have a choice. move. My positives: cheap beer that tastes ok pretty women who hold traditional values tropoical climate English language spoken freely good friends excellent food clear water and nice coral picturesque landscapes Good drinking water available cheap freedom from an information gathering society I can turn up my stereo and no one bitches the police can be bought the good filipino friends I have made cost of living is low I can fly to Manila for $30.00 I can ride my motorcycle on roads with beautiful scenery I can buy antibiotics over the counter I have high speed internet, (sometimes) I can play loud music with friends at Devlins for free I can go to Siaton and have no cell phone service, sit on a pristine coral pebble beach with my wife and watch the surf pound the rocks. Now granted all these things are subjective, but for me, life is good.