Today I’m very happy to present you a guest post by a great fellow Japan blogger. I’m sure you’ve heard of him, and I highly recommend reading his blog. You’ll learn what life in Japan is really like – in a funny and sometimes sarcastic way. This has had some mixed results, but at least my wardrobe looks fantastic and my cholesterol level is nice and low.
I moved here permanently in 2008, at which point I gave up eating cheeseburgers, wearing wrinkled t-shirts, and speaking English.
I have been writing on Live in the Philippines for two and a half years now, living here nearly three years. Read and learn as much about the culture and language as possible. Don’t believe that you are a wealthy target everywhere you walk.
Before moving here, I lived in the Middle East, and traveled extensively in the developing world. Leave the walled, guarded compound once in a while.
I am not so rude as to tell someone that they are wrong, nor am I some “all knowing” being floating above the Astral Plane. This is stressed by myself and the other writers on this site over and over, yet I still receive many job inquiries. Thinking that you can buy land or work around the land laws: The obsession expats have with buying land is truly perplexing to me. Things tend to take on more importance when you live them every day. That belief is easily compounded on vacation or visits where things like hotels are cheaper than in the States. However, many things are more expensive here, and attempting to live a western lifestyle can get expensive very quickly. The Philippines is not Switzerland, Holland, Singapore, Hong Kong or a developed nation with large, wealthy expat or diplomatic community with small children.
However, I notice the patterns and people’s concerns, I have made many mistakes myself, and I can make the following . I know many of you may have breezed through these issues, or they were of no concern. Given the legal climate and prohibitions on foreign ownership, I simply cannot fathom why people would even consider doing so without, at the very least, living here for a year or two first. Thinking they know the market better than the Filipinos themselves? Overall, the cost of living is cheaper, but the Philippines is not the cheap bargain that some make it out to be.
Yet there are dozens of sites on the net giving “ways” to own land, will land, form corporations to control land, and so on.
EVERYONE in love says, “Yeah, but that won’t happen to me! Most of the guys who got burned thought the same thing. Moving to the Philippines is probably one of the most significant events in most people’s lives, ranking right up there with marriage and death. John joined the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine in mid-2008.