Learn Filipino ep 1 – being polite

Learn filipino ep 1 – being polite
In the beginning, we are doing the “Ocho ocho” dance. This was popular about 2010.

Your experience in the Philippines (or any country) will be way better if you are kind and polite.

For example, say “Salamat” to flight attendant.

“Mabuhay” means welcome to my place.

Another tip is for transportation. Used metered taxi’s. And when you get to the car you say “meter please”

Thank you so much – “Maraming Salamat” but when talking to a person way older than you you say
Maraming Salamat Po

In bisaya – we say “salamat” with smile and raise eyebrows

Sir or boss – we say it all the time to someone that we respect highly or to someone who’s high ranking at work or any other place.

You say sir if you’re meeting your fiance’s father for the first time. You only stop saying it.

Until they say call by their name or call them dad or papa.

When do you use “po” ? You use it when you are talking to someone older or to your wife’s parents and grandparents.

When you are in front of someone , you want to get their attention, you just say excuse me.

Do not randomly talk to strangers about how are they hows their day going. The only time you do that is in the airport when they ask where you going?

Mano po – bless to lola papa and mama

Mahal kita – Mahal na mahal kita
Gusto kita – Gustong gusto kita I like you

Welcome! – Mabuhay

magkano – how much
magkano ito tripod – how much is this tripod?

You’re welcome – Walang Anuman

Philippines Cost of Living : Makati city Philippines : Buy or rent

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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.”

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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.


Living in the Philippines : Types of Transportation

Types of transportation in the Philippines

What can you expect when living in the Philippines or traveling around the country? For transportation, I would say it can vary from a convenient travel to the most uncomfortable ride you would experience in life. But either way you can count it as an adventurous part of your travel. Happy trip travelers!


1. Taxi  or metered cars travels within the city only unless they are hired by passengers for tours and longer travel at a high price.  Taxi charged P 40.00 and P 3.50 for the following meters. Watch out for non-metered taxi’s.

2. Jeepney is the main public transportation of the locals.  The minimum fare is P 8.00 per 5 km and additional P 1.00 charge for another km.

3. Buses travels from city to neighboring cities. Some are aircon buses but most do not have ac.  Buses that go on the highways have a little bit higher than jeepney. P10- P 25.00 fares.

4. Van – provides transportation on some areas within the city for example, Cebu has sm- lapulapu, ayala -lapu lapu city   Basic fare is P 30.00

Manila has fx transport (a mini aircon van) that transport from cities to schools and malls.

Fares are less than P 20.00.

There are also vans that take passengers to provinces. It charge depending on the distance but there’s a fixed rate for each town.

Transportation within Provinces (Rural areas of the Philippines)

1. Pedicabs charge the same as the jeepney or higher. Pedicabs normally transport from one town to the next town. That cost P10.00 – P 20.00.  

2. Buses- travel from provinces to cities and vice versa.

3. Motorbike ( habal-habal) are normally use as transport on mountainous areas and places without proper roads. They charge P 10.00 or higher depends on the distance.