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  1. Hi. I have a family member who lives in Manila that suffers from Anxiety and Depression. I'm looking for the best Psychologist or mental health institution money can buy. I am serious. There must be places where the wealthy go for very personalized and effective help. Thank you.
  2. Welcome Peter B. If you don't mind me asking. Why are you moving from Thailand after so many years?
  3. Where I'm from this means she has a big booty.
  4. I cant understand what any of you are saying. Speak American!
  5. My wife's Cousins in Manila all have multiple helpers. Drivers, cleaners yaya's for the kids etc. They pay a decent wage and most treat them well. An interesting comment they make is NOT to over pay. My western brain tells me that if you overpay people they will be more motivated to perform and keep their job. However I'm told by Filipinos overpaying can lead to problems. Seems weird to me.
  6. Sure, I'll go for it. I'll give you feedback and my honest opinion. You come across as a complete arsehole in my honest opinion, very crass as well. Ever since you started posting on here you have always tried to drop money and insinuate your worth into your posts, very tacky. Regarding posting your net worth of $2.6 million dollars... are you really sure that was necessary? Obviously posting personal wealth of this amount is not the safest idea. However it seems to me the original poster intent was not to brag but rather to disclose his situation honestly so readers can get per
  7. A buddy of mine and I are going to stay in Makati for two days in May. Never been to that part of the city, anyone have any suggestions of what to do?
  8. I dont think this eruption will have any affect on property value one year from today. Once the taal stops making a fuss. The ash will get cleaned up and everyone will forget. If anything it might bring in more tourists. Let's g.j o see the valcano that erupted last year etc.
  9. I wonder how this will affect the local economy in Tagaytay? Some of those mama and pop restaurants or hotel's may not be able to stay closed for too long
  10. My co worker has been living in Costa Rica for the last 7 years. He loves it! He works in the US half the year and lives in CR the other half. I've been talking about the Philippines and he is considering a switch. I will bring him with me to the PH on my next trip for him to check out. I've explained that the cost of living in the PH is lower than CR and no need to learn a new language. He is single and does well with the CR ladies and I've told him that Filipina ladies are very sweet and caring too. I'd like to know if any one on the forum has experience with both Countries and could a
  11. I love Filipino culture however the main thing I struggle with is communication. I am a very direct and honest communicator and when I ask a straight forward question I don't always get a direct and honest answer, especially if the answer is no. I've asked my driver if he can do something for me while I am away and the answer is always "yes sir" but he doesn't do it. My wife tells me it's because he is saving face and doesn't want to say no to me. He is a great person but doesn't want to disrespect me by being rude but I'd wish he would just say no so I can find someone else to do it. Oh
  12. I just bought over one Hectare of land on top of a volcano. Had to put it in the wifes name but we've been married since college. I plan on building several houses in the hope that her family will move from Manila and live with us. I never had a family growing up and am very close to my Wife's family. If I can put the houses in my name even though I don't own the land then at least I own something. In terms of inheritance I don't really care who owns the damn land. Our daughter, mother in law, sister in law, the dog. As long as I get to fart around all day and play with my Carabao in th
  13. Foreigners cannot currently own land here in the Philippines....period... That's the law... sorry gery0x. Tommy T I thought it is possible to inherit your wife's land. I was under the impression her children get first dibs then the spouse. Or was it Children, parents, siblings, next door neighbor, mail man then foreign husband?
  14. My wife and I bought a farm in Cavite last year and we have been making many changes in our lives in preparation to move out there soon. Life changing stuff. I'll be totally honest with you. If there were not kids playing in the streets I would not make the move. Period. The main reason we want to move is for that lifestyle. kids in the streets, old folks in chairs, dogs wondering around and nobody has shit to do.
  15. On this forum I read a lot of guys complaining about many of the things that are irritating about living in the Philippines compared to their western home country. I think this is normal to vent your frustrations however I must believe that because you are still living in this beautiful country there must be more wonderful things that keep you there. I'd like to know what those things are. I'll go first. I am not a fan of super loud singing or blasting car horns but I absolutely love to wake up to a cock crowing, a few motorbikes speeding by and the sound of someone yelling Taho from t
  16. I don't think this is necessarily the case - house prices increase over time without question BUT at what rate and at some point you will want to realise your asset - the market suffers blips and you may wish/need to sell during one of those downturns. I sold my house when I left when the market was hot in my area - looking at prices since then, the increase is only at 3-5% per annum - I could make that by investing the capital elsewhere and not have the hassle/expense of maintaining a property abroad. I used the capital to buy a property in Hong Kong which provided a much higher return. Ye
  17. This would be a very good gauge if you remain in the same area that you worked in. 80% makes sense because the cost of living does not change. But I thought moving to the Philippines changes that cost of living i.e. you wouldn't need to save the same amount?
  18. That’s the million dollar question ,or in my case the few hundred thousand question. If I only had a peso for every time I've asked this question. It seems that every one has a different answer though. I think I could live like a Filipino or close to it, I'm Chinese so being frugal comes easy. My Filipina wife on the other hand...not a chance! She is way too westernized and would require a lot more money for retirement than I. I think it depends on how much money you have saved up right now. Assuming you will be living off your savings and not a renewable monthly income like a
  19. I AM BOB.... I just want to hear more........
  20. I think most of us who grew up in a Western culture would agree but I wouldn't travel to India and try and convince people that the CASTE system is wrong. Even if, well it just is. Likewise when I'm in the PH I try to put my values aside a little and do as the Romans do. We shall see how that works out for me when I move. lol
  21. I've asked my wife's family who live in Manila about their helpers. I was surprised to learn that they felt the same way about their own helpers whom they've had for decades. They seemed like extended family members to me but we were told if you treat them too well they will walk over you or at least expect more. They have to fine the balance between life long helpers and a hired employee. One cousin was raised by his yaya so you can image how difficult it must be for him to treat her like an employee but they insist it is a must if you want to keep them. I have no personal experience but
  22. That's a good point, I am concerned about getting lazy. Well lazyer. haha. For us it is a necessity during the times we are not at home. Will need someone to watch over the farm and farm animals.
  23. JJReyes, Thank you for this detailed explanation. Since we do not have small children anymore, frown face emoji, we will not need a yaya but rather help cleaning the house and cooking and a "boy" to help with landscape projects. We prefer a live in situation to take care of the property when we are out of town and perhaps help out if we decide to air bnb when away.
  24. As a westerner the concept of a live in employee is difficult for me to wrap my head around. All of my wife's family in Manila have help. Some are absolutely wonderful people and seem to love their life and will never leave their hired family. I've met others who looked like they were afraid of being fired every moment and never seemed to relax. Certainly it depends on how they are treated. How does it work though? How much does it cost per month? My wife and I plan on treating our help very well of course, right. I mean we are decent people. But family in Manila tell us to be careful
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