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Old 26th December 2013, 01:12 AM
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Hi subseastu good to have that "Scowl or Warrior Face" it's needed the happier you look the more they bug and taunt you.

Rent in larger cities or 1st class neighbor hoods will alway's be very high, 25,000 peso's I would consider completely insane as a rental price for a unit that has no land. Is there anyway to up and move to more rural area it could save you thousands of peso's a month. Transportation charges add up to, my used car has paid for itself from the over charges of family and neighbors and just about anyone that has taken us somewhere they alway's expect more no matter what.

I live in an around Sta Cruz Laguna, prices in this area for a nice spot shouldn't run more than 5,000 peso's I've been told it gets hot here... dang I think it gets hot just about everywhere except mountainous/higher level cities. Malls and major grocery stores are minutes away the money you save could buy you a vehicle/condo payments.

Other area's around me are Calamba Laguna- It's a larger city, Los Banos - smaller city with a college but some class in some area's, Pila Laguna- much smaller (cheaper) but not much there, Sta Cruz Laguna - large and crowded but many of the banks are there, Pagsanjan Laguna - (some tourism, Aussie/UK expats live here) it has some banks, malls and is next to Sta Cruz Laguna, I sort of like this area, they also have the "Pagsanjan Falls". This entire area is sort of tourist spot and many from the big cities come here for vacation it's not expensive, there are many Pools with slides and activities in this entire region.

The air-conditioning is something to wean your self off of until evening's or when it really is hot and not much air flow... if not you wouldn't want to go out much, the body will acclimate to the climate but it takes a while (turn down the coolness little by little) the weather has been cooler than previous years.

One of the reasons I moved here was to get away from contracts and paying way to much for a spot to live in.... Unless I own it, many of these condo's require a 50% downpayment and something close to $300 a month for 4-5 years and it's yours.
Thanks for the reply. The scowl works worldwide!!! Lol

The main problem we have is as this is at present only a temporary thing for maybe 3 years or so I don't think owning a car is worth it at the moment due to high 2nd car values, so more rural living is not really possible for us. I don't mind using tricycles and we've got a tame taxi driver so I think the cost of that compared to owning a car is a lot cheaper. Plus the wife doesn't drive so it'd be a bit of a waste. For this reason we have to live somewhere where we can get transport, is quiet (HA), secure, reasonabily priced, close to shops bars and resturants. The holy grail in the Philippines!!

we came to Olongapo because my wife was here for a few years and I worked there so we both knew the area. I did look at Laguna on the net but we simpley didn't have time to look in person.

The main problem is for me though is we're not that keen on overly big / busy places. olongapo apart from being familiar is a nice size even though its grown a bit over the last few years!! I do try to stay well clear of the Manila area apart from going to and from the worlds worst international airport (and I've been to a few!)

I like the tips about the aircon use though. The thing that surprised me though is I think the wife is suffering more than me!! She obviously misses the UK more than I do!!

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just looking on google maps and there also seems to have been an explosion of beach resorts in the base past the airport. Are any of these any good?

Also does any one know of any good horse riding places? The wife has been nagging my for years and never got round to it in the UK.

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Hi. Welcome to the forum.

Camayan is very nice. It is about 15km from town and very nice white sand and beautiful place to snorkel. If you buy a membership like I did for 3k you can go in for free for a year and you can take 6 people in half price. You just pay for the nipa hut and if you take alcohol in you pay corkage but is still cheaper than buying it there.
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Try to get your company to fly you to clark. If they use Emirates, they fly to clark international now and that is about 45 minutes from Olongapo on the sctex and the airport very good compared to manila.
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Try to get your company to fly you to clark. If they use Emirates, they fly to clark international now and that is about 45 minutes from Olongapo on the sctex and the airport very good compared to manila.
Thats a good idea Chris. I'll look into it. Does it get busy there? It is a pain taking 3 hours getting to Manila and back every 4 weeks. I do fly Emirates so will check connection times for Jo'berg.

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Just looked at the emirates flight and its ok flying out but the return from Jo'berg means I would have to spend about 20hr in Dubai and get home a day later!! Looks like I'll have to keep using Manila, ******!

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Just looked at the emirates flight and its ok flying out but the return from Jo'berg means I would have to spend about 20hr in Dubai and get home a day later!! Looks like I'll have to keep using Manila, ******!
It might be worth looking at other options to Clark, via Hong Kong or another Asia hub. Avoiding Manila is worth a lot!

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Hi. Welcome to the forum.

Camayan is very nice. It is about 15km from town and very nice white sand and beautiful place to snorkel. If you buy a membership like I did for 3k you can go in for free for a year and you can take 6 people in half price. You just pay for the nipa hut and if you take alcohol in you pay corkage but is still cheaper than buying it there.
I didn't know about the annual pass. Thanks! I really want to get in the water more and at least do some snorkeling. Our 9 year old is taking swimming lessons and I will get her a mask and snorkel soon.

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