An American Expat Taking It Easy in the Philippines

Joseph is an American expat who has been living in Tacloban City in the Philippines for a year now. Read on to learn about some of what he thinks about living there, his observations about the people, and a tip or two about adjusting to the local way of living.

Joseph P

-Where were you born?

Texas, USA

-In which country and city are you living now?

Tacloban City, Philippines

-Are you living alone or with your family?


-How long have you been living in the Philippines?

1 year

-What is your age?


-When did you come up with the idea of living in the Philippines?

I've been coming here for 6 years, married and with a 3-year-old.

-Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?

I don't have work permit, getting a visa was very easy.

-Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?

Not at all difficult.

-How do you make your living in the Philippines? Do you have any type of income generated?

I do not have job, I'm temporarily unemployed.

-Do you speak the local language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?

I do not speak the local language here since most all speak English.

-Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Of course I miss back home,  everyone does.

-Do you have other plans for the future?

I hope to go back to work overseas or start a business here.

-What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? How much do you pay for it?

Homes range at what ever your taste is, high or low.

-What is the cost of living in the Philippines?

Cheap, but some things are high like gas and electronics.

-What do you think about the Filipinos? 

Very kind people. I have been to a lot of countries and the people here are the kindest.

-What are the positive and negative aspects of living in the Philippines?

The negatives are humidity and rains, and loss of power that happens often.

The positives are loving family and easy living.

-Do you have any tips for our readers about living in the Philippines?

Yes, do not judge dollar versus peso. Get used to the peso and its value.

I've been to Tacloban many

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I've been to Tacloban many times. Usually it's going to and from the airport, but we also have some Filipino relatives that live there. We also pass through there going to Southern Leyte to see other relatives. It seems like a decent place, but it's a little too big for me to live in. But except for passing through and going to and from the airport, I haven't been there in the last year or so. There seems to be more and more expats moving to the Philippines so maybe we didn't make a bad choice.
Anyway I think you already saw my interview, so you already know I'm from TEXAS also. I'm from around the Temple area, which part are you from?
I have a blog if you want to check out things that happen around this area, Calbayog City. We are going a mall or two soon and other restaurants and stores are starting to open also. The website is: - in case you want to check.