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Is The Philippines Really For Everyone – In this video I discuss why the Philippines shouldn’t be on everyone’s list to live and other alternatives for those people.

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  1. Is The Philippines Really For Everyone – In this video I discuss why the Philippines shouldn’t be on everyone’s list to live and other alternatives for those people.

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  2. Gio doesn’t but a lot of vloggers overhype it here to get subs. Not everyone that comes here is going to like it. I don’t mind it here but. there are a lot of things you don’t like that you just have to learn to live with. If I hadn’t met Neneng online 3 years ago I would not be here now.

  3. Besides very few expats stayed in the Philippines til they die or living homeless without a chance to go back to their home country. I saw forgeiners sleeping in the streets in Cebu and some are street vendors.

  4. I got to know this Italian guy 30 yrs old over staying in Philippines became illegal alien and if he goes back to Italy he has nothing there to go to.

  5. I visited the philippines 3 times while in the military. It is the only foreign culture i felt a close connection with. My concern now is at age 59 is some health issues, mainly diabetes type 2. I also have an extreme high level of stress here in the states. I think being in a less stressful lifestyle and eating healthier may lessen my diabetes. Life here basically is just too stressful. I remember my times in the PI as being very stress free and peaceful. Its a rat race here. Im sure on military retirement and social security disability would allow me to be financial ok. I only sruggle with where to settle.

  6. I whole heartily agree that someone with serious medical issues should reconsider. The increased insurance along could kill a budget, especially if thinking of “living cheap”. Those that still chose to go, you’ll be best off living in or close to the major cities, close to a good private hospital.
    Personally, I was looking to get full dental implants, but the information on that is pretty slim. I may have to do what you recommend and look at other locations for that type of work. I still plan on making the PI my retirement, and just waiting around for the world to start spinning again. I should have been over there at least a few times by now, but at least I’m still able to work full time and put even more away until that day.
    Stay safe and thanks for the ongoing good info!

  7. My disability is chronic back pain and i must take prescribed opiates. In the Philippines, i believe that oxycontin will be availabile for me if i go see the right Filipino doctor at his private hospital???

  8. Way to many vloggers paint that picture of rainbows and unicorns lol
    $500 a month good luck Better like nepa huts dried fish and rice!!!
    I love the Philippines! I don’t think I could live there long term! And I surely would not try it on $500 a month!

  9. I’m a U.S. national, I’ve been a visitor to the Philippines since 2008, and I have a Filipina wife and stepson and a house in Tacloban. I would amend your statement, “The Philippines is not for everyone”, to “The Philippines is probably not for you”. Not just some guys, but MOST guys should not come here to live. Period. You are not going to be happy long-term, and there’s a universe of reasons why you won’t be happy. I apologise, because I know I’m killing your vibe, ruining your joy, dashing your dreams, etc., but that is the truth of the matter. I’ve seen it over and over and over again. Again, sorry.

  10. yes gio phils isnt for everyone ,i met many many who lose all their money they over live and the kids he has with her are to suffer seen it many time s

  11. Which I said it too. Philippines doesn’t have a good health care. So yes you might love the Philippines but if you have health issues you really have to think about it.

  12. medical center hosp in metro mnl and st ukes
    in mnl
    are world class but yes many die filipinos at 25 thru 28 diabetes untreated or high blood pressure no medical care they have no funds

  13. 500 dollars a month could be done(in certain areas of the Philippines) but I would never ever recommend it here. On that type of a budget, things change, especially as you get older having health issues. If you only have 500 dollars a month to live off from, you didn’t plan your retirement very well. You need at least 1000 a month and/or at least some savings(emergency funds) in the bank for back up unless you are one of those that proudly say “I’ll just die in the Philippines” which I’ve heard so many times and you will get your wish because they don’t treat you here unless you have MONEY. In most western countries, they have safety nets for people who just want to survive/exist. When I was 50, I didn’t have any major health issues but now at 64, I have type 2 diabetes, prostate issue, a small heart issue and back problems. I’m retired in the Cebu City, Philippines area and finding out that medical is now a big issue with me.

