Goodbye Davao City … Hello Manila

So the title kind of gives it away …

We are moving to Manila!

After just over a year of living in Davao City, the third largest city in the Philippines south, we have decided to pack up shop and move to the “big smoke” … and wasting no time doing it … I move next week! (Matt will follow a month later)

In a recent post I wrote One Year Revision & Future Planning I mentioned that we wanted to make a move within a year, well it has come a lot sooner than that, with an opportunity to add an additional $4000 AUD a month to our bottom line by moving to Manila, we decided to make the jump now.

Why Location Is Important To Your Success

So I have written a blog post in the past which basically discusses how we cannot change our circumstances by changing our location, here I want to give the opposite viewpoint.

I have a few friends who I mentioned the move to, who kind of discouraged the move by saying such things like … “grass is always greener” etc but it’s not simply about getting bored (it is a little), but it is mainly about continuing to grow as a person and I don’t feel I can get anymore from Davao. I have gotten all I can get from here.

Myself & Matt are still quite young, and I think it is essential for us to meet new people, encounter new ways of doing business and business models, etc.

Reasons We Are Moving To Manila

1. Networking / People

Davao is super sheltered. We have met 4 people over the last year in the entire city, that we get that have helped challenge, grow, and learn from, etc. Pretty low numbers for such a large city and a long term stay. Very keen to meet more interesting people in which both parties can mutually benefit from. Networking should not be underestimated in business.

2. Talent Pool

We hate managing are not good at it. We want to make the business a little less hands on by us. To do this we need smart, ambitious, self initiative people. At risk of being controversial … These people are hard to find here in Davao … most these people move to Manila in search of more money.

3. Getting Too Settled

I feel we have got in a rut here in Davao … same old thing means perhaps productivity is up, but on the flip side, we are not getting challenged or thinking enough outside the box. Perhaps doing more work, but is it the right work?

4. Learning

Essentially it all comes down to wanting to grow and learn.

5. Experience

Myself & Matt have limited corporate experience, so hiring, talking and being in a more corporate environment, could help us just a little to take what we like and adapt it to our business.

6. Opportunities

We have clients that prefer us to be in Manila, due to talent pool, offices, access, etc. The amount of new opportunities that could come our way is exciting, from clients to people we meet.

7. Very Little Risk Involved

We like to live by the “Regret what you don’t do, not what you do” kind of mentality and with this move having very little risk associated, we may as well give it a go. We could be back to our normal lives here in Davao City, if it is a failed experiment.

Thanks Davao City, You Have Been Great

Big thanks to all the people we have met here in Davao City! We have really enjoyed our time here and are very thankful to this wonderful city and the people within it.

Four dudes we have mentioned before, but like to mention again (would just seem wrong not to in a Davao oriented post) … Joe, Justin, John & Damian … super cool, super switched on guys … definitely should connect with them if in town.

And of course to everyone else who have had any sort of connection to us over the last year here, you know who you are :)

We are not counting out a return to Davao in the future. We are keeping our place here for the time being so we will see what happens. I do not see our move to Manila lasting long, as we are both not really “big city” folks, plus lets face it, Manila kind of takes the “Lifestyle” out of Lifestyle Business Design 😉 So there may be a return to this city one day, at this point we are hoping to stick to our plan in the recent blog post, to move to another country in 12 months time.

And of course we will be visiting from time to time.

If you do plan on visiting or moving to Davao City, feel free to hit us up still. We are happy to give suggestions / advice and hook you up with some people we know.

In saying that if you are in Manila or planning on visiting us … let us know! We love meeting new people :)

So our Davao City chapter of the adventure seems to be coming to close and the new Manila chapter is about to start … I’m excited to see what effects this has both business wise and personally.

Will keep you updated.


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21 Responses to Goodbye Davao City … Hello Manila

  1. Damian Thompson June 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Good luck brother. Will check you guys out in a few months, keep a spare room available for me!

    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      It’s already got your name plate on the door 😉

  2. Hans Tuchel June 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Good luck guys. Sorry, but never got closed even we saw each other a few times. Will catch you in Manila 😉

    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Yep let us know when you are there :)

  3. Krintz69 June 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    take care man! XD

  4. Joseph Magnotti June 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out brother and let me know when you get settled.  I will be first in line for a visit!

  5. B N June 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Right, you’re young and ready for more opportunities. Am wishing you a safe trip. Gonna miss yah… actually I do now:(


    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Miss ya too buddy … Manila just a plane ride away 😉

  6. JustinWCooke June 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    BOOM!  Congrats and best of wishes to you guys on the new adventure!  I had a few reservations, but you guys are young, resilient, and sharp and know you’ll end up just fine!  I’ll miss you both, but know we’ll hang out whenever I’m up in Manila…plus it will be nice to have a few friends show me the hot spots when I come to visit.

    Interesting you guys are keeping the place here, though.  Had a few questions for you and was hoping we could meet up this week if you guys have the time?  Let me know and you can come over or we could do lunch or something?

    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks Justin … you want to meet up before saturday? Can if you want, let me know … yeah we will keep the place for first 6 months, and re-evaluate then whether we want to keep it … collected a far bit of stuff here, so pain to move out, plus it is cheap as balls … your storage in the US probably costs as much 😉 We are trying to think of a way to utilise the place … perhaps just a bonus for our best performing staff in davao? Perhaps a place for an intern … dunno yet

  7. Aiza June 12, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Good luck to both of you to your next journey.. wish you all the best in your business.. It was nice to meet you guys! More power!

    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Thanks Aiza, you rock … now that I am leaving more responsibility will be placed on you to look after Justin 😉 I am sure I can count on you lol

  8. Jamie Alexander June 12, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Good luck in Manilla.

    Think of all the extra parties and women, lol.

    • John Paul Grant June 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      That is one benefit my friend … the other is the seamless travel from one location to another and the crisp fresh air that Manila is famous for 😉

      • Minie Moe July 27, 2012 at 9:44 am #

        Fresh Air? I wonder. :)))))

  9. mattjohncanty June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks for all the support. Who knows what the future holds? that’s the best part!

  10. stylelola June 25, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    In case you haven’t found a place yet in Makati… :)

    • mattjohncanty June 27, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      Cheers mate we found an awesome place right in Makati whoo :)

  11. Jacky Lou Montecillo June 27, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Good luck for your new quest of life. May God bless you and armored you with more wisdom. All the best  Manila boy :-)

    • mattjohncanty June 27, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      Thanks Jacky!