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  1. Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    I think a 20 % too is too much anywhere. I have noticed in Canada when using a debit card the tip choices start 15, 20 25 % . Or you can choose your own %. I choose 10%, unless the waitress is very very cute, then maybe 15. I PH I usually round up to the nearest 50 or 100 peso. Whichever seems most appropriate. With service charge no tip or very small tip for exceptional service or very cute staff. The cute staff tips may seem sexist, I cannot help myself.
  2. Changing Dollar's to Peso's

    I carry a small amount of peso with me on the plane. Enough to get to where I am staying and a few san mig.. Before I leave Canada I use western union to send myself a larger amount. I also use atm machines while in PH. I try to refrain from this as much as I can. Because of the exchange rate and bank fees.
  3. Was I right not to ?

    I would say when a citizen picks up a foreign flag and attacks his fellow countryman. It is a declaration of war against his country and should be dealt without prejudice,if that includes martial law so be it. In Canada we have the war measures act [martial law] it was last used in 1970 when we had the FLQ a terrorist group causing problems. I very much want to go back toOzamis City and maybe if time allows Davio City. Hopefully as you say crime seems to have decreased it will continue the same after martial law too.
  4. Was I right not to ?

    I did not think martial law was set up because of crime such as you find in Manila, but because a armed force took over a city
  5. Was I right not to ?

    I went to Ozamas City, shortly after martial law was imposed. Long before the recent troubles with the local Mayer. I stayed at a little resort closets town got two nights. Very nice I have mention this all another post some where so excuse the vagnous. My friends picked me up and dropped me off at the resort and when we went to eat. I walked into town one looking for a place to buy a local newspaper. It seems they do not read a lot of newspapers here. I was unsuccessful. I stopped at a small road side cafe for orange soda. The only one who noticed me were a couple of trike riders who offered me a ride.I walked all the way. On a side note my gf refused to accompany me. Said it was unsafe. I would not advise anyone to go into a area under martial law. I was a long way from where any action was
  6. Twice in two days

    I would think the same fate awaits (deportation) awaits the gentleman I met. I am surprised, if he was saying the truth of just getting out of jail. He did not have to prove he had the means to support himself to the authorities while in Ph. Two many parts of his story did not seem probable. Sadly, mostly for me, I left Makati later the same day I met this gentleman so I am unable to provide an update. Hmmm I wonder what would be a sufficient amount. Per day for funds?
  7. And here I was thinking it was these nice, scantily dressed young ladies GIVING these poor lonely kind gentleman a warm body to lay there tired, creaky bones next too.
  8. The Filipina and aircon (Filipino even)

    Just the opposite for me the gf will sit in front on the air con with her jacket on. I am always complaining that it is too cold and turning the air con off
  9. Not to sure where or how to say this but here goes. I have been staying at the AVenue Suites on Makati ave. I have been staying here on and off for the last 4 years. In the last two days, I have encountered two foreigners down on there luck. The first came up to me and asked for my spare change. While I was standing on the curb hailing a taxi. I gave him a hundred peso bill I had. Which he took and run off before I could ask his story. The second time was this morning. I was going into Wendy's resto to by burgers to take back to the condo for lunch. There was a caucasian man sitting on the step He says to me can you speak English. I say yes and he exclaims wow finally someone who speaks English. Asks me for 350 peso so he can go the American embassy. He says the embassy will give him 200 peso a day but he has to pic it up in person. I says if I not believe the embassy gives out cash. Then his story changed to he just got out of jail and was broke and wanted a room. I asked why he was in jail and he said his gf charges him with malicious intent and stole all his belongings. Then it started to get weird. One of the street kids came up,a it of maybe 7. He tells me he has hired the street kid to track his ex when he spots her on the avenue. He says before he was arrested he stashed money in his mattress and he is convinced the gf has taken the mattress back to here place. When this kid tell him where the house is he is going to break in, get his money back and go back to the house he has in Thailand. Believe me I could not make this up. He than asks me if I have any spare change to give the kid because it is his corner. I said no and went inside to order my burgers. I watched from inside and saw him pass the street kid a 100 peso bill and then try to grab it back and argue with the kid. No way the kid was giving up his hundred peso and just walked away. I came back outside and wished the guy all the best. He said thanks for sure and did not seem too stressed over the matter. Maybe it is a full moon and only me. Not to sure what I am wanting here,only wanting to vent. Thanks for allowing
  10. for me here in the Philippines, the second times the charm. She is actually pouring a orange juice now. OOOPS she seems to have poured only one for herself. I will show her, I will walk to 7-11 for coffee. Magandang umaga my fellow expat forum members.
  11. A reminder to know the law or risks

    yes I believe that is good advice, although I do not see anyone making a fuss unless they see a way to personally profit. I have heard of this law before, maybe even from this forum. I just never gave it much thought. Heron and I have gotten close in the 3 yrs I have been with his sister. I will be discussing this with the gf but somehow I do not see her taking this as serious as it should be.
  12. A reminder to know the law or risks

    Now when I am in the Philippines, my gf has a 12 yr old brother. The brother and I hang out lots, we go grocery shopping, go for coffee, go to movies together, go swimming. He reminds me so much of my grandsons. It is very scary to believe I could be arrested, locked up and black listed for this.
  13. Wearing watches ( as a daily issue)

    I have a pocket watch I carry at work. I have a Bulova I used to wear as jewelry. The strap broke and it spent 8 weeks at the jewelers. Since I got it back I have worn it very seldom. My SO bought me a Citizen watch, which I promptly lost aaaarg. Now I use my phone when I need to know the time.
  14. I know a Filipina and Canadian married in Canada. I went over to their place to maybe sell them a few bike parts I have and asked her when they were going to PH?. She replied I would go tomorrow ,cept my husband would prob. meet us at the airport and shoot us both. The Canadian just laughed at this.They are actually trying to bring her 18 yr old son over to Canada as soon as he is finished his schooling. If/when dIvorse is legal in PH there will be a stampede to the divorse court.
  15. Opinion of Filipino Men??

    Everyone needs to live his life as he sees fit. Some need lots of friends and constant companionship. Some find solace in solitude. Myself I am content to go read my paper and have coffee sitting by myself, Once in a great while I will invite someone to accompany me. Having spent the better part of the last 8 years living out of a suitcase and in various work camps, I have come to very much enjoy this lifestyle. Could make for a small funeral party. I remember my old dad saying best to have six friends, you never know when you may need them to carry you. Which is why I will probably be cremated.