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  1. These are just a few of my observations from being boots on the ground in the Philippines for 5 months. Let me caveat this by saying I live in Caloocan City. A very busy and populated suburb of Metro Manila. This is an attempt to be humorous on some of the things I have observed. In no way am I meaning to slander my gracious hosts. I like it here. Anyway here goes: - I've never seen so many, with so little, so happy. - If you smile, they will smile back. Just be careful who you smile at when Asawa is around. - A white haired, white skinned Kano, sitting on the porch, is a never end
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  2. In all my time in the philippines I have tried hard & succeed until this Morning, that is to give in to aggressive beggars and wanters However my heart was turned when I walked the Dog after his lunch. a Little Lad (about 7 or 8) was sat outside his house crying his eyes out, Now I have seen this lad growing up since I have been here in this House full time, ( about 4+ years now) so it is not as if I do not know him or the family. I know how some of the Locals get offended at times but on this one I was given to a little shame. I asked what's up Din Din? I can't go to school today, O
    24 points
  3. What a wonderful post! It sums up exactly what your life should be! You had a great career, obviously loved what you were doing. You want to keep doing it because you are top man on the totem pole now and it feels good. But you are practical enough to realize life does not last forever and you want to move on to the next phase. Perfectly logical. Perfectly normal. I felt so similar. I loved my job and I knew that once I let go of my seniority there was no going back. (Another friend tried to go back but had to start at the bottom of the pay scale and seniority list so he lasted 2
    23 points
  4. Here is the latest news from the newsroom. After a long agonising wait I am finally joining you guys in the Philippines. Cebu to be exact. I will arrive on the 24th of November for a permanent stay. Whats this means For the forum, not much For members, not much For former members who hold a grudge, chance to beat the crap out of me just adding here. see new date of arrival in last post.
    23 points
  5. This post is not easy for me to write, its hard to express into written form what is in my head, however I am encouraged to write this post by two other posts that have been made on here in the past 24 hours. A post made by JGF about 'members that don't post' and another by Stevewool about 'writing a post and then erasing it because it might sound stupid etc'. With this in mind I shall just put my stuff the best I can. I am in the Phils at the moment, actually in a pricey condo in Cebu City a few minutes walk from Ayala Mall, the reason for this location was because we needed to be close to a
    22 points
  6. Last month I travelled to the Philippines for two weeks for the first time. Before my trip, I tried to do as much research as I could. Here are my experiences and observations. Taxis: Every taxi I used had a meter and used it. However, I never paid the same amount for any of my 20 or so trips. Every interaction they wanted to negotiate extras like toll road fees and traffic. Expect to pay for any tolls out of your pocket during the drive. My Filipina fiancée did the talking so I think this is normal end expected. Airport: I knew what to pay. I saw the signs in the airport regarding fees.
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  7. It's with greatful thanks to all those people who prayed for my friend Louie who is now back home with his wife and young son. Louie spent over 50 days in hospital mostly on a ventilator before he was free from the Covid virus. To God be the Glory Amen
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  8. Proud? Yep Darned Proud Of My Little Girl Not so Little any more and all dressed up for the Uni - Christmas Ball. . Love her to Bits
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  9. Just a follow up on this foreigner living on the street. He did disappear for awhile but been back for a month I guess. Looking bit worse for wear. Anyway my GF and I put together some lunch and a few things for him and walked over to give it not knowing what his reaction would be. He was asleep on the bench and I was busy today so did not want to come back later. I said hello twice and he woke up and slowly rose up to a sitting position. Obviously sleeping on a hard surface is causing some pain. Anyway I said I would like to offer you some food if thats OK. He said Oh thank you very much mate
    21 points
