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REP_011 Meeting Expats & Filipinos, 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. Nice podcast! I see that my positive experiences with Filipinos here in the States is a true indication how it might be over there. As for goblin ex-pats, I’ve got plenty of ‘difficult’ types to deal with here, and I do so with panache.

    So, if, at some time in the future, you see a tall guy in a straw hat who yells out, “You named Ricky?!”, that’ll be me.

  2. Nice podcast, Henry. Listened to it while relaxing after lunch.
    It is true that most Filipinos, like Asians, are very friendly to strangers.
    Speaking as an IndoCanadian, I can vouchsafe for them. I also agree with your statement that treating others with respect in turn gets you respect.
    Of course, there’s the good side and the bad side to every situation. Your getting mugged in Cebu and losing the precious hard disks in Bohol made you unhappy. But I am sure you will agree that the 4 years in the Phillipines has been a dream come true for you.
    And with Lyn at your side, you can branch out into other endeavours too. The Webpage, the Video Channel, and the Podcasts are simply very inspiring.
    Hope to see you in person sometime in the future.
    Until then, God bless you and Lyn, forever.

  3. This is the the first podcast I listened to. I completely agree…..the common theme seems to be that positive leads to positive. Stay in a positive group of people and it feeds on itself. Limit the negative and let them be.

    Enjoy your retirement.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Thanks for your time to write very informative reviews….I will be making my 9th or 10th trip to the PH…Maybe someday day we will cross paths ..Keep up the good work

  5. Lots of great advice again. Well thought out ,cerebral, and presented very well. I am really beginning to like your work here! Salamat.

  6. Hi Henry! I’m enjoying your website very much, of course this means that I enjoy listening to you.
    The reasons are that you are a very intelligent and well spoken man, more importantly, you are grounded in reason, restraint and patience. I have to admit that I’m not always the most patient person but listening to your reasoning assists me in changing that

    By the way I’m in Canada at the moment and have a wonderful fillipina Wife. I’ve been to the Philippines 3 times now and have just retired so you never know, you may see me “in person” soon

    Keep up the great work

    Fred & Juvie

    1. Thanks for the good words. Much appreciated. I’ve really been enjoying the last 4 years in the PH and I still plan on exploring more and more of what is here. So much to see and enjoy. 🙂

  7. Hello Reekay, Enjoy listening to your podcast and videos of life for an expat in Philippines, as I’ve decided to explore the possibility of retiring abroad myself. Currently, I’m planning a trip to Southeast Asia this coming spring, which includes many places your planning to visit yourself, so hoping to hear of your adventures in other places and how they compare to the Philippines.

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