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Old 19th April 2018, 08:17 AM
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The south area is forested and quiet because people know not to live there.

Not a safe place to live.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan...ar_Power_Plant

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We passed the power plant on the way up from Mariveles, its 40-50 km south of Subic, never been powered and is a tourist attraction now. We also passed a couple of complexs that looked very high end, I think it must have been Crown point as I took a wrong turning and was lost for a while.
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We passed the power plant on the way up from Mariveles, its 40-50 km south of Subic, never been powered and is a tourist attraction now. We also passed a couple of complexs that looked very high end, I think it must have been Crown point as I took a wrong turning and was lost for a while.
I wouldn't classify it as a Tourist attraction. One can ride by the gate near the main road and that's it.

This was just in the news here. Like I said, the reason that entire area is forest. Squatters don't even want to live there. Many in the Subic/Olongapo area don't even know it's there, especially Expats/Foreigners. It's a sleeping giant. Two articles explain.

http://cnnphilippines.com/life/leisu...ant-visit.html

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/...-possible.html

Two years ago we rode from Mariveles up the coast to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. The road from there to Subic was trail and under construction. I heard it's now a road.

Have you ever been to Pilar on the east coast north of Mariveles. Excellent nightlife there. Many bars.


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Our house is in Hermosa and we did the round the coast trip two weeks ago. The trip up from Mariveles via Bagac the Morong was a nice concrete road for 90% of the was the rest is still under construction but well on the way. Don't think I've been to Pillar, bars are not my scene.
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Our house is in Hermosa and we did the round the coast trip two weeks ago. The trip up from Mariveles via Bagac the Morong was a nice concrete road for 90% of the was the rest is still under construction but well on the way. Don't think I've been to Pillar, bars are not my scene.
You are near sinagtala. Nice peaceful area.

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I started out in the province - real boonies. Loudest place ever. These guys have no jobs and no reason to turn their crap down.

We moved closer to the city. About 20 km from Iloilo. Bamboo house... bad idea. No windows no way to block any sound.

We moved to Mandurriao, in Iloilo city. So much quieter. I really liked it there. Did not like paying rent ha ha

Moved back to near where we were before, 20 km from city. This time down the road in a family compound and built a mostly solid house. It blocks most of the sound and is quiet enough generally, but getting louder. The problem you will find pretty much anywhere here is that it never gets quieter, only louder. As one "neighbor" get a sound system, it adds to the noise. They never get rid of it, and will probably add on to it. Each neighbor that gets the "mini sound" will just keep adding to the noise.

So far I found the city to be much quieter. Your mileage may vary.
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I started out in the province - real boonies. Loudest place ever. These guys have no jobs and no reason to turn their crap down.

We moved closer to the city. About 20 km from Iloilo. Bamboo house... bad idea. No windows no way to block any sound.

We moved to Mandurriao, in Iloilo city. So much quieter. I really liked it there. Did not like paying rent ha ha

Moved back to near where we were before, 20 km from city. This time down the road in a family compound and built a mostly solid house. It blocks most of the sound and is quiet enough generally, but getting louder. The problem you will find pretty much anywhere here is that it never gets quieter, only louder. As one "neighbor" get a sound system, it adds to the noise. They never get rid of it, and will probably add on to it. Each neighbor that gets the "mini sound" will just keep adding to the noise.

