My parents are retiring to the Philippines, to our hometown of Tubigon. It's not an especially charming place. In Boholano it means "watery." But it's where we're from.
My dad gone back several times to upgrade the house. He has installed air-conditioning, a septic tank, and a generator. He wants to spend his retirement hanging out with his high school buddies.
My mom is not so sure about this scenario. She doesn't like the heat or the prospect of people constantly coming to the house to ask for money or favors. Everyone knows that they are (relatively) flush with US dollars.
So they leave on the 18th and my mom will return in a month. They have a number of things to straighten out, including land ownership and other assets. Apparently I am an heir to several tracts of rice fields.
As I always tell my mom, none of the countries I've been to have ever had a State Dept. travel advisory. Not to mention the upcoming elections where Tubigon is one of the "areas of concern."
I suppose it's my turn to worry now.
If it's any consolation, I went to Fiji during the revolution (and the State Dept. travel advisories) and, except for the soldiers and roadblocks, I wouldn't have known there was anything wrong.
I hope things go well for your parents and that they stay safe.
I'm so sorry to hear that they're leaving the US. I recieved a card from your mom. It was very sweet and kind, thanking me for being a good friend to you both. She didn't mention anything about the move. I will send you're mom a card and express my hope that she comes to visit San Francisco one more time.
I hope that she finds the support that she needs in the Philippines after such a move.
Your family and mine (half of it, anyway) will be neighbors, sort of. My mom is from Baybay, Leyte. She's also planning on going back for her retirement in a few years or so. And I may also end up owning a few rice fields in the future. :-)
I didn't realize there was a travel advisory for the Philippines. I'd thought the terrorism was mostly confined to Mindanao. It's a bit unsettling to learn that it's not anymore. Hopefully your parents will stay safe and have a happy retirement.