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Hi Greetings from Thailand.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Happyandre, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Happyandre

    Happyandre DI New Member

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    Andre here from thailand. Been retired from work and living in Thailand for 8 years. I'm 61 now and looking to split my time between here (Pattaya) and Phils.
    I'm Australian and have a great bunch of expat friends here... it's a great community... good group of tennis and golf buddies... meet for coffee couple times a week but I need somewhere to spend say 4 or 5 months a year away from here.
    Travelled to Phils 5 times over the past 3 years Angeles, Subic, Olongapo, Baguio, Manila, Tagbilaran, Cebu, Panglao, Palawan etc (not been to Davao though) and crossed off most places as a living option, but after a few days in Dumaguete in November seems to be the place that would suit me best.
    At a glance appears there is a better class of expat there.. doesn't seem to attract the sexpats and hardcore bar drinkers. A few expats I met were friendly and gave me an insight into the more laidback lifestyle.
    So I'm planning on a trip latter this month say 10 nights rent a condo...do a mini living experience.... bring my golf clubs, tennis racquet rent a bike and see how it goes.
    Been researching golf and tennis there. Golf thing is easy seems most golfers meet Monday Wednesday and Fridays and play... visited the club when I was there.
    Tennis seems a bit more difficult to get information on.
    I saw the courts in Valencia and know there are others...Motong and Praxevilla.
    Contact details are hard to find.
    It would be great if anyone knows anything about the tennis scene there.. I really only like doubles but like to knock as well.
    If you golf I'm a 14 hcp or tennis i'm a bit below say intermediate and wouldn't mind catching up for a game...or a coffee (or a beer) when I'm in town please let me know.
    If anyone wants information on Thailand happy to help.
    Thanks in advance for any information.
    Regards to all...Andre
     
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    Welcome.jpg :smile:
     
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    Welcome aboard. I do not play social Sports (did not even know there was a Golf Course here let alone a Tennis Court!) but I am sure there will be a few here who like to play Ball Sports of sorts. I hope you find what you are seeking. :smile:
     
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    Have a chat with Mr Wyre :smile:
     
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    After a chat with Mr.Wyre, you will get confused if Dumaguete are a town or a trailerpark, LOL
     
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    dumaguete, i was there today (downlown): simply chaotic...
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
    I'm also on the way to evaluate a future living place.

    Angeles: too much corruption and too many sexpats and sextourists.
    Subic: depends if you mean Subic town or the Subic Bay Freeport Zone SBFZ. These are two complete different things. Subic town is OK. SBFZ is decent but completely overprized. And not even Pinoys can own lots in that area due a lease and lease back contract lying on the complete SBFZ area. For living in SBFZ you should have at least US$ 3500.- per month available or very big savings.
    Olongapo: it depends where you live in Olongapo. Some barangays like Gordon Heights are very nice to live. Stays on my list.
    Baguio: wondering what is no so good there? Probably overpricing and mostly insane real estate prices. I put it back to third rank due the latter.
    Manila: totally overcrowded and insane traffic. Only for expat works.
    Cebu: similar to Manila but a bit lesser degree.
    Tagbilaran and Panglao: never evaluated. Tagbilaran seems to be in a similar or even worse condition than Dumaguete in the case of traffic. About Panglao I heard that it is somewhat overcrowded.
    Palawan is very nice. What is wrong with it? There are many lovely spots for living. I'm still evaluating it.

    Yeah, have a chat or conversation with Wrye83 about Dumaguete. Even my wife which is a relative of Negros Oriental dislikes Dumaguete more snd more. Interesting is the variant living uphill in Valencia and do your activities in Dumaguete.
     
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    It was crazy today in the City and the highway on the home back to Maluay! Went for lunch at Robinson's for something different, it was crazy for how many were standing inline waiting for a table, ended up finding a table on the second floor in the back corner. I normally go on a Wednesday and thought that was the busy day but it seems Thursday is even more so!
     
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    It takes more than a glance. If you have a good social group there you might be better off where you are. There are some expats that golf (I used to myself) but there is only one decent 9 hole course in the area and it gets rather old quickly. Plenty of rumors about it being bought out by various malls all the time so no telling how long it will be around. There is one in Pamplona as well but it has more of a put-put course feel to it (I can drive some of the par 4's with a hybrid, 5 or 3 wood and I'm far from talented enough to be able to do that.) Any other decent courses are in Bacolod and Cebu (which can be quite pricey to play a round on).

    I'm actually in Pattaya where the OP is posting from right now and I'm mostly seeing tourists like myself but I've seen some of the obvious expats sitting in some of the smaller, foreign owned, restobars chatting. It all seems about the same in this part of the world. You'll have a large chunk of social misfits in these cheaper countries.
     
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    Thanks for the replies... when looking to spend a considerable amount of time in a place..say 5 months a year ...and when you know no one it takes research in what you're looking for.
    I'm active ... need to do be busy and have options on what I can do. It also takes time and effort to build up a network of friends or associates. I think that's the hardest part about moving... the effort needed to find like minded people, I'm a social creature like to meet for coffee..etc. I have that where I am but Pattaya is becoming so influxed with tourists it's now uncomfortable to stay here without finding somewhere else for a break.
    The town is always packed with hoards of Chinese and Indian tourists, this has been a big change over the last 2 years.
    If your life revolves around drinking in bars and finding a friend every night to take home this place is sensational, but I'm beyond that now...Pattaya is a great base but need a second home.
    Manila was too big ... I rented a condo in Cebu for 10 nights in the I T Park.. but found Cebu uninteresting... had no feel, The better part of Subic was alright..good tennis facilities nice mall... and if all else fails an option, Baguio is nice but isolated ...didn't even see many foreigners there...
    Again appreciate your comments... I'm really hoping Dumaguete is what I'm looking for...
     
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