  14. in 27 plus years living there ive met many disabled but most are walking disabled ,the biggest problem ive seen is the kano has wife about 2 kids then goes broke over living expenses they leave and never c0mes back she stuck with kids no income
    ive met about 100 or so whove done that they gotta have car 2 motorbikes resturants bars etc their goes the money
    i live on 2500 usd budgeted and we stay on budget always
    we raise pigs and sell used clothing big in phils at a store my wife and our bff
    i got insurance and 2 times a year i do all week visit to hawaii for medical and medicines

    do well

  15. I’ve been to PI six times… I love it there… for a few weeks…I think the shine would wear off in 6 months or so. My motivation is I have a GF there…..I will give it a try..
    and “ risk it for the biscuit “ but I have a plan B too !! Great vid Gio…. you da man !!!

  16. The only hospitals that most expats would probably want to enter would be in Cebu or Manila, and those are going to be overly stressed the next year or two or three.

  17. Gio,
    It’s good that you are talking about going there to live. I will go back as soon as possible. Some things are not the same as the USA, but I will take it if I can go back. I don’t need burgers and steaks all the time. I am healthy so far, and I can actually budget a little savings with a decent income. I have heard the negative vlogs more than I want to hear. I miss the sound of roosters, etc.

  18. During my Asian travels, Seen alot of expats complains just about anything doesn’t matter which country they choose to live, they always have something to complain about, I wonder why they left their own country when they got it good over there. they should take time to know the country first before moving, Atleast they know what to expect, these counties will not adjust for them.

  19. Good video Gio. I’d say if you have never visited another country or never been to a developing country you might want to really keep an open mind before you think about moving. You aren’t in Kansas anymore Dorthey. When you visit Asia things will be different and you will need to change because Asia isn’t changing for you. I like places that are different from where I live. It makes life interesting and I think it helps me grow as a person. However, even with that many times I’m frustrated. If you keep saying to yourself things in my country aren’t like this than you probably won’t be happy.

  20. If you do get in a accident the ambulance drivers aren’t paramedics. There just racing car drivers. Trying to get you to hospital as fast as possible.

  21. Excellent video. Being adaptable is the overriding need for us transitioning to the Fil life. Occasionally I find myself having to check myself and cool my expectations about what happened. I agree that medical care and standard of living are foundational.

  22. I would strongly advise people to be careful about taking advice from vloggers in the Philippines. Many are viewership driven therefore don’t give an honest account of life in the Philippines. The culture and mindset is very different in the Philippines. My advise to anyone considering living there is try it for 1 year before you make any serious commitment.

  23. Everyplace is very different too. The hardest thing for me is the crappy infrastructure and unless in Makati or parts of Cebu you can’t get a decent steak. It’s a nice place to spend an extended period of time. Live forever? No way.

  24. Hi Gio
    Don’t think it is only in the Philippines where you find those complaining people. They are everywhere. I moved from Germany to Canada, and even people who have been living here in Canada for more than 40 years, they’re still complaining and saying in Germany everything is better. And yes, I ask myself the same question, why are those people living here ? I think the fact is, not everyone is made for immigration. I also believe that those kind of people could live in paradise and they would still find something to complain about. That’s why I would never ever advise someone to make the move. I honestly believe, that people who don’t make it in there home country for whatever reason, will likely fail in any other country as well.

  25. I was in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. I keen many people who had no business even visiting another country. We would make a port visit and they would expect everything to be like it was in the States. And thought they were privileged there just because they were American.
    My wife and I are now ready to retire and are planning to retire on Cebu as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.

  26. 3 years ago yes, Now no. Nothing is improving much and it’s getting more expensive for sure.” living in a country is Not the same as a holiday

  27. Money handling issues is a reason. If you don’t know how to budget money, make money consistently, spend too much, or constantly going into debt, then money issues should keep you out of the Philippines, or anywhere, until you get that resolved. And if you think you’re going to get by being a con artist and screwing people over, think again.

  28. You’re seriously telling us that those are not your pug pillows? Man, you really are a minimalist. How does anyone survive without pug pillows?

