My name is Neal originally from Rhode Island, married to my wonderful Wife Linda for 28 years who is originally from Davao.How long have you lived in the Philippines?
We arrived in Davao in October 2012What do you like or dislike about living in the Philippines?
Likes: THE PEOPLE and their generally Happy and Smiling Faces, TUNA BELLY, FRUITS, Being near the Ocean, Laid Back Lifestyle, Weather, Simple style of Living, Relative low cost of being able to do and go out and do different things, Being treated (usually) like a person not just another faceless number.
Lots of good things on that list, Neal!
Dislikes: THE PEOPLE, The Weather, Skeeters, Neighbors Maids cooking “Bulad” at 6am, Dust when Walking along JP Laurel, People looking over your shoulder when you are doing Banking, Beggars at Agdao Market (saying “Ayaw Ko Hiccapa” usually helps”) Being only 5ft 7 and still banging my head on a Jeepney and Trike.
I’m 5’10″ and have banged my head plenty of times, so I certainly understand that!Did you encounter anything unexpected when you moved here? What was your biggest surprise?
Unexpected encounters: Busting 2 large fillings when sucking the Heads off Shrimp and having to deal with getting 2 Crowns made. Other than that I am pretty much a easy going, roll with the punches person so things were pretty much as expected.
Biggest surprise: Probably the amount of White skinned people I saw in Davao, whether they be Brits, Aussies, Netherlanders, etc.
It is certainly getting where there are a lot of foreigners in Davao!Where do you live in the Philippines?
We live in Lanang, Davao CityAre you happy there?
Are we happy here: YES but PARADISE it is NOT, but it is a place where you can be happy with a very simplified easy way of life if that is what you choose and if you manage your $$ you can do more to enjoy your life here than in the USA. It will take PATIENCE and having a good attitude, did I mention it will take PATIENCE.
For sure, Neal! So many people talk about living in Paradise! I can’t tell you how many people ask me what it is like to live in “Paradise.” Well, I always tell them that there is no Paradise on earth. There are plenty of problems here, just like anywhere else! Few believe me until they come here and live here for a bit.Do you have any regrets that you can share with us?
Regrets: None yetNeal, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview! I appreciate it very much. I hope that you make it back to Davao soon!