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7 minutes ago, lkv said:

I apologize, it takes too long to find the price of the Heineken can, so I'm substituting it with bottle, which technically should be more expensive.

Ok so beer is cheaper in Philippines. 46 pesos in PH, 43 baht in Thailand.

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2 minutes ago, lkv said:

Based on your pics.

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Were talking over all....easy to find a few items more expensive, over all my money goes further when in the Phillipines.

 

IT always amazes me when i walk out of a supermarket in the Phillipines with the cost differances....Pasta ,,no i dont cook pasta in BKK or Manila, Heineken i dont drink it anywhere.

 

Boutique hotels ..i know where to find them now if in Manila...AirBNB is a great alternaitve for a short stay like 2 weeks paying just over $AU 430 in Cebu for 10 nights in a new condo and close to the shopping malls.... Ive pay more for older condos in BKK.

 

Its not a contest the op has said that... Its pure nit picking if your going to get hungover on a few items that come up more expensive...

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The Samsung TV you mentioned costs 43,999 pesos in Philippines, the same model here in Thailand is 19,990 baht.

 

At today's rates, 43,999 pesos = 26,375 baht.

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6 minutes ago, lkv said:

Ok so beer is cheaper in Philippines. 46 pesos in PH, 43 baht in Thailand.

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In AU$ thats around 1.30 in phillipines and $2 in thailand...yes i found booze cheaper there but where you notice the differance is if you go to a bar...the mark up is way more in Thailand...

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1 minute ago, lkv said:

The Samsung TV you mentioned costs 43,999 pesos in Philippines, the same model here in Thailand is 19,990 baht.

 

At today's rates, 43,999 pesos = 26,375 baht.

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hahaha you make me laugh.....how many tv's you buy in a life time?

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6 minutes ago, AlexRRR said:

Its not a contest the op has said that... Its pure nit picking if your going to get hungover on a few items that come up more expensive...

No, the OP was advertising the "high exchange rate" of the USD versus the PHP, and I am showing him that it helps him only that he sees higher numbers on some banknotes. That was the illusion.

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Pantene Shampoo 265 pesos vs 159 baht regular price, now at promo at Tops 119 baht.

 

Tops has promos on shampoos, toothpaste, shower gels etc 10 months out of 12.

 

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Why it does not matter how much a TV costs in either country for me?

Because I will not buy one. Having accumulated a lot of stuff in Thailand when I came here, I will not make this mistake again. Fortunately I never bought Elite visa, a condo or a car. So it is only lots of stuff in my room - most of it I already got rid off, donated etc.

 

I would urge everyone to think about that, not moving to a new country, e.g. PH, buying all this stuff again and then you dont like it or visa rules change. Just because PH are now relaxed with visas as TH once was, does not mean it will change like that forever.

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Come live here for 1 year, live exact same life as you do in Thailand. 

Savings talks for itself.

 

Lack of comprehension I can't help with. Sorry.

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27 minutes ago, AlexRRR said:

over all my money goes further when in the Phillipines.

 

Because either you change your spending pattern, or spending on drinks represents a high proportion of your monthly expenditure, or you give up "a few sqm" at the condo.

 

Or you are comparing the wrong things. It's like me comparing the rent in Nakhon Nowhere to the rent in Thonglo.

 

Or because what you spend your money on costs less in PH. Different people different spendings.

 

If most is cigarettes, booze and p#ssy, yeah ok. 

 

Others may look at medical care, infrastracture, appliances, rents, how it looks like when you open the window, etc.

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It all comes down to this.

 

The reason I kept giving these examples is because the OP was going on and on with 51 peso to the dollar vs 30-31 baht to the dollar.

 

Yes, the Thai baht is overvalued. No, that's not the reason I left Thailand and I am now posting from Europe.

 

I would have accepted higher prices if they were behaving nicely, as a premium for a good life.

 

They weren't.

 

Prices will vary in every country, some more expensive some cheaper.

 

Different people will spend more or less according to their spending pattern.

 

For me, I was in Taipei a few months ago. It is generally more expensive than Bangkok overall. I was thinking. Would I pay a premium to live here?

 

Bali cheaper than Phuket. I had the same question in my mind. Is the pricing ok putting it in balance with  what I am looking for?

 

Haven't decided yet. 

 

However, I am more on the side of the posters that describe PH as a sh#thole unfortunately. For me. If it was 20% cheaper than say Thailand, I would not care. I don't want to spend 20% less and downgrade my lifestyle.

 

My lifestyle would actually cost 20% more in PH and I would get a 4th world country without infrastructure.

 

Not to say I am keen about Thailand either, for the multiple other reasons I mentioned apart from pricing, but will keep travelling and exploring the region further, see what fits best.

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10 minutes ago, ExpatPH said:

Calculate the exchange rate of 2,000 USD.

102,000 Peso vs 61,000 Baht

It is actually cheaper to live here in the Philippines - with exact same lifestyle.

Exact lifestyle.

 

No....I mean seriously, you must be doing selective reading of my posts.

 

Why do I care I get 102,308 pesos or 61,319 baht?

 

They are just some numbers printed on some banknotes. You look at the banknotes, see many zeros and feel rich?

 

It's about how far that money takes you, depending on your spending patterns, what you see around you when you open the window, how your apartment looks like, and how much pain you encounter by being denied access to medicine that otherwise you'd get in other places (in your case).

 

Why is it so difficult for you to comprehend?

 

 

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