Category: Living in the Philippines

Do You Need to Learn Tagalog? (2+2 Forum Fight)

This is an easy question for me, and if you follow this blog and think you will lead a life similar to mine when  then clearly the answer is no. Learning Tagalog would have almost no tangible benefit on my lifestyle. It may impress a few girls, but for the most part girls are happy to talk in English and it’s not hard to have a conversation. With Facebook and Youtube and so much American culture here most girls know enough English to have a conversation. Older people...

Cebu Condo Example on AirBnB

In the last post I gave examples of some of the high end condos on AirBnB that do monthly rates  – Knightsbridge and Gramercy in Manila, and Calyx Centre in Cebu. Someone commented I should post some more original content, so here it is – La Guardia Flats 1 at the end of La Guardia Street, Cebu. It’s centrally located between JY Square Mall and IT Park, and about 1km North of Waterfront Casino if you scroll the map down. A fews mins cab ride to Mango Square, MO2 club, Ayala Mall...

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Dumb Laws in the Philippines

Every country has lots of stupid laws so this really isn’t anything different than the rest of the world. You can find plenty of idiotic laws in different states and counties all over the US also. Having said that Pinoys have to put up with some strange ones. Prison for Women Cheating on Husbands I think many people are aware that cheating on your married partner is illegal in the Philippines, but some may not know that it is basically ‘more illegal’ for a woman to do...

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Picking Up Korean Girls in Cebu

If you aren’t aware there are tons of Korean girls in Cebu (and guys). They’re around college aged and come over to study English because it’s a lot cheaper in the Philippines than Korea, and it’s an English speaking country not far from home. Even though the majority of the Korean girls I have seen weren’t that hot from time to time you will see a hot one. Most look more like above right (Korean girls in Cebu’s IT Park, via MyCebuPhotoBlog.com) than the model type you...

Why Are Filipinos so Lazy?

Every culture has lazy people, but there sure do seem to be a lot more lazy Filipinos.  I think the easiest way to notice this is to see how much they hate to walk anywhere. I once got on a jeepney that was close to empty.  After I got on a 30ish year old woman got on and we waited 10+ minutes for it to fill up. Now the jeep started to go and before we had even traveled 200 yards she asked the driver...

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Last Weekend in Cebu

I don’t usually like to meet up with people from the internet.  For one I am not a fan of ‘going out’ and don’t want to invite some dude over to my place. I also am just awkward as hell when I do go out and don’t want to weird up someone else’s night.  But from time to time (since I am such a big deal) people offer to take me out. I generally say no, but I have given a few this great honor and...

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Do Filipinos Eat Dog?

‘Asians Eat Dog Har Har Har!’ – we’ve all heard that stereotypical joke at some point.  Tell some corny person that you ate at a Chinese restaurant and you are just totally setting him up for some hilarious eating dog joke. So far in my three years in Asia there has only been one time where I have ever even heard anyone mention eating dog.  It was back in Cambodia. A mototaxi guy who showed me around when I first arrived asked me if I wanted...

Why Filipinos Are Annoying Neighbors

Despite being a cheapskate one thing that I don’t mind overpaying for when living in the Philippines is accommodation. On top of being in a better location and not signing a 6+ month lease there is another hidden perk – no noisy Filipino neighbors. When you overpay for an apartment you are mostly going to live next to other expats. They are generally old guys that keep to themselves and don’t make much noise. Can’t really beat that for a neighbor. Not only can most Filipinos...

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Transportation in the Philippines

One of the great things about living in the Philippines is that there are so many options for cheap public transportation. Romantic rickshaw bike ride with Date in Asia chick I really don’t ever see the need for owning your own car or motorbike here.  It would be a bit more convenient I suppose, but overall not worth it. Taxis You can call a taxi to take you most places in whatever city you are in for under $5.  A big city with lots of traffic...

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Best Country in Asia to Live?

Summing up my other posts comparing which is the best country in Asia to live. South East Asia that is, assuming you want to get away from boring westernized developed countries. Overall those three are pretty similar and all great fun, but there are some major differences that make each different. Choosing which one is best for you can’t really be done with research, you need to visit them yourself and then decide.  I hope to visit Vietnam soon to add some content on that. Best...

Scams in the Philippines?

Before moving to Angeles I had read about many different types of scams in the Philippines so I was expecting a few to be attempted on me. Lots of them involve girls lying to the police and trying to extort money from foreigners but luckily none of those have happened to me yet. I’m sure that does happen from time to time, but not as much as some guys on certain expat message boards would like you to believe. There are even entire websites about it e.g. Philippines Scams....

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‘Filipino Time’

Filipino time is something you just have to put up with living in the Philippines. Examples of Filipino Time If you aren’t aware of what Filipino time is it basically means expect everyone to be late for everything.  A Filipina explains it here. It doesn’t always work out that way, and sometimes they are actually on time, but if you are supposed to meet someone at 7 and show up at 7:15 expect to wait another half hour before they arrive. Waiting for Bible Study to...

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Pros & Cons of Living in Manila

Before I moved to Asia I was dead set on living in Manila. Since arriving, I haven’t spent more than 10 days straight in the city. There are certain nice things about it and if I had more money then maybe I would give it more of a shot.  But when I am there I feel like I am spending more money to have less free time. Pros of Living in Manila The capital city of any country will always have lots of advantages.  Not...

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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...