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Poll Why did you choose the Philippines as your home?

Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by AndyG, Jan 17, 2020.

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What were your top 5 reasons for choosing the Philippines as your home?

  1. Health facilities

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  2. Cost of living

    42 vote(s)
    93.3%
  3. Prevalent spoken english

    33 vote(s)
    73.3%
  4. Restaurants and cuisine

    4 vote(s)
    8.9%
  5. Climate

    40 vote(s)
    88.9%
  6. Religious freedom

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  7. Excursion activities (diving/hiking/fishing etc)

    10 vote(s)
    22.2%
  8. Scenic locations

    14 vote(s)
    31.1%
  9. Expat community

    11 vote(s)
    24.4%
  10. Local community

    5 vote(s)
    11.1%
  11. Nightlife

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  12. Geography - close to something or far away from something else.

    3 vote(s)
    6.7%
  13. Marriage / Companionship

    27 vote(s)
    60.0%
  14. Something else, please message me to add it here.

    4 vote(s)
    8.9%
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  1. JOHNNY B

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  2. JOHNNY B

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    you will find out when you go back home again when i was there a short time ago the minimum wage was raised and automatically everything when up about 20% you will see the inflation has gone crazy at home not like here you will be back

     
  3. Pompolino

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    I am also curious of where you would go. If you don't mind sharing... is the primary reason the cost of living here and if so where is cheaper - well significantly enough for you to move away. I come from Sydney, Australia and have to go back a few times a year and whilst I notice the increases in costs here - they are nothing compared with the increases there.
     
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  4. Liverpool fan

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    The only country in southeast Asia I have been where living is cheaper than here is in Cambodia, I need mention have not been in all countries in Southeast Asia
     
  5. Notmyrealname

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    Cambodia also has a Visa which is renewable annually from within the country - no 'visa runs'. It is said best to be done via travel shops - one called 'Lucky Motors' in Phnom Penh is often recommended.
     
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  6. hiddenuser

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    hey, one of my five was restaurants and crusine when actually it is the closest to the great fresh fruits and veggies at the marketplace. we really don't eat out that much
     
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    You can even get a working visa at arrival or online before you go there, can't remember the price but it's cheap
     
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    Quote from Groucho Marx...” A man is only as old as the woman he feels” !! :-)
     
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  9. bounder

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    I originally spent three years based in a small communications station on Luzon while in the US Navy. I returned on a whim in 2009 and moved over here permanently in 2010. Yes, it is becoming more expensive to live here, but still cheaper than in the states. I also love the location as I find Negros Island a paradise in comparison to many other places in the Philippines. Minutes from the sea or minutes from the mountains. The locals where I live and their friendly attitudes are also a definite factor in staying here. Finally, I walk all over the island and have always been warmly received by the many Filipinos I have had the opportunity to meet. Okay, some are wary about the old, heavy set, and balding foreigner walking the highway with backpack and camera in hand, but most are friendly (and curious). So, you make what you wish of your adopted country. The rest of my years will be spent here.
     
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