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CebuAndy last won the day on August 18 2012

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  1. Did I lie about Medical insurance Jake ? Do I? When someone say "Seems to be a bit expensive" when facts is that medical can cost 5 times more than I used in my situation, am I wrong? Am I wrong? I am friendly, but lately I seen a negative trend on the forum, and I hate people who questioning my integrity or honesty or facts. I reply with proven facts, not "Seems to be a bit expensive", when the contrary is the facts about medical insurance. I present FACTS and I proove it with my link. I rest my case.
  2. And I know a few who live on $ 3500 or more a month, and some who hardly spend $500 while begging in the malls here. What one man consider 'pretty well', other might consider below survival mode. I would love to live on $ 1200 a month here in Cebu if I could, but I can't. And I'm looking for cheap but good apartment weekly. People will never agree on living costs - government - religion - best food - best car etc, so it's useless to disagree. I'm counting 14 years living full time in South East Asia, and I never lived below $ 2.000 month - that's just a fact.
  3. I presents facts, rather than fiction. Medical insurance here in Philippines can cost up to $ 4.780 or Php 200.000 year. My example is far from the most expensive. http://www.bluecross.com.ph/index.php?id=medical Choose a medical plan - click on PREMIUMS
  4. You don't READ what I write. Visa Extensions aprox Php 40.000 year : 12 months = 3.333 month average. <<< Medical Insurance aprox Php 35.000 year : 12 months = 2.916 month average. <<< Well I included ; As always we have those who manage or 800 $ a month - Respect to them - I wouldn't be here if I had 800$ or 1200$ budget. Find me a new modern fully furnished place for Php15.000 a month - without 2-3 months deposit or any advanced, other than the rent for 1st month - and I buy you a dinner at TGI Friday's!
  5. $ 1.262 a month - Php 53.000 month. My present rent Php 32.000 month in Cebu city. Previous cheapest rent here in Cebu was Php 16.000 +electricity in Cebu suburbs. Visa Extensions aprox Php 40.000 year : 12 months = 3.333 month average. Medical Insurance aprox Php 35.000 year : 12 months = 2.916 month average. This alone Php 38.249 That leaves Php 14.751 left for all other expences, or Php 491 per day! Add food - transportation - sigarettes - load cell phone - clothes - shoes - dating - a LIFE. Not for Php 491 per day As a single man eating out in Malls 2 times a day, a few beers now and then, and some company now and then (not often), I need $ 2000 month, or more. Php 85.000 a month -- on saving mode, that is. As always we have those who manage or 800 $ a month - Respect to them - I wouldn't be here if I had 800$ or 1200$ budget.
  6. Ayala Mall Cebu city August 2013 updates. Top floor food court is closed more or less, under renovation. McDonalds is under renovation - reopening medio August. Pizza Hut is under renovation - reopening unknown. BPI opened a new Branch on 2 level near Exit to PVU central aka Jeepney central. PVU aka Jeepney central exit / entrance is closed due to major renovation all back side of Ayala. New exit / entrance to PUV Jeepney central is now located in Activity Sone. Ayala mall today 3-5 pm was very quiet, hardly any people. Most expats and tourist meet up at TGI Friday's, excellent for people watching, or Giligans for those who enjoy a few beers in a bucket promotion. New wing of Ayala is said to be opening in November this year.
  7. Old55: like what ? Maybe most here are in a relationship, and haven't used internet dating for a while. Things are changing, Gentlemen. I pasted the replies, which is typical of what I receive these days - so what more is it to the story? I change my profile text weekly, and a friend comes with ideas. Still, what I pasted before, is what I get in my mailbox. I'm eagerly waiting to know, what's more to the story? Many of you have long time gf and wifes - Filipina - so you should know - what's the secret about their mind, and what do they really want from Internet dating? Just boredom, and not really searching? I don't know - but some of you guys should know them, better than I. I'm a good guy, want a good girl, for serious long time relationship. Somehow, I still fail. Sometimes I wish I hadn't posted ...
