(Livestream) “Will You Return To Philippines in 2021?” & Open Discussion


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Author: Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Share with me here my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Dating, vlogging, cooking, traveling and sharing the information with you needed to make your own plans for living as a full-time expat in Southeast Asia.
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  1. Robert – I am planning to come gor first time sometime next year. Just getting rid of alot of stuff. look forward to it. im semi retired.

  2. We really enjoy watching Reekay’s channel, have for more than a few years. Your life has evolved and so has your happiness. It’s true that there are lots out there there doing or trying to do what you do but in the end it’s about what do you personally relate with? I find your videos informative, helpful, friendly and positive. I think I would look for the same qualities in a friend. Keep up the good work and am happy for you

  3. I’ve been living there since 2010 and now I am stuck outside. Was going to get married in April. All I want is to return home.

  4. When things return to more normal, why wouldn’t you go back ? If you enjoyed the Philippines before covid then there be no reason you wouldn’t enjoy the Philippines after covid. All those expats throwing their arms up and saying they are tired of it all, well, they are speaking out of “the emotion of the moment” of being caught up in it. Once it’s over and back more to normal there wouldn’t be lockdowns and check-points with needing passes. Then those expats will see it from a more logical approach rather then emtional.

    Granted, if it is for other reasons, like the culture or dating scene then that’d be understandable.

    But from a covid standpoint, Why would anyone say, I’m not going back because 1 or 2 years ago we had lockdowns, check-points and we needed passes but we don’t have them today ? Why would what happened 1 or 2 years ago matter, not very good logic there to make a choice about today.

    What do they think, we’ll get another virus soon after and you’ll be lockdown again ? Not likely, but even if we did should you not be a little smarter on how to operate ? Did you not learn something that might very well help you the next time around ?

  5. Why did you speak so very negative about BLM, when you clearly didn’t grasp the subject matter! I took offense to your comments because it was arrogance to have devalue someone life! You have allowed your plate form to be a hateful and out of touch with the realities of what is going on in the US. I can no longer be a party to such ignorance!!

    1. Neil Ramrattan Neil we live in the days where everybody seems to have their own selfish agenda aside from the real agenda. It’s not always so clear the lines in the sand. Money and power plays it’s part as well. Am not mislead and study history. You speak on Marxist, I call to your attention: historical materialism based on the Marxist and suggest you look deeper at the subject. They or BLM is not in any position to destroy America it’s not possible no way no how. You say the evidence is out there…where is out there? Their website there are numerous websites that are supposed to be BLM, anybody can create a website to mislead anyone it’s too easy. BLM has no true leaders it’s suppose to be a movement is my understanding. Still Reekey used his proverbial soapbox to stir up emotions. I can’t question what was in his mind or heart when he went into a tirade on his soapbox, I merely felt it wrong and his analysis was flawed or was steeped in emotions. His response was emotional and bitter at best. I have enjoyed his YouTube site. However, I could not agree with him in this situation and how he responded using upper to attempt to make a point. He is an educated man and need not result to upper case language or emotional responses. I appreciate your comments sir.

    2. Judah J, you, and millions of others who have been misled by the mob need to educate yourselves. The BLM organization is a self professed Marxist group. They want to destroy America and gain power. They are using black people as pawns. They don’t care. The evidence is out there. Start with their website.

    3. my comments were in reference to the riots and ILLEGAL damage of property, looting which BLM approves of. THAT is behaving like a child. to think they can endorse anarchy and destruction of other people’s property, even commit assault on people, and intimidate people who won’t “lift their fist” in support… that is what i and any other rational person abhors. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR COMMITTING CRIMES AND CALLING IT ‘PROTEST’.
      reference;
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m7mRcQAtUo
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJedXlPGS9w
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSnTTND0UcM
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXDcm8YXvds

  6. Hi Reekay – I follow other channels over there as well, Gio, Finn Snow, Bud Brown, Old Dog New Tricks, & of course your channel. So I get my information from a variety of places and I have to say I am very disappointed in the how the Philippine Government has handled the pandemic over there and now I am hearing of bad cops picking on foreigners for a quick infusion of money (Tickets, Fines, etc.) and I hear of expats leaving the Philippines as soon as they can. Will I go back to visit in 2021 – Not as long as there is a 2 week quarantine and negative reports on foreigners being used as ATMs. However if the 2 week quarantine goes away and things return to normal – then yes, I will be back. I do miss my Filipina GF !!

  7. oh. and funny you covered Tim K question. You know.. i even did a video on it: https://youtu.be/lCTnwZ-x9rA
    I was hoping to help him get out early or be able to serve the quarantine at home. Sent the video to local Government there in Leyte. even had a hotel owner offer to house him! OH.. and speed racer is way cool!

