My parents are from South Asia and I was born and raised in Canada. It’s not at all relevant to my thoughts on the topic.
Things can change and usually do. Why and in what ways, who knows, but worse is definitely a potential scenario.
Oct 29th, 2018 8:55 pm
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We've been to Puerto Vallarta, Melaque/Barra de Navidad, and Manzanillo.
Nov 5th, 2018 2:31 am
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Yea, you know Asian women are not that different from Western women. If there is a 20 year age gap then 99% of the time they are only with you because of potential economic benefit, but I'm sure you know that. Most women prefer to date men their own age. If in doubt, have a go at 65 year old Filipina woman.
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Nov 18th, 2018 9:10 am
Are you familiar with any areas in Mexico? (Also, you might add this question in the Travel forum)
Nov 18th, 2018 3:37 pm
stereoasis wrote: ↑ I'm in the Philippines now. I've been coming here since 2012 when I retired at age 40. I usually spend Canadian autumn and winter here and spring and summer in my condo in the Vancouver area. I bought it very cheap in 2002, paid off my mortgage in 2010 and got a HELOC in 2011 so live off that mostly. I also sell resell thrift store items online as a hobby. I even brought an extra luggage full of things to sell here.
Canada is great for some things, but of course in others it sucks, so that's why I split my time. Philippines has a low cost of living, tropical climate, English is an official language, and it was an American colony for almost years, so it's quite westernized. You can get by fine without learning Tagalog, since English is the official language of business. I rent a studio apartment in a condotel for about $400 a month including everything: Rent, laundry, cleaning, internet, water and electricity. Cost of almost everything else is very low. I spend about $150 a month on food and about $6 a month on my cell phone plan. Transit, movies, eating out and going to the beach...most of it very cheap. I usually spend about $800 a month here.
I'm a single guy in my 40's and even though I had 5 in a row foreign ESL girlfriends from 2006-2012, I admit to getting nothing since then in Canada. It doesn't matter what dating site or app I use, I get no replies and no matches. I'm over 6 foot, slim and even runway modeled, and its crickets online. Meanwhile here, I'm the choosy one and am currently dating a 19 year old, a 20 year old and a 24 year old, with hopes of meeting more girls.
The catch is that I find most girls here physically unattractive. So yes, I can meet many girls, but I usually only like 1 out of every 10 I meet, and they are usually under 25. They age poorly here, so by 25 most look pretty run down. On top of that they are marriage obsessed and most girls are married by 25. Since divorce is illegal here, all they can do is separate and move on. Problem is adultery is illegal too, so the girl you are dating might be married and dating her could land you in jail, like the poor guy in the link below.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/arti ... 66u-vaDENQ
If you want proof they are not married, get them to show you a cenomar certificate which proves they are single. So, yes many girls here want to date foreigners, but many are physically unattractive, have aged poorly, are single Mums, and are probably married and often lie about it. If you want to only date unmarried 18-25 year old girls that are not single Mums, and look attractive it will be much tougher, and even then most of them will work 6 days a week, so you can only usually meet them 1-2x per week. Some will also not tell you that they are semi pro hookers and unless you pay them they will not come back again. If you have high standards for appearance, youth and lifestyle like I do, you will probably be disappointed in about 90% of the girls here. Poor skin with a lot of acne, and missing and rotten teeth are my pet peeves and you'll see lots of it here. I've bought 5% benzoyl peroxide cream as a present for some girls because they couldn't afford the $10.
It's really a total mismatch. I'm tall, slim, wealthy, retired, with no health issues and I eat healthy food I cook myself and have almost all of my time free. I don't drink, smoke, no drugs, never married and no kids in my mid 40's. It can sometimes be weird meeting and dating girls 25 years younger and a foot shorter than me when I feel sorry for them because they have essentially nothing and are desperate to get married and have kids and I don't want to, and I'm gone for 6 months of the year. Most girls I previously met married any foreigner they could find after me, and then got fat soon after.
