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021 Gossip and You in the Philippines

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


  1. Young 59 year old guy not into the bar scene, I guess im more your style. I did go to the Philippines after watching your videos on YouTube and your Sage advice came in handy many times and I just wanted to thank you for that.

  2. My desire would be to have my own place establish a taco and beer business more like a food truck or similar. Love Asian people would like to meet another Filipina but my priority is to live in the Philippines and have a business before committing to a relationship. I really do like to hear the mini ideas that you put out there and I think yours is realistic and easy to take in keep up the good work I’ll continue to follow you. By the way I’m not text Savvy at all but I get around if I have to.

    1. Ive been lucky and found a good woman. She has a sari-sari store in Manila which doesnt do very well because everybody else has a little store. I bought her a washing machine when I first got there because, like 99% of people there, she had ha been washing by hand. So funny that at first she would pre-hand wash my clothes then put them in the machine. Eventually she got so comfortable with the achine that neighbors started giving her their laundry. Before I knew it she had a laundry bussiness on the side. The plan now is to expand her laundry bussiness with another washer and a dryer. Its hard to buy a cheap dryer there because everyone hang their clothes to dry. We will probably have to get a industrial dryer designed for big laundrymats. Anyway, my suggestion is leaning towards the laundrymat idea. The other income Im working on is building rental units. Our home is 2 stories but we can build 5 floors. So floors 3 and 4 will be made into 3+3 or 6 units. 3,500 pesos a room…or roughly 20,000P or $400/month. Not much , but we want to expand our real estate empire. She already own 4 other units. Of course to do this sort of thing you need to find a mature woman. I thank my lucky stars. Good luck.

  3. Hi Reekay, are you still in Cebu? I arrive Wednesday (7th March) for a couple weeks and would love to meet and chat about the Philippines, life, travel, your experiences in general. I’m a 40 yr old guy working remotely as a web developer – happy to return the favour if my skills suit? Thanks, Simon.

  4. I moved here in February and live in Naga City. Bicol. I am alone here and find it hard to meet people. The people here are stand offish and the women are uninterested. No, there is nothing wrong with me, I am a regular white guy aged 60… look 50.plus maybe. Physically fit guy.5.9..grey white/hair..clean shaven.
    So …what am I doing wrong? What should I do? I m getting a bit bored and walking around in the heat is a bit oppressive, tbh.

    1. well, for one thing.. not much going on in Naga. you may want to go to a place like bohol, dumaguete, bacolod, iloilo where there’s more going on.

      also, filipinas will not approach you and break the ice. not the good ones anyway. (usually the hookers and ladyboys are the ones to break the ice and approach you.) so you have to single out a filipina, observe her a bit and then go strike up some conversation with her. often, just saying, “Hi.” is enough. 🙂

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  6. All I’m seeing in the philippines is lying, cheating, deceiving and thieves. Very few people are honest and truthful. Banks and businesses all have armed guards. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, and 99% of retailers have armed guards – even when they’re closed at nights.
    Home Depot employees are body searched when they go out of store for breaks. That’s inhumane.
    You can’t go to a store and pick up your items and go cashier to pay. You tell the order taker what you want then pay and give the receipt to the stock boy and they tell the workers what to fetch.
    What does this tell you?
    Because so many people lie, cheat and steal, returning a merchandise, even a defective one takes hours and sometimes days to be approved.
    Getting a job is another story.
    You can’t just go to 7-Eleven and apply for a job and start working the next day.
    You have to have a village clearance, a police clearance, national police clearance and pay a hefty fee at each clearance.
    Most people resort to unofficial labor and construction work at small private construction sites.
    There are no front lawns here with open space. All houses have steal fences. What does that tell you?

  7. I ran into a guy from Finland who is married to a Filipino girl here in Visayas. He has lived here and married to the same woman for 29 years. He speaks fluent Tagalog.
    He is in our subdivision on the next street.
    He says if you at older maps of the world before Philippines was colonized by king Phillip of Spain, it was named “islands of thieves” on the maps.
    Another thing I notice here is the tremendous amount of Chinese influence in business and industry here almost to the point of exploitation.

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