Living a Minimalist Life in The Philippines – Having a Plan B and C


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Living a Minimalist Life in The Philippines – Having a Plan B and C
In this video I discuss the need for a back up plan when live in The Philippines and why it is better to be a minimalist here.

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  1. Living a Minimalist Life in The Philippines – Having a Plan B and C
    In this video I discuss the need for a back up plan when live in The Philippines and why it is better to be a minimalist here.

    AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of the links on this channel are affiliate links, meaning, at NO additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase and/or subscribe.

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  2. Approaching typhoon Surigae nearing.Huge,also I think phillippene may I say get philzer vaccines from USA.China flys into Tawain airspace and joint naval phillippene and USA operations go on.Tensions rise.

  3. Gio,If l were an expat right now in the Philippines,I would flee that country and come back here in the US to get my covid vaccine either moderna or pzeir much superior to the Chinese vaccine that even the CCP party members are declining or trying to avoid,especially the elderly with high risk!

  4. I’m somewhat of a minimalist but I need a lot of entertainment cause I live in the province and there’s really not much to see or do or go to and I don’t have my own car or vehicle of any kind. my family background is from the Philippines and I’m a Filipino citizen so I’m lucky I get to stay here A lot of places are still closed there’s a feeling of sadness watching this. Thanks for showing us a different area Gio.

  5. Thank you recommendation marry girl I mean you can’t even make a deal that you don’t have to be a couple of real ones anyway you know That way you don’t have to believe it’s worth the effort divorce in your in foreign There’s is no divorce in the country so you don’t have to worry about that part your property and stuff what you do with that if you put that all that I corporation Then it’s all protected

  6. You can stay way longer than the 3 months and you at 3 years I’m sorry and you can file paperwork that you can stay for a lot longer So it’s not hard Guys make it hard But my answer to that was do you like I do just that another girl So that we you got somebody to bitch hadn’t somebody to be friends with LOL

  7. Being a minimalist is definitely the best way of living. Unfortunately only a person who pretty much had it all at one point or another in his life comes to realize this fact. Having less material things, usually means having a less expensive, happier and a less complicated life.

  8. The minimalist lifestyle is the way to go in the Philippines, especially if you don’t have a wife there. If you have to leave SE Asia, how would Gio in Columbia sound?

  9. I’m a minimalist except my camera 📸 gear and maybe my video games lol. So maybe not a true minimalist. Not quite the one backpack lifestyle but other than that

  10. I have become a minimalist and it feels so liberating. I hadn’t realized all my possessions were more like a heavy leash around my neck. I was the typical guy with a big house and a big shop full of tools, car collection, boats, toys, etc. At first it was hard to sell things and let it all go but then I started feeling a sense of relief. I am now down to the bare minimum and ready to move to Ph as soon as they allow it. I have to say it really feels good knowing I can just walk out the door. Vern is a friend of mine also, in fact he is the one who got me to Ph in the first place. He has headed into Montenegro now.

  11. ALL THE CRAB PLACES HERE IN AMERICA HAVE URGENT CARE ON THE BUILDING. HEY IF MY JOKES WERE ANY GOOD I WOULDN’T BE POSTING THEM FOR FREE ON YOUTUBE. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

  12. Thank you for all the great updates and information. Minimalism is the way to go even in good times. I always try to be frugal. In the US now, they are restricting air travel abroad. We still seem to be losing the race with the virus despite all the vaccinations. It is crazy Gio. Stay safe.

  13. Don’t be Vern😀. Wait till Vern see this video. Does your 3 years reset every time you leave the Philippines for a vacation? So if I take a vacation once a year from the Philippines it constantly resets?

  14. A conversation to be had, let’s put cards on the table, why would one want to build on a foundation that is not secured, 3 years, your out and that is known, unless I’d think, you got married……in your conversation it was mentioned about a friend who had built a lifestyle on this foundation, now he’s paying the cost emotionally, financially and physically for this mistake, where did common sense come in, can he not shed himself of these possessions or is it that he wants to endure the pain……minimalist lifestyle is the way to go until you have made your decision on where your new roots are to be planted, I’d think….great conversation, nice surroundings and in your spare time have 🍻🍻🍻 one or two on my tab….keep the conversation going…..🤙🏽

  15. I was born to be a minimalist. Its one of the reason that the US and I didn’t get along. Just didn’t fit in.
    Here I won’t commit to anything without permanent residency, unless I have to. No car, no motorcycle, no TV, no expensive furniture, etc.
    I came here with 7kg on my back and I can leave that way.

