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Old 09-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #721
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

anyone in manila right now? i wonder whats the situation right now? im flying there on tuesday and then going to puerto galera for a few days. do u think its still gonna be possible? i just read on BBC that it's meant to be the most severe flooding in the past 40 years. should i cancel my trip?
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:00 PM   #722
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anyone in manila right now? i wonder whats the situation right now? im flying there on tuesday and then going to puerto galera for a few days. do u think its still gonna be possible? i just read on BBC that it's meant to be the most severe flooding in the past 40 years. should i cancel my trip?
postpone it if you can, its not the best of times right now...
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:46 PM   #723
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Um, I would say Yes. Like, wow! You'll have to see the traffic to realise what an hilarious idea that is. Just buy something understated that you don't mind getting fender benders all dents ALL over, something that doesn't stand out. Why make yourself a target like that?

The thought of this....



....in EDSA / Makati traffic....




...is one of the funniest ideas I've heard in while. You'll realise why within 10-15 min driving out from NAIA when you fly in.

Also, pretty sure that the levy on foreign cars is something ridiculous that makes new cars 2x what the same car would cost in US. Early on, I was looking at an SUV I wanted and the prices were all pretty much 2x US prices. The only reason I was considering getting my own car and driver was simply that most taxis are really old and terrible - and I was getting nauseous and sick every day from the exhaust fumes pouring in whilst stuck in traffic. Then I realised the optimal line was simply not to leave my apartment, so I pretty much went with that.
The prices that I have found online are pretty high, 6 million PP or 127K+ USD, for a 09 H2(75K USD Fully Loaded new in the states), I thought maybe a scam, but from your post that seems standard there. The H2 was Level 5 bullet proof, lol'd at that. It seems like the Toyota Venza or Innova seems popular down there, and might be a better fit. No prob toning it down. Also shipping my car is out of the question. The import taxes are ridiculous: b. less than 2 yrs old - 90% of car valuation. I have no intentions of driving, and am pretty sure I will be going out a bit, and from your experiences with taxis, a live-in chauffeur seems like a must.

Toyota Venza:


This one is pimped out with a 22" TV/DVD and the third row was converted to a bed! lol, stand out much?


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I was paying my maid about US$60-70/week or so. The first two maids I had to let go for stealing. It's not a pleasant thing letting them go as they're crying about their children and so on, but pretty much all I really needed was occasional cleaning and someone I could trust, and I'd make that very clarified and simple when hiring and obv promised high compensation for that. And don't give 2nd chances obv - I guess the temptation was too great for them, but I eventually found close to what I wanted in Janine, who worked hard, learned my little quirks (like not waking me up if I was asleep to ask if I wanted my room cleaned - eventually, sigh), and never stole a centavo.

I don't know what the going rates are for live-in maids (you need to pay substantially more for a live-out maid as she has to find her own accommodation, food, extended commute in from wherever her affordable lodgings are, etc) but my first apartment was too small (52sqm) and although my Manansala place was quite large (80sqm), I think living with a live-in maid would be hella annoying - I dunno. I mean, I'm kind of a low maintenance geek and didn't really ever need much done. Anything I eat I order online - Janine would come in, empty a trash can, run a couple errands for me, maybe do some laundry and be on her way.

She was great for simple stuff. Anything too complex and she'd get nervous and over-react and panic. But for things like moving or getting my visa extended or talking to locals on the phone, she was priceless. She was great at letting me pass her any local tilt and she'd just politely Tagalog it away most of the time.

(Edit: Alex's comment is pretty much spot on. You can ask your maid or driver to do just about any kind of PA stuff you need, the quality of the work attempted could swing from competent to....???)

I suspect you're aiming a bit low on that 1k/month for 3-4 staff. I'd budget for 1500/month (rough guess, I dunno for sure).
Definitely sounds like a pain when searching for help, needle in a haystack kind of thing. Its seems like there is mixed responses on the level of security. YoYo I understand you enjoy the confines of your apt., so it is probably pointless for you, but for those who plan on spending more time away from the house, what is your opinion on having a bodyguard. While I am not going to put myself out there, my guess is that it would be quite obvious to the locals despite your car that you have money and will be at a higher risk of any kind of scam. I guess what I am trying to say is would having the extra help like one or two bodygaurds would reduce any attempts of potential scams just with their presence alone? I know it may sound that I go out looking for trouble with the hole BG talk but it is quite the opposite, I just like being cautious I guess...

Are any of you guys familiar with the baseball scene down there: recreational, amateur or pro? I googled for some info and just found an 8 team tourney that takes place once a year, which leads me to believe it is pretty much non-existent. I currently play in a Sunday league here in the states, and love the game, would probably be one of the few things I would miss if I had to give it up.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:56 PM   #724
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Consider getting into basketball it is much bigger there than baseball is.
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:50 PM   #725
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anyone in manila right now? i wonder whats the situation right now? im flying there on tuesday and then going to puerto galera for a few days. do u think its still gonna be possible? i just read on BBC that it's meant to be the most severe flooding in the past 40 years. should i cancel my trip?
well we're going with a group of like 20 other exchange students (who don't wanna lose money they already spent on tickets) so if its possible at all then we'd rather go. so i guess my question should be whether its possible to go rather than if its better to go another time. are we gonna be able to get to puerto galera from manila?
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:00 AM   #726
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I guess you could go but it will be hell getting from niaa to palawan. Good luck though.

