experiences in the philippines

have you traveled to or lived in the philippines? share your experiences

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cebu, philippines - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 04/24/14.

How old were you when you came to the Philippines?

I had just turned 25 when I came to the Philippines. I literally blew out my birthday cake, and boarded the plane.

Where were you before?

I originally hailed from Seattle, WA. Most my childhood was growing up in close cities (Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc), and I studied at the University of Washington.

What brought you to the Philippines?

Job training brought me over. I was to go to Taiwan to visit family before going back to the Philippines for 7-8 months, and finishing up my training in Taiwan.

Describe the city you lived in in the Philippines and your impressions of it.

Unfortunately I did not see much of Manila until the end of my training. I spent most the time in the free trade zone in Cebu, in Clark (by the airport). I experienced a bit of Angeles and their… less tasteful areas. As this zone was more occupied by foreigners coming to work at factories and visitors looking for some night entertainment, most of the area was full of bars, the streets were full of legalized prostitutes, and your average number of thugs/beggars. It was not safe to go out at night, especially as a foreigner.

How does the...

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the philippines - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/29/13.

How much time have you spent in the Philippines?

About 2 and a quarter years, about summer '05 to '07.

How old were you when you came to the Philippines? Where were you before?

20, from the Western United States.

Describe the city you lived in in the Philippines and your impressions of it. How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in the Philippines? What drew you to the city you lived in over other cities in the Philippines?

I lived in several cities over Cavite Province, such as Dasmariñas and Tanza, then spent about a year in Metro Manila proper, living in Makati, Bonifacio, and Muntinlupa. There's a tremendous variety to the Philippines, with the sparser provincial areas filled with domesticated kalabaw (water buffalo), and a wider mixture of home types, including houses made of wood and grass, denser concrete barangays (individual communities), and poorer "squatter" communities with homes generally made of wood and corrugated aluminum panels. The city is quite a bit more packed and often features much tighter living conditions, with temperatures often growing to sweltering levels due to how packed in and insulated things are, the ground consisting of...

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the philippines - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/26/13.

Originally from the USA , originally traveled here for a vacation.

I live in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines and the largest city of the philippines. I have traveled many places here, but live here due to work, city life and technology.

Social life is strange for me, people are nice and friendly but at the same time being from different cultures we just don't really seem to meld as friends. We have nothing much in common and I feel sort of an outcast culturally. I could probably do more to make friends but I'm busy, such is life.

I originally came here for vacation, applied for jobs and managed to find one and stayed.

I prefer my previous social life in the USA.

Race isn't really an issue in the philippines its very multicultural, they aren't racist people.

Language: Most people speak some english. In the city well educated people speak perfect english. But in some areas far out of the city they have different dialects and might not speak english.

I have struggled to learn Tagalog. Because I get by mostly with english.

Social advice: they are very catholic here and conservative. They are very old fashioned in some ways. This can be positive or...

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