Money Transfer in the Philippines (VLOG52) (Yuri in the Philippines 22)

 

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.

http://xoom.com
http://moneygram.com
http://westernunion.com
http://remitly.com

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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.”

makati places for rent

https://www.airbnb.com/s/Makati–Philippines?s_tag=Sonk2NJd

http://www.myproperty.ph/properties-for-rent/apartments/makaticity-manila

http://www.roomrent.ph/

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http://www.lamudi.com.ph/metro-manila/makati/apartment/rent/

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https://www.olx.ph/all-results/q-apartment-for-rent-makati/

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Philippines tourism top 10 tourist destinations

Philippines tourism Top 10 Tourist Destinations

1. Banaue Rice Terraces is a masterpiece. It was previously listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

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2. Boracay Island is like a smaller Miami Beach of the Philippines. It has a very fine  powder like white  sand.

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3. Bohol

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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.

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5. Cebu is rich in diving spots, beaches, islands (Malapascua , Bantayan) and  historical places.

ayala mall

ayala mall

6. Manila has many tourist attractions, US embassy , MOA – the biggest mall in Asia and opportunities for investments.

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The Fortress of Intramuros
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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. 

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8. Vigan also known as ‘ The Old City’ with 150 stone houses built during the Spanish era.

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9. Camarines Sur (Camsur) province is located in Bicol Region. It has lots of beautiful beaches and islands.

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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.

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country code philippines

Country code Philippines

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.

The country code of the Philippines is 63.  Here are other additional information of zip codes and phone area code in some cities . http://efilipinowomen.com/country-code-philippines/

country code philippines

 

 

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略

马尼拉,是菲律宾的首都城市和最大的港口,位于菲律宾最大的岛屿-吕宋岛马尼拉湾的东
岸,也称“小吕宋”,濒临天然的优良港湾——马尼拉湾。马尼拉建在巴石河两岸。马尼拉
之名源于一种生长着白艳花朵的湿地树(Maynilad),许多观赏过的人们都以“那些白色的
花开着,便像一双双亮晶晶的眼睛”形容它。
为菲律宾最大的经济、文化、交通中心;目前有现代化的工业、商业和金融业。全国 1/3 的
工业集中于此马尼拉是一个传统与现代集合的都会,是亚洲最欧化的城市,是亚洲最大繁华
的城市之一,被称之为“亚洲的纽约”。而现今的马尼拉更被评为世界级国际化大都市。
1976 年 11 月,菲律宾政府决定把马尼拉、奎松、卡洛奥坎、帕萨伊 4 个市和玛卡蒂等 13
个区合并,组成大马尼拉市。发展署主席为最高行政首脑,由总统亲自任命,领导由 17 个
市、镇长等人员组成的大马尼拉理事会。
这里有现代化的城区,也有古老的街道教堂;这里体现着悠久的东方传统,又汇合了西班牙、
美国的西方文明。

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略

马尼拉的气候

热带季风气候,一年只有两个季节,全年气温 28°左右,11 月-6 月炎热、潮湿,7-10 月为
雨季。

马尼拉著名的景点有黎刹尔公园、椰子宫、儿童城、罗哈斯海滨大道、商业中心、国际会议
中心、古建筑 、玛拉干南官、塔尔湖。

菲律宾饮食

菲律宾当地的餐饮最能反映其风情和历史。菲律宾当地的菜,除了乡土名菜外,还深受中国
菜和西班牙菜的影响。在菲律宾还有许多中餐馆、日本料理店和西餐馆等,迎合不同口味的
人们的需要。
菲律宾乡土名菜的特征是:任何菜,甚至汤都用醋和大量的大蒜等辛辣调料饪。中西口味的
巧妙融合创造出独特的风味。比较有代表性的菜肴有:“勒琼”(Lechon)是菲律宾典型的年
节佳肴,以猪肉为主原料烧烤而成;而“阿多波”(Adobo)则是一道以鸡肉、猪肉腌渍熟
煮的家常菜,由于腌渍的主要调味料为醋,故不易腐坏,且非常入味。也有一些阿多波是以
乌贼和牡蛎烹调而成的。

