Looking for Advice on the Phillipines

Looking for Advice on the Phillipines

There are 7 comments on the Free Republic story from Dec 27, 2013, titled Looking for Advice on the Phillipines. In it, Free Republic reports that:

Life is strange. I want to finish my life elsewhere. I am seriously thinking of moving to the Philippines.

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Married to a filipina

Arcadia, CA

#1 Dec 27, 2013
I can understand the attraction but you probably need to think very carefully (and visit frequently) before you commit.

If you're thinking it's cheap, it CAN be, but it can also be expensive

If you're thinking it can be fun, it CAN be but it can also be annoying
amc

San Juan, Philippines

#2 Dec 27, 2013
go to all of the forums you can find and read. i dont recommend topixs for advice.
idiots united

Bacoor, Philippines

#3 Dec 28, 2013
It depends on your attitude. I saw this white guy whistling and dancing with joy while coming out from ace hardware he was holding a new toilet and saying toilet is very important piece of house equipment. That guy looks like he is happy living in the PH with his little girl friend wife. About 4 houses is being built nest to our house by a French man with his little Filipina wife by the way.
LivetheresoIknow

Lausanne, Switzerland

#5 Aug 25, 2014
amc wrote:
go to all of the forums you can find and read. i dont recommend topixs for advice.
You're wrong, most all of the forums have misinformation on the Philippines and are heavily censored-you won't get the honest truth there and often you will be fed BS
truthasIseeit

Stockholm, Sweden

#6 Sep 5, 2014
Can you live here cheaply? Yes, if you're willing to lead a third world existence. Apartments here are typically unfurnished and if you want the furnishings you have in civilized countries, you're going to have to pay more here than you would back home for appliances and furnishings. Often you can forget about getting your deposit back as landlords here don't have to follow any rental laws. You cannot own land or a house here as a foreigner, so forget that idea. Your food bill will be higher unless you're willing to eat like a Filipino eats-poorly. Food quality here is also poor, the stuff they sell here would be thrown away in the u.s. much of it. Don't forget the high visa fees, that will put a serious dent in your budget. Don't believe the cr*p other self serving foreigners post in their forums here, most of it is lies. Check with the source only-bureau of immigration. Oh yeah the BofI frequently without warning changes it's policies and fees. Count on paying extra taxes for air travel here. You think you are here to enjoy your vacation or retirement, no. You are here to be turned upside down, empty your pockets and put you on the next plane back.
Target Shooter

New Albany, IN

#7 Sep 6, 2014
My wife of 6 years, from the Philippines, keeps telling me that Filapino's cant legally buy guns in their country. Is she correct? Here in the U. S. A. just about everyone has guns and it's legal. I bet there are people out there who know who she is and her family?
Joe Garcia

Quezon City, Philippines

#10 Feb 28, 2015
First ask yourself if you are willing to adapt yourself to a different culture. If you have a Filipino wife, it depends on her ocial status,...is she of the middle class category or the the poor class ? Both live differently and it may not suit you if living in a nipa shack can make you happy Middle class living is somewhat like yours in the U.S. or Europe but can you steer yourself easily among the social circles/ WE , AS fILIPINOS' WE GO VISITING FRIENDS ANYTIME, AND SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER EVEN WITH YOU AROUND. COST OF RENT IS LESS HERE THAN IN YOUR COUNTRY cOST OF FOOD IS FAIRLY LOWER THAN YOURS BUT DEPENDENT ON YOUR TASTE AND INCOME.Traffic is ok but crowded like any other country. Beaches are all around and affordable to Middle Class customers. Young girls are pretty and may vary according to ones taste. Most of people speak and understand English , or some Spanish and the dialect Tagalog.ENJOY !

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