  8. robert k: in the start I got messages saying we foreigners only want fun with the girl - that's why I later added that I don't look for sex. That's why I still think it's a good idea to be honest about this. I don't expect fun on the first date, I want the lady to be sure about this. Seems that you're judging me. No, I am not interested in 'throwing me at any lady who give me the eye'. Heavens know we get plenty of eyes and smiles when out around. I think a decent serious lady don't smile / stare at foreigners, so I rather avoid those who do. How well do I know them? Sent messages for 2 months, prior to my arrival. Been living in Asia since year 2000. MikeB: I send/reply messages to age up to 40, so I'm realistic. My profile says please dont message me if you don't have cell phone - don't have load to reply - don't have money for fare. Messages received this morning copy/paste = 1: i dont have cellphone sorry, not now we meet bcoz i dont have money to pay jeep togo ayala. 2: sorry sir, i dont have budget for my fare, but if you will sen me only for a fare.. promise i will meet you. 3: hello sorry i dont hve load now hope u undrstand me. 4: ok .. but i dont have cp. - but they all have money for internet cafe, or online from mobile .......
  9. Last months I used Internet dating and made many contacts. When I arrived here last weekend, I had 200+ phone numbers. Monday I started texting them, and suggested a date in a mall daytime. 6 days later, and none of my contacts from internet dating have meet me. None. Zero. So I took a critical look at my profile on a internet dating site. It says I'm looking for a serious longtime relationship, that my location is Cebu and I plan to stay here forever. Is that the problem maybe? I also say that I do not expect sex on a first date, so no need to worry. This should make them feel comfortable and safe. I also ask for a date in a mall daytime, to help them feel safe, when meeting a stranger. I post many photos of myself. I get so many messages and c.p.numbers, but I can't get a date ??? I usually get No load or No money for fare. They have money for internet cafe Php15 or more per hour, but they claim they don't have load or Php8-16 for the jeepney to a mall. :bonk: Someone please enlighten me about the Filipina mindset. :1 (103): What am I doing wrong here? This happen to me last time I was here to, so I ask myself: Are they really searching for a partner? In comparison, in Thailand we always use introductions true friends, but the problem here in Cebu is that you're all located all around the island, or another island. So we seldom/never meet up. Doesn't help to be a good man, when the ladies never meet Fire away :1 (72):
  10. If you have a Smartphone = go to Google play store + search for SMS call blocker. I use Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite = Free app. I copy and paste the phone number that irritate me - click call & SMS Filter - Black list - Add - then copy paste the number. Done in 5 seconds.
  11. This made me laugh. I use some similar questions on my internet dating profile. The response from Filipinas has not been to positive. - Is this a application form? :bash: - I guess you want my BIO data. :cheersty: - I'm not applying Sir. :boohoo: - You look for a employee? :1 (72): From the negative comments I received, I guess know that the Filipinas are simple minded, and don't like to 'complicated' questions. So I removed my few questions, and these days I only ask for their C.P number. Got to love the cute simple Filipinas.
  12. Here's a list of places for long stay in Cebu City 2013. I will update when I visit more. Santinos Place. Most beautiful place I've seen so far in Cebu. New modern fully furnished with kitchen, stove, serviced apartment - in walking distance to Ayala 15-20 minute. Have 1-2-3 bedroom apartments. However there's a catch - Pre Payment. For 1 month stay they ask 1 month + 1 month. 1 BR for 1 month stay Php30.800 w/shower - or 33.000 w/bathtub. 1 BR for 3 months or longer - hold on - copy from email received: If you lease for three months, this would be the required payment prior to move-in: Security Deposit (2 months) - Php 56,000 Advance Rent (last month) - Php 28,000 First Month's Rent - Php 28,000 Total - Php 112,000 - Ouccchhhh ! http://www.santonisplace.com/ Strawberry residence, second to Santonis. New modern fully furnished, with kitchen and electric plate, but a step down from Santonis. Comes with a small pool. 1-bedroom P25,000/month 2-bedroom P30,000/month 3-bedroom P35,000/month Pre payment, I've been asked to pay 1 month rent + 1 month advanced, another time they asked me only Php 10000 in addition to 1 month rent. Seems room for bargaining here. http://strawberryresidencescebu.com/ Castle Peak Hotel. Located near Santonis and Strawberry. Good location if visiting Ayala mall. Older hotel but ok. Was quoted Php 30.000 - 36.000 - 42.000 for monthly w/o breakfast. http://www.castlepeakhotel.net/ Wellcome Hotel.Side street