  10. This topic might not be in the right place or will be considered relevant, However , I want to say that regarding the often negative comments about Filipino woman that as in every country you will find good and bad ! This is my experience of knowing and falling in love with and eventually marrying a Filipino woman ! I had chatted with several woman online before meeting my now wife. yes there were the ones that wanted to show you what you could have on webcam if you came to the Philippines to meet her ( then Oh please can you send money for ?) Then I found my princess ! we chatted onli
    21 points
  11. Hello, Gentlemen, I thought I would share a bit of my life with you regarding my experience with Internet dating-bitter sweet to say the least. My story begins when I had been chatting with a very poor gal from Paranaque who was using an internet cafe. Well. long story short, we hit it off. She was the sweetest most honest, precious lady I met and asked nothing from me. She had deep beautiful eyes and spoke with a smoothness, I really can't accurately describe. Rromance and beauty dominated this quiet woman's every being when I went to see her. I brought her a certain type of perfume fo
    21 points
  12. Hi everyone, I have not been on this forum for some time and by chance was browsing through today and suddenly realized I have not updated things for some time. For those of you who remember I am one of those expats that needs to work while living here. About 5 years ago I was teaching in a local English language school here in Angeles and then moved to teaching from home online through a platform called Verbling. I am still teaching on this platform and currently teach about 35 sessions per week, which earns me about 450 to 500 USD per week. This is enough for me and I earn enough to pay
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  13. Hello everyone, now this is not going to be a short post but there is a reason, thanks for your patience. In a recent post, about a week ago I reckon I mentioned in a thread that I was going to Australia and was seeking advice about isolation etc. This is what happened:- Before I arrived in Australia I booked a cabin in a caravan park that I have frequented very often, so they knew me personally, they took the reservation after I informed them that for personal reasons I will be going into self isolation for a week so as not to cause any concerns with anyone, as I had only been
    20 points
  14. So...I'm baaack...but it had its moments getting here. Wanted to provide one person's trip experience engaging the COVID entry rules as of the Jan 22 guidance, to wit: the part that Philippine citizens can once again enter with their spouses and dependent children. Near as I can tell, I may one of the first few to pull it off, and, as I'll explain later, might be the very first to enter via Clark. Along the way, some lessons learned dancing around the various COVID restrictions in various touch points and reconciling them with immigration and travel rules. First...wanna mention that my
    19 points
  15. Well, I have been formally retired now for 15 days and its feeling good. I have now reached my destination of Dumaguete, I got into Manila at about 1AM Saturday morning, lashing with rain. Got a cab over to Makati and spent Saturday there catching up with friends and trying to avoid more heavy rain showers, even managed to catch some streamed footie in a bar, actually my own team of Westham United, that was a bonus as I cant even get to see it live on TV at home. Took an early morning flight out of Terminal 3 today (Sunday) to Dumaguete, flew with PAL, all good as we left on time and arr
    19 points
  16. We moved into our house in the middle of a billing cycle, then we bought this contraption in the middle of a billing cycle... so it took a few months to get actual prices on our bill. A little about our house(s). We built on her uncle's land so instead of getting a sub-meter I told him I would pay his electric bill - after all we use his land for free for our house. His bill averages p800 a month. They have a fridge, 2 fans, a TV, and lights only at night. We have fridge, 3 fans, lights all day, TV, 2 computers (we have more but only 2 on at a time), and an aircon running at night. I w
    19 points
  17. I bought my car back in 2004, a brand new Honda S2000 - a high revving, highly in demand sports car that Honda no longer makes. But instead of driving it to it's full potential, I babied that car... hoping it would last forever, I never missed a scheduled maintenance and never pushing it past 5000 RPM (where red line is around 9000 RPM). After 12 years of careful conservative driving, the forsaken happened. Just last week, a car coming out of a driveway sideswiped me - and the car was damaged beyond repair, with only 65,000 miles on the odometer. The car died with all that music left insid
    19 points
