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Anyone that has been reading my posts(business section) over the last year will be well aware of my concerns about living in the anglosphere. I finally left 2 weeks ago for the Philippines after meeting a single mom 2 years ago on DIA and helping her start a successful business, we plan to get married soon. I'll start teaching english online soon to supplement our income. Here's some of my observations so far.
38 hour travel time - this really sucks, but the fact there was only one white woman on the flight to Manilla made it worth it.
Women - women tell my Filipina everyday I'm gwapo, they even follow me around the stores sometimes
Scams - a woman at Philippine airlines tried to overcharge me $200 for changing my flight. However, another woman on a jeepney told me that my wallet fell out of the pocket when I got up to leave
Ladyboys - tons in any of the malls, they will approach you
Climate - very hot, I've already lost lots of weight
Creepy Stuff - huge roaches, spiders, ants and lizards in the house
Food - the western restaurants owned by foreigners are your best bet. KFC here sucks, but McDonalds is good. The neighbor killed a stray dog and then ate it, my girlfriend saw him do it(July 2/2012).
Clothes - you can get some great deals here. My girlfriend bought me a pair of Levi's shorts for $5
Sex - you have no choice
People - the people are friendly but the downside is they tend to be laid back about everything. Getting angry and yelling at Filipinos is not recommended.
Shopping - lots of stores with western food and clothes but it can be expensive, its much cheaper to eat asian food. Shopping in Cebu City is excellent.
Culture Shock - poverty and business transactions are the most difficult thing I've encountered, always agree on a price before hand. If they won't give you a price, walk away.
Wedding Rings - I didn't have money for them so my Filipina bought them(white gold)
Internet - it really sucks where I live but Jollibee has wifi. Some cities have cable internet now
Noise - roosters crowing, dogs barking and music playing 24/7
Making friends - very easy
Douchebags - the only ones I've encountered are the occasional foreign guys I see
Creepy old guys - I see 60 yr old foreign guys with 20 yr old girlfriends at the mall, its weird
Crime - small towns are much safer
Poverty - my standard of living dropped at least 50% when I moved here. The people that live accross the street don't even have running water.
Customer service - average at best
Quality control - terrible
Immigration service - do not complain about anything to these guys, they will refuse to help you
Economy - mostly subsistence living, the worst of any country I've been too. Poverty is in both the cities and rural areas
Earthquakes - they happen regularly, I've slept through two of them already
Best Looking Women - the women that work in department stores and malls
Friendliest Women - the women that work at the open air markets(selling fruit, fish etc...), you can get a date anytime
Traffic - driving here is dangerous and frustrating. Use taxis, jeepneys, trikes and buses whenever possible. Some taxi's have a customer complaint form they give you before you get in.
Overcharging - very common here, most people will not hesitate to screw you over. Let your Filipina handle price negotiations whenever possible.
Cable TV - lots of English channels to choose from
Spoken English - most people are not fluent, they can read it better than they speak it
Animals - on my street there's dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats and cows running around
Mosquitoes â€“ thereâ€™s no malaria here but there is 4 strains of dengue fever
Gender Ratio â€“ reported to be 2:3(men to women)
Beggars - theres lots of people asking for money, I usually give them a peso or two
- finding competent people(doctors, tech. support, trades people) that actually care
- brownouts are very common
- customer service often sucks, have to make 20 phone calls sometimes
- slow internet, some cities have cable internet now(PLDT)
- hot, humid climate will bring to your knees
- fighting a huge spider(huntsman spider) in the bathroom at 4am
Conclusion - if you find a Filipina thats always trying to kiss you when your alone together, she's probably sincere and worth your time and effort. Even a Filipina, single mom is hundred times more reliable than any western woman. I don't plan on going back home for a long time.
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Nice to hear your starting a new life Taco. However, I am not sure about getting involved with a single mother.
Huge roaches and lizards in your house? That scares the crap out of me!
"When I think about the idea of getting involved with an American woman, I don't know if I should laugh .............. or vomit!"
"Trying to meet women in America is like trying to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics."
Congratulations and hope the start of your new life is a great one. I myself will be moving to Lithuania in early 2013 to start my new life also. This is the encouragement a lot of our members that haven't gone abroad before need so they can see that they don't have to be stuck in this feminazi hell hole anymore and that there is greener pastures elsewhere.
Well done! Here's my .5 cents worth.
Ladyboys - if you know any please get them to join my asianloveconnections.com dating site as plenty of men want to spend all night chatting to cute ladyboys!
Creepy crawlies - I didn't see that many bugs in Guangzhou, maybe the Cantonese eat them all. Mosquitos were a major problem though. HK had some massive spiders (scary) and massive butterflies (wonderful, although I wouldn't like to see their caterpillars).
Sex/kissing - yeah I found that the same in China.
Food - in China I liked the Japanese noodle places, I don't know if they're in the Phillippines as well. Shanghai was terrible for food - things were frequently out of stock, or they would serve stuff well past its best.
Shopping - I found China expensive for everything. Even Chinese gold coins are cheaper in the UK!
Climate - I too lost a lot of weight in neighbouring China, and I'm sure I'd be a lot healthier as a result. Funnily enough I even lost weight despite eating in Pizza Hut/McDonalds and drinking beer all night. You do get used to the climate though.
Teaching English to Japanese/Koreans can be good work although you'll have a lot of competion from the locals. If you have any white collar skills then you can advertise yourself on oDesk.com. I found some great translators on there, and if I need some spare cash I'll put myself up there as a database programmer.
Congratulations Taco!! What city/town did you move to?
Hey, way to go Taco! ^_^
Can't wait for that! I'm courting a single mother on DIA also. Her family loves me, so I'm not really worried her status. And she has her own house too!
Those babies can mess with a woman's figure, but she's just right after 4 kids, chunk in the trunk, thin everywhere else.
Yes, single moms are often the way forward. Many of the Asian women I've visited were clueless about sex, or they didn't want sex with me, or something. If I wanted no sex I would just marry a Western woman lol. One watched a pirate version of sex in the city, and that ruined her as far as I was concerned.
I met a Chinese woman with 2 kids. Hell, she had no stretchmarks and she was, er, tight as anything. Unbelievable.
Filipinas pop babies out like anything. I watched a TV show about the Phillies - there were two women to a bed in the maternity ward.
What I'm worried about the most in the phils is the huge flying bugs! That's basically the only things I'm really scared of(mostly because they fly around too fast for my eyes to catch them, so they're far away one minute, and right in my face the next!)
Whew! Thank God I am 6 months shy of that mark and my gf is much older, at 23. Obviously you were not talking about seeing us
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