I’m an American citizen living in the Philippines with my wife, Josie. I’m retired from active duty in the military. Since I’m older than I want to be, I’m also retired for social security purposes. Josie and I have been married since 1985. We have two grown children, Joe and Jon, with their own families in the United States.
My Life So Far
I retired from the Marine Corps in 1998, after 20 years of military service. I’ve been drawing a military pension ever since. Josie and I sold our house in the United States and moved to the Philippines in 2006. We made enough of a profit from the sale to build our house in the Philippines and to buy everything else we needed. Our only monthly payments are our utility bills, including fiber Internet.
I started drawing my social security pension at the age of 62. The longer I live, the better I’ll feel about drawing it early. I have three older siblings who didn’t make it past 70. I’m now drawing two retirement pensions. It still doesn’t add up to what I was making when I was working full-time after the military, but I’m not complaining.
The only type of “work” I’ve participated in since 2006 is blogging. There are very few instances when Americans can work at a regular job in the Philippines. Although I participated in other writing activities over the years, I didn’t get serious about blogging until I found myself with nothing to do during my idle time, which is now most of the time.
The Stuff I Write About
Am I going to write about retirement all the time? Hardly. I doubt I’ll write about it at all, except in passing. I’m interested in computers and electronics, web design and development, and a bunch of stuff that has nothing at all to do with retirement.
Blogging is the only hobby I enjoy these days. Unfortunately, I can’t spend as much time doing it as I did in the past. I can’t stay in a sitting position for hours like before, one of the side effects of getting old.