Until February 2007 I was a full-time employee at Fujitsu-Siemens Computers in the Netherlands. I was responsible for the customer care services, more specific at the customer complaints department. During 2006, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers decided to outsource these and other activities. There wasn’t an other position available for me, so I got unemployed.
Several years earlier my wife and I made plans already that we were going to move to the Philippines after my retirement from work.
And at the age of 57, it is difficult (or almost impossible) to find a new job because of this age.
Become an expat
For these and a few other reasons we decided to find out what the possibilities were if we moved to the Philippines at that moment, instead of waiting until I reached my official pension age at 65. After ample considerations, lots of inquiries and financial calculations we started planning how and when to take the giant step to relocate to the Philippines. We decided to put our house on sale and wait for the moment the house was going to be sold. That was the time to make final plans.
We also planned what we were going to do in the Philippines, like starting a business, or something else, or just do nothing and live the life as it comes. I was determined to start a website and a blog to report about the things who came on my path. All the rest was “see what future would bring”.
The only other thing we were planning was to buy our own house the moment we were in the Philippines.
May 2008 we finally get a possible buyer who was serious and made a first bid. A few weeks later we came to an agreement and our house was sold. The deed of sale was set on October 1st, 2008. We planned to leave The Netherlands on October 4, 2008 and become Expat in the Philippines.