Filipina Long distance

Seafoods should be gotten from the market .. as for male friendship its really hard as People are very simpletons. Some are xenophobic and small minded as well. Deep conversations are Hard to come by. Upper class filipinos are generally more easy to and open to foreigners as well. Sadly most of the lower class only see foreigners as a ATM
The only intellectual conversation that I have ever had here was with a (full blooded) Chinese Filipino at the local Chinese temple.

I am sure there are plenty Filipinos of native stock that are intelligent as well but you just won't find them. They stay in their guarded subdivisions, go to their societies and mingle with the similar top 5 percent crowd at work or at exclusive gatherings

Maybe you can try the student crowd in Manila although I wouldn't get my hopes up
 
The only intellectual conversation that I have ever had here was with a (full blooded) Chinese Filipino at the local Chinese temple.

I am sure there are plenty Filipinos of native stock that are intelligent as well but you just won't find them. They stay in their guarded subdivisions, go to their societies and mingle with the similar top 5 percent crowd at work or at exclusive gatherings

Maybe you can try the student crowd in Manila although I wouldn't get my hopes up
Yeah met some of these. Hard to find them. But they are a smart bunch. No wonder I must add.
 

bmw633

Woodpecker
Good points. I'd like to retire there with my wife someday. Having a wife all but takes care of the companionship and her family will make for a lot of other people to do things with. Seafood is something I have been hoping to have a lot of!
Where I live, there are fresh fish, crabs, shrimp, clams, and oysters. Ice is not commonly used on seafood. Ovens are not usually found in Filipino homes, so everything is usually boiled or fried. Not many vegetables usually, rice every meal.

My wife has an oven and is a wonderful cook, and will make me anything I want.

As far as friends are concerned, some of her family speak good English and I am on good terms with them. Expats can be varieties: guys who are broke or have no savings, guys who are recluses and are antisocial, drunks or drug addicts, guys who are weak, used by their wives/GFs as ATMs, and then there are some nice guys who can be good friends.
 
But really, the food was very unhealthy, and very heavy on meats, particularly fried or grizzly and fatty processed meats. I was expecting a diet much more like Latin America with tons of fresh fruits along with some fish, due to the location. The sushi in Taiwan is incredible, and I don't understand why it's not more popular in the Phillippines.
I, too, was disappointed how hard it was to find fresh produce in the Philippines. And I visited multiple islands. All you can really find is meat in heavy sauce or deep fried with giant servings of white rice. The food in the Philippines is more related to the islander/Polynesian diet. This is most likely do to the standard of living across all islands. People in the Philippines just don't have enough disposable income, hence food will be the quality that is most affordable. Also, Filipinos do not care for raw fish and the average Filipino wouldn't really be able to afford sashimi. The worst part of the Philippines was the supply chain operations. I walked into a Jollibee (Filipino equivalent of McDonald's) and there were like 5 teenage employees just sitting and texting on their phones while I waited 30 mins for my food. Terrible service.

Taiwan is close to the Philippines in geography, however they are culturally way more East Asian. Not to mention their economy is much stronger so its citizens have the spending power. Noodles in Taiwan are freshly handmade and their beef soup always has tender chunks of slow cooked beef. Their service was great, too - once a table was vacant, someone would clean and wipe it down within seconds so that the next party could sit. Kids were super behaved, too. A huge contrast from the Philippines. I loved my visit to Taiwan.
 
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GWYW2015

Woodpecker
I, too, was disappointed how hard it was to find fresh produce in the Philippines. And I visited multiple islands. All you can really find is meat in heavy sauce or deep fried with giant servings of white rice. The food in the Philippines is more related to the islander/Polynesian diet. This is most likely do to the standard of living across all islands. People in the Philippines just don't have enough disposable income, hence food will be the quality that is most affordable. Also, Filipinos do not care for raw fish and the average Filipino wouldn't really be able to afford sashimi. The worst part of the Philippines was the supply chain operations. I walked into a Jollibee (Filipino equivalent of McDonald's) and there were like 5 teenage employees just sitting and texting on their phones while I waited 30 mins for my food. Terrible service.