  18. I thought when I moved here that I had visited, spent time and "done my homework" enough to make a smooth transition and landing here. I underestimated how long it would take me to really feel comfortable, happy and content living permanently here. (about a year and a half) At first everything seemed a whirlwind as we finished building and outfitting our house. Being busy gave me less time to really think too much about it things. After settling in though, I was really missing my close-knit family and place in the States a lot, and I felt that I had somehow abandoned them. They seem
    19 points
  19. A thanks to all readers and posters for advice and support throughout our build. Now enclose a few pics for anyone interested. We started with an engineer highly recommended by the land vendor and an ex pat whom he had built a house for. We since found out one and possibly two received commission. To close our deal he offered P12k per sq meter which is just not possible. Unfortunately having zero experience in construction it took some time to wake up we were being ripped. About halfway through the build due to cost over runs and suspected cheating, sky high stress I stopped all work flat. W
    19 points
  20. I have mentioned that we were building a house.... don't think I provided a lot of details yet. We just finished building a small (I mean small house - 30 sq meters) We built it extra solid to try and block out noisy neighbors, so far so good. We could have built a little cheaper but it would not have been as solid. My wife insisted on a back door so we lost a wall in the kitchen area. I wanted more counter top. Oh well. I drew a simple picture and pretty much let them do what they wanted. The cost for the house was almost exactly what they gave as an estimate. About p120,000 in mat
    19 points
  21. When i met my future wife and had the holiday romance , a few pictures taken of us both plus lots taken of her by myself , I had one picture on my mobile phone as a screen saver which I thought was a very nice one , anyway Emma saw it and straight away went quite on me and I had no idea why as I said the picture is lovely . A few hours later I found out the reason why she was a little upset , while the photo was fine on my mobile phone my service provider was written right across her forehead VIRGIN, that’s what she did not like , it took me awhile showing her virgin trains , virgin pla
    18 points
  22. One morning after my wife and I first started living together I kissed her at the door and said "see you later alligator" as I set off for work. When I came home she was upstairs in the bedroom and the door was locked, I had no clue what I had done. Finally she let me in around bedtime but I couldn't get anything out of her so I tried to get some sleep for work the next day, of course just as I'm about to drift off she starts crying, I plead with her to tell me what I did, finally she looks at me and says "you call me alligator" needless to say I didn't get any sleep because she couldn't be co
    18 points
  23. Well now even my 12 year old daughter is getting into the act here on the forum. After reading some of the posts she decided to furnish me with the following photos {that are meant to be funny} of some of the odd things foreign visitors or new expats just might see here on "Fantasy Island." ...
    18 points
  24. Any time, just let me know ahead of time, so I can get a truck to deliver enough beer, hopefully I have set aside enough peso for this.
    18 points
  25. Philippines is not noted for its food. There is food here. Thats all I have to say about that. Well one more thing, going to the Philippines for the food would be a bit like going to Alaska for the weather. They got some, but you're not gonna like it.
    18 points
  26. A Little self indulgence I am afraid to make a point. For those that know me sorry to say it again but for those that don't and can get unsure of Hospitals and Doctors here's my story to show a little faith. In 2012 I had a stroke (Whilst i was living in Spain) I was married to my SO who is the love of my Life but I was going to see out my working life in Spain But events took over and as the Consultant ( In the UK) said no need for Surgery at this time as you are only 60% Blocked ( the Arteries) to my Brain ( yes I have one) I could hardly walk, talk write or even type at times and forg
    18 points
  27. I have been here for around 7 years and in this time I have been waiting for the right circumstances to build a house.We bought a lot just before Christmas and we have now started to build.The lot is 500sm and the house will be 117 sm.I am also going to build some rentals so my family has an income when I go. Here are some pictures to give you some idea I will add more as it progresses.Her indoors is a very happy Pinay at the moment.
    18 points
  28. This week Elizardo, a local carpenter, fashioned us a new bench of his own design out of a heavy duty locally grown bamboo that grows wild nearby. Great craftsmanship and very comfortable too! It's always amazing to me what a talented person here can sometimes make with their hands and simple tools. We;ll get it out into the garden soon.
