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Why do expats love Dumaguete?

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  1. Dumagueteneo

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    There are 4 reasons why expats love Dumaguete. First is the economics, the city is fast growing no doubt but despite the massive growth. Second, the weather, we have a tropical climate. Then the people, Dumagueteneos are popularly tagged as gentle people. Lastly, the city amenities. Visit this link Looking For A New Place To Live? - Choose DUMAGUETE CITY! |
    to read the whole blog. I hope this helps.
     
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  2. ShawnM

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    I agree with many posters...it is really about where you end up being comfortable as well as where you wife/SO is from as many (including myself obviously) gravitate to where they are from.

    For me, I like having Dumaguete close for the restaurants and better shopping; other areas in the Philippines that I would consider if I hadn't already built a house in Tanjay would be Bohol and Valencia. Only 2 areas that I have enjoyed to a point where I could see myself living.

    I do like the small town atmosphere of Tanjay and being relatively close to Bais for the fish market. Like any place it has it's positive and negatives but I'm quite comfortable. Manila, Cebu or Dumaguete would not be a choice for my country/small town life that I prefer.

    Just my opinion,

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    The article says “Some expats pensioners oftentimes set a budget of $5,000 USD max a month this would already give them great choices for accommodation, posh lifestyle, exquisite food choices and you still have some spare cash to probably keep for savings or invest on other things.”

    Hmmm....posh lifestyle, exquisite food choices. I have no idea what most fellow expats in Dumaguete currently spend but other forums do not usually indicate a figure that high. Yet for a US retiree professional receiving SSA max in the area of 3K plus a company pension of at least 2K or more, (all after taxes), that is a reasonable figure for income for, foe example, former IBM employees, NY Police and such. However I know many expats who have much lower budgets and are quite happy.

    I think the article is designed to attract wealthier, professional retirees but I may be wrong.

    I know at 60K per year, one could retire in the US with better accommodations, reasonable lifestyle and great better food, especially if house was paid for.

    I think if you have 60K or more in pensions and SS, the only reasons to move here are 1) “It is more fun in the Philippines” (PRA slogan that is true) and 2) spousal family ties.


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    The statement wasn't about being "happy" or getting by (some people aren't happy with a "simple life"). It was about living an extravagant lifestyle. You would need every bit of that to do so in the Philippines. However, I would argue that amount of money wouldn't give you a "posh" or extravagant lifestyle. If you want western standards in the 3rd world, you are going to need to almost double what you would pay in the US. Note: That may not apply to many parts of Europe; Europeans seem to enjoy throwing over half their income at their government so they can get all that wonderful "free" stuff.

    I know many people that live on very small budgets...but I certainly would never want to live like them. Not saying there is anything wrong with their lifestyle if that's what makes them happy, just that it isn't for me.
     
  5. Dave_Hounddriver

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    When I was your age, I saw old people. I saw them living on pensions that I thought were poverty level. I wondered how they could survive. Then I "suddenly" reached the age of those old people and I found out: With no rent, no car payments, no taxes, and no kids to pay for its freakin' easy. I live better on US$1,000 a month here and now than I did on US$50K a year earned income when I was working 10 to 20 years ago.
     
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    Probably, like many of you, I had a checkered past. Had money, no money, had money, no money, mostly related to divorces. Here, sacrifices are necessary to live comfortable, at least for many of us (even though I am one of those previously mentioned retired IBM employees). But coming from Seattle when the cold rain starts in August, I find it hard to complain. Wake up and smell the mangoes (probably no roses in the P.I.). So I agree with Dave.
     
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    Don't you know that it's worth
    Every treasure on earth to be young at heart
    For as rich as you are
    It's much better by far to be young at heart
     
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    “This video is unavailable”. Violation of Digital m Millenium laws?


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    This video is a fairly honest synopsis of the way things are, however in discussing the motivation for moving to the Philippines (economic only), he should realize that there are other motivations, such as close spousal family ties or the fact that it really is more fun in the Phils as the PRA claims. My US Filipina doctor says the US is “aseptic”, almost too clean. There are great many of us who have the money and could also be retired in the USA but actually prefer being with the people in their beautiful country as many Filipinos choose to be in the US.


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    I have one in a pot but it is quite a straggly thing (that is how I bought it) .... I will soon hard prune it and hope for the best. But, as to your point, it has no fragrance.
     
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