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I hope there's a third choice. Neither of those choices sound good to me.

.... In the Philippines you can get a sexy young live in nurse for less than $300 a month to take care of you. ...... that is if you're single or have a very understanding wife! LOL !!!
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Originally from Minnesota, very tired of the snow and cold. Any time I think it might be too humid/hot here I just think of -20 degrees F and the weather here seems GREAT! In my experience there did n

Im in phil cos thats where my Mrs is.  Where ever she is, thats my home.

To live in the Philippines successfully you must respect the risks involved and know how to mitigate them, and many of the long time expats know exactly how to do that. They also know how to make life

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Sorry to hear about all the problems some of you had living in the USA. I loved my life, my home, my job, but unfortunately (or fortunately) fell out of love with my ex. Like many I sometimes complain about things here because, well quiet frankly they are different than what most of us grew accustomed to back home. Many people say they want to be away from all the commercialism. Sorry, but I love being able to buy anything and everything I want anywhere I want. I loved being able to jump in my car and drive to Walt Disney World for the day or just a few hours. I loved high-speed internet, 300 cable channels, central air conditioning, modern appliances and cheap gasoline. I loved living in an adult gated golf community with pools, tennis courts, club house and 100's of activities. I loved having electricity and water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I loved having cheap medical and prescription drugs (well because of insurance). I loved it when I asked a person a question, that they understood me and were never ever out of stock. I loved getting my appetizer first at a restaurant and everyone's food delivered together. I loved being able to get free refills on my drinks and a waiter who came back to the table regularly asking if there was anything else I needed. I loved that I could get my drivers license replaced or renewed on the internet or for that matter just about anything could be done on the internet. I loved that a customer service representative could really provide customer service and had the authority to do what ever it took to help me with my problem. I love that I could return something even if I just changed my mind. I love that I didn't have to keep receipts for everything if I didn't want to. I loved that a drivers license is all the ID I ever needed. I loved that there were laws that protected me from noise and air pollution. I loved knowing that a warranty really would be honored and that insurance really paid and in a timely manner. I loved that you actually had to learn to drive and pass a test to get a license. I love being an American and a retired veteran and I am proud of it.

 

If my America sucks so much as many of you say, then why do so many Filipinos what to live (not just work) in the USA? It can't just be for money because they can make as much or more in other countries that are much easier to get into. I think there is no surprise that outside of the Philippines, the USA has the most Filipinos. It's because they know that with all its problems and political bickering that it's still the greatest country on earth. Sorry to you Aussies, Brits and Europeans out there as I'm sure you fell the same about your country.

..... So if you really feel that way why are you still in the Philippines?
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Japan should open the county up for retirees

 

In the countryside you can get a house for less than $10K, cost of living about half of what it costs in Oz, very very safe and fantastic medical care

.... I've heard the complete opposite. In fact I heard Japan is probably the most expensive place in Asia to go. I heard that an American can wind up spending the equivalent of $50 for breakfast at McDonalds. Edited by tomaw
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I heard that an American can wind up spending the equivalent of $50 for breakfast at McDonalds.

 

 

Canadians only pay $39.99 !!!

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..... So if you really feel that way why are you still in the Philippines?

 

For all its strangeness, oddities and annoyances, the Philippines is a great place to settle if you have the right mindset for it.  Putting on the blinkers and never taking off the rose coloured glasses, trying to delude yourself into thinking everything here is fine and better than the west isn't going to work forever. 

 

 

 

 

Canadians only pay $39.99 !!!

 

Sounds good, until you realize Canadians eat only half as much food as Americans.

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.... I've heard the complete opposite. In fact I heard Japan is probably the most expensive place in Asia to go. I heard that an American can wind up spending the equivalent of $50 for breakfast at McDonalds.

Actually I found MacD's cheaper in Japan than in Oz....of course it depends what you eat but I think a hamburger sells for a buck.

Yes Japan back in the 80's was a very expensive place to live....now very reasonable unless you eat at the 5 star hotels

 

When I lived in northern Japan in 2007 my rent for my 1 bedroom for $150 a month and I was eating less than I do in the PI

At the time I was driving a Nissan 300Z  sports car which I paid $4500 for.

 

 

Obviously being able to speak Japanese helps, eating Japanese food and adapting to life there will keep costs down

 

Here is a site on cheap real estate

http://foreclosedjapan.sheldonthinks.com/

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.... I've heard the complete opposite. In fact I heard Japan is probably the most expensive place in Asia to go. I heard that an American can wind up spending the equivalent of $50 for breakfast at McDonalds.

That's where the problem lies. Who would want to eat breakfast at McDonalds? Nice Jpn breakfast at home. There are some amazing organic food chains now. You can get a good balanced meal for $6. Great for people that live alone and eat coming and going to work. Foods not too bad. It's all the other living costs that will cripple you.

