These days, a lot of people use Paypal or other online money transfer methods for transacting business online. I personally have been using Paypal since they first went online, which, as I recall was in about 1997 or so. Paypal was not an option in the Philippines, though, when I first moved here, in 2000. […]
One thing about finances in the Philippines is that your money will go a long way here compared to in western societies. Life is much less expensive in the Philippines, and that is attractive to many people!
Be sure to also read our archive about Repairs. You can get most anything repaired in the Philippines. Much different than in most western cultures where you just throw something away if it breaks. Repairs in the Philippines are cheap and you can save a lot of money compared to buying a replacement of the broken item!
Let me begin by saying what should be obvious. Don’t move to the Philippines unless you have considerable savings. Keep working in your home country until you have accumulated wealth. Tough it out in that unsatisfying job. The sweet fruit, the ocean scenery, the pretty girls, and the friendly smiles will still be here when […]
Over the years here in the Philippines I’ve urinated away more money than I care to think about, or if I were being polite “I frittered away my cash many times”. I’ve noticed this subject comes up on LiP quite often. I noticed some foreigners feel they are a walking ATM machine to their Philippine […]
A week or two ago I had an article that included some information about money and banking. One of the readers, Tripack, lamented that he wished he could do a currency exchange through his online banking. I was pretty sure that could be done, and it can! Although I was wrong in the exact way […]
How to be seen as a walking ATM in the Philippines I have never felt like a walking ATM machine in the Philippines. I have heard and read about a lot of visitors and expats feel this experience. From what I have heard and read about I think I know how you and I could […]
Sir Bob made a great comment in his article “Does Philippine Internet Suck?” To paraphrase what he said “You get what you pay for”. Truer words were never uttered. I told my wife I needed some house shorts to wear at home and around the purok. Off to the market she went and returned with […]