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5 hours ago, rodentwarrior said:

I bought my condo in 2011.  No problems with purchase (Ayala Land), got the title before the building was ready for handover, no hassle at all.  The title for my car parking space had a spelling error in my name, they rectified this.

Yes nice but in all fairness Thailand often gives a free parking place when buying a condo while in Phillipines they charge you 500,000-800,000 pesos. And since developers there are like a cartel all of them charging for parkings. Also 99% of units are bare shells.. no aircon no exhaust hood no cooking plate very poorly handover of new units in Phillipines.. another problem I haven’t been in a Condominium in Phillipines without noticing loose tiles some units and hallways lovbies etc have already loose tiles on the day u move in...They only use cementos i think.

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Thank you Destiny, that is valuable feedback. Do they charge for motorbike parking too? Or only cars? That would be another reason to just keep it simple with no own vehicle first.

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1 hour ago, cerox said:

Thank you Destiny, that is valuable feedback. Do they charge for motorbike parking too? Or only cars? That would be another reason to just keep it simple with no own vehicle first.

Just never buy a parking space best is to rent those spaces for parking a car.

I think in first months in City u dont need own a car or a bike.

Taxies are fine and cheap and always meter.

if u like stay many years u can consider getting ur own transportation.

If there was a fee for motorcycles parking it will be very low would be happy to pay it so it’s secured

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On 4/4/2019 at 2:27 PM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

So I figured I'd mock up sending a 2 lbs package from California to both Cebu and BKK with exactly the same dimensions and details using my preferred re-shipper, Planet Express... And interestingly, the quoted prices for both PE's own airmail service and their USPS Priority and Express services were IDENTICAL going to either Cebu or BKK, right down to the cent.

 

 

What did sending 2 lbs set you back to each location?

 

Several years ago I wanted to send a few dental supplies to a lovely and nearly fell over when the UPS guy told me it'd be 95USD.      She never got the supplies since I didn't send them.

 

 

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2 hours ago, rodentwarrior said:

I've been riding a 125cc scooter here in Cebu for the last 5 years, and I have never carried my Passport.  The occasional Vehicle Check Point is to look at licences and documentation (of which I carry photocopies under the seat).  I remember when I lived in Bangkok, we were supposed to carry Passports all the time, but I always carried a photocopy, and never had any issue. 

 

Bm Cerox don't have a local driving license or a IDL. He asked about use foreign license, and then one are required to have IDL and passport while driving.

 

I asume you misunderstood and talk about driving with PH license?

 

Doesn't matter, YMMV in all asian countries.

 

Tsk: Mandaue area ie are famous for semi weekly comprehensive

Vehicle Check Point, hardly occasional, but very frequent. 

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3 hours ago, cerox said:

Thank you Destiny, that is valuable feedback. Do they charge for motorbike parking too? Or only cars? That would be another reason to just keep it simple with no own vehicle first.

 

700 - 1000 peso per month, for a tiny parking slot in condo buildings. Often requires a lease contract for the parking space.

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3 hours ago, rodentwarrior said:

 

In Cebu about 7 years now, never noticed much air pollution unless in the vicinity of a diesel smoke belching truck or Jeepney.

 

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6 hours ago, cerox said:

Thank you Destiny, that is valuable feedback. Do they charge for motorbike parking too? Or only cars? That would be another reason to just keep it simple with no own vehicle first.

Welcome you stayed in Vietnam before u mentioned how was that for you? Which cities?

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8 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Welcome you stayed in Vietnam before u mentioned how was that for you? Which cities?

 

Topic is Philippines,

 

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15 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

hailand often gives a free parking place when buying a condo while in Phillipines they charge you 500,000-800,000 pesos. And since developers there are like a cartel all of them charging for parkings. Also 99% of units are bare shells.. no aircon no exhaust hood no cooking plate very poorly handover of new units in Phillipines..

Sounds terrible, do they charge so much because only foreigners are buying condo units ? Do they milk the market because of foreigners?

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