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What are the "Pro's & Con's" of living in Philippines?


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On 10/31/2018 at 2:32 PM, watcharacters said:

 

I'd direct the OP to take a look at a few of the videos posted by this fellow.

 

 

I've not heard anyone gush more about the PI than he does.    He likes the simple life and focuses on what he sees as a low cost life style.

 

If nothing else a look at one or two of his videos offers some  degree of entertainment.

Isn't he a glowing reccomendstion. 

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9 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

Yeah it willneeds lots of adjustments for u Once u relocate to Phills because than u can talk with security guards, taxi drivers, girls in the malls etc  fluently perfectly in English while here in Thailand u always doing this in the Thailanguage so yes big psyche re-afjust proces ( for you) duhh

 

I can understand that English fluency among the locals can be a big different PH to TH. But that's not really what I was talking about. I was more talking about what it's like interacting with the locals when they're TH vs PH. The quirks of Thais like not touching head, not pointing feet, careful about Buddha stuff, the general insularness of most Thais, their frequent aversion to directness, etc etc...

 

Thais and Filipinos may both be Asians and of Asian culture, but I tend to think they're really wired pretty differently. And then you throw the whole PH Catholic psychosis into the mix....

 

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On 10/31/2018 at 7:08 PM, watcharacters said:

 

If you looked at a few of the nut cake's videos you'd see he's an older fellow who enjoys assimilating in the Philippine culture, he leads a simple lifestyle, and he shares the company of more than a few nice looking ladies.

 

He's entertaining I think and not a bitter, complaining, old git.

 

Does that answer your question, Sir?

 

You mean sex tourist, right? 

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On 11/1/2018 at 9:56 PM, Gruff said:

The integrity of taxi drivers very much depends where you are. Be aware whilst taxis from Cebu Airport are well controlled you will struggle to get a taxi from Manila airport to town without getting ripped off!

Indeed, there are people in airport uniforms with clipboards trying to charge you 4 times as much for a trip into Makati or bgc as the booth 2 meters away. 

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On 11/2/2018 at 4:10 AM, l4ml4m said:

If you like weed, better stay in Thailand !

if you like fat girls, go to PI !

 

 

Medical. Grade us marijuana far more available in the Phils. 

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12 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

I can understand that English fluency among the locals can be a big different PH to TH. But that's not really what I was talking about. I was more talking about what it's like interacting with the locals when they're TH vs PH. The quirks of Thais like not touching head, not pointing feet, careful about Buddha stuff, the general insularness of most Thais, their frequent aversion to directness, etc etc...

 

Thais and Filipinos may both be Asians and of Asian culture, but I tend to think they're really wired pretty differently. And then you throw the whole PH Catholic psychosis into the mix....

 

Well since there is no language barrier and since they have a simular religion as we do and since they been brought up by American tv such as Friends Seinfeld like we have and since they followed a schooling education program based on the American curriculum what problems u expect to run into with filipinos that u dont have with Thais? 

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On 11/4/2018 at 8:42 PM, tropo said:

I have no idea why anyone would complain about repeats of this topic. Things are constantly changing in both countries and NOW is perfect timing as many expats (myself included) are starting to explore the idea of relocating. I've spent about 5 years full time over there and 12 years in Thailand.

 

Here's last months comparison of electricity pricing. I pay 2 bills every month, one here and one over there in PI.

 

PI: 245 kWh = 3,200 PHP (13 PHP per kWh) (Provincial - Visaya region)

TH: 845 kWh = 3,653 THB (4.32 THB per KWh)

 

At the current exchange rate of about 1 THB = 1.62 PHP that makes the price of electricity in PI about 63% more expensive than Thailand. Fortunately, we don't use aircon in PI.

Compare that provincial rate to the rate in bgc or Makati. Electricity is dear indeed. 

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17 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

Well since there is no language barrier and since they have a simular religion as we do and since they been brought up by American tv such as Friends Seinfeld like we have and since they followed a schooling education program based on the American curriculum what problems u expect to run into with filipinos that u dont have with Thais? 

 

I never said anything about "problems". I just alluded to the potential mindset differences in suddenly dealing with a different culture of people (PH) after having dealt with and become accustomed to Thais over many years.

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On 11/1/2018 at 8:56 PM, Gruff said:

The integrity of taxi drivers very much depends where you are. Be aware whilst taxis from Cebu Airport are well controlled you will struggle to get a taxi from Manila airport to town without getting ripped off!

Get a local SIM on arrival, step out of the terminal, and then use the grab car app.

 

Why is this still necessary to point out to people? It's been around for at least three years, all over Asia.

 

Except of course -Thailand!

 

Thank the AOT mafia, who barred them from Thai airports.

 

At least there are train or bus options in bangkok and phuket. 

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15 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

It's weird.... I've never been to the Philippines. But I have known a fair number of Filipinos both in the U.S. and in Thailand.

 

And, I have this vague kind of feeling that living in the PH, and dealing with the PH people there, would involve a considerable mental and mindset change from what I've become accustomed to in Thailand over the years.

 

Not saying that's bad or insurmountable. Just I have this vague feeling like a potential relocation would involve more than just hanging my hat in a new place every night....  Kind of like a psyche re-adjustment process... :smile:

 

Spot on.

It's a culture chock, if one has lived in Thailand, and expect or compare to Thailand.

 

*** Let me simplify it:

To be happy in PH, expect something like Korat, or Cambodia.

 

Preper your mind for this, and forget all comfort you're used to in Thailand.

Those who are most happy in PH, are those who never been to Thailand.

 

They don't expect the good infrastructure, the fast internet, excellent first class hospitals, the delicious food that TH offer.

I meet a few Th expats who came here with the wrong mindset, they expected it to be same as TH.

It's not.

 

Philippines will be a big culture chock for seasoned TH expats.

 

Have you lived in Korat or out in the sticks in TH, or Cambodia, you will be ok here.

 

Do you expect all the frills that TH has to offer, Philippines is not for you.

 

This forum has many who has been to PH, and a few who lived here for a long time before, and now much happier in TH.

 

PH in 2019 is a alternative for those who had enough of changing visa regulations in TH, and those who can't or don't want to deposit 800k in a local bank in TH.

 

PH is not similar to TH in any way, one must gear down and expect that everything is less good here, but,

* Exchange rates are much much better.

* No stress with changes immigration will come with next months.

* Feeling welcome in your new country.

* Much easier for us over 50, to find a girlfriend and longterm relationship.

* Less demand for support from your partner, although it's not zero.

 

Expect quiet boring life same Korat, slow internet unless you rent in a few buildings with Fiber internet.

 

Reset your mindset, and forget all comfort you used to in TH, and you will be happy here, and much less stress.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

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