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Old 09-28-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Filipinos are generally hospitable people especially to foreigners... that was why I questioned the latest Bourne Legacy movie which has a part that was shot in Manila where a Filipina mother shouted hysterically and called the police when she saw a foreigner in their shanty... very un-Filipino... but try it yourself and perhaps you already experienced our hospitality

As for the "wood-carvers village" I believe you visited Paete, Laguna... that is a paradise to wood carving enthusiasts!

I'm glad you fell in love with lumpia, I love it too, as well as bananas and mangoes - FUN to munch them indeed

And about Jollibee humburgers? Ah yes! Did you know that only in the Philippines that Mcdonald's got beaten by another hamburger chain? It's Jollibee - More FUN to eat hamburger in the Philippines!
Yes, Jollibee was better than McDonald's to me. I preferred them when we had a choice.

I was amazed too, that while the Philippines still has a lot of poverty, their shopping malls are at least as nice as our's & more so. We stayed at Cebu Midtown hotel, part of a 3 story mall complex. 1st floor had all the businesses with later hours. At earlier closing time, elevator was blocked to other floors & went only to the one. All the stores we needed and an internet cafe 2 doors down. I used it a lot to stay in touch with people back home. That was easier than phone calls. Both trips, I found phones a problem. 2nd trip, we bought cards at a Filipino store here. The guy thought they would be good for calls there to here. I could not us them there, but emailed the card #'s to family & they used them to call us there. So that worked out fine.

Anyone going there from US, exchange all your currency there, not here. They have money changer offices on nearly every corner & they give a good exchange rate with only a small charge. The few banks that exchange currency here charge a fortune and give a lesser rate to boot.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Sadly, PI has a flourishing child sex trade too, as I am told by friends there.
your friends were wrong.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Macao
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7000 islands at a fraction of the cost of the Carribean. Whats not to love?

If you love island hopping and music, the philippines are incredible.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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I'd go:
nature and beaches.

I wouldn't go for:
1. women looking for foreigners to marry to escape poverty, the sex trade I've seen in other SE asian countries, I find disturbing
2. poverty
3. Manila esp crime
4. Any area where people have been kidnapped
5. Heat and humidty
6. Insects and other vermin
You might want to be careful where you travel in the states as well then...
1. Gold diggers, users, divorce. Also there is a human trafficking problem in the states and other parts of the world as well. Very sad but true.
2. Poverty
3. Crime
4. Heat and Humidity
5. Insects and Vermin

And the topic was why is it more fun, not another put down thread.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Durham
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I too would be concerned about going to provinces where kidnappings were happening. However, I talked to a few American men in the airports on our last trip. They were married to Filipino women & going with them to Mindanao, widely considered unsafe for Americans. They said that being part of Filipino families, they had never been bothered. That made sense.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Again, I loved the Philippines & look forward to taking our daughters for at least 1 trip while they are teens.

In spite of poverty issues & political issues, I don't doubt the nation has better times ahead. I saw a lot of people struggling & doing whatever they could for a living. The cab drivers & tour drivers we used impressed us a lot. Always a step ahead, knew where to go for anything, driving in murderous traffic, memorizing endless streets. Store clerks, food service people, etc. were all very professional. I've met a good many Filipinos in the US who are all doing well. Filipinos have no lack of spirit and drive, are accustomed to hardships and carry on in spite of them.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I too would be concerned about going to provinces where kidnappings were happening. However, I talked to a few American men in the airports on our last trip. They were married to Filipino women & going with them to Mindanao, widely considered unsafe for Americans. They said that being part of Filipino families, they had never been bothered. That made sense.
Yeah, a lot of people are scared to go to Mindinao, including Manila Filipinos.

The funny part is that I find Manila to be significantly more dangerous, and more threatening. When I've been to Mindinao, and I've been there quite a few times, it's so much safer and the people are so much nicer than Manila people.

Cities like Davao are very 'christian'...actually most of the large cities there are predominately 'christian' or 'catholic'. It's just parts of the countryside and over by Zamboanga that is more Muslim. They are easy to avoid, and just a smaller portion of Mindinao.

I"ve spent a lot of time in mostly Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, and Camiguian. I've taken buses to and from all of those cities to the other cities as well. The 'kidnapping' stories have always seemed very sensational to me.

I teach English in Asia, and many Asian students tell other Asian students to NOT go to the USA, because you might get shot and killed. As an American, it sounds funny...we don't think of our country as extremely violent. Yet, it is, and yet, we live our lives in the U.S., and can easily never see that. It's the same concept with countries like the Philippines. Without bothering to look up statistics, I'd bet that the U.S. is probably significantly more violent than the Philippines.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Durham
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You might want to be careful where you travel in the states as well then...
1. Gold diggers, users, divorce. Also there is a human trafficking problem in the states and other parts of the world as well. Very sad but true.
2. Poverty
3. Crime
4. Heat and Humidity
5. Insects and Vermin

And the topic was why is it more fun, not another put down thread.
For sure. We have our share of troubles here too.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Durham
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7000 islands at a fraction of the cost of the Carribean. Whats not to love?

If you love island hopping and music, the philippines are incredible.
I mentioned Tambuli Resort earlier, on Mactan. My daughters loved the dolphin & whale figures in the pools there.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:13 AM
 
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Again, I loved the Philippines & look forward to taking our daughters for at least 1 trip while they are teens.

In spite of poverty issues & political issues, I don't doubt the nation has better times ahead. I saw a lot of people struggling & doing whatever they could for a living. The cab drivers & tour drivers we used impressed us a lot. Always a step ahead, knew where to go for anything, driving in murderous traffic, memorizing endless streets. Store clerks, food service people, etc. were all very professional. I've met a good many Filipinos in the US who are all doing well. Filipinos have no lack of spirit and drive, are accustomed to hardships and carry on in spite of them.
Thank you for your very kind words Jmellc you are right in your observation... and indeed, Filipinos have yet to show the world something that is uniquely Filipino... not to be boastful about it because it will be for the benefit of the people of world... Mabuhay Ka! (LongLive Jmellic!)
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