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  1. This is what I get for 3000p a month inc water, with all the fruit and as much food as I can eat. Their is also a decent sized CR and separate shower. The setting is a tropical garden in the land belonging to my significant other's Tita. When previewing this post the pics are upside down, not sure why??!!!
    4 points
  2. since we(I) have no information on your exact situation. WHY NOT have a ROUND TRIP ticket which is some cases maybe actually lower than a 1-way. So in case something doesnt "go right" you have a ticket to depart. regarding the "outward bound" ticket, why not have it in 2-6 months OUT (than what some do which is 20-30days)
    3 points
  3. Great answer :th_thbestpost: Strange only in who would have thought you would find true love, happiness and a simple life with a beautiful young woman at a later part of your life far from the US. Well done! :cheersty: :tiphat: Jack, at first I also thought my wife was just attempting to kill me until I realized she not only honestly loved me but wanted a baby in the worst way. :mocking:
    3 points
  4. was recently looking for shipping options back to the states(the big bx) which I found a site for shipping from Philippines back to Australia for those who live here and considering a return back to Australia maybe this can be of use,, it appears to be a limited type of service ONLY to the port of Perth then you would need another agent or shipping firm to forward send Sea Cargo - Port to Port Manila to Australian Port Only - The Receiver has the responsibility to release the boxes thru Australian Customs. (BM will provide the documents and instructions on how to release the boxes) $200 per BM Jumbo Balikbayan box http://www.bmexpress.com/bmexpress/reverse-cargo.php they also do ship Balikbayan Boxes from AUS-PHIL and a "my-shopping box" type service for those who want to buy (in Aus) and have it shipped to philippines http://www.bmexpress.com/bmexpress/air-cargo.php i am not connected w/this firm/product, I found it while looking for 1 thing. :89: and ended up finding this site.
    2 points
  5. You forgot mentioning that you could die riding your bike as someone throws a firecracker at you that explodes like an I.E.D. but yes, if you can ignore all the negatives then the positives here are pretty nice.
    2 points
  6. I believe that simply put, those who think you need $2,000-$5,000 a month to live in the Philippines are trying to recreate their home country, but with tropical climate, beaches and possibly younger women who don't mind an older husband. The Philippines will never be their home country, not for $50,000 a month. You could still die on the street because the ambulance is just a van, the ambulance couldn't get there for an hour because of traffic, because a truck plowed into the ambulance because people don't yield to them, because the private hospital would not admit you because you didn't have 10k php cash on you. You could die because the pharmacy does not have what is needed to save your life or because there is no blood in your type in stock... ad nauseum. You can be flattened by a cane truck with no brakes in the province or your vehicle can wind up under a bus that did a high dive off the flyover in Manila. If the weather is the least bit bad, stay off ferries. Even if the weather is not bad, ships collide here at night, think about it. This is not the birth country unless you are a Filipino and most likely you aren't going to naturalize. If you overcome 999 shortcomings by opening your wallet, there will be a #1000, #1001 and so on. I don't believe you can fix this. If you did have enough money to fix it....you would live somewhere else to begin with. All this said, it can be nice here. The one saying eff you Joe is outweighed by the 9 who say good morning to me, at least for me. Just this evening I had them practically rolling on the floor at Birdies Bakeshop because I can twitch my long (relatively) nose, and they can't. I might go into showbusiness. :thumbsup:
    2 points
  7. I don t know if its strange, but how much I feel at home in such simpler times, sitting in the yard around a simple table sharing a red horse or stronger drink, talking and joking with family and friends.
    2 points
  8. I too have heard that $1K USD/month in the Philippines is a princely sum that will allow me to live a pretty lavish lifestyle....a "factoid" that has really piqued my interest in the RP. But from what I've read here, that's not exactly accurate. What's confusing me is I've heard this from a citizen of the Philippines who was living there up until just a few years ago. In fact, just yesterday, she pointed out that $1K USD = P43K (as of yesterday, according to Google), which is around what a Senator in the Philippines makes. So what's the deal?? I consider myself firmly in the middle class here in the US. I do really want to simplify my life when I retire. A smaller place to live (my house here is ~ 1,800 sq ft, half that would be fine). I can live w/o air conditioning if I can have a fan or ceiling fans. I don't hit the bars, I think my entertainment needs could be met with internet, a decent TV, and my Blu-rays when the weather keeps me from going for a walk. LOL Not to be nosey, but is the average ex-pat a lot more well-off than I thought?
    1 point
  9. Sparkles and gaudy, a sure sign of Filipina decorating :mocking: Nice place though. About the size I'll be after when I move permanently. :thumbsup: It actually looks bigger than the studio I live in now.
