Random Thoughts: A New Reality & Hospitality in the 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.
— Reekay

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  2. It’s always great hearing some of your stories about life in the Philippines. I hope you get back there to your girl very soon. Keep up the good work.

  3. Of all the places I have been, the Philippines is very unique. It is both the most beautiful country I have ever seen, but at the same time the poverty is striking. I remember trying to pick up laundry in Cebu at a cleaners across from Parklane hotel, and a woman came up to the glass, she was on the outside and I was on the inside and she was half naked with two of her children next to her. They looked homeless and begging for money. I wanted to give her some money but there were a TON of other homeless people around and I knew that if I took out my wallet, I would be in potential danger. So I did nothing. I felt so bad at the time and even now, but I learned long ago to never take out your wallet in a potential dangerous situation. On the other hand, I traveled to Bantayan and outside one of the churches there was a little old lady selling candles for 1 peso each. She must have been about 80 years old or even older. I just gave her a 500 peso bill and saw her eyes light up. She packed up her little street stand and took the rest of the day off. That is probably my best memory in the Philippines. I have been to Egypt too, and the beggars there are the complete opposite of the Philippines, I would warn everyone to stay far away from Egypt, because they are quite possibly the worst people on the face of the earth. I don’t say that to be disparaging towards the people of Egypt, but they really have to get their act together. I mean I was on the grounds of the great pyramids of Giza with rude egyptian beggars trying to steal my phone and then asking for hundreds of dollars to return it. Beggars asking for money everywhere, you literally cannot take a few steps without a new beggar coming up to you. First world countries are the best places to visit if you want peace of mind, but places like the Philippines and Thailand are special in their own right.

  4. I sure saw a different PH when I came here 3 years ago. First, a week in some really nice hotels in Cebu then off to a condo in Bohol. Then we went to Ne’s mom & dads’ beautiful home where they had a welcome Ron party with over a 100 people & more food, than I have ever seen in one place. I have never been around poor here like you even though I live in a PH neighborhood. Most people here in Davao city have decent jobs. I have never had a crime committed against me. Thanks for a different view of the PH.

  5. Can relate to those stories. In the Philippines, you just never know what you will see or what’s going to happen.

  6. This is a really great video. Powerful imagery. I’m remembering what I learned about the Philippines from chatting Filipinas online a few years ago. Fascinating place. Truly unique

  7. Reekey,
    Excellent video. I noticed that in poor countries people appreciated friendship from a foreigner and that is why they go to the limits to spricicited freidship.

  8. My harshest reality…seeing barely-clothed mother and baby sleeping directly on the concrete as everyone just passes. A scene I have witnessed up close hundreds of times also with the mother activly caring for the baby. And neeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvvver have I ever seen a street baby crying…not one time….as if…she’s too poor to even be afforded a child’s natural cry. No matter what SCAM the boys might belly ache about for hours at their coffee FORT…no one got rich on a few extra hundreds of pesos, Great Content Reekay.

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