    18 points
  29. W hen we first moved in here, I put the word out in the neighborhood that I was looking to buy orchid plants to add to my future dream garden. Many local people came bearing single orchid plants attached to small coconut husks. None had flowers at the time, but I was told that they would surely bloom. I had faith in what they told me, so I bought them all.( Some were just given and not sold too) We wired them to trees all around and hoped for surprises. Some bloomed pretty quickly, but now three years
    18 points
  30. Have you lived in the same place all your life, Stevewool? Most of us have moved a time or twenty. When you get tired of the new place you move again. We don't have to put down deep roots, although its starting to sound like you have roots where you are and you don't want to pull them up. By the way, in the twenty or so times I have moved I never went back to the same place twice. Been there, done that, there was a reason I felt like moving away and its probably still valid. PLUS there is a whole world to see. If you get to a place and hate it then try another. Life is simple. Just
    18 points
  31. A conversation between my wife (Lani), still in the USA, and her brother (Romeo) in the Philippines: L - Did any of the bb boxes arrive? R - Yes one came a few days ago. L - Which one, what was in it? R - It is the one that contained the small washing machine. L - Washing machine??? We didn't sent a washing machine! R - Yes you did, it is right here now. I am looking at it. L - Describe it. R - It is about 25 cm square, 40 cm high, white metal, and top opens and has a little window in the middle of the lid. It was full of small clothing, socks mostly,
    18 points
  32. Down below, I'm re-posting something I wrote on the forum over two years ago. Why? The "Is The Philippines Dangerous" topic had a lot of negativity in it, led by one or two posters. What bothered me the most was the repeated theme I saw wherein if you posted something positive, you were viewing the Philippines through rose colored glasses and misleading newbies. The OP seemed to have a hidden agenda to "protect all newbies from dangerous Philippines"! Or not. It is hard to figure out what his agenda is. The other thing that bothered me is that I let myself get dragged into negativi
    18 points
  33. Today marks my one year anniversary of having moved and retired here to the Philippines. Needless to say it has not all been chocolates and roses. But I'm still here, and I have no plans to go elsewhere. So, I would like to celebrate this milestone by thanking all the members of this forum. Even though I have been married to a Filipina for over 29 years and been a frequent visitor to this island paradise, the knowledge, experiences, insight and wisdom of the ladies and gents on this forum was invaluable to me in preparation for my move and transition. Thank you. My hat is off to you fo
    18 points
  34. Here is the Filipina that changed the way i am today, 5 years we have been married and the time is going by so quick, never ever a cross word from her , a few silly ones from me but its all down to learning from one another, Just thought i would share happy times with friends
    18 points
  35. I kind of know how you feel Steve. It has been several years now, but I met a young ED doctor in the course of my job. She was the sweetest and greatest women I have met to this day. We were suppose to get married in June of 1999. Just before Thanksgiving on 1998, she started feeling generally unwell, not eating, etc. etc. She got herself checked out, and found out that she had breast cancer. We were both devasstated as you can imagine. On account of the cancer already been so far along, she had to have one of the breasts removed. Few weeks went by, and she was not getting better. Found that c
    18 points
  36. Hi All, hope all is well, Got a recent nice birthday greeting email, from Kuya John, and I thought I'd stop by and post some pics of my orchids (mostly vandas) blooming right now. It has been six years now that I've been living out here here in Cebu, and I'd just like to say hi again after a long hiatus, and I hope to be less lazy and post once in a while. I hope that you enjoy seeing these orchids in bloom right now in my front yard..
    17 points
  37. I would have put this in Jokes then Thought, is it really a Joke ?
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  38. I dunno, I tend to ascribe to the dying art of treat others how you want to be treated. I'm not always rewarded in kind, but it mostly works and it tends to be universal.
