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I just got home from 40 days in Cebu

i lived in Talambam and worked in Banilad at an korean english academy

while i was there i rode jeepneys and habal habal all over the place, often at night. Went to the Carbon-Colon area numerous times. Now i didnt do stupid stuff. I didnt go walking down alleys in Colon at night or hang out drunk at bars at 3 am by myself, just used common sense. During all that time I never felt threatened. People were universially warm and friendly, always helpful if i had a question? How do i get to Asilo or the Metro Mall? They seemed anxious to help me. I felt at home and comfortable the whole time.

As long as you avoid the same stupid stuff there as in the US you should be fine.

I think you have to have a mindset that most people are basicallly good.

 

Ahhh..so you're the guy I see being followed by the pick pockets everytime I am out that way.

 

 

thats-funny.gif nah I moved just a few bare essentials in a small light wallet i carried deep in my front pocket

if they were trying i didnt notice and didnt lose anything! thumbs_up.gif

i love the openess of the people there- almost anyone is happy to talk to you -

often you get asked? are you alone??? where are you going??? are you married???? the nursing students love to hear they can make 2.5 to 3 million pesos per year in the US! and the pharmacy students about piss their pants when you tell them they can start at 4.5 to 5 million pesos per year steve.gif

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thats-funny.gif nah I moved just a few bare essentials in a small light wallet i carried deep in my front pocket

if they were trying i didnt notice and didnt lose anything! thumbs_up.gif

i love the openess of the people there- almost anyone is happy to talk to you -

often you get asked? are you alone??? where are you going??? are you married???? the nursing students love to hear they can make 2.5 to 3 million pesos per year in the US! and the pharmacy students about piss their pants when you tell them they can start at 4.5 to 5 million pesos per year steve.gif

 

 

are you alone???

This is so they can determine how many of them will be needed to rob you.

 

where are you going???

To make sure they can push you off into an inconspicuous area to facilitate, the above.

are you married????

Maybe they want to rape you too?

 

the nursing students love to hear they can make 2.5 to 3 million pesos per year in the US!

...and with a little trip back to your place late one evening, you can provide the cute ones some pointers.

 

 

and the pharmacy students about piss their pants when you tell them they can start at 4.5 to 5 million pesos per year

Man...you should work for the recruiting deparment of a local Nursing University.

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DeezNuz

Not too burst anyone's bubble...

 

Scaredy Cats shouldn't move to the Philippines, nor any other third world country. meow...

 

 

On a serious note...Philippines is as safe as you make it. You start walking around near the squatter areas in the middle of the night, you are 50% more likely to get held up. Then, if you start utilizing alternative methods of circumventing typical municipal or goverment processes you are bound to be placed in an awkward situation.

 

Do everything legally, associate with the right people and be aware of your surroundings and you can be part of the hundreds of thousands of other foreiners that reside here safely.

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Willie

Lets be real people. Cebu is a large city with large city problems. The justice system is not going to protect you. The system here does not work in your favor. So are you safe? You are the envy of every poor Filipino. They want what you have. However if you attack life like that you will make your life safer.

 

LET'S GET REAL???

EASIER SAID THEN DONE...READ THE LATEST POST REGARDING CRIME!!

 

Ronald, the RP is very safe for seasoned travelers and expats, but if you're that worried about crime there, then you probably shouldn't go (or have you been?). Spend your money on a trip somewhere that you'll have peace of mind.

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Lets be real people. Cebu is a large city with large city problems. The justice system is not going to protect you. The system here does not work in your favor. So are you safe? You are the envy of every poor Filipino. They want what you have. However if you attack life like that you will make your life safer.

 

LET'S GET REAL???

EASIER SAID THEN DONE...READ THE LATEST POST REGARDING CRIME!!

 

Ronald, the RP is very safe for seasoned travelers and expats, but if you're that worried about crime there, then you probably shouldn't go (or have you been?). Spend your money on a trip somewhere that you'll have peace of mind.

 

Willie...Thanks for your input.....I've been there in the Philippines 4 times in the last 12 months, and Costa Rica, Colombia, and a few others several times....I am not worried about the crime so much, I think I can handle myself quite well, more like the shaky flaky government et el....know what I mean. I see you have been there 9 times and do you live there now?

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ronaldnn

Not too burst anyone's bubble...

 

Scaredy Cats shouldn't move to the Philippines, nor any other third world country. meow...

 

 

On a serious note...Philippines is as safe as you make it. You start walking around near the squatter areas in the middle of the night, you are 50% more likely to get held up. Then, if you start utilizing alternative methods of circumventing typical municipal or goverment processes you are bound to be placed in an awkward situation.

 

Do everything legally, associate with the right people and be aware of your surroundings and you can be part of the hundreds of thousands of other foreiners that reside here safely.

 

 

Good advice I think...I walked around Manila all over the place at night, many times, I didn't have any problems, although probably not the wisest thing to do, had my gf with me and we stayed out in many areas good and not so good...interesting, very interesting!!

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DeezNuz

Not too burst anyone's bubble...

 

Scaredy Cats shouldn't move to the Philippines, nor any other third world country. meow...

 

 

On a serious note...Philippines is as safe as you make it. You start walking around near the squatter areas in the middle of the night, you are 50% more likely to get held up. Then, if you start utilizing alternative methods of circumventing typical municipal or goverment processes you are bound to be placed in an awkward situation.

 

Do everything legally, associate with the right people and be aware of your surroundings and you can be part of the hundreds of thousands of other foreiners that reside here safely.

 

 

Good advice I think...I walked around Manila all over the place at night, many times, I didn't have any problems, although probably not the wisest thing to do, had my gf with me and we stayed out in many areas good and not so good...interesting, very interesting!!

 

 

Well...walk during the wrong hours on Mango Avenue and you make encounter a gay weilding a pair of these...

