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some people got arrested for selling some stuff labelled "Viagra" on the street that wasn't Viagra.

 

Life is what you make it and everywhere is much the same - back in the '80s Hmong refugee kids were selling rubbers on the streets of San Francisco (The city, not the show- although I did once see Karl Malden help up a tourist woman who had tripped and fallen on Market Street.) that they had picked out of the gutter and washed off.

 

(You wanna see gorgeous Filipinas, check out Macy's in SF.)

 

Just remember - a bit of humility might get you past sundown - that you're a white man in Cebu:

 

I related an anecdote many posts ago about flying into Jolo in late 1980s to attend a meeting on recent attacks by the MNLF on civilians. In the seat beside me on the plane was a European man, who introduced himself to me as a member of a well known humanitarian NGO. He announced his intention to travel to Patikul, or some such town. I told him, “that’s Indian country. If you try that you’ll be kidnapped before sundown.”

 

His answer was “nonsense. I have humanitarian status. They won’t hinder me.” He mentioned an affiliation with some other International agency as proof of his immunity. “Do you think they care about humanitarian organizations?” I retorted. “The bottom line is you’re a white man in Jolo and if you go ahead with your intentions … please reconsider your plans.” We parted ways at the airport and I continued on to my meeting. Sometime in the mid-afternoon the discussions were interrupted by someone with urgent news at the door. “A European has been kidnapped,” he breathlessly related, “and the marines are looking into now”. I checked the hour on my watch. He didn’t even make it to sundown.

http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2013/10/03/the-tom-clancy-thread/

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I tell them the truth: I'd rather pay mo9ney to NOT take whatever they are selling. Recently, some people got arrested for selling some stuff labelled "Viagra" on the street that wasn't Viagra. You see, they made more money that way. I'd rather not take any chances of ingesting Chinese medicine, thank you.

A pharmacist tells me what they sell is the real stuff cut into smaller doses. I have never needed it but did try some once on a 'recreational' basis.

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Home electronics, cars, electricity and gasoline are as expensive or maybe even more expensive in Cebu than where I live now in S. California. However tv, stereos and cars are not things I buy everyday. Eectricity can be obtained cheaper by having solar energy at home. Likewise I can have an electric car or a hybrid to save money on gasoline. TV, stereo, computer and appliances I'll buy and ship there before I move there. Housing ( weather I buy or rent), food and public transportation I know for an absolute fact are much cheaper in Cebu and Cebu Provence than where I live now. These are expenses I will have everyday regardless of where I live.

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I bet if you wanted it badly enough, you'd find a way to make it happen without the wait... :)

True, I could walk away tomorrow. But 46 years of marriage won't let me just abandon her. Besides it's her reaction to mandatory medicines that caused the personality change 5 years ago.

 

I have to make sure she's ok before I can go. Bought her a newer house. Much smaller 150 sq meters.

One she can take care of herself.

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Home electronics, cars, electricity and gasoline are as expensive or maybe even more expensive in Cebu than where I live now in S. California. However tv, stereos and cars are not things I buy everyday. Eectricity can be obtained cheaper by having solar energy at home. Likewise I can have an electric car or a hybrid to save money on gasoline. TV, stereo, computer and appliances I'll buy and ship there before I move there. Housing ( weather I buy or rent), food and public transportation I know for an absolute fact are much cheaper in Cebu and Cebu Provence than where I live now. These are expenses I will have everyday regardless of where I live.

man you must be richer then miles high ... as to the public transportation way to slow and way to crowded  for this guy gas is still only 4.50 for 4 liters ... bring lots of money 

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man you must be richer then miles high ... as to the public transportation way to slow and way to crowded for this guy gas is still only 4.50 for 4 liters ... bring lots of money

...... Not quite. If I was as rich as you and Mileshigh I'd be flying everyday just like him. The two biggies are housing and food. As pointed out several times I plan on having a house completely built and paid for before I move to the Philippines. In California that's a hopeless dream. My Filipino brother in law in Cebu delivers fruits and vegetables for a living. He can either get them super cheap or completely free. If we live in the province we cah grow our own. Jamesmusclewhite has a real good thread on doing this.
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SInce the majority of filipino's would do anything they can to leave this country, sometimes I do wonder why we are all here... I mean unless u own a business here and have family here there are a lot of amazing places to live in the world.

 

 

My sentiments exactly... I have asked many Filipinos (both in the Philippines and in the Filipino community where I live in Florida) if they would ever live in the Philippines again (after living in the states). Almost all said no... but going back to visit families is a must. Family building, education, standard of living are high on the list of reasons to stay in the USA. Of course... position in life (working vs retired) skews opinions somewhat, but these answers have value as they are "straight from the horses mouth". I have also asked Filipinos why they think "Kanos" like living in the Philippines... The answer is almost always... "looking for girls"...

