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I was looking at electrical costs a couple years ago and found reports saying that the PIs is among the higher priced electrical in Asia - and Iloilo has among the highest costs in the PIs. Of course I live in Iloilo ha ha. (sorry it was 2 years ago and I did not save the links)
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We live in Central Luzon -- 15km from Angeles. Smaller 2 bedroom home. 1 refrigerator, 2 electric fans, 2 flat screen TV's, Lights inside the home, a 1 horsepower Mabe window air conditioner that operates almost 24 hours per day. One computer always on.
Our electric bill is usually just over P4,000. A bit higher than back in the US but still okay. Now, if the power companies would quit with the outages I'd be a happy camper.
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A question for the experienced, If we own our own property can we live comfortably on AU 2 to 3 per month,,,,,,ok, a broad question. Running the house, probably with a pool, a car, 1 or 2 motorbikes, western tastes, no hired help, Phil health etc. etc.

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AU 2-3000,and you will likely have a tidy sum left over.

We don't run ac during the day,but run a 1hp from 6pm till 7 am every day.Our power runs 5k or so during the cooler months,You know..the 3 months where it is actually comfortable.Power runs 6k+ during the rest of the year.Power outages are getting better tho.Was a time here in La Union when they turned the power off every Saturday from 5-6am,till 6pm...and then the normal power outages of 2 or 3 times a week.Things have gotten noticeably better in that regard.Even tho you will go solar,you will still need power until you are set up.

I buy the lowest cost internet,mainly because I won't buy a more expensive plan when they add the phrase...speeds "up to" blah blah blah.I figure that if I paid extra for faster speeds,I want to be sure that I won't end up paying double,and still get inferior speeds.

If gas runs $4 US a gallon,then that can add up if you go very much,but with 2-3k AU a month,you can buy plenty of gas.

We buy bottled RO water like most people do.There is just the 2 of us,but we spend 3-360php a month for drinking water.

Food isn't that expensive,and we do buy import products as well.

I don't think we spend $1k US a month,even with PhilHealth which only costs us 200php a month for the 2 of us.

What have I forgotten?

What you mention about finding competent help is very important.It took us a long time to sort through the labor pool to find a few good workers..and they tend to stay busy.

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I was looking at electrical costs a couple years ago and found reports saying that the PIs is among the higher priced electrical in Asia - and Iloilo has among the highest costs in the PIs. Of course I live in Iloilo ha ha. (sorry it was 2 years ago and I did not save the links)
Yes Tukaram, you are correct, I found the same info years ago and I'm sure it's only increasing and will continue to do so, another more astute researcher may prove us/me wrong. While expensive compared to western and other power charges the Philippines offsets with much cheaper costs else where.

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Just got back and would recommend ck our Sorsogon area (Sorsogon City and Legazpi areas)...up and coming and great land deals, and a solid group of Expats, both US, Aussie and German from ones I spent time with. Also, I bought dad some JD in Manila at SM and paid about same as US; so, should do okay on that. I'll enjoy following your posts and replies as we are moving down in November for good, and will look at Sorsogon, Palawan, Tagaytay (maybe), Subic/Zambales and Baguio for now, and maybe Dumaguete. From what I've pieced together, I can live Very comfortably on $2500 per month, then even better once we decide where to Own our home.
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Just got back and would recommend ck our Sorsogon area (Sorsogon City and Legazpi areas)...up and coming and great land deals, and a solid group of Expats, both US, Aussie and German from ones I spent time with. .
What is your opinion on Sorsogon Nickleback?

The wife has relatives there (sheesh..she has family everywhere).Course,when you consider 3rd and 4th cousins close family,you can cover a lot of ground .Just wondered how crowded it is there.Guess I should check the population density website and see.

I might could do ok if I could get a little isolation distance...and maybe a moat.Yeah,moats are good.
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What is your opinion on Sorsogon Nickleback?

The wife has relatives there (sheesh..she has family everywhere).Course,when you consider 3rd and 4th cousins close family,you can cover a lot of ground .Just wondered how crowded it is there.Guess I should check the population density website and see.

I might could do ok if I could get a little isolation distance...and maybe a moat.Yeah,moats are good.
Seriously I built a moat and .... LOL and on my 3 door entrances one on the second floor I have secondary gates, ... dang, every blue moon they break all 3 barriers.
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What is your opinion on Sorsogon Nickleback?

The wife has relatives there (sheesh..she has family everywhere).Course,when you consider 3rd and 4th cousins close family,you can cover a lot of ground .Just wondered how crowded it is there.Guess I should check the population density website and see.

I might could do ok if I could get a little isolation distance...and maybe a moat.Yeah,moats are good.
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Seriously I built a moat and .... LOL and on my 3 door entrances one on the second floor I have secondary gates, ... dang, every blue moon they break all 3 barriers.
You guys have the right idea with the mote but you're leaving out the
most important part>>>> The alligators, the hungry alligators.
Hmmm I guess that wouldn't work either. Too many witnesses ........
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Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad - Search Results for cost of living in the philippines

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Hi Chuck, I opened this link twice and did some reading, great link with lots of info but now when I click the link, copy/paste, google search which does bring the link up, none of these methods takes me there. I will keep trying as there is so much info.
I can open/browse other areas within this site and different sites so not my internet, possibly a problem with that link? Would love to continue reading if you or any one else can advise.

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You guys have the right idea with the mote but you're leaving out the
most important part>>>> The alligators, the hungry alligators.
Hmmm I guess that wouldn't work either. Too many witnesses ........
Seriously? Are you guys talking about family or the general populous where you live?
On to other things, lol.

The cost of owning a house and lot there, something I have never done having only rented.
What are the local and government fees to own say a 1,000 M2 block (quarter acre) with a house on it, in Oz we pay rates to the local council and that's about it. Are there barangay and other administrative fees to consider?

House and contents insurance that we have here and works well for storm damage and theft though I have never been robbed,,,,,,,,touch wood. Is it available and viable? What sort of costs there?

Contributions (gifts) to the local barangay/barangay captain? (he said knowingly)
Other surprises or things that may arise from time to time? How do you avoid or look out for potential pitfalls/scammers, same as western living or more refined there?

The local church? Any problems to watch out for there? (both non practicing catholics but our family there are).

Enough for now.

Cheers, Steve.

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