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Old 10th February 2014, 02:55 PM
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Nuts to bolts how-to for a full-blown wet-behind-the-ears newbie...

Phillipine Expats please provide information for the following headings:


-Best Place To Live (<Snip> why did you choose it?)

-Air-fare strategy (any tricks to saving $$$)

-Immigration How-To

-Banking <Snip>

-How To Find The Most Cost-Effective Rental

-How To Stay Safe/Safety Concerns

-Misc.


Thank you for any and all info that you can provide
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Hi and welcome to the Philippines page, Give it a bit of time and I think you'll get plenty of information and ideas from members.
Whatever advice and information you may get here, if you decide to move to the islands, be sure to make a trip or two first to be very sure this is where you want to be. Otherwise it could be a costly learning experience...

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Before I moved to the Philippines I made about 6 trips to different locations. Cost and quality of live varies greatly in the Philippines at different location just as it does in the USA. Not all seek the same things. All these questions have been asked and answered already so do an advance search. In the search in forum select “Philippine Expat forum” .
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Before I moved to the Philippines I made about 6 trips to different locations. Cost and quality of live varies greatly in the Philippines at different location just as it does in the USA. Not all seek the same things. All these questions have been asked and answered already so do an advance search. In the search in forum select “Philippine Expat forum” .
Good thought. Most all information is here in the Philippines page/threads. One thing to add though on airfares. Buy airline tickets from a travel agent and not directly from an airline to get the lowest fares. Also for low fares, avoid travel in and around major holidays---especially the Easter season.
Safety issues, remember your "street smarts" from any larger cities you have live in. Don't be in a hurry to trust and or accept offers of help...

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Good thought. Most all information is here in the Philippines page/threads. One thing to add though on airfares. Buy airline tickets from a travel agent and not directly from an airline to get the lowest fares. Also for low fares, avoid travel in and around major holidays---especially the Easter season.
Safety issues, remember your "street smarts" from any larger cities you have live in. Don't be in a hurry to trust and or accept offers of help...
Regarding air fares, check all options. We always use the internet as high street travel agents are usually more expensive due to their comission. Check the airlines direct as they have offers. We flew Lufthansa this Christmas as there website was the cheapest, unless you wanted to spend 18 hours in Borneo. Look at the route options. We flew London to Hong Kong + Cebu Pacific (625+210) London-Manila direct 1057. A single fare is not aways cheaper than a return. You would need a throwaway on top of a single anyway.
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A good reminder to always buy a round trip ticket. 99% of the time they wont let you in without a return ticket.I had to learn that. I bought a round trip flight to the US from here in the Philippines and when I tried to return here I was denied entry. Even though I am married I had to show my marriage certificate. Luckily he let me in.

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A good reminder to always buy a round trip ticket. 99% of the time they wont let you in without a return ticket.I had to learn that. I bought a round trip flight to the US from here in the Philippines and when I tried to return here I was denied entry. Even though I am married I had to show my marriage certificate. Luckily he let me in.
That's exactly right. Pain in the tail but that's the law. Another way to hold the cost down when coming to the Philippines is to buy a one way to Manila and ALSO a one way ticket to a low cost destination such as Hong Kong or Malaysia. That satisfies the law on the need for a ticket to an onward destination.

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A good reminder to always buy a round trip ticket. 99% of the time they wont let you in without a return ticket.I had to learn that. I bought a round trip flight to the US from here in the Philippines and when I tried to return here I was denied entry. Even though I am married I had to show my marriage certificate. Luckily he let me in.
Since the topic came up, I am curious if any SRRV holders have tried to purchase a one way ticket to Manila from abroad. When I asked the local Mango Tours travel agency, they told me that I could not do it because i am not a citizen. I informed the lady that I have a SRRV and she said "Oh". Se had never heard of it. I think that I could convince them to sell me a one way ticket, but could possibly get caught in a quagmire. Any input??

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Since the topic came up, I am curious if any SRRV holders have tried to purchase a one way ticket to Manila from abroad. When I asked the local Mango Tours travel agency, they told me that I could not do it because i am not a citizen. I informed the lady that I have a SRRV and she said "Oh". Se had never heard of it. I think that I could convince them to sell me a one way ticket, but could possibly get caught in a quagmire. Any input??
Your biggest hurdle could be convincing the flight attendant at the check in desk that you should be catching that flight. I had a friend who had a near thing at Singapore because his stay was over 21 day and girl at the gate didn't want to let him on as she was familiar with the BB process.

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