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  11. It has been my observation that you get the first 30 days of your visit 'free' with no visit to Immigration required. Before the 30 days are up you must go to BI office to get an extension of 29 days which will cost you a little over 3,000 pesos (so much for the 'free' 30 days as a normal 2 month extension is about the same price but anyway . . ) At that point you have been here 59 days and qualify for the 6 month visa in most BI offices, (each office varies the rules slightly just because they can and it makes them feel important to have you jump through hoops). The cost for that 6 month visa will be up around 10 or 11 thousand pesos because your first Tourist ACR card will be included in that. Price depends on the BI office and the staff member, yeah I know they have prices posted but each employee seems to read the words differently... I suspect someone who renews regularly at the BI office in Davao could fill you in more.
    1 point
  12. China and Vietnam do, in fact, cancel the Passports of some of their nationals who are convicted of serious offences overseas - this is simply to prevent them being deported back to their nation of origin. This is completely in breach of the conventions, of course. There is no prospect of Britain doing this, but as Jack says in the post above, in practical terms the only way to renew a UK passport now is in the UK, so...
    1 point
  13. What the UK should do, is await his Deportation from the PI, then when he returns to the UK he would be arrested, Interviewed and then have his passport removed This is what happened some time ago with the Pop star "Gary Glitter" (Paul Gadd) when he was released from a Vietnam prison for a similar Offence, he was Deported on serving the sentence. He would then be Technically/Physically even, under House Arrest in the UK Put on the Sexual Offenders Register and his every move would be monitored. Whilst any further Charges would be brought here, the UK can only deal with him in the UK of course he will if he lives long enough ( He is over 70 now) at some stage he will need to renew his Passport and this can only be done now in the UK. Then again if it is not renewed he will be in Deeper trouble than he is now, JP :tiphat:
    1 point
  14. How long do you plan to stay? What you could do is just book a round trip ticket with Philippine Airlines. They have an option to rebook the flight for a $100 fee. My thought would be to book your return flight for 28 or 29 days from your arrival date. Then check with the airline about rebooking at a later date. Or earlier if things do not pan out like you would hope. I believe you can rebook within a years period if I read the disclaimer right. Always have an exit stragety. Wife and I arrived in Manila Dec 28th. Immigration stamped wifes USA and Philippine passport and my USA passport with a balikbayan visa. He asked if we had return tickets. My reply was "I hope so!" That is as far as they checked.
    1 point
  15. have you considered a VISA TYPE that when you return with your wife(into the Philippines at the port of entry) at same time. you get 1 yr free-visa.,, i cant recall the name but its been posted elsewhere in the forum. excuse the slight-off- topic nature of my post You've described the Balikbayan Privilege but it is not a Visa - nor is any Visa required.
    1 point
  16. I have been informed that I can get a 2 bedroom, treated bamboo. Inside finished with cm plywood on a concrete base with metal roof for around 200,000p. I have not looked into this fully as I want to rent for a while first. This is around Surallah just outside of Marbel.
    1 point
  17. Yes. I suppouse I can live of less than them, because province cost less than Manila and Cebu city (not concerning all, but concerning most)and I want to dress as farmers (but shirt) and have an UGGLY car and big but UGGLY house, which my gf find odd :mocking: INSIDE the uggly house I will have SOME things western style as e g a freezer, but probably I will NOT bother to have nice finnish - if gf let me :lol: FUNCTION I find important, but not LOOK, which make much can be got much cheaper.
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  18. my rule of thumb is if the majority of the local buy bottled water you better do the same
    1 point
  19. Safe for whom? I walked around Bagong Silay Caloocan Phase 10 with $5k cash on me, riding jeepneys and trikes. I wouldn't normally but I had to cancel my cards for fraud the day before my flight. I neither looked like nor acted like someone who would have $5k on them and nobody ever saw more than the pocket money I expected to spend that day. :tiphat: I could have carried less I suppose and have more wired to me and I did have more wired to me later but as expected it was 4, shall we say very special days, before they were convinced I was me and they sent the money, this is the Philippines and cyber crime is pretty high.
    1 point
  20. Long story but I'll try to make is short. Taxi driver returned my wallet with over 3000 pesos and my USA credit cards. Luckly, the security guard where I was staying takes down taxi name and license plate when leaving and arriving. I didn't notice it until after taxi drove away. I called the taxi company and gave them the information. I also called my bank in the states and told them. They said they would send me new cards to my mailing address in the states. In the meantime, I just had a pocket full of coins. I called home and had them send me my credit cards when they arrived. That took almost 2 weeks. Well, the guard called me a little while later and said the taxi driver was downstairs with my wallet. I expected it to be empty. No, the money was there and so were my credit cards. I gave the driver 1000 pesos and thanked him for his honesty. I gave the security guard another 1000 pesos. The remainder left me with little to live on until my cards arrived. I told everyone about my experience. I was very thankful since I did not know anyone here at the time. My sons sent me money via Western Union but I could not use my credit cards until the new ones arrived. There is more to the story but I tried to make it short. Too late, haha, ok.
