Sometimes in the Philippines you just want to jack it all in and head back to your home country. I for one mess around with less than a quarter of my UK income in the Philippines and wonder sometimes why I bother. What is it that keeps us here? If I head back to the UK I can easily be middle class where here in the Philippines the income is often a frustration. £1000 in the UK your content but in the Philippines it can often be a frustration as many things are over valued and too expensive. The UK offers job fronts where the Philippines can offer pretty little in comparison.
So why live here? Well for a start you don’t have to spend £60,000+ on a house you can buy a bit of land and build yourself. A house in the UK may be built to a better standard but at the same time if your location is right the damp and worry of rain and floods will be minimal. You can get a decent house for around £20,000 and renovate giving you not only a good house for your money but not wrapping you into a 25 year debt mortgage.
You may want to work and for the majority of people I would advise to work in the UK and not bother here as the Philippines is an export market. It sends a huge amount of its educated population abroad each year currently around 10 million people. The ones left behind are generally the less educated or those heading for an education so trying to do things becomes a frustration. If you work away in the UK you can create the life you want in the Philippines as you disconnect yourself from the economy and build a pension.
Should I head back to the UK? Its a question I ask myself sometimes out of frustration as I have seen my money wasted by others when I try to help. I can work away in the UK and earn a good salary to do as I wish in the Philippines. I have already out survived a lot of people I know due to being bloody minded and wanting to prove that you can survive here. At the same time I wonder if I should use the UK and my skills to my advantage.
We do have enough to live on but at the same time I want more out of life so I wonder if 4 months or more in the UK a year may work better to our means rather than trying to create an income here. To be fair we do a lot better than most Expat’s and their wives here but I am used to doing a lot better than most in general which is what creates my frustration in life.