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Bondi beach is one of the most expensive areas in Sydney to live.....not fair using that as a comparison to living in OZ....plus your no free doctors statement is completely wrong as I pointed out...so is your motor car registration....and rental costs...and not all of us in Philippines have the opportunity to be able to buy freshly slaughtered beef....

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Rather than impose on another thread I would like to show an opposite view.   After the recent visit of a Aussie friend and my wifes stay there to get her permanent residency, I was amazed at how mu

My expenses as a single guy in Queensland are different from the above.  I live near some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.   Vehicle registration.      $894 ($1034 less pensioner discount

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hmm i live in aussy for over 2 yers and althow i agree it is very expensuv there you dont need to pay what you pay, at leese for a single guy. i lived in the cenrel sydney area and here is my costs along with cebu, if i missed it out like fuel then its cuz i agree or it is not relevent to me....

 

1 - OZ - 3rd party $750 inclreg for near new car - Cebu N/A

2. - OZ - $180 rent pw in Central Sdyney (yeah it was not much but still $1000 is not reqiwed unless u want to be with the high fliers) - Cebu curently 10kpm for large 2 bdr brand new home with fence and garden 40 mins from cebu city (yeah baby)

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4. OZ You can find the specils at supermarket, i nver paid more than $12 pk for rump - steak - cebu yeah about 200 - 300 pesos for local crap but it's ok minched up for pasta hehe

5 OZ -dont smoke but you can buy loose tobacco in Chinatown Sydney for cheap or grow yr own hehe ;) - Cebu, i wud be carful smoking or growing things here hehe

6 Beer - can brew yr own if u can be botherrd and who drinks out in sydney unless u r very rich at those prices? good beer is about $45 per 24 small bottels from wholsaler. Good beer in cebu like negra or Premium is around 35 - 40 pesos per bottle from supermarket (yeah baby)

7 OZ - chicken, Buy uncooked for about half your price - uncooked in cebu for same size would be about 250 - 300 pesos but you would never find one that size here hehe.

 

 

hheeheh you live has the native there in SYDNEY?

 

if u live in oz out in country u can rent for as low as $100 per week, growing veggies is much eezier than cebu genrally and if you live close enuf to beech u can catch fish. I'm sure if i wanted to in Oz i cud live for about $200 per week if I had to.

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...and not all of us in Philippines have the opportunity to be able to buy freshly slaughtered beef....

I am sure its not that hard to find but if it is then add it to the list of reasons why living in Cebu city sux and the provinces rock.........

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Have you moved from Quebec to Queensland Art ?   If so congrats on your move    Hamilton Island is one of my favourite places [ along with South Molle ]

 

I found it too tiresome being a faux Canadien. ;)   Hamilton island is a bit rich for me so next time you visit give us a wave as you pass by.  I'm waiting for them to finish the light rail and then I will take my free trip down to Surfer's Paradise and ogle the tourists. 

 

well art i could let you stay here under a few conditions for a few weeks free.... one you dont croak on me,,,, second if you bring sexy girls to my place you bring an extra one for me., and three you dont date any girls that still order happy meals at mcdonalds

 

Thats very kind of you Robert.  I think I am long past sexy girls but hey if you don't mind a caregiver or two I could ask if they have a sister but isn't that flirting with assisted croaking for you?  Speaking for croaking I do have a fear of forgetting to take my meds maybe your daughter the nurse can make sure I take them on time then I don't have to worry someone else can does she take her nursing responsibilities seriously? 

 

 

Bondi Beach is an ocean suburb of Sydney probably the most famous iconic beach in Australia very popular for tourists too.      

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I found it too tiresome being a faux Canadien. ;)   Hamilton island is a bit rich for me so next time you visit give us a wave as you pass by.  I'm waiting for them to finish the light rail and then I will take my free trip down to Surfer's Paradise and ogle the tourists. 

 

 

Thats very kind of you Robert.  I think I am long past sexy girls but hey if you don't mind a caregiver or two I could ask if they have a sister but isn't that flirting with assisted croaking for you?  Speaking for croaking I do have a fear of forgetting to take my meds maybe your daughter the nurse can make sure I take them on time then I don't have to worry someone else can does she take her nursing responsibilities seriously? 

 

 

Bondi Beach is an ocean suburb of Sydney probably the most famous iconic beach in Australia very popular for tourists too.      

well like most girls if you can find her ..... she discovered ayala and like most young people they can vanish like dust... if you decide to make the trip i can   give you a place to stay for a few weeks and i say that in all honestly once i had an uncle who asked if he could stay at my house a few weeks and he stayed 3 1/2 years it wasnt till i told him i wanted rent that he decided to move . So my offer is 3 weeks tops... your welcome to stay 3 rd floor some stairs but nice place 

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well like most girls if you can find her ..... she discovered ayala and like most young people they can vanish like dust... if you decide to make the trip i can   give you a place to stay for a few weeks and i say that in all honestly once i had an uncle who asked if he could stay at my house a few weeks and he stayed 3 1/2 years it wasnt till i told him i wanted rent that he decided to move . So my offer is 3 weeks tops... your welcome to stay 3 rd floor some stairs but nice place 

 

I got the same offer Art - but mine was only for 3 days- so you should consider yourself very special !!

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I got the same offer Art - but mine was only for 3 days- so you should consider yourself very special !!

 

I am kind of gobsmacked by the generosity of smokey.   Maybe while I am there I can fix his elevator so I don't have to walk up those stairs :)

 

Three days does that include nights ? 

