Wow, what a great trip. It’s right up my alley. Everything is inexpensive, the people are friendly, they have the world’s most amazing beaches, and there’s tons of women… that love foreign guys.
Cheap rent, cheap taxis, cheap food. If budget is an issue, don’t buy from the malls. They have North American prices. Random Philippine costs in CAD were as follows,
- $3 for 3 hour bus trips
- no more than $4 for a 45 minute cab ride
- most clothing and shoes are knockoffs, so they’re only a couple dollars
- meals at a carinderia (street-side restaurant) $2
- ferry trips, less than $5 (1 hour trip) -$30 (8 hour trip)
- average hotels $50 night
- decent apartment $700/month
Imagine the warm sun kissing your skin, smiling people, tropical white sand beaches, and wading through crystal clear turquoise water as if from right out of a magazine cover. It qualifies as a favourite place in the world.
Philippines has terrorist muslims there, so it’s not all heaven. Stay out of the south. It’s almost as if you take a map of all the Philippine islands, and as you pan down from top to bottom, it gets more risky. One major exception apparently is Davao city which is located in Mindanao. Other than that, don’t go to Mindanao as a foreigner.
Twas a good character building trip. I came back to Canada a different guy. In what ways, you might ask?
- a body clock change where I oddly went from a night owl to an early riser from then on
- it reinforced my confidence with women. Whereas, in North America men can feel unrealistically inferior if they’re not careful.
- it gave me tons of practice making moves on girls. From meeting to escalating all the way to home base
- I came away with a stronger certainty of my beliefs and decisions. What I imagine it would feel like being a warrior returning home after a successful campaign. Along with that, however, less tolerance for anything or anyone that gets in my way.