  29. I’ve heard from several people that after a few months in the Philippines, they came off their bp and diabetes meds. Just something else to consider. Sunshine, sweating, improved diet and less stress can be good. You’re right though…give it a test run first.

  30. Have a heart attack use plan alcohol. Then call more girls . Then call ambulance. If ambulance makes it fine. If not you died in good company. It’s a joke. I don’t drink but I would call a girl in case I lived . she could get my money to get me out of hospital before I starved to death

  31. I always suggest a pre-dry run by staying in Tijuana. Maybe a bit worse than most areas in PI. But, if you can adapt there, you should do fine. And if not, you can just drive back over the border.

  32. There are techniques to living a good life on a cheap budget. In CDO downtown I was paying 10k for my airbnb with everything included. My budget was basically airbnb, food and immigration. I was def living on 20k month and enjoying it. But after the first month I met a gf and my budget got fkked.

  33. I’m married to a Filipina and The Philippines is a great place to visit for a Holiday, however I would NEVER live there. Traffic and the bad driving is just 1 of the many reasons.
    The hike in prices because you’re a foreigner is annoying, also crime can be an issue and Filipino logic is something I would struggle to adjust too.

  34. Great tips Gio and I wholeheartedly agree with you! Everyone should examine their HEALTH first begore ANYTHING else, and then their steady income. As for me, I am Diabetic and already had a kidney transplant a year ago BUT will not move ANYWHERE else ! I do love to travel (when circumstances permit) and hope to have my Filipina Fiance here in my paid off Florida home by next year if our K1 Visa gets approved. Good luck to all!

  35. Good video Gio, it’s important to look at the upside and downside of living in a third world country. I currently live in Thailand and had plans to make a move to Dumaguete but after watching loads of Dumaguete vlogs I’ve decided to stay in Thailand for many of the reasons you mentioned although I’m in excellent health I’ve found there are many other benefits to life in Thailand vs the Philippines. The other thing I find very interesting is the Filipinos who I know living in Thailand prefer to stay in Thailand not just because of earning power and a lower cost of living but lifestyle as well. I’ll have another look at the Philippines once this virus scare has passed and maybe give it a try.

  36. Been to the Philippines 12 times in the last 6 yrs and spent approx 2 yrs total there, this is what I’d recommend : 1. have at LEAST $ 1500 ( but much better ) $ 2000 per month living expenses especially if you want to do any traveling to islands and ALWAYS have easy access to $ 10 K to 20 K for emergencies like medical especially if your over 50 yrs old. Never buy land because you can’t own it as a foreigner and if you must own property make it a condo, foreigners can own condos because they only own the condo, not the land. But I HIGHLY recommend renting because it’s cheaper and you have many more options. If your planning on living in the Philippines full time visit at least 2 or 3 times and see if it’s really what you want. Just a few suggestions from my time in the Phils……

  37. This happened in 2019, An elderly American woman had lived on Phuket island for many years with her daughter who also had a live-in nurse, they were forced to leave Thailand due to a visa issue, their choice was to relocate to the Philippines where the elderly lady could receive affordable medical care, however, the daughter did comment that she was concerned about the lesser quality medical care and higher cost in the Philippines compared to Thailand.

  38. You know the way their health system is the infrastructure, the internet ,especially the health system you might want to think twice about moving to the Philippines a year after the pandemic they don’t have enough beds for the sick people and they are dying things might get better later on but for right now the people of the Philippines are paying a high price because the government wasn’t prepared for this United States got the best drug companies in the world Pfizer, Moderna Johnson & Johnson three of the best in the world just an opinion take care and God bless

  39. Left out the weather, if your not used to the heat, it can cause rashes and other problems. Broken side walks, the general safety issues we never see. The food and water can and will make you sick, if you have any stomach problems beware. Most Developing countries are the same. Your age does matter, like a car with high miles it is not the same as a new car, and you need money to keep fixing it.

  40. what ya mean dont sell your stuff etc? Hell if the phils is not open or does not work out can try somewhere else. But the US just makes no sense for some of us now, the pandemic has changed alot, including employment. If I need to work part time, I could dso it there as well as here. Makes better economic sense to do it somewhere in southeast asia.

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