There is a big contrast in quality in goods depending what your buying and where from a typical example of this is furniture. Much of the flat pack furniture here doesn’t like the humidity as well as the fact the laminated sheets on top are extra thin compared to what we would normally find in the West. What I would advise on moving here initially is buying some cheap bamboo and you can always replace it when you come across good furniture or have some made. In reality having things made is the way to go but often it can be expensive and better to do it over a period of time for that reason.
The bed and the bedside in the photo cost us P1,800 today the bed is a double bed and pretty strong. As regards termite resistance its going to last a while but then you start spotting little holes appearing on the tops of the legs etc. which to be honest if your going to treat the property anyway its going to stop the risk on your bamboo furniture. The other reason to go with cheap furniture is you may decide the Philippines isn’t for you at which point you will find people will literally be expecting your furniture for nothing. For example myself if asked if I want to buy something I only want it for my rentals so I am not too keen on parting with cash as its not for me personally at the same time people know you need to sell and will try to get the best price.
I find with the bamboo furniture not only is it cheap though its strong a coffee table with one two seater sofa and two single chairs also costs P1,800 so for less than P4,000 you have sorted most of your bedroom and sitting room needs at least temporary.