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  1. 5 points
    You bring up a very good point. There is a big difference in being here on a short term basis and living here permanently as an expat. My american neighbor is having a terrible time and has spoken with me on a number of occasions about how unhappy he is. I ask him to tell me what it was that made him decide to move here. He explained how much he enjoyed his visits and way the people treated him during his vacation visits. The Philippine people make every effort to be good hosts to visitors and they will manage to keep smiling and look past behaviours that they ordinarily would find objectionable. When you live here full time that "free pass" goes away. When I say "objectionable behaviour" I am not saying that does mean that the expat is acting like an @ss. It usually comes down to one of two things. Number 1 - the person is just not happy with life and it followed him or her here. Number 2 - The Philippines has a unique culture that is different from the USA, England, Australia, etc. If you cannot accept that, think it is "wrong" or that you can change them to your way of thinking, it is not going to work for you. Going on six years with no visit back to the USA. I am happy here and those back home know I plan on living here till I die. Sure I get frustrated at times but life is like that no matter where you are. When I hear expats here continually complaining about the Philippines I think of Pogo who said . . . .
  2. 5 points
    Everyone to their own, maybe your temperament or your cultural upbringing might have a bit to do with it. The PI's is not an easy place to live in if you don't go with the punches. A lot of members have adapted to the lifestyle, a lot haven't, no-one judges if you head back home. Just don't judge the PI's by your personal experience.
  3. 5 points
    The main reason is gases from the building sewer system venting into the condo unit instead of outside the building. It can be caused by unsealed connections of fixtures and pipes in the unit, which would be the first place to look and easiest to fix. It can also be caused by inadequate venting of the building drain system or improperly balanced building ventilation systems, which can't be fixed within the unit except by workaround measures. I just had this problem with a short term apartment rental in Manila, and found that the drain tailpipes under the bathroom sinks had no mechanical seal whatsoever. From what I've read, this is a common problem. Jeff
  4. 3 points
    I don`t see how you can do anything else,I suppose when asked about the place you could be neutral and say well I didn`t like it but that was me maybe it will be different for you. I have been here nearly 8 years and still get WTF moments but I have learned that instead of getting angry you can ask the person serving you could I get some help with this as it`s important I do it now,that works sometimes. I was at the BI with a bad foot and needed another photocopy,the lady could see i was in pain walking so she did the photocopy there and saved me walking about 1/2 a mile. My friend has just visited( he has been all over SE Asia) and said how friendly and helpful the people are.He had a puncture on a rented MB and total strangers fixed it for him and did not want to take payment. He was down by the Marine sanctuary and walked along the beach,well he got lost and the locals gave him and his GF a lift to the main road and again did not want to accept payment. Yes there are a lot of things here to drive you crazy but for me the positive outweighs the negative.Learn to take deep breaths and chill life will then be much easier. OH did I mention the cheap beer and cute women.
  5. 3 points
    Thanks for the explanation I was curious. For sure over the years we have a number of members who found Philippines was not a good fit for them. I'm about to retire. my wife and I don't have any desire to live there full time but love to visit.
  6. 2 points
    Hot women and cold beer. What more could anyone want or need?
  7. 2 points
    Apologies - didn't think of that. In lieu of a link, what I would suggest is to google some combination of words like: plumbing sewer smell in condo asia philippines. That will lead to first-hand troubleshooting experience from others who've had the same problem.
  8. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum Jeff. Great answer too. I removed the link to another forum that is not allowed you may want to review the forum rules fairly simple in all.
  9. 2 points
    Best way to buy a new or used car or truck is a common question and a difficult one to answer. You would know what best meets your needs, a midsize SUV would be a good choice. New cars are very expensive in Philippines but with luck you may find a newer used one at a fair price.
  10. 2 points
    You get cute girls in their 20s flirting with you in the Philippines though. Say hello to them in the US and they'll probably call the police
  11. 1 point
    My thoughts exactly.I had a neighbour visit me last night he is from Germany.He said when he left there he had a tear in his eye as he will never go back.As far as I can conclude he has visited about 4 times before,now the Germans are noted for their efficiency but he just goes with the flow and does not kick up a fuss.At the end of the day they do things differently here and you just have to do these things and grin.I now have a 13a so in reality I only have one annoyance per year.I know before I get to places that it is going to be a long process so I just go with the flow or pay somebody else to do it for me.
  12. 1 point
    a S bend under the sink should do the trick, easy to install. As for the shower, a S bend at the outlet, if you can find it, should also solve the problem.
