i'm still here but would want to comment on this thread. firstly were the only ones left here in the PH, all of us were petitioned to go to US by my grandmother, secondly i have a boyfriend who's residing in the US, one way or the other i will be going the the US in the near future. as for retirement, we've tallked things over and i'm leaning to stay to US with my family by then. we will raise them with Filipino values and traditions and i'll let them learn how to speak Filipino too, since that's what also my bf wants eventhough as a half filipino himself he never had the chance to learn himself. he wants our soon to be kids to know their roots, maybe come back here for a vacation but not to live here. and sis Lyn's right, its not easy living in a place you're unsure of your safety, well basically anywhere whether in US or here there is no certainty with regards to safety but less lang siguro if I stay there for good. and by that time, there will be no reason to stay here for good but for vacation nalang siguro, i am really hoping mom and dad would want to retire in the US with us, for now i'm having a hard time convincing them to stay there, pag nagka apo ba daw iuuwi nila ng PH, i think my mom is joking but i really don't think its a good idea, lalo na if our kids will be involved, i don't think myfuture hubby will even allow that.