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Hello Bill and Lorna - My husband is to be located in Manila, Alabang for the next two years. My main concerns are: Firstly I have a 15 yr old daughter who has just started college - 11th standard (Arts) and a 9 year old daughter who is right now in 04th standard. Please help me to find a good education institution for them...but not overly expensive.  Also with the 4 of us to be staying there what would be the approximate monthly cost of living for a decent life style.

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Uma, Accommodation can range from P6000 to P150,000 / month so please be more specific. There are so many schools to choose from and the best schools in the country are in the metro-Manila area. Distance is a major consideration for choosing a school and a place to live because of the gridlock traffic. Alabang area has 5 or six residential sub-divisions and 2 or 3 high rise condominium buildings so which type of accommodation do you prefer and what is your price / budget range? "decent life style" is really too vague so please include more details. We sent our daughter to Sta Isabel on taft ave.


P20,000 to P30,000 / month is considered a upper middleclass income;I advise retirees they can live simple but quality life styles in the Philippines for U$700 to U$1200 / month. Feel free to join my yahoogroup "lifeinthephilippines" and spend 4 or 5 hours checking out my LINKS section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lifeinthephilippines/links
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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.

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I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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Suite101.com, eDreams.com, expertcentral.com who asked me to apply with allexperts.com

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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