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well we're going with a group of like 20 other exchange students (who don't wanna lose money they already spent on tickets) so if its possible at all then we'd rather go. so i guess my question should be whether its possible to go rather than if its better to go another time. are we gonna be able to get to puerto galera from manila?
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:44 AM   #727
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well we're going with a group of like 20 other exchange students (who don't wanna lose money they already spent on tickets) so if its possible at all then we'd rather go. so i guess my question should be whether its possible to go rather than if its better to go another time. are we gonna be able to get to puerto galera from manila?
If its Puerta Galera (mindoro) then you might have a chance. Bankas have been running from Batangas-Puerta Galera the last few days. The sea will be crazy rough and be prepared for a nasty ride. I know of people who got out of Manila yesterday to go to Angeles so Manila-Batangas should be possible.

Even with the horrible weather its pretty much buisness as usual over here. So if you do manage to get here you should still have a good time.
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:10 AM   #728
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Definitely sounds like a pain when searching for help, needle in a haystack kind of thing. Its seems like there is mixed responses on the level of security. YoYo I understand you enjoy the confines of your apt., so it is probably pointless for you, but for those who plan on spending more time away from the house, what is your opinion on having a bodyguard. While I am not going to put myself out there, my guess is that it would be quite obvious to the locals despite your car that you have money and will be at a higher risk of any kind of scam. I guess what I am trying to say is would having the extra help like one or two bodygaurds would reduce any attempts of potential scams just with their presence alone? I know it may sound that I go out looking for trouble with the hole BG talk but it is quite the opposite, I just like being cautious I guess...
I go lots of places, you don't need a bodyguard. In most cases the only scam you will run into is people trying to overcharge you for stuff that you're actually willing to buy. As long as you don't take some random stranger's offer to be your tour guide, or park in a seedy place like Tondo with a brand new car at night, you should be fine. Regarding scams, if you are somewhat careful they are really not that big a deal. I can list a few of the biggest scams I've encountered here in my 6 months here, so that you can see how they're not that big a deal and don't warrant having a bodyguard. All other scams I have encountered have been significantly smaller in terms of the amounts than this, and for 6 months these being the largest scams I've encountered are really not that big a deal or worthy of a bodyguard.

-I hired a driver for the day to go to Tagaytay. We agreed on 3000 pesos for the day, a rate which is a bit more than it should be but not a huge ripoff. We did a 10 min detour to Talisay, and once we got there he told us the detour would cost an extra 1k pesos (about $20). I didn't end up giving it to him but did end up cutting the day short.
-In Talisay, we took a boat to the Taal volcano at an agreed upon price. Once we were there we realized he had taken us to a compound where the only way to exit was by horse, instead of by foot as they had promised us. I think they were asking something like 1500 per person per horse, and as we hadn't brought enough cash we didn't do the whole Taal volcano tour and just wound up taking the boat back to Talisay.
-I went to a strip club on Roxas boulevard and instead of telling us there was a cover charge when we entered, it showed up on our bill at the very end, for php 300 a person. However, we encountered another group of tourists who had the same cover charge but at 1k/person.
-A "valet" who I see all the time tried to put me in an unlicensed beaten up taxi for 400 php when the normal rate is 100 php
-I met a girl from an online dating site thinking we could have a good time. I knew there was a risk but i bought her a ticket from the provinces and sent her about 1k. Due to plausible circumstances she lost the money so I just had the ticket refunded and didn't end up having a good time.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #729
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

There supposed to be a new poker room that has opened in Mall of Asia. Anyone has any info about this?
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:39 PM   #730
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If its Puerta Galera (mindoro) then you might have a chance. Bankas have been running from Batangas-Puerta Galera the last few days. The sea will be crazy rough and be prepared for a nasty ride. I know of people who got out of Manila yesterday to go to Angeles so Manila-Batangas should be possible.

Even with the horrible weather its pretty much buisness as usual over here. So if you do manage to get here you should still have a good time.
Met someone last night who arrived in Manila on Sunday and managed to get to Puerta yesterday with out any problems. So you should be fine.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:24 AM   #731
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Wondering if anyone here plays poker from the Philippines. I got a couple questions. Should i make a new name, on FTP, if i move to the Philippines. Also when i withdrawal should i just transfer all my funds to banks there, or have them transferred to a US bank and then transferred to a bank in the Philippines. Do they tax 'online gambling' in the Philippines, or 'online poker winnings?' Also how's the internet connection, which internet provider is the best to stop disconnections, considering im living in makati. I also got a concern about how online poker might be illegal in the philippines. I came across this article online saying, Narcisco santiago proposed a bill of some sort to make online gambling illegal in the philippines. What's the update with that??

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Old 10-01-2009, 11:54 AM   #732
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i would like to roll in a 300c with a driver, plus points for style! I don't think the Venza is available here, the other van is too much.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:46 AM   #733
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-I met a girl from an online dating site thinking we could have a good time. I knew there was a risk but i bought her a ticket from the provinces and sent her about 1k. Due to plausible circumstances she lost the money so I just had the ticket refunded and didn't end up having a good time.
Sorry to hear that you got scammed. Why did you want to send her 1k? That's a lot of money to the people in the Provinces.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:27 PM   #734
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bodyguard dude, just stay in your country if you are so afraid of Filipinos. A bodyguard with gun will probably increase your risk of being hurt, since most of them cannot shot or handled a gun since it is to expensive to practice, this is the case amongst the police anyway. Buy a used Toyota Fortuner instead, there is a lot of them here, so you will not stand out. If you want to be cool, you can buy two so the kidnappers do not know which one you are in, LOL.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:31 PM   #735
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Anyone knows which internet-backup i should choose in Angeles City?

And which internet provider is best as primary line?

And nice apartment under 20K pesos?

I just came here yesterday for the second time and I'm planning to stay here for maybe 6 months.. Anyone else in Angeles?
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