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  1. Hey hey all. Yeah long time no see or chat. Sorry been a bit busy. I have started to do a series on the ol Youtube about the cost of living here and all the other questions people ask. A fare few of you lads know me and I am posting this here to see what you guys think. Here is the link and Merry Christmas. I should be able to make it to cebu by about Feb so hope to catch up with a few of you lads by then.
  2. I have done a budget for general cost of living in Cebu in preparation for retirement. I have left out an entertainment budget as it is too complex and each person is different. My subtotal for pretty essential living is 65,000 in a fairly decent condo near city. My actual budget will be a little over php100,000 per month.  Can those who have been there a while look over my figures and give feedback on my costs. Thanks in advance.  Budget.pdf
  3. It won’t come as much of a surprise to its residents, but Australia is the fourth most expensive country in the world to live in, according to a World Bank-backed study of economies around the globe. Only Switzerland, Norway and Bermuda were ahead of Australia on the basis of how far your money goes on a range of comparable goods and services, according to theInternational Comparison Program (ICP), conducted with the World Bank. More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/australia-is-the-fourth-most-expensive-country-in-the-world-says-study
  4. Here's some interesting information I came across today. I can't say that the median home price in Honolulu is accurate (now at $618,000+). Sometimes I miss living and working in Honolulu, then I remember the traffic. New York ($501,500) 120.4% - Manhattan only Honolulu ($547,600) 69.1% San Francisco ($750,900) 61.6% San Jose, CA ($575,100) $9.3% Stamford, Conn ($537,300) 44% Washington DC ($443,000) 40% Boston (374,700) 39.7% Oakland, CA ($449,800) 36.1% Los Angeles ($470,000) 30.4% San Diego ($477,800 median home price) 30% above USA average cost of living
  5. Any ideas about cost of living in metro manila for a new family of 3, 1american, 1 Filipina and a 9 year old kid, starting money $30,000, advises will be appreciated, thank you
  6. The Philippines has failed to make headway in cutting rampant poverty, with more than one in four citizens deemed poor despite the country's economic growth, according to census figures released on Tuesday. The July 2012 poverty rate of 27.9 percent is practically unchanged from 2006 and 2009 data, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board. Filipinos forced to live on less than US$0.62 a day are considered poor, according to the government's poverty threshold. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said under-employment in rural areas; security problems in provinces f
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