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#21 new2dabeat

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 03:32 AM

Note to Moderator(s) / Admin(s):

I wasn't quite sure if this should be here (as it's Travel-related), or in the Culture section (as it's also Culture-related).

If it properly belongs in the other section, please move the thread. Thanks!

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 04:14 AM

im a resident here in italy two years more and im entitled for a naturalized citizen..

- every year I take my vacation in the Philippines (usually April or August)
- To visit my parents and relatives
- 30-45 days it depends on my budget..

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 08:12 AM

Just curious to know how many members of this board are non-resident Filipinos. Meaning you live primarily in another country (whether as a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Citizen).

If so:

1) How often do you come "home" to the PI.

2) Typically for what reason.

3) Typically for how long.

And the bigger followup inquiry: If you're one of those who haven't been back to the PI for an extended period (10+ years), what moments of "culture shock" have you gotten and why?
I'll get the post started by answering these myself  :D
1) Not very often - this is my (planned) first trip back after being away for 20+ years.

2) No "typical" one yet (see #1) - coming back to get some legal stuff taken care of.

3) Again, no "typical" one yet - I'm looking at a one-week stint right now.

The followup inquiry: Well, I'm not sure what to expect after being away for so long... any pointers?  :unsure:

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Check out this thread -

http://manilatonight...showtopic=20640

Lots of overseas (OS) MTCers, including a quite a few in the Bay Area. There are some heading back right around now, visiting for the holidays.

I went 20+ years ('79 to '01) between visits. Then a few more years until last year when I started stopping by whenever I could. Been there 3 times since last year, usually for 2-3 days - go from SFO to Taipei to Manila, then back to SFO via Taipei. My company buys me the Taipei/SFO/Taipei ticket (that part's a business trip, after all) then I buy the Taipei/Manila ticket (or use my miles) and head over for a few days of R&R before winging back to SFO and my daily life.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:18 AM

Just curious to know how many members of this board are non-resident Filipinos. Meaning you live primarily in another country (whether as a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Citizen).

If so:

1) How often do you come "home" to the PI.

2) Typically for what reason.

3) Typically for how long.

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Hi new2dabeat,

I wonder if you should change the title to get more replies. Just a suggestion. Anyway, here is my reply:

1. The last 5 five years I have made 8 trips to the Phillipines and I live in Minnesota USA

2. Most of the trips are for personal business reasons. One trip in 2004 was just a family vacation. I am married to an American girl and we have to kids. I took them to the Philippines for the first time in 2004 to show what the Philippines is really like. We spent three weeks driving all over Northern Luzon all th way up to Aparri, Cagayan. We, as a family, are going back again this July. This time our focus will be the Visayas Region. Not sure yet exactly where we will end up.

3. I am usually there anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 01:15 PM


Pushing thread up


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Posted 05 January 2006 - 06:53 AM

lahat naman tayo gusto talaga muwi satin but all of us also fear of living in the phils lalo na if your use to living in your present country, but sabi nga nila pag may pera na bakit hindi.

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 03:47 PM

Just curious to know how many members of this board are non-resident Filipinos. Meaning you live primarily in another country (whether as a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Citizen).

If so:

1) How often do you come "home" to the PI.

2) Typically for what reason.

3) Typically for how long.

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I've been here in Singapore for almost 3 years and a permanent resident.
1.0 I visit Philippines almost 6-8 times a year.
2.0 Mostly its due to my work. I always plan to have a vacation in the Philippines at least once a year.
3.0 I usually stay 1 week/visit when its work-related. Kung vacation naman, its 2-3 weeks.

I agree on the previous suggestion that you might consider changing the title to get more responses from the members.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 08:49 AM

1) How often do you come "home" to the PI?
I've been a permanent resident in the US since 1998 and I've only returned to the Philippines three times (June 2001, December 2003, May 2005). My next visit maybe on December 2006, January 2007 or March 2007.

2) Typically for what reason.
I go back for the following reasons:

- I want to have the life I used to have.
- I get to have a social and night life again.
- I visit my former students and former co-teachers.
- I organize EBs to meet my cyberfriends from different message boards.
- I want to check on my ex-boyfriends. Ahihihi.
:D


3) Typically for how long.
I wish could stay for a month but my boss won't allow me because she would go crazy and drive everyone up the wall. So, I could only enjoy a two-week vacation in our Mother Land.

The followup inquiry: Well, I'm not sure what to expect after being away for so long... any pointers?

