Category: Living in the Philippines

Daily articles and blogs on living in the Philippines.

Philippines Documentary | Expat Marries Bargirl, Gets Murdered

Steven Alston Davis & wife Evelyn Bohol I was searching for Philippines documentaries and came across ‘A Murder in the Family’. If you haven’t seen it it’s a true story about British expat Steven Davis who married an Angeles City bargirl, Evelyn. She later had her brother kill him thinking she’d end up with half his money. The police didn’t want to know about it and the guy’s mother Margaret single handedly got the girl locked up in prison. It took her years and she wrote a...

Where to Buy Zithromax in Cebu

Zithromax at Gaisano Mall One of the annoying inconsistent things about the Philippines is that some pharmacies won’t sell you antibiotics without a prescription. Whereas in Thailand you can buy zithromax over the counter at any pharmacy. And the morning after pill which Philippines doesn’t sell, recreational ED drugs like kamagra, recreational painkillers, tons of stuff is easier to find there. Thailand definitely beats the Philippines when it comes to drugs, legal and otherwise. In the Phils you get ‘not available Sir’, or ‘you need...

Apartment in Cebu for Dating Pinays | Calyx Residences

Samar loop from Calyx Residences rooftop Calyx Residences is a modern high-rise apartment in Cebu City, great for getting dating site girls round to your place when you invite them over to swim at the rooftop pool. It’s also walking distance to Ayala mall. 28th floor infinity pool with view of the city and mountains Calyx Residences Review I just spent a few days there on AirBnB and liked it although it has some drawbacks. There’s another Calyx in IT Park which is better, will stay there next time. Rooms...

Tried an Outcall Nuru Massage in Cebu | Masaji Spa

The Philippines sex massage scene is limited compared to Thailand, but Cebu took a step in the right direction with the introduction of an outcall nuru massage + sex service – ‘Masaji Spa’. Yuki setting up the bed You choose which girl you want on their website then she turns up your room, bringing a plastic mattress cover to put over your bed, the nuru oil, condoms, etc. You don’t need to prepare anything. It all happens in your room despite the word ‘spa’ in the name....

Life in the BGC Area of Manila, aka ‘The Fort’ | Trion Tower Condo

‘The Fort’ aka the BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is one of the most baller areas to live in Manila, super safe, clean, and developed. My buddy recently got a 6 month lease at Trion Tower there, 30k pesos / month ($600) for a one bedroom unit. I went over to take some pics of his condo and the Fort area. Balcony view from Trion Tower The gap between the haves and the have nots in PI is wide, you can take a cab through the ghetto and see abject poverty,...

Experiences with Bad Doctors in the Philippines

I do a fair amount of google doctoring here because I don’t really trust doctors in the Philippines. One time I had an STD called molluscum contagiosum and 2 doctors misdiagnosed it as herpes. The 2nd doctor that did this hadn’t even seen what I had. I told him I had ‘some bumps’ and he pulls up a google image search of herpes and starts pointing at it saying this is what I have. I was 100% sure I did not have herpes at this point,...

Budget Hostel in Makati Near Burgos Street

Entrance to San Agustin Residences One of the worst parts about living in the Philippines is that the hotels and condos are too expensive for what you get. A $50/night Philippines hotel room that’d be worth $30 in Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia. A $500/month Manila condo that’d be $300 in Bangkok. And so on. However every once in awhile you can find okay value. My old pick for best value hotel was Makati Apartelle which costs 1085 pesos ($22.50) a night. Coffee shop by the entrance...

Morning After Pill in the Philippines (Nordette Method)

So nobody told me the morning after pill isn’t sold in the Philippines 😀 As long time blog readers will know I mostly set up a home base in Thailand and go to PI for visa runs. In Thailand you can buy the morning after pill over the counter, ‘Madonna’ or ‘Postinor’ brands, costs 40 baht ($1.13) for the box of 2 pills. The girl takes one as soon as possible, and the next 12 hours later. I’ve had many a ThaiCupid or Thaifriendly girl just tell...

First Night Out On Walking Street, Angeles

Some newbies might be a bit intimidated by the sketchiness of Angeles City. There are some dark alleyways, beggars, touts, chicks with dicks grabbing you on the street, etc. The Philippines is a bit underdeveloped compared to e.g. Thailand so it can be a culture shock at first. Child beggars on Fields Avenue In no time at all you’ll get used to it, but for the first night it can be easier to stick to Walking Street (aka Fields Avenue). Then venture out to bars on the perimeter later....

Cebu Hotel / Short Stay Condo with 10Mbps PLDT Wifi

I first picked City Suites Ramos Tower hotel as it’s a short walk (500m) to the Mango Avenue nightlife, and looked modern from the pics on their website and Agoda page. Deluxe corner room 27th floor, $39.95 on Agoda (1860 pesos) What I really liked though is that each room has it’s own private PLDT wifi line, with your own password, like a condo – it turned out City Suites is actually a Condotel, with both daily and monthly rates. Perfect for digital nomads trying to find good...

Get More Bang For Your Buck in Asia Ebook

This ebook details how I live on around $1k/month in the Philippines and around South East Asia. Whether you’re on a short trip or making a permanent move, this should help you out with budgeting and getting more bang for your buck – with chapters on apartments, banking, food, and of course girls. If you don’t have a Kindle there’s an Amazon app to read ebooks on PC or mobile. For my loyal blog readers, here’s a free chapter below. The rest is on Amazon for $2.99. Get More Bang For Your Buck...

Getting Laid on Filipino Cupid on Day 1, Date 1

Hi guys, so I’m on a visa run in the Philippines at the moment while Dante is in Thailand, we’ve swapped places! I landed Tuesday, signed up for a membership on FilipinoCupid Wednesday and woke up with a 20 year old Filipina in my bed on Thursday. I love Asia! I’d used ThaiCupid before but this was my first time on their Philippines dating site. I made a profile a couple days before landing in Manila as it’s free to appear in search and get sent some initial messages / receive interests. Then...

Are Filipinas Getting Fatter? (Fried Food in the Philippines)

The Philippines is definitely not known for its food and thanks to a lot of it being fried and oily, plus a lot of western fast food around, you’ll notice Pinays have more cushion for the pushin’ than other Asian girls. None of the local dishes look particularly tasty and I have only ever tried one. It’s called pork adobo and it is actually quite good if you get it at the right restaurant. Then there’s Sisig which a lot of people like. The majority of...

Cebu Budget Breakdown

I usually spend a little under $1,000 a month when living in Cebu. I could probably get it a bit cheaper if I wanted to move further away from the center of the city. But since I spend the vast majority of my time when out in places like Ayala, IT Park, and SM I will pay a bit more to be close to them. Cebu is like the rest of the Philippines in that you get bad value for your apartments. It is just...