*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 coastal town of Nabas celebrates the 7th Bariw Festival on May 15th in honor of the patron saint of farmers, ‘San Isidro Labrador’.
Bariw festival, a thanksgiving for the bounties of harvests, is one of the unique and popular festivals in Aklan highlighted by street dancing competitions of tribus dressed in costumes made of bariw leaves. To portray the uniqueness of the indigenous materials such as bariw, tribus from the barangays showcase the famous local product with equally lovely bariw-clad street dancers accompanied by bagtoe, drums and lyres.
Every second week of May, the Bariw festival comes alive to promote the tourism potentials of the town of Nabas. It also brought to life the creativeness of the rapidy growing Bariw Festival and the choreographic dancing and costume design of tribus.
Bariw (common name pandan) is a palm tree abundantly surrounded the coastal communities in western Aklan and parts of Antique and it is brown in color. Women in the barrios are mostly weavers who are adept in the cutting and drying of bariw leaves and turn them into handicrafts of mats, baskets and other items. The grandeur of this festival is captured by Aklanforum – its color and pageantry in the street dancing of ten tribus from the different barangays and the religiosity in honor of patron saint San Isidro Labrador.
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