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  1. Very true - I've been in my place 5 years and I still spend a couple of hours every weekend on routine maintenance/touch-ups. That said, I sometimes wonder why I bother - We have some tile panels in our garden and one of them has bled some acid (i think) from the mortar below leaving an unsightly stain. Simple solution (after trying to clean and failing) was to move a plant and cover the area - I did that last night. Worked a treat. Today, I noticed my wife has trimmed the plant and now the stain is visible again. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAArgh!
    4 points
  2. You realize those foreigners are refugees who don't assimilate and take money from the host population, and the situation in the Philippines is literally the exact opposite, right?
    4 points
  3. I see your point HK. However, when we looked at homes and condos here, even L could see that the quality was very poor. She had her home constructed locally and was on site every day to guide the build to her standards. Even at our high costs, we are still compromising with our new home. One of those standards is the ability to withstand earthquakes. We have seen a few condos in this area collapse from recent quakes. And, believe me, our new home is not built to USA standards...still far from it. But materials, mainly, have driven up the cost for us. Labour is inexpensive for the mos
    4 points
  4. Isn't this true of all ex-pats pretty much anywhere, though? How many of us Brits really appreciate what foreigners bring to the UK?
    4 points
  5. And that is without the support that many families get from the foreigners which reduces the load upon public facilities.
    4 points
  6. There's certainly a lot of uneducated locals that don't understand what foreigner's retirement brings to the Philippines. I read a few replies on some of the media sites and it was full of people saying retirees are a burden to the health and welfare system. They obviously are unaware we don't qualify for any of those things and if anything due to the money we bring in many things have improved like better hospitals, more restaurants, activities and countless jobs for the local community.
    4 points
  7. LOL, I know John. Maybe the person who wrote it was paid by the word.
    3 points
  8. Thats is why they like the PI to them it is just like being at home without the Restrictions they might have in China
    3 points
  9. Tommy, I am sure you know know when owning a home it is never done. Also, many know if you want something done correctly you must do it yourself. I would grade my woodworkers here maybe 85%. I think they could do better with better tools. Finish was really good including the stair treads. However, the movers placed a few small scratches and our dogs nails added many more while excited and trying to fly up or down when she was younger. The finish was sprayed and was nice. I plan clean the scratches and lay few coats with a brush soon. You too will keep busy fixing and upgrading after y
    3 points
  10. The thing is that western retirees are only a small percentage of the Philippines GPD and even if all that money stopped it wouldn't make a huge difference to the country as a whole. Nauru is a bit of a special case, it's very small country and it was a 'one trick pony' and when that pony went lame they had nothing else to fall back upon. The Philippines on the other hand has a diversified economy (albeit an emerging country economy) and the removal of one small component of it won’t seriously effect the overal economy (although it would have serious effects upon certain sectors of it).
    3 points
  11. That may be the case. However, there seem to be a lot of wealthy Filipinos here in Davao judging by the number of big, expensive Fortuners, Rangers and other cars I see. Sure...they may all be paid for with big car loans, but there are a lot of big, expensive homes here too. I will just add that the cost for building our home is similar or possibly higher than what I would expect to pay in USA. And a lot of the workmanship is shoddier for that cost.
    3 points
  12. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-23/philippines-lets-foreigners-in-eases-travel-rules-for-citizens This sounds good, but in other places I read that it was only for foreigners with investment visas. Whatever it is, it´s a good start, if it is true
    2 points
  13. Well here's few idea's..... why not Chocolate masks to match other throw away products or a musical mask which plays "The last time ever I saw your face" Anyone noticed the amount of disposable masks, discarded on side walks, car parks and most other places, but dont forget to wash your hands Sorry Old's I gave up reading about a quarter way through.
    2 points
  14. I've not got around to reading all of your posts but I'd be careful with the flat roof and bedroom upstairs. I lived in a similar property for just over one year and the heat from the roof makes the bedroom cook, you need your air con on. Any time there was a brown out you could feel the temperature rising instantly. Within ten minutes it was too hot to sleep. I convinced the landlord to build a sloping roof with a 6 inch gap around it to allow air flow and the temperature difference was amazing. I never needed air con.
    2 points
  15. I don't think either Tom or the authorities here said anything about the Chinese. Anyone who thinks only the Chinese are abusing the system must be having a laugh.
