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Lee2:

--- Quote ---Will I be able to survive on $20,000 US per month?    ::)  2nd;  How can I get $20,000 per month? 
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Welcome Drew. Cost of living is a question that gets asked over and over, I suggest you read the Living Costs in different areas setion and Expat life in Philippines section, if you do not see a recent answer there that fits your situation, then post a question about it. From what I have seen, expats live comfortably on $1,500 and up a month, yet others survive nicely on less, some on half or even less, depending on their lifestyle, it is going to depend a lot on what you will need, what you already have and how big your wants will be.

Hestecrefter:
Hello Drew,

I am from a rural area in British Columbia (off-the-grid rural) and have traipsed around a fair bit of Canada, including Alberta.

You say you met your Filipina there.  May I ask how she ended up in rural Alberta?  Did she come to Canada on a work visa?  Previous marriage to a kano?  Also, may I ask how much time you have spent in the Phils?  In 1998, I moved to the Phils from Los Angeles where I had been living for 3 years.  No friends or family back home in Canada really questioned the move since (a) I had already moved to LA, which some found a bit strange to begin with and (b) I had already been on many trips to the Phils, so no one could really suggest I did not know what I was getting into. 

I came back to Canada in 2002 with the Filipina who became my wife in 2003. The plan was to be here for no more than 6 months and then return to Quezon City, where I had purchased a house.  The plan did not go as planned.  We ended up staying in Vancouver for 6 years, then moving to our present location.

We have been back to visit, but not sure if we'll ever go back to live.  We are in a spell of hot weather here and my wife remarked yesterday that "it feels like the Philippines. That's why I don't want to go back."  She really likes a cooler climate.  Long ago, I had a Filipina gf and we lived in Vancouver.  She never got used to temperatures below about 80 degrees.  She moved back to the Phils and that's where she wants to stay.  So no two are the same.

From what you have said, I think you are in for a positive change.  As you said, no real connections before, now you'll be enveloped by family and community.  Family and community work a bit differently there, but not in a bad way and you perhaps have some experience already.

As for cost of living, Lee has already made a good suggestion for further reading.  It really seems to vary a lot.  Common wisdom is that the more you seek to replicate a western lifestyle, the more expensive it will get.  For most, it's not too hard to adapt to a more Filipino lifestyle and it becomes more affordable.  I would guess your armed forces pension will at least cover the basics quite nicely.  It probably exceeds by some margin what your neighbors will be living on.

We look forward to hearing about the actual move and settling in.  I hope you'll share the adventure.  You'll probably find people on this board a resource.  There is a wealth of collective experience and wisdom here on just about every aspect of moving to and living in the Phils.  I am now a bit removed from it, but most here are living it every day. 

Tim_L:

--- Quote from: Drew on July 30, 2018, 10:23:23 AM ---Oh, first question;  Will I be able to survive on $20,000 US per month?    ::)  2nd;  How can I get $20,000 per month?

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I would think that you could live pretty much anywhere on $20K US per month. How can you get that much per month? That's a question for you I guess. I'm certainly not making that much so, I don't know.

Drew:

--- Quote --- I would think that you could live pretty much anywhere on $20K US per month. How can you get that much per month? That's a question for you I guess. I'm certainly not making that much so, I don't know.
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I was just being facetiousTim as I know that's the one question so many people ask so was yanking a chain is all.  I'm at the human level - a couple K and pretty much have my plan and expectations farily well grounded.

Tim_L:

--- Quote from: Drew on August 02, 2018, 09:06:07 AM ---I was just being facetiousTim as I know that's the one question so many people ask so was yanking a chain is all.  I'm at the human level - a couple K and pretty much have my plan and expectations farily well grounded.

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Ahhhhh... Gotcha... Well, you got me on that one. hahaha....

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