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    The Philippines is a beautiful country with lot to offer, whether you are just visiting, or planning to move to the Philippines permanently, you will enjoy breath taking scenery, beautiful and friendly natives, and a generally happy atmosphere.

    Most probably, if you are an expat, you will be based in Metro Manila. Most of us are living in Makati, Taguig or further but more quiet and with less pollution, Alabang.

    The city life is quite noisy, the traffic is 24 hours a day, like the pollution. But Philippines will offer you many possibilities to escape the city during the week ends. Abroad or not.

    For the city lovers, they are many parties, restaurants, places to chill in Metro Manila. It’s just quite complicated to know about it when we arrive.

    That ‘s the reason why we created this website, to help your acclimatation in this city who can be quite aggressiv when we arrive.

    Please visit the guide, put some comments if you think it helped you, or if it can be improved. Or visit our new forum, we will answer all your questions.

    Come to Manila for a “look see” prior to moving. You can start the process of arranging housing, investigating schools (and availability), checking out grocery stores and shopping centers. After a few days, you will have a “feel” for this tropical capital city of the Philippines. Why not a half-day of sightseeing to familiarize yourself with the layout of Manila?

    Preparing to go abroad includes securing important documents, making copies, and a lot of planning. It is vital to make copies of everything and keep it in a separate secure space. It is a great idea to take 3 copies of your passport, visas, and other paperwork that is facilitating your move. Keep one with you, one in an accessible, but safe place (ie safe deposit box), and one that is with a trusted relative of friend that can give you the information if something were to happen to you or the other copies.

    A checklist of other things to consider:

    Passports: check expiration- must not expire within 6 months of your arrival. Make at least 2 copies and keep one in a safe place separate from your original passport.

    Secure medical insurance and possibly travel insurance to prevent unmanageable medical bills and enable entry into other countries.

    Research and apply for a Visa. This can take several months to obtain before you leave.

    Save enough money to support your cost of living and lifestyle plus travel costs with enough of a buffer to be prepared for the unexpected.

    Bring things to facilitate transition like a universal electric plug adaptor, any medications you take, or anything else to make you comfortable during the transition.

    #4813
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    The Philippines is a beautiful country with lot to offer, whether you are just visiting, or planning to move to the Philippines permanently, you will enjoy breath taking scenery, beautiful and friendly natives, and a generally happy atmosphere.

    Most probably, if you are an expat, you will be based in Metro Manila. Most of us are living in Makati, Taguig or further but more quiet and with less pollution, Alabang.

    The city life is quite noisy, the traffic is 24 hours a day, like the pollution. But Philippines will offer you many possibilities to escape the city during the week ends. Abroad or not.

    For the city lovers, they are many parties, restaurants, places to chill in Metro Manila. It’s just quite complicated to know about it when we arrive.

    That ‘s the reason why we created this website, to help your acclimatation in this city who can be quite aggressiv when we arrive.

    Please visit the guide, put some comments if you think it helped you, or if it can be improved. Or visit our new forum, we will answer all your questions.

    Come to Manila for a “look see” prior to moving. You can start the process of arranging housing, investigating schools (and availability), checking out grocery stores and shopping centers. After a few days, you will have a “feel” for this tropical capital city of the Philippines. Why not a half-day of sightseeing to familiarize yourself with the layout of Manila?

    Preparing to go abroad includes securing important documents, making copies, and a lot of planning. It is vital to make copies of everything and keep it in a separate secure space. It is a great idea to take 3 copies of your passport, visas, and other paperwork that is facilitating your move. Keep one with you, one in an accessible, but safe place (ie safe deposit box), and one that is with a trusted relative of friend that can give you the information if something were to happen to you or the other copies.

    A checklist of other things to consider:

    Passports: check expiration- must not expire within 6 months of your arrival. Make at least 2 copies and keep one in a safe place separate from your original passport.

    Secure medical insurance and possibly travel insurance to prevent unmanageable medical bills and enable entry into other countries.

    Research and apply for a Visa. This can take several months to obtain before you leave.

    Save enough money to support your cost of living and lifestyle plus travel costs with enough of a buffer to be prepared for the unexpected.

    Bring things to facilitate transition like a universal electric plug adaptor, any medications you take, or anything else to make you comfortable during the transition.

    #5541
    Anonymous
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    This is a question about the scope of activity an RO can take on in China, versus setting up a WFOE. It’s a question about a small company who exports $50k AUD of product a year from China, and who is looking to spend that $50k AUD a year on doing it ourselves in China, as apposed to paying some other Chinese company.

    I’ve done a bunch of research, including a 3 weeks research assignment to China. I’ve just returned. I’ll be heading back over there in 2 weeks.

    My Australian company, for or the last 6 months, have outsource the production of a very simple “widget” to China. This widget is custom-ordered, meaning when we receive an order (for one widget) from our client, we order from China. Twice a week, all the orders are shipped back to Australia for distribution to our clients. We export about 100 of these a week and we spend about $1,000 AUD per week on the production. Shipping is about $3,000 per week as these are light, but bulky items.

    The biggest opportunity is that in 6 months we’ve gone from just an idea and a website to turning over $2k a week in sales. This is growing rapidly. The biggest issue, time and time again is maintaining quality standards and getting these fragile things packed properly. Big headache.

    I say the “production of”, rather than the “manufacturing of” because this widget can be produced very easily. It requires no special manufacturing equipment, are put together by hand, and only takes up a lot of space if we receive a lot of orders. In fact the space to do packaging and to store packaging supplies is the biggest component!

    We’d like to do the production of these in China ourselves because after about a $10k AUD setup, it’ll cost us about the same each year ($50k AUD) to have our own office, employ a couple of people, buy our own supplies and put these things together. The benefit is that we’ll finally be able to control quality and perhaps capitalise on other opportunities in the region. And, as we grow, we’ll save money because this product is labour intensive and labour in China, as you know, is very affordable! If it doesn’t work, we’ve really only lost the setup cost and my time, as owner. The business in Australia s