    1 point
  21. I don't think this is true for every bank. I have no problem conducting business at any BPI branch bank and there have never been any additional fees. And yes, I was able to open up a BPI USD/peso savings account without an ACR-I card.
    1 point
  22. Sounds like a great deal. Yes, and Bob's too. I have seen several ok/good houses/appartments for around 7000 - 9000 p/month in Cagayan the Oro and Central Visayas (excluding Cebu city, but including other parts of Metro Cebu). (But some of them I don't know enough about the neighbourhood to judge if it's a good idea to live there, I just checked some to know what cost level to expect during I live - among people !!! :mocking: - a half year or so, before I settle rural.)
    1 point
  23. Pop65z showed some really basic 1500 piso and sweat equity houses in a fairly recent youtube video but a couple years ago he showed a $5,000 USD house with concrete floors and a basement! I won't hazard a guess of the cost of a nice native style house but I will say I think it should have metal roof which extends outside the walls for 1.5 to 2 metes on all sides. The native house I lived in a year ago had significant overhang and rain rarely ever touched the walls, as in had to blow sideways to touch the walls. They had no trouble with mold. Do be careful not to decapitate yourself walking around the corner though, the corners of the metal were bent up for good reason, the edge of the roof was only about 5 feet above the ground. I believe this provided more shade while still allowing airflow, it was generally pretty comfortable after you acclimatize.
    1 point
  24. Sounds like a great deal. Methinks there are a lot of expats who would take that off your hands if you wanted to move out :-)..Enjoy.
    1 point
  25. Sounds like Bob found a good place. My fairly modern 2 bed one bath with medium multifunction room, kitchen / dining / family room is in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. No carport but plenty of covered space out back to hang laundry and purpose built piping for it and I can pull up and park as close to the front door as I like. I parked the truck in front of the front door in the last typhoon and the landlord called to warn that water may have blown in under the bottom of the door and there were a few drops, the truck shielded the door though. The road pretty much dead ends since the bridge is out at one end. If I turn the fan off it's very quiet and I turn it off a lot since there is usually a good breeze here. I have beaches fairly close but none great. Resorts with pool charge about 100P per head at the better ones within a short drive, better beach is available 1 hour away. The fast ferry to take me to the island of Cebu is 20 minutes away and once it gets underway you are in Santander in about 30 minutes and a pretty darned reasonable (forgot how much) bus fare to Cebu city, 3 hours later. I am also pretty close to an airport so Cebu city and Manila while not convenient can be reached a couple times a week by air. Not a tremendous amount of night life here, of course on these forums I hear from expats already here that wish for less nightlife and noise at least 5 to 1 over those already here seeking more night life. I am paying a whopping 6k php a month. I also get all the free mangos I want. The owner has a unit here and it's secure, wall/nasty barbed wire/ locked gate. This place had foreigner input when it was built, there are electrical outlets every 8 feet. Smart broadband internet doesn't work too well here and I'm trying Globe tomorrow. Not everyone's cup of tea but it will do for me for now. not bad for $135 USD a month / 6k php. :) I don't see the need right now to downsize to a nipa house, I just don't need the $60 that bad. :mocking:
    1 point
  26. I found the restaurants there were very good value for money, 3 of us went to Lantaw, great location and for a seafood dinner in a perfect setting was 1400 pesos in total with a few beers, this is only me, but I am not a big steak eater, more on seafood, fruit and vegies that are very cheap compared to what I am used to here, as for the wine, I did buy a bottle of aussie Moscata around the same price as in the stores here.
