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Planning to migrate in the Philippines

Discussion in 'Migrating to the Philippines' started by jsp1982, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. oss
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    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    Are you round about Kilmarnock, Ardrossan area or further up like Largs?
  2. jsp1982
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    jsp1982 New Member

    Three towns lol
  3. oss
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    Ah got you, Saltcoats, Ardrossan, Kilwinning area, not been down there for a long time, I used to live further north on the south bank of the Clyde near Port Glasgow.

    Saltcoats was a holiday destination when I was a wee boy, I imagine it could be a hard place to live these days, wet, windy and cold and a bit isolated.

    My family came from that area a few generations ago from about 1795 to about 1910 before they moved closer to the big cities.

    I took this on a winters day from South Beach I think back in about 2004, I miss Scotland but I can understand you missing the Philippines too.

    edit: checked on Google and I actually took this just a little north of Ardrossan Harbour
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  4. jsp1982
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    I'm taking my dog for a walk almost everyday in Ardrossan beach :). And yes same thing as my husband says, big changes in Saltcoats nowadays and this pandemic made it worst, the town looks very dead ( shops and banks shutting down ). Sharing a view of Saltcoats 5days ago during sunset. What I love most is the lovely view of Arran overlooking from Saltcoats/ Ardrossan.

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    More stunning views :)

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  6. oss
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    Love those shots, spectacular!
  7. oss
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    And these too, yes Arran is a great view across the Clyde, I spent a lot of time there in my late teens back in 1976-77.

    Some lovely shots there too!
  8. oss
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    It's the antithesis of the bustling busy world of the Philippines.
  9. John Surrey
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    John Surrey Active Member

    Agreed.

    Think most people make sure they have a uk bank account with online access in place beforehand, using relative or friend's address, in place before they go... then just a simple matter of doing a transfer using something like TransferWise or another as required. Filipino banking protection limited to P500k... etc etc.

    Shouldn't need to return for paperwork... just say he's on extended holiday.

    The hospitals look good in Bacolod - Dire here so I always tend to mention that - good luck.
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    Have you thought of the security you could have being a British citizen?
    I agree we all miss our home country but reality check? If you are going to drag your British spouse to settle in the Philippines, ensure that you are a millionaire and have business to run, so you won’t be running out of money while living there.

    Also you mentioned your spouse has medical conditions, in comparison of what we have here in the UK, all the benefits we have if we are out of work, As you already mentioned, we don’t have this back in the Philippines there is no assurance that you would be able to facilitate your spouse medical needs. When you sell your house here, that will not even last for years to spend it back home. Ensure you know how to run a business that will bring incomes to take care of your daily financial needs and to maintain your spouse medications and treatments. Think wisely before you jump to a decision you will regret soon! Your Indefinite Leave to Remain has expiration, Try to get the British passport first to ensure you can come back anytime here in the UK. In case, you realise you have done a big mistakes.

  11. jsp1982
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    Hi Mystica. Appreciate your response, would I say are you also a Filipina? :).

    First & foremost coming in the UK and getting a citizenship is not my aim. I came over here to see my husband's world, meet his family and unfortunately ( don't get me wrong ) it's not what I am expecting and it's not the place where I belong. Why should I need to be a millionaire to be back in the Philippines in the first place? Are non-millionaires aren't welcome there nowaydays? Lol. Should I say we have different lives, things that might good for you is not pleasing for my sight and it means my life is not here. Being here for 5yrs I've met lovely people and bad ones, been into different situations that led me to be negative in different perspectives. And why should I drag my husband to go with me? He has his own decisions to make. Also it's our promise to be together no matter what. I think it's just a matter of planning on how to live a simple yet happy life ( unless you want an extravagant one ) and I never worry of that much as my goal in life is not having a Louis Vuitton or a Rolls Royce car lol. And I guess anywhere you live, one can succeed and it doesn't mean that you're in the UK you're already RICH :). Don't worry I've done a lot of thinking since ( took me 5yrs though ) to finally realized that my life isn't here. Thanks for the concern regarding my husband's health, don't worry he's much taken care of & wanting to make it sure all health insurances will be sort out before moving. Also I am from the city so it never bothers me a lot :).

    Cheers x
  12. Mystica
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    But just a piece of advise, I would still suggest to get the British passport done for your own security in case you need to come back here. You’ll never know your luck!

    I know for instance an old Filipina lady here in London, when her husband passed away, she went back home for good but then she struggled financially back home due to her health conditions and came back here but she already sold her house so she end up renting a room, luckily she already have a British passport.

    And yes indeed! I am Filipina from Manila.

    Good luck on your big move!

  13. Jim
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    Jim Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    It's very easy to renew a British passport on-line here in the Philippines. My wife spent 12 years in the UK before she got home-sick and she renewed her British passport here no problems.
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  14. Mattecube
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    I agree the strength of a British passport is good however anyone moving from ILR to British Citizenship has to spend certain periods in the UK over the first 5 years holding the passport
    I think it's 6 months in any rolling 12 (There is a UK gov link on the timeframe).
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    why dont you go back home for an extended holiday--just yourself-?-see how long it takes for you to miss the UK.
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