Tag Archives: Philippine

Buy A Jeepney

31 Oct

If somebody asked you: what is the most popular mode of transport in the Philippines? You would probably answer either ‘Jeepney’ or ‘Tricycle’.

Most Filipinos don’t even have to think about using Jeepneys – it’s part of their daily routine, a cheap way of getting from A to B. That accounts also for tricycles, although mainly when going shorter distances. For a foreigner coming to the Philippines, both concepts are probably fairly new. We know motorcycles or cars, but those ‘hybrids’ we don’t have back in our home countries.

You can buy both, jeepneys and tricycles for private use in the Philippines. A used Jeepney goes for something around 200K-300K Pesos and would perfectly take you around the country with all the luggage you may want to bring.

So what about a tricycle? Wouldn’t that be the perfect alternative?

Most Filipinos don’t even have to think about using Jeepneys – it’s part of their daily routine, a cheap way of getting from A to B

Most Filipinos don’t even have to think about using Jeepneys – it’s part of their daily routine, a cheap way of getting from A to B

You bet!

The initial costs to having a tricycle are much lower than buying a Jeepney. It mainly consists of a standard motorbike (minimum 125cc or better 155cc) and a sidecar. And it can be repaired (if necessary) in every village by almost any mechanic. Welding Shops are also located every few blocks in any given Barangay of Pinas, so your support network is already set.

With your tricycle you can always go forward, exploring a new area every day, without ever looking back. It can carry all your belongings, your partner and yourself.

But the best reason of having your own tricycle to tour the country is simple: it’s the freedom that comes with it.

In contrast to a car, which isolates you practically from the environment, you are here right in the middle of it. Like with a motorbike, you are an easy rider, born to be wild – you will feel the wind in your hair, hear the sounds of bird, roosters or water buffaloes around you, will smell the coco copra that is stored along the way and the lechon bbq prepared on the sidewalk.

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Malta and the Philippines

30 Oct

There used to be only two countries in the world – the Philippines and Malta – in which divorce was illegal. But now, citizens of the Mediterranean nation voted in favour of divorce legalization, leaving the Philippines now the only country in the world which still bans divorce. There is no divorce in the Philippines.

Couples locked in difficult and unhappy marriages could only sigh in frustration. Malta’s decision to legalize divorce has reignited debate here at home. Will the Philippines ever legalize divorce?

A women’s rights group is deviating from the safer position and is instead pushing for the legalization of divorce in the Philippines. However, in a Congress of more than 200 lawmakers, the Gabriela Women’s Party would need all the support it can get. Luz Ilagan, the lawmaker representing the group, said that divorce has been widely recognized around the world as a legitimate option for couples trapped in difficult relationships.

At present, prevailing laws provide relatively difficult options for couples who want to separate. These are legal separation and annulment or a declaration of nullity of marriage.

Did you come to the Philippines for a visit?

25 Oct

Did you come to the Philippines for a visit?  Did you come here to visit family of your wife?  Maybe you came for business trip?  Just for holiday?

Coming here to the Philippines for any of those reasons is very dangerous, and you must consider this before your travel.

No, I am not talking of bombs, kidnapping or guns.  What do I mean?  Philippines can be addictive!

Why is the Philippines so addictive?  My foreign friends say it just gets into their blood. Philippines, Filipinas!  Ha ha, sorry I must throw in about the Filipina, because they love the ladies so much.

Why is the Philippines addictive for the  foreigners?  Why can they not get   enough of the Philippines?

Warning for all travellers to the Philippines:  You may never be able to leave.  If you do leave, it maybe just temporary.  Philippines will haunt you for a long, long time.

Marry for Love not Money

7 Oct

Some Filipinas come across wrongly or rightly as desperate to get a visa out of the Philippines and into another country. The perception sometimes is that they marry just about anyone to achieve that purpose, even to horrible violent men. These filipinas take on the risks of marrying certain men whom had probably shown violent tendencies from the outset.

They have not really calculated the risk. However, most other times, Filipinas are just looking for what every person in the world is looking for. LOVE. So how can a forigenr know if he has found his true love or he is being scammed by someone. How does a Filipina know trhat she too is not being scammed.

