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(12-09-2018 08:31 PM)corsega Wrote:  OK, fess up. Which one of you guys is this with the palatial estate?

Why doesn't someone kill that f--king rooster. Even if that place was a literal palace, I would not be able to stand that infernal racket. Someone would die.
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(12-09-2018 08:31 PM)corsega Wrote:  OK, fess up. Which one of you guys is this with the palatial estate?

Love the video, man, thanks for posting.

In regards to the place, those roosters and I would have words.

Also, that restroom, he may as well make a hole in the ground outside, pop a squat, and take a dump, that would probably be more hygienic than what he's got. An outdoor bucket shower like they've got in the army movies would be an improvement over what he's got as well.

But hey, it's twenty eight bucks, he's got his girl, and he's happy, so I'm happy for him.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=523vN3EiO5s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5rzSAOnJY

Anyone heard of Baguio before? I never did. Apparently it's a city of 400,000 and it has Medellin style weather year round (13 Celsius to 23 Celsius even in August). The infrastructure also looks way nicer than most of Manila. To me it looks like the kind of place I want to live in because I don't care about hot weather nor access to beaches.

But apparently no public airport and it takes like 3 to 5 hours to reach. It also doesn't seem that easy to find vlogs or blogs talking about the place since I imagine few expats stay for a long time (the apartment prices when I checked online were noticeably a bit higher than elsewhere).
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(12-10-2018 10:24 AM)BaatumMania Wrote:  Anyone heard of Baguio before? I never did. Apparently it's a city of 400,000 and it has Medellin style weather year round (13 Celsius to 23 Celsius even in August). The infrastructure also looks way nicer than most of Manila. To me it looks like the kind of place I want to live in because I don't care about hot weather nor access to beaches.

I can definitely see myself living there year round or just in the summer months because the runner up option in Asia seems to be Northern Japan (in terms of avoiding blistering heat) for 90 days (and everything is expensive there).

Use this thread's search function.

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid809501

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid810422

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid814367

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...pid1655715

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...pid1745380
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(12-10-2018 10:43 AM)Tail Gunner Wrote:  
(12-10-2018 10:24 AM)BaatumMania Wrote:  Anyone heard of Baguio before? I never did. Apparently it's a city of 400,000 and it has Medellin style weather year round (13 Celsius to 23 Celsius even in August). The infrastructure also looks way nicer than most of Manila. To me it looks like the kind of place I want to live in because I don't care about hot weather nor access to beaches.

I can definitely see myself living there year round or just in the summer months because the runner up option in Asia seems to be Northern Japan (in terms of avoiding blistering heat) for 90 days (and everything is expensive there).

Use this thread's search function.

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid809501

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid810422

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...#pid814367

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...pid1655715

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766...pid1745380

None of them (nor on other social media) seemed to had stayed longer than a few days. Haven't come across any social media of a person who tried spending a month or longer there.
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I've only been there with a girl in tow so can't really comment on that side of things but it's a pretty cool place (pun not intended). The city was designed by Daniel Burnham as a leisurely "summer capital" for the American colonial masters to escape from the Manila heat. Since then, it has somewhat descended into a typical polluted, messy, chaotic Filipino city but still has a lot of charm and within a 15 minute drive from the center, you're in the countryside already. It's a semi-popular tourist destination so you're not going to stick out too much like you would in most other Filipino provinces but I don't think any foreign guys go to live there so you should have a lot of white god factor. It is cheap, has fresher food than any major city in the Philippines and I didn't see the crippling poverty that is common throughout the whole country. I didn't really see any hot girls in my few days there but there is a large student population there so they are probably hiding somewhere. If you don't want a tropical beach life and aren't going to stick around for too long then aside from Manila, I felt like it would be the most livable city that I've visited in the Philippines.
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(12-10-2018 10:54 AM)the-dream Wrote:  I've only been there with a girl in tow so can't really comment on that side of things but it's a pretty cool place (pun not intended). The city was designed by Daniel Burnham as a leisurely "summer capital" for the American colonial masters to escape from the Manila heat. Since then, it has somewhat descended into a typical polluted, messy, chaotic Filipino city but still has a lot of charm and within a 15 minute drive from the center, you're in the countryside already. It's a semi-popular tourist destination so you're not going to stick out too much like you would in most other Filipino provinces but I don't think any foreign guys go to live there so you should have a lot of white god factor. It is cheap, has fresher food than any major city in the Philippines and I didn't see the crippling poverty that is common throughout the whole country. I didn't really see any hot girls in my few days there but there is a large student population there so they are probably hiding somewhere. If you don't want a tropical beach life and aren't going to stick around for too long then aside from Manila, I felt like it would be the most livable city that I've visited in the Philippines.

Thanks for the info.

I've watched a few vlogs of Baguio so far but almost all of them are local Filipinos on brief vacations. AirBnB funny enough doesn't even know where Baguio is (it seems to pop up Davao city instead of Baguio so I have to scroll up a lot to find it but there are definitely some listings around but looks more like Manila prices than Angeles).

