Retired to Philippines
I was looking for a place that gave me a lot more for my retirement dollars when I discovered what it is like to live in the Philippines. I certainly was apprehensive after viewing news from this place, but that quickly dissolved when I talked to Filipinos where I worked and expats living here about the truth of the matter.
You have to learn how to get along here in the Philippines safely and without getting ripped off. Where you live has a lot to do with all facets of life here. Once you adopt certain ideas and become aware of the pitfalls this place can stick in your path life here is much better than back in the US.
I was also a lonely man with no significant other until I came here. Here a woman's outlook on marriage and life is much different for the most part. You will find older guys like me married to woman half our age. Many Americans frown at that idea thinking how an old horn dog would always want a young lady, but the reality is that marrying older men is the way of life in Asia.
A man with some measure of success that provides a better life for a woman and her children is desired over a good looking young Filipino who has little income and who fits the norm of mistreating his wife.
The environment is always warm and can be wet much of the year. You need no heat and can do without air conditioning as long as you have power to turn a fan. Here sweating is unavoidable without air conditioning, but that same sweat being dried by a fan breeze is very cool and costs a lot less.
After you get used to where to go, when to go, how to find everything and learn a few words or tricks to get yourself understood, the Philippines will be a laid back lifestyle to enjoy. Lots of places to go and Filipinos are a lot of fun and very enjoyable people for the most part.
I invite any retirement age man to consider the Philippines. The world is a much smaller place thanks to airline cargo and traveler movements.
I think you will enjoy it and I invite you to ask the members of Yahoo Group Retireinphilippines why.
There you can find out most anything you want to know about moving in, setting up and enjoying retirement in the Philippines.