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23 minutes ago, ExpatPH said:

We don't have this in Philippines either.

Thailand 'win' again?

Overkil.

478 mostly-illegal foreigners rounded up in immigration raid

 

 

So they allow illegals to stay there ?

Handy for the people who cannot meet the immigration requirements in Thailand to know ! 🤔

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Over the next weeks I will write about Philippines, how it is to live here as a former Thai expat.   With the never ending visa changes in Thailand, I hope this will be helpful now for some

I don't think he started this thread to attract hecklers. There is a bigger world than only Thailand, or indeed Asean.

Visa: After the first 29 days on arrival, go to immigration and apply for 1 months extension. You can apply next day after arrival if you want. 3.120 peso 60$   After first 59 days in c

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Food delivery in Cebu.

Motorcycle taxi in Cebu.

 

Foodpanda in selected cities in Philippines, deliver food on your door in 40-50 minute.

International food, American food, local food, etc. Delivery is mostly free, only a few add on 50peso (1$), a few restaurants have minimum order 300-500php.

Only once did I return food on arrival, because it was already cold. Else I been very satisfied 20+ times.

 

Pay cash on delivery, online payment available but not reccommended, since refund takes forever. Reviews.

Download on Google play store.

 

Pros:

Food on your door.

Most restaurants open from 11 am to 9 pm, a few restaurants has longer opening time.

 

Cons:

Horrible support chat.

Complaints are not followed up.

Don't pay in advance, cold food, 2 hour waiting, no show, all according to reviews.

Cancellation not allowed as soon restaurant start prepare your food.

App on Google play store.

https://www.foodpanda.ph

 

Angkas, a organized motorcycle taxi service, has returned for anoter 6 months test run.

Order motorcycle taxi online on their App in Google play store and Apple store

 

Pros:

Always available, on your location within 2 minutes.

You get fixed fare depending of distance ahead of journey, before you confirm.

50% cheaper than taxi car, my experience.

No argument about what route to take, driver take the shortest way, sure.

New clean helmet.

Driver has driver license.

Driver had safety training, many applicants failed driving with a passenger in a "8", and slalom. Link.

 

My experience, only once did the driver drive uncomfortable and too fast. Else a comfortable ride in moderate speed.

Angkas safety record is 99,7%

End of trip, open the Angkas app again and rate the driver, also possible to comment what was less good.

 

Implemented Safety rules:

You are required to use helmet and lock it, before journey starts. New clean helmet provided.

Hold driver on his waist, not on his shoulders.

If you want driver to drive slower, tap driver on the shoulder.

 

Drivers told me they pay Angkas 20% of their income. Fare is already 50% less than taxi fare, drivers don't earn much. I usually tip so they get 80% of taxi car fare, and drivers appreciate this very much. I use Angkas more than taxi, because they always available and nearby.

 

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/10/19/angkas-will-focus-on-passenger-safety-during-6-month-test-run

 

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pnp-hpg-supports-angkas-pilot-030048463.html

 

https://www.topgear.com.ph/moto-sapiens/motorcycle-news/angkas-safety-fiesta-2019-a959-20190506

 

ExpatPH

 

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On 4/5/2019 at 1:24 PM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Hmmm... the Mastercard/Cirrus ATM international locator website has a roster of 49 supposedly compatible ATMs in Cebu...

 

Among those listed are a couple dozen Metropolitan Bank and Trust locations, and a couple Philippines Savings Bank locations,  and a couple Bank of the Philippine Islands locations in the Gaisano Mall.

 

http://www.mastercard.com/interactivelocator/atm.html

 

The VISA network also has a similar international locator site, and I used that to search for Cebu City:

 

https://www.visa.com/atmlocator/#(page:results,params:(query:'Cebu City, Cebu, Central Visayas'))

 

It seems to list various Express Teller and Metropolitan Bank and Trust locations as VISA network compatible.

 

But oddly, I didn't notice HSBC on either list.

 

Also, Transferwise has a webpage on using ATMs in the Phils, and their version doesn't make it sound so dire as your comments above....

 

https://transferwise.com/gb/blog/atms-in-the-philippines

 

 

Also I see Citibank Philippines also has a branch in Cebu, so I'm assuming their ATMs would work at least for Citibank cardholders:

 

Citibank Cebu Branch

Ground Floor
Ayala Life-FGU Center
Mindanao Avenue corner
Biliran Road
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City

 

I been in Cebu several times never had issues withdrawing money either from a Thai card or U.S Bank.  

