Hello everyone, I thought I would start out by saying hello to everyone here. I had previously joined a forum dedicated to living in Cebu, but when I realized that Cebu was just too large of a city for my family and I, and that Dumaguete is more of what we are used to, I decided to make the switch over here. I am a freelance writer, and my fiance, four boys, and I are going to make a move to Dumaguete in March of 2010. We currently live in Florida, so we are more than used to the weather conditions, and we are more of looking for a change of pace then a cheaper life, although the somewhat lower prices are attractive. We will be keeping our home and possessions in place in the states, so if for whatever reason we do not wish to stay in the Philippines we will have a means of escape. I run a freelance writing business from home, so I can work anywhere that there is Internet service, and I hope to establish a charity fund with local churches in my area before coming over so that I can do some good works once we are established and can see where the need is greatest. On a Yahoo group I read about a man who has been able to send over 30 neighborhood kids to school, and would love the chance to be able to do something similar. So, enough rambling and on to my question. I wanted to see if you all thought that the figures below sound feasible for our family to live on while there. I am an avid researcher given the nature of my work, so I want to be sure that we are sufficiently prepared before we arrive. I have done some research on local apartments that rent by the week, and have found a 2 bedroom place for 6,500 a week that is well secured and we can stay in as we get acclimated and look for a place to rent provided that they are still in business next year of course. Monthly Budget: 25000 Php rent 3 bedroom home with housekeeper quarters or 4 br home outside city limits. 4000 Php electricity not much air con use. 1000 Php Internet 1000 Php for tap water and drinking water 30000 Php Food/toiletries 4000 Php entertainment. Eating out once a week, snorkeling locally, etc. 800 Php Cable 2500 Php Stay in housekeeper Phone will be skype paid separately and maybe a local cell phone should we decide. 3000 Transportation 10000 a month schooling at Similan for 3 oldest boys 9,6, and 5 (we may home school however) 71,300 Php per month without schooling and 81,300 with it. Visa extensions as well as Christmas and birthday presents will be paid with my child support money and yearly plane tickets to visit back home will be bought with my tax return or the money we save throughout the year. Does this budget sound doable? Also, are there safe and reliable transportation methods 5-10 Km outside of Duma that can get all six of us into the city and what would be the daily cost? Would a driver be more cost efficient? Thank-you for hanging in with me if you have lasted this long, and I truly appreciate any advice or information that is offered.