josh and tina
josh and tina  
I am coming to Manila with my fiancÚ on feb 4,  we will marry there. and I actually dont have a question, i just wanted to say congratulations to you both, you  are living the life we soon hope to have. I am american currently working in china, taiwan, and korea sometimes. and i hope in the next few years i can also retire and would love to live in phillippines , for now we are traveling together, but i do miss the feeling of having a home, and i know she does too.

Congratulations also Josh & Tina! Life is and has been an AMAZING journey of adventure, JOY and prosperity beyond our wildest dreams. We knew each other since 79, hooked up in Korea 29+ years ago in 83 and luckily were able to save our next egg during a 7 month period in 84. China has some good gigs for foreigners and we know several younger guys doing very well there; making the transition to small business owners here in the Philippines is best done slowly over a 5 year period before breaking away from your main gig in China. All the BEST luck to you both. Bill, Lorna and Camilla

If you need a place to stay near all 4 Manila airports try our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel Manila, or take a break for some time on the beach, or interested in buying land on Boracay Island,  


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

Publications,, who asked me to apply with

some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

Awards and Honors
Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

Past/Present Clients
3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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