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Old 11-16-2012, 05:43 PM
 
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I can tell you exactly why itís more fun in the Philippines in one sentence: because it is only in the Philippines that you have the best and the worst of the world; a mixture of sorts; a unique blending of people, language, economic status, food, culture and religion that despite the yin and the yangs, living and being in the Philippines is truly an experience! You can agree or disagree with me on my statement that I just wrote but being born in the Philippines and keeping my Filipino identity
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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I just got back from Bangkok, Thailand... it was a pleasure visiting that exotic place... yet there is no place like home - the PHILIPPINES
My wife and I are considering Philippines for an early retirement location along with Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico. I've visited all but Ph extensively and I only visited Makati. BTW, I have several Filipinos working for me and they are just fantastic guys as a group.

My impression of Makati was warm and humid, very friendly people, the food was excellent and lower cost, serious about Church and faith, considerable poverty (not really in Makati but surrounding areas), there was armed security coming into my hotel and the mall. I didn't feel unsafe but the security was very visible.

I priced condos in Makati & Alabang and it seemed more expensive than Bangkok for comparable apartments which surprised me. Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur have better infrastructure. Still I like the fact that most of PH is Catholic like we are. Also more people in Ph speak English than Thailand but not as much as Malaysia.

We probably should also consider Cebu as an option as well. I want to bring my wife for a visit. Even though the apartments are a bit pricy in Makati, the overall cost of living is still quite cheap compared to the US and Europe. My questions would be about the quality of Hospitals and the cost for good health insurance in Ph? Also how difficult would it be for an American couple with no relations or ties to live there?
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:54 AM
 
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My wife and I are considering Philippines for an early retirement location along with Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico. I've visited all but Ph extensively and I only visited Makati. BTW, I have several Filipinos working for me and they are just fantastic guys as a group.

My impression of Makati was warm and humid, very friendly people, the food was excellent and lower cost, serious about Church and faith, considerable poverty (not really in Makati but surrounding areas), there was armed security coming into my hotel and the mall. I didn't feel unsafe but the security was very visible.

I priced condos in Makati & Alabang and it seemed more expensive than Bangkok for comparable apartments which surprised me. Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur have better infrastructure. Still I like the fact that most of PH is Catholic like we are. Also more people in Ph speak English than Thailand but not as much as Malaysia.

We probably should also consider Cebu as an option as well. I want to bring my wife for a visit. Even though the apartments are a bit pricy in Makati, the overall cost of living is still quite cheap compared to the US and Europe. My questions would be about the quality of Hospitals and the cost for good health insurance in Ph? Also how difficult would it be for an American couple with no relations or ties to live there?
Many Filipinos wish to retire in their own country the Philippines... and return to their roots.

But as for Expats, some prefer to buy some property in some provinces like Palawan, Mindoro, Cebu or wherever they feel they can feel comfortable and secured in their retirement years. But if one prefers the urban life - Makati would be a good choice. You could follow this link Ayala Land | Real Estate, House and Lot Properties, Shopping Malls, Hotels, Resorts, Offices, Condo , or Rockwell Land | Home or if you prefer the nearby city of Taguig where the Global City is located Global City McKinley Hill and Fort Bonifacio Condominiums – Megaworld Condos For Sale Philippines or if you prefer in Pasay city where the large Mall of Asia near Manila Bay is located SM Condo Philippines, Shell Residences, Sea Residences, SMDC, Mall of Asia - Shell, Sea, moa , mall of asia, manila bay, ready for occupancy, condo near airport, makati, green residences, jazz residences, mplace south triangle

I don't get a dime from sharing these locations - it's just my way of helping those who wish to visit or stay permanently in the Philippines to have their share of Fun
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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My wife and I are considering Philippines for an early retirement location along with Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico. I've visited all but Ph extensively and I only visited Makati. BTW, I have several Filipinos working for me and they are just fantastic guys as a group.

My impression of Makati was warm and humid, very friendly people, the food was excellent and lower cost, serious about Church and faith, considerable poverty (not really in Makati but surrounding areas), there was armed security coming into my hotel and the mall. I didn't feel unsafe but the security was very visible.

I priced condos in Makati & Alabang and it seemed more expensive than Bangkok for comparable apartments which surprised me. Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur have better infrastructure. Still I like the fact that most of PH is Catholic like we are. Also more people in Ph speak English than Thailand but not as much as Malaysia.

We probably should also consider Cebu as an option as well. I want to bring my wife for a visit. Even though the apartments are a bit pricy in Makati, the overall cost of living is still quite cheap compared to the US and Europe. My questions would be about the quality of Hospitals and the cost for good health insurance in Ph? Also how difficult would it be for an American couple with no relations or ties to live there?
Cebu is much cheaper compared to Makati. Not as many high rises and fewer upscale stuff but still has enough infrastructure to satisfy most people. Gas and some imported items are more expensive compared to Metro Manila but rent, eating out, etc. are much cheaper. There's an S&R, which is the Philippine Costco, and you can get Kirkland brand and other American goods there.

Health care generally is good in Cebu. There are some doctors educated abroad, and fees are not that high, so people will oftentimes just save money for the rainy days and use the savings to pay for the doctors fee and hospital services as they need.

Odd that you find PH speaks less English than Malaysia. Anyway, due to tourists frequenting Cebu and the feeling of disdain among Cebuanos that Tagalog if forced upon them, Cebuanos will happily speak English. Also, English is an official language in the Philippines and the primary written language is English. Restaurant menus, bank documents, product instructions, etc. are mostly available only in English and not in Filipino (aka Tagalog) or Cebuano.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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There are a lot of places that you can go thru in order to say that it is more fun in the Philippines. The tourist destinations, the places, the food, the culture as a whole. If you would check it out more closely, it would help you out to see that it is a good thing to live or to stay here after all. Try it yourself and you can really say that it is great to stay here!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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The best ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ memes of 2012

GALLERY | The best ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ memes of 2012 | Lifestyle: InterAksyon.com
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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It's more FUN because people are POSITIVE in the PHILIPPINES!

Pinoys among world's most positive people - Yahoo! News Philippines
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte North Carolina
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if retiring to Philippines I would stay away from Manila......Baguio, Iloilo, Davao, Cebu and Bohol are all better locations
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:40 AM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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Is Palawan considered a part of Luzon or the Visayas?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte North Carolina
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Is Palawan considered a part of Luzon or the Visayas?
Palawan is considered its own region...
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