This is the place to get even more info on preparing for life in the Philippines. Lots of useful links on travel advisories, low-cost overseas phone rates, sending packages and much, much more.
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Official US Travel Site — Lots of useful tidbits to be found here.
Official Philippines Immigration Site — This particular link takes you to the list of fees and when they are due in order to have an extended stay as a Tourist beyond 21 days. (Fees are shown in Pesos. The rate changes slightly week-to-week, but just divide by “43” since that’s the average conversion to US Dollars, currently in 2012. Example: $P430 = $10 US)
Rebtel Intl. Phone Rates — I do all my overseas calling through Rebtel. Cheaper than Y!, Skype Minutes or calling cards. Call from your cell phone directly overseas as if it were a local number, done over the net from your cell phone. To Philippines is about 1 hour of exact air-time (no rounding, lost time) for about $10. Includes Texting. 🙂
MagicJack — You can get these locally or order online. Make overseas calls unlimited, for free! You set it up with a US local number, then take it with you to the Philippines. Attach to your laptop/desktop and call the US all you want. Or, send to a girlfriend/relative over there and call them as if it were a local call.
Useful Article on Getting Around in a Jeepney, in Philippines — the site itself also has lots of great, useful information on life in the Philippines.