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Old 11-01-2012, 11:19 AM   #5076
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

6.50 a pound sounds super cheap
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #5077
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anyone got recommendations on a neighboring country to pick up a laptop in with good prices? i hear hong kong has decent prices for laptops. really sucks looking for a laptop in PH when the same models on newegg are $300+ cheaper for the same model and dealing with customs for online orders of electronics is hell.
Malaysia would be the cheapest, Air Asia clark-Kuala Lumpur is about 6000 pesos for a round trip. Electronics are pretty cheap in Kuala Lumpur, check out Low Yat Plaza.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:24 PM   #5078
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$15 round trip?
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:56 PM   #5079
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Only thing is Clark is kind of out the way unless you are an Angeles City reg. Its cheaper but defo more messing around with connections
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:56 PM   #5080
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$15 round trip?
Is that a typo?
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:23 AM   #5081
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6000 pesos is about $140
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:43 AM   #5082
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math with headache = hard

i broke that down like 7 times...... knew it couldnt be right, and that was still what i settled on

are laptops cheaper in malaysia than thailand? cuz you can fly clark to bangkok cheaper then that
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:14 PM   #5083
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are laptops cheaper in malaysia than thailand? cuz you can fly clark to bangkok cheaper then that
In BKK there is only pantip plaza where you can get laptops at alright prices and the prices there are nothing special.

I've never looked for eletronics in Malaysia, but I'd be surprised if their pricing would end up being better.

HK prices can be pretty good if you know what you want (specs wise as some brands are overpriced) and where to get it (fancy upscale malls are for suckers).

You can also get a 5 day short term visa for shenzhen at the border, but chinese IT market malls can be a bit intimidating though as you're the fish in their shark tank and all the dealers are trying to get a piece of you. If your negotiating skills are alright and you don't mind the language barriers you can get very good deals on lenovo laptops.

US online retailers like newegg = the nuts in terms of pricing

I'm not sure if johnny air is somehow able to get around import taxes with connections, but if that is the case then it'd be the nuts.

The Philippines are way overpriced when it comes to anything of firstworld standards and you directly feel the impact of corruption and poor governance on your wallet.

Even nice furnitures are hard to come by at reasonable prices. Just look at all the $1000+ apartments that look like anyone could furnish them a lot better for a few hundred dollars at Ikea in western countries.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:49 PM   #5084
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Does anyone have an opinion about Grand Soho in Makati?
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:28 AM   #5085
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Hitting the nightclub as a single man last night was good experiance. Been dating same girl here for last 5 months and now I remember why I didnt want to get into a relationship in the first place.

http://www.philippinephotography.com...-bluerose.html

Meeting her Sunday already told her its for dinner and sexersise seeing as we both like to keep fit. I know she has at least two boyfriends so sorry if this is anyones girl
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #5086
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Both (usually direct, but sometimes had my cousin ship).

I've used Johnny Air Cargo (air freight and sea freight) and Pobox.ph (sea freight only). Sea freight takes much longer (>1 month) but makes a lot more sense for heavy/bulky items or items that you don't need right away.

I know there's also My Shopping Box and Manilaforwarder and probably some others, but haven't used them as I've been pretty happy with Johnny Air.
thanks for the info, i checked with JAC and they gave me a breakdown of $7.50/pound to metro manila or $8.50/pound to province + $5 service fee + $50 customs fee for laptops + 12%vat, with all that it still comes out to $200-$400 less than buying the some of the models i was looking at on newegg would cost here.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #5087
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when i bought a lap top a few months ago they were cheaper at www.frys.com then they were at newegg

might wanna check it out
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:31 PM   #5088
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Does anyone have an opinion about Grand Soho in Makati?
Stayed there for a week. It was pretty decent, and a good location.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #5089
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Stayed there for a week. It was pretty decent, and a good location.
Thanks, might rent there.

Do you think Joya / Manansala / One Rockwell is a lot better facility / management wise that it'd warrant a premium of 5-10k compared to a studio at Grand Soho for 20k?

I figure it's so close by cab it's not really worth it but maybe I'm wrong.

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:07 AM   #5090
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Thanks, might rent there.

Do you think Joya / Manansala / One Rockwell is a lot better facility / management wise that it'd warrant a premium of 5-10k compared to a studio at Grand Soho for 20k?

I figure it's so close by cab it's not really worth it but maybe I'm wrong.
In terms of the buildings, I'm not 100% sure given I didn't stay in Grand Soho long enough to have any problems (that's sort of when it shows), but in terms of the day to day of the inside of the building Rockwell is a little nicer but I'd be just as happy in Grand Soho.

The real thing that makes a difference in a country like this is being next to a mall where you can get groceries/lots of food places. I noticed that I had to walk around quite a bit without a car to get much food variety in Grand Soho; if that hadn't been the case I might have stayed there longer.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:09 AM   #5091
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Grand Soho isn't near anything.

If you want something centrally located and near malls, look into Soho Central in Mandaluyong. 2 min to MRT, 2 min to Shangri-La Plaza mall, 5 min to Star Mall, 10 min to SM Megamall, 5 min cab/jeep to Kapitolyo, 10 min cab/jeep to Metrowalk. I lived there for 1 year 8 months. PM me and I'll tell you who/what to look for.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:49 AM   #5092
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Is it just me or do most Fillapino chicks have bad breath? Or could it be my breath bouncing back at me
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:23 AM   #5093
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Is it just me or do most Fillapino chicks have bad breath? Or could it be my breath bouncing back at me
does it smell like mouldy nutz
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:27 AM   #5094
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Is it just me or do most Fillapino chicks have bad breath? Or could it be my breath bouncing back at me
Thai chicks are far worse with their stinky food imo.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:28 AM   #5095
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you guys kiss em or something?


ewwww koodies




are there acleda, ANZ, or canadia banks in the philippines?
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:02 AM   #5096
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are there acleda, ANZ, or canadia banks in the philippines?

Yeah sure Im not just talking about hookers, its not hard to pick up girls in the nightclub here but its kind of polite to kiss them before you go for the knickers.

I use City Bank but they have HSBC here to which I think is international. Defo no ANZ dont know about the others
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #5097
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another reason to just stick with hookers.... no kissing


**** citibank breena, scummy bastards i hate them take your money out now!!!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:47 AM   #5098
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**** citibank breena, scummy bastards i hate them take your money out now!!!!!!!
Well I use my UK account just withdraw through their cashpoints as pretty sure I pay less Rake that way.

I do also have an Australian ANZ account but they were smashing me with charges so I shipped all my cash home.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:09 AM   #5099
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do the math on your withdrawals and see what exchange rate you are really getting

they claim no foreign withdrawal fees but they just hide the 3% in the exchange rate

ugh.... im not gonna get into my whole rant on the, but within my first 3 weeks outside of the states i found out they lied to me in like 7 different ways
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #5100
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Yeah I get bumped 2% in the exchange rate, me and a pal sat and worked it out the other day that theres not that much difference except City Bank let you take 15k whilst the others only let you take 10k.

Also dont think there is a 200 peso charge per withdrawl with City bank or at least the cashpoint doest tell you this.

I got told you can withdraw 30k from HSBC but that is more than my cards maximum.
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