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I am kind of gobsmacked by the generosity of smokey.   Maybe while I am there I can fix his elevator so I don't have to walk up those stairs :)

 

Three days does that include nights ? 

 

actually it does- but then Smokey told me that I had to leave  every morning no later than 7 am !!

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actually it does- but then Smokey told me that I had to leave  every morning no later than 7 am !!

 

Seems fair to me its his place.  

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My expenses as a single guy in Queensland are different from the above.  I live near some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.

 

Vehicle registration.      $894 ($1034 less pensioner discount $140) includes 3rd party insurance

 

Car Insurance               $514

 

Rent                             $250 per week, one bedroom Govt subsidized condo, clean and new.

 

Electricity & Gas          $60 to $80 per month, depends if I use aircon/heater

 

Internet                         $60 per month adsl2+ unlimited

 

Water                           $6.00 per month.

 

Fuel                              $1.33 to $1.59 per litre  (aproximately $20 a month) 

 

Roast Chicken              $10 Coles

 

Eggs                             $4.50 a dozen

 

Beef                              $6 per Kilo  cheap mince at Coles.

 

Vegetables                    $3.07 a kilo frozen packet

 

Milk                               $2 for 2 litre plastic container

 

Beer                              $15?  two beers a year.

 

Cigarettes                     $0,  second hand smoke is free :)

 

Movies                          $4:50 for pensioner

 

Videos                          $2.00 on Tuesdays for new releases. 

 

Life saving Medication  $6 per 4 weekly for 28 tablets, cost is subsidised by Govt health.  Real cost is $96 a box and in the Philippines P154 pesos per tablet P4,620 per month.  

 

Socialising and dating  $0,  I need to work on my personality.   TV and Internet make up the difference.  I like living alone and doing whatever I want and whenever I want.  I had a mate visit for 3 days recently I think that would be my limit it was so good to be free and alone again.   

 

I live on the age pension which the base rate is $751 per fortnight and I collect another $199 aproximately in Govt subsidies which if I left Australia I would lose along with free medicare which to me is just as dubious as anywhere else.  I would miss the cheap subsidized medications. 

 

I havent included running and service costs for my car.   I try and save and not spend more than my pension but some things can blow my budget. 

 

Its a comfortable but boring life when you are sick adventure loses it attraction.   If I didn't have health problems I would have been living in the Philippines or some other Asian country but the health problems have forced me to live near sound medical help and postpone any travelling. 

 

The base pension works out at todays rate to be approximately P66,000 a calendar month.    I think I spend around P58,000 plus a month here and wonder if it would be better to be in Cebu if my health was good.   Based on my figures which is cheaper? 

 

Except for the medicines, you are going to live a lot cheaper in Cebu City.

 

If medical care is a worry, make it some where in midtown or capitol site so you are close to Chong Hua Hospital

http://www.chonghua.com.ph/

or Cebu Doctors

http://cduh.com.ph/

 

 

You can buy 3 DVD's for about $2 in Cebu City and can reasonably expect to catch taxis everywhere for less than the cost of your car rego and insurance in Queensland.

 

You can get an idea here of what you can get for your rental money in Cebu City.

http://cebu.locanto.ph/apartments-for-rent/301/

 

If you want a hassle free way to live in Cebu City, you can do what I used to do, live in a hotel. This one

http://cebucenturyhotel.com/index.html

 

I used to live in a family room. Their current cost by the month, depending on your negotiation skills is about P25,000 per month. That is P25,000 per month, no more to pay. The family rooms are the size of a double garage with aircon, cable TV, free local telephone calls, private bathroom, fridge, two double beds or what ever configuaryion you would prefer. They have free wifi but if you are living there, they will run a cable for your computer instead. Some one makes up the room every day. Not once a wekk or month  but every day. No kitchen facilities but that doesn';t matter as you can eat cheap at a multitude of places nearby. I still stay there regularly. I spend about P300 per day on food. 

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The issue that hurts me the most about the cost of living in Australia is the tax you have to pay there. Its astronomical!

 

I now live in the Philippines but my income still comes from Oz and even though I don't pull big dollars, tax on my superannuation pension really hurts.

 

The good news is that when I turn 60 soon I won't have to pay any tax on my income yahoo.gif

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Cigaretes                        Oz.....$18-20 per pack            Cebu...P 20  or $0.50  

 

This is the only part that doesn't make any sense.

 

For those that can least afford health care ...

For those where most have little to no education ...

For those that are not made aware of the dangers (ie no govt. health warnings images on the package) ...

 

Then lets make the poison as cheap as possible.

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Jim I did stay at Cebu Century for a month a few years back following your recommendations I had to leave because my lungs couldn't handle the pollution I think I paid 23,000 for the month.  The family room sounds tempting.  I have also stayed at Appletree Suites and had blood tests done at Chong Hua.  I'd prefer fresh air and ocean views.   I suspect you are getting mates rates at Cebu Century.  

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If you have a sweet tooth chocolate is half what you pay in OZ and it is a hell lot fresher!

 

I guess one thing that is good about grocery shopping in Oz is that the supermarkets have regular discounts of 30 to 50% off.....you hardly see any major discounting in Cebu

 

Apples , pears , oranges, strawberries etc and most fruit and veges are cheaper in Oz. Unless you are eating the rubbish served at the local store in your Cebu neighborhood Australian food is cheaper

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