*AUTHOR’S NOTE – Many of us Americans did not save enough for retirement. It’s time for a reality check. If we did not save for retirement, it’s time to make a plan. It’s better to start looking for a retirement place that we can afford AND enjoy. The longer we put off finding the right retirement place for us, the more difficult it will be to retire comfortably…soon.
My husband and I will be retiring in a couple of years. We are doing this research in advance for our own benefit. We are unsure if we will be able to afford a quality retirement life here in the U.S. when the right time comes, so we searched overseas.
We were looking for a country where the cost of living is affordable, where the climate is mild (not too hot/not too cold), where living is safe and secure, where people will welcome us, and where there is no language barrier. Many of the best options for enjoying an enormously enriched retirement lifestyle on even a very modest budget can be found overseas, especially in Asia.
Well, what do you know? We’ve found the country that’s exactly just that – with affordable cost of living, a tropical climate, relatively peaceful, American-friendly, and English-speaking people! We have agreed – our choice for our retirement is the Philippines! This little country seemed to be the best place for American retirement!
Knowing that there are other retirees on the same boat as we are, I am sharing this research with you. With the help of a native, I am presenting the Philippines to you, so you can pick your own location. I am sure anywhere we choose, we will enjoy a quality retirement life that we so deserve!
My posts will help you decide exactly where in the Philippines you would like to retire. We have different outlooks in life – some prefer to retire near the beach, some in the farm, some in the city, some couldn’t care less! You can view my posts about the different places in the Philippines, and find an area that you feel has a certain connection to you. Have a tour of the Philippines and visit that place, and find the connection, before you retire there permanently. I hope I can be of help.
The Tawo-Tawo Festival breathes life to the elements of the ricefield: the scarecrow or tawo-tawo, the maya birds, and the farmer and his wife, tilling the land. In thanksgiving, these are woven together to form a bigger protrait of the rich culture and history of Bayawan city, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
Once you feel the festival’s rhythm and beat, you’ll find that you have imbibed it and are now heady with playful excitement. Down the main national highway, all the contingents, in creative costumes are stree-dancing. Tong-tong-tong-tong, goes the drumbeat. It is a thrilling whirl and twirl of color and choreography, motion and commotion.
The pageantry is so infectious that oftentimes onlookers join in the revelry with such abandon, fun, and caramaderie. Everyone can get caught up in the exuberant gaiety of the explosion of creative talent, colors, spectacular revelry, and fabulous costumes.
The tawo-tawo festival has drawn mixed crowds of local and foreign tourist to witness the street dancing and field presentations. Beyond doubt the revelry of colors and showcase of costumes in the festival has remained one of the most exalting experiences for the city and tourists alike.
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