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tom_shor

Some good advice for sure. :rolleyes:

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Mike S

Hi Bill and welcome to the board ....... if you haven't been already ....... I enjoy your board also and check it everyday as I plan on staying a little while in Manila when I arrive early next year ....... I also plan on staying at your hotel and will be staying around 3-4 weeks if things work out ....... good to have you hear and your vast knowledge of the Phils will I know be appreciated here ........ so post away and enjoy ......... by the way do you have any more pictures of your hotel in Manila you could send me ....... more interested in the high end rooms ........ thanks

 

Mike

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HeyJoe
BILL'S TRAVEL TIPS for the PHILIPPINES!!

 

3. ) Never change money on the street nor inside a restaurant. You

will ALWAYS lose and usually almost half your money. These money

change scam artists are very good and show that the hand is always

quicker than the eye.

 

I think all the rest are spot on, but I have always found that the mom & pop money changing operations offer a higher exchange rate. That being said, I was always in my Filipina wife's company when doing an exchange. I do think that part makes a huge difference. As long as you are with a local that you know and trust, I think the "unofficial" money changers offer a better rate.

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AsiaBill

The small money changer "Mom & Pop" operations are FINE and SAFE and I have been using them for 25+ years but what TIP# 3 is referring to is just what it says ON THE STREET from ANY individual NOT behind some sort of counter top inside even the smallest cubby hole location.

 

 

 

I think all the rest are spot on, but I have always found that the mom & pop money changing operations offer a higher exchange rate. That being said, I was always in my Filipina wife's company when doing an exchange. I do think that part makes a huge difference. As long as you are with a local that you know and trust, I think the "unofficial" money changers offer a better rate.

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The small money changer "Mom & Pop" operations are FINE and SAFE and I have been using them for 25+ years but what TIP# 3 is referring to is just what it says ON THE STREET from ANY individual NOT behind some sort of counter top inside even the smallest cubby hole location.

 

 

I changed $50 on the street some years ago..The bastards gave me $25 (in PHP) change!!

They fold half into their palm and pull the rest out between their fingers!

I got my money back 2 days later..

Thats another story!

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HeyJoe
The small money changer "Mom & Pop" operations are FINE and SAFE and I have been using them for 25+ years but what TIP# 3 is referring to is just what it says ON THE STREET from ANY individual NOT behind some sort of counter top inside even the smallest cubby hole location.

 

Ah ok... I agree with you there! :rolleyes:

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jigsy

Hi AsiaBill. I think you used to use the Thorn Tree messageboard if I'm not mistaken.

 

Good to see you again anyhow...

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rustywhi
BILL'S TRAVEL TIPS for the PHILIPPINES!!

 

1.)Always carry small change in Pesos, Coins & 20 & 50

notes. That saves you the annoyance from the very common reply, "sorry

no change".

 

2.) Ask someone about taxi or jeepney, tricycle fares before you get

in. Pay & walk away. NEVER ask "How much?" because the price goes

up the more you talk. A moving taxi is too busy working so it tends to be a better, more honest

taxi versus parked taxis waiting for victims. Tip the taxi driver P10

to P20 reward him for not hassling you. Good Karma ALWAYS REWARDS you.

 

3. ) Never change money on the street nor inside a restaurant. You

will ALWAYS lose and usually almost half your money. These money

change scam artists are very good and show that the hand is always

quicker than the eye.

 

4. ) Never gamble with Filipinos not pool, cards, chess or any game

for money & not even for drinks. It's safer not to gamble. It's one

example in life where when you win you lose & when you lose you

lose.

 

5. ) Never raise your voice at a Filipino away from your own

neighborhood. Never call a Filipino "STUPID". They are very sensitive

about it. If you do get angry & make the mistake. Please leave the

place as soon as possible .Go Away Fast because you are in more

DANGER than you realize. Filipinos do not like to fight & "fair

fights" are not the custom, "fight to kill" is.

 

6. ) Forget about the 2 words "WHY" & "SHOULD" or you get constant

headache trying to understand why things happen like they do in places

outside your own country, especially the Philippines. Acceptance is

the preferable attitude. There are too many things for you to

question, so it's better for you not to start. So just relax/ enjoy

the positive aspects of living in the Philippines with a sense of humor.

 

7. ) Expect everything to be late and slow. Life stops at LUNCH.

Schedules change & the weather is unpredictable. Telephones,

electricity, and water - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

 

8.) Never accept drinks, candy, or fruit from strangers, especially

young women, in Manila. In the past few years a few of our guests have

been drugged using the above methods after being met in Rizal Park,

shopping malls, the open markets & even on the bus. We have never

heard about this happening in other parts of the Philippines.

