NY is unique and I was always happy to be back and even happier to leave. You would have to tie me up to get me on a plane going back there now. I lived most of the last 30 years in the Philippines, did I mention I'm old. Dumaguete has a nice balance of urban convenience while maintaining a small town atmosphere. No place is 100% safe but I feel very secure here. A number of years ago a Filipino friend asked if I was afraid to live here. I told him,"I'm from Brooklyn. Almost any place is better."