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articles on culture, tourism, people and climate in the Philippines

Megaworld in Iloilo, Philippines

Megaworld in Iloilo, Philippines

Iloilo is a fast developing city. Many subdivisions arise to supply houses for both buyers and rent-to-own. But the most impressive development is by far out Megaworld. The area around SM mall, across the river from the old center. Around the Iloilo Convention center an area is being developed with offices, condominiums and food places. All build in a colorful style that has vague reminders of Disneys Magic Kingdom Small World attraction or maybe even the Caribbean, due to the…

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The cost of living in the Philippines 2018

The cost of living in the Philippines 2018

Whoever seeks in the internet about the cost of living in the Philippines probably ends up with a bunch of outdated forum posts in how cheap this country is compared to ones home place. But be aware that information is outdated and the Filipino economy is moving forward very fast. Although when I write this article the Peso is very weak and your dollar or euro is worth a lot, you cannot buy as much anymore as 5-10 years ago….

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Road movies on Leaving Holland Channel

Road movies on Leaving Holland Channel

Did you know there is a YouTube Channel filled with One Minute Videos but also road movies? You can follow my trip from island to island in the Philippines, following the Philippine Nautical Highway and its side roads. So far I have travelled the island of Siquijor, Negros, Panay, Mindoro, Luzon, Leyte and Bohol Every island was an adventure and although many men say I should not drive a motorcycle in the Philippines. I manage pretty wel. I must say…

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5 Things they do not tell you about the Philippines on Google

5 Things they do not tell you about the Philippines on Google

I have been in the Philippines for over 2 years now, almost due for my first visa run. And it has been quite an experience. I ride from Island to Island, lived on the Island of Siquijor for a while and learned a lot about this country, its people and culture and travel in general. What I also learned were a few things you only discover when living in the Philippines. Google will not show you these 5 things I’m…

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What to do when you get a STD in Puerto Galera?

What to do when you get a STD in Puerto Galera?

Puerto Galera has many sides to it. Beautiful nature, nice beaches, and a buzzing nightlife. And it is one of the Philippines hotspots for sex-tourism for both gay and straight. In Sabang, you find the nightclubs and freelance prostitutes that offer their company, while ladyboys serve you drinks and food on White Beach. It might be me, and the way I observe, but it seems that the male prostitution is not so visible as the female prostitution is. For women…

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Is it safe to travel to the Philippines

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines

Maybe the most asked questions of the last few weeks since the Marawi incident. Yes, I  call it an incident. Because that is what it is. Like all the other incidents that happen all over the world. The incident in Manchester, London, Paris you name it, they are all incidents. and it is the media, and the hype around it that make us feel insecure and maybe even scared. To scared to travel in some cases.  For I saw already…

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About Motorbikes, dogs and accidents in the Philippines

About Motorbikes, dogs and accidents in the Philippines

I drive a big motorbike, specially for a woman my age. I am 56 and my motorbike is a Yamaha SZ150. Yes, it comes with a clutch. Many Filipino men tell me that is not a female bike. Somehow a motorbike with a clutch is a male thing. Not for me. Although it is a heavy bike (150 kg and with full tank even heavier) I love driving it. And I do not feel ashamed when I’m parked in the…

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