He and his wife, May, who is from the Philippines, are now raising their five children. The couple owns five houses, each with a different view of the island: rice fields and coconut palms from the two farms; a river, forests, and terraced vegetable gardens from their mountain home; bamboo and a distant highway from their house in town. From their beach house they look out on a coconut grove and the South China Sea. Jim works as a project manager for a resort- development company. He also may start a business to help other expats buy or build property, as he sees increasing numbers of tourists discovering the island. "I was in El Nido in January, and the ratio of locals to foreigners in certain areas was 50:50," Jim says. "Foreigners have always been part of the social tapestry here."