The biggest problems in the Philippines for me (and probably most other visitors):
Very high corruption, 100th out of 180 countries on the transparency index.
Dishonesty is very common here and considered perfectly acceptable.
An average IQ of 86...I had mine tested and scored 136. That's 50 points difference and it shows.
Poverty, most make about $250 a month.
Lack of free time for the locals due to heavy work load.
Fast food diet and increasing obesity rates.
Teen pregnancy and lack of reproductive education.
The idea that religion will solve all the problems when it actually creates many of them. Yes, I'm atheist, and they are usually catholic.
Low IQ's, poor education and poverty are a very bad combination so after 6 months here I'm usually tired of it and happy to go back to Canada but will miss all the attention and of course intimacy with cute brown girls 25 years younger than me.
When I tell people in Canada I went in the Philippines they of course always say oh, how was it there?
I always say: "The internet was very slow, but the girls were very fast". Pretty much the opposite of Canada actually.
Nov 18th, 2018 10:24 pm
Nov 19th, 2018 5:54 am
There was an article last week showing that Muskoka is in the top ten cheapest places to live in Canada. Less than 2 hours from Toronto. We are from the GTA but live here now, and the move has been fantastic. With the house price difference, we could retire at 41, so now we spend most of our time at outdoor pursuits. Winters are a couple degrees colder than the GTA, and more snowy, which is great for us. We are nordic and downhill skiers, it was depressing having cold almost snow-less winters in the GTA, brown and gross looking most of the time.pmcd wrote: ↑I agree that you can find places in Canada where the cost of housing is lower. But you will be in a place totally unfamiliar, away from family ( an airplane trip is hardly being close), probably lower quality health care, etc... For some people this might be worth it. Halifax is not as inexpensive as you might think.
In any case, moving to some smaller town in Canada is really not for everyone. Young people are trying to get out of many of them. There is a reason why housing is cheaper.
A lot depends on your family situation, the neighbouhood you currently live in, your age, your health and where you have friends.
In general, if you are 65+ moving to a totally unknown environment strikes me as either very brave or plain silly. By moving I don’t mean spending 3-4 months in a warmer climate.
Nov 19th, 2018 8:59 am
Muskoka is a huge area, some 3,938 km², so when you make the comparison of 'Muskoka life' are you being specific to Bracebridge, Gravenhurst or Huntsville that have all the city style amenities?Bullseye wrote: ↑ There was an article last week showing that Muskoka is in the top ten cheapest places to live in Canada. Less than 2 hours from Toronto. We are from the GTA but live here now, and the move has been fantastic.
With the house price difference, we could retire at 41, so now we spend most of our time at outdoor pursuits.
Winters are a couple degrees colder than the GTA, and more snowy, which is great for us. We are nordic and downhill skiers, it was depressing having cold almost snow-less winters in the GTA, brown and gross looking most of the time.
The towns populations are all growing, and because of this, new infrastructure is being built. There is a new mega sportsplex with pool, high school, theatre, etc. New arena and library being built.
There is walmart, Home Depot, etc. You can get sushi, Thai, Indian here. If you really need big ciy stuff, it's just over an hour to the north part of GTA.
But yeah, it is not for everyone. I hope the idea doesn't catch on to too many people, and then it gets crowded here like in the city. If you're not outdoorsy, you will probably not like it much.
Nov 19th, 2018 1:36 pm
Nov 19th, 2018 3:48 pm
The towns you named are the big 3, where most people live. Bracebridge and Huntsville are big enough that they have Walmarts. My post was specific to Bracebridge, though.porticoman wrote: ↑ Muskoka is a huge area, some 3,938 km², so when you make the comparison of 'Muskoka life' are you being specific to Bracebridge, Gravenhurst or Huntsville that have all the city style amenities?
as for young, fit, thrifty & retired, must be nice, but I wonder what all the aged seniors do in the winter months?
I suppose as long as there are Tim Hortons & McDonalds , life is good in Muskoka?