So far I found the city to be much quieter. Your mileage may vary.
Thick walls, sliding windows and a ceiling make a big difference
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Yes Gary, I am spending a few days there now, but after being lost in Subic 2 days ago when I got here and after 10 minutes got pulled over for 'illegal left turn', I thought I was back in Oz!!!
when we were new, we got pulled over for coming out of a one-way street, but after pleading just moving to SBFZ and they saw our address on new driver's, they us go.
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We are strongly considering a move in 6 to 12 months to a quieter place - but does it exist.?
I am in a Gated Community and whilst it is basically quiet therein immediately outside is another issue. Loud Karaoke, Dogs constant barking and screaming - yes I know, many suffer the same plight.
Does anyone live anywhere in Luzon that fits the bill??? If so, I would love to know to check it out for future reference.
I had a look at San Antonio yesterday and whilst quiet fits the bill, the infrastructure is a long way from what we need. We are seeking about 400 plus sq. mts. of land, 2 br 2 bath home as we want to have a garden. That usually rules out gated communities as small land is the normal. Close to good hospital and medical services, good shopping centre and a reasonable internet.
Am I dreaming - I hope someone out there can come up with some suggestions?
Now I know some members might live in such a location and by televising it, may be loathe to give it out. I am happy to sign a 'confidentiality agreement; in triplicate to maintain my silence!!!
Hey Ron, as you know we seem to have found a good spot but only time will tell. After 3 plus years of scouring the net and on the ground investigations we ended up having to make some compromises.(distance from family,,,,,, some will say that's a good thing, lol) Like us and probably most expats we wanted a quiet area within easy reach of a good hospital, shopping, services and not too far from family but we also had another prerequisite in that it had to be absolute beachfront, (sea change) this limited our options.
Price/budget as always was another issue and as mentioned family so we limited ourselves to a 30 minute drive radius.
San Juan was our choice but while we procrastinated over trivialities (yes there was some noise or the block was too small, the price too high) the prices have almost doubled over those 3 or 4 years thanks to resorts and major developments, tourism won the day and thankfully pushed us out of that market. We both agree it's too busy there now.
Both Benjie and I love where you and Pre live, close to everything, neat, clean and modern, good expat presence for socialising and the noise isn't too bad but hey we are not there 24/7.

When we visit Mum and Dad (and the 5,000 rellies) in Banks Poro it is an assault on the senses, the drains stink, there is an endless tirade of tricycles, people and noise but they are family and while very different and alien to an Aussie norm I see the love and tolerance within this community and have learnt that perhaps I as an Aussie have a hell of a lot to learn.

You have an advantage over us in that you are on the ground 365 days and have the time to check alternatives with regards to a potential move. Explore as there are plenty of areas that will suit. Bargains as you know come up as they did with us as well as yourself, patience can be a virtue.
Look forward to catching up when we are back.

Cheers, Steve.
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"Quiet" and "Close to good hospital and medical services, good shopping centre and a reasonable internet."

To me these things are two different places. If you want quiet then find a big plot of land in the middle of nowhere and put the house in the middle of it. If you want next to Hospital and shopping then you need to be near a bigger city with lots of neighbors. Good luck.

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"Quiet" and "Close to good hospital and medical services, good shopping centre and a reasonable internet."

To me these things are two different places. If you want quiet then find a big plot of land in the middle of nowhere and put the house in the middle of it. If you want next to Hospital and shopping then you need to be near a bigger city with lots of neighbors. Good luck.
Hi Zep, hear you loud and clear but as internet is not a big issue for us even though it is there, one does not need hectares with a house in the middle of nowhere to achieve the aim, we are only on 1,700M2 plus 800M2 to high tide mark and less than 4 kilometres to a good wet market, 20 mins to a great hospital (ha, depending on the time of day).
We live rural Oz, Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 50 acres and have NBN,,,,,,, high speed internet,,,,,,, that's not going to rule my life, prefer our choice and one only needs to look to achieve.
Great properties with services and amenities can be readily found in all locations in PH, one simply needs to look.
I have been to Subic and while yes it has attractions one has to consider the better half in the scheme of things, not be selfish and work within agreed parameters, Look at the good and bad, happiness is where you find it.
Did we find Nirvana? As said time will tell. I may well be the next bleating expat not happy with my lot and hasty decisions made.

Zep, not different places but absolutely different perspectives, whether rash choices or educated choices they become our lot,,,,, for good or bad.

Cheers, Steve.
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