Dimetravel – Disney World Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was one of the coolest attractions at Disney World. When you walk in to the park, you can see, hear and feel the genius of the Disney Imagineers. They are truly brilliant. How they are able to blend animal habitats with the magic of Disney. With a few steps you are walking through several continents. The park pays homage to cultures from all over the world. It is breath taking and beautiful.

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Dimetravel Disney World Epcot

We traveled to Disney World had fun in Epcot. We went inside the Epcot center and rode the thought provoking Space Ship Earth ride.
We rode the spinning Mission: Space ride. We saw an amazing costume of Baymax and “Inside Out”.

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Dimetravel – RoadTrip to DisneyWorld

Should you Drive or Fly to DisneyWorld?  We decided to take a road trip from Colorado to Florida, because it would be way cheaper.  There were four of us so flying was an expensive option.  With flights being about $400 per person we decided we wanted to save that money and just drive.  Driving is harder and can take days but gas prices are super cheap right now (2016/17), so it was only about 300 for the drive.  We ended up doing the whole trip for 2100USD.  It was worth it!

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Retiring in the Philipipnes : Is mindanao safe?

A user Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxSaCspPM-I

Cost of living in the Philippines is mindanao safe

Viewer Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

Reference:

Kidapawan City  – http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/04/01/1568321/farmer-dead-dozens-hurt-kidapawan-bloody-picket-dispersal

Recent kidnappings – how dangerous is Mindanao?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/517315/indian-businessman-in-mindanao-kidnapped-on-third-attempt

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/741586/maguindanao-massacre-victims-kin-losing-hope

Travel Warning for Mindanao:

Backpacks banned in Kidapawan City

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/philippines-travel-warning.html

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines

Other people telling to avoid the place:

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines/areas-to-avoid-in-the-philippines

8 things you should know about the Philippines

After living in a developed “first world” country (USA) and a developing “third world” country (Philippines),  I have realized a few things.  I have noticed that no matter where you go there will be things you love and things you hate.  No place on Earth is perfect.  But there are many things that are undeniably better in the the high-tech developed world than in the poor developing world.  There is much less crime in the developed world.  Honestly, most of the crimes in the Philippines are not even reported.  The mortality rate is much higher in the developing world.  More people die of basic ailments and accidents.  In the US, a person with a debilitating disease or disability can not only live a long life but even be extremely successful.  Poverty is in EVERY country but there is a difference between relative poverty (relative to others in your country) and absolute poverty (severe deprivation of food, sanitation, health, education and shelter).  The first world is 100x better.

The bottom line is you won’t realize how great your life is until you decide to live in a poor country.  Visiting for a vacation is a totally different thing than living there permanently.  Whenever tourists go to the Philippines they think it is amazing.  It is beautiful. It is an unforgettable experience.  It is so awesome that may decide to settle in our country.  If you live there, you see the good, the bad and the ugly.  You will notice the living conditions of the average citizen through the news, radio shows, your neighbors and your extended family.

I lived in the Philippines for 25 years before moving to the US and I can tell you what you need to know before you move the Philippines.

1 .  Food poisoning.  It actually happens a lot in the Philippines but it is just not considered a big deal.  Even when you eat in a decent restaurant you will experience it often.  After a while your body starts to adapt but you will still experience it at least once a year.  Foreigners new to the country experiences it way more often.

2.  Crowds everywhere. Philippines is very crowded.  Even in the provincial/rural areas it is still crowded.  The draw back of over crowding is more than just long lines.  More people means more crimes.  Make sure you watch your wallet in the cities.

3.  People always mind your business. This is one of the thing that I hate the most.  Even as a kid I noticed that all the neighbors would watch everything we did and would end up finding out personal things about us.  As an adult its no different.  When I was living with my sister the neighbors would analyze everything we did.  Asking questions that are none of their business and assuming things that may or may not be true. Even if we were outside working on the garden, people pass by staring.. and staring.  It is extremely uncomfortable.  This happens all the time.  They are very nosy. Whenever a filipina has any foreigner with her, people want to check them out.

