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  1. How was the buying experience? Bought it in your name on a foreign licence? Plates? If you do end up selling it in Manila, post it on here. It does look like a nice bike, someone might be interested.
  2. What did you end up Buying?
  3. If you’re in Manila for a week you can do a few day trips. Tagaytay, Corregidor, intramuros is worth a look etc. Pretty easy to burn through a month.
  4. I think pag ibig is mandatory to whoever has a job there. With contributions coming from both employer and employee. I have a friend who just got her house using pag ibig, and their interest rate is better than regular bank rates. But in general, yes...I don’t understand how the banks can charge the interest rates they do.
  5. If you have luggage, don't do it. I took the mrt just to experience it as well...experienced it. Wouldn’t do it again unless I had too. I though the trains were crowded in Bangkok. Manila is way worse. Try grab instead. Or look into the new-ish bus service.
  6. I agree with onmyway. I stayed there for 2 weeks at the beginning of the year. I think it’s a great location. Took the ferry to Corregidor. That’s a worth while trip. There’s a guided tour included, and a buffet lunch. I would say sea residences is showing wear and tear way too quickly. In my unit there were cracks in the wall in the bedroom and bathroom. And not small ones, I’d say a fair bit of foundation settling. The pools are nice. But having said that, the water felt kind of “greasy”...and I had a nice red eye the next day. Antibiotic drops helped that. Next time I’ll wear goggles and hope for the best. easy to get to from the airport. Safe area. 10 minute walk to Moa. Couple of local restaurants part of the main floor. 2 convenience stores right there for water, snacks etc. If anyone’s interested, there’s an archery place just down the road. That was a good way to spend an hour. So, I’d stay there again. Although in November I’m going to check our shell instead. It looks nice too. And it’s 3.5 million + for the asking price now. oh...last thing. Try and get manila bay facing unit. Great sunsets. And I was there when they had the fireworks contest. Great view of that from the balcony. Especially with some take out food and a beer.
  7. Maybe slightly off topic...but I agree with jack. There's constantly articles about people having social media posts used against them. People losing their jobs. Insuarance companies cancelling policies. It seems wrong that it happens like that, but it does. So being a bit careful about what you post is a good idea.
  8. Pretty sure it's real. Fries were good too. pretty thick piece of beef. and cooked nicely. Fish was also done well. Not too "battery".
  9. Hi all. Couple of weeks ago I ate at bag of beans in tagaytay. They have a couple of locations. I give it a thumbs up. View over the lake was great. Good service. I enjoyed the food. All in all, I enjoyed the ambiance and food. And will definitely be going back. roast beef was P475. Fish and chips was P340. And the bus runs along the Aguinaldo highway from Manila, so easy ride.
  10. bob1965


    Yep, what's with the no cooking thing? I was looking at a few condos near mall of Asia, and they nearly all stipulated no cooking. That sort of makes it pointless staying in a condo. Back to red planet for me.
  11. Hi I have been thinking about buying a condo there too. I've looked online quite a bit, and I'm not really convinced it's a good financial decision. I'll do some in person looking in sept, but as of now I think renting looks like a better option. As was said, purchasing leaves you fixed in a location. It also appears reselling is not an easy prospect. The concern about spending all the lump sum of cash is certainly valid. What about looking at an anuity. You'll get a monthly income, and once you buy it the cash in out of your control. It's not the best time to buy bc interest rates are low, but it does provide reliable income.
  12. bit late on this, but someone else might be looking. I got a place in pasay from airbnb. price for a single night will be around the same as a hotel. for a week, its less. mine came to $377 Canadian for 8 nights. I was on Newport drive, in a one bedroom condo. maybe 10 minute walk to grocery store/mcd's and resorts world etc. I arrived back into terminal 3 and just walked there.
  13. Thanks jpbago. Good info to have. It's not too bad a deal as a backup. The 212 days out of province is why I would keep Ontario as my residence. BC would be more convenient, but only allows 6 months. And I plan on having additional travel insuarance. I can keep the travel insuarance from my job (after I retire) until 65. I just have to see if there is a time limit out of country on that. There's a lot to consider to make it a smooth transition. Good thing I have three and two third years to go. or is it....
  14. Oh, I'll definitely be filing a return. I want to keep Canadian residency for various reasons. I'll stay out of country as long as I can while maintain my health insuarance. But I have no doubt the CRA will make sure they get their cut of my pension etc before I see any of it. They're pretty "good" that way. Now, I'm pretty sure a read that if you're living in the Philippines full time, you have to pay tax there. Anyone doing that?
  15. I looked into my pension plan, and they will deduct taxes before I get my pension payment. And I suspect it will be more than 25 %. So, no reporting to CRA needed for me.
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