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all this talk would make sense ... but why is thailand doing so well?? they have all the same issues that the philippines has and the number of expats moving in is growing. B)

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Let's keep Camiguin our little secret. Admin....please delete that post. wink_01.gif

 

Ahhh.... yeah... actually, disregard that post, I was drunk at the time, dunno what came over me, it's a terrible place, locals are villainous pirates, overbearing bureaucracy, volcanoes set to erupt at any moment, lashed by typhoons and mudslides, haunted by Spanish and Japanese ghosts (and the ghost rider of the first Harley Davidson ever in the Philippines c. 1920, son of a rich family, he was killed going too fast and the family threw the bike into the sea), and foreigners who go there disappear, never heard from again.

 

So... uh, yeah, just get on with what you were doingwink.gif

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I heard that all of the roosters crow in unison every 5 minutes like clockwork there too.

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all this talk would make sense ... but why is thailand doing so well?? they have all the same issues that the philippines has and the number of expats moving in is growing. :biggrin_01:

 

Not sure if the number of expats in Thailand is growing because the forums indicate many are leaving because of increasingly strict visa regulations designed to encourage visitors but not expats.

 

As to why Thailand gets so many tourists, it may be because RP lacks Pattaya, which draws 5 million visitors annually. http://www.tourismthailand.org/destination-guide/chonburi-20-1-1.html

 

Sex sells.

 

But then are those the kinds of visitors RP wants?

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Not sure if the number of expats in Thailand is growing because the forums indicate many are leaving because of increasingly strict visa regulations designed to encourage visitors but not expats.

 

As to why Thailand gets so many tourists, it may be because RP lacks Pattaya, which draws 5 million visitors annually. http://www.tourismthailand.org/destination-guide/chonburi-20-1-1.html

 

Sex sells.

 

But then are those the kinds of visitors RP wants?

 

i was thinking more of the luxury coastal villa market in places such as pukett ..thats good news and why is the phillipines missing out on all that action?

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Not sure if the number of expats in Thailand is growing because the forums indicate many are leaving because of increasingly strict visa regulations designed to encourage visitors but not expats.

 

As to why Thailand gets so many tourists, it may be because RP lacks Pattaya, which draws 5 million visitors annually. http://www.tourismth...uri-20-1-1.html

 

Sex sells.

 

But then are those the kinds of visitors RP wants?

 

I lived in Thailand for almost 7 years from 1998 till 2005, in the city of Chiangmai, and i can say that Thailand is a beautyful country, with infrastructure more develop comparate to Philippines, the life cost is very cheap, maybe more cheap than Philippines but im not sure, anyway in Thailand there a big problem , thai peoples are littlebite racist, and they smile is not really true, everything is about money, and when no money also no honey,do you know wanna mean ? Thailand is a nationalist country, there are many pro but also many con. Most the expats live in Thailand they run guesthouse, bar with lady, restaurant, internet and massage shop. There also retired men that live with they own pension, in region like Issan cause is very very cheap, they just bought land and house ,put in name of wife or GF, and they live in easy way.

 

In Bangkok live also many foreigners, work for big company from Usa or Europe, and also a lot expats young english teachers prefer to stay in Thai, instead they own home country.

 

Actually Thailand have more than 20 millions of tourist per year.

 

ps: Thailand is not only Pattaya , there are a lot beautyful place with nice beaches and sea, and the North of Thailand is also very wonderful to discovery

 

Giotto

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You have to be pretty well planned out for a steady reliable flow of money. Your dream house should be built so that there are no regrets. Coz how many of us that are going to sink life savings into build/buy and premanently live in the Phils have $50-80,000 to spare? And something happens ? Health? Government instability?

The US dollar takes a dive to an exchange rate of 20, instead of 47.8XXX as of today, NOV 10?? Example P 20,000 is about $237.00 USD if the rate changed to 20 something that $237.00 turns into $965 something. On a set income of a pension or SS or disability most of us would be in very deep doo doo.

Does anyone know of former residents of the Phils, from what ever country, who went back to their native country, that could join us here and tell us their story? What happened?

We're considering this move very seriously and I hope we do not "think about it" too long, but act. My parents are in their 90's and I cannot leave at this time. When their time comes to leave this Earth, then we can start our process.

 

Fred

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The posts on both sides have actally been pretty fair in this thread :) The only thing I can disagree with on what I saw posted was for health care. Health care is better in the RP for *minor* doctors visits. Quicker, more convienent, FAR cheaper. You can see a doctor here if you're ill or have a minor injury for a few dollars.

 

I'm surprised most people don't mention pollution as a bigger negative as well. The air quality in parts of cebu thanks to the vehicles belching smoke is just retarded. Trash is everywhere.

 

I don't think women is the only draw for the philippines. You can live a nice little life in the philippines very cheaply if you're willing to live very modestly and adapt. Most people aren't going to want to give up their previous lifestyles for just that though :)

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Some interesting thoughts here. I am currently in a half-way house situation, working in Hong Kong and having a wife and children (she was widowed some years ago) in Cebu. To me the real issue is whether or not we can adjust to life as an expatriate or not. I have known people get off a plane in Hong Kong, stay for a few weeks or months and then leave because they couldn't stand the heat, the crowds, living in a high-rise apartment block or just the day-to-day pressure here. Then there are those like me who thought they would try it for 2-3 years and ended up staying, in my case for 28 years. I have worked in and travelled to most Asian countries and one thing that I have found is that a smile, politeness and respect go a long way (as does learning just a little of the local language) and I can honestly say that so far I have never experienced any serious unpleasantness anywhere that I have visited or worked. The main point is that comparisons with whatever country you are from are just pointless - you are not there, you are here, be it Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Philippines or wherever. Things are different.

 

For me, the Philippines and Cebu in particular, are easy to adjust to as I have been a regular visitor for more than 25 years. I think my expectations are realistic and I find that I can live the kind of life that I want in Cebu. In some ways it is better than Hong Kong. Our home in Cebu is much more spacious and a meal at a decent restaurant is far less expensive. Maybe this kind of comparison is pointless as I said because Hong Kong is totally different anyway but so far I really don't feel that I have had to compromise very much at all on the kind of life I have in Cebu. Then again I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had a decent job for many years, I am still working, and I have managed to save hard for my retirement in a couple of years time.

 

But like I suggested, the real question is how adaptable you are and how willing you are to accept that things are different wherever you chose to live. One final thought - selecting a place to live because it seems cheap and/or has a plentiful supply of beautiful women is not the way to go in my humble opinion.

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