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Poll Why did you choose the Philippines as your home?

Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by AndyG, Jan 17, 2020.

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What were your top 5 reasons for choosing the Philippines as your home?

  1. Health facilities

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  2. Cost of living

    42 vote(s)
    93.3%
  3. Prevalent spoken english

    33 vote(s)
    73.3%
  4. Restaurants and cuisine

    4 vote(s)
    8.9%
  5. Climate

    40 vote(s)
    88.9%
  6. Religious freedom

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  7. Excursion activities (diving/hiking/fishing etc)

    10 vote(s)
    22.2%
  8. Scenic locations

    14 vote(s)
    31.1%
  9. Expat community

    11 vote(s)
    24.4%
  10. Local community

    5 vote(s)
    11.1%
  11. Nightlife

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  12. Geography - close to something or far away from something else.

    3 vote(s)
    6.7%
  13. Marriage / Companionship

    27 vote(s)
    60.0%
  14. Something else, please message me to add it here.

    4 vote(s)
    8.9%
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  1. AndyG

    AndyG DI Member ★ Global Mod ★ ★ Forum Moderator ★ Showcase Reviewer Blood Donor

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    I'm doing a bit of market research and I though who better to ask than a bunch of impartial and respectable expats like those here on DI. The question is about the Philippines in general rather than specifically Dumaguete and I'll follow up with another poll just for Dumaguete. Please make 5 choices to enable the vote button, the results are private and will remain so and the poll is open for 7 days.

    If there's something else you would like me to add please PM me or reply below.
    Thanks in advance for you help :smile:
     
  2. Charlie

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    Hi Andy,
    I left the Philippines in early September for health reasons. The so called doctor there suggested I get back to the U.S. ASAP.. But the jerk did not properly prepare me for the flight back and the U.S. acting VA hospital said had I come to them just 3-5 hours later they would have just sent me to the morgue. No joking. I then spent a whole month at VA hospitals while they brought me back to life. I would have had some issue anyhow but not with the severity caused by an inept urologist at holy crap hospital in Dumaguete, All I'll say is his name starts with an A. I have recovered fairly well, but it appears I will always have lingering issues caused by the doctor?? ? at holly crap hospital. My issue came up very suddenly with no warning signs. I say it's a huge gamble just living in the Philippines, but to each their own. I will likely never come back, I'll be under VA care in the U.S. for life now.
    I'd bet Larry( Shadow) would still be alive today had he sought care back in the U.S.. Again, to each their own.
    Best wishes,
    Charlie
     
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  3. ChMacQueen

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    I couldn't come up with 5. One missing though and not in a bad way is beautiful women or women in general. The Asian woman who's not materialistic like western women and more open minded towards older guys and rather easy to get with is a big thing for a lot of guys while. As older guys we're not so interested in women our own age range usually and we really don't want to play the months of courting and dating before getting her in the sack.

    May not be the *nice sounding* choice but if honest I'd say its likely up there with the top 3.

    P.S. No disrespect to Filipina's here. Tons of great ones and we don't judge these things as a bad quality in any way.
     
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    grandpainak DI Forum Patron Showcase Reviewer Veteran Army

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    Yes there is Andy; "FROM". I was born and raised in the states. I am not overly proud of that because of the family there. If I could get farther away from the drama in my family there I would. I am 12 time zones away from them now which means that I am on the opposite side of the world. I am from Michigan, a LONG way from Michigan. I like it here.
     
  5. DavyL200

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    Just needed a change and ended up here,got bored with all the nonsence back home and came to a different sort of nonsence. The choices in the poll are not really relevant but checked the ones closest.
     
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    AndyG DI Member ★ Global Mod ★ ★ Forum Moderator ★ Showcase Reviewer Blood Donor

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    That's a very good point so I edited the option marriage to include companionship which I believe encompasses your sentiment.
     
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    Another valid point, I changed the option "Shopping" which is unlikely to get votes and changed it to Geography. Feel free to edit your choices if you want to.
     
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    Thanks Dave, I landed here somewhat by chance so I understand, I chose what kept be here rather than what brought me here as I suspect you did. Don't worry, there will be a poll on types of nonsense too which I feel confident you'll be able to help me choose categories for!!
     
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  9. Dave_Hounddriver

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    I replied to the poll. It was interesting to me that my 5 choices were the same as the majority of others. Just a word of caution though, myself and many others made those choices a dozen years ago. That does not mean people moving to the Philippines today would have those same reasons. In fact I plan to leave because one of my primary reasons has changed. It is just not cheap here any more. It is not extremely expensive but not cheap either. So I plan to leave.
     
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    Curious... where would you go ?
     
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