Hello everyone! We’ve just arrived on the beautiful island of the Philippines! After a few years of planning, we couldn’t be more excited to be back to one of our favorite places in the world. We will be here for four months and plan to document all our adventures along the way. Our goal is to experience all the Islands have to offer & to decide if there is a future for us here in the Philippines.
Why we chose to move to the Philippines
So you are probably wondering why we’ve decided on a part time move the Phil. Aside from the fact that Melody has family here & Trevor’s family has history here as well, we just love everything about the Philippines – from the friends we’ve made, to the stunning beaches, to the great food, cost of living & the hospitality of the people. Like the nation’s slogan goes – “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” Without further adieu, here are our top 10 reasons for returning to the Philippines:
- No need to worry about a language barrier. Everyone speaks English! While the country has more than 85 native languages, English is the main language spoken on the Islands. It’s the common language that holds the Islands together.
- The beautiful islands and beaches. There are over 7,000 beautiful islands on the Philippines. Many beaches, like Palawan and Boracay, are ranked as the top beaches in the world. Love diving? The Philippines has 488 among the 500 known coral species in the world and has proven to be an epicenter of Marine Biodiversity.
- The people and their hospitality. The local people here are extremely friendly. You can find spirit of ‘Mabuhay’ (meaning ‘welcome’) throughout the Philippines. The people are extremely welcoming and respectful + they are always happy and smiling.
- The low cost of living – The cost of living in the Philippines is very affordable compared to places like the United States, Canada or the UK. According to numbeo.com, the Cost of living in Philippines is 52.74% lower than in United States. Rent in Philippines is 80.28% lower than in U.S. (Data pulled in July of 2017).
- The great weather – The Philippines temperature fluctuates between 85 and 91 degrees all year long. While it can be quite humid at times, it’s the perfect place to wear sandals, shorts and tank tops all year long. The best time to go is between November and May when it’s not so rainy.
- The Nightlife. If you are looking for something fun a night, you will never have a problem. This is especially true in places like Boracay, Cebu & Manila. The Philippines is notorious for it’s night clubs, karaoke bars, lounges and more! Be prepared to sing and dance often.
- The Philippines’ economy is booming! Many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well as members of the Filipino expat community are returning home for work. This is a wonderful thing to see, and a sign that the economy is growing. According to the Oxford Business Group, The Philippines has the best economy in Southeast Asia, and one of the best performing economies in the world.
- Nature, Floral & Fauna. Philippines has one of the most diverse wildlife on the planet and is home of a diverse range of birds, plants, animals and sea creatures. On our bucket list to see is The Philippine Tarsier, one of the smallest (and cutest!) species of monkeys in the world.
- Shop till you drop! The Philippines is home to two of the largest malls in the world! – The SM Megamall in Manila & the SM City North EDSA mall in Quezon City.
- The Food! One thing Filipinos love to do is eat & they like making sure you keep a full stomach. The local food is a diverse blend of Oriental, European and American culinary tastes. Fresh seafoods are also abundant here. Check out our 12 favorite filipino dishes by clicking here.
It’s going to be an exciting four months and we are so thrilled to experience the Philippines the way the locals do.
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