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BANGKOK 24 April 2019 17:35
Banana7

Retire to Philippines - Forget Thailand

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9 minutes ago, Banana7 said:

Checkout The Nation website article 30366052 about the Ao Nang Krabi province waste water running onto the beach. Now they are digging a trench so the untreated waste water will flow directly into the ocean.

Oh yeah.  I was there a few years ago.  Very scenic with the cliff to the side, sea in front, jungle to the other side. But when I went in the swimming, the sand was all slimey.  Definitely in my opinion due to runoff and what not.  I took the long boat around the bend to Railey beach.  At least that sand was white and the water seemed OK.  I liked Ao Nong as it seemed clean, and there was enough there to keep me entertained for a week.  And the ferry ride from Phuket pier to Ao Nong was really nice.  It was calm clear day, good sights as we motored past some small islands.

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On 3/17/2019 at 4:51 PM, gk10002000 said:

I was lucky enough to initially study tae kwon do in Providence RI under Master He Il Cho.  He was a true master.  A real 6 degree blackbelt at the time.  Real old school traditional.  A korean national champion I believe.  He founded a chain of schools with his blackbelts and over many years I studied on and off from 1973 until 1999, achieving all the brown belt levels,  but never took the black belt test. I had back surgery in 71 for a disk that ruptured over into my sciatic nerve, and nobody diagnosed it for almost half a year. I couldn't even touch my knee, and a sneeze or cough was torture.  No cat scans or MRI back then.  Just an expensive neuro guy and a mylogram with die in your spine.  Anyway, at 62 years now, TKD was enormously a factor in me being reasonably healthy, and getting an initial exposure to Asian culture and things

And so you retired to the Philippines?

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On 3/12/2019 at 5:21 PM, KhunFred said:

The great thing about the Philippines is that you can stay there indefinitely on just a tourist visa. You need only leave the country every three years, and then fly back in for another three years. Visa costs are very competitive.

You better check the rules. I have just spent three years getting my Probationary Resident card and you are wrong.

 

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17 minutes ago, taipan1949 said:

You better check the rules. I have just spent three years getting my Probationary Resident card and you are wrong.

 

How is he wrong?  A tourist visa can be extended in 1/2/6 month units up to 3 years and then requires a simple exit return to start again.  They only requirement other than extensions is an ACR card after 59 days and an exit permit prior to travel.  Entry with a Philippine spouse gets a one year stay.  Options for special visas with monetary deposits are also available. 

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On 3/19/2019 at 4:36 PM, Swedenlars said:

I was commenting this already in another post. I left Thailand years ago and live now near Cebu. And still very happy with my decision. What a difference at the BI and the people in general. But I also said, I still like Thailand. As a tourist.

Gesendet von meinem SM-N950F mit Tapatalk
 

Tell me more about your experience. Did you rent or by a condo? How are the ladies? Do have a new GF? How is food and security? What are your total monthly costs? Where exactly do you live?

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On 3/17/2019 at 4:51 PM, Skallywag said:

4 Things I didn't like about PI many years ago:  the rampant/pervasive Catholicism (i.e. poverty), the thugs/scammers, the food, and the open sewers along roads (yes their sewage control plan was to have it run in gutters at the side of the road.)   

 

The fact that a one of the richest Archdiocese in the world is actually causing poverty?  Just cant handle a culture where 96% of the populace believes in unseen beings and paying their way to heaven. 

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1266721/world

 

https://www.manilatimes.net/manila-archdioceses-paper-wealth-in-bpi-tops-p30b/168033/

 

 

 

how is it so different than buddhists here who believe in ghosts and making merit with gifts or money?  i think all religions are very similar in many ways all about control through various means...

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On 3/21/2019 at 11:21 AM, lopburi3 said:

How is he wrong?  A tourist visa can be extended in 1/2/6 month units up to 3 years and then requires a simple exit return to start again.  They only requirement other than extensions is an ACR card after 59 days and an exit permit prior to travel.  Entry with a Philippine spouse gets a one year stay.  Options for special visas with monetary deposits are also available. 

After using up my BB, Balikbayan which was good for one year, when I went to Davao I got a 60 day visa and that is all they were giving out when I was there. No six month visas. I am married to a Filiippina.

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On 3/18/2019 at 10:51 AM, AAArdvark said:

The Philippines was my second choice.  I did not want the big city of Manila, the S-hole of Angeles or Baguio (boring, traffic and full of relatives).  I would have chosen Cebu, Palawan or Subic (not Olongapo), 

The negatives (vs Thailand)

Food, although I do find as much good foreign food there as in LOS

Women's appearance, seems like the women are getting heavier every year.

Many truly dangerous areas

A bit more chaotic 

No divorce

The positives

English

More "loving women"

English

Easier visa requirements

English

Easy access to decent quality health care

Women are as heavy in Thailand

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How do you sleep in the Philippines.  Roosters and bikes are at constant full blast.  Great country to party and NOT sleep.  The food has very little variety, Bangus and high sugar, salt, and grease. 

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5 hours ago, vinniekintana said:

Women are as heavy in Thailand

No, I don't think so at all.

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On 2/1/2019 at 4:45 PM, Pilotman said:

regular 'brown outs', poor to none existent 3G in many parts of the country, crumbling infrastructure, a homicidal maniac as a President,  an active drugs mafia, a near Civil War on the southern Islands.  Really?   

In Thailand, bar the president, things are about the same, don't you think?

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3 minutes ago, hansnl said:

In Thailand, bar the president, things are about the same, don't you think?

Actually electric is better in Thailand due to a national grid (rather than thousands of islands) and 3G/4G is more available and less expensive.  Drugs however are probably an even larger issue in Thailand and Philippines infrastructure is improving but need for sea travel is a limitation.  

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I have a friend in the states who married a Philippino lady. After staying in the states a few years she went home to visit family and she said I will never move back to the Philippines.

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I have a friend in the states who married a Philippino lady. After staying in the states a few years she went home to visit family and she said I will never move back to the Philippines.
Are you surprised?

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8 minutes ago, moe666 said:

I have a friend in the states who married a Philippino lady. After staying in the states a few years she went home to visit family and she said I will never move back to the Philippines.

Indeed that will be the feelings of many Filippina as they adapt to other cultures easily and most will prefer the more advanced western nations - and many like Thailand for similar reasons.  They have experience with both Asian and Western cultures and feel at home in most countries.  In most families there is at least one overseas worker or spouse so much more open to international life.  There is no argument that once accustomed to 'clock time' a move back to Philippines requires a great deal of patience - and probably not a good choice for anyone obsessive compulsive (understatement).   

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