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  1. There was an interesting statistic about swiss expats in the world. In far east asia, south asia and south east asia region the Philippines have 711 swiss expats. On the first view that looks not like a great number, but for the mentioned area it is the second highest number after Thailand. Even in China or India are less swiss expats. Did not found an online version of the news. Found that in the newspaper several days ago.
  2. I've been to Palawan and considering retiring there. We have any forum members in Palawan?
  3. Depnding on due diligence, research and previous personal trips, etc., many things still catch us off guard when we retire here. What would you consider a few of your personal misconceptions that you had to revise your thinking on after retireing here ? I personally underestimated the time and effort it takes to get from point A to point B. I also underestimated how quickly my wife learned to spend all my income on apparently rational expenses.
  4. Just wondering Do you guys living in the Philippines take precautions or have a prepared plan for situations like Typhoon Koppu which is meant to bring a lot of rain and flooding. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/16/typhoon-koppu-philippines-president-storm-warning
  5. Seems Dave Houndriver is spending too much :) Dumaguete tagged as one of world's 'best places to retire' Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas, has been identified as one of the most ideal places to retire around the world in the 2014 Retire Overseas Index released by the The Overseas Retirement Letter, a publication dedicated to the concerns of retirees. The study showed that Dumaguete was chosen due to its cheap cost of living. Based on expenses such as rent, gas, electricity, water, cable, groceries, Internet, and entertainment, retirees living in Dumaguete will only need a monthly budget of US$910 or about P40,000. Dumaguete is also among the best places for retirees and among most expat-friendly destinations because of its beautiful beaches and its large English-speaking community. The 2014 Retire Overseas Index chose the locations based on 12 factors, namely climate, existing expat community, cost of living, health care, crime, infrastructure, English spoken, real estate, entertainment, residency options, environmental conditions and taxes. Aside from Dumaguete in the Philippines, rounding out the list of 21 best places to retire overseas are the following (in no particular order): Algarve, Portugal Ambergris Caye, Belize La Serena, Chile Buenos Aires, Argentina Medellin, Colombia Cayo, Belize Mendoza, Argentina City Beaches, Panama Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Cuenca, Ecuador Samana, Dominican Republic Granada, Nicaragua Abruzzo, Italy Istria, Croatia Pau, France Barcelona, Spain Chiang Mai, Thailand Istanbul, Turkey Nha Trang, Vietnam George Town, Malaysia https://anc.yahoo.com/news/dumaguete-tagged-as-one-of-world-s--best-places-to-retire-023108371.html
  6. Just an offshoot of another topic where I stated that I would like to ask the reason why anyone decided to move to the Philippines. If you intend to do so one day please add your reasons. Lets hear some real life expat stories of how you ended up an expat.
  7. As some of you know, I had to make a quick trip to the US.This was unexpected but I was more surprized that we made the news in Asia. A pat on the back for all. :cheersty: :999: :AddEmoticons04230:
  8. Drinking, bragging and plain foolishness gets you in trouble. US man arrested in Philippines for carrying gun DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 4, 2013) – Philippine authorities detained an American citizen for possessing an unlicensed pistol in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said Thursday. Officials said policemen arrested Jeffrey Roy Bradley, 57, while drinking with his Filipino friends in downtown Sindangan following a tip off from a civilian that the foreigner had a pistol under his shirt. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said Bradley even bragged his .45 caliber pistol to his friends while drinking at the MPL Plaza. He said police also seized from Bradley one pistol magazine and seven bullets. “The policemen approached the foreigner and frisked him and he yielded a .45-caliber pistol with a defaced serial number, and one magazine loaded with seven rounds of ammunition,” Huesca said. “He failed to present proper documents to possess and carry the firearm, hence, he was arrested.” He said Bradley is temporarily residing in the village of Goleo in the town of Sindangan and now detained in the municipal police station while awaiting charges. Police did not say where Bradley got his weapon or why was he carrying the gun. No other details were made available by the police about Bradley or whether his stay in the country is legal or not. The US Embassy has not release any statement about Bradley’s arrest. (Mindanao Examiner) http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20130904102251
  9. For expats in the Philippines the 2015 annual report is due between now and 1st of March. Read the guidelines and then do it online then print your confirmation number. Guidelines http://immigration.gov.ph/images/OPERATIONSORDER/Dec2014/OOSBM%202014-063.pdf Online application, http://vua.immigration.gov.ph/Home.aspx
  10. Howdy Just abit of questionnaire for those living in the Philippines or intending too. As you can see by the questions it relates to interviews. Your answers can be viewed by all. :cheersty: Thought I better add, the type of questions that would be asked in interviews would be only about expat life and nothing too personal. This just to gauge if anyone would be interested in participating. This is not for the forum.
