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Based on more than 200 goods and services, our semi-annual surveys are conducted by professional researchers simultaneously in each of the 250 locations we cover. Carefully chosen vendors reflect only those outlets where your expatriates can buy goods and services of international quality.
The Philippines is one of the cheapest places in the world to live where english is widely spoken. The natives are friendly, the women are beautiful and the cllimate is tropical. I live in one of the smaller cities Iloilo which is in the Visayas (middle).
Typhoons and earthquakes are rare here.
We have DSL availible at various speeds, good private hospitals, many nice and cheap beach and inland resorts. Many nice resturants and 5 new malls to choose from. The local supermarket chain carries a wide variety of imported foods.
A nice 3 br 2 bath house in a nice gated subdivision will cost P25,000 to P30,000 a month.
A live in maid will cost P2,000 a month plus room and board.
A full time driver will cost P5,000 a month plus room and board.
We usually spend about P10,000 a month for all the utilities, Electric, cooking gas, Phone, DSL and CATV. We run major appliances and aircons plus hot water heaters. We eat well and spend about P12,000 a month for food for the 4 of us. It's about a 50/50 mix of local food and american food.
A good meal at a nice seafood resturant will cost P400.
Beer costs P25 a bottle in a resturant and P18 at a local conienance store.
Trade offs ? You could drive here, but trust me downtown you don't want to. Traffic is chaos.
The locals run on Philippine time. That means they are never ontime for anything. A 1 o clock appointment can be as late as 2:30 and they think nothing of it.
As a foreigner you can't own property here, but you can own a condo or lease a home.
It's perfectly safe for Americans here. I have been living here for 6 years and never had a problem. Also you can stay now up to 24 months on a tourist visa with extensions ever 59 days. Extensions are quick and easy to get at the local B.I. Office.
6'2" white american who has never had a problem living here in the Philippines. I love this place. source
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
not to be negative - but being the ` outsider ` in a community when the crap hits is rarely a good idea
` outsiders ` tend to be the perfect scapegoats
also if you have lots of ` shiney stuff ` - the locals are going to " get over thier moral qualms " and resort to theft from the ` outsider ` far more readily than ` thier own `
i dont mean this as any racial slur against philipino`s
just look at history the world over - it happens almost every time there is a ` crisis ` and group x turns against group y
Here’s how we determined the list: First off, we considered how receptive the locals were to Americans– is the local culture open to American values? Are they welcoming to yanks? Next, we looked at how popular the destination was for Americans who have already expatriated. Are there plenty of homegrowns who you can meet and befriend? Is there already a thriving community from the U.S. there? We also considered how easy it is to get around speaking only english, and also looked at similarities between the local culture and America. Do local customs overlap with American ones? Lastly, we considered certain practical necessities, such as how easy it would be for Americans to find jobs there, and whether the location was affordable (this is how we eliminated places like the UK, France, or Japan from the list– too expensive, despite doing well at all the other categories!). We also admit to a heavy dose of subjectivity involved in the rankings.