 

9.) Always wear a cloth type money belt which is worn around your waist under your clothes instead of those leather or vinyl pouch waist bags with several zippered pockets because psychologically they appear as you are advertising your valuables. It may seem a bit awkward to reach under your pants to get your money or travelers checks at a bank but it's MUCH SAFER. Even when you drink too much your money is much safer closer to your - - - -.

 

10. ) DON

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tom_shor

Yes I think these rules would work quite well in many places in the third world.

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michael52
It sounds a lot like the Coast of Colombia ---Barranquilla--where I lived for about 4 years. I should be right at home.

rw :huh:

thanks alot for the sound advice.

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BILL'S TRAVEL TIPS for the PHILIPPINES!!

 

1.)Always carry small change in Pesos, Coins & 20 & 50

notes. That saves you the annoyance from the very common reply, "sorry

no change".

 

2.) Ask someone about taxi or jeepney, tricycle fares before you get

in. Pay & walk away. NEVER ask "How much?" because the price goes

up the more you talk. A moving taxi is too busy working so it tends to be a better, more honest

taxi versus parked taxis waiting for victims. Tip the taxi driver P10

to P20 reward him for not hassling you. Good Karma ALWAYS REWARDS you.

 

3. ) Never change money on the street nor inside a restaurant. You

will ALWAYS lose and usually almost half your money. These money

change scam artists are very good and show that the hand is always

quicker than the eye.

 

4. ) Never gamble with Filipinos not pool, cards, chess or any game

for money & not even for drinks. It's safer not to gamble. It's one

example in life where when you win you lose & when you lose you

lose.

 

5. ) Never raise your voice at a Filipino away from your own

neighborhood. Never call a Filipino "STUPID". They are very sensitive

about it. If you do get angry & make the mistake. Please leave the

place as soon as possible .Go Away Fast because you are in more

DANGER than you realize. Filipinos do not like to fight & "fair

fights" are not the custom, "fight to kill" is.

 

6. ) Forget about the 2 words "WHY" & "SHOULD" or you get constant

headache trying to understand why things happen like they do in places

outside your own country, especially the Philippines. Acceptance is

the preferable attitude. There are too many things for you to

question, so it's better for you not to start. So just relax/ enjoy

the positive aspects of living in the Philippines with a sense of humor.

 

7. ) Expect everything to be late and slow. Life stops at LUNCH.

Schedules change & the weather is unpredictable. Telephones,

electricity, and water - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

 

8.) Never accept drinks, candy, or fruit from strangers, especially

young women, in Manila. In the past few years a few of our guests have

been drugged using the above methods after being met in Rizal Park,

shopping malls, the open markets & even on the bus. We have never

heard about this happening in other parts of the Philippines.

 

9.) Always wear a cloth type money belt which is worn around your waist under your clothes instead of those leather or vinyl pouch waist bags with several zippered pockets because psychologically they appear as you are advertising your valuables. It may seem a bit awkward to reach under your pants to get your money or travelers checks at a bank but it's MUCH SAFER. Even when you drink too much your money is much safer closer to your - - - -.

 

10. ) DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY!!

 

1. I travel by boat...carry a small 6 pack and dried fish...a little rice too

2. taxi...when I round out of gas...I use tricad

3. change...20 peso usually in 5 peso denominations

4. gamble...only on chicken fights...I pick the winners

5. raise voice...only after my wife and I have orgasium

6. why-should...no telling

7. schedule...whats that?

8.drinks...the weather makes me drink too much...but I mix my own

8...velcro...even my underpants are supplied with that feature

10..happy...as long as I have a drink to forget where I am??

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1. I travel by boat...carry a small 6 pack and dried fish...a little rice too

2. taxi...when I round out of gas...I use tricad

3. change...20 peso usually in 5 peso denominations

4. gamble...only on chicken fights...I pick the winners

5. raise voice...only after my wife and I have orgasium

6. why-should...no telling

7. schedule...whats that?

8.drinks...the weather makes me drink too much...but I mix my own

8...velcro...even my underpants are supplied with that feature

10..happy...as long as I have a drink to forget where I am??

 

Bill...I love you man...just kididding about the boating stuff???

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JT_
BILL'S TRAVEL TIPS for the PHILIPPINES!!

4. ) Never gamble with Filipinos not pool, cards, chess or any game

for money & not even for drinks. It's safer not to gamble. It's one

example in life where when you win you lose & when you lose you

lose.

 

What if you like a bet??? Is there any particular reason to avoid having a 'bet' with the locals??

