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Old 01-24-2011, 03:30 AM   #51
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Excellent post. I enjoyed my time in Lima and I agree that Peru has a ****ton of stuff to do. Food was decent, people were nice, tons of stuff to do...Peru in general was one of my favorite S.A. countries.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:50 AM   #52
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Requesting more on Taipei,Thailand & Phillipines please
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:26 AM   #53
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How Scary - 10 - One of the safest places with the lowest murder rates in the world. The police don't even carry guns. Most people speak decent english.
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Wtf mate? It's safe here in Finland too and the police only fires (every shot incl. tires etc) in the line of duty sth like 15-20 times per year, but still it seems incredible that they don't even carry guns routinely?

I mean yeah you have a small country, and safe without a doubt, but you would think that they would carry a gun for 1) their own protection and 2) the proactive threat of firepower which you would think that lowers crime
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:23 AM   #54
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Requesting more on Taipei,Thailand & Phillipines please
2 big threads about thailand full of info imo
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:55 AM   #55
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2 big threads about thailand full of info imo
Yeah I understand this and very helpfull they are too.
I prefer this format however as it is more concise instead of sifting through thousand's of pages
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:55 AM   #56
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great post. but what about womens?
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:23 AM   #57
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Sydney, Australia

Firsthand experience? australian citizen and resident

Cost of Living -
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living in sydney, and australia in general is very expensive, consistently in international top 10 lists.

a 2 BR house in the suburbs 30 minutes from the city will set u back easily $500/wk

nightlife is also VERY expensive

Recreation - 10

pretty much anything u can think of u can do here. its a city with something for everyone. very diverse environment (beach, rain forest, bush, forest).

more bars, clubs, restaurants etc than u could possibly see in a few months. theres always something going on in terms of music and festivals

How Scary? - 2

it depends on the area u are in, but generally speaking u wont have any problems. australia is a 1st world country and sydney has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. keep to urself and u'll have no problems. some parts of sydney u would be smart to avoid at night (parramatta, cabramatta for example).


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a) live poker - 2

nonexistent outside of the casino (only 1), and the rake and game selection is awful. if u dont mind dealing with that and snappy, underpaid, overworked dealers u should do ok. i should point out that tournaments run regularly, the fee is relatively low and the structures are decent

b) online poker - 10

online poker is legal in australia, and defacto untaxed. pretty much everyone young has played at least a few times, very open

How Easy to Get There and Stay There? - 5

most western passport holders get a 3 month visa waiver. a 12 month tourist visa is fairly easy to obtain.

doing visa runs is going to be a problem. the border control for tourists is very strict (due to heaps people from SE asia staying here on tourist visas and working illegally), and they will definitely ask u why ur returning so soon. expect to be put back on a plane (annoying after 6 hours return from NZ)
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:11 PM   #58
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great post. but what about womens?
Well, there seems to be plenty to go around and they definitely like gringos. The female Peruvian population in general probably won't win any prizes for their amazing beauty though, so it won't be like cruising down the main street in Copenhagen on a warm summer day.

If you're into paying for it, I'm pretty sure that's available as well.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:38 PM   #59
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Ecuador

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My wife is Ecuadorian, and this was my first trip down there with her and her family. We stayed for 1.5 months, and virtually saw the entire country, living with locals. The country is divided into 3 very different regions. The coast, the sierra, and the oriente (Coast, mountains, and amazon). Each category will differ somewhat depending on the region you are in, but I will do my best to give a clear picture.

Cost of Living: 9
Travelling to Ecuador for the first time from Toronto, was comical when it came to costs. A quick rundown on prices (All USD): $0.60 bottled beers, $1.50 for a plate of rice w/ beans and a meat of your choice, cooked how you want it (typically from "hole in the wall" type places), if you go to the chain restaurants, expect $3-$4 for a full meal. 5-star equivalent restaurant we ate at, dinner for 4, chilean wine, steak w/ prawns type meals, bill came out to $65. $0.25 public transit, $8 bus ride across the country (9 hours), $4-$6 max taxi ride to get anywhere within the big cities. A condo we looked at in Salinas, amazing spacious 2 br, floor to ceiling glass sliding doors, on the coast overlooking beautiful beaches, $130,000. This condo anywhere in Toronto, or any city equivalent in costs, $500-600k easily. I hesitate to give this category a 10, because Ecuador is the first third-world/developing country I've visited.

