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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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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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loosehead

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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sandwindstars

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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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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Realgaz

Thanks for the advice the more I read the better not to get in trouble.

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cebubird

I envisioned spending time traveling about and visiting some of the islands with my wife when we are living in Cebu,

but the more I read on here, the more it looks like I will spend my time in a house surrounded by barbed wire fence

with steel bars on windows, and never leaving the confines of house or yard.

the times I spend there in military and times I spent there just visiting, never worried about anything, just enjoyed.

Now it looks like I will just have to have lots of reading material and stay hidden all the time.

Oh well, at least my wife will be home and among family and friends.

On the other hand, it seems like Paul travels all over the islands all the time and I never hear from him that he has

all these difficulties.--Maybe it is his size and threatening appearance. LOL

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rbm

I envisioned spending time traveling about and visiting some of the islands with my wife when we are living in Cebu,

but the more I read on here, the more it looks like I will spend my time in a house surrounded by barbed wire fence

with steel bars on windows, and never leaving the confines of house or yard.

the times I spend there in military and times I spent there just visiting, never worried about anything, just enjoyed.

Now it looks like I will just have to have lots of reading material and stay hidden all the time.

Oh well, at least my wife will be home and among family and friends.

On the other hand, it seems like Paul travels all over the islands all the time and I never hear from him that he has

all these difficulties.--Maybe it is his size and threatening appearance. LOL

 

Byrdman, I haven't read all the related posts that led you to your comments. How ever would like to point out that over the years I have motor cycled most of this country, alone and also with a companion from time to time. Currently I am mostly staying in Cebu, how ever I have spent many years living in the provinces.

 

In my humble opinion many posters, especially the unfortunate few whom have experienced problems do tend to over react, quite normal I guess. Personally I have never had any security concerns anywhere, not in the city or in distant provinces. I stay in an average to poor location in Cebu and often return late at night.

 

If one uses plain simple common sense and just goes about their normal ways I believe no issues will be experienced. A smile, and a few words of the local dialect will go a long way. I would advise you to put negative sentiments out of your head and just enjoy Cebu and the people for what they are, friendly and helpful, both locals and ex pats alike.

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AsiaBill

NOT at ALL "byrdman", I go out anytime I want anywhere in Manila or anywhere in the Philippines for that matter. I've never been robbed nor seriously hassled since I arrived in Jan 1980. Keeping such "tips" and advice in mind helps me avoid trouble, social friction and danger. Relax, live and let live makes the Philippines a safer place to live than in many areas in American cities.

 

I envisioned spending time traveling about and visiting some of the islands with my wife when we are living in Cebu,

but the more I read on here, the more it looks like I will spend my time in a house surrounded by barbed wire fence

with steel bars on windows, and never leaving the confines of house or yard.

the times I spend there in military and times I spent there just visiting, never worried about anything, just enjoyed.

Now it looks like I will just have to have lots of reading material and stay hidden all the time.

Oh well, at least my wife will be home and among family and friends.

On the other hand, it seems like Paul travels all over the islands all the time and I never hear from him that he has

all these difficulties.--Maybe it is his size and threatening appearance. LOL

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barty

I have to bookmark this thread and read it several times over before I get on the plane....

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