I first covered this topic years ago. “5 Awesome Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Vehicle in the Philippines.” While we did purchase a new Ford Ranger four years, we only used the local transportation modes to reach our destinations for years. However, can a foreigner or local still get by without owning their own private vehicle?
Electrifying El Nido is a first class municipality located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometers (260 mi) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 mi) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and limestone cliffs.
While we were in Puerto Princesa Palawan, my asawa and I decided to visit the Underground River. Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
My asawa and I have lived in the Philippines since our retirement to “paradise” for over five years without owning our own means of transportation. We are finally going to buy a vehicle in the Philippines this coming November when I cash in a retirement investment. Regular readers of Philippines Plus will know that I’ve always advocated the use of public transportation such as jeepneys and tricycles. What has prompted this shift in policy?
With the US Dollar to Philippine Peso exchange rate continuing to slide (41.75 PHP to 1 USD at the time of this article) and rising inflation in the Philippines, we've tried to institute some ways to live cheaper in the Philippines.
Here's another guest post from Scott H. He's facing the same questions from friends, relatives and coworkers that many of us that have retired to the Philippines have also encountered. A big THANK YOU to Scott for sharing the following great story and photos:
As retirement speeds towards me, more and more of my friends and coworkers inquire what I plan to do with the rest of my life. When I answer that my Wife and I will retire to the Philippines the reactions vary from shock to disbelief and sometimes plain bewilderment at our plans.
DRIVING IN COMBAT MANILA!
Thanks to Dave for letting me post my ramblings on his web site (have I mentioned you should buy his book if you’re even thinking of moving to the Philippines?)
My Asawa and I have just returned from our latest trip to what will be our new home in the very near future. On this trip we had many tasks to perform to ready ourselves for our upcoming move. One of which was to see if I could actually negotiate the roads of the Philippines in general, and Manila in particular.
Opinions? Everyone has one. Here's a list of my "Top Ten Tips" on moving to the Philippines and advice for when you arrive. Feel free to add your own gems of wisdom. It's always helpful to get other points of view because, despite my asawa's belief when we first got married that I knew just about everything, she has since found out differently. Here's my list: