At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Philippines and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.
My Philippine Dreams
If you prefer to get your news and updates in video format, you’ll love My Philippine Dreams.The blog features frequent updates for expats and travellers alike, including videos relating to all aspects of expat life. If you’re worried about budgeting for your expat life, the ‘Monthly Budgeting Reports’ videos will be of particular interest. And take a look at the ‘Very Cool Stuff’ section to inspire you and make you slightly envious.
An Australian expat who now lives in Manila with her husband and two children, the blog reads like a diary and will encourage parents that they can make the move to expat life. Salty Bug doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is, from the fear of driving in Manila to dealing with illness in a foreign country. If you like straight-talking advice that doesn’t hold back, this is the site for you.
A fun blog filled with beautiful pictures, Feelippines covers where to go and what to do in the Philippines. There are also some more philosophical posts on what it’s like to be a comparatively rich expat, how Filipinos treat foreigners, and what to do about Dengue mosquitos. A nice combination of realistic advice and dreamy beach pictures, Feelippines might well make you want to pack up all your things and move immediately.
Texan In The Philippines
Originally started by an American expat but now with a range of different contributors, TITP has a strong focus on the province of Samar and includes recommended restaurants, things to do and places to stay if you’re visiting. The ‘Videos’ section gives a real glimpse into what life is like there, and the ‘Zine’ category provides updates on TITP’s personal life.
Retired In Samar
As the name suggests, this blog is particularly relevant for retirees moving to the Philippines, however much of the advice would be useful to expats of any age. The blog of an American expat couple who now live in Samar, it contains tips on staying fit in the Philippines, reflections on expat life, and the obligatory beautiful beach pictures. There are also updates on governmental initiatives that make the process of retiring to the Philippines easier, and thoughts on the differences between life in the Philippines and America. If you’re thinking about retiring there but aren’t sure whether Philippine life would be for you, this is a good place to start your research.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in the Philippines, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!