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1 Month In the Philippines, Some Practical Advice & Mobile Plans

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7 hours ago, jtmwatchbiz said:

yea thanks where were you 14 years ago when i got married here?   i would type a longer complaint to you but she is yelling at me as i haven't finished sweeping the driveway so i gotta go... 

Oh sure ... you use me as a straight man ... and not even a like...  :cool:

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Cebu city hasn't got anything going for it at all, apart from girls, or if you have a job and you need to be near work. Or if you have medical issues and need to be near clinics and decent hospitals a lot. Other than that there's no real reason to be in Cebu

my suggestion would be to look around on the web , dating websites and social media, and find a companion to bring with you on a motorbike tour. You need a girl that is unemployed really, or a student who is on vacation. If she has a job, that is not good news. Move onto another one. 

it's possible to aquire girls in the province and on islands but it is a hell of a lot more difficult than in cities. Just straight up say to girls online, that you want a companion for your upcoming vacation, you will get plenty of interest. But the most important thing is that they have the free time, to take it. If they haven't, you have to rule them out.

doing your own cooking is very feasible and I have gone around on a motorbike with a complete field kitchen, pots, pans, cookers, food, salt/pepper/spices etc, and it is very do-able even on a small motorbike with a passenger. However you need to have a talent for packing, also automatic motorbikes are much better because you can use the footwell to store quite a lot of the field kitchen and luggage that you would otherwise have to tie on the back rail, of a manual motorbike.

you need to have plenty of plastic boxes for packing. Plenty of plug boards to enable you to use the appliances as hotel and pension house rooms in the Philippines are very often short or plug sockets. You really need to plan it well. I got all my cookers, including a small rice cooker, from my home country, they are available in the Philippines at reasonable prices, but the supply is kind of haphazard. Gas vs. electric : I decided to opt for electric, even though in the province this can mean that you are at the mercy of brownouts, it's overall just better.

having a field kitchen means that having access to a refridgerator is very important. In fact this is the most important thing that your accommodation needs to have.  TV. doesn't matter. Aircon, doesn't matter. Refridgeration matters though, a very great deal. It's the most important thing, and you will find that unfortunately, compared to Thailand in the Philippines finding rooms that have good refridgerators or even ones that have access to shared refridgerators, can be difficult. If there is no refridgerator, you can use cool boxes and ice to cool things down, this is an issue that needs to be continually addressed. If you want to do your own cooking, everything opens up. You go to shops, and the markets all the time, to buy meat and vegetables. Otherwise you are just this saddo that sits in restaurants and eateries all the time when you want to eat. B*O*R*I*N*G.

 

Internet, get your pocket WiFi, I use SMART it's 1000 for the month or 250 for 7 days, however in some areas there is no SMART or GLOBE signal, however that has never been enough of a problem for me to have a GLOBE pocket WiFi as well. Once or twice, I've moved lodges because they had no SMART signal. Big deal I just moved to some other lodge, where they did. Usually my SMART is sufficient to watch youtube videos OK, the device can power 10 devices, typically I'll watch videos at night on a 14" tablet and with the pocket WiFI you can use numerous other devices as well. With power banks I have been up the mountain occasionally with no electric, no running water, no nothing and still able to watch movies and use internet. 

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badian, thanks for the detailed and helpful reply. i suspected cebu was a bit boring and i'm not a city guy. i could never live in bangkok. i like phuket, its big enough that it has everything a bit city has,  but still has a lot of nature, beaches, places to go for a nice quiet beautiful walk (very important part of my day) paces to hang out, places to get away from it all. somewhere in PI like that would be ideal for me.

but i've decided to return to phuket in may/june anyhow. i am tired of traveling and want to spend some time at home, even if my wife doesn't want to stay with me. as i said, before, we have a few apartments, i can stay in one and do some dating in Thailand, see how that works out. if  its not working not, i'll come to PI in December which is our high season, so i can easily rent out my place while i tour PI

 

 

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22 minutes ago, steveh2112 said:

but i've decided to return to phuket in may/june anyhow. i am tired of traveling and want to spend some time at home, even if my wife doesn't want to stay with me. as i said, before, we have a few apartments, i can stay in one and do some dating in Thailand, see how that works out.

 

Just make sure you don't become the wabbit...

 

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where would you say is the most phuket/samui like place in PI? a fairly large town/city with plenty of access to shopping, bars, eats, health care if you need it, etc. but still have immediate access to nice beaches, nature walks, i.e. not a concrete jungle, an actual jungle?

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badian

no large Philippines cities have 'immeadiate' access to beaches if you want to actually swim in the sea. The water is far too foul and it is every large city too. Cebu is probably the worst, with the largest 'exclusion zone'.  In Cebu, you're looking at a 2 hour minimum journey, and probably more, from the Capitol to swim anywhere without running the risk of getting a disease. The pollution is that bad. 

smaller cities are better. For a mix of "shopping, bars, eats, health care and access to beaches and nature walks" Dumaguete is probably the best fit, with Tagbilaran/Panglao island being in the runners-up spot.

the Philippines is kind of split quite starkly between city and province in a way that Thailand is not, in the same kind of way. If you want "shopping, bars, eats, and health care"  then you usually need to be in a big city. But if you want "nice beaches and nature walks" you have to be well away from any big city. At least 2-3 hours. Thailand's geography is very different from the Philippines. Unless you count Bangkok, there are no large coastal cities in Thailand only small ones. The Philippines has loads of big 300,000 and up sized coastal cities and ports.

