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I wouldn't wear the gold chain out in the street. I met a guy who was shot while the robbers were trying to steal his gold bracelet 50 meters from his hotel. They tried to pull it off and he struggled with them because it wouldn't break so they shot him and ran off. The bullet grazed his head, lucky man.

 

The most trouble you are probably going to have is haggling over being cheated on fares, prices of things etc. Paying the foreigner tax is the way they will get you. I never had any other kind of trouble.

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Don't walk around Cebu like this...then you would need to be concerned about getting protection.

 

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I only wanted to know about the home defense because I feel like I might have enough valuables to motivate a robbery since I'll be taking my laptop, playstation3, etc. I'd definitely be willing to lay my life down for those things,........

 

 

Lay down your life for a laptop and playstation???? :biggrin_01:

 

You have got to be shitin' me!!!!

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Leave your arsenal at home. If someone goes to rob you they'll have a gunman partner watching the transaction from not very far away. Unless you plan on wearing a full Kevlar body suit at all times, forget about trying to fight back. All they want is your cash, cell phone and any bling-bling you might have on: stuff they can easily fence or pawn. If you walk around with an attitude of insecurity unless you're armed you'll have "victim" stamped on your forehead, and the weapons will just get you into trouble one way or another. The aura that you want to project is, "I'm a nice guy, just getting by, not that different than you."

 

If you really want to be secure and plan on staying here for a long time, get a dog and take it with you on a leash wherever you go. Most Filipinos are afraid of dogs and those that aren't are dog lovers and are the sort of people that mean you no harm. The only dwawback is that you can't take your dog inside deprtment stores or malls, and if you leave it tied up outside someone might possibly steal it. But if you're just going out for a walk or down to the local sari-sari store for something you could take your dog along. It'll also guard your house or apartment while you're away.

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I only plan to commute by taxi with my girl.

 

All the protection you need is right here IMO. Just being with your girl minimises any potential threat towards you and if there is anything suspicious nearby she'll soon have you walking away from it.

 

Better not to wear the jewelry. Dressing up smart for the rare special occasion is fine but for everyday casualwear you might as well dress down. With all the traffic and polution your clothes wont stay smart for long. Just being hygenically clean is enough for vanity purposes.

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Balintawak

 

 

I agree with what you're saying & I have the same attitude. I've got plenty of confidence & can already hold my own. I know how to present myself & be respectful as well.

But it doesn't matter how smart or awesome you think you are.. that's like saying you don't need to wear a seat belt because you're the best driver in the world..

You're not always in control of every situation, & it's better to be safe than sorry.

 

I laugh at all these people that tell me I should stay home.. I'm not scared in the least, & it won't be my first time traveling around SE Asia alone. I managed to enjoy myself just fine in Thailand & Cambodia, etc., so I can't imagine the Philippines being much different.. in fact I'm already sure I'll love it, if not more. I asked some rather simple questions pertaining to what's permitted there & for some general advice. I don't need an assessment or to know if I can handle it there..

 

Yeah I hear you,, Weapons act like a magnet to negative energy, as in bad peoples hehe..

 

 

If you really want to be secure and plan on staying here for a long time, get a dog and take it with you on a leash wherever you go. Most Filipinos are afraid of dogs and those that aren't are dog lovers and are the sort of people that mean you no harm. The only dwawback is that you can't take your dog inside deprtment stores or malls, and if you leave it tied up outside someone might possibly steal it. But if you're just going out for a walk or down to the local sari-sari store for something you could take your dog along. It'll also guard your house or apartment while you're away.

 

Dogs is nice, I have a male Dobe/pitt, 4 months or so.. People dont enter the gate even if I say hes just a puppy. hes big for his young age though and I think he will become a a big fecker in a year or so. Now, I really need to train him so I can take him places. No use bringing a dog that runs all over the place hehe. Its very teritorial here though with dogs everywhere, so not always good to bring him to new places afterall. anyone?

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Depending on where you go, a bolo knife will be fine and legal. You certainly wouldnt carry it in Ayala, but when walking around in the province, you could carry one like that Crocodile Dundee guy did. hahaha. He had a holster for it that hung on his back.

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Don't walk around Cebu like this...then you would need to be concerned about getting protection.

 

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Rob to cool for school...you could walk around like that...cause the bad guys would be afraid of revenge?you look to rich to mess with?

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i have a theory .. bad guys stay away from the rich because they can use their money to work in a bad way...

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I don't wana give the wrong impression here.. I'm not by any means a violent person or looking for trouble, I try to avoid any drama or conflicts when I can. I'm actually a very laid back & chill guy..

 

but at the same time I'm very cautious & have a lot of street smarts. I simply like to be prepared for any situation, "just in case".

