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      New Members: Click Here   03/09/2017

      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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  1. I lived in many countries in Asia but only in the Philippines i've had 2 friends who got murdered. Never happened to any of my friends in Indonesia, Thailand or China.
  2. Only in the Philippines foreigners get shot and killed all the time... there seems to be no specific season for this. It's all year round.
  3. Next stop will be $10,000 - which was my short term price prediction. At the end of this year or beginning of next year 2018.
  4. Small town outside Cebu

    I would go a bit further than Naga and settle in Carcar. The nature is much nicer there, more green and more of a small town vibe than Naga.
  5. Adjusting to massive crowds

    I agree! In south east Asia it's difficult to be by your own. There always seems to be someone breathing down your neck following you with one eye. This has it's positive sides but also a few negatives.
  6. How much % of the property's value is the tax? If such penalties will be put against you, better pay it before it gets even higher. You can still try to negotiate with the previous owner after you paid it already.
  7. I have not owned a vehicle in the Philippines yet... I only recently came back to the Philippines after living in Indonesia for 2 years, where this is the case. Thanks for the info.
  8. Yes I know, but diesel is not available at all gas stations outside of the cities in the Philippines, right? That's what I always thought. I could be wrong.
  9. I assumed the airfare would be excluded. This amount is a fortune compared to what other Filipino families spend in their area, i'm sure. We as foreigners always end up spending more, for some reason.
  10. Oh I didn't see that. I still think it's a lot for the kind of lifestyle he's living.
  11. 160,000 pesos per year? He's still spending too much for the kind of lifestyle he's living. He doesn't have electricity and is living in the mountains, with no running water. I'm sure he's providing for everyone in the family, so he's the only spender in the whole house, and maybe even people around him.
  12. PHP 30K per month is quite a big income by Filipino standards. I'm sure I could cut it down to PHP 20K per month and still be happy if I didn't drink so much alcohol... this means that with PHP 30K i'd still be living a normal life, smoking, drinking and eating pretty much whatever I like, but not in the bars and no western food.
  13. That's about the same... 30,000 pesos per month. I would still be able to do it right now, not a big issue for me. There's some decent apartments to be found for 6,000 pesos if you know how to do find them. That still leaves 20,000 per month spending money. It's perfectly doable, just need to stretch everything the most you can, and by cooking local food that would not be an issue for me. I would be happy living this way, no problem. I'm just blessed now I don't need to count every single penny anymore before going bankrupt, but if shit hits the fan I would not have big issues living like that. Not a luxury life, but somehow still similar quality of life than living on a minimum wage in the west, but without all the unhealthy food.
  14. I used to live comfortably on 30,000p per month. That was 6,000 for my rent (just a room in a shared house) and 5,000 per week spending money for food, drinks and what else... Then I had my visa fees which were my main expense aside from the room I lived in. I could have done it a little bit cheaper, if I rented a cheaper apartment and drank less beer... but I didn't want to live alone, and beer sometimes was my best friend... I chose to live in a nice gated subdivision with a Filipino family who rented me a part of their house. Just cutting out the beer alone would lower my weekly 5000p spending to about half I guess. This was in 2009 - 2010. I was still a newbie, nowadays I would probably be able to do it on 20,000p if needed because I know how to cook local foods now.
  15. I wonder what's the benefit of getting a Diesel car in the Philippines? Gasoline is cheap and as far as I know gasoline cars are cheaper as well.