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Websites for apartment condo rent and sale.

Thb = 0.6127 for comparison.

 

Image rent 25.000 peso. 1st link.

 

https://www.point2homes.com/PH/Apartments-For-Rent.html

 

https://www.lamudi.com.ph/condominium/rent/

 

https://www.property24.com.ph/condominiums-for-rent

 

https://www.dotproperty.com.ph/condos-for-rent

 

https://m.locanto.ph/m/Apartments-for-Rent/301/

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Carib said:

Me thinks this is the most comprehensive topic ever, for the ones interested in living in the Phill`s.  Thank you ExpatPH.

 

Thank you very much Carib.

 

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11 hours ago, stravers said:

In your opinion, how to Filipinos feel about foreigners learning to speak Tagalog?

I speak fluent Thai and the majority of Thais don't respect me for knowing too much. 

They are pleasantly impressed and you will be respected.  They like it.

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Decided against posting that (Picture of my Ex) ... 

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11 hours ago, ExpatPH said:

Filipinos mindset and culture.

 

Filipinos are in general very gentle and shy people.

Good decent behavior and polite is their #1,

explains why all talk to eachother with sir / mam.

 

Friendliness are their #2, explains why so many expats replied HSBC survey so positive about the people, the people.

 

Patience are their #3, never seen any loose their temper in public, and its totally not acceptable in their culture.

 

Observe their dating rituale is interesting. The men are so gentlemen and sweet to the lady. The lady is first very shy, but warm up after few dates. They frown up on rude and naughty talk, all in due time. If a man make sexual advanced to a lady, she instantly shut him down. Seems they strictly follow 'its a place and time for everything', but sure not in public.

When already in relationship, most ladies are very klingy, always have her hand arm latched on to their man. Most men do the same, and the man usually carry her small handbag and other, even its not heavy. They are excellent to demonstrate care for their partner.

 

Now, if they get upset, angry or mad, the asian tiger come out. Not in fights, but bad words, foul language or threats.

 

Greeting older is a big thing here, no handshake, no waiwe. Younger move toward older and take their right hand and pull it towards their forehead. Thats a traditional greeting. Observed everywhere in public and private. 

Young ladies greet eachother with a hug.

Young men greet eachother with a high five.

 

Filipinos seem insecure towards foreigners, or maybe shy or humble. If the foreigner follow their culture and not behave superior, its easy to make friends, or more than that.

Talk to them with sir / mam, speak with a smile in a first light conversation. Never invite a lady to your place on first or second date. They will feel you're pushy, and they will withdraw. All in due time.

 

Filipinos love to laugh, and people with good sense of humor are highly appreciated.

 

Looks and apperance matters. They dress up in their finest, when going to a shopping center  or any social event. While at home they change to casual clothings.

 

In traffic they drive slowly, love to honk their signal horn, have no sense of traffic understanding, so they all drive into a roundabout to a total standstill. Young men on motorbikes very seldom racing in the streets, but they love to change their muffler to loud, louder. 

 

Their culture remind you about the 70's, a time when people still was courteous, and had time for eachother.

 

Overall after a first visit to Philippines, what all tourists remember is Filipinos soft, shy, friendly and welcoming attitude to foreigners. Service with a genuine smile.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

 

This describes a soft spoken, civilised and a fundamentally pacifistic society. I am thrilled. This is how people interacted in the 1950ties in my home-country!


But something doesn't match:
- Why does this docile/friendly society need armed security guards at every mom and pop grocery store and everywhere else?
There is a contradiction somewhere. Please elaborate as I am not capable of connecting those opposing "facts of life" in the Philippines.
"Poverty" alone could not explain it as there are a number of "poor-countries", where places of business can well do without armed security-guards.

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1 hour ago, swissie said:

This describes a soft spoken, civilised and a fundamentally pacifistic society. I am thrilled. This is how people interacted in the 1950ties in my home-country!


But something doesn't match:
- Why does this docile/friendly society need armed security guards at every mom and pop grocery store and everywhere else?
There is a contradiction somewhere. Please elaborate as I am not capable of connecting those opposing "facts of life" in the Philippines.
"Poverty" alone could not explain it as there are a number of "poor-countries", where places of business can well do without armed security-guards.

1.Maybe because not 100% of their population have only good intentions?

2.Shop owners probably think that guards are cheaper then alarm systems and CCTV like we have in our countries.

3.There are rarely police patrols outside so shops get their own security.

The fact that a mall has dozens of guards all armed with guns etc and inspecting each visitor their bags for weapons makes me feel more secure then if everyone just gets to walk in and or drives in the parking of a mall unchecked.

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Greetings ExpatPH

 

I just wanted to thank you also for such a well written and informative thread on expat life the Philippines.  I have been following it closely and have learned a lot and enjoyed it tremendously.  You have answered many of my questions regarding the P.I. and I look forward to more new content from you whenever you have the time.

 

The Philippines is definitely on my plan B list and I hope to go for a holiday there someday soon.

 

I am sorry to hear about your current health situation but I wish you all the best .... it sounds like you've had a great life experience here on this planet and I hope your next experience is even better.

 

Aloha and Mahalo!

 

 

 

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47 minutes ago, swissie said:

One way of looking at things. I only know that if at every 7/11 in Thailand armed guards would be checking the bags of every customer at the entrance, the "tourist-industry" would collapse and every embassy would issue urgent "travel-advisories".
Not implying anything. But the liberal-visa Regs and the lack of digitalised inter-continental data-exchange concerning visitors, can make the Philippines an attractive destination for "Visitors" that prefer to keep a "low profile".
Again, not implying anything and certainly not generalizing Expats in the Philippines.
But I know for sure: The day a armed guard would want to check my bags at the nearest 7/11 in Thailand, I would find myself at the Airport the very next day.


Surely: Once the Philippines advance from a 4th world country to a 3rd world country, it would mean the end of the liberal Visa-Regs.
And then what? Re-Locating to Eastern Timbuktu?
Cheers.

First of all only at big malls ur bag will be briefly checked that takes abt 3 seconds. So not at any small shop like a 7/11 in a public street.

Immegration in phills does check things like do prints, picture, adress and if ur name is on some criminal watch list but they dont care ur exact whereabouts 24/7 so if u travel from Manila to Subic than u don’t need to do a 24 hours notification at next immigration office. if u enjoy doing that and submitting photos of u and ur wife in ur bedroom for immigration purposes than by all means stay in Thailand..

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