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7 minutes ago, balo said:

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

Nop there are also lots of filipino buyers but they get a in-house finance.. but i think developers  can get away with it because they are all doing it.

and still they got no problems selling these units and parking spaces..

Cebu is popular nowadays so there is still a construction boom..lots of developments are sold out very early within the construction period or even before that but i think it wont continue in that way.

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On 5/10/2019 at 12:45 PM, ExpatPH said:

 

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. 

Yeah I've had a Philippines DL for many years, easy enough to get from the LTO, my original DL is from the UK.  As far as I remember, a foreigner can drive here on their original DL for a maximum of 90 days.  I've never heard of having to carry a passport here, and I never have.  I ride through Mandaue almost everyday, and I've been through Vehicle Check Points on maybe 10 occasions in the last 7 years.  Very often the Police just wave me through.  But I always make sure my vehicles are road legal, and I have the correct paperwork.  Keeps life simpler! 

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1 hour ago, rodentwarrior said:

Yeah I've had a Philippines DL for many years, easy enough to get from the LTO, my original DL is from the UK.  As far as I remember, a foreigner can drive here on their original DL for a maximum of 90 days.  I've never heard of having to carry a passport here, and I never have.  I ride through Mandaue almost everyday, and I've been through Vehicle Check Points on maybe 10 occasions in the last 7 years.  Very often the Police just wave me through.  But I always make sure my vehicles are road legal, and I have the correct paperwork.  Keeps life simpler! 

Well compare this to Pattaya there are at least several road checks each and every day.

 

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How do you guys rate Borocay for a long-stay?

I heard they overhauled the island and ExpatPH wrote even a few years ago he had got Internet there. So I could get work done and clean air.

 

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4 minutes ago, cerox said:

How do you guys rate Borocay for a long-stay?

I heard they overhauled the island and ExpatPH wrote even a few years ago he had got Internet there. So I could get work done and clean air.

 

It's an overpriced tourist destination aimed at younger tourists.

Ok if you like that sort of thing.

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Thank you.

Do you know of other places in the Philippines which provide good Internet? From what I read here it seems that only Manila, Cebu and Borocay seem to offer something reliable. I am happy if you guys know other safe options, so perhaps not the Southern Philippines.

 

I am 31y young, Ive been in Thailand for around 2,5 years. Never been to the Philippines, but try to learn as much as possible, I have been to Vietnam once for two weeks (holiday). ExpatPH said Vietnam might be nicer for younger (below 50) people - I am curious about other opinions. I read that it is still "illegal" to be in a hotel room with a Vietnamese girl as in Laos but I am unsure these days whether or not these laws are enforced in any way.

 

For now I stay in Thailand as long as possible, we never know when there are changes in the ED visa or I could get denied one day. Need more options 😀

I do not want to buy Elite card. I prefer a flexible and not a 20y-fixed life.

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Agree with BritManToo, Boracay is mostly young crowd (Koreans), so if one is 50+ I would choose another destination. The beaches at Boracay was beautiful, but very commercial / touristy.

 

Talking about beaches, going to Bohol end of the month.  Will test out internet speed, and I expect much better air quality there.

 

Edit: Cerox when you 31 y.o. you will fit in at Boracay, but as said, it's highly touristy place with high tourist prices. People who lived there called Boracay for 'bora bora'  for boredom ...

 

 

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Bohol is interesting. I am looking into that too and it is on my travel list for the Philippines trip.

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1 hour ago, cerox said:

Bohol is interesting. I am looking into that too and it is on my travel list for the Philippines trip.

Yes Bohol is an happening place with stunning beaches also a new small airport has arrived and its only a short boat ride away from Cebu.

Boracay its a very small tiny island not suitable for long term living imho. Even Angeles City might be a suitable location lots of expats staying there its near Manila and  i assume has reasonable internet speeds..

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I like Cebu from what I read but considering the pollution it will just be as Chiang Mai. Bohol seems an interesting alternative - I saw there are direct flights to Manila too avoiding Mactan.

How do you guys see Mactan for living? Too noisy and congested because of the airport or ok? CNX has the same airport noise issue so many people might be already used to it.

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1 hour ago, cerox said:

I like Cebu from what I read but considering the pollution it will just be as Chiang Mai. Bohol seems an interesting alternative - I saw there are direct flights to Manila too avoiding Mactan.

How do you guys see Mactan for living? Too noisy and congested because of the airport or ok? CNX has the same airport noise issue so many people might be already used to it.

Not all areas in Cebu are highly polluted. Best to check out yourself where is acceptable.

Mactan less traffic and pollution but often need to cross these 2 bridges that can be traffic..Also Cebu city near the new Robinson Galleria mall is not a congested area definitely better air then the innercity and with big roads besides the mactan channel its very comfortable there and your living right besides 2 big shopping malls..

 

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Thank you. So for cleaner air you would recommend any area near the SM-City and Seaside mall and not inside IT Park / Ayala?

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