There has to be something wrong with the place if most expat men prefer Angeles, Cebu and Manila (but maybe it's because American men are more comfortable with hot temperatures and they don't want to live in a Seattle like climate or in a place that's 5 hours away from the nearest airport and a little bit pricey).
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I think that is an unfair assessment. Manila is the capital city. Cebu is the second city and has easy access to many tourism hotspots. Angeles is one of the prostitution capitals of the world. It's not that Baguio has something wrong with it. It is that people just do not consider it, either because it doesn't fit their criteria or they don't know about it. I had stayed in the Philippines for over a year before I even considered even visiting Baguio and most people are the same. It's a popular tourist spot for Filipinos to get a taste of colder weather but doesn't have any real appeal for Western tourists. Most settled Westerners started off as tourists and loved the place so stayed.

Basically every Westerner I have met in the Philippines stays in the Philippines for one of the following reasons, none of which would make Baguio a good home:

- Office work (Manila or Cebu)
- Partying (Manila)
- Tropical island/beach life (random islands)
- Prostitutes (Angeles)
- Unlimited easy girls (Manila or Cebu)
- Marrying a local woman and moving to her hometown (usually a random more remote village or town)

As you can see, Baguio isn't the best fit for any of those guys but if it seems a good fit for you, give it a go and report back! These guys aren't considering living in Baguio then deciding that Cebu, Manila or Angeles is a better option. They just simply aren't considering Baguio.
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(12-10-2018 12:31 PM)BaatumMania Wrote:  There has to be something wrong with the place if most expat men prefer Angeles, Cebu and Manila (but maybe it's because American men are more comfortable with hot temperatures and they don't want to live in a Seattle like climate or in a place that's 5 hours away from the nearest airport and a little bit pricey).

...and you can't notch it up in Baguio like you can in Manila or Shitbu. Also the city is too pretentious for me....just like Seattle.

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Two other points:

1. AirBnb is not an accurate portrayal of the local property market in provincial Philippines. Just book a hotel for a few days then find a place on the ground if all you are seeing is high prices.

2. Stop watching vlogs. Somewhere like Baguio is a cool little place to discover and explore but it's by no means amazing so if you've seen it all already in a vlog and know exactly what to expect then I doubt you're really going to enjoy it.
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(12-10-2018 01:18 PM)Il Bersagliere Wrote:  
(12-10-2018 12:31 PM)BaatumMania Wrote:  There has to be something wrong with the place if most expat men prefer Angeles, Cebu and Manila (but maybe it's because American men are more comfortable with hot temperatures and they don't want to live in a Seattle like climate or in a place that's 5 hours away from the nearest airport and a little bit pricey).

...and you can't notch it up in Baguio like you can in Manila or Shitbu. Also the city is too pretentious for me....just like Seattle.

What did you find pretentious about Baguio? I saw recently that they banned swearing but assumed it was just your run of the mill idiotic, corrupt, out of touch Filipino politician. Was it actually an accurate example of the general attitude and vibe of the people there?
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(12-10-2018 01:24 PM)the-dream Wrote:  What did you find pretentious about Baguio? I saw recently that they banned swearing but assumed it was just your run of the mill idiotic, corrupt, out of touch Filipino politician. Was it actually an accurate example of the general attitude and vibe of the people there?

Very hipsterish and alternative vibe. It was over the top for me without any subtlety and locals are pretending it's some unknown paradise with perfect weather but it's just a slightly cleaner Philippine city. It's good for a day trip but I'd never move there. Saw quite a few tourists but hardly any decent local talent.

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(12-10-2018 01:41 PM)Il Bersagliere Wrote:  hardly any decent local talent.

That was my observation too and it seems like everybody else's too from the linked quotes above. But then again that's my experience of everywhere in the Philippines outside of the major cities. Sometimes you can find some quite primal looking sexy girls on the islands but not the type that you would ever want to take out on your arm.
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What's up incels!

After a brief stint in Malaysia, I'm now on my way back to Manila this week ;-).

So come one, come all!

All incels are invited to watch me pick up Pinays in person and watch my Good Looking Chad game in action. Who knows, maybe you perma virgin incels and boomers will learn a thing or two.

Price of admission you ask? It's free! Except you incels pay your own cover charge and drink of course, I'm not running a charity here.

The meeting will be held this Friday at the Firefly Rooftop Bar in Makati. 8 o'clock sharp.

Be there or be incel'd.

Looking forward to seeing you incels! ;-)
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^Why are you imitating me?

Get your own snappy tagname and alliteration.

Geez!

Keep it up. I’ll sue you.

Identity theft is a serious crime!!

Ps Repped you.
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Stop it you two.

That's not how we do things in Russia, comrade.

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I'm in the Phils (Cebu) and having zero luck with any women who are genetically women. All the ladyboys I could stand are after me but no natural women. I'm using Tinder mostly. I get a ton of success back in the USA and could easily get a date any night of the week there with a quality woman. Bumble for me is non-stop contacts from attractive women. In fact, I'm often shocked at who's interested in my city. 6'4", white, generally considered good looking at home. I'm a scuba diving bum and mostly here for that but I want some fun too. But here it's trans, trans, trans unless I want to pay. What's up?
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It's more fun in the Philippines!