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Do not believe you are going to find upmarket western tourist meccas like Phuket anywhere in PI.  Actually Manila area and Cebu are about it for large city areas with good infrastructure for socializing/shopping/medical AFAIK (but not there so welcome any corrections).  Clark (Angeles City) may be moving in that direction as Manila moves out the government to there, but no beaches, although plenty of bars and eats.

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thanks again badian, i found this interesting https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10-reasons-to-visit-or-live-in-dumaguete-the-philippines_us_5905eb54e4b084f59b49f9fd

doesn't sound like there's much going on in the evening? where would you find some company (i don't mean short time, i mean for a date with a nice girl?)

Panglao is definitely on my list when i visit

Are there any expats in Panglao? or mostly tourists?

thanks

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23 minutes ago, steveh2112 said:

thanks again badian, i found this interesting https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10-reasons-to-visit-or-live-in-dumaguete-the-philippines_us_5905eb54e4b084f59b49f9fd

doesn't sound like there's much going on in the evening? where would you find some company (i don't mean short time, i mean for a date with a nice girl?)

Panglao is definitely on my list when i visit

Are there any expats in Panglao? or mostly tourists?

thanks

Dumaguete is growing in leaps and bounds. Although there are no "girlie bars", there is nightlife. If you are into music, there is a growing sector of world class talent here that can be found usually 1-2 nights per week. There is no shortage of bars, girls, and plenty of waterfalls, mountains, beaches and jungle just 15 minutes in any direction.

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yes, i'm into music, i play drums. i'm into rock mostly but ok with anything besides DJ and rap/hiphop. what kind of music is there? anyhow, looks like it will go on my list for sure

 

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29 minutes ago, shadow said:

Dumaguete is growing in leaps and bounds. Although there are no "girlie bars", there is nightlife. If you are into music, there is a growing sector of world class talent here that can be found usually 1-2 nights per week. There is no shortage of bars, girls, and plenty of waterfalls, mountains, beaches and jungle just 15 minutes in any direction.

Only visited for the day on my last trip. The girls needed to do NBI stuff, so me and the Aussie wandered around, saw a parade, enjoyed a coffee not far from the College. Ended the day visiting a cousin in the sweltering heat, and a long walk from his home to the pier.

In my brief time there I could feel the difference between there and Cebu City. People allowed us to use the crosswalk, less horn honking, a more chill environment IMO. Definitely want to spend more time there in the future, get a better feel for it. Won't get in much traveling next trip, but hopefully the one after that.

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20 minutes ago, steveh2112 said:

yes, i'm into music, i play drums. i'm into rock mostly but ok with anything besides DJ and rap/hiphop. what kind of music is there? anyhow, looks like it will go on my list for sure

 

There is a growing group of expat rockers here, with open mic jam sessions usually at least two nights per week. There are 5-8 groups of expats that get together and jam. Here's one;

There is also some great local talent as well.

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lopburi3

On Duma have seen recent reports that traffic is getting to be big city bad and no alternatives or new roads so that seems to be in the negative column.  It is a college town so for the young expats it might be a good hunting ground (but which probably means more characters you might not want to associate with among the gray hair crowd).  It is not a large city and there seems to be only one reasonable medical facility.  That said it is cheaper than most other locations and often draws for that reason it seems.  And on the plus side it should be relatively safe from most storms.  

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3 hours ago, steveh2112 said:

what kind of music is there?

oh you'll love it.

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my friend said i should give Davao a go, does that fit my profile, i.e. lots of amenities and close to nature?

i found this on line, do you think its accurate?

  • We are outside the typhoon belt, no typhoon has ever hit Davao City.
  • It is rare to even have rain during the day, but it rains probably 250 nights per year, after dark. Everything is green and lush, yet you get to enjoy the sunshine almost every day.
  • You can literally have brunch at the beach, then spend the afternoon on the country’s highest mountain on the same day!
  • While the city is large, it is not crowded like Manila or Cebu. In terms of size, Davao City is the largest city in the world! Yet, the population is small enough that you don’t have traffic problems and such.
  • We are a big enough city that you can readily get western foods and other items that an ex-pat would desire to make your life more comfortable.
  • If you are thinking of going to Baguio for the weather, we have that here too! Just a short trip of an hour and you are in Bukidnon, up in the coolness of the mountains! There have been times in years past when it has been so cool in the mountains of Bukidnon that there was ice on the road!
  • While Davao enjoys many of the amenities that you will find in large cities like Manila, the prices here are much lower than Baguio or Manila! You can live here for about 1/3 of the price that the same lifestyle would cost in Manila!
  • You can be anywhere in the Philippines in less than 2 hours with a cheap flight from Davao International Airport. For under $100 you should be able to fly to any destination in the Philippines! Baguio airport has always had problems with flights – short runway, tough path to the airport, etc. – and flights to Manila are not daily. From Davao to Manila, there are at least a half dozen flights per day, on 4 different airlines!
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