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1 hour ago, Mike Teavee said:

Great thread, I love the Philippines, big fan of Davao, Tagum, Cebu, Bohol & Coron but not so hot on the likes of Manila / Angeles

 

Thank you mike, highly appreciated.

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Over the next weeks I will write about Philippines, how it is to live here as a former Thai expat.   With the never ending visa changes in Thailand, I hope this will be helpful now for some

I don't think he started this thread to attract hecklers. There is a bigger world than only Thailand, or indeed Asean.

Visa: After the first 29 days on arrival, go to immigration and apply for 1 months extension. You can apply next day after arrival if you want. 3.120 peso 60$   After first 59 days in c

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6 minutes ago, Frankri said:

Hi Expat,

 

What about the Weather ??

 

Thanks !

 

More spesific question please.

Rain.

Downpour.

Flooding.

Storms.

Hurricanes.

Earthquakes.

Manila same Bangkok.

Cebu minus 3, day 31, night 25

 

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21 hours ago, madmen said:

I know a lot of people and not a single one moved because of being unloved, seriously what sort of idiot would do that? You think they are going to Cambodia for free hugs? Leaving because one is running out of money or health issues makes total sense.

Where did I mention unloved. 

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On 4/8/2019 at 9:37 PM, balo said:

I think the murder rate is higher in the PH than other countries in Asia. Correct me if I'm wrong. 

 

"In 2014, the Philippines has a murder rate of 9.84 per 100,000 people, with a number of 9,784 recorded cases. The country also has the highest rate of murder cases in Southeast Asia in 2013, with a rate of 8.8, followed by Thailand."

 

Numbers for 2016

 

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A red herring as far as I am concerned. Most people whether in Thailand or the Philippines are concerned are killed by someone they know, usually from the same country/ethnicity. If you are trying to compare death rates add in death on the road and I think Thailand would lead by a significant margin. 

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Really appreciate positive feedback, thank you.
I try be balanced and honest. In addition I mentioned a few times our local forums, so people can get other opinions, different from mine. Balanced all the way.
Great Info Expat, I guess the negative people can be ignored as usual.

What is there to do in Cebu for an expat? hobbies? good cycling? good walks? are most just barflys?
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3 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

Great Info Expat, I guess the negative people can be ignored as usual.

What is there to do in Cebu for an expat? hobbies? good cycling? good walks? are most just barflys?

Most expats are in longterm relationship / married, many with children. Expats are less of barfly type here than in Thailand. City has 2 sportsbars and a few other bars frequented by expats. We mostly meet in shopping centers, while gf wifes doing their things.

Check out these links.

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g294261-Activities-Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g298460-Activities-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

 

https://trekeffect.com/travel-blog/50-must-try-things-cebu

 

https://www.travelcebu.ph/blog/things-to-do-in-cebu/

 

https://journalistontherun.com/2017/10/14/things-to-do-in-cebu/

 

https://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/20-things-to-do-in-cebu-city-and-surroundings/

 

https://www.journeyera.com/things-to-do-cebu-philippines/

 

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Culture chock Thailand vs Philippines.

 

I should highlight that living in Cebu and many other places, is like stepping back in time 100 years, in a Asian country with strong spanish influx.

Slow pace of life, people not in a rush. People sit down and have long conversations. Many very old buildings, less high rise.

Very different from Thailands modern neon city, where people are so busy.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

 

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I'll share a little anecdote from my visit to Cebu. Taking a taxi from Cebu City north to the boat to Bantanyan island (amazing and beautiful) the driver said to me -- you're gonna love it there, the people are very backwards and ignorant, they love ALL white people. He had a point I suppose. Walking around there I was invited inside local village houses to share their incredibly horrible food. Like rice meant for livestock rather than people. 

 

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18 minutes ago, ExpatPH said:

Culture chock Thailand vs Philippines.

 

I should highlight that living in Cebu and many other places, is like stepping back in time 100 years, in a Asian country with strong spanish influx.

Slow pace of life, people not in a rush. People sit down and have long conversations. Many very old buildings, less high rise.

Very different from Thailands modern neon city, where people are so busy.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

 

That is a good point and likely the make/break factor for many.  If you can lay back and not go hyper over delays the chance of liking PI greatly increases.  Would rate (fast/medium/slow) as (Singapore/Thailand/Philippines).  

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