  8. I think you are right Reekay. Feb / Mar 2021 will probably be when the doors open for the Philippines. I hope you get to go to MGCQ in Cebu starting Sept 1st. I live here in La Union Luzon. I vlog too. I based my retirement on your budget videos. you were spot on. I would like to go back to the USA just to visit my family for say Thanksgiving. But, I want to be able to come back if i do visit the USA. Also dont want to be the first group of tourist visas to be processed coming back into the Philippines! I’ll wait to go and come back till i know the Philippines is back and open and giving tourist visas!

  9. Theres only one or two vloggers worth wat hang and reekay is one because hes not a scumbag. But yes i will be returning to see my kids in 2021

    1. I was raised in HB. used to surf 52nd street in Newport! check my Channel. I live in San Juan La Union. It has everything you need. Beaches, low cost of living, sunsets, restaurants, bars, and surfing. there is even Diving here! I just retired and live in La Union, and I Vlog about Surfing, Check it out:
      https://youtu.be/LMcx4puByeo

  10. I do plan to return, but I will not if I have to take a vaccine or do 14 or more days in quarantine. We shall see. My plan is to return in mid 2021. I do have an ecredit for the flight that got cnxed due to the pandemic. My question is where I might move to. I am not a fan of large cities like Manila or Cebu. Not sure how big Davao City is but living on its outskirts might be an option. What do you all think?

    1. Larry, check my Channel. I live in San Juan La Union. It has everything you need. Beaches, low cost of living, sunsets, restaurants, bars, and surfing. there is even Diving here! I just retired and live in La Union, and I Vlog about Surfing, Check it out:
      https://youtu.be/LMcx4puByeo
      I only have a small amount of Subscribers, and only been vlogging for 5 months. But well, i do it for fun. Not for income. If you are into everyday life here and what to expect when you retire, try my channel. it is refreshing. Reekay and Gio are great for those who want to retire, and need cost of living info and visa info. But if you are here already and or want to know about other things to do here, i feature fun things to do here. Riding a bike to the Market, surfing, spear fishing, fishing, swimming, sunsets and much more.

  11. My wife and beautiful daughter in CDO should have never left. I wanna go to a beach but camp Phillips is where she’s from

  12. I’ve had a one-way ticket to Manila for some time now. I just keep moving it. I have a SRRV and just trying to get back. I was stuck in Thailand in April but with my mother passing away, I got clearance to return to the US. Now I’m stuck in Vegas with my ticket now for October 1.

  13. Until recently I taught self defense…a part of that course if instruction was situational awareness and crisis mitigation.
    And I have been called paranoid only a few hundred times! Hahaha
    I am not paranoid…only alert.
    Good advice Reekay!

  14. Have also considered going elsewhere for my next trip. But have a friend to visit in Visayas and all that fabulous scuba diving there!
    Hoping to be back in February.

  15. I’m in Mexico right now because it was easy to get in. But I’d like to meet a nice Filipina so I will come there when possible. Or somewhere in SE Asia.

    1. Guadalajara. I’m here on a 6 month tourist card. I doubt SE Asia will open before that’s up so I’ll go to the States for a week or so and come back. Either here (it’s a pretty big city) or elsewhere in Mexico until the PH settles down. Or Kl, or…

  16. The key questions is does she want a family..probably the answer to that is yes, even if she does not realize that right now. Good thing is she is young enough to move on and do that. The time having spent with you no doubt being a good learning experience and eventually being able to settle down and have a family of her own someday. The caveat is dealing with having to start all over once again for the both of u, once she realizes she wants more and u dont

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea im sure u have heard of a woman’s biological clock..once a woman gets into her late 20’s that kicks in..that’s a fact so its irrelevant to say definitively that will not change just because that’s the way you both feel now, a bit different than a guy with a gun… and as i’m sure your aware, one thing that women have a tendency to do is change their minds…especially younger ones. Also good your not attached as will make it easy for u if and when that time does come and hopefully she would feel similarly, and also be in a position to move forward and pursue new life goals for herself with your support and understanding. The good thing is seems like there is clear communication between u both so that would surely help.

    2. actually, the answer to that is, ‘no’. she and i have talked about this extensively, she doesn’t want a family.

      it’s easy to say she will change her mind, basically foretelling the future. i could say as easily, “that guy over there is going to kill himself in a few years.”

      what works for us is that neither of us wants to be with anyone else, and we’re not in any rush to get married either. “if” for some unforeseen reason in the future (which is still unknown), she wanted to do something else, that’s fine too. this is a key part of buddhism i strongly believe in.. to not grasp or hold onto anything or anyone purely out of desire. she stays, she goes.. either way we will each have bliss.

  17. Lol my parents live in Canyon Lake, it’s been 102 and very humid but people are out on their boats having a good time. On the weekends it’s like being at the river.

  18. y how is ites the topic today is well the Philippines does open up in mar figuring by March by March and I am believing that with certainc what everh corentine but will come in chess pretest going on with1 I have a flight I do believe that at that point we’re going to see0

  19. I do think there are to many PI vloggers, it’s becoming very saturated. Seems guys watch these vlogs then want to move there and start their own channel. Granted, they do have a different angle, but they all cover the same info, over and over again, it’s alot of the same info been covered 5 years ago and more. Age gap relationship, how I met my girl, cost of living, might come with a different angle but at the end of the day it’s all the same info.