 

I find it interesting that many who post about moving to the phils come from parts of the world (or parts of the USA) that I would love to live in for a few years (or more). "Greener grass" syndrome? The "new to the Philippines persona" is so obvious when it is in full bloom. The excitement is palpable and raw. The "newbie" posts constantly remind me of when I first moved to the phils... accept all the negative without question... attribute the negative to being my problems of acceptance or ethnocentrism. My... how a few years in the phils changed all that... I wonder what percentage of Kanos that live/lived in the Philippines actually stay there for more than a few years? Hard to tell on LinC as most probably aren't active on the forums anymore once they move back to their home country (or someplace else). 

 

Having said all that... I can't wait until my wife and I go back to visit her family soon... I do miss certain aspects of the phils...

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I have been back now for 30 days.  There is zero comparison life is cheaper and easier here in the US.  

 

Looking to buy a 3 bedroom house (2200 sqf)  1/2 acre of land for 99,000 USD.  In a safe quite city outside Houston.   Food no comparison so much cheaper.  Central air running 24/7 by electric bill was 160 USD a tad more then PH but so much better.  It actually rained and the power did not go off.  The wife is loving it and yes services are more got her nails and hair done.  Yuck set me back a 150 USD.  But I saved else where so I could afford it.  

 

Also we have big rats that run up trees here.  I affectionately call them squirrels.  

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I have been back now for 30 days. There is zero comparison life is cheaper and easier here in the US.

 

Looking to buy a 3 bedroom house (2200 sqf) 1/2 acre of land for 99,000 USD. In a safe quite city outside Houston. Food no comparison so much cheaper. Central air running 24/7 by electric bill was 160 USD a tad more then PH but so much better. It actually rained and the power did not go off. The wife is loving it and yes services are more got her nails and hair done. Yuck set me back a 150 USD. But I saved else where so I could afford it.

 

Also we have big rats that run up trees here. I affectionately call them squirrels.

...... You certainly got a fantastic deal for where you live now. Congratulations. However don't give people the idea that that's the norm for living in the US because it is not. In California such a deal is completely unheard of. For that price if you can find it, would either be a rundown piece of crap in a ghetto or a shack out in the middle of nowhere. I think I hate California as much as you did the Philippines, for now I'm stuck with it. Cheaper and easier in the US? Not from any place that I've been that's for sure. Edited by tomaw
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hay I love living here,, where else in the world can I stand on my front veranda  in the morning drinking a mug of 3 in one coffee and having a piss off the porch as the neighbours walk past shouting out a good morning greeting to me., nowhere, try doing that in a western country the bastards would lock you up for offending someone.

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I think I hate California as much as you did the Philippines, for now I'm stuck with it. Cheaper and easier in the US? Not from any place that I've been that's for sure.

 

Once you leave the big US cities... living can be cheap. I live in Florida near the beach and waterway for less than I spent in the phils... and have a much better house/lifestyle without all the phils hassles. Of course mileage may vary and this is just my story...

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Once you leave the big US cities... living can be cheap. I live in Florida near the beach and waterway for less than I spent in the phils... and have a much better house/lifestyle without all the phils hassles. Of course mileage may vary and this is just my story...

..... My wifes sister just moved from Cebu, Philippines to near Tamoa Florida, so we may consider moving there. If I may ask, where in Florida are you? Edited by tomaw
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..... My wifes sister just moved from Cebu, Philippines to near Tamoa Florida, so we may consider moving there. If I may ask, where in Florida are you?

 

Do you mean "Tampa"? If so... that is on the West coast (Gulf side... roughly mid-state). I live in Northern (Atlantic side) Florida as I prefer seasons with more of an edge. If you want more info... PM me...

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Do you mean "Tampa"? If so... that is on the West coast (Gulf side... roughly mid-state). I live in Northern (Atlantic side) Florida as I prefer seasons with more of an edge. If you want more info... PM me...

Sorry for the typing error. Yes, I meant Tampa. to be exactly live in Newport Richey area.
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hay I love living here,, where else in the world can I stand on my front veranda  in the morning drinking a mug of 3 in one coffee and having a piss off the porch as the neighbours walk past shouting out a good morning greeting to me., nowhere, try doing that in a western country the bastards would lock you up for offending someone.

yep doing that in the usa would get you a laugh unless your hung like a horse... 

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