Category: Moving to the Philippines

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Where To Retire In Southeast Asia – Ebook

Want to retire in Southeast Asia but undecided on which country? Single guy (but not for long?) This ebook is for you. It talks about the visa situation, women, infrastructure, value for money, food and lifestyle in the SE Asian countries I’ve lived in so far – Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. This 70 year old retired millionaire married Thai porn star Nong Nat For my loyal blog readers, below is a free chapter. The rest is on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle...

Cheap Makati Condo Near Greenbelt Mall | The Beacon Roces Tower

Previously I did condo reviews of Knightsbridge and Gramercy which are perfectly located if you’re on a mongering trip and want to be right next to the red light district – the bikini bars on P. Burgos. On this trip I found The Beacon Roces Tower, also on AirBnB ($20 off your first trip link). Checking in at Roces Tower On previous posts readers commented that for long term living, the Philippines is better for normal girls / online dating, which I’d agree with. They suggested living...

Where to Live in Manila as a Single Guy? | Gramercy Residences

It took me a while to stay at The Gramercy Residences because I’d heard some bad things about the staff being less friendly towards short term stays. One reader on this blog said he was ‘treated like a criminal’ for renting daily on AirBnB, and on forums I’d read about people not even being able to get into the building. It also requires sending a passport scan of your ID to the AirBnB host so an access card with your photo on can be made for you. So on...

Onward ticket from the Philippines – FAQ / Workaround

Before you board a plane to the Philippines you need to show a return or onward flight ticket (to anywhere outside PI), an annoying ‘immigration requirement’ for foreigners. Once you land you don’t have to show it. Some common questions that it’s hard to find the answers to on Google, and a cheap solution: Do they always ask? Yes, unlike e.g. Thailand it isn’t random, it’s strictly enforced for every airline and departure airport, and you can’t really blag it. Does it need to be a printed ticket? No, I’ve...

A Look Inside Knightsbridge Condo, Manila

A reader kindly sent in some photos he took at Knightsbridge Residences, which is probably the best location in Manila to live, walking distance from Burgos Street, Greenbelt mall, nice parks with hot Filipina girls jogging, lots of upscale restaurants, etc. In central Makati and near similar condo Gramercy Residences. He recently decided to move to the Philippines, got talking to chick living there on FilipinoCupid and she even picked him up from the airport before taking him to her studio room there. Gotta love Pinays! Right...

Finding Monthly Stay Apartments on AirBnB

By default AirBnB displays daily rental rates, however if you input check in dates a month apart it updates the listings to show monthly rates, which usually comes with a ~50% discount. An example search of private rooms for $300 – $600 for Jan 1 – 31, 2017 with keyword ‘Makati’ (the nice part of central Manila) spits out 134 rentals. Example Monthly Rental Below is a room at Knightsbridge Residences condo in Makati for 24799 PHP / month (~$520), cost of wifi and utilities is included...

Retiring in the Philippines

Why Everyone’s Retiring in the Philippines

If you take a trip to the Philippines there will be something about the expats that stands out. They are old. There are lots of retired expats all over Asia but in the Philippines there is definitely a much higher percentage of old expats then young expats. There are entire online magazines about it like RetireToThePhilippines.com. That’s because retiring in the Philippines has many advantages. Retiring in the Philippines – Top 3 Reasons In any South East Asian country the cost of living is quite low so...

Why live in the Philippines

Why Live in the Philippines?!

When I was trying to decide where I wanted to move the main selling points about the Philippines were that English is widely spoken and the cost of living is low. Why Live in the Philippines?! English Ability The English is so good here you have little need to try and learn the local language. For one there are many different languages that are spoken, so if you move from one island to another a lot like I do you would need to constantly be learning new ones....

My Living Costs In Asia

It seems that any city that I have chosen to live in long term my monthly spending has always been between $750-$950 a month in total. Sihanoukville, Cambodia on the low end and Manila, Philippines on the high. Cebu, Angeles and Pattaya somewhere in the middle. Some cities I will spend more on a nicer apartment and have less of an “entertainment” cost, while others will be the opposite. Things like food and transportation are pretty much the same in all cities because you can...

Opening a bank account in the Philippines

Opening a Bank Account in the Philippines

Opening a bank account in the Philippines can be a bit more of a hassle than in some other Asian countries. At every bank I have been to you must get an ACR card (Alien Certificate of Registration) before you can open one. That really slows down the process for any expat because I have heard conflicting reports on whether you can get your ACR card before you have been in the country for 2 months. I would lean towards yes you probably can, but I don’t...

Tips on how to move to the Philippines

13 Tips For Making the Move to the Philippines

While I’ve written lengthier stuff about some of these topics in this section here is a quick breakdown on what you need to do before making the move to the Philippines. Move to the Philippines – #ProTips 1. Don’t expect every Filipina girl you meet here to be a stunner.  If you read on some other expat message boards or blogs you hear about all these 9s and 10s that guys are pulling from girly bars.  In my years in Asia I have seen two...

sending money to the philippines

Sending Money to the Philippines

Before sending money to the Philippines you need to do your homework to make sure that you don’t end up paying to much in fees. Not all transfers are created equal and you can lose a lot of money in transfer rates. There are certain things you need to do before you send money to the Philippines that will help to make sure you don’t pay too many fees. The first and most important tip is to make sure you specify what currency you want the...