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  1. Great topic, I have been thinking the same thing myself lately. We can often look at things like how Filipinos act strange like on Facebook twisting their fingers in really weird poses but maybe they think the same when they see foreigners walking along the street dressed like goofy with a big money bag on their stomach, their baggy cargo shorts, big tennis shoes and sweating like a pig lol.
  2. Does anyone else notice that most wealthier Filipinos (at least ones that look that way), mainly the woman are very over weight? I would say this is mainly because they are eating out a lot at these fast food outlets and getting overdoses of white sugar, salt and fat. I said to my girlfriend that you are much better off to be poor here as you will live much longer and will probably be happier anyway as your diet will not make you feel miserable. Yes diet can make you feel good or bad so it's not just about living longer as I know that when I eat out a lot like I have been lately while trav
  3. I have always known most of the food here is full of white sugar but I have really started to see it becoming an epidemic now. For example today I went to one of those stalls you see at the malls where you can buy a freshly made fruit shake or juice. These are good value and healthy drinks as long as you ask for no sugar. I watched as locals ordered what they probably thought was a healthy drink and I was shocked to see how much white sugar the girl was putting in each customers drink. I'm sure she was putting in at least half a cup of white sugar in each. At least they do have an option n
  4. remind me not to buy my mangos from there :)
  5. Also one thing I noticed if you are in a car, taxi, bus or whatever people on the street or sidewalk gaze into the windows of nearly every vehicle, I have never witnessed this in my home country. Next time you go for a drive check it out!
  6. I think Filipinos are much more interested in "people" than anything else or at least the way people look, their face, their partner and their general look. I really noticed this on my return back this last week. When I'm in Australia you get a few glances and as long as you remain positive people will smile and be friendly but they don't really care so much for other people in the street they don't know. Although maybe teenagers will be more fascinated with other teens etc and the opposite sex. Now you come to the Philippines and I really notice how nearly ALL people look at you. Walk
  7. Paul, a CNI is a document one must get if they plan to marry in the Philippines. "CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT (CNI) also known as Certificate of Legal Capacity" more details here: http://www.australia.com.ph/mnla/marriage.html I think it's basically a document to declare that either party is not currently married.
  8. yeah I was surprised as my past experiences in Manila were not as easy. I actually found the people in Manila very cheerful that day. thanks mate :) Yeah Bob, my business is portable, it can be run on my laptop like a lot of travelers do these days. That was why I preferred to work on my online business instead of looking for a 9-5 job back in Aussie when I went back last December as once I would finish the 9-5 job I might have more savings but I would have no income once I traveled again. So it was a choice I had to make and I'm glad It worked out as it was risky to put it all on
  9. Update: yesterday I got on the net and went to all the classified websites and made a list of some condos that looked OK. I sent a text to them all but only got one reply (although I got plenty of replies later that day). I seen an ad for a condo to rent at Ramos Towers in Cebu and the photos looked good, new, and comfortable looking plus close to my girlfriend's work. So I decided to get a ride there and see if I could talk to the security guards etc and see if they know of any condos in the building for rent. A guy took me around to the main entrance as I had missed that and went the back w
  10. hi mate, can you pm me the details If it is in 1 jeep ride to E-Mall so my fiancée can get to her job or maybe 2 rides. I should also say that we might be able to pay up to 25,000 per month now as we want to find something comfortable. We don't want any long term contracts though but may sign up to 3 months. We had a look at one today that was close to her work. it was only 8,000 but it was 12 months and too small although new. They then showed us other ones upstairs for 15,000 on month to month. We were nearly going to take it then but we decided not too as they kept changing the cost
  11. hey there, I wanted to post up how my trip here has gone while everything is still fresh in my mind. I do plan to contribute to others threads as well soon but just been a little rushed lately. Anyway, so as some of you might recall I had to go back to Australia at the end of last year as my income had dropped off and my savings had gone so I needed to sort things out. I had the option of finding a normal job back in OZ or to try to pick up the scraps of my online business and make it work. As I'm not a 50 year old although a very young 50 year old lol and I had not had a normal job since
  12. Pretty shocking alright, I think I will avoid asking dept store security for directions in the future... Interesting facts there...that son earning 400k a month seems pretty small for that sort of job compared to say in Australia where they might make that per day or week Plus if they are that rich 13 billion, I think they would be in top of the list of the wealthiest people in the world ? yeah it's crazy how they can put people on 5 months contract so the worker has to go through and spend all their savings (if they have any left) for the last job on applying for a new job, ju
  13. OK that sounds good, will ask him to take me through skyway. I get there early just after 5am and leave in early afternoon, don't have the exact times with me now but I think I should have enough time?
  14. hi, im leaving with Cebu pacific which I think is from T3? My plan is to get a taxi to embassy with my luggage and then when finished get taxi back to T3. I will only have carry on luggage, one small backpack and laptop bag. I might also bring my 3/4 size acoustic guitar on the flight in soft bag (not in luggage). I think it will be easy enough to take it all in the taxi but yeah putting it in storage might be better!
  15. buying a car in the Philippines would be more about research, checking up, legal issues, owner documents, registration. fees, licenses etc etc and then if you can handle all that you can then have fun dealing with the free for all no rules driving, many traffic jams and all that nice pollution and black smoke in your face... :) better to get a bike or taxis/jeeps etc...
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