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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2014, 11:28:57 PM »
Anyone ever had soft smoked kippered salmon? It's something to die for! Goes great with plain white fluffy rice! For you Bud, Uncle Ben's converted rice will do if you have anymore in stock in your pantry!
The last time I was in Washington State 20 yrs ago kippered salmon went for $14 a lb!
Haven't learned to make any, but here's how: http://tinyurl.com/7tg64ee
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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2014, 08:38:30 AM »
Anyone ever had soft smoked kippered salmon? ... Haven't learned to make any, but here's how: http://tinyurl.com/7tg64ee


That recipe is similar to how we make smoked fish around my parts, except we use a dry rub made with brown sugar, cayenne, plus a few special spices, then smoke for 3-5 hours, depending on how thick the filets are.

Yummy!   Fish candy!   :D :D :) :)
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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2014, 01:14:19 PM »
Looking for someone on this forum that is boots on the ground in the San Fernando La Union up to Baguio area. The pollution in Manila has taken its toll on me and we are seriously considering moving as soon as we can find a decent place within our budget. I am beginning to have daily respiratory issues which are directly related to the smog and open burning of trash.
If anyone is living in that area I would like to PM with the honest pros and cons. I suppose one would say I'm still new to the Philippines only being here on the ground for two years but I know enough to get around and well aware of the little quirks of living here.
Snide comments not welcome from those not living in the area.

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2014, 02:34:59 PM »
...Baguio area...


One thing people usually don't know about Baguio is that it rains a lot there.  About twice as much rainfall in Baguio as Manila.

http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Baguio-City-weather-averages/Baguio/PH.aspx

http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Manila-weather-averages/Manila/PH.aspx

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2014, 04:24:47 PM »
I've been there a few times, and know about the weather fluctuations, been there when the city was in the clouds. We are hoping to look at an area not necessarily in the city itself but close enough that transportation for a decent school won't be a issue. 

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
medic good luck,just remember try a subdivision .because in the province they tend to burn lots of leaves and coconut shells to ward off mosquitoes.we moved away from manila about 2 years ago.now when I return there for visits to her moms house .I always get sick from the Pollution.but here. in the Province.Im just fine Breathing the fresh Air.Good Luck..never Been to Bagiuo.

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2014, 09:55:37 PM »
It's definitely cheaper to have a house built here in the Philippines at the right place at the right time! We built our home in 2000 and the same home being built today has doubled!
Luckily though we live in an area with a nice clean somewhat cool breeze!
All of my allergies went away completely immediately after our arrival here as long it isn't in Manila or anywhere where there's smog every morning!     
Like everything else, it all goes up in cost due to inflation and the currency exchange rate! 
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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2014, 12:10:05 AM »
Looking for someone on this forum that is boots on the ground in the San Fernando La Union up to Baguio area. The pollution in Manila has taken its toll on me and we are seriously considering moving as soon as we can find a decent place within our budget. I am beginning to have daily respiratory issues which are directly related to the smog and open burning of trash.
If anyone is living in that area I would like to PM with the honest pros and cons. I suppose one would say I'm still new to the Philippines only being here on the ground for two years but I know enough to get around and well aware of the little quirks of living here.
Snide comments not welcome from those not living in the area.

Unfortunately our house is in San Fernando, Pampanga, further to the south. I have visited Baguio, but would not want to live there, the journey up and down the mountain each time you want to visit somewhere is not for me.

Hopefully someone will be able to help, Jack is planning to move somewhere in that area eventually. I suppose the general advice to you would be that which is given to newbies to our site asking about locations, and that is to visit and get a feel for the areas you are interested in.

 I think you are making a wise decision to move to a more healthy atmosphere as soon as possible. We live in a sub division and that does have rules and regs which stop neighbours having fires, keeping livestock etc. It doesn't guarantee perfect neighbours, but at least you are breathing fresh air while you moan about them!

Good luck, Paul
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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2014, 05:35:06 AM »
I dont live in a subdivision.but my wife wish we did.they Burn lots of leaves here.a little smelly but its not car pollutants.so im happy.