  11. I wonder how this will affect those expats living there. Will rent and prices increase? Its been said many times the Philippines intends to grant the US more access and shared facilities at Subic Bay so I guess this will become a very busy area. Philippines to move air force, navy camps for faster access to disputed South China Sea areas MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines plans to relocate major air force and navy camps to a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila to gain faster access to waters being contested by China in the South China Sea, according to the country’s defense chief and a confidential government report. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Sunday that as soon as relocation funds are available the government plans to transfer air force and naval forces and their fleets of aircraft and warships to Subic Bay, which has become a busy free port since the 1992 departure of the U.S. Navy.“It’s for the protection of our West Philippine Sea,” Gazmin said from South Korea, where he was on a visit, using the name adopted by the Philippine government for the disputed South China Sea. “We’re looking now for the funding,” he said. Subic Bay is a natural deep harbor that can accommodate two large warships acquired recently by the Philippines from the United States, a defense treaty ally, he said, especially compared to shallower harbor at the naval fleet base at Sangley Point in Cavite province, south of Manila. The first U.S. Coast Guard cutter was relaunched as the Philippines’ largest warship in 2011. President Benigno Aquino III will lead ceremonies on Aug. 6 to welcome the second ship at Subic, the Philippine navy said. A confidential defense department document obtained by The Associated Press says Subic’s location will cut reaction time by fighter aircraft to contested South China Sea areas by more than three minutes compared with flying from Clark airfield, also north of Manila, where some air force planes are based. “It will provide the armed forces of the Philippines strategic location, direct and shorter access to support West Philippine Sea theater of operations,” the document said. The report said the cost of repairs and improvements for an air force base in Subic would be at least 5.1 billion pesos ($119 million). It said that compares with an estimated 11 billion pesos ($256 million) that it would cost to build a new air force base, because the vast Subic complex about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Manila already has a world-class runway and aviation facilities. Relocating about 250 air force officers and men to Subic, along with “increased rotational presence of foreign visiting forces” would bolster business and trade at the port, the military document said. Subic’s international airport has been underutilized since U.S. courier giant FedEx transferred its lucrative regional hub from Subic to China in 2009, officials said. The Philippines plans to grant visiting U.S. forces, ships and aircraft temporary access to more of its military camps to allow for a larger number of joint military exercises than are currently staged each year. A larger U.S. presence could be used for disaster response and serve as a deterrent to what Philippine officials say have been recent aggressive intrusions by China into its territorials waters. The Philippines has backed Washington’s efforts to reassert its military presence in Asia as a counterweight to China’s rise. While it has taken diplomatic steps to deal with China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines has struggled to upgrade its military, one of Asia’s weakest. Philippine vessels backed off from the disputed Scarborough Shoal last year after weeks of a tense standoff with Chinese surveillance ship, a move that gave China effective control over the vast fishing ground off the country’s northwest. Many fear the territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, which also involve Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan, could set off a serious conflict that could threaten Asia’s growing economies. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-to-move-air-force-navy-camps-for-faster-access-to-disputed-south-china-sea-areas/2013/07/28/d68eed8a-f750-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html
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