  16. Definitely good advice. Expats should also have at least $10,000 cash available back home to use in case of any medical, political, or other emergency.

    Nice to see the Promenade. I can imagine it will be hopping once everything reopens and the condos fill up.

  17. You’re right about having alternative plans. If you have stuff in the PH, be okay with walking away from it. Renting a small place to use a storage can be cheaper than a storage in the US. Stuff is just stuff. Even in the US, I have family that lost their home in the California wildfires.

  18. My goal is to relocate with my girlfriend, get married and start a family.

    Until well established, maybe good to have a home base somewhere. Other option is total abandonment of placing value in possessions… Just leave it and go where the wind takes you.

  19. Not a minimalist now. I totally agree that in se Asia its best to be a minimalist. Never know when you have to bounce. The faster you can relocate the better. If marrying a filapena it could be a little different with house, set rental spot. Great stuff

  20. Further support for the 6P methodology in life (proper planning prevents p*ss poor performance). Even if I don’t stay an extended, if not permanent period, I figured the retirement visa would be the best option. Still retain some properties back in the US, and happy to travel to other places available (except perhaps CCP and N Korea). I’ve always lived with the belief that – if I can’t carry it with me when I move, I don’t need it. Even when I pick up a few things to make things “comfy”, if I decide to move, or if I have to move, I carry all my important items. Anything else is “extra baggage” and I don’t need it. I guess that was my constant relocating while in the military.

  21. For the 1st 10 years of my adult life, everything that I “needed” fit in the trunk of a compact car. 25 years later, my goal is to throw away at least 1 thing a week. I do donate a lot of it. Last week I gave away 17 shirts that people can use for a job interview. I still have 34 that I can use.

  22. I think you have the right idea. When I retire I plan to be a nomad as long as possible and being able to pack up and go in a moments notice is very appealing. Starting my adventures in the Philippines.

  23. walking away from 10k worth of stuff is nothing to some people and would cripple others. if you live well within your means walking away in an emergency is a lot less of an issue, a popular stance is if you cant buy something 3 times over you cant afford it. minimalism is fine and dandy but if you need a couch you need a couch, just maybe buy that $500 one and not one for $1500 in the ph.

  24. I am now a minimalist myself, but I wasn’t always this way. You can either own stuff or have stuff own you. As you pointed out so brilliantly in your video, what is the plan B? The plan C? I’ve been to 20 countries and have spent time in the Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, etc. You have to be able to bounce at a moment’s notice.

    But Gio, my dude, the Philippines has fallen in love with these lockdowns and politicians are power-hungry for them to continue. I would follow Reekay straight out. There are so many better options right now. Mexico is wide open, cheap and very close to home. Also up and down Latin America is open. Colombia. Africa is open. Eastern Europe is open. What does the Phils have to offer besides no freedom, poverty, endless lockdowns and a declining dollar? It’s too bad, because I love the people.

  25. I know it won’t work, read some rule that says it won’t….but it would be nice to go thru customs and stay a day in the airport and then come back into the country…..but you need that passport stamp from another country to make it all legit. Now you might want to consider flying to Guam of all places, it will get you back into the USA and will allow you to stay for as long as needed.

  26. What’s gonna happen after the pandemic ends when rents will jump back to 30,000 per month or more ?

    As an investment , Condominiums at Newtown are returning less than 3% ROI. Per annum , Which is terrible , buyers beware !

  27. Hello Gio. My advice to you is continue to rent in Mactan for the 6 month lease, then renew another 6 months there again and that should take you close to your 3 year term in the Philippines. At that moment, decide if you can eventually move to Malaysia. If you do move, then my second advice is to seek a Filipina ALREADY living and working there whereby she can easily continue to renew her contract in Malaysia and be close to you. Just my words of wisdom and stay safe!

  28. Newtown look new and modern and could be in any large city in Asia. From the video it does not have a Philippines feeling.We also have those modern area in Thailand for the middle and upper class.

