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Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by Rye83, Mar 10, 2016.

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Why did you originally come to the Philippines? (You can choose more than one answer.)

  1. The beautiful FIlipina women. ;)

    38 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. A significant other/wife.

    49 vote(s)
    35.3%
  3. Work/Military.

    14 vote(s)
    10.1%
  4. Retirement.

    56 vote(s)
    40.3%
  5. Cheaper living.

    55 vote(s)
    39.6%
  6. For a vacation.

    33 vote(s)
    23.7%
  7. Other.

    19 vote(s)
    13.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nutz2U2

    Nutz2U2 DI Member Showcase Reviewer

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    Did you find the correct pronunciation ??? :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:.

    (Don't include Yvonne in that statement - keep that lady a mystery)....
     
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  2. Monty44

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    Why here? Wow! It was a divine appointment in salt lake city, utah!!
    I was having breakfast @ the flyin j truck stop and a friend of mine from 20 years before, walked into the rest. With a small foreign lady with him!! I immediately got up and said hello to my friend!! I invited them to sit and eat with me!! While catching up on many years, his wife ( cristene ) said "rick" in broken and sheepish english, I have a cousin that would really like to meet you!! After I picked myself up off the floor in embarrassment, I said who are you talking about, say again? Then bruce piped in and said ohhhh rick she is beautiful!! Now I have just left another relationship with a chinese lady from fong chow!! I think! So I gave her my cell # and got her cousins number also!! Then about 2 weeks later while I was driving through nebraska I got a tx from an international number! We started a tx get acquainted communication, that lasted 2 months!! Then she got a job where she had access to a computer!! Another 6 months chatting, till I bought a camera @ walmart and put it on my laptop!! She already had one on her bosses computer!! So the next day we said we were finally gonna see what we both look like! The got everything set up and both pushed the button at the same time and "boong" the picture came on screen, and I could not say anything, I just sat there & stared at the most beautiful face I had seen in many moons!! So at the same time I said "your beautiful", "she said your handsome" !! Then we started earnestly getting to know each other!! A few months later I was asking her how much money she was making as a pharmacist floor manager? When she told me p3750.00 a month, I calculated that she was only making $74.00 a month!! Before I realized what I was saying, I said, will you do me a big favor? Please quit your job and take that time to plan our wedding? She looked at me astonished and started crying!! I thought I said or did something wrong, so I asked her what was the matter? She sobbed that I had proposed to her!!! Then I tried to think what I did say!! Ha ha ha ha!! So I took some time off and came here to marry my awesome wife!! Then I went back & sold and turned over most everything I was paying on to the banks, and moved back here for good!!
    My wife and I are a really tight team now, and we are planning on building a home in lutoban , overlooking the south china sea!! I love it here!!
     
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  3. DaveD

    DaveD DI Senior Member Showcase Reviewer Veteran Navy

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    May you enjoy many, many happy years together! (and please try to stopy typing in all capital letters. In chats it is considered to be yelling and not polite)
     
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    nwlivewire DI Senior Member Showcase Reviewer Blood Donor Veteran Army Navy

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    WOW!

    What a great story with a happy ending!

    May both of you have many good years and memories together!

    V/R,
    nwlivewire
     
  5. alex

    alex DI Forum Patron Highly Rated Poster

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    I arrived at the air port in Manila only to find a strap on my back pack was broken i got a quote of 1000 peso to have it fixed i paid the man and now i just have to wait until he gets around to fixing it , that was in 2006 must be my turn soon
     
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  6. Sans Souci

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    I was looking for a change of scenery and lifestyle, saw an article about retirement in the Philippines, did a bit of exploring, found Dumaguete and fell in love. I see all sorts of negative comments about various things but: The traffic - yes it's crazy but it sure beats the 29 sets of unco-ordinated traffic lights I had to go through from home to office in Sydney. The food: Where else can you buy great food, served to you, cheaper that you can cook it yourself: The People, gorgeous, friendly, non bitchy and - once accepted, surprisingly generous. The cleanliness: Every day I see people with very, very little and no expectation of ever getting much more, sweep their little dirt area until it's spotless and rows and rows of WHITE washing (how do they get them so white) hanging on lines or trees. Men working all day in the sweltering heat - what about those poor security guards at Robinsons in the sun in those awful outfits. All in all, I feel pretty privileged to have landed here
     
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  7. nipjap

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    First came to the Philippines in 1973. I was in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Peoria, LST-1183. Pulled into Subic Bay to start our Wespac cruise. Pulled in many more times (too numerous to remember) on various other ships. During this cruise, we were scheduled to visit Dumaguete, but the port visit was cancelled and instead pulled into Manila. Wish I could have seen what Dumaguete looked like back in 1973!
     
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  8. Jack Peterson

    Jack Peterson DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster SC Connoisseur Veteran Air Force

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    You know my Friend, I am not too sure it has Changed much, it feels we are still in the 50's so the 70's will have been much the same I am sure
     
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    The first time I saw An Officer and a Gentleman was in the chow hall while in port in San Diego in 1983. Man it sure sucked breathing diesel fumes from a bunch of Amtracs waiting for the door to open so we could drive off the ship into the ocean and head to the beach.
     
  10. DaveD

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    Sounds like 32nd street!
     
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