 

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Willie

Lets be real people. Cebu is a large city with large city problems. The justice system is not going to protect you. The system here does not work in your favor. So are you safe? You are the envy of every poor Filipino. They want what you have. However if you attack life like that you will make your life safer.

 

LET'S GET REAL???

EASIER SAID THEN DONE...READ THE LATEST POST REGARDING CRIME!!

 

Ronald, the RP is very safe for seasoned travelers and expats, but if you're that worried about crime there, then you probably shouldn't go (or have you been?). Spend your money on a trip somewhere that you'll have peace of mind.

 

Willie...Thanks for your input.....I've been there in the Philippines 4 times in the last 12 months, and Costa Rica, Colombia, and a few others several times....I am not worried about the crime so much, I think I can handle myself quite well, more like the shaky flaky government et el....know what I mean. I see you have been there 9 times and do you live there now?

 

Oh good, I misunderstood your post. You're an old pro then. Hell I haven't been there in nearly 20 years. Seriously considering spending a lot of time there before long if the country stays so affordable, which it most likely will. Our problem long term will be the strength of the dollar. Hope we don't end up in the poor house even in places like the Philippines. I'm not too worried about the government there, just don't plan to take more than I can afford to lose, which is not much. :highfive: Hope to see you there. BTW, you seen Fanboat in LA?

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smokey

No worries mate!

 

How do you feel in So Cal? Nothing bad happens there, right?

how do you compare California to cebu oh because they both start with a C.... ?? Sorry .... the most important safty factor is when you dial 911 someone shows up at your house well here that is a dream unless your the mayor or someone with a special phone number to call... no i am kidding you will be very safe here just dont drink, loan money , wander the streets at night , dont use hookers , dont dress nice , dont wear jewlery , dont ride jeepneys , dont yell ,scream, or insult anyone with brown skin and or dark hair and you will be snug as a bug in a rug... Now if you plan on breaking any of these rules get your wife to get a carry permit and pack a 45 and a few spare clips

 

I hate to shatter your bad dream about life here, but there are cities in the Philippines that do have full 911 services (fire/police/ambulance/paramedic). One such is Davao.

 

 

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

 

mark first i would say you have never called for the police ??? the number is 166 NOT 911 ... Davao is one city and a different city then many others ,,,,, just like Chicago is one city in the US and London is one city .... 166 sucks as does the equipment the fire dept. has and the pay of the firemen . and the pay of the police you get what you pay for...and you do know that the police , the fire and the ambulance all have different numbers and there is no paramedic...///// and as you love to point out to me often this is about CEBU not davao

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smokey

i never felt i would be killed for no reason while walking through dodgy areas of cebu.. i never felt safe walking through the badlands of LA and i have done both!

 

 

 

 

 

the bad lands of LA... i lived in compton for a while and i spent one year in the LA county jail and was never mugged so i guess that means LA is as safe as cebu

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i never felt i would be killed for no reason while walking through dodgy areas of cebu.. i never felt safe walking through the badlands of LA and i have done both!

 

 

 

 

 

the bad lands of LA... i lived in compton for a while and i spent one year in the LA county jail and was never mugged so i guess that means LA is as safe as cebu

 

Back in 2000, I just moved to Huntington beach and decided to take the Jaguar out to explore the area...I got lost in Compton for an hour. Was a cool trip...I ate some real down-home soul food (fried catfish and grits) near the Compton Airport and met a guy who let me fly his Hughes 300. I need to find the picture I have...I could barely fit in the thing...flew nice for a petrol engine.

 

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i never felt i would be killed for no reason while walking through dodgy areas of cebu.. i never felt safe walking through the badlands of LA and i have done both!

 

 

 

 

 

the bad lands of LA... i lived in compton for a while and i spent one year in the LA county jail and was never mugged so i guess that means LA is as safe as cebu

 

haha I hitchhiked around escondito.. long time ago, but still not so much different

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crj

I think most of the Philippines including Cebu is as safe as you make it. Big Rob said earlier is right, be smart with what you do and were you go. Don't draw unusual attention to yourself and treat people well and you will be treated well also. Many foreigners get in trouble in the Philippines because they do not treat people how they would want to be treated and make enemies. I have been to most of the Philippines and have never felt in real danger but I just obey these simple rules. 1. Treat other how I want to be treated. 2. Make as many friends as possible everywhere I go. 3. Obey the local laws and customs, and be smart with were you go and if you are alone be even smarter.

 

The Philippines is as safe as you make it for yourself!

 

Ray

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Lee From Cebu

I was wondering if theres any stats on how many expats live in the RP . I hear storys of crime but would like to put it in perspective .

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i never felt i would be killed for no reason while walking through dodgy areas of cebu.. i never felt safe walking through the badlands of LA and i have done both!

 

 

 

 

 

the bad lands of LA... i lived in compton for a while and i spent one year in the LA county jail and was never mugged so i guess that means LA is as safe as cebu

 

Back in 2000, I just moved to Huntington beach and decided to take the Jaguar out to explore the area...I got lost in Compton for an hour. Was a cool trip...I ate some real down-home soul food (fried catfish and grits) near the Compton Airport and met a guy who let me fly his Hughes 300. I need to find the picture I have...I could barely fit in the thing...flew nice for a petrol engine.

 

h300.jpg

 

 

 

we had a job to repaint with graffiti paints the high school in Compton, the first thing they did was have a locker inspection and found 6 hand guns and 11 knives and when we needed to use the CR we had to have a police / security escort so non of the workers would get mugged ... great place I lived in Dominguez hills which is really part of Compton ... once on 77th and Figaroa we were painting a bank of America and it was robbed while we were inside by 4 guys.... Always exciting to work there among our minority fellow citz...

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