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All that good stuff how come all the people from the Philippines come to Thailand to work? My 300 Philippine friends tell me it is wages, infrastructure, living conditions, absence of dangerous weather, government, Thai SS medical, Food, food, and a nicer country to live in.  There are 20,000 workers from the Philippines in Thailand.  Ask them.  How many Thai workers in The Philippines?  

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On 4/6/2019 at 4:35 AM, swissie said:

But not to forget that in  the Philippines divorce is impossible, not even if wife chases you down the road, armed with a kitchen knife.

Above post by OP is an absolute "must-read". Read it word by word, sentence by sentence. Take your time and let every sentance sink in.   
- After having read above post by ExpatPH carefully, anyones urge to re-locate to the Philippines will surely diminish greatly.
Cheers.

It's not impossible to divorce in the Phils but it's priced out of most people's reach. Of course the antidote is simply not to get married. Why do people still do that?

 

The big drawback with the Phils is that it's cram full of grizzled old Americans. They're like dragons teeth.

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4 minutes ago, Traubert said:

It's not impossible to divorce in the Phils but it's priced out of most people's reach

You seem to know something that nobody else knows - annulment is possible.  The Vatican and Philippines do not allow divorce.  

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1 hour ago, marcusarelus said:

All that good stuff how come all the people from the Philippines come to Thailand to work? My 300 Philippine friends tell me it is wages, infrastructure, living conditions, absence of dangerous weather, government, Thai SS medical, Food, food, and a nicer country to live in.  There are 20,000 workers from the Philippines in Thailand.  Ask them.  How many Thai workers in The Philippines?  

Yes weird that there is  not much demand for Thai-language teachers in the Phillipines duhh. 

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8 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

Yes weird that there is  not much demand for Thai-language teachers in the Phillipines duhh. 

There is a need for hotel and administrative and engineering employees but the wages are too low to attract Thai people.  There is an special need for welders but Thais can't take the cut in pay. 

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2 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

There is a need for hotel and administrative and engineering employees but the wages are too low to attract Thai people.  There is an special need for welders but Thais can't take the cut in pay. 

So we expats shouldn’t relocate from Thailand to Phillipines because some filipinos go to Thailand to work??

Better Start pitching about hospitals again!

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5 hours ago, Traubert said:

 

 

The big drawback with the Phils is that it's cram full of grizzled old Americans. They're like dragons teeth.

The big drawback in Thailand is that it's cram full of whining poms - They're like bleating cry babies  

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Well, it fits the bill for what the OP is looking for, which is, being looked after well, before the inevitable happens. 

 

He's likely right about one thing: a Filipino would look after you better than a Thai.

 

I'm not being sarcastic, but there is a reason why Philippines has the most maids around the globe.

 

That basically outweighs the negatives for him. That and the child. And the negatives are plenty, from infrastructure to being in pain while sick, on light medicine.

 

For people not in this situation, the dynamic might be different.

 

It really varies according to what one does. Retired, digital nomad, working in a company.

 

Google tells me if I am retired i should eye Panama, if I am a digital nomad I should go to Bali or Belgrade, and if I am working for a big company I should live in Singapore 🙂

 

By the way, love is also cheaper in Ukraine. They love you long at what some would find affordable prices. But not as low as Philippinnes.

 

Nevertheless, this is one of the most informative threads I have ever seen on this forum.

 

Best of luck to the OP.

 

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9 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

All that good stuff how come all the people from the Philippines come to Thailand to work? My 300 Philippine friends tell me it is wages, infrastructure, living conditions, absence of dangerous weather, government, Thai SS medical, Food, food, and a nicer country to live in.  There are 20,000 workers from the Philippines in Thailand.  Ask them.  How many Thai workers in The Philippines?  

How is this relevant? They come to Thailand to work because they can't find jobs in the Philippines or because Thailand salaries are much higher. Also the Philippines have a culture of going to work overseas in higher paying countries and send money back home - much like Isaan girls except with less action...

 

 

Manila is indeed a mess with terrible infrastructure, however Angeles City was comfortable, great cheap food, friendly people, and everything costs half of what I pay in Bangkok. Thinking of going back there for a while because I'm sick of overpaying for everything here.

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