I am currently looking for a few good men, or ladies!
The LiP Web Magazine is almost 12 years old now. We will be celebrating that anniversary in just a few months. When I first started out the website, I was the only writer. Later, I was joined by my wife, Feyma. Soon, many new writers joined us, and the site picked up a lot of new voices, different opinions, etc.
There are a few changes coming down the pipeline soon. You will find out about one of those changes tomorrow. Nothing earth shattering, but, it means that as I said earlier, I am looking for a few good men, or ladies! What do I mean? I want to pick up at least a couple of new writers for the website.
Do you live in the Philippines? Do you want to live in the Philippines? Maybe you are Filipino and feel that you can add to the discussion and help foreigners who live here in learning new things about the Philippines. If you fit any of these categories, and you like to write articles, you might fit in great!
If you are interested in joining us here on LiP, why not send me an email through our contact form? I would be very happy to hear from you, and will get back to you right away.
If you have a website about the Philippines already, joining us here may help you draw traffic to your own website. LiP is probably the largest, and most widely read ex-pat website in the Philippines. Because of that, we get a lot of traffic, if you write articles here, it could bring many new people over to your website.
If you’re interested, just contact me. I would certainly be happy to hear from you.
Most people who read this website know a little bit about me, but not everybody. Certainly, Google sends people here based on the article content, not based on the fact of whether they know me or not. So, in order for this article to make sense, I will start off by telling you a little bit about myself.
In 1990, I became penpals with a young lady from the Philippines. Her name is Feyma. After we had been writing to each other for some time, I traveled to the Philippines, and we got married. That was in 1990, and we’re still happily married today, nearly 28 years later.
After our marriage, and going through the visa process, Feyma came to the United States to join me, and we lived there for 10 years. In 2000, particularly at my urging, together we reached the decision to move to the Philippines, and to live here. I won’t go into all the reasons why, that is not really relevant to this article. I have now been living in the Philippines, though, for about 18 years. The most popular website that I own and operate is a website about living in the Philippines, moving to the Philippines, etc. Because of that website I have many thousands of followers. Most of these followers are people who live in the Philippines like I do, or would love to move to the Philippines and start a new life here.
One person, a friend on Facebook, has been writing to me lately through Facebook messenger. His name is William. Like me, he has a wife who is from the Philippines. He has a strong desire to move to the Philippines like I did. However, he faces many health issues, quite similar to the things that I have faced in the past. He is older than I am, I would guess him to be in his late 60s, although I am not certain. He has severe diabetes, and other issues as well.
Lately, the basic theme of his communications with me has been that he wants to move to the Philippines, but doesn’t know howhe could do it. The thing that is holding them back his health, and the fact Social Security in the United States, he basically gets free healthcare. Well, nothing in life is free, but that’s an argument for a different time. Basically, in the Philippines, you more or less have to pay for your health care out-of-pocket. There is a government insurance plan called PhilHealth, but it only pays while you are hospitalized, and generally only part of the cost of hospitalization. In most cases, it pays for 50% or less of the hospitalization. There are certainly exceptions to that, but that really is not relevant to this website, or to this article.
In our last communication, William reiterated the fact that he was getting free healthcare, free medication, free doctors visits, etc., through Social Security. He asked me what he could do to get those kinds of same benefits here in the Philippines. Well, frankly, you can’t get those kinds of benefits here. There are private insurance plans, but given Williams poor health, and his financial situation which I am aware of, he simply would not be able to afford such private plans.
At the end of our last communication, William asked me what can he do to be able to move to the Philippines. He really has a dream of wanting to live here. Can William live out his dream?
Well, I believe William can live out his dream. However, it will require unconventional thinking, and do things in an unconventional way. Instead of the conventional way, which would be that he find somebody to pay for the healthcare that he needs, such as a government entity, William will need to take control of his health, make himself better, and put those ailments behind him.