  13. 1 point
    I've looked into many alternatives, it does seem like the best alternative or motive is dealing with individuals, wanting to opt out of the pymt issues in selling their vehicles,,, I keep looking into different suv's, but needing more info,,,thanks,,,
  14. 1 point
    I became a member here when I was new to the Philippines, and I had nothing negative to say about Expat life in the Phils. This forum has helped me with many things such as how to get a 13a, getting a CRBA for my son, getting an Immigrant Visa for my wife, etc. I thought that it would be interesting and maybe helpful to post about my experiences in the USA. At the age of 65, I don't plan on leaving the USA again, but if I ever did, I would move to Israel (where I would be welcomed in a much bigger way than I was ever welcomed in the Philippines).
  15. 1 point
    Yeah I've noticed those traps. The place I'm at now doesn't have one, but thanks for that tip. That could be the issue at the next place I stay at. I'll look for something like draino at the supermarket. Thanks for the tips fellas!
  16. 1 point
    Hey Arizona Stud (no longer a kid), But of course, they smell "apple" (stateside smell) and those pasalubong boxes packed with all the goodies....he, he.
  17. 1 point
    Usually condos have a grease trap under the sink. It can smell if the lid is not tight.
  18. 1 point
    You mean like (among others) the Poison Dwarf with the neck-brace.... miraculously cured now of course ?
  19. 1 point
    Some don't repatriate, they just move on to other countries. It's life. There is no paradise, but the search for it is great. There is no trophy for the longest stay in the Philippines. As JD said: So best of luck to all who move "back", to all who stay in the Philippines, and to all who chose to try a different country. Its all good.
  20. 1 point
    I retired here in 2002. Had a very good paying job as a branch manager for a national pest control company. Company car..bonuses,etc. Went back to the US last year for a 3 week visit and didn't like it. Took my airline ticket to the counter at the airport and luckily I got a flight back to my favorite place after 2 weeks. Had to sit in a middle seat for the 16 hour flight but it was worth it to get back home. This is my home now. And my GF, son, and dogs were happy to see me too.
  21. 1 point
    Bet it wont be long before you are saying negative things about your home country and will be wanting to return to the Philippines. Grass is always greener for awhile.
  22. 1 point
    I was talking about this before but did not know the term... I just call it the 'Filipino shrug'. When they know there is nothing to be done about something, noise corruption etc, they have this shrug they do. They eyes pretty much say 'eh, what you gonna do?' It is a lesson many expats need to learn. Some days I have it... some days... not so much.
  23. 1 point
    I too have learned to be much more patient.If you don`t you will go crazy here.I was at J mall immigration in Mandaui the lady behind the counter said "wait a while sir" I said would it be ok if we go and get some breakfast as we have been travelling 3 hours.We went off had something to eat and as we walked into immigration a man behind the counter called us over with our PPs and exit clearance. I have learned which things are going to be a problem and how to deal with them so my brain does not explode.Of course there is always some times you cannot avoid crap.
  24. 1 point
    My first act of true involvement with my wife was to try to give her money for a ferry from Manila to her aunt's island. In truth, I didn't want to lose track of her as we'd only just met online. And, I say this rather guiltily now, I wanted to throw a little loop over her head with money. She refused. More than once. But she was going. She'd sold almost everything and was only killing time online at an internet cafe owned by a friend when we met. She had to leave Manila. I offered a couple of more times and she refused. Her girlfriend then sent me a note and told me that she was about to sell her clothing to pay for the ferry. I insisted one last time and she accepted. Then I had a dark thought: was I just scammed? But I hadn't been. Throughout the nearly three years that we "dated" online before I visited and then well after that while we worked on her visa, she voluntarily accounted for the money that I sent her. We spent nearly four hours a day/night video chatting, just being with each other. And sometimes if I lost track and it seemed that she'd run out of money sooner than I thought she should, I asked and she rattled off her expenses. We came to an understanding about money long before we were married. She said her immediate family wouldn't ask for money because they'd be too embarrassed but that she would handle requests from extended family. We knew they'd come. And when they did, she turned them down and told me about it. A couple of times we did send money for emergencies. A nephew broke his arm. The aunt she had stayed with was on a ferry that capsized and lost all of her belongings. An uncle died and there wasn't money to pay his hospital bill and bury him both. Get you a hard-headed woman, fellas. At least, hard-headed about money.
  25. 1 point
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