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I have been trying to leave for two years. I want to leave with my family in tact. However my wife was required by the Philippine Government to be confirmed in catholic church have a drivers license and 9 other documents. Before anyone says that can not happen read RA9048. Correcting a typographical error is at the discretion of the LCR. On3 corrupt judge and your world will be tossed. I could have paid the bribe but an example by another member for fraud explains why not. Money how much have I spent because this? 500,000 pesos or more in the process of leaving. Bitter angry upset pick your word. The thing is once you arrive it seems they do everything to make it impossible to leave. Just look at the requirements for spouses to leave. You can be disqualified at three different junctions. So now we are ready to go and in a month or two will after good byes hugs kisses and organizing.

Yes, you are correct. When I wanted to leave with someone they made the person, after going thru the entire year long process attend a 'seminar'costing P500, which is nothing BUT...had the info not been accidentally stumbled upon a month before leaving as it was at the time a new requirement...the person would not have been able to get on the plane and resulting trip would've been cancelled costing thousands, not peso's either. Seems like extortion and you only have to look at the desperation on the faces of the people waiting for the returning OFW's to know that the ones waiting there surely wish they were actually leaving.

Another time I was at the last gate before getting on the plane and got jacked up for a hefty sum by the BoI, and that was after going to the BoI a week prior to leaving just to make sure everything was correctly done. the resulting hic-cup was pretty expensive to the travel plans and it could very well have stopped a person with less CA$H from actually leaving the country and getting stuck in that hell-hole Manure, oops I mean Manila.

One of the better aspects of being in a country like that is MONEY TALKS and not a single Filipino won't listen when it does. It can mean the difference between getting what is necessary done, and literally being screwed. Don't run out of it.

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it was/is a place that always interested me and when the opportunity arose to go there, I took it. Knowing that it could be afforded I lived there for almost 8 years and did not think I would ever leave, then one day, out of the blue....I gave my stuff away to a very nice family and said 'See ya'. During the time I was there I only left the country three times and not for longer than a few weeks. There are many negatives about being in a foreign country no matter which one it is, an Ex-pat has no civil rights, no legal standing. The times I spent on the side of a mountain in Baguiao or by the Chocolate Hills in Bohol and even the isolated beaches on Dinigat/Romblon/Palawan it was the best to wake up in a place where there were no traffic lights, no McDonalds etc, etc...I 'chose the path where no one goes' and it was exquisite while it lasted, though certainly not without headaches whenever I tried to get anything done.The Philippines is certainly not for everyone and especially not for anyone who 'suffers fools' badly, the trick is to have a quality companion who looks out for your best interests and as hard as it may get, NEVER get upset about anything. it is not worth it.I always tried try to step back and LOOK at who your dealing with, and be glad you are not them and move on. I really do think that If I hadn't had the quality companion looking out for my best interests, I could not have stayed as long as I did.

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I enjoy the snowboarding here.

i think you misspelled waterboarding 

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With unlimited funds I might decide to live elsewhere, French Riviera; Buenos Aires; Boca Grande, Florida but as things stand right now the Philippines is it. It would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $5000 just to return to the U.S.  Then buy a house, furniture, automobile, with the attendant expenses. Plus at my age I would soon leave/die and leave my wife with three small children and an income of about 1/3 or less than what we have now.

Stuck ? May be but it's a gilded cage.

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I don't think so much as why I live here as why would I live somewhere else? I weighed all the options before I retired and visited the rest of SEA. There's some crappy weather and lots of places are seasonal. I thought about Europe. Go, buy a house and then what? I'd be bored to tears and the money would not go as far. When alls said and done you go home, close the door and it could be anywhere. What's outside plays a big factor. A lot of untouched nature here still and I also like the time slip.

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I have been trying to leave for two years. I want to leave with my family in tact. However my wife was required by the Philippine Government to be confirmed in catholic church have a drivers license and 9 other documents. Before anyone says that can not happen read RA9048. Correcting a typographical error is at the discretion of the LCR. On3 corrupt judge and your world will be tossed. I could have paid the bribe but an example by another member for fraud explains why not. Money how much have I spent because this? 500,000 pesos or more in the process of leaving. Bitter angry upset pick your word. The thing is once you arrive it seems they do everything to make it impossible to leave. Just look at the requirements for spouses to leave. You can be disqualified at three different junctions. So now we are ready to go and in a month or two will after good byes hugs kisses and organizing.

Run Forest run ! Do not look behind thee flee now ! 

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With unlimited funds I might decide to live elsewhere, French Riviera; Buenos Aires; Boca Grande, Florida but as things stand right now the Philippines is it. It would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $5000 just to return to the U.S.  Then buy a house, furniture, automobile, with the attendant expenses. Plus at my age I would soon leave/die and leave my wife with three small children and an income of about 1/3 or less than what we have now.

Stuck ? May be but it's a gilded cage.

9,000 for car,,,, 4,000 for closing cost on place to live... 3,500 for furnishing , tv, etc etc,,, 500 to make deposits on utilities, 2,500 on hotels and food while process is completed,,, 3,000 tickets to get here  about 18,500 and the house was 0 down va loan  

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