to Gorordo Avenue (Golden Peak Hotel / Park Lane hotel. New hotel open this year, still under construction until Sinulog 2014. Place is dusty at the moment, but will be nice when completed next year. Nice modern room but small. Tiny ref. Limited tv channels at the moment, and they had sign about their weak slow internet connection. Only 5-10 minute walk to Ayala. In email they quoted PhP 36,000 monthly for the De Luxe room. When I walked in I was quoted Php 60.000 monthly for De Luxe room! http://wellcomehotel.com/ Cityscape Hotel. New modern Hotel with apartments on top floors. Taxi fare Php 70+ to Ayala. Nice modern room, comfy bed, big tv. Slow internet. Only inspected hotel rooms, but apartments was said to be same small size room but with cooking facilites, and rent from Php 20.000 + electric etc. Hotel room rates: Monthly Rate w/o breakfastSuperior- Php 988.00/day De luxe- Php 1,200.00/day Business- Php 1,300.00/day Executive- Php 1,500.00/day Php 29.640 monthly rate, and up. http://www.cityscapehotels.com/ Premiere Citi suites. Corner of Juana Osmena, 10 minute walk to nightlife area Mango. Come highly reccommended by many. Built 2011 with modern nice rooms. Booking however is always a problem, they messed up my booking 3 - three times. They also have the habbit to force you to change room under your stay. Weak Internet, rooms front side is noisy every morning from traffic / taxi's. Curtain is slim so sun comes into the room 5.30 AM, Before ranked number 7 on tripadvisor, presently number 11. Book far ahead, or they are fully booked. Nice hotel if they could just make bookings problem free. Monthly rates was Php 30.000 +- last time I asked. Check rates. http://premierecitisuites.com/ Paragon Suites Hotel. Juana Osmena again 10 minute walk to nightlife at Mango. Used by many returning guest. Hotel is old and in need of renovation, comfy bed and big TV. Tiny bathroom. Internet typically slow and disconnecting. Restaurant to be avoided, famous by guest for bad food and diarrhea. Used to be a bargain, but not anymore. Room rates daily from Php1200 - 1700. Was quoted Php 42000 for monthly stay recently. No advanced deposit other than the rent on check in. http://www.paragonsuites.net/about.html Diplomat Hotel. F. Ramos street near Robinson Fuente Osmena, near Mall and nightlife. Older hotel, ok size of room, small TV, good aircon, bed less comfy, weak water pressure in shower, bland interior. Daily rate 1300 - 1700 - 2100 - 2400. Was quoted Php 32.640 and up for monthly rate. No advanced deposit other than the rent on check in. http://diplomathotelcebu.com/ Apartelle De Arcenas. For some reason this place come reccommended by many expats. When I was there I found it less desireable. Far from main road, partly muddy road, wouldn't like walking there after dark either. Apartments had nice exterior but I think interior was very old (ala 70's) and outdated. They also received some comments about padding the electricity bill. Has security and tall gates, apartment has kitchen with gas stove. Rooms furnitures was just to old for my liking. However many expats disagree, so take a look yourself. 1 BR Php 18000-20000 2 BR Php 25000 3 BR Php 30000 One month deposit and one month advance on check in, http://www.apartelledearcenas.com/ Golden Peak Hotel. Only if you are on a tight budget. Gorordo Avenue, 10 minute walk to Ayala in a safe area 24/7. Stayed there before. Bed bugs (still have marks) small TV, old room in high demand for modernizing, management who couldn't care less. Monthly rate Php 25000 at check in, no deposit, no advanced, only the rent at check in. That's the only good thing about this place + located near Ayala. http://www.goldenpeakhotel.com/ Please add more places, if you know them personally. CebuAndy
  13. Thanks MikeB and JGF. 1 AM last night it took 40 minute to clear Immigration - even all their booths was manned with 2 officer each, must have been 30 officers on duty. Big Yellow sign on each booth - "Outbound ticket must be shown". Then - all passengers had their luggage thoroughly inspected :unsure: ... I said a few prayers :whistling: ..... that damned multivitamin lol There are power in Prayers. :rolleyes:
  14. 30 days on arrival ???? Landed after midnight today - got 21 days. All new arrivals had to show outbound ticket, my outbound was for 25 August according to the new '30 days on arrival' visa. No comment or questions from the BI officer, but the stamp speaks for itself. Was dead tired so I didn't check my stamp before this afternoon ..... :1 (103): Edit: i see post above that they will start August 01, but I thought since OP, that it was from July 1. sh&amp;t happens...
  15. Curley and earthdome: I added 1 extra 0 by mistake ! MRI scan cost 9500 THB or 310 USD, add some costs and the bill was 11746 THB or 379 USD. OK In comparison, I got a email from Cebu Doctors' University Hospital: Our CT-Scan of the neck cost P10,200 for cash payment
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