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  1. That, in my opinion, is a major plus. I'm assuming the family won't be asking you for handouts?
  2. I would really refrain from buying a vehicle upon arriving to the Philippines. There are a lot of expats that have done so and have regretted the purchase. A scooter (like the Honda 125cc Click) may be more practical unless you decide to live in the Subic Freeport area where you will need a car to get around.
  3. I'm 56 and just retired this year - I have achieved financial independence and traveling the Philippines. I highly recommend you take the time to spend some time in the Philippines BEFORE you retire. I have spent many weeks vacationing the Philippines before I made my jump into retirement. Currently, I am having the time of my life traveling from city to city, but I know the Philippines is not for everyone. Heck, I'm still unsure how I will feel in the long run. The best advice I got was from an expat Vlogger who said "Don't make any big decisions for at least a year" (i.e, buy a house, condo, open a business, get married, etc..)
  4. I am currently spending a month in Angeles City at the Kandi Tower's and I am loving it here. I pay around $550/month for a studio and the internet connection is about as good as it gets in the Philippines, no complaints. I really enjoy the huge pool, great gym, friendly 24 hour coffee shop and convenience store. In addition, I just found out that they do Visa extensions here too. However, I find myself spending a lot more money here when compared to other cities in the Philippines, like Dumaguete, Bohol and even Bonifacio Global City. There are many high end restaurants here - not to mention the relentless bar scene. Being single with money in the Philippines can be a dangerous thing. I don't deserve to be having this much fun...
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    The weather, shoul i be worried

    I can sweat like a pig, air dry the shirt and re-wear it at least one more time before it has to be laundered. I'm lucky I don't have pungent body odor. As hot as it is, I like to take advantage of the humidity by taking long walks to sweat out the Red Horse. I don't deserve to be having this much fun.
  6. The moral of this article should be that expats are not citizens of the country. Whatever the law, you o bide, or you live somewhere else.
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    Dumaguete? Be honest please.

    It's amazing how these dogs know how to avoid street traffic.
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    Dumaguete? Be honest please.

    As mentioned previously, the main negative reason is the air pollution and traffic. On my next trip, I am thinking of renting a scooter and living just outside of the city. I hear Valencia, just up the mountain is not as polluted and cooler. But overall, Dumaguete is a pretty convenient city with most western amenities just a short trike ride away. The reason I keep coming back I really like the ambiance of Silliman University which I am thinking of attending to keep me busy during my recent retirement.
  9. I've been in Dumaguete for the past week. I keep returning to give this place another chance, but the air quality is way too disgusting. But I am glad we are headed in the right direction, now only if they extend the Law to include vehicle emissions - I see several emission check shops throughout the city.
  10. bows00

    Uber-less Manila

    Yeah your right. Recently retired for 6 months now, and my brain is turned off. I'll be brain dead within a year if I don't find something to do...
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    Uber-less Manila

    After spending some time in Bonifacio Global City, I finally realized that Uber no longer works in the Philippines. It has been replaced by the Grab application. I found this out as I was trying to catch a ride back to the Manila Airport. One good tip if your flying to or from Manila - plan your flights on Sundays. Traffic is 10 times better when people are off and attending church. To give you an example, I landed on a Friday afternoon, and it took me nearly 1.5 hours to travel 6 miles to the Grand Hyatt in BGC (metered taxi was 380P). Conversely, the ride back to the airport on Sunday took only 15 minutes (Grab fare was 162P).
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    Sometimes you have to stop and smell the sea breeze.

    I agree, just make sure it's not a location where they are dumping raw sewage.
  13. I did make a copy, just in case. But I didn't have to use it. Passed through immigration with no problem. Thanks everyone. I am currently in Bonifacio Global City and will be moving on to Dumaguete and Davao. Whoo hoo! 3 months in the Philippines man! I love it.
  14. Oh crap.. really? So I should have purchased a throwaway ticket to avoid this hassle?
  15. thank you again. i love the invaluable information available here.
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