I'm not capable of going anywhere unarmed.. I feel too naked & defenseless & I've already had a couple of bad experiences, so I promised myself it wouldn't happen again. All the stories I read don't help either :biggrin_01:

 

I'll always have more respect for my life than I will the law, but I don't want to break any there if I can help it, which is why I'm asking here, since I'm not really sure with what I can get away with. I don't see anything wrong with carrying a pocket knife at least, is there? I might be able to live with that..

 

I'm also a little worried that I may not be able to blend in as well as other foreigners.. I can't even do that in the US, so I'm pretty sure everybody will be well aware of my presence wherever I choose to live at, etc. & since I'll be there for almost a year, that'll give anybody the opportunity for some ideas, etc.

 

I don't plan to flash a lot of jewelry or money around, but I still like to look good & dress nice occasionally.. will that be an issue? Or do I need to look like I shop at the same place as everyone else & have the same style

 

I was wondering if I might be able to get away with wearing a gold chain tho, since I only plan to commute by taxi with my girl. Or am I better off leaving that at home?

I don't think I would be a high priority target since I don't look that soft or easy, & I've got about 15 tatts, but I know there's still people that I wouldn't be that threatening to, especially if they gota gun.

& I only wanted to know about the home defense because I feel like I might have enough valuables to motivate a robbery since I'll be taking my laptop, playstation3, etc. I'd definitely be willing to lay my life down for those things, but I think I'm gona leave the gun alone.. I know it'll be too much of a burden for my short stay there. So maybe a machete?

 

I am a lot like you. I legally carried a concealed gun for years here in the States. Being a law abiding citizen, I kept up with the gun laws and read about shootings involving citizens. There are so many legal shootings that occurred where the victim (shooter) had charges filed against him/her that I started rethinking about carrying a gun. I found out about pepper spray and learned the proper way to use it and the most effective sprays to use. Now I carry pepper spray. Although I am still licensed to carry concealed, the only time I carry a gun is when I am out hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, or camping. Even then, I usually have pepper spray with me.

 

Be prepared. Anybody big or small threatening you in any way can change your life at any time. If you're prepared for confrontation you still have the choice of complying with the assailant, but you also have the edge if you decide it's better to fight back.

 

Pepper spray:

 

Get a good oil based spray. Most law enforcement sprays are water based because they are sometimes used in conjunction with a Taser. I don't know the exact details, but it's something like the oil will conduct the electricity from the Taser and can burn or electrocute the assailant. The water based sprays aren't as strong. I recommend the LE 10 if you can find it.

 

1) Spray toward the eyes for 1 to 2 seconds. This will temporarily force the assailant to close his/her eyes.

2) Immediately quietly move to the side from where you were standing. The assailant may shoot, attack or charge to the last place he saw you.

3) At this point you have the option of escaping or attacking your assailant.

 

I have used pepper spray over a dozen times and it has never failed to give me at least a five second opening when I was able to hit the face.

 

You made the mistake of using "paranoid" in your question and everyone is lashing you on that. Most, if not all of the responders are very peace loving and have never had any training in self defense. If you notice, non of the ex-marines or ex-law enforcement are commenting (unless it's to make fun of you being "paranoid".) One of my first posts on here was asking if pepper spray was legal to buy and carry. They tore me apart. The reason I was asking was because I was thinking of importing it and giving lessons on how to use it. Here is my post ... My link

 

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Never carry more than p500, if you do get robbed you will have a reputation among the thieves as being poor and not worth their time.

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cebubird

In theory that sounds good-but when you are an hour away frombank or atm, it is highly impractical.

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Sounds like your to stressed on safety kanoboy, and when you carry weapons you will even be more stressed. If I were you I would pick up some martial art class, if you can afford it hire a good teacher for learning some good basic skills.

Its not so expensive here and you could have a crash course 3-4 hours every day for a few weeks. I think that would make you feel a lot more safe. Its all about attitude and the energy you send out.

 

Even if you have weapons and get hold up, be sure they have backup your not aware of. In the end, its mostly about your attitude/energy and their decision not to rob or mess with you.

 

Escrima, Arniz, Kali are very respectable martial arts. I don't know of any traditional system or weapon that can consistently defend against those sticks. If I ever had to stand against you (or any Escrimist or Anizian, (yes, I made up those words!)) the only defense I can think of would be pepper spray. It is cheating. It's like throwing dirt or salt into your eyes. Besides that, it will burn your skin, cause your sinuses to freak out, and drain the air out of your lungs. All of this is temporary, you'll be fine the next day.

 

Balintawak, I hope when I move to the Visayas this coming June, I am near you. I would love for you to teach me the basics of your art!

 

Rex

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