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Bob and Feyma Martin are moving to the United States.

What will happen to LiP?

This website, commonly referred to as LiP, has been around since 2006. Starting around 2007 it got quite successful, took on a multi-author platform, and has been part of my daily life (I am the owner, publisher, and a site writer) ever since.

I also know that LiP has become a daily excursion for many readers. People tell me every day.

Survival Cebuano

So, with Feyma and I deciding to leave the Philippines and move back to the United States, what will happen to this website?

Honestly, I am not completely certain yet.

I can assure you that LiP won’t be disappearing. I have too much hard work in this site to just shut it down. It will move forward in some form.

Right now I have several options in mind:

  • Continue with things as they are already.
  • Sell the site to somebody also, and personally move on.
  • Keep the site, and add another content facet – leaving the Philippines.
  • What else should I consider?

Keep things as they are now

I would consider this as an option, but a doubtful one. For me to continue with the site and not change it at all would probably not last long. I will have lost interest in living in the Philippines. It will no longer be part of my life, and I wonder just how I long I would keep up with it. I feel I would lose interest and let the site die a slow death. I don’t want that.

Because of these reasons, I feel it is unlikely that changes won’t go beyond this.

Sell the site and move on

In my mind, at this point, I think this is the second most likely solution.

I would want to find the right person who would do a good job with the site, provide good content for those who read and follow the site, and so on. It could be tricky to find just the right person, but I think it is possible to do. The site makes a good income, but I probably would not be able to find the right person who would be willing to pay what I think the site is worth. Because of that, it would be my intention to be flexible on the pricing. If anybody is interested, let’s talk.

Keep the site and add the facet of “leaving the Philippines”

Leaving a country of even long-term residence is part of the expat lifestyle. These days the whole “digital nomad” lifestyle is very popular, and these people move on in months, not the long-term stay that I have done here. I have lived in the Philippines for 19 years by the time I make the move.

I could keep the site going as is, but add another aspect to it, how to successfully repatriate, or move to a different expat destination.

I will have gone through the experience myself and would know and understand what needs to be done, the pitfalls that are ahead, etc. I hear every day from people who are wanting to repatriate or move on in one way or another from having lived in the Philippines. Who could answer that better than I could after I have gone through the process?

I have always said that I would estimate that more than half of the foreigners who move to and live in the Philippines end up returning home within 5 years.

It is a natural addition to the site.

Do you have other ideas for the site?

Maybe you, as a site reader have a thought for what I should do with the site? If so, share your idea. I am open to deciding what is best for both myself, the site, and the readers. So, feel free to share!

I will be excited to hear any ideas from readers!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Paul Thompson

Sir Bob;
Hire an administrator while you keep ownership and maintain quality control, the administrator could be paid on a profit share type bases. That’s the best I could come up with…. Albeit you are leaving, it does not erase your memory of what it takes to “Live in the Philippines”.

David Haldane
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David Haldane

I agree!

Rob Ashley
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Rob Ashley

I’m with Paul and David here! -Rob

Steve W
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Steve W

For the next year, why not keep the site and perhaps stop writing articles yourself. In other words, phase yourself out as you move on to new adventures. Continue to allow other trusted current/former contributors to submit articles. You don’t really need to publish daily as you have in the past. Maybe during this time someone will make a fair offer for the site, although I think the site looses a lot of its value without you actively participating. Just my opinion, but I doubt there will be much long term interest in your experience leaving the Philippines. (FYI: The… Read more »

LeRoy Miller
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LeRoy Miller

I was thinking something similar to what Paul mentioned but I see it as a way to possibly continue with what you have worked so hard and long on. Part 1, articles by guest writers on Philippine matters, Part 2, leaving the Philippines and the related items, Part 3, break down past articles of reference into easily indexed sources for those considering moving there. Possibly Part 4, Referral Page, what comes to mind is the dentist. I can think of several other referrals that would be great. It would also tie into something else I might suggest on PM. Any… Read more »

Stef
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You have a cadre of volunteers here, Bob, who have never had the opportunity to shoulder your burden. Similarly, you may not fully appreciate what they can do. I can recall a number of companies whose employees bought out the owner when he retired. They constituted a board of directors and became shareholders in the organization. Many non-profits operate in a similar manner. You could probably do this with LiP… (Which now also means ‘Leaving’ in the Philippines 🙂 Get four or six or ten trusted souls to become investors. Structure your buy-out with incentives to entice them to grow… Read more »

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Bobby

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on your site.Big changes are coming it appears ! While I enjoy going to MNL every few months, I would get bored living in The Philippines for as long as you have without hitting up the rest of Asia(or world) on a regular basis.So, I can understand your desire to move on to a new adventure and experience living somewhere else. Especially since the kids are grown up and out on their own.I was expecting someplace cool like Budapest ,Barcelona or Prague in Europe.All three of those cities are inexpensive and have… Read more »

JEFF KELTON
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JEFF KELTON

Bob, Assuming you will still have the time , and it still makes you some money, my suggestion is to continue on with the site and add the facet of leaving the Philippines. You will always have the knowledge of helping folks move to and live in the Philippines. Hopefully the help of your contributors can help keep this info current. I’m sure you are not the first to move back to the their country of origin and that information may prove valuable. Just my 2 cents

Steve W
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Steve W

Again, just my opinion, but what Jeff suggests is fine short term. Attempting to advise others about living in the Philippines when you are not living in the Philippines doesn’t seem like a good long term plan. Some of Bob’s acquired knowledge for others will remain valid in future years, but some knowledge will become out of date. For example, the rules/methods for sending money to Phils will change over time, as will things like getting a Phil drivers license or visa. Other contributors can still provide current advice, but it’s a big assumption to assume they will stick around… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Bob, whatever path this transition takes, I’m really looking forward to your articles next year sharing your observations on re-acclimating to the US, or more aptly, acclimating for the fist time because a lot has changed in 19 years. Plus you have no doubt changed as well. I predict that the experience will be borderline surreal. Maybe you could do a Top Ten Predictions for the move, and then after the first year see how many were right. My own prediction is that you will be surprised by how many people recognize you from this site and greet you, especially… Read more »

Clay Montgomery
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Clay Montgomery

Hi Bob, Let me preface this by saying I just found your LiP website the other day. It was the day before your article came out about making the decision to move back to the USA. I’m planning on moving to the Philippines sometime in the next few months. You can imagine my surprise to find a website dedicated to helping people do exactly what I was searching for. Then I saw some of the services you provide. Some of those services I have not found anywhere else and I was excited that I had found them. Like the throw-away… Read more »

David B Katague
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I encourage you to do option 3.

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