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略 jeepney

马尼拉旅游的气候和饮食攻略 jeepney

菲律宾美食
除此之外,鲜鱼、蔬菜加上菲律宾特有的酸醋烹调而成的“派克苏皮纳加特”,及以鱼或虾
为主材料捣碎后烹调而成的“克尼拉尔”,是相当具有菲律宾风味的名菜。“伊尼哈”则是类
似炭烤的一种吃法,“雷利埃诺”是以螃蟹为原料的一种菜肴,看起来豪华,但相当便宜。
菲律宾的米,不知道为什么吃起来蓬蓬松松,一点都不糯,并不是很好吃。菲律宾的水果相
当丰富,单是香蕉的种类就很多,而且吃法各有巧妙,如蒸过后洒上黑砂糖,颇有芋头的风
味,油炸香蕉条,或烤香蕉等小吃,亦随处可见。其他如芒果、红毛丹等都是既便宜又好吃
的水果。此外,还有一种类似金橘但皮是绿色的水果–酸柑,菲律宾人通常是做菜时才使用,
称之为菲律宾柠檬。

Learn filipino basic words and phrases

Tagalog Cebuano Basic Words and Phrases

One of the best things you can do when traveling to another country is to learn to speak a few words of the native tongue.  I have done this in many countries and it works 90% of the time in making friends quickly.

Just the act of trying to speak a the local language will earn you MAJOR “cool points”!!  It shows respect, interest and love to the culture, especially in the Philippines.

Filipinos feel more comfortable and welcoming when a foreigner can speak a little Tagalog or bisaya (Cebuano language). The best way to build good relationships is to learn filipino words.

Here are the list of Tagalog Cebuano Basic words & phrases to help you out while in the Phils:

 

basic-cebuano-and-tagalog-words

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10 Polite Tagalog Words/Phrases To Learn

 

1. Greetings

Magandang Umaga – Good morning’

Magandang Tanghali – Good noon

Magandang hapon – Good afternoon

Magandang Gabi – Good evening

2. Kumusta po kayo? – How are you?

3. Mabuti naman ako. – I am fine.

4. Salamat – Thank you

Maraming Salamat po – Thank you very much

5. Walang anuman   – You are welcome

6. Pwede pong magtanong? – May i ask a question?

7. Ano ang pangalan mo? – What is your name?

8. Saan ka nakatira? – Where do you live?

9. Maganda ka. – You are pretty.

Gwapo ka. – You are handsome.

10. Aalis na po ako. – I will go now.

 

5 basic words

1. Pagkain – Food

2. Tubig – Water

3. Uhaw – Thirsty

4. Gutom – Hungry

5. Sakay, sasakyan – ride, automobile

 

SALAMAT PO:

As you notice, most of the phrases and sentences have the word ‘po’ on it.

The word ‘po’ in Tagalog is use as a sign of your respect to the person and commonly use when talking to the older people.

10  Phrases/ sentences in Cebuano

Greetings in Cebuano

1.Maayung Buntag – Good morning

  Maayung udto – Good noon

  Maayung hapon – Good afternoon

  Maayung Gabie – Good Evening

 

2. Kumusta ka? – How are you?

3. Ok lang – I’m fine

4. Salamat – Thank you

  Salamat kaayu – Thank you very much

5. Walay sapayan – You’re welcome

6. Asa ka padung? – Where are you going?

7. Gwapa ka – You are pretty.

  Gwapo ka. – You are handsome.

8. Ka cute nimo. – You are so cute.

9. Asa ka nagpuyo? – Where do you live?

10. Unsay pangalan nimo? – What is your name?

5 basic Cebuano words

1. Pagkaon – Food

2. Tubig – Water

3. Uhaw – Thirsty

4. Gutom – Hungry

5. Sakay,sakyanan – ride, automobile

People in the city can understand and speak English so the communication is easier.  While some people in the provincial areas can barely speak English although they are very helpful and kind.

7 Tips for Foreign Exchange Student Philippines

7 Tips for Foreign Exchange Student Philippines

7 Tips for Foreign Exchange Student Philippines

How do Philippine Colleges Rank in the World ?

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 .

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This is the link to the immigration website and the corresponding fees of student visa and extensions.

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62&Itemid=43

2. School Registration – Choose which school you wish to enroll.  Schools have a foreigner student fees and some  are provided with their own facility in school.