    2 points
  16. So far as I know from reading news articles, SRRVs have not been issued since some time soon after the virus arrived. And, as I am sure most or all members know that SRRV holders are - at last look - not permitted to return if overseas. It really saddens me because, even though it may seem a bit pricey to some, I think it is a good program. Other countries I have visited in the past 20+ years have similar programs with various requirements regarding cost, time, etc. But then, every good or positive program can be subject to abuse and the abusers screw it all up for everyone else. Another
    2 points
  17. I hear you, Tom. I think the reality is we are not comparing like for like - I am 100% convinced that property in the Philippines is cheaper on a comparative basis than property in the UK, for example. I agree that projects here get out of hand and the costs mount so I'm not surprised to hear your experience - I just think those experiences are not the norm. We do get taken advantage of as foreigners when it comes to costs, one way or the other.
    2 points
  18. I am convinced that is their reasoning, but they could do the same on a tourist visa so what's the difference?
    2 points
  19. My experience is very much different, Tom. I was able to buy a very similar size house here 5 years ago for 1/3 of what I sold my house in the UK for in 2004. Location of both was not so different - quality of build was not comparable but... I would say that if you want a western style, quality and design house here then you can definitely expect to pay a premium but do we really need that level? I'm willing to compromise to get a balance.
    2 points
  20. Well... it keeps on going... Yesterday was very depressing. I opened up a door to the guest bedroom and it reeked of cigarette. I became unglued and yelled at the foreman. There was also a cigarette butt on the floor in the entryway. No no no!!! This is not a toilet! I think he got my point. I apologized later to him because I know it is not really his fault. He is so busy trying to complete the build that he has little time to do what he should be doing - supervising. We (L and I) see this as the fault of the contractor - expecting the foreman to do everything all at the same time..
    2 points
  21. The locals seem to believe that every retiree who dies or leaves the country is promptly replaced by 3 more who will fall in love with the Philippines. And the numbers seem to be proving them right, up to the time of Covid. In addition, the locals seem to believe that the ever increasing numbers of retirees drives up prices. Supply and demand would make that seem a reasonable belief. It should be obvious to all concerned that retiring foreigners are bringing money into the country but I wondered who benefits? I believe that in a large way it is the Filipinos with large houses and
    2 points
  22. Yeah...I know we are wandering off topic again - as I always do... but I will add a few more thoughts... In the area of our new home, there are a number of fairly large and nice homes, all owned by Filipinos. They may not be up to our quality standards (L and mine), but they are big and at least look nice. Meanwhile, there are new apartment and condo buildings going up all over this area - it is a bit surprising to me to see this. And as I mentioned in a post or two in some other topic a while ago, prices seemed very high for even tiny condos when we were looking last year. I'm talki
    2 points
  23. None of us should expect that our presence would be in any way understood or appreciated.. Just as no one should believe that every Filipino is in awe or any form of appreciation of what we bring to the economy.. ie real estate taxes, capital gains taxes on properties and association dues paid, electricity water bills, plus our monthly expenditure, plus car purchases plus gas, plus alcohol , cost of SRRV visa or 9A, 13G visas, plus on PAL or Cebu Pathetic etc and many other plus plus plus. Simply put its expected we live here and that we spend, and Hey Joe can you spend more . And Hey J
    2 points
  24. I think word of mouth goes a long way to selling property in the Philippines as from experience over 50% of the properties I see on line for sale are no longer available, they just don't update the web sites. The next is getting a proper licensed Real Estate agent as many don't appear qualified. You've probably a better chance buying or selling via a forum like this and just pay for it, chances are it'll be a fraction of the cost of a Real Estate agent plus you'll be dealing with Foregners who may have the same taste in house design as yourself. Do disrespect meant as we all have our
    2 points
  25. Tommy years ago when staying in a small apartment there was a guy and wife with several kids in a tiny studio, must of been super cramped for them. Outside was a brand new SUV which he washed daily, no doubt also a huge utung. All about priorities I guess. Your comments do surprise me about costs of your house build, yes agree by local standards your well an truly at the high end. When I built about 5 years ago, the standard was far above average, still costs were around 50% compared to NZ.
    2 points
  26. Go to the BI Facebook page. It tells you almost every day of updates. All 13 type visa are now allowed. I did not read your link as I rather see the updated or best we can get info direct or until it changes.
    2 points
  27. Amusing little Sketch but in reality, Some truth about the problems here both healthwise and the current Topic we are discussing;
    2 points
  28. True that. I have had more than a few friends die in Philippine hospitals because they were too sick to get back to the USA. That plan seldom works. In most cases the sickness came on them too fast to respond with a flight home but in a couple of cases the guys could have made it but they waited too long. Its human nature to wait and see if it gets better before paying for a fast flight back to your homeland. Most often that is a mistake.
    1 point
  29. Jack, you took the words right out of my mouth.
    1 point
  30. Maybe there's been an increase in Chinese retirees since they stopped the visa on arrival and in country extensions for Chinese tourists.
