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Daveyh

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

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15 hours ago, Daveyh said:

Thanks for your post............. where would you suggest? From what you say you know the area well?

 

Britmantoo given you as good as any advice I can give. Goodluck. 

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2 hours ago, KittenKong said:

The UK pension annual increases and the possible freezing thereof are a source of constant wonder.

 

Basically it all boils down to whether there is a reciprocal agreement between the UK and the country in question. Trouble is, there is no obvious way of working out whether such an agreement exists apart from looking at a list. Certainly being an ex-colony or part of the Commonwealth has nothing to do with it.

 

http://www.britishpensions.org.au/frozenindexed.htm

Reciprocal agreements, yes. Not something likely with UK and Thailand. Shame we bothered to stop the French colonizing the place really considering the history of SE Asia...

After decades living here I'm just sick of too many aspects of staying in Thailand.

The place remains feudal politically and hugely xenophobic.

Of course they are jealous of white skin...

I still like the weather, but the girls are getting fat.🤐

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If you like weed, better stay in Thailand !

if you like fat girls, go to PI !

 

 

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On 11/1/2018 at 10:28 AM, BritManToo said:

Baloy Long Beach Road, Barretto, Olongapo, Zambales 

Details, fly to Manila airport, taxi (or walk) to Victory Liner bus station Pasay, Bus to Olongapo, Blue Jeepney to Baloy Long beach.

Bus to Olongapo 240 peso and 4 hours. Departing every 30 minutes, 24/7.

Blue Jeepney (walk out of bus station and there will be a row of them on the right) to Barreto 15 peso and 30 minutes.

Air-con room on Baloy Long beach around 1000 peso/night. Walk down the road onto the private road, and knock on a few doors.

 

My pals love it there, the place is full of bars, western restaurants and resorts.

Arizona Resort has their own Scuba diving boat, Mexican Restaurant and a go-go bar onsite.

Loads of scuba diving in the area, and boat trips to islands.

Blue Rock Resort has a nice beach restaurant, pot of tea 50 peso.

Cheap Charlies rooftop bar has cheap beer all day, 35 peso small bottle.

 

https://www.victoryliner.com/TerminalGuide.aspx

Thanks ........ just the ticket. It will give me my "starter for ten" & onwards & upwards from there ...... exactly what I needed. Much appreciated.

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From a few posts I've noticed that members don't like the "Worldwide Tax Problem" in PI? I'm not sure what is meant by this ........ are you saying money is taxed again when it arrives in country? My income comes from UK based pensions, hence it's tax there before it goes into my account ....... just wondering. I'd appreciate clarity here ........ thanks.

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On 11/2/2018 at 11:29 AM, Daveyh said:

From a few posts I've noticed that members don't like the "Worldwide Tax Problem" in PI? I'm not sure what is meant by this ........ are you saying money is taxed again when it arrives in country? My income comes from UK based pensions, hence it's tax there before it goes into my account ....... just wondering. I'd appreciate clarity here ........ thanks.

For you it probably would not be much of an issue in either country due to dual-taxation agreements, but some people have foreign income that is paid tax-free due to non-residency. Depending on where they live they may or may not be taxed on it there.

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On 11/1/2018 at 9:32 PM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Because of the English language issue, and the arguably deteriorating environment for expats in Thailand, I've often thought about/hoped that I could convince myself that the PH would be an acceptable alternative if the need ever ultimately arose. Unfortunately, I've never been able to convince myself that the PH would be an acceptable alternative, at least, for me.

 

As many other expats, I read what people say about other countries, among them, Philippines 

I understand what you feel, but unlike you, I have not many hesitations 

I stay in Thailand, I live in the sticks, I can read and speak Thai and people are not after my money

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52 minutes ago, Aforek said:

As many other expats, I read what people say about other countries, among them, Philippines 

I understand what you feel, but unlike you, I have not many hesitations 

I stay in Thailand, I live in the sticks, I can read and speak Thai and people are not after my money

 

You misunderstood my post above. Personally, I'm perfectly fine with my life in Thailand. Reasonably enjoy my time here.

 

I was referring to what seems to be a rising anti-farang attitude by the current regime, with the immigration raids/roundups, Immigration policy changes, etc. Not to mention, the repression against their own people.

 

There are many who would say a lot of the "sanook" that used to be found in life in Thailand has waned considerably. And from all indications, a lot of Thais are none too happy these days either, feeling left behind with a stagnant economy, low wage growth, and rising prices.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Lots of answers to the above questions, but I'll just offer two:

 

1. They're arresting and jailing foreigners for failing to do their 90 day reports these days....

 

They are fining foreigners for not do their 90 day reports and this is ok because they don't obey the rules. They are not jailing them for that.

What is your intention? Why are you publishing fake news here. Why do you irritate others here?

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6 minutes ago, BobBKK said:

'Booming'?  hahaha   what planet are you living on?  do you talk to any Thais?  I'm afraid your understanding of Thais, Thailand and the 'government' is virtually zero.

GDP growth: 3.0% (2015), 3.3% (2016), 3.9% (2017e), 4.1% (2018f)

Is this stagnating?

My understanding about people like you is zero!

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On ‎10‎/‎31‎/‎2018 at 8:28 PM, BritManToo said:

Baloy Long Beach Road, Barretto, Olongapo, Zambales 

Details, fly to Manila airport, taxi (or walk) to Victory Liner bus station Pasay, Bus to Olongapo, Blue Jeepney to Baloy Long beach.

Bus to Olongapo 240 peso and 4 hours. Departing every 30 minutes, 24/7.

Blue Jeepney (walk out of bus station and there will be a row of them on the right) to Barreto 15 peso and 30 minutes.

Air-con room on Baloy Long beach around 1000 peso/night. Walk down the road onto the private road, and knock on a few doors.

 

My pals love it there, the place is full of bars, western restaurants and resorts.

Arizona Resort has their own Scuba diving boat, Mexican Restaurant and a go-go bar onsite.

Loads of scuba diving in the area, and boat trips to islands.

Blue Rock Resort has a nice beach restaurant, pot of tea 50 peso.

Cheap Charlies rooftop bar has cheap beer all day, 35 peso small bottle.

 

https://www.victoryliner.com/TerminalGuide.aspx

I was just there 2 months ago, sad to report Cheap Charlie's moved a few roof-tops down the road and now charges 50peso, good wifi, music and the ladies don't bother you if you don't want.

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