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Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by Rye83, Mar 10, 2016.

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Why did you originally come to the Philippines? (You can choose more than one answer.)

  1. The beautiful FIlipina women. ;)

    37 vote(s)
    28.0%
  2. A significant other/wife.

    45 vote(s)
    34.1%
  3. Work/Military.

    13 vote(s)
    9.8%
  4. Retirement.

    52 vote(s)
    39.4%
  5. Cheaper living.

    52 vote(s)
    39.4%
  6. For a vacation.

    32 vote(s)
    24.2%
  7. Other.

    18 vote(s)
    13.6%
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  1. Rye83

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    What originally brought you to the Philippines? And then what made you decide to go with Dumaguete?
    Myself:
    I got married to a FilAm that I went to high school with in the US (I was young, dumb and full of......:rolleyes:). After about a week I realized that I had made a mistake after I caught her messing around with another guy. Drama-drama, bla bla, I filed for divorce. She didn't want that for some reason and instead decided to run off to the Philippines to move in with her parents who were living in Zambales so I couldn't get the divorce....out of spite I guess?

    That just p*ssed me off even more than I already was about the cheating (and the trailer trash she did it with) and I wasn't going to let her win so I decided to make a trip to the Philippines (which I couldn't have even pointed out on a map at the time). After about 6 months of saving up enough money (I was only 21 at the time and worked in factories) I bought a ticket to Manila and quit my job. Note: I was going to do this anyway because I was going to join the military.

    I did absolutely no research about the country before I went. So I walked out of the Manila departure doors and got a taxi to Olongapo for 3k pesos (this was before the highway from AC to Olongapo was complete and the trip took around 3-4 hours so the price wasn't all that bad). I got hungry and told the driver to stop somewhere so I could get something to eat......and he stopped at the McDonald's at the end of Fields Avenue in Angeles. :excited:Never in my life had I had to fight off women just to get a quarter-pounder at McDonalds. So after I got finished my burger I went out and told the taxi driver that he had taken me far enough and thanked him profusely for stopping at that McDonalds. Needless to say, I didn't make it to Olongapo that trip and I didn't get divorced either.....that took another 7-8 years or so.

    Fast forward about 6 years and I'm still married to the c*nt but now living in the Philippines while contracting in Afghanistan.....living with, and supporting, her :banghead2:. (Don't ask......but part of it had to do with military benefits and tax returns :wink:). I come back from a deployment, screw her, and then a couple days later my d*ck springs a leak with some nasty stuff coming out. She blames me, I know that's bullsh*t and had enough of it.....again. After a long fight I finally told her to go f*ck herself (or her bf if she preferred), wished her good luck in paying the rent without me, got online, looked at a map of the Philippines, hastily pick an island and city I had never heard of (hastily because she was still screaming at me and denying she didn't cheat.....which then changed to her begging me not to go, profusely apologizing and trying to pull me away from the computer once she saw what I was doing on the computer) and then bought a ticket to Dumaguete for the next day. I packed my crap, went to the hospital in Olongapo to get treated for of the crap she gave me, got on a bus to Manila and then flew to Dumaguete the next day. When I got to Dumaguete I was astounded with how many expats were in the city. (I originally had no intentions of staying here, I was just going there to get away from the wife and had planned on later moving to Cebu.)

    This was not the end of the wife though, We stayed married and she eventually moved down to Dumaguete with me :banghead2:. (I like money a lot and I got a whole lot of extra cash on my tax returns for filing married. That's the excuse I tell myself anyways. :rolleyes:) I did divorce her a year or so later after I caught her cheating again in Dumaguete with a Filipino that was going to Silliman. :shifty: (If my xwife wasn't such a c*nt to the helper all the time I doubt the helper would have ever called me up in Afghanistan to rat her out....and then assist a private investigator with collecting evidence. :hilarious:)

    TL:DR - My answers to the poll were "For a vacation" and "Other" (to have my FilAm x-wife sign divorce papers after I caught her cheating the 1st time and she tried to avoid it in the US by running off to the Philippines). I moved to Dumaguete (that I had randomly picked from a map before buying the ticket from Manila) to get away from her after I caught her cheating for the 2nd time.
     