    1 point
  27. Well my friend, as with all these posts, no one here (I am sure) will be trying to put you off but the things you will read, are never, written in the tourist brochures and our hosts would argue points, on the things they like but can not afford. We (I certainly) like a washing machine, these cost to run as they do anywhere, our ladies wash every day, no full loads. I stopped this and sold the machine, she has now gone back to hand wash and enjoys it. I feel you smile but it is true. As westerners we want to enjoy what we are used to. (Not all can eat Filipino food every day and honestly say they enjoy it) so we buy Steak. and the rest of the meal is expensive also (Chips, Salads that we can eat) We buy the better wines (Twice the cost of the stuff normally bought) High speed Internet is costly but we demand it so, we have to pay for it. Allen ( I presume this is your day name. :unsure: all things that we Westerners want, are Imported, (The real thing I mean) Super markets know this and so we have to pay for it. Anything, we need to sustain our Life as we knew it, will and does, cost. The list could go on and on but my meaning was just this. If, we want to maintain our Western ways here, ( and many do) we just have to pay for it. As this Topic goes forward, and I for one think it is a good one, so well done, I will throw in items I feel should or could have been said. many times I have said this and I am convinced it is right, " We are our own worst enemies" We want to live idyllically, cheaply but still want, our previous " Home Comforts" These cost. This My friend, is the Westerner in us. What we want, we will have So, we have to pay, the long nose tax. Local ladies will always get a better deal, I never go shopping locally with my Wife, as soon as they see me the price goes up. of course this is the Filipino way and it is more Fun :) :tiphat:
    1 point
  28. From my visit to my girls parents on Mindoro, it's cheap in the sticks, mainly because there is not that much to buy. I was lucky I could get broadcom internet at my girls parents home or I would have been going through technology withdrawls. I paid their 412 piso electric bill for the month I stayed there. The internet cost me 1,400 piso for the month, which I think compared to the electricity is a fair example of how the greater cost for nearly up to date technology. The motorcycle I bought is only slightly more complicated than a clawhammer and probably does not give up much in reliability to the hammer either. There was a great little resort in Pinamalayan that cost all of a dollar a head for the day with showers and renting a kubo, they put an umbrella on the beach for us also for shade, 5 piso per song on the karaoke machine. Nearest movie theatre was 2 hours away. I handled it fine for a month but I would like to live a good bit closer to a sizeable city. If you could live a life that simple, I think you could do it for $500 a month (in a decent native house with fan and sleep under mosquito net) which would allow you to retain your savings for a comfortable cushion for emergencies if you had $1,000 or more per month. It's just not for me long term.
    1 point
  29. LOL "If that were the case"....that was more than a few years ago, I'm afraid. Her father passed, she's here now with her boys in West Virginia. She does okay, but a far cry from having live-in help. As I recall, her mother and her brother still live in the RP. Not sure about their situation. Regardless, moving in with her isn't an option....not that I would mind. LOL
    1 point
  30. If this is the case, I would move in with her. That way you just add your $1000 a month into the family kitty lol
    1 point
  31. Another thing.....she (the woman telling me this) is, or rather "was", from a pretty well-off family. Her dad owned a string of appliance stores. They had a driver, a nanny for her two children, a housekeeper (though I'm not clear on if she was also the nanny). Their house was pretty good-sized I guess. It was definitely gated. I can't imagine given that, that she'd not recognize a disparity in 'quality of life'.
    1 point
  32. LOL Well, honestly Fred & Mimi....I hope I won't be searching for a GF by the time I retire. I'm 46 now and I'm guessing I have ~10 years before I can really think about it. Even if I had any "game" (which I don't LOL) I don't think I'll be of the mind to start into dating at 56+. Jack...can you elaborate on what you mean by "western style"?? I think this may be where my disconnect is. And why the difference in prices? Is it knowing where to go, or do they haggle over prices??
    1 point
  33. Over the last year or so we have discussed this in various ways. If you consider, the average wage here is about 250p per day, it would follow, that $1000 or 43000p, a month, should, allow us to live, like kings. It does not happen. There are lots of reasons and the main one is US, we still, want to live a western style life and this, can cost. For me and this is only my, opinion, you will need a very good local lady/wife that can handle money, is trustworthy and not too near her own family. Let here do her own buying, see to the bills ect. they can make 500p go a lot further than we ever could. Even beer. I am lucky, I have one of these sometimes elusive ladies. My take home beer is 18p per 330m bottle if she, shops locally. for me the cost is 35p and this is just a one off example my friend, IMHO it can be done and is done but not in a great way, by a foreigner on his own I do not think I would survive very long on my own :tiphat:
    1 point
  34. It's not only your month to month expenses you must consider, also your inherited family's running costs. It is very hard to avoid copping the bill for the poorer members of your GF's family and you will see many comments on this forum about this subject. Also be prepared to cop medical and hospital bills for family members that fall sick or get injured. You will be made to feel like the king of the family here in Phils but you will get to pay for that place in the family.
    1 point
  35. Yes I will , I plan to keep a very accurate diary of all my expenses so can post for any one interested, one thing I have learnt is to have a friend there to help with any items you need to buy, they all seem to have a friend that can help or a friend of a friend. I do know what I spend here for a night out at a reasonable restaurant, in the Phils it is a fraction of the price, I did post this before, but to give you some indication of the price difference, a packet of 30 cigs here 820 pesos, in the Phils 40 pesos.
    1 point
  36. I have also heard the same, when I was in the Phils talking with my friend and told her my plan to re-locate there, and as I am an older single guy, I asked her would $1000 a month be ok to live on, her reply was easy peasy. I don't hit the bars, but like a beer, not a womaniser, but like woman. I know I can get a reasonable place to live for around 7000 pesos a month. Where I am here I don't spend a thousand a month so I can't see why I would have a problem there, so in 7 weeks I will see what the out come is, good luck to you, have a good one.
    1 point
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