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Why do expats love Dumaguete?

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  1. furriner

    furriner DI Forum Adept Restricted Account

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    Hi Pat, Anyone who receives a pension from IBM today is also over 66 years old and receiving social security, probably at or near SSA max. That would be well over 3-4K per month. That is considered to be fairly good here. Sacrifices? Well, that would certainly require sacrifices living in Seattle but perhaps not so much in Dumaguete. With a nice income like that, I would say it is more difficult to smell the mangoes from within the AIRCON home that one would or could own, unless of course one of your maids picked them and brought them inside :-)


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  2. PatO

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    Actually, since you brought it up, at my retirement I was not grandfathered in the monthly pension plan and had to take a lump sum which my ex-wife was happy to take half of and which taxes took a chunk out of the remaining. So I am not living on the beach. My wife picks free mangoes from the empty lot next door. My monthly SSA helps to buy meds and monthly expenses and is gone by the end of the month. Still, life is good. How about you?
     
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    Yes, that lump sum was a ripoff. I receive an annuity (from age 55) with spouse survivorship. No complaints. The cash balance plan was a really unfair due to unrealistically high interest rate assumptions. In my case I did not retire until age 68 and I was able to put two kids through college at ECU (tuition, off campus housing, etc.) with that monthly check. As you say, life is good here. 100% agree.


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    Finances have nothing to do with me liking Dumaguete. I am lucky in that I am still mobile. I like Dumaguete because it offers just about everything and maybe some more than other cities do, and I can get anywhere within the City by walking for 30 minutes or less. I don't have to drive and fight traffic. I get to walk, get my exercise, see what is going on and watch people going to and fro making a living. I get to do what I want to, not what I have to. I look at the traffic, people going back and forth to work, picking up or dropping children for school, sip some wine, read some chapters of the current book, smile and think, I am one lucky person not to be doing that anymore.
     
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    Right. Nobody came here to get rich. Nobody came here because they were rich. Some who came here are rich. But nobody needs to BE rich to love the place, including me and my Filipina wife.


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  6. TheDude

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    Thanks for digging up an old thread, no doubt digging for keywords. It's good to know that DI shows up as number one for "Why do expats love Dumaguete?"

    Since I'm actually a foreigner, allow me to chime in.

    Economics: Foreigners enjoy Dumaguete because the economy is emerging, not soaring. You don't have the same spiraling of money dumps such as labor and land costs. That's not to say that it's cheaper to live here, but rather you CAN live cheaper because you have more room for downsizing. For example, you can live close to the city in a hut for next to nothing if you like. It's much harder to do that in the countries we come. Foreigners could give a rat's @$$ about economy except it would be nice to see a Burger King come in here.

    Note: Your summary on economics seems to be much different from the article you linked to so I'm responding to your summary.

    Weather: Right, if you live in a hut for next to nothing, then you won't have to worry about freezing to death as you would in the US.

    Gentle people: From your article...

    Are you kidding me? Do you actually live in Dumaguete? Are Filipinos now outsourcing content writing to some other nation?

    This is dangerous advice. Of course, you can run into problems anywhere and you should always be vigilant. But I feel that you would have to be much more careful in Dumaguete compared to cities of a similar size where I come from.

    I have been robbed 4 times here where things have been taken from me while I was fully aware of it. One of those times was by minors past curfew. :wink: I have been threatened and attacked on other occaisions. I probably have an incident on average about once a year here.

    One of the most problematic areas is the market area around the time which people start setting up (dawn or just before.) Early risers who like to exercise before dawn have to face drunk drivers, roaming thugs and stray dogs.

    I don't know where the gentle people thing comes from, but they need to get another slogan. Even if you did keep the slogan, you might attractive more foreigners if you updated it to "gentle on the streets, freak in the sheets!"

    Ammenities: Um sure. You mean like, McD's will offer you ketchup with your fries? Or is that condiments? The summary is lacking and the article wasn't much better.

    Thanks for posting though. Hope you contribute more than one post. :wink:
     
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    Fun facts about this thread...

    If you look at the starting point, the title "Why do expats love Dumaguete" was a bit tongue in cheek because the video which the OP posted was quite controversial to the expat community here.

    Speaking of keywords, this post also ranks #1 for "assholes Dumaguete" and of course does the same for "why assholes love Dumaguete." And that was thanks to yours truly.

    Personally, I think this thread should split into the (at least) 3 different recent subjects it covers. Original renamed and locked (possibly hidden away in the controversial subjects forum.) The post from Dumagueteneo forwards being the new face of the thread. And my own posts removed from the new thread, hehe.
     
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