Yuri was in the mall and had trouble using an ATM. You have to use ATMs with a Visa/Mastercard, Star or Cirrus logo. In some countries these kinds of ATMs are not as available. If you don’t have the appropriate ATM, you can use money transfer services like Xoom, Western Union, money gram, and others to send the money to yourself.
Yuri’s response to dragontemple1 who said:
“Great! I am just wondering if U can make a vlog about living in Makati as the richest area in the country & of course most expensive ! How to find the best deal on rental & possibility of buying a condo there. I saw one of your video about places to live & U briefly mentioned Makati. But I want to get a more in depth Info. Thank you.”
1. Banaue Rice Terraces is a masterpiece. It was previously listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world.
2. Boracay Island is like a smaller Miami Beach of the Philippines. It has a very fine powder like white sand.
is where the smallest monkey Tarsiers live. It also has a small version of Boracay called Alona Beach. Chocolate Hills of Bohol is one of the Must see tourist attraction in the Philippines. It is very unique and very beautiful.
4. Palawan is where the underground river is located,Tubbataha Reef Marine Parkand El Nido white sand beaches.
5. Cebu is rich in diving spots, beaches, islands (Malapascua , Bantayan) and historical places.
6. Manila has many tourist attractions, US embassy , MOA – the biggest mall in Asia and opportunities for investments.
The Fortress of Intramuros image: commons.wikimedia.org
7. Davao is famous for its durian fruit. It smells weird but it taste good. Davao has many tourist spots and is a very clean city with a strict ordinance.
8. Vigan also known as ‘ The Old City’ with 150 stone houses built during the Spanish era.
9. Camarines Sur (Camsur) province is located in Bicol Region. It has lots of beautiful beaches and islands.
10. Baguio City is one top destination of local tourists. Philippines has a very hot climate and only Baguio City has a cold temperature that filipinos want to experience.
If you are traveling around the Philippines you may eventually need to call out or have someone call in. Whatever the case, you may want to take a look at the country codes of the Philippines and maybe zip codes.
If you are considering being a foreign student going to Cebu there are a few things you should know before you go.
1. Student Visa – All the foreigners that want to enroll at the Philippine schools are required to apply for a student visa before studying in the Philippines. Students have to renew the visa each year. Another way would be to visit as a tourist and enroll in a school. Schools always assist the foreigner students during its process for the visa application. You may also ask for more informations at the Philippine embassies at your home country .
courtesy of su.edu.ph
This is the link to the immigration website and the corresponding fees of student visa and extensions.
Note: Some of the schools conduct entrance examination and have requirements that are needed to comply with.
3. Know English – You don’t need to know tagalog to get along in Cebu (or anywhere in the Philippines) but you should know English. Most of the staff speaks good or fluent English. The homework and lessons will be in English.
4. Learn When Classes Start – All classes in the Philippines starts every June, a short 2 weeks vacation on december 3rd week for Christmas and New Year. The summertime is April
7. What to expect – Since the Philippines is a third world country , expect that the infrastructures are still into its development. Some Areas in Manila and Cebu have high percentage of crimes so always ensure your safety. Avoid going out alone at midnight and walk / travel with a companion. Be alert and watch your stuff when you are out. Don’t hand money to the beggars as it is a criminal offense in the Philippines.They can also be sneaky stealing money from people.
There are a few great advantages to going to school in the Philippines. Its much cheaper to go to school in the Philippines and there is lots to do. The bad thing is that with the except you University of Philippines, some of the colleges listed may have questionable standards.
1. Jeepneys- fare is P 8.00 for the first 5 kilometers
2. Taxi cabs – average fare for a short distance is less than P 100.00
3. Buses – P 10.00 and P 12.00 for the aircon buses
4. Lrt (train)- P 12.00 – P 20.00 varies on distance
5. Fx – it’s a mini -van that can occupy less than 10 people but this kind of transportation is not available throughout the entire city. fare is around P 12.00 aor higher depends on the distance of travel
This is a travel warning to anyone going into Manila International Airport: Beware of thieves and extortionist when you arrive in the Philippines.
Although Manila has many things to do and see there is a lot of corruption there. In my opinion, Manila is a poor representation of Filipinos because many people that I met in Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, Cagiun were cool.
Metro Manila has developed a lot over the years. Make sure you have a map or better yet a gps to help you get around the city.
An experience I had in Manila Airport:
A taxi driver service tried to rip me off the minute I got into Manila. I came in on Ninoy Aquino International Airport and needed to go to Cebu. An older gentlemen told me that I need to go to Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4. Since I am familiar with the lies, deceit, corruption and hustling that goes on in Manila, I did not immediately trust this well dressed gentleman. Since I had NO idea where to go, I followed him and thanked him as he offered to put my luggage toward a waiting taxi. He spoke a quick phrase of Tagalog.. too fast for me to catch the few words I knew.
He ushered me in the cab on its way to Manila Domestic from Ninoy Aquino and then had the crazy audacity to ask for a tip. I don’t know what the custom is in the Philippines, but in the US its rude. Tips are earned by good service, gratuity is expect for waitresses.
“100 pesos.. no, thats to small in my country. 500 pesos.. yeah.. thats about right”.
Since I could not be bothered to take 2 minutes to know the conversion of dollar to peso BEFORE I got to Manila, I was hustled for a 10 dollar tip. The mother fuckin’ taxi drive laughed and the clean cut Filipino man shut my door to send me on my way.
At that moment I realized I am a dumb American about to be led to god knows where. The taxi driver smiled with a little small talk, “where you from?” “where you going?” “on business?” At this point I was pissed off. My answers were short, cold as I began to work up the nerve to punch this guy in the face or fight my way out of any awaiting ambush. I kept thinking of his laugh at my HUGE tip.
By the grace of god, the taxi driver took me to the right place. “That will be 500 pesos,” he said with a straight face. 500 pesos for a 5 minute ride.
“Are you trying to hustle me?” I asked him.
“No, sir. Thats the price.”
“I will give you 150. You know,” I said. “I am here to spend money and enjoy your country. I am a guest. If you treat tourists like this.. no one will come here.”
He gave a nervous smile. I paid him and I got out.
“Welcome to the Philippines,” I thought.
Travel Warning Manila
Chief Saballa my old boss, a Filipino-American, gave me a warning about roaming around Manila alone. “Foreigners in Manila.. even me, have to be careful. You should not go alone. And definitely don’t walk around alone and drunk.”
Another bit of advice about Manila, I have gotten from several people is to watch out for the street kids.
“I saw a kid cut out a guys back pocket and take a wallet,” — and old co-worker
“Allows put your money in your sock just incase they take your wallet” — old boss
“Put your wallet in the front.. NEVER in the back pocket” — girlfriend
“poor kids? No.. they will rob you.. you have to watch out” — friend
“You give those kids money. YOu know what they do with it.. They give it to a handler” — girlfriend
Tip: ‘’Always walk fast, ignore the kids and any strangers.