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  2. Jack Peterson

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    I am in Dumaguete because it is her ( My Wife's) Home and her mother is still alive, I retired here because I had to Retire somewhere.
    Spain was getting Pretty expensive and the Immigration Laws of Europe especially the UK just did not allow her and our Daughter to Enter and Live so here I am, happy and Intend to stay.
     
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    I came to the Philippines because it's warm and spinal arthritis sucks. I always try to kill more than one bird with the same stone, figured I would meet a girl online and have a native guide / marriage prospect. I came to Dumaguete a few years ago to see if it was a good place to live. It looked better then than it does now. I reported to a friend and he up and moved almost immediately. I returned to Dumaguete to attend and film his wedding. I met a woman and hung around for awhile. I was already looking at moving, probably to Bacolod before my aunt passed and I was next of kin so back to the US I went. Probate should be over in a couple of months, California is slow that way but my lawsuit against a land company is finally hotting up and it's handy to stay til that is done. Maybe I will be back by the end of the year.
     
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  4. AlwaysRt

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    I decided to travel full time and was planning on wondering around Central and South America. While I could get by with English I figured it would be more fun if I was at least conversational in Spanish but wasn't ready to put forth the effort to get there.

    Being a veteran the Philippines made sense as a destination, especially with the high level of English. I started looking researching Subic and Angeles thinking about access to the VA and hanging out at the VFW. I want a smaller town feel though so started researching again, found Cebu and joined a couple forums. Asked for advise and heard about Duma and Valencia, got a PM about dumagueteinfo and just kept liking what I read. Got here in January and have no current plans for when or where to move on to.
     
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  5. Miguel

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    I came here 'cause of
    1) Pacific Ocean
    2) highest biodiversity in Coral Triangle, great diving
    3) Rim of Fire; volcanoes (check), earth quakes (check), tsunamis (-)
    4) taifun (check)
    5) everybody speaks English (-) :hilarious:
     
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    I was working and living in Makati. Went through a divorce with an Asian/American wife. Decided to retire to minimise the divorce settlement. Then had a crazy relationship with a filipina trophy girl which drove me crazy. Decided to recover for a year diving at Apo but fate led me to meet my to-be wife/mountain girl while here and was smitten by the difference from a city girl and a simple mountain girl. And lived happily ever after.
     
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    For me it was when I was in the US Army. One of my best friends was a Filipino who was on a student visa and joined the army to gain US Citizenship. He was always talking about the Philippines and I was just like *yah, ok... whatever*. But when we were in Bosnia his father died and he received 2 weeks leave to go home for the wake and funeral. When he came back he kept talking about how he spent 2 weeks partying, tons of girls, bought lots of electronics and 2 computers for his family... and only spent $2k. At that point I said to myself that one day I'm going to check it out and have fun myself. After got out of the service and got disability coming in from the service I ended up having nothing going for myself in the US and sick of how things were going I decide I'd go on a vacation to the Philippines. Having severe anxiety especially on traveling though I knew I couldn't do it alone so I started looking to meet someone online figuring maybe at worst I had some company for my vacation and maybe I could get lucky or real *lucky*. Well I met a woman online and that became my ticket in and I came to see her and the country. Stayed for 21 days and when I got home I said screw it, sold everything and packed up and moved to the Philippines. I thought I hit the jackpot as the girl I met was better then most of my past ex's (not much of a compliment though). Of course at this point she is long gone after getting tired of her crap and thieving ways.
     
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    I came to philippines for the warm climate,the snorkeling in the ocean an my sweetheart I met online and of course being retired and not wealthy the cost of living. Iam still looking for a place near crystal clear water an good snorkeling just walking off the beach. The only thing that really got to me about the Philippines are the sanitary and garbage everywhere conditions- but you know I can learn to live with it coz anything beats Winters in Saskatchewan Canada!
     
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    Origionally came for a two week vacation and stayed at talisay in Cebu,decided Cebu was a dump so headed down to argao and started chatting to a guy who owned a pension house in dumaguete so thought why not go and see,didn't even know it was on another island!
    Went home two weeks later and put house on the market and sold the business and was back here in July 2011.
    Had looked around plenty of other countries over previous years and Spain would have been my first choice but at the time was still too expensive.
     
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    I came for the beaches, but when I got here I found out I was pronouncing it wrong.
     
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