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liberty9133 10th January 2011 08:24 PM

Where to live
 
I am coming over in Feb. to look for places to bring my elderly(87) mother who is infirm, needing a great deal of assistance. Therefore, I need to find suitable accomodations for her. Including
1. as nice a climate as possible
2 3br with 2 full bath and maid quarters under 14000PHP(If funished, 22000)
3 close to good hospitals
4 a good expat acitve community
5 live in caretaker ?(Cost?)
6 easy transportation
Any help would be appreciated. I have some guidance but, considering all the islands, it gets very confusing.
What should I avoid if those are my current needs?
What does a retirement visa look like. I have read that we now have to post a $20000 usd bond? Can that be right?
Thanks,
John

Asian Spirit 10th January 2011 11:50 PM

Mothers move to the Philippines
 
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Originally Posted by liberty9133 (Post 436771)
I am coming over in Feb. to look for places to bring my elderly(87) mother who is infirm, needing a great deal of assistance. Therefore, I need to find suitable accomodations for her. Including
1. as nice a climate as possible
2 3br with 2 full bath and maid quarters under 14000PHP(If funished, 22000)
3 close to good hospitals
4 a good expat acitve community
5 live in caretaker ?(Cost?)
6 easy transportation
Any help would be appreciated. I have some guidance but, considering all the islands, it gets very confusing.
What should I avoid if those are my current needs?
What does a retirement visa look like. I have read that we now have to post a $20000 usd bond? Can that be right?
Thanks,
John

Hi John,

Welcome to the site:D.

I've lived here in the Philippines for about eight years now. From what I know of life here and experience dealing with everyday life I would have to say that the Philippines as a whole would not meet your needs or that of an aged person that would be dependant on others for care. The overall cost of life here is about 1/3rd of most places in the states. But the things you mention such as transportation is anything but easy to put it mildly.
Manila would be the only place that would have 1st class medical care available. But transportation to and from is a horrible experience. If an ambulance is ever needed, the responce time can be an hour or more. Traffic prevents faster movement most of the time. Advanced life support would be limited to very few hospitals and only in Manila. Also Medicare/Medicaid is not usable here under any condition and a cash deposit is most always required before anyone will be admited to any hospital---even in an emergencey situation!

In my opinion your mother could and would be in danger from not only doctors that may or may not know enough but also by anyone hired to give personal care at home. In short, moving her here would put her at *extreme risk.* I love the Philippines and most aspects of living here but the foregoing is my honest opinion.

The cost and procedure of obtaining a retirement visa for her I know nothing about. I would suggest you visit with the closest Philippine embassy there in the states. They are located in Washington DC, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. There may be others but not sure.
The Philippine embassy in Los Angeles is located on Wilshire Blvd.

I hope this helps a little and again I would advise against moving your mother here or to any other 3rd world country.


Gene...

Phil_expat 12th January 2011 03:36 PM

Gene, very well written! My 87 year old mother wanted to move to the Philippines with me. I told her live here is not right for her. Besides what you wrote, she could never adapt to riding a trike. Socially she would have no friends since all the people here are old men and younger women. She has very good heath insurance in the USA but none in the Philippines. It would be a mistake for me or anyone else to bring there age mother to the Philippines.

Asian Spirit 13th January 2011 01:37 AM

Living Conditions
 
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Originally Posted by Phil_expat (Post 438131)
Gene, very well written! My 87 year old mother wanted to move to the Philippines with me. I told her live here is not right for her. Besides what you wrote, she could never adapt to riding a trike. Socially she would have no friends since all the people here are old men and younger women. She has very good heath insurance in the USA but none in the Philippines. It would be a mistake for me or anyone else to bring there age mother to the Philippines.