 

Is there a casino (or Poker Pit) in Cebu?

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Muadib
It sounds a lot like the Coast of Colombia ---Barranquilla--where I lived for about 4 years. I should be right at home.

rw :D

 

Yep, I lived in Bogota / Cartagena for several years with my Paisa wife... Nothing beats the vendadoras around the beach in Boca Grande...

 

Rip-offs / scams are the same the world over, just subtle variations of the same theme... Once you become accustom to the 'hook', you learn to defend against them... More common sense than anything else...

 

My very first rule of thumb is to always be leery of over-friendly strangers...

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BILL'S TRAVEL TIPS for the PHILIPPINES!!

 

5. ) Never raise your voice at a Filipino away from your own

neighborhood. Never call a Filipino "STUPID". They are very sensitive

about it. If you do get angry & make the mistake. Please leave the

place as soon as possible .Go Away Fast because you are in more

DANGER than you realize. Filipinos do not like to fight & "fair

fights" are not the custom, "fight to kill" is.

 

10. ) DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY!!

ha ha.... what an astute observation...... you must have live a happy and successful life in PI! as a filipino I wholly endorsed no 5 - hence the husband is not out of my eagle eye if we where in PI, most especially in big cities. no matter how experience a traveller he is and had lived in some undesirable countries, i never relaxed my guard or turn my back on a filipino! :D

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callme

I like these travel tips:o)

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Cary

Thanks Bill for the advice. Its practical and full of common sense and common sense is half the battle.thumbsup.gif

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seattle2cebu

good poker room at the waterfront in lahog

 

go there all the time...

 

 

 

 

 

quote name='JT_' date='21 September 2009 - 09:18 PM' timestamp='1253539107' post='119403']

What if you like a bet??? Is there any particular reason to avoid having a 'bet' with the locals??

 

Is there a casino (or Poker Pit) in Cebu?

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What if you like a bet??? Is there any particular reason to avoid having a 'bet' with the locals??

 

Is there a casino (or Poker Pit) in Cebu?

 

 

They have been running scams in the Philippines for 30+ years whereby you are lured into a card game where it appears you and your new friends are going to fleece a sucker and it turns out the sucker is you. Seems hard to believe that people could fall for this scam but they keep doing it. I remember a big aussie league player who refused to pay up. Next day he was walking near his hotel and a guy leaned out of a trike and belted him in the head with a bit of 4 x 2. There are a number of variations but beware of any any filipno guy you don't know who approaches you on the street with his hand extended to shake hands "remember me from the ....... " and if he invites you to his sister's place for a party just crack up laughing.

 

There are casinos in the major cities including Cebu. You can punt on the aussie horse racing on a saturday at the Swagman Hotels in Angeles and Manila. They have a live video feed of the races and pay tote odds. This is also a good time to meet aussie expats who come out of the woorwork for a weekly flutter. I go to the cockfights on sunday with my brothers in law and have a bet there. Best if you have a filipino friend to go with and explain the betting. Be wary of massive drinking sessions after the cockfights unless you are with people you know well.

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Yep, I lived in Bogota / Cartagena for several years with my Paisa wife... Nothing beats the vendadoras around the beach in Boca Grande...

 

Rip-offs / scams are the same the world over, just subtle variations of the same theme... Once you become accustom to the 'hook', you learn to defend against them... More common sense than anything else...

 

My very first rule of thumb is to always be leery of over-friendly strangers...

 

Funny to find people who lived in Colombia. I was working there this summer for 2 months in the Andina, and found a lot of similarities just with less people, much cooler weather. Met a local Bogoteno who had just spent 4 months in Mactan (work related) and he said he found similarities.

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AsiaBill

In that situation there are armed security guards right? My tip was intended for private gambling situations. But even if you play poker at the same location it's not always healthy. Your frequency of playing poker at any location is NOT as valid as if you percentage of WINNING and walking away with the cash. NO WORRIES at ALL about losing more than one wins which makes your presence welcome and safe anytime.

 

good poker room at the waterfront in lahog

 

go there all the time...

 

 

 

 

 

quote name='JT_' date='21 September 2009 - 09:18 PM' timestamp='1253539107' post='119403']

What if you like a bet??? Is there any particular reason to avoid having a 'bet' with the locals??

 

Is there a casino (or Poker Pit) in Cebu?

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LifeofRiley

Sound advise, thanks, rolleyes.gif

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Slayer

Great post, thank you.

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budbrown

Great advice! That's one of the main reasons I check this forum everyday. Nothing beats experience!  <IMG class=bbc_emoticon alt=:thumbsup: src="http://www.livingincebuforums.com/public/style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif">

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