Life In The Big City – Philippines


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Author: V. 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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  2. Wow! All that hiking and you didn’t break a sweat! I would have been drenched!

  3. What do you consider to be a big city? With all the infrastructure and systems. But how many people? 500,000? Or 1,000,000? Like Cebu City.

  4. environment is everything , weather its plants or people , nature verses nurture .

  5. Sometimes a city fix is good, then it is time for peace and quiet. Ratio 20:80 is a good start while one weans oneself off the big city lifestyle from North America

  6. I like the way you think! And i personally think you are right! Nice to see some Blast from the Past videos 😉

  7. I’ve had this thought for many years, I think living in a crowded City can cause mental illness.

  8. Do not forget that Bohol just a few years ago had some gunmen claiming to be Muslim terrorists. They were dealt with. But remember the times that our own Governments are bringing us into and use such people for their own agendas. Having local guidance is useful in the Philippines.

  9. I always remembered this by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson on Holmes view of the countryside;
    “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” explains to Watson why the countryside is more dangerous and crime-ridden than the city:

    By eleven o’clock the next day we were well upon our way to the old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he threw them down and began to admire the scenery. It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man’s energy. All over the countryside, away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light green of the new foliage.

    “Are they not fresh and beautiful?” I cried with all the enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street.

    But Holmes shook his head gravely.

    “Do you know, Watson,” said he, “that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.”

    “Good heavens!” I cried. “Who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?”

    “They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

    “You horrify me!”

    “But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of a drunkard’s blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser.

  10. Nimrod started the big city and his followers today want us in the big cities.

  11. I think you are throwing the baby out with the bath-water when you say people were not made to live in the big cities!
    There are communities within the big cities (for example Legaspi Village in Makati, Metro Manila) that have the amenities of a big city but still offers parks and the safety of smaller cities.
    I would never live in a larger Metro Manila area – because of traffic and people, but I love living in Legaspi Village in Makati. I feel 100% safe, all shopping and restaurants are within walking distance and the best hospital in the Philippines is only 2 blocks away. What more do you want – except perhaps a white sand beach? hehe
    -Nils

  12. When you talk people going crazy over power goi g out for 24 hours.
    Thats Amercain’s for you.
    Never in Australia has that happened cheers

  13. Being a longtime subscriber I remember those videos using a low quality camera but still did the job…..from moalboal to bohol and duma….. such a great adventure….#nostalgic

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