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Old 11th September 2019, 02:52 AM
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.....If I come there for the first time how much money should I bring. Can you give me three or five different amounts. If I plan on staying somewhere. That will charge me around one hundred to one hundred fifty dollars. A month for rent. ....
How much it costs to live here greatly depends on the lifestyle you want to have. Many Filipinos live on 20k p about $US 400 a month.

I really doubt if an expat could do that until they had been here a couple of years and really learned how to live a local lifestyle.

You see lots of posts and youtube video's on living on $US 1000 a month. I would consider that about the absolute least that an expat could live here for monthly expenses. Even that would be a very basic lifestyle and would by necessity be outside of a major city.

At the top end you can really spend as much as you want, lots of apartments and houses advertised for over 200k p a month, about $US 4,000. You can spend 4 to 6 k p ($100 to 150) on a high end meal.

To live on 50k p a month ($1000) you would be looking at something like

Rent, basic one bedroom shared kitchen, CR(bathroom) and common areas, no Ac somewhere between 5 to 10 k p a month. Electricity may be extra.

Meals about 500 p a day unless you did a lot of your own cooking so another 15k p a month.

Transportation, phone, laundry etc would soon take up another 10 k p a month.

That would leave a little for things like medical insurance, visa costs etc.

This would be a very basic lifestyle in a rural area with no amenities or much in the way of recreational opportunities.

In Manila, staying at an SM apartment block, living a reasonable lifestyle, cooking one meal a day, eating out for the other ( I only eat 2 large meals a day usually) having a life with entertainment and some travel I averaged about 125 k p a month plus my annual costs like visa renewal, annual trip home, eye glass replacement, health insurance.
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There are several Youtube channels that talk about how much it costs to live in the Philippines.

Bud Brown lives in Dumaguete and usually posts every day or two with things happening there and he has some videos about cost of living.
Reekay at Life Beyond The Sea lives in Vietnam now but lived in the Philippines for ~6 years and has a lot of videos talking about living in the Philippines and meeting women there.
He also recently did a video comparing cost of living in Vietnam vs the Philippines which I think would be worth your while to watch.

I dont have anything to do with either of them, I just like watching their videos and they both have a good outlook on life and reasonable advice to give.

Good luck!
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And try not to marry the first girl that smiles at you.
Good advice, but sometimes easier said than done. OMG they are so beautiful.
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Good advice, but sometimes easier said than done. OMG they are so beautiful.

Don't get fooled by their beauty. I have had experience with them. Most want your money. They will do most anything to get it. then they will give the money to their families. All the dating sites I have been on the girls will stop talking to you if you don't send money to them.

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In Manila, staying at an SM apartment block, living a reasonable lifestyle, cooking one meal a day, eating out for the other ( I only eat 2 large meals a day usually) having a life with entertainment and some travel I averaged about 125 k p a month plus my annual costs like visa renewal, annual trip home, eye glass replacement, health insurance.
I'm in BGC, and my expenses pretty much match that of Manitoba.

I'm also supporting a local lass that moved in with me (over 4 years ago, but no way am I getting married after such a short time...)

I contribute a small amount to the upkeep of her parents, but so too do 3 of their other children.


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I am highly considering moving to the Philippines. Sometime this year I am a single male. That has never been married with no children. I am on a fixed income also. If when I travel there I like it. I plan on applying for a two or six month extension. I am moving there to retire and hopefully meet. A loving woman and get married.
I don't know why you would be rushing to get married. You've been lucky enough to avoid it so far...

BTW: You didn't mention your age or what exactly is your disability?
There are lots of areas that would be difficult to live if you are confined to a wheel chair for instance.
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Good advice, but sometimes easier said than done. OMG they are so beautiful.

Don't get fooled by their beauty. I have had experience with them. Most want your money. They will do most anything to get it. then they will give the money to their families. All the dating sites I have been on the girls will stop talking to you if you don't send money to them.

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So I've heard. I have never been on a dating site, so have no first hand experience.

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FIRST.. I have two close friends who went to live and retire in PH... and got married to "local" girls... the girls made life miserable AFTER the marriage until "A"A took them to the good old USA... and within two years were divorced… My friends "sponsored" their wives' - WITHOUT reading the obligations they agreed to when signing the Immigration Application....to paraphrase..."YOU are obligated to support your visa recipient for 10 years! Get a divorce in two years and then pay 8 years of FULL SUPPORT! One of the wives did a trip on her "beloved husband" and opened credit cards in HIS name which he knoew nothing about... left him with over $100,000 in credit card debt!
ADVICE: Check out Costa Rico BEFORE you rush of to PH... minimum income to get residence visa is US$1,000... EXCELENT and very cheap healthcare....CHECK IT OT!!!

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The Phils are pretty similar to Thailand (where I'm from) when it comes to women. It takes a while (think years) to make a good decision on who you want to spend your life with. You just don't have the experience to make a good decision. Date. Live alone. Find a place you want to live first. Get to know lots of women. Online dating works. There are so many desperate women who are just terrible choices that will eat a newbie alive, that you have to extremely cautious. Good luck...you'll need it.

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Hi. While many here couch what they write as advice I see it more as opinion.... but after living here almost three years and marrying someone I met online (and of course much younger) I can tell you that taking your time is essential. That said, my wife and I courted day and night via internet for 6 months before we even met. Then after 3 months together I knew. BUT I can also tell you I have met many guys here who painted themselves into a corner and got "taken" (imo willingly) for a "ride". Lots of tears and heartbreak. In my case I was lucky in meeting the absolute "one" with strong character and depth of feeling. READ THIS: She never asked for anything even once. I sent her a book (The Alchemist) and she cried as though it was the most beautiful gift she ever received (cuz it might have been!).

I say again: She never once ever asked me for a thing!

We are very much in real love. This is not the first time at the rodeo for this cowboy but its definitely the last.

There is a lot that different than (I assume) North America and it would be wise to try the place out first. In my case I lived in Panama for 11 years before here (Iloilo) and was already acclimated. The people are amazing - but overall if you need logic or accountability to not go crazy - that's not here. That's my experience and my resultant opinion.

Your mileage may vary. Good luck!

PS Yesterday I had my BP and pulse checked. Im 72 and when things come back as rock solid normal as they did I can only conclude - Im relaxed and happy!

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Hi. While many here couch what they write as advice I see it more as opinion.... but after living here almost three years and marrying someone I met online (and of course much younger) I can tell you that taking your time is essential. That said, my wife and I courted day and night via internet for 6 months before we even met. Then after 3 months together I knew. BUT I can also tell you I have met many guys here who painted themselves into a corner and got "taken" (imo willingly) for a "ride". Lots of tears and heartbreak. In my case I was lucky in meeting the absolute "one" with strong character and depth of feeling. READ THIS: She never asked for anything even once. I sent her a book (The Alchemist) and she cried as though it was the most beautiful gift she ever received (cuz it might have been!).

I say again: She never once ever asked me for a thing!

We are very much in real love. This is not the first time at the rodeo for this cowboy but its definitely the last.

There is a lot that different than (I assume) North America and it would be wise to try the place out first. In my case I lived in Panama for 11 years before here (Iloilo) and was already acclimated. The people are amazing - but overall if you need logic or accountability to not go crazy - that's not here. That's my experience and my resultant opinion.

Your mileage may vary. Good luck!

PS Yesterday I had my BP and pulse checked. Im 72 and when things come back as rock solid normal as they did I can only conclude - Im relaxed and happy!
Welcome to the forum Robby and so do you still live in iloilo? Or much further south... and good on your blood pressure and hope to hear more from you.

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