Hi guys, I have browsed the forums as best I can from this little netbook im on on lousy internet. I know the answers are all here and have been discussed before, I just cant search right now and need some answers quickly please. Apologies for my bad form. I am after yes/no answers, shortish replies, I dont want to leech of you guys without even introducing myself. Background - Aussie guy and girl in Cebu City, sold up everything at home to come here, live a cleaner lifestyle, cheap, simple, just train, work a little (I am a web developer) and enjoy life. Also want some adventure, and see some of SEAsia. We are not big on nightlife requirements. Cebu city is a bit of a hole, its harsh, I expected that, but its just to polluted, scared to breath in deeply. I am currently up north on the island, hired a scooter to do some exploring to find a better place, its nice up here but still not what we are after. Searching the Living in Cebu forums for alternatives and found this forum. DGTE looks like it might be what we are after. Our requirements Short term apartment rental, have seen something on this forum and will contact the person seperately I guess, 2 bedrooms is fine. Furnished. Net, elec, cable etc. Budget around 15k max. Month by month ideal. Clean/safe. I know this is a term used a lot, so im after more if there are no go areas in the city, like i wouldnt live in downtown cebu or manilla for instance. Close to a beach or somewhere where we can jump in the water and go for a snorkel or a swim. I am not someone who requires postcard beaches, just a clean and natural coastline, no rubbish or sewerage. I understand there is some boat trips to awesmoe places, but it would be nice to be able to just jump in the water somewhere. Gym. Nothing fancy, a pullup bar, free weights (olympic weights ideal but have not seen them anywhere in Cebu so doubt it) rowing machine is ideal. Not interested in a fancy fitness first style of gym. Not a deal breaker, can bring my own equipment by boat. Martial arts training. Have a bit of a background in Krav Maga, want to learn something else whilst here, the local Escrima looks fun, or boxing, bjj, anything really. Supermarket. To get deoderant, soaps etc, not really after brand name stuff just decent. Chemist, in case we need stuff, or the girlfriend needs something. Doctors/hospitals. In case we break something - otherwise we aer healthy so no need. Market - I understand there is a decent market here for fresh fish/veg/meat etc. this is ideal for us, is it any good for westerners? Do we pay more because we are white? Internet connection has to be semi reliable, i work online. And things to do. Hikes, runs, exploring, bike rides (never gonna hop on a bike in cebu thats for sure) really into anything active. Finally I have a team of workers in Iligan city, Mindanao. Is there an easy way to get there via ferry from DGTE? Anyone have any opinions of Iligan or Mindanao? A lot of gov advisories against it but then you read about peoples experiences of these places and they all say they feel safer then at home. OK 1 more thing is malaria or Dengue fever an issue here? What do people normally do? Thanks for any advice you have. We plan on being in the PH for about 6 months.