    17 points
  39. Yes it is common. I have lived here full time since I retired four plus years ago. I think a lot of the things you hear come from people reading the news. One thing the news organizations know is that "negative" news seems to be what people want to hear. Poverty, crime, corruption, vigilante killings, typhoons, volcanoes, etc, these are big news. Who wants to read about a warm and friendly people, a country where Americans are still welcome unlike much of the world. Who wants to read about a country where health care is affordable? Those of us who live here and make it home know that th
    17 points
  40. I am putting this here because it affects us all as Expats trying to get on with Life as normal people in a strange yet fascinating place, either Living here or closely connected by our loved ones or those that would consider moving as a retiree or just fed up with home. PEF (The Forum) used to be a quaint family oriented forum full of Fun and Friends; Just lately we have gone to a face book type thing in my Opinion, with Sex, Drugs, Killings and Political angles on things we would have rather left at home. It is not, I am sure, what anyone else wants either, we see personal issues
    17 points
  41. I was at a eatery in Valencia this morning and. a man I know told me this story. He said that yesterday afternoon he lost his wallet.In it was just over 8000p and some of his IDs.He went back to the cafe where he had been sitting and asked if they had seen it. He was told a small boy had it and he thought oh well that is the last I will see of that.After about an hour the small boy knocked on his door and handed over his wallet.He checked the contents and everything was still there even the money.He gave the small boy a sizeable reward. So maybe we are seeing a change in the loc
    17 points
  42. Good morning all, We are into our last week here in Thailand and looking forward to our new life there in Phils. Balakbayan boxes on their way (slowly) but no apparent hassles. Accommodation all in order and meets most of our requirements (except for the stairs) but will have to cope with that. Will be seeking a motorcycle once we get there, they are very expensive compared to Thailand. But it evens itself out if you sell, I suppose. I am not looking forward to the paper battle to transfer ownership, that seems very 'old hat'. After 5 plus years on this forum, I am not g
    17 points
  43. I cam with buckets of money and, to be fair, I still have the buckets.
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  44. After almost three years living here permanently, and not yet retirement age, I can honestly say that I have no second thoughts about living here. I understand that life is fleeting and in reflection, living where I used to live was very stressful and sometimes a waste of my time. I'm grateful for my new life here warts and all, and I'm glad that we made the move a little earlier, to get that extra enjoyment in. Whatever happens to me in the future, I'll be glad that I had the unique chance to live out the dream that I had always wanted to have. So far the gamble has worked out well for us.
    17 points
  45. I long ago learned it's a good idea to keep a relatively low profile while travelling internationally. Many of us are attention magnets enough simply because of our skin color, physical size or Star Buck's habits which make us stand out in the crowd. Add the old anti-Colonial feelings and a Kano helping vs. a Kano meddling can be a fine line to walk. Sometime in the last week I read an article I think in the Cebu SunStar about a lack of chalk being an issue for the local schools. Seen similar things a million times over the years, kinda like "what's new"? I suggested to a niece that lives
    17 points
  46. Some of these creatures have been known to eat men alive in the Philippines.
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  47. To the contrary, it was good to hear your story... And hopefully, just writing it for you helped to ease your pain some. I'm sure I'm not alone in offering my condolences to you and N... Thank you!
    17 points
  48. Just to show you that most Filipinos are indeed honest if you give them a chance ..... I put this here in this topic because most foreigners either don't feel they are honest or always trying to scam them ... The other day the water boys came to get the jug and my asawa was out .... she always buts the p40 in a plastic and tapes it to the bottom of the jug and puts it outside the door .... but she forgot to put it outside the door .... so when the boy rang I took the jug to him and paid him p40 ..... well today when he came to deliver it again he said no charge ma'am you already paid .... so
    17 points
  49. I met my lovely wife nearly 30 years ago while stationed in the Philippines. When we met, all of my belongings fit into a sea bag. We rented a really small bungalow,, bought a bed a papasan and a little kitchen table. We were just a couple of kids. Now fast forward 30 years and we have raised a beautiful girl and a boy anyone would be proud to call their son. We've worked hard here in the States, bought the house and filled it with more things than we need. We lived within our means and saved enough to soon retire back to where we started together. My wife still looks great but I have at leas
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  50. I think I may have quite a bit - albeit different type - of perspective on this topic. I am a single dad, and as such, need yayas. At present, I have three - although they do more than just care for my daughter. I choose to use the term "ya-ya" rather than house maids or helper because they are all aware that their primary jobs are to look after my daughter. That being said, I can see how some kids can grow to be abusive of their yayas. I think that if this happens, it is a direct reflection on the parents' attitudes toward their domestic helpers. If the parents permit it, they are in fact con
    16 points
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