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2014, 06:42:30 AM »
Bill, It's not so much the leaves they burn but the everyday trash that includes anything and everything, styrofoam, plastic bags full of crap filled tissue that they won't flush, although we're on city sewer and it handles it just fine. What area are you in?

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #40 on: January 16, 2014, 08:07:27 AM »
I always wanted to live up in Baguio as I love the climate up there.. We bought some land up there in the late 80`s.
Dont get me wrong,I still like the place but not nearly as much as I once did.. Population levels have increased ten fold and so has pollution levels.

Baguio air most polluted in RP

http://www.philstar.com/nation/193937/wb-baguio-air-most-polluted-rp

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2014, 07:18:00 PM »
Bill, It's not so much the leaves they burn but the everyday trash that includes anything and everything, styrofoam, plastic bags full of crap filled tissue that they won't flush, although we're on city sewer and it handles it just fine. What area are you in?
We are 3 hours south of manila.about 12 kn south of San Juan Batangas.close to Layia Batangas.Lots of Beaches here.But my wife Dont like it here.she says she wants closer to Lipa city..I like it here...
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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2014, 10:04:44 PM »
I have a good friend who lives in San Juan, just north of San Fernando, La Union.  We visited his house in 2011 and spent the night.  He lives right on the beach, so we got to experience the clean air that blows in from the sea all day. 

The area has cleaner air due to it not being a large metropolis, combined with fresh air from the mountains to the immediate east and the air flow from the West Philippine Sea and the coast on the west.  Houses were packed together along the coast, but there were a few subdivisions east of the main coast road.  They have a casino, for those who like such places, and there is a good sized Swiss and German expat population living there, as well as more than a few Americans.

From San Fernando you can get to Vigan City, Ilocos Sur in about 2-3 hours, getting to Baguio takes about an hour.

Baguio is a nice place to visit, but I don't think I could live there full time.  It's very crowded and very polluted in spite of being up in the mountain air.  The low lying clouds and frequent rain make it wet and cold at times. (Yes, I said cold)  When it's not raining it's very humid, although cooler than the low lying areas downhill.  Everything is either uphill or downhill, there is very little flat land and all of that has a building on it.  The roads going to and from Baguio are very steep, narrow at times and prone to frequent landslides and road blockages.

Prices on some things in Baguio were a bit higher, but lower on others.  They have a new SM mall that has just about everything you'd need.  Several good restaurants, lots of tourists/travelers both foreign and Filipino.

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #43 on: January 17, 2014, 04:59:28 PM »
Bill, We checked out Lipa City, personally I couldn't live there. Traffic and pollution in downtown is terrible during so called rush hour. Once you get 10 minutes or so out of town it was great. We looked pretty seriously around Mataas na kahoy and at the time only found one house that would fit out needs size wise. It just so happened to be owned by a American and his Filipino wife who are currently living in the states until he can retire. I'm sure the price doubled to 15000 php a month when the F-I-L who is watching the property saw me. Same size properties in same type neighborhoods in Manila go about half that. He said he would get in touch with the son in law to see if he would come down. Haven't heard from him.

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Re: Ongoing house costs compared to my country
« Reply #44 on: January 17, 2014, 05:39:41 PM »
Dan,
I would stir you to our neck of the woods (a modern suburban area) in Sta Rosa, Laguna, but it may shock you what rents are going for here in our area, which is around P20,000 to P35,000 a month for a newly built 3 bdrm, 2 ba home less than 3 yrs old with a carport in a gated subdivision with a few amenities, but you could get lucky to find one for under P15,000 a month in not too good of a shape though and an old smaller home! 
So, I won't bother to recommend to you to waste your time looking around here, unless it's around the out skirts of our area like Binan, Calamba, Cabuyao and or Canlubang still in the Laguna province! 
« Last Edit: January 17, 2014, 08:00:03 PM by Art Re(tired) Fil/Am »
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