:unsure:

1) Dress down if you're just going to the mall, buying groceries or exchanging currency. Bad elements are on the look-out for balikbayans and could sniff you a mile away. For guys, don't place your wallets behind your back pockets. For girls, a shoulder bag is okay only if you place the bag in front of you with the straps slanted. Placing a shoulder bag on your side is an easy target for running pickpockets. For everyone, don't ever think of carrying a backpack especially if you're riding a public vehicle.

2) Exchange currency in increments of $300 a day if you can. Don't exchange $5000 (if that's your pocket money for a month) all at once. That's the stupidest and most dangerous thing for you to do. And if you do exchange currency, be aware of your surroundings. Look for people who walk behind you as soon as you leave the counter. Turn around and pretend that you forgot something.

3) Avoid smiling at guards at the airport. They will ask you for "balato" or "pasalubong" and will make comments to make you feel guilty that you are a dollar earner and they're not.

4) If you stay at hotels, tip the doormen, bellboys, room-service people and housekeepers for excellent service. They'll always remember you when you go back. Besides, tipping them is one way of sharing your "wealth."

5) If you're returning home to the Philippines for a vacation, go during the months of December, January and February. Weather is better and humidity won't be that bad. Unless you're a beach freak, I wouldn't recommend March, April and May for the extremely hot weather. Neither June, July, August and September are good months because of the typhoons.

That's all I could think of right now. I hope my tips help anyone who's going back for a visit.


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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:01 PM

hi new2dabeat,

I hope you don' get paranoid about your safety and security based on the previous post. It's really not that bad in the PI except for maybe way down south in Mindanao. Manila is just like any other big city like New York or Chicago. Just use your common sense when you are out and about. Just to give you some perspective, my wife is Amerikana and she took a taxi a couple of times to go shopping at Greenhills. Except for few stares, she didn't run into any problems.

#30 muffy69

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 12:07 AM

Hi, dodo. I can't help but think that you thought I was scaring new2dabeat. I just wanted to give him some scenarios so that he can be really careful. As the cliche goes, it's better to be safe than sorry. :D

And in spite of what's bad in our country, I can't help but go there for a vacation instead of going to other countries. Cheers. :)

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:01 AM

Hi, dodo.  I can't help but think that you thought I was scaring new2dabeat.  I just wanted to give him some scenarios so that he can be really careful.  As the cliche goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.  :D

And in spite of what's bad in our country, I can't help but go there for a vacation instead of going to other countries.  Cheers.  :)

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Hi muffy,

I know you meant well. I just added my comments since there lots of travel warnings posted about the Philippines lately. Most of them are way overblown. If you read the US State Department's warning, you might think you are headed to a war zone like Iraq. We both know that new2dabeat will probably have the best time of his life when he gets there specially since he hasn't been back in over 10 years. Baka may oxo, sige sige at bng gangs pa nung last visit nya.

take care

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:20 AM

dodo, no offense taken. :)

Let's hope new2dabeat return to this thread to share his experience in returning to our Mother Land. :)

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 12:25 AM

siguro kung stable ka na tlga and owns stable business why not pero kung mgrrely ka sa dito sa phils mahihirapan.

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 08:36 PM

vacation only for now...kelangan ko pa ng maramig datung para mag settle ulet sa pinas

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 03:09 PM

Like some of the other post, I too ended up in the US when I was young. Then after college moved back to the Philippines and worked there for 3 1/2 years.

Now I'm working back in the US and saving money for retirement in the Philippines.

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 04:06 PM

HI,

PA DAAN LANG PO

THANKS

;)

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 04:27 PM

MAS GANDA TALAGA DITO,

DVD PALANG EH SULIT KA NA,

ANG PROBLEM SA PINAS AY ANG GOBYERNO,

PURO SARILI ANG INIISIP,

KUNG KAPAKANAN NG KAPWA NATIN ANG IISIPIN NATIN LAHAT TAYO UUNLAD.

DI BA?

;)

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 10:19 AM

itz really all about financial stability...

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 11:14 AM

In a situation where one has kids who were born and raised in the States, it may be very difficult to return to the Philippines even if one really wanted to. It's no longer about just one's self now. Other people (one's children) will be impacted by such a decision. Kailangang pag-isipan mabuti.

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 09:05 PM

yep... the home is where the heart is nga diba??? masaya tlga sa pinas.. labas ka lang sa bahay mo wala na ang inip mo... kaso lang... kung ala kang money.. mahirapan tlga...

"ibalik nyo ko sa pinas!" :D




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