I AM GOING TO MEET A WOMAN I HAVE BEEN CHATTING WITH FOR THE LAST 7 MONTHS IN THE PILPPINES THIS JUNE. SHE IS 25 I AM 38 WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT SHOULD I EXPECT?
AM GOING TO MEET A WOMAN I HAVE BEEN CHATTING WITH FOR THE LAST 7 MONTHS IN THE PILPPINES THIS JUNE. SHE IS 25 I AM 38 WHAT KIND OF REACTION SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE GENERAL FILIPINO POPULATION? IS THIS A FAIRLY COMMON THING THERE? WHAT ABOUT THERE FOOD AS I AM A MIDWESTERN US KIND OF GUY ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT I SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT TRY Reply to this
expect to be treated like a king by her & her family... expect big smiles & friendly nature from the people... the food here is ok... not spicy like the rest of south east asia... manila is full of western chain stores... Filipino food is mostly centred on fish & chicken...and ofcourse lots of rice!!! if ur travelling all the way to the philippines to meet a woman u dont know so well... then i guess u can also be adventurous with your food =) filipinos love it when u try their food (& love it more when u like it =))... good luck.. what you're doing is extremely common here... i guess many can't resist the Filipino charms! Reply to this
One of the chief exports from the Philippines is their manpower! Sometimes they work in other countries and send the money home to their families and sometimes they either shack up or marry foreigners for their money if their jobs are low paying!
Keep in mind that if you marry her you also marry her entire family! You will probably have to send money back to her family almost forever! You might be one of the few Canos that meets a Filipino woman who has a wealthy family and you do not have to help support them but that is pushing luck a little far!
You will be accepted by her family, it is not unusual to see Filipino women and foreign men walking around Manila and elsewhere. Some of these women with foreigners are GRO's and some are ordinary Filipino women - both groups trying to better their lives! There are lots of foreigners with Filipino wives happily living overseas. Filipinos are well educated, friendly and used to foreigners visiting their country, especially from the US. It is not unusual to see Filipino women with men who are older than you in Manila, etc. At 38 you are younger than many men looking for Filipino girlfriends. Plus you are not stupidly looking for a 16 year old! If you have a decent job, not a child molester, not a criminal and have a sufficient amount of income you are in demand! Google up G.R.O. Philippines for explanation.
Just be yourself. You do need your passport, plane ticket, etc. From the US you can get a stamp in your passport good for 21 days entry. If you need more than 21 days you have to check on visa requirements or extending your time. If you intend to use a debit card in ATM's you have to first notify your bank or CU that you will be overseas. If you don't your ATM withdrawal may be denied because of suspected fraud. When you bring cash to the P.I. bring the largest denominations that are new, no creases, wear marks, old or crappy because they are pretty fussy in changing money over. When making cheap purchases, especially in restaurants and small stores - use cash! The less you show your credit or debit card the less chance of CC fraud.
I usually stay in the Ermita area of Manila not far from the US Embassy and the Robinson Mall. Your girlfriend may have other areas in mind. Be careful of your money, be frugal when you make purchases, etc. If you throw your money around wantonly without any care you are setting yourself up for a possible fleecing - maybe! When you are in the Philippines you will be considered rich, no matter what you might think!
Read up on some of the expat forums for the P.I. (Philippine Islands.) You won't be the first or the last Cano to visit the Philippines. Some of the experiences - good or bad - you will read about from other visitors.
Good luck. Reply to this
WOW! SIR HALBERD WELL SAID, WELL SAID, THANKS FOR THE INFO ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE ATM AND THE MONEY FOR EXCHANGE I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT THEY WOULD BE PICKY ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE ALL-MIGHTY U.S. DOLLAR!!!! THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT, FORDMANMIKE Reply to this
"I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT THEY WOULD BE PICKY ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE ALL-MIGHTY U.S. DOLLAR!!!!"
They are worried about counterfeit bills. I don't care for the many private money changers you can find on the streets in some places, like the Ermita area, I prefer banks or use my debit card. One long weekend with regular banks closed on Sunday and Monday being a holiday, I used the casino on UN Avenue. I found the casino to be a little easier and less fussy than the bank. (No ratty cut-offs or holey T-shirts in casinos.) The fussiest place I tried to change money over at was the Robinson Mall in Ermita.
Good luck. Reply to this
One post deleted from this thread. The author was advertising 'herself' to the original poster. This is not a dating site so please don't advertise yourself on it.
Mod Reply to this
Hi there! Filipinos are very hospitable. Expect to be treated like a master, especially if the family would really like you.
Filipinos are very nice and caring. you just need to be honest so that they'll be honest on you too. Reply to this
i have since been there twice we are awaiting a k-1 visa and i agree with what you said i was very impressed with your country and the people in it. Reply to this
It really varies from woman to woman like any other country, you could be in for a dream come true or a nightmare..
we talk a lot about dating and marrying pinay on my blog, if you are interested you could share your experiences with us, and learn what others have experienced too.
Glad you had a good time in Mindanao Mike.
<snip> Reply to this
iam american man i want to travel at the Philippines that i meet online what requirements do i need? Reply to this
"iam american man i want to travel at the Philippines that i meet online what requirements do i need?"
You will need a passport. You will need a plane ticket to Manila and return home. You will need sufficient income to see you through your holiday in the Philippine Islands.
You will probably get more responses as a separate "stand alone" heading under your own name instead of tacking the question on to this old post.
Passport, money, plane ticket. If you haven't got a passport yet do that first. With US passport you can enter for 21 days for free.
Reply to this
woah! Sir Halberd...what a description there...
Let me just say that NOT ALL OF THE FILIPINA are like this...
"Keep in mind that if you marry her you also marry her entire family!"
but i do admit some filipino do that here...
[Edited: 2011 May 28 09:33 - Rat on the Road:23681 - No advertising URLs on forums please.] Reply to this