When You’ve Paid Your Dues – Enjoying Retirement – Philippines


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Author: Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Share with me here my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Dating, vlogging, cooking, traveling and sharing the information with you needed to make your own plans for living as a full-time expat in Southeast Asia.
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  2. Thank you for this excellent vlog. An attitude of gratitude. Watched the vlog twice and found your words comforting and inspirational. Thank you.

  3. Well said, and nicely done. You said you retired on or about 2012. Just curious: how old are you. I ask only because you impress me as wise beyond your years. Hope to meet up with you when the Philippines reopens. Best wishes.

  4. A very reflective talk Reekay. I like hearing other peoples stories. It makes me concoder my own life……

  5. That is the right mindset. Keep looking for ways to be thankful for what we haven’t experienced. And the fact that we survived this long. And focusing on what we can do next.

  6. Always interesting to hear your perspective because I was in the Philippines while I was still in my 30’s.

  7. I’ll know that I’m retired when I can say as Reekay says that brunch is to be had in the afternoon! 🙂

  8. I hit every hole in the road getting here. I keep my head down and keep one eye over my shoulder. I got here in 2017 May at 62 with SS. I am here for the long haul on a permanent 13A in a new house we built in a very nice location. Knock on wood is my motto. Now I have the time for family and hobbies and I am so very lucky to be where I have wanted to be for years and years. After 42 years of hard knocks, I guess I did pay dues.

  9. Would have retired two years ago if COVID had not struck. I’ve had 10 coworkers die in the last five years. Desperately want to hit the road and travel. I’ve made more than I can ever spend.

  10. Always Enjoy your Perspective on Life !! I retired early at 52 to Relax now on Luzon, Philippines. Love it !

  11. I run into a lot of guys here that can’t let go of their past. They flat out hate women because they sing the somebody did me wrong song for the rest of their lives. They bring that anger into a new relationship & wonder why it isn’t working. I left my ex & anger in the west. My Filipina didn’t do me wrong,

  12. Actually Microsoft is what retired me I never had a pension of any kind on any job but I always had decent jobs paid well and I stayed out of debt living on less than I made was able to save so one day in the early 90s I just threw it all on one publicly traded company called Microsoft long story short and 99 I cashed out after going through sixtwo-for-one splits move to the Philippines with one big giant lump sum but nothing coming in a month and I’m still living that way because I’m still five years from collecting Social Security at 62 but thank God that lump sum was so much that I’m still living off of it so it’s been a nice journey no doubt

  13. I had tickets to Vietnam and Philippines since over 18 months ago now in travel vouchers waiting to fly whenever

  14. I grinded out life being somewhat frugal & conservative & even working 2 jobs into my 50’s. This & people I knew passinng on as we age helped me ask myself many questions & ponder my future. At 61 in 2017 I said I had enough & just jumped on a plane & moved to the Phils. For me, it was about or maybe the best decision I ever made.

  15. Thank you for sharing your experiences, mine are very similar in nature. I’m still working have several years to go so I can retire comfortably. I have been doing IT here in the States for the last 25 years. As scary as retirement sounds, I kinda look forward to it. I have a wonderful young lady been trying to see, we are hoping maybe they will open for Christmas.

  16. Hello Henry and very true, life does move fast! It is important to for all of us to do things we enjoy in life while working hard and to save for those rainy days! At the same time, be good to your body by watching what you eat and maintaining your health. Enjoy the days ahead Henry and I always wish you and your family prosperity and good health!

  17. “That’s life I guess”

    Yes that’s life in the western gynocracy. Young men, if you are reading this, avoid marriage, avoid cohabitation, and avoid children. Save, invest and retire young to a country that appreciates men and can’t steal your cash at the whim of a woman.

  18. the glass is TOTALLY FULL!!!! overflowing in many areas! I’m overpaid by this thing we float in called the Universe. Some of the best advice, I ever heard from my Dad, “don’t wait until you get old to retire.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! 🙂 I think the key for many of my friends is the *redefining* of the word “retirement”… it’s more of a change in how I “work”. Looks like you are living the dream! warns my heart. Miss you man! PEACE 🙂

  19. I never saw the draw to working a job a person didn’t like. I never did that for very long. Guess I never paid my dues. I’m OK with that.

  20. Great video… I can’t wait to get there… hopefully going in February of this coming year.
    I killed my self in the work force for 36 years and now I had bypass surgery and I am calling it quits, retiring to Palawan with my wife who is from there. Time to relax and live life for me!!!

  21. A wise man once said, “Everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.”

  22. I am 65 and retired this past March. Last 30 years were mental not physical. I’m what some call an Elder Orphan. Divorced years ago and no kids. My big stressor is waiting on Philippines to open up. And my glass is half full even though I was kicked a few times in life.

  23. Reekay this video was like a breath of fresh air. I am retired and waiting for the Philippines to open. Looking forward to retirement there. Hopefully things will get better in the coming months. Thanks for sharing.

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