|My sister and spouse during a family|
gathering, after we had taken
our final decision
This is just to give you a brief view on the options, alternatives, pro's and con's. I am not talking about agreements, disagreements, emotions, family and other private issues that we had to review and evaluate.
I can tell you it was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make and I am still not sure if we did it well, but I don't see another option now.
Just to make a long story short, these are the most important reasons for going back to Asia.
- Money: in Europe we have to pay many kinds of tax, and as a middle income man you don't get any compensations and in the Philippines no tax (except property tax) and no compensation as well; daily life is cheaper in Asia, especially services, fuel and local products.
- Weather: I hate winters not only because of the low temperature, freezing, snow and dirt, the cost of heating, but also because of the many cloths you need; in Asia the cloths you need is minimal, no socks and shoes (I can't wear them since I had cellulites).
- Culture: the way of living is so relaxed in Asia, while in Europe I always feel stressed, due to the many social and governmental rules that exist.
- Elderly support: in Europe we have houses for the elderly and other services for the old people; I always have told myself and others that I never want to live in such circumstances when I am getting old; in Asia the family will take care and without any expensive (state) insurance, or you hire a care taker.
- Living: it is relatively easy to develop your own living environment (house, lot), there are not many rules and you are the boss on your own property.
- Investments: the last couple of years we have invested in the Philippines assuming that once we would live there, like a Jeepney, a car/family van and a motor bike, amongst other things.
- No tax: and I mean not the financial aspect, but the hassle of keeping records, filling in the forms, and even more the sample checks they sometimes do, which is a financial risk and a lot of work, so this contributes to the relaxing way of living.
- Family will be far away, especially for my mom and children not a preferred situation.
- For having your own property you are dependent on your spouse and it is difficult to sell again.
- No legal status in the Philippines, you are always a foreigner without the same rights as locals.
- Availability of food and drinks in the Philippines is limited/expensive especially products like good wines, cheese and sugar-free products.
- Noise is a general problem in Asia, I experienced it first in Indonesia years ago, then in Thailand and now also in the Philippines; in every shopping mall it is very noisy and even the country side has karaoke parties. Further, sometimes the roosters (early morning) and the dogs (late evening).
|For the first time we would fly with Emirates, with a stop-over in Dubai|