NOTE: I did not post this on Facebook, it was a public post by someone.

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I cant see that guy being happy long term there, just a novelty, the Mango and the banana tree etc lol. I must say id like it If I could live a simple stress free life like that.

Could any of you guys?.
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Give me some ideas for coming back to PH. My list so far is:

Siqihor
Bohol
Boracay
Mindinao
Rice terraces in Luzon

Also tell me your favorite superheros
Mine:
Superman
The flash
Aquaman

Cover land sea and air!

Ah ah ah ah ah!
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The data dropped by some members before me like CleanSlate, Duke.33, Il Bersagliere, Vacancier Permanent, Onto, IKE, yankeetravels, etc., has been very helpful to me. Both in regards to living abroad, and in regards to working online. While I may get into it with some of them over various things, I understand where they're coming from and appreciate their contributions.

So dropping some more data that might be helpful to future travelers.

My current Philippines monthly expenses, compared to the U.S., with notes explaining each category. Location will not be disclosed.

Food: $450. Versus $800 in U.S. Granted, I'm not eating a pound of salmon, ribeye, or filet mignon every day over here like I do in the U.S. Instead, it's many variations of pork and chicken, plus Japanese or American food every so often. Note that I could drop the food cost in the Phils to $300 if I wanted, and even possibly $200 or a bit lower on the extreme end, and still be comfortable. But I don't, I like to enjoy some of the "pricier" options regularly. Also, once I get into a relationship, I expect this cost to go up due to dinner dates, which I enjoy.

Gas: $0. Versus $100 in U.S.

Miscellaneous: $225. Versus $225 in U.S.

Rent: $700. Versus $700 or $1400 in the U.S. However, in the U.S., that $700 gets me an unfurnished master bedroom in a house in a U.S. city of 1 million, versus here, it gets me a tastefully furnished condo, with cable, fast wifi, a pool and a jacuzzi, and security, all to myself. Also the house in the U.S. is not downtown, it's central, but not exactly downtown. Versus here, I'm in the middle of the action, many restaurants, bars, and other forms of entertainment available on the same block and within a block or two. It's fantastic, no comparison on value in this area versus the U.S.

My condo here is legit, I could comfortably spend several years here if need be. Here's an example, sometimes I check the internet for when sunset will be, then I go to the jacuzzi on the rooftop and get a good soak in while I watch the beautiful hues spread through the clouds. Then I think, "today was a good day to be Spaniard." When I'm doing my morning swim and I'm looking out at the skyline, I also think, "today is a good day to be Spaniard." I rarely drink, but when I walk down to the bars, grab a beer, and just sit down to assess the day, to take it in, I mean...it's nice. It's real nice. I'm a f***** grown man now, and all the sacrifices, I mean...the world...life is good right now.

Also, there's no winter here. My acquaintances back home are cold, and some are dealing with snow and ice. I'm swimming on rooftops and maintaining a healthy tan every day. There's a value to that, a big value. Winter may be coming, but it's not coming here.

Note that the $1400 option in the U.S. still doesn't get me something as good as what I get here with $700. But when I feel like living closer to downtown in the U.S. and having a place all to myself, I take the $1400 option. Still nowhere near as good as my condo here as far as amenities/entertainment options within walking distance, though.

Wifi: 50mbps, clocked via LAN to USB, solid connection, have never had any issue with video conferencing with folks in the U.S. Versus 400mbps+ in the U.S., clocked via LAN to USB.

Visa Fees: $100. Versus $0 in U.S.

Co-working Fees: $100. Versus $0 in U.S. I don't pay for co-working in the U.S., there's free wifi with comfortable seating in many public locations all over the city. Also, I could eliminate this cost if I wanted, but for now, I appreciate the occasional social connections it creates.

Car/House Costs/Maintenance: $0. Versus $400 in the U.S. I don't own a car here, so it never breaks down, and there's no car payments, no car insurance, no car crashes. My grab (taxi app) costs get included in Miscellaneous here.

Total: $1575 (or $1475 if no co-working). Versus $2225 (or $2925 when I take the $1400 rent option instead of the $700 rent option) in U.S.

Overall, my quality of life here is better than in America. I wake up, swim in the pool, manage my affairs, go for walks, and think about life. I've lost 6 pounds already due to the walking and the high protein diet, and look more like a GI Joe. It's great, the benefits of walking and eating mostly paleo. I don't eat rice.

Two HUGE negatives. One, the air pollution. If I ever get lung cancer, this is where the cell mutation was triggered. Two, red meat and avocados are hard to find here and usually of inferior quality versus America. I'm used to eating a ton of red meat and at least one avocado a day, so I do feel the lack of these two things.

I'm not touching on SMV in this post. This post is SMV-agnostic.
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If go to Philippines for 1 month, what might be a good distribution of days between Manila, Cebu, Davao (any other places worth visit?)
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