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Borsia
6/10/2011 20:30 EST

I currently live in Colombia and for the most part I like it but it has major flaws, like a high crime rate.
I am a writer and photographer but, while there are no constraints on writing, wandering around with a nice camera setup here will get you robbed in any of the cities. Overall I just don’t feel free here.
I have reached a juncture where I will either take big steps in building a better base and putting down some roots or moving to try other lands. I am going on my 3rd year here. Prior to coming here I lived for 2 years in China. I liked China but the language and culture were just too big a barrier. My Spanish is ok but the idea of the PIs where most speak English is very attractive.
I have to be very budget conscious as I live on my SS and can only spend about $1000 per month.
I would prefer a place that is cooler, but I want to be near water either a big lake, river or the ocean. I lived by the beach in CA for 30 years and the one thing I miss most in CO is the ocean and fishing. (The coastal regions of CO are just too hot and humid.)
SO any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks to all

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rcampsr
6/14/2011 21:31 EST

Hello Borsia,

As with anywhere there is theft. Some places are more prone to it than others. I am living on Leyte Island and find the people here very nice and helpful. So far I have not had any bad incidents of theft here and the locals seem to lookout for foreigners and keep the undesirables away from them. There are police and security all over the place, not like the USA where you can go all day and not see an officer.

Unfortunately the language here is English, but everyone here speaks Philippino instead, some understand it a little, but I find them telling me they do not have the item I am looking for and it is right on the shelf behind them. There are 4 major dialects here and I am lucky that my wife speaks several of them so we get around and communicate very well with the locals.

The climate here is tolerable with 85 degree days, but high humidity. It does not seem so bad by the ocean here in Leyte, not like where I lived near Yosemite with 105 degree days all summer.

As for fishing, bring your own gear. I left mine in the USA and found out they do not sell fishing rods, reels, and gear here at all. LOL, I am trying to get my fishing gear shipped out to me so I can sit on the sand and relax and fish.

Like California, there are earthquakes all over the islands, mostly near the active volcanoes. Flooding along the rivers is common and you should look at the terrain before you settle into a place. A rain shower is common everyday, with more during the rainy season.

I hope this help you with your decision to visit here. I love it and would not go back for anything.

Take Care, RAC, Leyte, Philippines

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pinaymentor
6/23/2011 03:52 EST

$1000 a month can still work here, but everything will all depend on the kind of lifestyle you like to live on. THat's quite tight budget, I have to tell you that. There are cooler locations here in the Philippines. I hope you have some savings that you can tap into to get started with. Depending on your pension alone is not enough unless you get married to a Filipina who is willing to contribute to your monthly income. Or you can set a business that will bring you regular income. There are costs to get in here with visas and all, so if you are serious about moving, let us know and we will provide you the details.
Sincerely,
Pinaymentor

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