(Classic) My Two Rules For Surviving 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


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  2. NYC
    I like your knowledge about Philippines. Who are you advising to anyway? I can’t see any young guy living there permanently because most of them can’t afford.
    Why People over 50, 60 who have already been married, have children back home will again get into marriage situation.

  3. God created women to add excitement in a man’s life. Only a fool buys more excitement than he can afford 🙂

  4. Glad I watched this video I got a funny feeling that people here in America who are wealthy and well-off experience the same thing. The only difference with us is we aren’t experienced as they are. I’m retired and I have no choice but to go over there because a small house in the outskirts of Cebu is better than a rat hole here in America. The fact of the matter is it’s always going to be something. I did construction and dug ditches drove trucks and wash dishes and my social security check is precious to me. And even if someone did ask me for the money. I would say hey can you cut my yard and I’ll pay you if you need the money that bad. If they’re physically able to do something for me and they need help they can get that money the same way I got it. But after this video it sure isn’t going to be Maids work.

  5. Excellent Advice !!! Got screwed big time……a bar girl in Sabang, Puerto G. Don’t become friends with them…..you will be in for some big time DRAMA…….money, money, money and lies, lies, lies……then her
    “foreigner boy friend” tries to muscle money out of you…….corrupt criminal types……be careful.

  6. I paused the video at 1 minute so I could offer my ideas of what two things would be important. I would say patience and respect. I’m interested to see if I even got close to what was on your mind

  7. I have no idea why I watch your videos, because I’m not interested in finding a Filipina- I am one! You give amazing advice…. you truly know life/people in/of the Philippines! I am however planning on having a home in the near future there, so maybe that’s why.

  8. Yes, DO NOT get involved in any type of long term anything during the first year or two. A fool and his money are soon parted and people will help part you with it quickly if you aren’t careful, alert and aware at all times.

  9. Wtf do you mean, you don’t get your deposit back? If it’s in the contract, you should get it back. If not, that landlord will vanish along with that money.

  10. Regarding relationships… usually issues surface when guys think with the wrong head and rush into things …..I almost fell into that “trap”.

  11. Solid. Give it a year, no serious commitment, no business decision. Be careful who you trust. Just play and go, or go and play 🙂

  12. At Christian Filipina , one month is about 5000 pesos but without live chat only messages. If you want to include live chat that would be around 9000 pesos a month.
    A year’s subscription would cost about 30,000 pesos. For every thousand pictures I see, there’s probably only 1 face I find that is sort of “pretty” or “cute.” I wonder if the payment would be worth it if I decide to subscribe?

  13. Your advice is applicable not just for foreigners but also for natives of this country.

  14. Oh I guess this is an old video because you’re still in California right now. Do you think our government will supply vaccines to the Philippines despite Duterte’s hostile attitude towards America?

  15. Great points. After awhile it gets tiresome. And, I’ve never found it easy to find quality ladies. It’s all about what’s in my wallet or a green card. So, I don’t stay long, just vacation, and have zero delusions of love (because it’s not real love). I know some men talk a lot about marriage in order to get a girl in bed. And, the thirsty men will bend a knee. They won’t listen to this advice and will make all sorts of rationalizations in order to be a servant to a lady and her family. They must get married at any cost themselves. Peace.

  16. Hey Reekay, I have been in a LDR with a pinay for about 3yrs now and we have not met yet, but she wants me to stay at her house.She never asked me for money at all. Do you think I should stay at her house or stay in a hotel?I vakue your opinion.

  17. This old video seems to be from your 2th place in a Bohol village…Watched your videos since Basak Lapu-Lapu. Thanks for sharing, time flies …

  18. Absolutely important show ! One of my main reasons to consider moving to the PL was getting an affordable maid because I hate house work, this show helped a lot. Plus, I really dislike dramas , tropical hot/humid weather , bugs and fried rice, lol. Guess I better stay away . Thanks man ! 🙂

  19. Let a g/f, maid into your place some will throw the heavy anchor down quick & not ever leave. Often the cousin /family member may just happen to come into town in need of a place to stay for the night/or 2. You may get groomed if u leave the door wide open/don’t ask questions/ lay down any rules . With $ if you give (lend) once w/good hearted intentions it’s often the green light & it will happen again sooner than u think. Overall the people r great but 3 words I found do not exist here, “free, borrow & refund” ….

  20. An extension of rule 2: don’t be worth more dead than a live to any Pinay. Life has no value there, but peso is king

  21. Great advice. Got a mate moving to PI next year. This info is absolute gold for him and for me.

  22. I watched that vedio lots of times..it was so helpful to my life..thanks reekay

  23. Crazy that a person goes to the Phil for marriage?? Lol! Just go there tour, relax, and enjoy. Lots of beautiful woman over there, to many to be married!

  24. Solid advice! Always take your time! Never hurry into a relationship or business deal.

  25. awsome advice and sees pretty solid and does not lack common ses like I have seen other expats have thanks for what you do !

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