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BANGKOK 23 July 2019 20:42
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Retire to Philippines - Forget Thailand

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On 2/1/2019 at 7:32 PM, BritManToo said:

Philippines,

Whenever I was out there the $10k and $20k rules just required you to sign a declaration you had the money.

Nobody ever required you to actually show them the bank statement.

 

Has anyone ever been asked to produce proof?

For the $10,000.00 pension deposit option you need to transfer it to a designated bank but, the pension does NOT need to go into a Phils bank, it can stay in your home country or wherever you want. All you need to show is a pension statement from your provider one time only. The $10,000.00 also attracts interest which can be paid out yearly or just rolled over.

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On 2/1/2019 at 6:34 PM, HLover said:

May be an interesting option for some people who are looking for a change of scenery.

Good you posted your experiences. 👍

Also , for people from the UK on a state Pension , the Pension is not frozen , Annual increases based on triple lock (minimum 2.5%)

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Wake up ,,,, I have travelled extensively in Thailand Philippines and Vietnam over the last 20 years +. Vietnam shi*ts on the other two in all major aspects ( Beauty of country , cost of living , quality of food) ,,,, except percentage of people speaking English ( and that is rapidly improving).

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1 hour ago, whaleboneman said:

I’ve been island hopping for the last four months-Mindanao, Siargao, Dinagat, Camiguin, Bohol, Cebu, Negros and now Siquijor and I can say that brown outs are very rare.

Crime is non-existent, people are genuinely friendly, beaches are beautiful, food varies from crap to pretty tasty, and driving is a pleasure.

i’ll be returning to Thailand sometime to close out my bank account.

Lived in Philippines for a year in 2007, travelled back there quite a few times on holiday and visiting friends. 

I’d agree, a lot of the islands are beautiful but some beach areas have been ruined by tourism. Philippine food is all bland imo. I tried it in the villages and cities and found nothing I liked. I do prefer Thai food. Never drove myself but was in enough vehicles to know that the roads and traffic are not much better than Thailand. Heard more honking horns there than Thailand.

People are genuinely friendly, well some are, just like some are in a Thailand. Had a few gf’s from there and it all eventually comes down to money and family. 

 

Crime is non-existent, well you are obviously having a laugh aren’t you. 

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31 minutes ago, AAArdvark said:

Clark/Angeles is good for two weeks of depravity but otherwise is a real s-hole.  Personally, I would spend two weeks in (the new) Boracay.

Actually that is not fully true anymore - it is becoming very developed as the capital office functions move to Clark - it still has the lively bar area but also many new and modern condos and homes and a growing middle class.  And has always been a good place for food at reasonable prices with a large influx of Koreans adding to that.  But the pedicabs are still tiny torture chambers. 

 

Actual taxi service in Cebu might be an attraction to there (although traffic can be extreme).  But Cebu area does not normally get severe typhoons.  

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1 hour ago, moe666 said:

I have ex family who live there since my sons divorce. Visited once and yes the people are great but of course they were family and guess what they did not all speak english, they myth about english is just that, yes is tourist areas you will have people speaking english with a heavy accent good luck understanding half of what they say. The roads in Thailand are much better that the ones I travelled in Philippines, medical care will be more expensive there as well. P.I. is still a third world country with the same problems as Thailand plus some of its own

I can confirm your statement...very true!  I just came from traveling all over the Philippines.  First, I like the Philippines.  Hospitality is very nice, but infrastructure, medical, roads, medicines, etc is 3rd world.  Thailand = Jetsons....Philippines = Flintstones.  That can summarize it pretty short and quick. Oh, beaches are very nice, and food is HIGH sodium, grease, carbs.  Look at the ladies, FAT. Now look at Thai, skinny frames.

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3 hours ago, GinBoy2 said:



God knows first clap of thunder in our house in Thailand and power goes out.

Brown outs all the time.

 

In the hour since I first reacted to your post, bang on cue, 2 outages.

 

Expect them every week.

 

At least 7 years since I was first told PI a good option.

 

But I think it would be too hot for me.

 

 

 

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."

Having a VA clinic in the PI is a BIG Plus for expat American vets looking for an alternative retirement country"

 

For American ex military the bank deposit requirement for the SRRV is only $1,500. A friend got his a few weeks ago. 

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On 2/2/2019 at 5:53 AM, Puchaiyank said:

Having a VA clinic in the PI is a BIG Plus for expat American vets looking for an alternative retirement country.

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Do you have any idea what they can treat there and whom they treat?

 

Best to find out before posting BS.

 

Do they have a trauma or emergency room?

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Know several guys staying there for years on a simple tourist visa with no border runs!

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