Author: Dante

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Charles Schwab Account = No ATM Fees

If you’re from the US this is probably the best advice you can receive before moving abroad.  Getting a Charles Schwab account (at the time of writing only open to Americans) will make living in the Philippines or anywhere else so much easier for you. They refund all ATM fees even internationally.  Put all of your money in that account and have no worries about fees. Before moving to the Philippines I never had any idea how awful banks are.  Now that I have moved abroad I...

Can I Bring a Friend?

‘Can I Bring My Friend?’

Filipina women hate to go anywhere alone.  They always want to bring a friend with them and this will often include when they hang out with you.  To me this absolutely ruins the idea of hanging out with them. Not only does it make it much harder for you to achieve your goal on that night, it will be awkward and boring and you may never see the girl again. I understand why a girl I barely know would want to bring a friend, but I...

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Ones That Got Away

Filipina girls can fall in love so fast and it’s hard to keep them from doing so. I don’t like having serious relationships here for that reason. Filipina girls are so sweet and all they are looking is for someone to be kind to them and take care of them, and I can be kind but I don’t want the responsibility of taking care of someone else.  So while losing a chance with a girl really only means I lost out on one night or a short...

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My Pattaya Budget Breakdown

My monthly Pattaya budget was higher than any city I’ve lived in so far.  I spent ~$1200 which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s 33% more than I spend living in the Philippines or Cambodia. I’m sure if I lived there long term I could get costs down to around $1100/month.  I doubt I could have gone any lower then that and enjoyed life though.  The main problem with Pattaya is that the ‘entertainment’ is a lot more expensive than in say Angeles City or Sihanoukville. In...

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Main 2 Gyms in Angeles City

Not a lot of options for good gyms in Angeles as it’s a small town. The main thing that sucks about most gyms here is that they don’t use the aircon so it is like working out in a sauna. There are two Angeles gyms that I know do use the aircon, but they don’t really use it as much as they should.Still these are the best gyms in Angeles City so if you need a place to work out you probably can’t beat them. It...

Safety in Cambodia

Safety in Cambodia

So overall I was in Cambodia for almost a year and saw one act of violence in my entire stay. I was at the beach when I see a western girl going crazy yelling at a tuk-tuk driver.  She was pushing him and her boyfriend was there yelling some also.  There were also about 20 other tuk-tuk drivers creeping closer and closer and it looked like things were going to get ugly quick. Apparently they were claiming he sold them fake drugs and they wanted their money back.  He...

ladyboys in cebu

Ladyboys in Cebu City

Finding ladyboys in Cebu is not hard at all.  There are a couple of key spots to go where many of them frequent, but in reality they are all over the island. In your day to day life you are sure to see quite a few out and about.  They will probably say hi to you or at the least stare at you.  Just go up and chat them up and they will be very glad to make your acquaintance. Ayala Mall This is the...

Living in Cebu

Living in Cebu – Pros & Cons

My first time in Cebu I absolutely hated it.  I just had an unlucky first week and it made me hate the city.  I had come from Angeles City and thought the traffic in Cebu was terrible. I thought everything was too far apart and you wasted to much time getting from one place to another.  Just everything went wrong and I vowed to never come back. I’m glad I broke that vow because now it is one of my favorite cities in the world. ...

Life in Manila

Life in Manila – Day 1

When I moved to Asia Manila was where I wanted to be.  Most of the reading I did before moving here was about life in Manila and I was excited to finally check it out. I was only going to be staying for a week because I already had a cheaper place booked in Angeles – Life in Manila seemed a bit more pricey going by Numbeo and what I’d read – but I still wanted to make the most out of that week. My flight...

Why You Gotta Be So Rude Filipinos?

A curious thing about life in the Philippines is how the people can be so friendly, and yet so rude all at the same time. If you are having a conversation with someone they are likely to be very happy to talk to you and very kind.  But out in the day to day world when you are running errands you will see people doing rude things all the time.  Some of it is a lack of awareness of their surroundings, other stuff is just plain rudeness. The lack...

Living In Cambodia

Living in Cambodia – Day 2

Since I wasn’t able to stay at the original place I had planned my second day living in Cambodia was quite busy.  I had to go look for a new place, and I also needed to get address verification stuff scanned for PokerStars to get working online again and prove I was out of the US. I had the same moto driver I met the night before pick me up and we went and checked out a handful of other hotels in Sihanoukville. One of...

Where to meet Filipinas

Where to Meet Filipinas Out & About

If I was living in the US and was as aggressive about walking up to girls and giving them my number as I am with pinays I would possibly be in jail by now, and at the least I would be 86’d from all the malls surrounding where I lived. In reality there is nothing wrong with walking up to a girl, telling her she is cute, and giving her your number.  No harm no foul, and that is really the extent of what I...

Moving to Cambodia – Day 1

When I decided to come to Asia my heart was set on the Philippines to play poker again and that’s where I bought my plane ticket for. About 2 weeks before I left I found out that it might be hard to get a bank account and lease that quickly in PI. I was told about a guy in Sihanoukville, Cambodia who would give me a lease for cheap and that I could open a bank account on arrival. I really needed a lease and bank...

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Ladyboys in Angeles City

Ladyboys love to flock to where foreigners hang out and ladyboys in Angeles City are no different.  Transgender women from all over the Philippines go to Angeles City because they know it is one of the main destinations for expats and tourists. Ladyboy dating site set up by a Western expat – Filipino ladyboy couple Many of the Ladyboys in Angeles City will be wanting some money for their time with you but not all will.  They are quite horny and many just want to have some fun. ...