    Take a look at Mark, every man has a story, sure that is a different angle, but at the end of the day he is interviewing guys just like Gio, Reekay and others have done. He just did a video on how he met his girl, why Filipina’s like foriegners, same ole same ole stuff.

    One thing is for sure, the viewers can not seem to get enough of these vlogs , they seem to devour this stuff.

    I don’t think it is all good, evetually these vloggers will ruin the PI as we know it today. The internet already has done a job on the PI from what it was 25 to 35 years ago. Gio just recently said, when he finds the place he really likes and wants to settle into, he will not vlog about it and bring more people there to ruin it. So he seems to understand that his vlogging can ruin things by bringing in to many foriegners.

    1. @Mike Masters Mike, people still like this stuff even if it is over and over, not sure why either but they will continue to watch, you can just not watch it if it is the same ole stuff.

    2. San Juan La Union Vlog — just watch your video’s, granted, you cover things from a different angle, a surfing angle but it is still the same stuff. You show people surfing for almost an entire video, then you show Filipino’s swimming, then you show a rainbow, same ole stuff.
      Then in another video, it is a walk through the hood pointing out things along the way heading down to the beach and then arriving at the beach , scanning the beach and ocean, do you know how many times that has been done ? Same ole stuff, so granted, you are walking to the beach for a different reason, to surf or check the conditions, but at the end of the day it is exactly the same stuff as many have done walking to the beach in many other locations.

      Then you show another beach and the waves coming in, just scanning the beach and the waves, so again, you may be scanning the waves to check surfing conditions granted that is a different angle, but it is no different from scanning the beach and ocean on any other video. Then after the beach you show a trip to the mall, and inside a grocery store pointing out things like the soda, water , seen that 10,000 times.

      I don’t think you’ll drive much traffic on those videos, your limited to people who surf, most people going to Philippines would not be interested in surfing, who wants to watch A video for long periods of nothing more then waves crashing ashore ? To drive traffic your going to have to appeal to a larger share of people and that means doing the same ole thing others do along with the surfing.

      Best of Luck to you.

    3. Well, not all Vloggers vlog those kind of things. I just retired and live in La Union, and I Vlog about Surfing, things to do here, Beach, Fishing, Sunsets, restaurants, waterfalls and anything fun to do in the area. Check it out:
      https://youtu.be/LMcx4puByeo I only have a small amount of Subscribers, and only been vlogging for 5 months. But well, i do it for fun. Not for income. If you are into everyday life here and what to expect when you retire, try my channel. it is refreshing. Reekay and Gio are great for those who want to retire, and need cost of living info and visa info. But if you are here already and or want to know about other things to do here, i feature fun things to do here. Riding a bike to the Market, surfing, spear fishing, fishing, swimming, sunsets and much more.

    1. I miss all the travellers from Manila! check my Channel. I live in San Juan La Union. It has everything you need. Beaches, low cost of living, sunsets, restaurants, bars, and surfing. there is even Diving here! I just retired and live in La Union, and I Vlog about Surfing, Check it out:
      https://youtu.be/LMcx4puByeo

  20. Hi Henry. We miss being there in the Philippines. Thanks for keeping us up to date! We have been nack home in Florida. Sailing to pass the time.

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  22. Radio reporter shot dead in Dumaguete City.. (May 2020)
    https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/323085/radio-reporter-shot-dead-in-dumaguete-city.html
    video.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjIFljMBDPs

    Another radio-announcer shot (November, 2019)..
    Radio announcer Dindo Generoso is shot dead on his way to work in Dumaguete City
    https://rappler.com/nation/radio-broadcaster-shot-dead-dumaguete-november-7-2019

    Radio announcer shot dead in Negros Oriental (December, 2018)
    https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/12/28/1880542/radio-announcer-shot-dead-negros-oriental

    the ‘anti-pinoy’… on twitter. (not fb or youtube)
    https://twitter.com/antipinoy?lang=en

  23. Hello Reekay, it’s crazy how these people make accusations about other people with innuendos and flimsy allegations to stir the pot and disappear without providing and proof. Most of these people are just trying to get views and build their weak channels. I would never plan on moving outside the US for any period of time because I have a mid six figure salary here in the US and won’t give it up. I do however travel three months a year on holiday so I am able to travel frequently. Ignore the haters, they like Peter Vandever will be out of the PI long before you will be.

  24. definition of criminal libel/slander in the PH..
    “the allegation must be a malicious imputation of a crime or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical person or to blacken the memory of one who is dead. For cyber libel in particular, the publication requirement is satisfied when the allegation is made publicly through the use of information and communication technologies.”

    “if it is cyber libel, the penalty is increased by one degree. Thus, the penalty is prision mayor in its minimum period, which is from six years and one day to eight years and medium period, which is from eight years and one day to 10 years.”
    https://www.divinalaw.com/about-cyber-libel/

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