Wish I had a Dollar (or even a Peso) for all the times I have heard from fellow foreigners the same old sorrowful lament:
I am staying here in the Philippines on a tourist visa (or on the Balik Bayan Privilege Stamp) and my privileges have come to an end … I have to leave the Philippines. “I can’t afford it”.
Well, this may sound a little harsh to some, but too bad, I’m old, I’m tired and I am inpatient with people who can’t (or won’t) stand on their own two feet. If you can’t afford a discount round trip fare from the Philippines to a nearby country and then a return to the Philippines, then you are living too damn close to the bone and you should go back to the USA 9or one of the other Western countries) where government programs and private organizations who take money from those of us who are solvent and redistribute it to the poor (those who have spent their life relaying upon others). To live in the Philippines as a foreigner you do NOT need to be rich, but you should at least be able to stand on your own two feet.
Hint: The US Embassy will not send you home for free, but if you show up at the embassy and claim you are an indigent, they will have you sign a promissory note to repay the US government and then issue a voucher to an airline to “repatriate” you back to the USA.
Here’s a sample ad I just got in my mailbox from Cebu Pacific, one of the low cost carriers I have used here often in the Philippines. Kinfly note fares to at least 5 different international locations for as low as P1 (that’s one Philippine Peso, guys and gals). Tghhis is about the cheapest fare deal sale I have ever seen, but ones nearly as cheap as this are very common.
Yes the return flight will cost more than P1. Ad here’s the kicker, you do have to plan ahead and take advantage of deals like this BEFORE it is the day before the day you have to leave the country … but my point is, sucj deals exisit, all the time for those who want to help themselves rather thna spend their ays complaining about “poor me”.
(There are other low price carriers aside from Cebu Pacific too, check out Air Asia and Tiger Air to name a couple.
But I Have To Stay Overnight
Yes, that is (mainly) true, although with some clever planning you could easily do something like fly to Macau on the last flight in the evening and take the ferry over to Hong Kong and take the first flight out back to Manila early in the AM).
But most of us are going to want to stay over at least one night in an hotel.
And we ALL know how expensive hotels are in, say, Singapore, right? Or, do we?
Here are a few recent samples:
Santa Grand Hotel East Coast , Singapore, from PhP 5,462
Guangdong Hotel , Hong Kong, from PhP 9,545
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 Hotel , Macau, from PhP 5,643
Mirth Sathorn Hotel , Bangkok, Thailand,from PhP 2,337
Hotel Continental Saigon , Saigon, Vietnam, from PhP 3,845
Sokha Angkor Resort , Siem Reap, Cambodia, from PhP 5,900
Now just to clarify something. I am not directly affiliated with any of these deals and I am not making any commission or profiting in any other way from them. I’m providing them strictly for the reason I am so tired of hearing so many of my fellow Americans kind of whining in the corner like whipped dogs.
The means exist to live very well here if you:
1. Mange your money.
2. Take advantage of bargains before the sale period ends.
Frankly this is one I am really thinking of the next time I have to make a visa run, come September or October. Sail out, fly back or vise versa
Live well my friends, and above all, live proud and be self-reliant. Philly says: Yes You Can.