I recently read an ebook on moving to the Philippines. I was so impressed by it I thought visitors to this site would appreciate a review, so here is my review of TheExpat Training Manual: Prepare, Plan, Arrive in Paradise, by Rusty Ferguson.
With digital publishing so easy nowadays, it is my feeling that the overall quality of digital material is not very good. Some of the stuff I've read has been marginal at best, with some ebooks not even worth reading after the first chapter. While TheExpat Training Manual by Rusty Ferguson falls into the self-published category, and has some rough edges, if you look beyond the presentation (formatting errors, misspellings. etc.) and focus on the content, it is a valuable book that could help a lot of individuals make the move to the Philippines.
As he proclaims on his website, he writes from the perspective of an American who has actually made the move, and quite happily, I might add. Just looking through the Table of Contents, one can tell that the book covers pretty much everything you need to know to move to the Philippines. After reading the book, I couldn't think of any area that I still had questions on, so I feel it is very comprehensive.
The book was written from the perspective of a retired American single male making the move. While some people may be turned off by some of the things he writes about, the majority of his book is applicable no matter your age or sex.
The first major area he covers is on Passport and VISA requirements. Rusty delves into the different flavors of immigrant Visas that I had no idea even existed. He covers the Special Resident Retirement Visa (which Rusty himself acquired), and the Business Visa, especially interesting if you are thinking of bringing a business to the Philippines. I felt this section would be especially helpful for the individual who hasn't done a lot of traveling in their lives.
Other helpful areas covered were cost of living, getting a job, housing, banking and money, transportation, shipping your stuff, and safety. He even has a checklist to help you with your move. Again, all useful information if you look beyond the presentation.
One area that may not appeal to some people is the section on meeting Filipinas. Remember, he is a older single man, so I can understand that was a motivating factor in his decision to move to the Philippines. Consequently, a good portion of the book is devoted to meeting Filipinas, flirting, dating, learning how not to be taken advantage of, and getting married. All of which is very helpful information, and if I were in a similar situation as Rusty, would certainly encourage (entice?) me to make the move to the Philippines.
All in all, I thought the book was a valuable and interesting read. Even at $49.95, the book provides a lot of value. For perspective, to acquire the same amount of information on your own would take many hours of research. If it takes 10 hours to acquire this same information, you're selling yourself cheap at $5 per hour. My time is more valuable than that, plus Rusty gives some tidbits of information that only an expat living in the Philippines would know. I highly recommend this book.
*Please note, I was so impressed by this book that when I discovered they had an affiliate program, I felt this was a publication I could actually endorse. So if you do purchase, I will make a small referral fee.