There may be some places with older, single expats in Manila. Likely areas would most probably be in the high rise condos such as at or above Robinsons mall in Ermita. The last I heard is many of the condos in that property are for rent as the original owner was just unable to sell all of them. There are many more high rise condos with the same problem in selling. So I would suppose that would make renting a more affordable option.
But for a person of far advanced years, still not advisable to make the move.
Also, Manila has a lot of pollution in the air a good part of the time and that too could effect the health of an elderly person.
Aside from the more expensive resort islands, I think my favorite place is Subic Bay. Modern and nice with most everything available.


Gene…

filmguy 19th January 2011 04:00 PM

I would not want to count on any of the cities in the PI for emergency situations, that being said I have been living part time in the philippines for 5 years and have been coming here since 1979. I chose Baguio because of the following reasons.
1. the weather (never gets hot or humid)
2. has 2 hospitals don't know if they are any good because I have not had to use them I would want to be stabalized and sent back to the states if it were me and possible
3. nice SM mall to keep my wife busy (she has a black belt in shopping)
4. we have all the usuall fast food places Mcdonalds KFC ect.
Golf courses bowling alleys movie theaters
5. lots of expats some permanent some come and go
6. The only downside is there are no commercial flights so its a 5 hour drive from manila I heard there are private flights but I have not found any yet.
I love Baguio and the interesting combination of pine trees and palms

Asian Spirit 19th January 2011 08:05 PM

Living Here
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by filmguy (Post 442440)
I would not want to count on any of the cities in the PI for emergency situations, that being said I have been living part time in the philippines for 5 years and have been coming here since 1979. I chose Baguio because of the following reasons.
1. the weather (never gets hot or humid)
2. has 2 hospitals don't know if they are any good because I have not had to use them I would want to be stabalized and sent back to the states if it were me and possible
3. nice SM mall to keep my wife busy (she has a black belt in shopping)
4. we have all the usuall fast food places Mcdonalds KFC ect.
Golf courses bowling alleys movie theaters
5. lots of expats some permanent some come and go
6. The only downside is there are no commercial flights so its a 5 hour drive from manila I heard there are private flights but I have not found any yet.
I love Baguio and the interesting combination of pine trees and palms

Hi Filmguy,

Welcome to the site. From you handle I assume you work or worked in the film industry??? My dad worked over 30 years for Technicolor in Hollywood.

You picked a beautiful place to live. We've been up there a number of times and like you,love the weather---especially during summer. Was reading in the local online news just yesterday though that many locals are staying warm around bonfires due to the unusual cold now.

I have always liked your SM mall there with the top that looks like a giant tent. When you get down to Angeles, be sure to try the new Marquee Mall. My wife and I almost live there it seems and love the place.

My understanding is that commercial flights were stopped into and out of Baguio for safety reasons and airlines here figure its too risky with current navagation aids for landing in bad weather and low visibility.


Gene...

filmguy 19th January 2011 08:12 PM

I sure will,my wife never leaves a mall un-shopped.

Asian Spirit 19th January 2011 08:31 PM

Google
 
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Originally Posted by filmguy (Post 442645)
I sure will,my wife never leaves a mall un-shopped.

Tim,

I did the Google thing. Cool for sure!!! Did you ever go to the old Tiny Naylors restaurant on Sherman Way and Sepulveda. Blvd? My friends and I use to spend lots of time there--half the night in fact drinking coffee and shooting the bull. I'm told Tiny's in gone now but good memories from there.


Gene...

filmguy 20th January 2011 03:39 AM

many times but my resturant was Bobs on Van nuys blvd. Just today I had a Bobs burger from Burbank on riverside

Asian Spirit 20th January 2011 03:53 AM

Burgers
 
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Originally Posted by filmguy (Post 442772)
many times but my resturant was Bobs on Van nuys blvd. Just today I had a Bobs burger from Burbank on riverside

Dont remember one on Riverside but know there use to be one on Lankershim when I was quite young.

If you ever get up to Visalia (north of Bakersfield) try Mearl's Drive In on Mooney Blvd. Its a 1950's drive in and the best burgers etc in the world!!!


Gene...


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