    1 point
  31. I find the below site also helpful for getting accurate info not only about the ban, but the local restrictions as well. Its not always updated on a timely basis as sometimes the resolutions appear a day or two after they’ve been passed. COVID-19 INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES RESOLUTIONS https://www.doh.gov.ph/COVID-19/IATF-Resolutions
    1 point
  32. At a closer glance a lot OFWs get treated like shit and do not get the same benefits, as other expats. For example you or i go and work in say Hong Kong for 7 years and we can apply for residency. Mary from the Philippines spends 30 years of her life working in Hong Kong, but she is counted as a guest and cannot apply for residency. Double standards?
    1 point
  33. I don't think that's always the case, there are governments (like the current one in Australia and from what I can see on the news the current USA one) who get political milage out of being perceived as 'hard on refugees and minorities'. And it doesn't seem to matter if those people are working hard and paying taxes or even in some cases if they've already assimilated and made themselves a valuable part of a local community. As just one example of may there was/is a high profile case case in Australia where a small rural town (Biloela) lobbied very very hard for this family to stay.
    1 point
  34. Exactly, who doesn't benefit financially. The elite protect their interests by making it near impossible for outsiders to become citizens, they own all the land and all the big business. They build endless condos, then thousands of Chinese/Koreans 'retire' at 35, pay $50,000 for the SRRV, and use that money to purchase a condo. It's possible the concern is that they aren't exactly 'retired', and somehow by working in the PH they're siphoning money away from the locals (as well as breaking the law).
    1 point
  35. Great news if you're not one of the million!
    1 point
  36. I agree with you there. Covid so far this year has killed just over 1m people and by latest estimates the World's population has only increased by about 80m. At this rate Covid has it's work cut out if it wants to wipe us off the planet.
    1 point
  37. Try this one, JD. She did not find us a suitable place, but she seemed to put effort into her search. We did not buy because prices just seemed out of touch with our resources. She showed us local and foreign style homes... Melanny Angangan Real Estate Mobile 09126397316
    1 point
  38. Yes, there are quite a few wealthy Filipinos and even the middle class can take on enough debt to get a big house. Sometimes, several family members might pool together to buy a big house. Most of my experience with looking at home prices is with Subic area, Angeles City and Baguio, areas we were interested in. In Subic and Angeles, it is my belief that higher prices are driven by Korean and Chinese. Now that the Chinese Pogos are exiting, I'm curious to see if housing is impacted. There are tall apartment buildings in Cubi that were taken over by the Pogos. For the first time in yea
    1 point
  39. My wife was having a chuckle about that. March to October is 8 months of lockdown. Must be lots of pregnant girls who will be trying to go to hospital to give birth shortly.
    1 point
  40. Oh I'm not, I was just offering it as extra evidence that the amount of sex has increased during lockdown. I'm fully aware of the dual influences of Catholic church policy upon contraception rates and the cost factor that stops a lot of Filipino women from using contraception (plus the 'macho' effect that limits the number of male Filipinos willing to use condoms).
    1 point
  41. I read an article in Australia recently saying that a survey had showed there had been an increase in sex since lockdown started but that there was not expected to be an increase in population growth (as per the baby boomers) because of the almost universal use of birth control (not surprising).
    1 point
  42. Got 4,000 liters of beer. Neighbors been thinking it has been raining, .
    1 point
  43. An advanced society needs lots of labels to protect dumb people. I like the one on lawnmowers that says not to put your fingers into the spinning blade.
    1 point
  44. If you search most Filipino bank websites they have a foreclosure section or cars for sale etc.
    1 point
  45. Next, the lawsuits....in the land of the fee.
    1 point
  46. And in very small lettering.....made in China.
    1 point
  47. We moved in on 1 October 2020. Still some work on our part. Making some improvements to fit our tastes. I'm not a picture person, some may be fuzzy, took them with my lap top. Man cave, watching Monday night football. Man cave, filing cabinet and DVDs. Man cave, blinds. Spare bed room. Master bedroom. Master bedroom, Chester draws and closet. Master CR. Balcony. Coming down stairs, living room/dining room. Living room/dinning room. Dinning room/kitchen. Living room. Dinning room/kitchen. Kitchen. Kitchen.
    1 point
  48. Hmm, this is a valid point. As a Norwegian its easy to forget that a stay at a hospital costs money
    1 point
  49. Welcome Ash. $2000 should be fine for a single person living a moderate life style. But you will need some emergency savings for any emergency or to return home if you decide the Philippines is not what you expected.
    1 point
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