Originally Posted by ollierye
My question is, specifically ... what are some of the "obstacles" involved in moving to another country ... whether it be for a few months and/or permanently? Most notably - visa's (do i need a special visa), banking (is it possible to open an account there and are they "online poker friendly"), and whatever else you think may be relevant...
The main obstacles are just putting up with the differences in culture and the downsides that living in a third world, tropical country. These include pollution, awful traffic, and huge cockroaches. Also, even if with the right connection poker, surfing, and downloading are all fine, for most people videos and music will not stream.
On the plus side, you have hot girls that are easy to get (yes I know in an earlier post I said that even though my quantity of girls was fairly high my % success rate was low but w/e), beautiful beaches that aren't too far away, and a very luxurious lifestyle for cheap.
Regarding the more technical things, visas are easy. You just get in w/a ticket out (can be an $80 ticket on tiger airways to singapore), they stamp you for 21 days, and every so often you go to immigration and pay some small amount (I think $50/month?).
Banking is fairly easy also, and I've had no problems with online poker which is legal in the Philippines http://www.onlinecasinoadvisory.com/...egal-42626.htm
, and since I'm feeling generous I'll write out something comprehensive.
First thing to do is open up an account in hsbc in USD (you don't need an Alien Certificate of Registration) or citibank (you do need an ACR). Then it's worth noting a few things:
-Pokerstars, party, cake, and absolute will wire money to this account if the address you have on file with them is a Philippine one. In the case of absolute and cake they may even do it with a non-Philippine address (not sure).
-FTP will not wire money to a Philippine bank, so your option would be a check which would take forever to get to your place and forever to clear at HSBC or to just send the money to your account in your home country, and then pay the international wire fee to send it to HSBC from your home country.
-Ipoker will not work without a VPN, although they will wire to a Philippine bank
-my Philippine HSBC debit card did not work for depositing on AP or entropay (not sure why)
-most of these sites will allow a bank wire from your HSBC account as a deposit option
-neteller and moneybookers will only work with a vpn afaik, and you cannot use a Philippine address to setup a neteller/moneybookers account