When a guy from the U.S. retires in the Philippines does he shake off
the consumerist mentality of needing to impress people with expensive clothes, cars, jewelry, a big house or the latest electronic gadgets? I often believe most foreigners who leave their home country to live in the Philippines would be satistfied living a basic existence with moderate 1st world conveniences.
Personally, I’m generally ok with not having the nicest stuff, the most expensive drinks, the most amazing motorbike, etc. I’ll even sleep without aircon; it’s just not that big a deal in the larger scheme of things. I’m just happy to be in the Philippines – the place I want to be. And for me, that’s good enough.
Other expats and foreigners, when they come to the Philippines, expect the same quality of life they had in their country. It’s a rude awakening for them.
What say you, SYKos?