Disabled Navy vet moving to the Philippines
Replies: 98 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2012 8:10 AM Last Post By: clairealgarme
Apr 20, 2012 11:19 AM
30Yes cost of electric is one of the highest in the world. Drink Rum and Coke far cheaper than beer, although SM from store is only about 20p a small bottle. Not too many pairs of shoes, haha.
Medical expenses canbe very high, so check that out. Problem is the rate of exchange although that could swing back the other way, if it does youll be fine. I believe that interest rates for savers in PI is low so you may want to invest any large amounts back in USA.
Apr 20, 2012 5:38 PM
31It none of my business what your disability is, but if it is a is problem about walking you'll probably end up spending a little more on the place where you live. You can do it on that amount .Just don't drink too much, shop wisely, and you should be fine. Check with PH Bureau of Immigration and figure those costs into your budget.
Apr 20, 2012 5:50 PM
Apr 20, 2012 5:58 PM
33Where you end up depends heavily on what you like to do and what kind of environment you like. Varies a lot from person to person. I'm up in the mountains, low cost of living and I find it easier to keep active with the cooler temperatures... but everybody has their preferences. Give us an idea of what you're looking for and you'll get better suggestions!
Apr 20, 2012 6:50 PM
34To anwser a earlier question my. VA disability is sleep apnea and stress related issues, so I can walk, run, all of that.
The mountains sound nice, we want a place that is cheap, safe, have land to grow our own food, have a somewhat 1st world style home (internet, tv ect) we would prefer country life to city living. Have accsess to hospital, maybe even try to open our own store of some kind.
Apr 20, 2012 7:00 PM
Apr 20, 2012 8:15 PM
36"The mountains sound nice, we want a place that is cheap, safe, have land to grow our own food, have a somewhat 1st world style home (internet, tv ect) we would prefer country life to city living. Have accsess to hospital"
Have a look at the town of Valencia just outside Dumaguete, up in the hills so stays cool, has subsidised electricity (only pay 50%) and very close to the amenities of Dumaguete, one of the nicest places to live I have seen in the Philippines..
Apr 20, 2012 8:15 PM
37Working or doing business legally is tough as foreigners... laws are quite restrictive. They're also often broken but that exposes you to certain risks. If you like the idea of the mountains you could look on the outskirts of Baguio. The city itself can be crowded (though still more liveable than most Philippine cities) but there are areas outside that are not so bad. Good hospitals. Ocean/beaches an hour away in La Union. I live in Sagada, well north, very cool place and very much country life but a long way to anything more than a basic hospital.
I like the ocean but if I stay too long in the lowlands the heat gets to me and I get sluggish, get less active and start putting on weight. In the mountains I walk a lot, ride a bike, paddle kayaks... easier to stay active when the weather is cooler... of course that's different for everyone! Also no need for air conditioning in the mountains, which saves a fair bit!
Apr 20, 2012 9:13 PM
38I disagree with the above poster. I have 4 boys with food carts on the street plus 3 small stores, so I own those business and don't take a peso from any, but I went through city hall got the permits, it is a breeze. Maybe you have to grease some palms along the way but so what that's the ball bounces . don't jump into anything too quick. Find your home first.
Apr 20, 2012 9:21 PM
39And IMO forget Valencia, it is becoming, like Dumaguete, crime ridden. Go north, or west, whichever it is. It is a piece of cake to open a business. But, you won't get rich. I think some people on here live under a rock
Apr 20, 2012 9:34 PM
40#36, City Hall won't give a damn, but if you pissed somebody off and they went to immigration, it could be a problem. Technically according to immigration law a foreigner on a tourist visa is not allowed to work or engage in business. Local officials often don't enforce that law, but it does give someone leverage over you if they choose to take it.
I'm not sure of the rules on, say, a retirement visa or a 13A, but it would be worth finding out.
Apr 20, 2012 10:20 PM
41BOI does not even get involved. I did this on a tourist visa at the time, but not anymore. But, I think you are getting your so called rules confused with Thailand, but even in Pai, I OWNED an internet joint. The police would come around only to check if I was handling the cash, no problem. you need to get your facts street, lest you discourage others.
Apr 20, 2012 10:27 PM
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