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Philippines...anyone? (travelers here)

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by SPFlatty, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    aight, so i'm plannin my next over-seas adventure and i was thinkin about the philippines. i hear it's a little more expensive than the rest of south east asia, but c'mon, how bad could it be?
    this place is 7,000 + islands...beaches, amazingly beautiful women, and asia, what more could one ask for?
    okay, who's been and who has any advice. i checked lonely planet and they had some good info, but i want real experiences...and if this palce sucks, let me know and i'll go right back to thailand again...but, from the few people i do know who are from there, they say it's great, but most of them haven't been there in years. so, what's the dealy on the philippinesy...?

  2. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    i don't know much, but it's probably not on the u.s. government places of safe travel because of the extremist group Abu Sayyaf and their kidnappings of u.s citizens... but shit i guess that can happen anywhere.
  3. $360

    $360 Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 2, 2002 Messages: 2,600 Likes Received: 1
    yeah, i knew a girl who was phillipino, as in her parent were from there but she was born here. she just recently went for three weeks and wasnt allowed by her parents to speak ANY english at all.

    dosnt seem like the safest place to travel, but there is definetly worse.
  4. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    i hear its the most beautiful place on earth, aside from being anywhere with me. no seriously i hear its great, and im guessing ill be taking my philipine queen there within a few years so why dont you tell me how it is.

    go to cebu.
  5. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,367 Likes Received: 300
    I hear you can 'buy' albeit for a day a 11 year old filipino boy for under 20 bucks.

    I believe the southern islands are the ones that are dangerous due to kidnappings and what not.
  6. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    yeah, i heard the south is a scary place, but i've heard up north where it's more suited for travlelrs, it is amazing. my girfriend is philippino, but i want to surprise her with the fact i want to go (or i'd just ask her). she's actualy there right now (her grandpa died), so i got me thinking about it...aight, thanks all.
  7. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    Philippines...(two p's in the middle), but what is with the F?

    i've been to malaysia and indonesia. indonesia was scary, we stayed in a christian village on lake toba on samosir island. it was pretty boring. the resort we stayed at was haunted, it was frickin nuts.
    malaysia tho...damn, awesome. we stayed on penang island, which was touristed out, and then went to pangkor island which has some of the dopest diving in my opinion. then we saw kuala lumpar, which was like ny...benz and beamers all over the place. i do want to go back, but not to indonesia...screw that place!
    i'm not too concerned with sanitation, whatever, it's life. i just want to chill on the beach in an unfamiliar place...maybe i'll go to south america instead.
  8. DripOfAWish

    DripOfAWish Member

    Joined: Apr 16, 2003 Messages: 277 Likes Received: 0
    Sorry about your girlfriends loss. My brother told me about Indonesia, thats why it sounded good to me. And since you've already seen Malaysia, the Philipines sounds like the next good place to see. Or maybe Thailand, but your girl already being in the PI sound like a good enough reason to go. you should do it. if i were in your shoes i would.
  9. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
    i'll be in Bali in july...any advice?


    my hotel is pretty hooked up...actually it's a 'resort and spa'

    i'll be in Sanur
  10. DripOfAWish

    DripOfAWish Member

    Joined: Apr 16, 2003 Messages: 277 Likes Received: 0
    Bali - Don't eat food from street vendors. My brother had diarrhea for two days. oh, and you can take me with you, this thread is making me feel isolated.
  11. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
    yeah, i've heard of 'bali belly'
    but if you're like me, your stomach feels like that all the time..
  12. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    Yeah, they do kidnapp americans there for ransom money. Especially outside of malls like SM and Ayala.

    CITIES, well Manila always came off as real urban dirty bla bla uck. NO offense to anyone on here that might be from there.

    My mom was from Cebu and I love that city!
    It is poor and pretty dirty like most cities but not that much. Mangos and pineapple are sold on the street. Things are cheap. ..Ride Jeepneys!!
    They are these crazy bus jeep things ....that are like 25 cents and you just hop on and off on the back.
    Each one is painted different with crazy shit on them...streamers attatched to the lights and nutty little statues attatched to the hoods.

    For islands, well there are over 17,000 of them..

    The bisayan islands, south of Cebu are really nice. My cousins and I rented a couple little bungalows on this tiny island with a sand bar and colorful reefs for pretty cheap off the Bisayan coasts. there are tons of little islands like that, with maybe 10 bungalows on the island and then a 'meeting lodge' with a restaurant a little bar and a place to hang out.

    Every one speaks english and people are generally good but watch out because alot of people will be out to rob you. Dont look dumb and rich.
    Eat Halo Halo and Adobo Chicken.


    public transport at its finest

    Oh and dont drink the water untill you are used to it. The mosqitos will eat you alive for the first 5 days or so too.

    I cant wait to bring you TT :cool: :cool: :cool:
  13. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    thanks for the concern dripofawish, it's much appreciated. i've been to thailand as well, be careful there! you'll never want to leave! my girl will be back soon, she's got school here, so she can't stay away for long.

    and damn...a few people have mentioned cebu...i gotta go...end of the year i'm either going here, or with some girls i know to brazil...anyone who wants to go, new years 2004...buy your ticket!
  14. serum

    serum Elite Member

    Joined: Aug 9, 2000 Messages: 4,200 Likes Received: 138
    regardless of where anyone goes never book a hotel in advance unless you want to pay hundreds of $$$$ over the real price. when you get to the airport find a tout to take you to guest houses between a certain price range and area that you want to be. booking before could leave you with a prepaid overpriced nightmare.
  15. Rectum

    Rectum Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 13, 2002 Messages: 1,501 Likes Received: 1
    so long as your not japanese it shud be alright
    when my dad went there was a fire in a jap hotel and the philo fire brigade refused to put it out caus they hate japs