  29. Thanks for the video Gio. I have owned 3 different hatchback 4×4 SUVs over the last 13 years that I have lived in the Philippines at least 6 months a yr except for 2 yrs in Thailand . I would only buy small appliances, folding bike etc that I could fit in car with the seats flat. I
    would never buy real estate in the Philippines even though I’ve been in real estate all my life. Inown quite a few free and clear rental properties in the USA that I have professionally managed. Point is that I agree if a medical emergency hits, or I just want to move, which I do at least once a yr, I want be able to do it easily. In fact I had to leave last December coz my 3 yr stay was up
    Usually I pay about P7000 per month to store my car and belongings that are in the back in covered secure parking. I sold the car coz I felt like it could be a yr or more b4 I could come back in. Worked out great because I had not been back to the USA for 5 yrs including Thailand. Now traveling the beautiful west USA visiting family and friends. More fun than restricted travel in the Philippines anyway:) Cars are easy and fast to sell if priced right or wholesale for cash. That’s not an issue.

  30. Thanks for the video but that place looks pretty boring and interesting to me 😅 are you in the Philippines?!! Anyway hi from Vietnam!

  31. Oh woow. Ok. That’s. Good. Ya. Even. Now. With. Problems. With China of course you. Gotta have. A plan b or c. The best bet. Is to. Go. Dominican Republic. Ecuador. Peru. Colombia. All democratic. Countries. That. Don’t. Deal with. Drug dealers or. Druglord etc ya. So. My plans I wanna go. Back. To. Philippines. For. Retirement

  32. I have been a minimalist traveling all over South East Asia for 6 years and that’s the way to go for me! Thanks for your videos, I’m really enjoying them 😋

  33. That is a good subject/point to bring up. I think I would try to maintain something in the west, so I have a fallback to wait out a natural disaster or a pandemic. But I do like my comforts…..

  34. I was planning a permanent move to the Philippines. If they do not open up in the next 2 months, starvation, and crime will make it not a nice place to live.

  35. i live a good life there and own a home and have a wife, but I won’t go collecting things. Another pandemic can happen, natural disaster could happen and civil unrest, you hit the nail on the head. I knew at any time I might not be able to go there for awhile. i think the bigger cities have pretty good health care… You made some very good points

  36. I’d hate to give up my “extravagances,” an instapot and e-bike, but I would get over it, eventually. That ending was really depressing. My greater fear that once things “open up” the true, and permanent, damage will become apparent. Things aren’t going to go back to the way they were before.

  37. In the last 3 years since my divorce I have purged myself of most of my possesions and will continue to do so,I feel much happier with only the most important and needed things,it seems to be a new trend,things finally almost back to normal in usa. Great topic Gio as usual.

  38. For me…after a lot of thought ….will be a visit there…not to live .
    Too many angles to the choice of pulling up stakes and moving..
    Being a minimalist

  39. Great topic, more of a digital nomad approach in a way. I think a lot about moving, getting rid of everything, and live somewhere that’s walkable.

    Maybe a video or series on the mind frame you went through to let go of everything? What you decided was important? Maybe even tie it into freedom is not being owned by your possessions.

  40. Great Vlog. What do you do?
    How to liquidate belongings?
    Having paid over 700K php for a new auto in Nov 2019. With only 15Km on odometer.
    At this point I would accept 50%. Then I got a 650cc big bike with 1000km. If I could clear these things then I would cash in my SRRV & blow this joint.

  41. Plan on being a minimalist. Need to go and if leave anything, it won’t be a big loss if can’t get it back. Nice area too bad not fully open. Be a nice area to retire to or visit for a weekend. Would be a good topic on the different Visas and how they work as far as staying and renewing.

  42. This is off the topic, but you may want to get your dental work before leaving the Philippines. Green Apple Dental in Mactan Newtown is open.

  43. I came here to Cebu in 2019 with one checked bag and a carry on including a laptop. That’s all you need to bring and leave here with. Clothes you can buy here, men’s underwear is a bit tough to get here. Both of my rentals have included kitchenware and furniture. I’ve bought nothing in 2 yrs. That’s the only way to go here.

  44. I’m slowly working my way towards a minimalist life. Realistically, I need to work another 8 years before I can retire and the goal is to be ready for minimalist living overseas when I reach that transition point. I have a modest house that will have to be sold as well as one car. At the beginning of this year I made a pledge to begin the process of donating or selling unnecessary items I have acquired. I figured if I start now and slowly chip away at it, I shouldn’t have too much material items to deal with when retirement starts in 2028/2029. Your point about having a backup plan is a good idea in case an unforeseen event happens…..I never really considered the reasons you mentioned but I guess you can’t rule anything out.

