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Here is what $309/mth gets you in the Philippines...

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Here is what $309/mth gets you in the Philippines...

Postby Sasha V. » February 27th, 2012, 12:34 am

Hey Folks,

I just bought myself a very fancy lens, and need a reason to show off...

So, here are pictures of (and from) my apartment.

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This last one is from the neighbor's porch...

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Postby Dogboy86 » February 27th, 2012, 12:54 am

Very nice and clean, wow great view...
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Postby Jacaré » February 27th, 2012, 3:35 am

That's very nice man! Where in the phils is that? Did you sign a long term lease or a short one? I'd be very interested to know more as I'd want a place like that when I return to the Phils.

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Postby momopi » February 27th, 2012, 7:45 am

What camera equipment are you using?

I've been thinking about picking up a Rebel XT DSLR used to play with, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Postby Sasha V. » February 27th, 2012, 2:04 pm

Jacare: It's a short term place in Cebu City. PM me when you are coming, and I'll try to hook you up :)

momopi: It's a nikon D5100 with a Sigma 10-20, obviously shot at 10mm. Its also HDR
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Postby Winston » February 28th, 2012, 12:24 am

That's nice. It looks like first world quality. But $300 is expensive though. Did you get the foreigner price? How did you find it? Who did you rent it from? You can probably get the same in China for much cheaper.
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Postby Will N. Dowd » February 28th, 2012, 12:43 am

I love it! That would be perfect for me...minimalist, clean and cozy, with an awesome view! Where in Cebu is it?
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Postby pete98146 » February 28th, 2012, 12:49 am

It's very clean! Is is a 1 BR? What area of town are you in?
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Postby Jacaré » February 28th, 2012, 4:00 am

Sasha, I will PM you when I get back there. How long are you going to be in Cebu?

Winston,
Where in China are you? Can you post examples of apartments you can get for cheaper in China?
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Postby Sasha V. » February 28th, 2012, 4:37 am

I don't know if it's the foreigner price, but either way it doesn't matter since I am, in fact, a foreigner and won't be getting the 'Local' price anyway.

I found it by complete luck. Ran into a guy who was already living there.

It's true that $300 could get more more in china.. but it could probably get me even more in a the Jungle or in Antarctica :)

Winston wrote:That's nice. It looks like first world quality. But $300 is expensive though. Did you get the foreigner price? How did you find it? Who did you rent it from? You can probably get the same in China for much cheaper.
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Postby Sasha V. » February 28th, 2012, 4:39 am

It's in Busay - about 10 minutes on a motorbike from Lahug.

Will N. Dowd wrote:I love it! That would be perfect for me...minimalist, clean and cozy, with an awesome view! Where in Cebu is it?
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Postby Sasha V. » February 28th, 2012, 4:41 am

I am not sure what it technically qualifies as, but the sleeping space/kitchen space is separated.. but not by a door.

pete98146 wrote:It's very clean! Is is a 1 BR? What area of town are you in?
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Postby cadams84 » February 28th, 2012, 9:37 pm

Beautiful place man, I hope I am so lucky.
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Postby Winston » February 28th, 2012, 10:30 pm

Jacaré wrote:Sasha, I will PM you when I get back there. How long are you going to be in Cebu?

Winston,
Where in China are you? Can you post examples of apartments you can get for cheaper in China?


I'm not in China. I just heard about such lower prices there from others here, and read about them. There are many threads here where people say that the Philippines is pretty expensive for a third world country.
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Postby xiongmao » March 1st, 2012, 12:07 pm

China is cheap (from what I've heard). I know an expat there is paying around $150 a month and my ex's have rented apartments for less than that. And these are in Guangzhou (which is probably the 4th most expensive Chinese city). However, those sorts of neighborhoods are rat and roach infested and not great if you're used to first world cleanliness. And I visited these places, so I really did see the rats and roaches!

The other problem with China is that you need to be on good terms with the police and/or have a Chinese wife. Otherwise you'll find it hard to live in these cheapo places. There are all sorts of rules about where foreigners can live in China, I don't know what the rules are but they might be based on how many crates of beer you buy the local police!

Sasha's Phillies place looks fabulous though.
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