Category: Living in the Philippines

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. 99% Sure this was a Scam This...

Filipino time

‘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...

living in manila

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...

gyms in angeles

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...

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. ...

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...

Best gyms in Manila

5 Best Gyms in Manila

Finding a good gym in Asia is not always cheap or easy.  Many of the gyms you will find don’t use the aircon which makes for a hot, humid, and stuffy work out experience.  I am not by any means a gym snob and can make do with most any equipment, all I really need is aircon. However I know some people are really into the full gym experience so here are some best gyms in Manila I’ve come across. Top 5 Gyms in Manila...

requirements

‘Requirements’

For the most part living in the Philippines is very laid back with zero obligations.  However there will be times where you just have to get something done, and those times can be quite frustrating because of my new least favorite word: ‘requirements‘. Any time you hear the word requirements in the Philippines expect to walk out of whatever establishment you are in, shaking your head knowing you will need to return soon. 5 Pictures wasn’t Enough If you have been in the country for a while...

Subic Beach

Things to Do in Subic, or Lack Of

I have spent close to two months in Subic on a few separate visits.  It is an ok place to visit but I definitely could never see myself living there long term. There are definitely some pluses about the city but the negatives definitely out weigh them in my opinion. I have always stayed in Barretto because I know a guy that rents out his apartment to me on a weekly or monthly basis and he is very flexible.  He lives at a place that...

protein powder in the philippines

Protein Powder in the Philippines

Protein powder in the Philippines can be hard to find, as with many expat-type products. You can find it, the problem is if you want a quality protein powder it will cost you a lot.  Below are some options to find it in the store or also online. In the Store The best store to get protein powder in the Philippines would be Healthy Options.  There are quite a few locations around the country and they should all carry it.  The price is a bit...

Moody expats running a business in the Philippines

Expats Running a Business in the Philippines

Something I have noticed here is that many stressed out western business owners treat their staff very badly. They pay them terrible wages and then get mad and yell at them over small things, and often threaten them with their jobs. Actually I’ve seen this in both Cambo and Phils. Grumpy westerners in Cambodia When I lived in Sihanoukville there was a girl who worked at my hotel Smile Guesthouse who also worked nights at the ice cream shop.  During slow season there were few customers...

Restaurants in Angeles City

Best Restaurants in Angeles City

Now a lot of interesting stuff comes up for a Google search of ‘Angeles City Philippines’ but one thing you don’t find much info on is where to eat. As anyone who has traveled to third world countries can tell you picking the right restaurant is very important, and restaurants in Angeles City are no different. Since so many expats have decided to retire in the Philippines and specifically in Angeles City you will find a lot of very good western food around.  In my...

Cheap hotels in Manila

Cheap Hotels in Manila I Stayed At

Despite the fact that living cheap in the Philippines is very easy, one thing you will come to find is that hotels and apartments are way overpriced compared to other Asian cities. This is one place where you really get bad value in the Philippines but I can point you to a few cheap hotels in Manila that won’t hurt you too bad. Cheap Hotels in Manila Makati Apartelle The best value hotel I have found in Manila.  It is in Makati, but it is...

Restaurants in Cebu

Top 6 Restaurants in Cebu

It takes awhile to get settled into any new place and Cebu is no different. Finding the right restaurants in Cebu took me quite awhile but eventually I was able to locate some good ones. Originally I was eating almost all of my meals at Ayala Center Cebu, but now I am down to only eating half my meals from there :).  Still just knowing that there are good restaurants at Ayala is not enough, you need to know the right ones to choose from. Restaurants...