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Cost of living in the Philippines

Visa Extension in the Philippines: Cost breakdown

Visa Extension in the Philippines: Cost breakdown

It was time for my visa extension and since there is no Bureau of Immigration on Siquijor, I went to Dumaguete. Once in the office I learned that now I can do a six months visa extension in Dumaguete, no need to go to Cebu, Bacolod or Iloilo for that. Great improvement, but I needed to visit the ATM first, before applying. Since a 6 months visa is more expensive off course. But first things first, I got a question…

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What do Groceries cost in the Philippines

What do Groceries cost in the Philippines

The big question everybody asks on YouTube is: What is the cost of living in the Philippines. And the answer is, that there is no answer. You can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. What I do in this video and maybe in videos to come is to show you the price of groceries. So you get a clear idea of what things cost around here.

Can a Tourist open a Filipino Bank Account

Can a Tourist open a Filipino Bank Account

Using the ATM with a European MasterCard is a costly affair. The max amount of withdrawal is 10,000 pesos per transaction and the withdrawal and intercharge fee is around 10 euro each time, add to that the exchange rate and the fact that each time you use your card the bank might consider blocking it due to ‘suspicious transactions’, one might wonder if there are easier ways to get to your money when living abroad. But since I’m living int…

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The cost of living in Cebu City

The cost of living in Cebu City

Comparing Cebu City to the Filipino country side or less developed areas Cebu City is rather expensive. Not in general but in certain areas. Upscale restaurants have upscale menus and prices. For example: TGIFridays and Social. Prices on their menu are huge. And although the food has excellent quality, as you might expect when your steak costs¬†around. 1500 pesos (30 euro), Food Prices in Cebu City You can buy your bread here at French orientated bakeries and pay 58 pesos…

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Eating out in the Philippines – Money talk

Eating out in the Philippines – Money talk

Another month has passed since my last Money-Talk-Blog that was all about grocery prices. This time, like I promised I will talk about eating out in Puerto Galera. I still have no clue what is cheaper: cooking yourself or eating out. Since when you cook for yourself you need gas or electricity and there are lots of kitchen supplies like spices and oil to invest in. And since eating out can be very cheap I’m not sure it is worth…

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How to live on a budget in the Philippines

How to live on a budget in the Philippines

A few tips on how to manage finances I do get a lot of questions about the cost of living in the Philippines. And I’m not always sure what to answer. There is no universal anser to that, it all depends on personal preferences, lifestyle ad the area where you will be traveling to. Life is all about money. Unless you have limitless money you need to handle your money wisely. Running short on money can cause serious issues for…

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Living in the Philippines: Money talk

Living in the Philippines: Money talk

Money talk, every now and then I will do an update on Leaving Holland on prices in the stores, bars and restaurants, just to give you an idea how cheap or expensive living in the Philippines can get. I must say my feelings about spendings here are mixed. Some things are really cheap, like imported goods from China, such as flip flops, bags, tees and even dresses, but some things are pretty expensive also, like milk, lettuce, european bread and…

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