Taiwan is close to the Philippines in geography, however they are culturally way more East Asian. Not to mention their economy is much stronger so its citizens have the spending power. Noodles in Taiwan are freshly handmade and their beef soup always has tender chunks of slow cooked beef. Their service was great, too - once a table was vacant, someone would clean and wipe it down within seconds so that the next party could sit. Kids were super behaved, too. A huge contrast from the Philippines. I loved my visit to Taiwan.
I have been to Jolibee a lot over the last five years in Davao and it has always been busy with no time for anyone to relax. Swamped usually. About all I eat there is the spaghetti with the little beanie weanie in there, maybe there is more than one, but I like that.
 

Transsimian

Ostrich
Gold Member
Taiwan is close to the Philippines in geography, however they are culturally way more East Asian. Not to mention their economy is much stronger so its citizens have the spending power. Noodles in Taiwan are freshly handmade and their beef soup always has tender chunks of slow cooked beef. Their service was great, too - once a table was vacant, someone would clean and wipe it down within seconds so that the next party could sit. Kids were super behaved, too. A huge contrast from the Philippines. I loved my visit to Taiwan.

Taiwan is basically a less uptight/xenophobic but more feminist version of Japan.

It's worlds' away from the Philippines.
 
They stay in their guarded subdivisions, go to their societies and mingle with the similar top 5 percent crowd at work or at exclusive gatherings
Filipinos tend to be clannish. Could be a good thing or a bad depending on one's perspective
The only intellectual conversation that I have ever had here was with a (full blooded) Chinese Filipino at the local Chinese temple. I am sure there are plenty Filipinos of native stock that are intelligent as well but you just won't find them.

Intellectual =/= intelligence.

Intrapersonal intelligence: Philosophy, psychology and theology are often of interest to people with intrapersonal intelligence. They are quintessentially introspective.

Interpersonal intelligence: People with Interpersonal intelligence thrive with social interaction. They are enthusiastic and lively.

Intellectualism is mostly nonexistent here. Interpersonal intelligence is far more honed than anything (Phils being texting capital of the world).

A 145 IQ pinoy would rather crack jokes with you that discuss philosophy. Chances are you've met one, but wasn't able to tell. The so called intellectuals tend to parrot SJW/liberal talking points, not worth the time.

I'm sorry if that has been your experience; I myself have only 1 or 2 people that I can talk about deep stuff... but too much introspection leads to blackpilling which in turn causes me depression so I'd prefer someone I can have a laugh with.
 
I, too, was disappointed how hard it was to find fresh produce in the Philippines. And I visited multiple islands. All you can really find is meat in heavy sauce or deep fried with giant servings of white rice. The food in the Philippines is more related to the islander/Polynesian diet. This is most likely do to the standard of living across all islands. People in the Philippines just don't have enough disposable income, hence food will be the quality that is most affordable. Also, Filipinos do not care for raw fish and the average Filipino wouldn't really be able to afford sashimi. The worst part of the Philippines was the supply chain operations. I walked into a Jollibee (Filipino equivalent of McDonald's) and there were like 5 teenage employees just sitting and texting on their phones while I waited 30 mins for my food. Terrible service.

Taiwan is close to the Philippines in geography, however they are culturally way more East Asian. Not to mention their economy is much stronger so its citizens have the spending power. Noodles in Taiwan are freshly handmade and their beef soup always has tender chunks of slow cooked beef. Their service was great, too - once a table was vacant, someone would clean and wipe it down within seconds so that the next party could sit. Kids were super behaved, too. A huge contrast from the Philippines. I loved my visit to Taiwan.
I live in Africa. People fish and eat fruits if they cannot afford nothing else and it grows everywhere. After that you get veggies, which are harder to grow than fruits on trees.
That is the option to survive with 1$/day and is doable for foreigner for maybe 4$/day.
All organic and healthy, so it shows that money does not equal good, fresh and organic food.

So, something is really fd up in the Philippines where I lived before but could not cope with the very very bad food. Something with that place is just very off and one just ought to look at the head of state.
 
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