Retired and Living in the Philippines – 5 Years!

The Blog.

As the Retired in Samar blog approaches its 5-year anniversary (next month), I felt it would be a good time to publish an anniversary post. When I began this blog, it was with  the intent of documenting my journey, in addition to having something to do in my retirement years, and maybe earn a little money along the way. I have successfully accomplished both objectives. While I don’t publish as many posts as I used to, many followers and new subscribers continue to find their way to the blog in search of information that might assist them in making their dreams a reality.

One of the true benefits of this blog has been the privilege of meeting the many personal acquaintances whom otherwise I would not have ever met. And some have become good friends. In any case, the blog continues to fill much of my idle time in retirement. It has also made me a little money (the key word here is “little” and doesn’t quite cover the costs of a website and blog). I guess in the overall scheme of things, this blog fulfills another purpose – a real purpose. Through visitor’s testimonials, I have come to learn that many readers have truly benefited from my postings, whether it be in the form of a simple inspiration to completely motivational – from planning their move, to the shipping of household goods or pets. To these folks, I appreciate the many accolades you have all provided me and I’m glad I could help.

Reflections!

The family young’uns with me on a mountain hiking trip.

I can remember the first post I wrote (A Return to Samar) along with the vivid thoughts and feelings I had while writing it. I wrote several inspirational and motivational pieces after that. During the time we waited for our actual move to the Philippines, I launched the “Before Paradise” series of posts that outlined our preparations and documented our nearly day-to-day accomplishments that moved us closer to our goal – Living in our chosen paradise.

As the blog progressed, post topics became more varied as I was experiencing life from a totally different perspective. While I did post some things that tended to be more experience based and factual in nature, i.e., Immigration and Customs information, I learned that because the Philippines government is seemingly in a constant state of flux, outlining certain things like ‘rules and regulations’ can be tricky. Some regulations can be extremely fluid and can change on a moment’s notice. When this happens, information in the blog becomes stale and outdated. So, in an effort to keep this blog’s posts from being misleading and full of perishable information, I curtailed my writing as a provider of ‘official information’ and now try to stick to my personal dealings and events that surround my own experiences.  I have written about this before in a popular post titled I know! I Read it in a Blog! that calls attention to information found on the internet and in blogs and forums that might contain blatent inaccuracies.

A couple years ago, I initiated a post series in this blog titled “Mango Moments” which are nothing more than everyday dealings with friends, family or the public, that tend to turn turns humorous. So for a lighter-side-of-life in the Philippines, check out all the Mango Moments. They are easy to find – they all have a Mango as the featured picture (or you can just search the blog for Mango Moments.)

Retired in Samar on YouTube.

Now Vlogging!

I also launched a YouTube channel featuring some entertaining and lighter side videos of living in the Philippines. I produced a series of Saturday-Shorts” if you will, where I recruited family members to participate in little skits portraying “The Normal” as being fun and sometimes silly. I eventually ran out of actors and my script writer went on strike, so that was the end of the “Shorts!” You can still find all my published videos by looking for “Videos” on the blog’s menu bar on the home page. 

A New Blog!

Recently, one of my blog reader-turned-friends turned me on to Steemit.com -A blogging platform powered by blockchain technology, using cryptocurrency to reward users who upload articles, images, commentary, etc. Other ways users on this platform can get paid is through sourcing comments and voting for their favorite articles. You don’t have to be a blogger to get paid on Steemit (think of facebook that pays you for writing a comment or “Liking” a post or Twitter where you could get paid for re-tweets). I have been sharing my time between my regular blog and Steemit platform where I also upload content, some that may not even be Philippines related. Check out Steemit and start earning… it’s free to join. Steemit Video

A New Journey!

If you have been a regular blog reader here, you probably already know that we have set up a residence in Guam per my post “Leaving the Philippines”. Guam is only just over three hours away by plane and it is a U.S. territory (and kinda been in the news of late!). Now we will travel back and forth as permanent residents of both places and also allows us to do even more traveling in our retirement. Samar will always be our home – our house is there.

One thing is certain, I will continue as a Philippines Blogger and Vlogger, and will continue working on my bucket list. It seems as though my bucket list is still growing and I’m falling behind – I have a long way to go.  But know this, while I’m whittling away at that bucket list, I will always remain Retired in Samar!  I appreciate all of you.

Please Consider Supporting this Blog.

In the five years this blog has been published, I have never solicited or received any financial assistance from my readers. But as the expenses of maintaining a personal blog mount annually, not to mention all the time and expenses involved in video production for YouTube, any contributions to help this Blog/Vlog survive going forward would be appreciated.

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