  45. Agree 100%…I live in Thailand and had planned to move to Dumaguete but after following several vlogs decided to stay put. Thailand is looking pretty good right now. I live a minimalist lifestyle….two suitcases and a carry-on are my worldly belongings, everything else is consumed or belongs to the owner of the condo I live in. All I need is a few hours notice and I’m outta here, I have a US passport offering me many visa free options to over 100 countries, a portable income in hard currency and the confidence to live comfortably in any country I choose to relocate too (lessons learned while living in the third world for over 35 years). A word of advice Gio, sell the motorbike, you can always buy another if you come back to the Philippines, if you don’t return it’s out of mind and a savings in storage or potential theft.

  46. I’ve been watching a lot of Nomad Capitalist and Offshore Citizen for Plan B’s & C’s. Scouting Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in November, and looking to establish a residency in Malaysia next year when the MM2H visa gets re-established. Eventually 3 residencies, 3 citizenships, equals 6 locations around the globe.

  47. When the Philippines is finally open, you might consider to just leave and quickly return to reset your tourist visa status another 3 years for the odds are there will be multiple shutdowns and openings. Also, consider arriving early in the morning in case the gov implements a quota count per day for foreigners.

  48. Plan A enjoy life to the fullest with ONE Filipina and if you must leave, leave it all to her. You can always start over but leave her better off than before you met her. Plan B play the chic boy, have no possessions and live life on the run as an old expat. Not for me

  49. 👍🏻👍🏻’s up! Based on extremely, extremely good Intel “Normality” in the world will return 3 years from the date of first lock lockdown in the U.S. Plan accordingly! Hope for the best plan and for the worst.

  50. I agree wholeheartedly! Thank you for providing a pushback to the vlogs I see everyday glorifying the particular vloggers new house, new car, new materialistic expenditure. What you said is particularly important in showing respect to those in our country who are suffering financially during this time.

  51. You know what you should do, is a what’s in your travel bag video. Like what exactly you travel with and how many bags you bring with you. People could actually see what you decided to keep and what you are thinking of pulling out and why.

  52. If one seeks to live a minimalist lifestyle, with no plans for setting down roots, then living out of a sandwich baggy makes sense. I am not a minimalist, I chose to have some comforts and find a place to call a home base and settle down. Also I knew all of the risks and I rolled the dice. Nobody knew this pandemic would be what it was today. In fact, I knew before most of you guys that it was something very serious about to happen. I am not in a bad way financially, I can weather the storm, that is what planning and savings are for, “the bad times” In life ,the safer you live, the fewer risks you will take, the less your rewards will be also. It will cost me monthly rent on an apartment till I can return, but the lifetime of experiences and people I will get too inspire, will be priceless. Something I wouldn’t have been able to do (or imagined I’d ever be doing) sitting in lockdown somewhere being “safe”

  53. minimalism is the way i want to travel ,,,, its a work in progress ,its amazing how many things we collect over the years ,,, if you dont use it in 1 year ,,, sell or donate it

  54. Consumerism is a trap we all have fallen for ,the false belief that more means happiness which also equates for many more debt. Living debt free with actual money that’s yours not owed is the start. The one thing I noticed late last year as am sure others have as far as freedom of ” international movement” for the average person it is all dependent on “the vaccine” rollout and positive case numbers. Myself have resigned to the fact that SE Asia will be off limits for this year and possibly half next.

  55. Cheers Gio I can see now why you live where you do what a nightmare for the guy in Albania lessons learned poor guy not fair on him he’s done nothing wrong

  56. This is the Great Reset taking form. What other reason would the Philippines have to deny foreigners who are already there the opportunity to stay? They’ve been doing just that for decades.
    This makes zero sense in the context of public safety.
    It’s purely political

  57. Even if they wanted to open again the infrastructure to open is gone now. Most American airplanes for international travel need months of repair. The cruise ships have actually been scrapped already. Only a few remain. The idea of international travel on a large scale is a thing of the past. Just to get into the USA you will need a Covid test 3 days before you arrive. This ruins plans for most people. What do you do if one in a family doesn’t pass the test or has a fever on travel day? It is still a huge mess. There still isn’t a plan to open anywhere. Probably, this Covid will be like the flu and never go away. But it’s not just economic damage. The whole system fell apart a year ago and there is no plan to fix it. Planes can sit for a month but not a year. Now they all need tires and engine work. But there is no demand for them so they may go to the scrap pile with the cruise ships. How long do they keep paying pilots with no planes to fly? The USA government is paying everyone to stay home so now businesses can’t find workers. This will lead to an economic collapse in the USA soon. The “plandemic” may have slowed but the economic peril has just started. China, where this virus came from will be the winner. Only China is currently not affected by any of this.

