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REP_013 Responsible Charity When Living Abroad

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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. Thanks reekey good cast, something that hit home was the jobs that pay 140-200 per day they have to pay for thier uniforms,name plates,doctor exam…then they place them in training at lower wage….and then let the go after thier training…and start all over again with new trainees……and just if they get hired full time they let them go after 6 months…so they don’t cover insurance and raise’s,down right crude…

    1. Across the board, it’s pretty crappy the things employers get away with here. Including many restos which keep more than 50% of the waitress’ tips for themselves. Also refusing to hire anyone either over 30 or not of a ‘pleasant personality’ (pretty). Promo girls have to be more than 5’8″ tall with most companies or they won’t hire them. And overtime pay? So many Mom-n-Pop places refuse to pay that.

  2. Hi Reekay,
    I heard that Duterte is raising anti-American sentiment in the Philippines. Is that true? My filipina wife and I are moving to Philippines in December. We just bought a house in Ormoc city. Is this a good move?

    1. The public statements from the President of the PH have been about America, as nation. But no statements have been made about Americans living in the PH as being unwanted or unwelcome. So as it stands at this writing, nothing has changed on the ‘street level’. Foreigners are as welcome as they ever have been for years. No changes.

      As for the future, it’s hard to speculate what will exactly happen. I would say, as a precaution, have a plan in mind what you would do and where you would go “if” foreigners were suddenly unwelcome. It may involve petitioning for your wife/kids to come to your country and at the very least getting you out while sending support back to the family.

  3. Hey Henry!

    I’ve been meaning to ask you the Dueterte question, but Alex asked for me.

    You stay SAFE over there, man. Human nature can be a real funny thing.

  4. Thanks for the reply. My wife is from Leyte province and she’s a US citizen now and lives with me and our two children is US. I read there was an anti-US protest yesterday that turned violent and today, Duterte declared in China that he’s “separating” from US. So, things do no look good for US nationals in Philippines, I think. But, we have already bought our house in Ormoc City.
    Why is this man doing this kind of damage to Philippines? Have heard other worrisome comments from other readers?
    Best regards.

  5. I saw today that protesters are burning American flags and demanding that American firces that are there based on a defense treaty, get out. It’s really sad what Duterte is doing to US-Philippine relationship.

  6. Hi Reekay. That was a thoughtful post. Here is my frustration: I have some acquaintances in a small province in Luzon. When I travel to the Philippines on vacation, often I will go there for a couple of days to relax and recover from jet lag before I start my travels. There are times when I have seen situations of genuine need. The last trip I took the family of a guy I know to a small carnival and a cousin came. He was quiet and staring off into space the whole time. I asked my freind what the deal was….and the kid doesn’t eat regularly. I got jolibee for the group that night….but there isn’t any real way for me to help in this situation. I can’t give the kids mother money because she would drink it away. I can’t trust my acquaintances to manage this because they have their own issues. So even though I would be willing to help to be sure the kid at least eats, there is no real way to do so. Any comments or suggestions?

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