4.  Discomfort. In the Philippines, having stable electricity and Internet connectivity are comforts that many do not have.  Something so basic in the first world don’t work nearly as well in the Philippines.  Whenever a typhoon comes, it may cut the electricity for 5 hours or a whole night.  It is unavoidable.  Internet connectivity practically disappear every time there is a heavy rain.  During a typhoon, Internet and cellphone signals are also affected.

5.  Calamities. Typhoons happen every year in the Philippines.  A typhoon can hit any part of the Philippines.  Those most affected by it are people who live on smaller islands and those in big the cities where there is no good drainage system.  There are also earthquake, floods and 18 active volcanoes.

6.  Crime. I have direct experience crimes happening in my own country.  Every country has crime, but you are more likely to experience it in densely populated areas where there is a high level of poverty.

7.  Utilities.  The cost of utilities (electric and gas) are higher in the Philippines than what we pay here in US.  When I was living with my sister, we had a small refrigerator, a manual washing machine, a small oven that we occasionally use for baking and a 1 small air conditioner for a room.   The cost was $150 month.  Our stove was powered by a gas tank.  In the US, our single-family, 3 bedroom house with basement has a central air conditioning unit, with 2 tvs, 5 laptops, a full sized electric stove that I use every night for cooking many lights on in the home due to 4+ people living in it, a washer and dryer. We are paying $150 during the winter and $190 in the summer.

8.  Poverty. In the Philippines you will see homeless children sleeping in the streets.  The street kids live off the scraps of random strangers.  But the homeless are not the only ones affected by the slow economy.  The average Filipino wage is barely enough to live on with the relatively high cost of living.

All of these things you should be considered before living in the Philippines.  If you don’t mind any of the items mentioned then you will have a great life in paradise.  Overall if you decide to live in another country, study the statistics of how many people leave their own country before you make your final move.

Family Vacation in Miami – 2016

We had a great time in South Beach, Miami, Florida!  We brought our kids and stayed at a hotel called the President (formerly Penguin).  It is located on Collins and 14th in Miami.  It was a great location for us.  There are some homeless, vagrant type wandering around but everything was fine for us.  Overall, we felt safe and could focus on having a good time.

We drove from DisneyWorld (Orlando Florida) to Miami which was about a 4 hour drive.

We were walking distance from the beach, clubs and restaurants.  The area was suggested to us by a Miami local and it was a good choice.  Walgreens was right across the street.

Parking is pretty expensive especially on the weekends, but we found a place to park for the full 3 days for about $135 dollars.  It is normally about $15 dollar/hour.  There is a great variety of food on Washington street, which is also walking distance.

Overall we had a great, great time and could definitely see ourselves going back.

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DimeTravel Trip to Bangkok – 2012

Going to Bangkok is an unforgettable experience.  Just visiting each of the temples around Bangkok felt like meditation itself.  Most of my experiences there were amazing.  So far, the Thai people were the most the most peaceful and kind that I have interacted with.  We were to Bangkok in 2012, and it was truly an unforgettable time.  The food was some of the best and most exotic we had ever had, we saw the temple of the Thai King and Queen, we saw the amazing ancient parts of SIAM.

 

 

 

DimeTravel Vacation to Los Angeles

In 2015 Summer, we visited Los Angeles on our way to a Carnival Cruise to Mexico. We stayed in Los Angeles for two days to check it out.

Here are some of the places we went to in L.A.
– Hollywood Walk of Fame
– Griffith Observatory (see Hollywood sign)
– Korea Town
– Sunset strip
– Santee Alley
– Natural History Museum

Pros:
– Lots of things to do and see
– Great weather
– Beautiful people

Cons:
– BAD traffic
– Crazy people
– BAD traffic
– crowded

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