  58. Face the facts Good. Your timing was bad. The pandemic hit on your adventure to the Philippines. Any other time and there would be no issues. But now you have to scramble to make adjustments to your original plan!

  59. HEY GIO >>>YOU Being a MINIMALIST>>>When You do go back to USA, where do you Live at? Hotel or rent APARTMENT? I agree when living in PHILIPPINES, much better to have very little belongings so its easy to move around & travel island hopping>>>ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM & LIBERTY!

  60. Good info gio, I’m married to a Filipina and buying a house in minglanila, about an hour south of you. Plan to retire and start a business there. currently live in east Texas. Been watching you for a while now, thanks for the good videos

  61. There is no going back from the Scamdemic which is locking down countries world wide. Next is forced Vaxxx. Talked to many Filipino working in health care in the west, hospital’s and old folks homes. Many many are dying from the Vaxxx many more than CoV. Read the pdf Spars 2025 – 2028 it will shock you. Watch movie Songbird 2020. Im lockdown in PH drinking Redhorse. Cheers to all and Im not leaving PH. Realize their not even letting filipino’s national’s back only 1500ppl a day. Waaa da F…

  62. Wow that’s really depressing being that deserted.With the vaccine rollout being a success in the US and the UK they should open up for vaccinated tourist they would Help the tourist industry you have to start opening up somewhere vaccinated Tourists would be a good start

  63. Good topic mate.
    A big suitcase, a small cabin size trolley case and a small rucksack. That’s all you need. Stay in fully furnished Airbnb pads. You don’t really need anything else.
    Stay safe mate.

  64. hypotech ? 4u
    in usa u know we got over 5 millon
    illegals .if ur 3 yr there visa is up why not just over stay oay fine?
    im in usa cal but when i was therel last. yr at the bi office they had a line for overstays up to one year?
    i asked do uget depirted n blacklisted,? was told buy a
    expat online no they happy fine u
    make $$$ just say sorryu po

  65. I’m not really a minimalist and I’m here for the duration. I’ve been living here for over 14 years. I have a wife and a FilAm daughter that just became a teenager. I didn’t move here for all of that to happen, but I wouldn’t be leaving regardless. If I wasn’t married with a 13a I’d have an SRRV. The plan in 2006 was to retire here and stay here. My wife was perfect in as far as she didn’t want to leave the Philippines. We’re in Talisay City and other than our daughter, we haven’t really been impacted all that much by the virus. We moved into a nice subdivision last August and she can move around inside these walls. They also have a super nice pool and it’s been open for as long as we’ve been here. She had to go to the doctor the other day and it was the first time that she’s been anywhere in over a year. But she seems to be coping with all of it pretty well. 13, phone and laptop, and high-speed fiber internet, she’s fine 😊

  66. You are showing all the empty shops—-and there were many here in the US too for maybe 6 months or so. But in many cases the US somewhat helped the US business owners that were forced to close down. The US also supplemented the individuals pay that were laid off for the crisis. Did or does the Philippines help the poor business owners that were forced to shut down? Or did many to out of business because they can’t pay their rent. Maybe a little on that if you even know.

  67. I lived in Costa Rica for 9 1/2 years, up until early October 2017. I am moving back there in August, and will be living there indefinitely. When I am living abroad I have what I call a 48 hour rule. Meaning that if I need or want to leave the country within 48 hours I will be able to do so. That obviously means being a minimalist, i.e. not owning a house, property, or a car, and keeping my possessions to a minimum.

  68. Hi Gio, Searching for a place to live when I retire. Awesome vlogs in the Philippines. Waiting to see your vlogs of Thailand.
    *Awesome job and the clarity are much better👍.
    *****Dark skinned/melanin Asian women are hot🌹

  69. Yeah it does make sense for expats to make plans to go back to their countries if the sh..t hits the fan. I learned my mistake when I broke up with xgf. All the stuff I had there can’t bring with me when I left.