I am very lucky as I married a man who wanted me for who I am and what I can offer to his life. We have great kids and there is no pretence or game play. I just so wish that all my Filipina sisters would think along the same lines. There is no point in a trapping a man and to marry just to get out of the Philipines. I do not see how that brings happineess?

I found this on another expat site from a Filipina that married for the right reason. I so agree with her.

Friends thought I was too serious with life and was “all work and no play”. So, after all of their efforts were met by my usual “WHEN-I’M-GOOD-AND-READY-I’LL-ASK-YOU-TO-FIND-ME-A-MAN” retort for several torturing months, I finally surrendered in exasperation just so they’d stop pestering me about it.

To make the long story short, I found love when I wasn’t looking for it, from the last place on earth I’d thought of finding it, and with someone I never dreamed I’d find it with — a foreigner. Of course, love didn’t happen right then and there but the “connection” was instant. I had only met him and yet it felt as though I’d known him all my life. It was as if I’d been created for him, and he, for me and we were two souls fated to meet. It was…… destiny.

Then came the nagging thought of what people would say about “my destiny”. What would my family say? What would my friends and colleagues think? That I was so desperate for a man I had resorted to acquiring one through the internet? That I was no different from those who went for relationships or marriages of convenience?

But then I reminded myself that I already knew what the common perception was on exotic Filipina-foreigner dating even before I met my foreign boyfriend and so, no matter if I had no other reasons for getting involved with him other than that I truly loved him, the world would still choose to believe the worst. I told myself that as long as I’m happy and my conscience is clear, the whole world can believe whatever they want. I couldn’t care less.

Business Plans in the Philippines

20 Aug
sari sari PhilippinesMany foreigners get this so wrong. They are so happy to meet a beautiful Filipina girl that they let business common sense fall from their brains. As most of these plans are just not thought out at all, and also  it is normally aimed at a starting up a street eatery of the inevitable Sari Sari store.

Many foreigners get this so wrong. They are so happy to meet a beautiful Filipina girl that they let business common sense fall from their brains. As most of these plans are just not thought out at all, and also it is normally aimed at a starting up a street eatery of the inevitable Sari Sari store.

Many foreigners get this so wrong. They are so happy to meet a beautiful Filipina girl that they let business common sense fall from their brains. As most of these plans are just not thought out at all, and also  it is normally aimed at a starting up a street eatery of the inevitable Sari Sari store.

When starting a business you may think that  all you have to do is buy the products for the store, but in the Philippines there is so much paperwork to be signed and monies to be paid to many hands that it can be a real chore for a foreigner to understand and cope with. Permits in some regions for a sari sari store often cost thousands of pesos to purchase. The time-consuming factor for attaining such a permit is mind-boggling to comprehend. Once the permits and location are chosen then it’s off to purchase many products and items like freezers and stands. There is VERY little credit here- so it is cash out of the pocket upfront.

sari sari PhilippinesMany foreigners get this so wrong. They are so happy to meet a beautiful Filipina girl that they let business common sense fall from their brains. As most of these plans are just not thought out at all, and also  it is normally aimed at a starting up a street eatery of the inevitable Sari Sari store.

. As most of these plans are just not thought out at all, and also it is normally aimed at a starting up a street eatery of the inevitable Sari Sari store.

Remember  many items which are sold in a sari-sari store are often a few  only a pesos or two profit. As soon as a product is damaged, or borrowed or stolen there is soon a downhill crash and the business is lost in weeks or a couple of months. Take into account that in the Philippines that of someone neighbour thinks you are making money they will set up a Sari Sari store next to you. No one considers that you are also taking business away from yourself that is just the way it is here.

Videos of the Philippines

20 Aug Vacation in the Philippines

Here are some videos to entice you to have a great vacation in the Philippines.

Whale Shark Interaction in the Philippines

7 Aug

Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

Until the ‘discovery’ of whale sharks off the coast  in 1998, Donsol, southwest of Legaspi, was a sleepy fishing village in one of Sorsogon’s more remote areas. In 1998 a local diver shot a video of the whale sharks and a newspaper carried a story about Donsol’s gentle butanding. Since then Donsol has become one of the Philippines’ most popular tourist locations. Donsol is a third class municipality in the province  of Sorsogon,  Philippines located at the south of Luzon  island.

 

More details at Philippines Getaway

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