If William has the will to do so, I know he can do it. The reason I know is that I have done these things myself. Now, don’t take me wrong, I am not claiming that I am in perfect shape, or that I’m going to live for the next hundred years, but I have made dramatic steps, I feel great, and I would like to help others do so as well. In this case, I would like to help William be able to live his dream.
It’s just a fact, if William cannot take steps to improve his condition, he will never be able to experience the dreams of a life in the Philippines. No matter what your dream is, taking charge of your health, making changes, will improve your life greatly, I can attest to that.
There are many things that William can do. If he does a low carb, ketogenic diet, he can reverse his diabetes and the problems associated with it. It is, frankly, not difficult to get that under control. If William wants to go further, and improve his health, even more, he can go beyond a ketogenic diet and start doing intermittent fasting. Eat only once or twice a day, instead of the five or six times that most people eat these days. The next step beyond that might include extended fasting like I do. Perhaps there are other ways to improve his health, things that are outside the way that I do. I don’t think I have the only solution to improving your health, I know that what I have done as improve my own health, but it is an individual decision for each of us to make, including William.
Whatever he decides, I wish good luck to William, and I hope that he is able to follow his dream end enjoy the rest of his life. Good luck, my friend.
The other day I was at SM City here in Davao and saw something that got me thinking. It was not something new, something I had seen before in other places, but it sparked a thought in my mind.
I was walking around the mall and saw that there was a new (to me) business on the second floor. It was an S&R food-service place.
S&R is kind of the Philippine equivalent of Costco. They have been operating in the Philippines for years and opened a store in Davao City around five years ago. Many years ago, Costco had a partial ownership in S&R, but they sold off their percentage a long time ago, and as far as I know, it is now a fully own Filipino company. They still have an association with Costco, in that they carry the same merchandise, even the Costco private label, Kirkland Signature products are available at S&R.
Well, in addition to the product selection, the style of the stores, and such, they have another big similarity with Costco. They have a food-service area. You could buy things like pizza, churros, hot dogs (not the bright red nuclear-option hot dogs), hamburgers, basically the same food menu that Costco has in the United States. Frankly, the first time that I walked into an S&R store, I felt like I was stepping back in time and had entered a Costco store in the United States. I say stepping back in time because it had been so many years since I had been at a Costco store.
Well, about a year and a half ago, for the first time, I saw in a local mall that S&R had opened a food-service outlet at the mall. Anybody could buy, but if you had a membership, you would get a 5% discount. But, even non- S&R members could go in order food and enjoy their meal. I never thought too much about it. But, these S&R food-service outlets are now in every major mall in Davao City!
When I was in SM the other day, I was shocked at how large of an outlet they had there. One thing that did not shock me, though, was how full of customers it was. Every one of these S&R food outlets is always chock-full of customers.
It got me thinking. I’ll bet you that these food-service outlets really drive many people to sign up for a membership at S&R! Most people I talked to love the food at S&R food-service. Personally, it doesn’t excite me. Much of what they serve are things that I don’t eat anyway. But, almost everybody I talk to raves about the food there. With all of these nonmembers being able to try out I am sure that they must pick up new memberships due to that.
Back when I lived in the states, Costco was not doing anything like this at all. I did some web searching this morning, and could not find any information on the Internet about Costco doing this either. For readers, perhaps you can fill me in, does Costco have their food-service outlets in non-Costco locations? If not, I feel that this would be an avenue of great growth for them. Interesting that a Filipino company would (I suppose) come up with this fantastic idea to grow the business. Even if they are not picking up a ton of new memberships, the volume of business at they are doing in these food outlets is huge. I have talked to other ex-pats around the Philippines, and S&R seems to have these type of outlets all around the country now.
Anyway, as is something a little different, something that I do not believe membership stores have outside the Philippines. If you know differently, please let me know. As I thought about this, I just felt that it was a fantastic idea, sort of outside the box as well.