  70. Phnom Penh for 19 months and counting. I’ve got one pair of shorts,4 pair of underwear, 3 t-shirts, one pair of flip flops,an ATM card,passport,and toothbrush. No motorbike. It’s bad here now. Lockdown with no alcohol sales.

  71. Maximalism is a state of mind reinforcing our belief that we have been successful in life because we have acquired so many assets.
    Less = More.
    Minimalists seldom suffer
    from emotional insecurity .

  72. Yes Gio it got to be a big pain in the ass and I left. The Philippines is so backwards I may just go to Singapore or Malaysia instead. There are plenty of great counties in Asia where the government isn’t so fucked up. Just the people are so beautiful there.

  73. Minimalist definitely has away more pros than cons,
    stuff = ⚓ anchor
    Forex is something that could trigger plan B and C for an exit
    When I first went to Thailand in 2003
    $1 was 41 bath approx,
    since then I believe it’s $1 to 30 bath, so a loss of 25% spending power, plus Thailand has got very very expressive in the last 10 to 15 yrs, that drops down one’s spending power to 50% or below, for those on skimpy budget’s to begin with, that’s financial suicide, so a plan B and C really should be on everyone’s radar
    Inflation can eat one’s lunch and dinner at the same time,
    Argentina in the last few years is running at
    65% inflation, while venezuela has crossed over to literally hyper inflation
    Don’t put all ur eggs in one basket, one could easily get “stuck” and stuck means going nowhere, not a good place to get stuck
    3 layer plan is a great idea

  74. Really good topic and good advice, Gio. You have to almost plan like it’s a military operation.
    Currently, Australians can’t travel (banned by the Govt here) and even if we could, the Philippines won’t let us in. Yet. I will work on being a minimalist, when the time to travel comes. Thanks for a great topic, Gio.

  75. The B.I. could easily implement a moratorium or extend the 3 year visa exit rule until this covid B.S. is over. The question is, why aren’t they?

  76. Hi . So sad looks like a remake of Omega man , old sci-fi movie . Good topic , I am a mimilist and buy only what I need , besides too much stuff can be overwhelming . Take care

  77. Gio if you would be nice enough could you please send me your Mactan Newtown agent info
    I was at Manchester one today and they said I must have agent to be able to see any rental there
    Bob Goodwin 0929 294 8842
    Thanks much
    [email protected]

  78. I’ve had 25 years in SE Asia and you are spot on in terms of minimization. Best to have the least total inventory. I have perhaps usd3k or Usd4k in goods all I would give away upon leaving. usually good gift for those who have helped you.

  79. Hey Gio my friend, I am definitely a minimumlist. I have very little here in the United States. I rent month to month. I have a car, but it will be easy to sell. Once I get back to the Philippines, I will live the same way. I will accumulate as little as possible. I will use my brother’s address in the United States for my mail, and I can always head to my brother’s house, if I have to leave the Philippines because of some kind of unrest. Hopefully, it won’t happen. Thank you for sharing this awesome video my friend. Please stay safe and healthy, and God bless you always.😊 😊 😊 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  80. Gio, you are really on point about this subject. For me, one thing I learnt in my military days, we use to call it the duffel bag drag. Meaning, if you are not able to get it in that bag, then do not buy it or stock up on it. I am a person who would, if I return to the Philippines. Be basic plain and not stock up on items. As you have too Gio. Just in case you get kicked to the curb or you have to exit with the quickness. I feel sorry for lots of Americans living in the Philippines and other nations adding to their collection. Then having to leave As soon as possible (ASAP), things happen. Also Gio, Since you have over a year an some change, before your 3 years come up. I believe you could get that ($300) dollars round trip ticket from Philippines to US Territory of Guam, which is close by the Philippines and stay 24 hours and start another 3 years tour in the Philippines upon return. That is if the Philippines open up completely for a short while like a month. It would be easier for you. I am really hopeful that will happen for you and other Americans in the Philippines in the future before your 3 years arrive. For me, that US territory of Guam is my back up plan, I would stay in Guam , so I would be close tp Philippines and other areas in Asia and the pacific too. Thank goodness we have a American territory close in the area, near the Philippines. From Air Force Security Police Military Veteran.

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