Retirement Resort Style pt. 1 Misc Info Reply

Affordable, Doable Permanent Residency, Long-Term Vacation on MC Resort Setting!

“MC” by the way is simply my last name. Maybe it will change as I find it necessary, we’ll see

Leverage your currency- exchange rate as of 06/27/2022: $1.00 = P54.99

Think of what your USDollars can buy in that kind of economic exchange!

Location and Topography– a choice of 2 locations. I have two properties, all along the same coastline 30 minutes by boat but very topographically varied.

MC Main Property– see here for a complete profile of this Main property

Macopa Reef– is a water fun park! A diver or snorkel haven. Follow this link for a complete rundown on this property

High standard of living for foreign money- US Dollar, the Pound Sterling, and the Euro are some of the foreign money that come into our little town courtesy of ex-pats and foreigners who have found lives in this corner of the world. Their foreign money count for a lot and buy a lot here. This mean a higher standard for the above-mentioned foreigners.

There are a lot of blogs written by ex-pats who attest to thrive on $1000/a month budget! I believe this.

Not only that- they have founded small businesses as their sources of income too. One such business is Apo Reef Dive Park– namesake of the dive park itself- Apo Reef. Google them both for more info. This dive shop is my neighbor, operated by a Swiss-German national. Yes, it is possible for these foreigners to own their businesses here.

Healthy way of life- island life is healthier for obvious reasons. The whole island of Mindoro is blessed with fertile arable land. Coconut groves, fruit trees, bamboos and hardwood trees fill its mountains and shorelines. Rice plantations as far as you can see in every direction you look makes for a very soothing green environment with hardly any pollution. The MC Resort and Macopa Reef are ideally situated to benefit from this arable land. I am an ORGANICS consumer whenever possible. Work is underway toward self-sufficiency and control of what we consume. We harvest our own rice, veges, and make our very own bacon. Yeah!

The sea yields the freshest of catch you can ever enjoy

Guided recreational activities

  • Scuba diving– there is Apo Reef Dive Park, a nationally designated underwater park, premier dive destination in the world second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  • Fishing and Sport Fishing– every May to June is the Yellow Fin Tuna run from Mindoro Strait, their winter feeding ground back to the Pacific Ocean. Big business fishing vessels make their year’s income with this run. Or simply go out to the buoy and help yourself to catching your own dinner 😊
  • Hiking trails galore- brave an overnight trek to Mount Iglit Wildlife Refuge to see some endangered species, or stay in-resort and hike the hilly terrain of Macopa Reef
  • Swim or snorkel as exercise or recreation- all up to you.
  • Sail, kayak, dolphin sight-see- you can be as active as your energy dictates
  • Island- hopping– there’s more than 7,000 islands, visit as many as you can!

Photography– definitely come with your camera! Mother Nature provides endless entertainment. Enjoy reds, oranges and blues sunsets. Star gaze, we are at the Equator. Lay on the sand in the moonlight and just look up. You’ve never seen the Milky Way if you’ve never seen it from this vantage point. Come nightfall when it’s totally dark, admire a tree full of fireflies. How these tiny creatures can light up a tree so that night fishermen knew the shores of our yard, I do not know!

Then let the sound of waves lull you to sleep. How richly deserved!

The City & Grocery Runs
Forays into Manila or at least Batangas City are an occasional must for Western grocery runs like milk and fresh orange juice. You can ride shotgun, I drive!

BTW- I want to let you know I know how to drift on a 45* degree blind right turn on the mountains! Whoa!😂
The drive to the Pier at Abra de Ilog is 3.5 hours but I get in at 2. 😉
Or we can hop on a commuter plane and be in Manila within 40 minutes. Fresh milk, orange juice, cheeses, steaks and pizzas are not available in the island the way we Westerners would like it so we trek. 

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