We get all kinds of emails and private messages, so check out the FAQ here for the answers to our most common inquires. 🙂
1. Where are you from?
The cold and blustery heart of New England. That’s in the US.
2. The Philippines sure seems like paradise! You’ve sure got it made!
3. Why did you decide to move to the Philippines?
Heard it was pretty cool. Seriously, you can check out all the reasons on our Youtube channel here!
4. What other resources would you recommend?
I highly recommend joining and actively participating in an online Philippines expat forum. I myself joined one a year or so before moving here and it pretty much prepared me for 95% of the stuff that I have encountered thus far in the Republic. Also recommended is www.lifebeyondthesea.com. He also has a video channel on youtube that you can see here. Henry has compiled a massive collection of videos on just about every topic you can imagine.
5. Do you mind if I repost your posts?
Sure. Share all the links you want on your Facebook, Google +, Twitter, and own personal blog – just don’t post the entire blog post! That wouldn’t be cool. Instead, just write a quick note, place the link to our site, and have at it. Copying and pasting the entire post would be stealing, and that’s not cool, man.
6. What does your girlfriend see in you?
She says – and I don’t doubt her for a second – that I am incredibly gwapo! She then always adds “in my eyes,” but at this point, I will take what I can get. 🙂
7. OK, I am ready to move to the Philippines! What island should I move to?
I highly recommend visiting the country before selling all your stuff and heading to the opposite side of the planet. You can then get a feel for how it is here and – more importantly – if you will be able to adjust to a completely different culture. Visiting also allows you to travel to different islands in the Republic and conduct a more objective reconnaissance.
8. What do you do for work?
I do a bit of online work, writing content for other peoples sites (SEO), editing other people’s content, and checking translated documents. I have also managed my money quite well over the years, so that’s working for me, too. It’s not a lot of money, but it’s enough to live on comfortably here.
9. So, how much does it cost to live there?
This is the most commonly asked question. The short and dirty answer is “it depends.” If you insist on eating imported Western foods, going out a lot, running your air conditioning 24 hours a day, and living in a palatial residence you are going to be spending a lot of money. We live pretty simply and track all of our monthly expenditures. Base cost for rent, utilities and food for us is about $1,000 USD a month.
10. What’s your typical day like?
Wake up at 4 AM. Drink a couple of cups of coffee while catching up on emails and content on our sites. Work for a few hours on content, editing, or whatnot. Eat a peanut butter sandwich. Take a shower. Put together my gym bag. Head to MacDonald’s for coffee and chat with some friends. Hit the gym. Eat three eggs. Pick up some groceries. Head home. Take siesta for a couple hours during hottest part of the day. Eat late-ish lunch. Shoot a video. Edit video. Stare at a blank blog screen. Eat dinner. Watch Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones or a movie. Read some chapters on my Kindle. Fall asleep by 10 PM. Woo-hoo!
11. What kind of camera do you use?
I am a HUGE fan of the GoPro Hero series and the Nikon D7000.
12. I have a bunch of visa questions for you! That’s great, but I really don’t know about visas beyond the regular tourist visa. If you are looking to return to the US with your Filipina wife (info on marriage visas, fiance visas and the like), check out Larry and Rony over at www.pinayvisa.com. Larry has been working visas since 1998 and he and his wife (they’ve been married for eleven years) have an excellent reputation for getting things done. I’ve seen their operation and with all the white boards and computer screens, it’s like a visa command center. (Please note that I don’t have any financial stake in this referral – you don’t even have to mention me.)
13. Can we hang out with you?
Sure. If you are visiting Negros Oriental and want to buy us dinner, we surely won’t refuse!