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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HappyWanderer, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. HappyWanderer

    HappyWanderer Guest Guest User

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    Hi everyone

    I'm new to Dumaguete and would love to meet up with fellow expats for drinks/coffee/conversation. It would be really awesome to make friends with other couples here. My Bae is a local lawyer, and I'm a businessman from Canada. I love to Scuba dive, play a little billiards, and I like to cook.

    I look forward to meeting everyone

    Regards

    Kevin
     
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    Got here Nov. 3rd from U.S. Been in the Ph. a month now. Liking Dumaguete though I should say I'm staying inn Dauin now. Hope to see you around the campus. :smile:
     
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    I am not sure where the Canadians go, they have just blended in the past with all the rest of us. Maybe that has changed since Duterte has been yelling "Fu*k you" at America. maybe you may want to wear a "Maple leaf" T shirt for extra security,and keep mentioning you are from Canada. Enjoy your stay, the following information should give you a good start, and I am sure others here will help you along to finding what you want.
    To meet Americans, you can go to Old MacDonalds (by the park) on most days in the morning. Most will be with full military tpe stories. Not the best place but it is a start.
    To meet Europeans, try the boulevard, Why Not, and a few other places north on the Boulevard.
    You can play very competitive billards at "Mr Jays" but you may be the only "white guy" there. Those Filipinos play 8 and 9 ball and they are good. Mister Jays is located down by Coco Amigos area off of Boulevard, just ask, or take a trike. If you want to play with the "white guys" try Why Not after 8 PM. If you want to try to meet sober white guys playing billards, go past the Karoke room in Why Not, to the small room downstairs. Only one table but a more intimate setting. Better place for couples The HoneyComb, red building south of Why Not on the corner also has a billard room with two tables and a little less alcohol flowing but a full bar, a nice setting for couples and not too busy. Ask for directions to the billard room around the corner from anyone. They rent the tables by the hour there, not like most of the "challenge" tables around town. The Philippines has a little different rules that the rest of the world for Billiards but you can adjust. .
    To find divers, go to Dauin Dive Cafe, or Mike's Beach Diving Resort in Dauin. You can eat at both places, and meet others who enjoy diving. Both of these resorts have dive adventures. Food is good at both places. La Fiesta has some divers go in there also. If you do not have a motorcycle or car, then you can take a bus in a little comfort from Dumaguete, but may be difficult to come back later at night, probably best to find other form of transportation, as the distance is in the 15 Km range one way.
    Good luck, just smile and people will be friendly. Do not carry a tourist book around as most prices will triple on you when they see the book. :o o:
     
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    Welcome, eh!
     
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    Thanks for the 411. Pool has never been a guilty pleasure unless it is a swimming pool and you can put your drink on the deck but I plan on spending some time checking out "The Octagon" and the other 2-sports bars. Football/Hoops junkie. Played hoop in college which rules out most trikes I see, let alone Jeepneys. I was 6'3" but gravity has probably taken over and 245-lbs. isn't helping. I mentioned (I think) we are at Sea Dream which couldn't be nicer and a great :greedy: value :greedy:. Monday we check in at Marpas Apts. on the way to Valencia. I believe it's about 8-KM from the Dumaguete turn off. My gut tells me to target a place outside of town. Dauin has a great vibe. Maria, the owner of Marpas described Valencia as "Tagaytay 25-years ago." That sounds pretty d*mn good. All that business in the City plays hell with my gas bubble. I'll be in to visit but then I'm out of here. Thanks again.
     
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    Thank you or as I like to say now in my very limited "Tag"....."Salamat Kuya" and always nice to be welcomes ....in most places. "eh?"
     
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    Welcome Happy Wanderer!
     
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    From a fellow Canadian welcome to Dumaguete.
     
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    Welcome aboard! :smile:
     
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