List of Schools / Universities in the Philippines


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Universities

Locations

1  University of the Philippines Diliman

Quezon City …

2  De La Salle University

Manila

3  Ateneo de Manila University

Quezon City …

4  University of the Philippines System

Quezon City

5  University of the Philippines Los Baños

Los Baños

6  University of Baguio

Baguio City

7  University of San Carlos

Cebu City

8  University of Santo Tomas

Manila

9  Aquinas University of Legazpi

Legazpi City

10  University of the East

Manila …

11  Ateneo de Naga University

Naga City …

12  Silliman University

Dumaguete City

13  Mapua Institute of Technology

Manila …

14  Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Zamboanga City

15  Asian Institute of Management

Makati City

16  University of the Philippines Mindanao

Davao City

17  Saint Louis University

Baguio City

18  University of the Philippines Manila

Manila …

19  Xavier University

Cagayan de Oro City

20  Angeles University Foundation

Angeles City

http://www.4icu.org/ph/ -more to  lists of colleges

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

5. Where to live – There are many apartments located in the center of the city. Average Monthly rental for a studio pad is  P 5,000.00- P8,000.00 and 1- 3 bedroom apartment is P10,000.00 to P 25,000.00 depending on the location. Choose a safe place to live in a gated compound or

Here are list of where to find places to live:

a. http://www.ayosdito.ph/

b. http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/classifieds+directory/…/apartment+for+rent‎

c. http://www.cebuclassifieds.com Apartments & Lodging Apartments for Rent

d. http://www.olx.com.ph/houses-apartments-for-rent-cat-363‎

e. manila.en.craigslist.com.ph/apa/‎

6. Where to have fun – Nightlife are found on big cities and touristic places except some provinces at Mindanao Area.

More information of the nightlife, things to do, types of transportation are found in the previously written articles.

Cebu

http://dimetravel.org/things-to-do-in-cebu-city/  – attractions/transportation

http://dimetravel.org/lotus-of-lapu-lap/   – nightlife

http://dimetravel.org/party-cebu-top-8-cebu-clubs/  – nightlife

Manila

http://dimetravel.org/things-to-do-in-manila/ – attractions/transportation

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Things to do in Manila

Things to do in manila

Manila is the capital of the Philippines.  Here you will find businesses, investments, jobs, lots of  shopping malls, nice parks, and nightlife.  Manila consists of many a few large cities such as Makati City, Pasay City and Taguig City.  Each city offers all of the conveniences of a modern city.  As a country that prides itself on its tourism industry, foreigners on vacations are quite welcome.   The cities infrastructure lends it self to comforts that include huge shopping areas, big hotels, casinos, high-end condominiums and all kinds of entertainment.  The continued growth, modernization and development of Manila’s cities has trickle down to the many  clubs.  So you can find high quality disco’s and even decent strip clubs.

things to do in manila

picture of manila

List of Malls:

1. Market Market Mall at Taguig City

2. Greenbelt at Makati

3. SM Megamall at Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

4. Landmark- Makati

5. Mall of Asia – Pasay City

6. Sm mall – Pasay City

7. Glorieta mall Makati

8. Rockwell Center Makati City

 

‘A personal recommendation would be malls in Makati and Taguig area because it has easy access of transportation and restaurants that serve good food .’

 

Attractions around Manila :

1. Fort Santiago

2. Manila Ocean Park

3. Manila Bay

4. Star City , Pasay City Manila

5. Rizal Park

6. Malacanang Palace

7. National Museum of the Philippines

8. Black Nazarene at Quiapo Church

9. San Agustin Church, Manila

10. Manila Metropolitan Theater

11. Manila Cathedral

12. Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden

 

‘There are many travel agencies around Manila that conduct tours for certain amount but if you are up for an adventure, you can travel around the city with a map.’

 

Types of Transportation:

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

Travel Warning Manila

Travel Warning Manila

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.

I have noticed that most overcrowded cities are full of mean, unhappy, people in a rush to go nowhere.  Many people in Manila are not actually from Manila but came from other towns.  So if you ask directions you will notice that only few people are familiar of streets & avenues around the city.

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.

s and any strangers.