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Today’s Expat Answerman Podcast is a little different. Today we cover several different topics and it is a longer episode than we have been doing. Let me know what you think. Do you like a podcast with several topics, or do you prefer a shorter podcast that focuses on one question and answer per episode?

Today we start out with an update about PhilHealth for foreigners. This information adds on to what I shared in my article a little while back, 2017 PhilHealth Update, where I talked about PhilHealth coverage for foreigners living in the Philippines.

How to Move to the Philippines Manual

After the PhilHealth update I have two questions today. Last week Ken asked about converting US Dollars into Pesos and today Ken is back again with a follow up question asking where he should keep his money to avoid theft. I give Ken a few tips on how he can best avoid robbery, pick-pocketing, and other such problems in the Philippines. Next up, Tommy submits a very short question about what to focus on if you want to move to the Philippines. Well, Tommy’s question was very short, but my answer was pretty long! Lots of things you need to focus on! If you are unsure where to focus, listen in and you might also be interested in my book How to Move to the Philippines Manual, and I can also offer you consulting services to make your move very smooth!

 

So that is today’s episode of the Expat Answerman podcast! Please do give me feedback on your preferences – longer or shorter episodes? Multiple Questions or one subject per episode?

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If you want to send a question for inclusion in a future Podcast, just use the app below, click on the button below, where it says “Start Recording”.

Questions submitted by eMail will no longer be answered, you must submit through the voice message above.

Thanks again for listening, everybody!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Gil Baco
4 years ago

First time I have heard your podcast. It was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it….so informative.

Bob Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Gil Baco

Hi Gil, thank you for listening. I appreciate that very much, and I’m very glad that you enjoyed it.

Shawn
Shawn
4 years ago

Bob – thanks for the podcast. My wife and I enjoyed your message and were nodding in agreement all the way thru. Especially the big move focus items. We are actually sitting here in US awaiting the movers to come tomorrow to pack our household goods and ship a container to Philippines. We have been planning for this move for the past 7 years, so hopefully the “adjustment” will be successful. We are excited to finally see this come to fruition and get back home to be with her family. In the meantime I am studying your Bisaya lessons, the… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  Shawn

Hello Shawn, thank you very much. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the podcast. Funny that you were listening to it while waiting for the movers to come, that’s really great. I hope your move goes very smoothly and successfully. Thank you for your kind review of my language course, that was very nice of you. I do feel that learning the language is a big step toward happiness when you move to the Philippines.

rooney
rooney
4 years ago

hello Bob . i need some help .i am stay for philippine overstay since 6 year without visa and extention. i lost my old documents inculuse my passopord .i got now new passopord and i want to stuyd here in philippine for medicine . how can i clean or to solve since i stay 6 year in philippine without visa and extention. even i never got visa since i come in philippine . but i want to order new extention then process visa student without deported plz any help bro .

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  rooney

Sorry Rooney, you have some big trouble ahead. Having overstayed for 6 years, you will be deported, and you will likely also have to spend some time in jail. If you come in as a tourist and stay more than 12 months without getting an extension deportation is automatic.

rooney
rooney
4 years ago

but if they deported 4 me . i can back again in philippine or not ?

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  rooney

No, you will be blacklisted in Canever come back again.

rooney
rooney
4 years ago

you mean. if i pay for penalties then i can back again in Philippine
. then i can process new extension or like if i want visa student . because i want to know if i can back to Filipino if i pay penalties .my plan to study here .

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  rooney

No, that is not what I mean at all. I have very clearly answer your question several times. Because you have overstayed so long, you will be blacklisted and will not be allowed to enter the country again.

Bob New York
Bob New York
4 years ago

A ” Money Belt ” can be a secure place to keep money. I used one on my first visit but after that I stopped using it and have never been robbed although as usual I keep aware of my surroundings and use common sense.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  Bob New York

Hi Bob – I agree that getting robbed here is not nearly the “sure thing” that many people seem to think it is. It is actually uncommon. Of course in certain places it is probably a lot more of a risk, but that is true anywhere in the world. A money belt could be one more place to spread money around on your body!

Bob New York
Bob New York
4 years ago

Very nice sound quality on the podcast Bob. I am using a Pioneer SA-750 amplifier and a pair of Tannoy Mercury M2 Monitor Speakers.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  Bob New York

Thank you, Bob. I have a new microphone on order, I should be receiving it soon. When I get that, the audio quality should only get better! 🙂

Gary Neil Dadds
Gary Neil Dadds
4 years ago

Hi Bob, just a minor correction to a piece of information you gave in your great podcast. The max stay in the Philippines as a non resident is 36 months, so if you arrive as a balikbayan for your first year and then convert to a tourist visa you can only obtain a futher 24 months making a total of 36 months. Not plus 36 months as you said in your podcast.

Bob - Expat Answer Man

Thanks for sharing that, Gary. Sorry for the slip there! 🙂

Joseph
Joseph
4 years ago

Bob,
My two cents is….shorter one topic pod casts are what I prefer. Other than that the content is great.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  Joseph

Thank you for letting me know, I appreciate that very much.

Lazarus Long
4 years ago

It’s funny, but, I never gave a single thought about actually being robbed while I was over there. Sure, I had a few small-time con artists slightly over-charge me for helping get me & my luggage to my final flight from Manila, but, it saved me a lot of wandering around since I was still half asleep, and, in reality, it wasn’t very much money (at least for me it wasn’t; not even close to $10 USD). Besides, I’d much rather someone WORK to con me out of some money than just outright steal it any day of the week… Read more »

Bob Martin
4 years ago

It is so true when you say that if it is something you focus on a lot, it is more likely to happen.

Lazarus Long
4 years ago

It’s actually the message in the Sermon on the Mount. Too many people paraphrase that to say “The thought is the deed”, but it’s more than one thought, or even a conscious thought. To illustrate, I was in a car accident in 1994 where i was rear-ended by a drunk in a car traveling at a very high rate of speed. He hit the left rear corner of my car, so it went spinning until it hit the curb, then flipped over on it’s side, and skidded until it hit a telephone pole and wrapped around it. To me, everything… Read more »

Jay Alexander
4 years ago
Reply to  Lazarus Long

Really enjoyed reading both your comments to this podcast.

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
4 years ago

Will you start do do podcasts again in the future or videos on your youtube channel?

Bob - Expat Answer Man
Reply to  lgbalfa

Actually, I never stopped, I have always just done them from time to time. I actually am planning to do one this week, in fact.

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