Recreation: 10
Coast: The most undeveloped pristine coastline I've ever heard of or seen. Going out on a limb I'll say 95% of the coast has no human footprint. Every 10-20 kms driving along the coast, you will find small fishing villages, where you can spend an afternoon soaking it up on the beach, and the waves are decent to surf. Habitable places we stayed for longer periods, would include Salinas, Montanita, and Esmeraldas. All exotic beach locations, Montanita being party central (Babylonia as my inlaws called it). Sea-doo's and 4x4's are all readily available for rent. Guayaquil, the most populous city in Ecuador, is considered coastal. This city can be avoided, nothing much at all to do (This was our "home-base" for the majority of the trip).

Sierra: Quito and Cuenca, the 2nd and 3rd largest cities in Ecuador, are located in the Andean mountains. Both are at high altitudes, so the majority of physical recreation activities consists of hiking or biking. A town called Banos not too far from Quito, has all the extreme sports covered, including white water rafting, bungie jumping, hand-glidding, you name it. Babylonia of the sierra when the sun sets, as well.

Amazon: You can do amazon tours for a few nights, and stay in the rainforests, watch out for the penis fish.

How Safe: 5
Changed this heading, to avoid confusion. Everyone you speak with, over-emphasizes how unsafe it can be in Ecuador, including locals. From my experience, I didn't run into one hairy situation, and I ventured way off the beaten path, where I'm sure no gringos have been in years, if not ever. The people there looked at me more out of curiosity, rather then with criminal intent. The reason I'm giving this category a 5, is because I'm also 6'4, 260 lbs, and I'm assuming part reason why I wasn't bothered was because of this. At the same time I did see in the news, people who were killed in the streets only a few blocks over. Same goes for most travel, be smart and respectful, you should have no problems. Guayaquil was by far the "shadiest" city out of them all. Popular areas and touristy places are full of military and police, and from what I understand, the new president has cracked down hard to clean up any corruption in these organizations. You feel extra safe around them.

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Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, the 3 largest cities, each have one private poker club. I was only able to visit the two in Quito and Guayaquil, but had a great experience at both. Poker is still in its infancy over there, so most all of the players there had only been playing 0-3 years. Combined with a widespread lack of understanding poker math, made for very soft games. We played 1/2 and on weekends 5/5. Crushing 1/2 and 5/5 there over the 6-7 sessions I played, combined with cost of living, has me seriously considering returning. Gave this a 6 because of game selection, and locations.

The internet is slow to average at best. I didn't play online at all, but I talked to a bunch of people who did. I don't know the legalities for online poker there, but I'm going to assume it's legal, and if not, then it's the last thing on the authorities priority list.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There: 8
Daily flights from Miami $200 ish, and all other south american countries (didn't investigate for Europe). Return from Toronto was $800. Tourist visa was 90 days, and from what I understand can be renewed by leaving to peru/columbia for the day and returning, and getting another stamp. Same as many other places I've read about.



Oh, and BABES. Not as fine as Argentinian, or Puerto Ricans, but I still couldn't help myself from imagining them while making faithful love with my woman.

maybe 2-5% of the population smokes cancer, and not once did I run into any weed, or anyone smoking weed. You can find pure if you're looking for it.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:43 PM   #60
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Can you guys that posted about Peru and Equador please also tell us what rake they charge at the live poker rooms?

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #61
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Well, there seems to be plenty to go around and they definitely like gringos. The female Peruvian population in general probably won't win any prizes for their amazing beauty though, so it won't be like cruising down the main street in Copenhagen on a warm summer day.

If you're into paying for it, I'm pretty sure that's available as well.
If they are close to Brazilian girls (beautiful (yes I mean chocolate girls) and easy to get) then my destination in future is Peru
thanks for info dude
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #62
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5% uncapped is the standard in Lima as far as I know. Games are still very much beatable, but I wouldn't ever consider live poker for a living down here because the stakes are too small and the games usually run from 8 or 9 in the evening until 6 in the morning.

@Lomi

They are very far from looking like Brazilian girls. If you're choosing a South American country solely based on girls I think Brazil, Colombia or Argentina is the way to go.

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Old 01-24-2011, 03:03 PM   #63
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Brazilians are a fantastic mix of many ethnicities, ofc a lot of Portuguese (and more afro) descent but they have a lot of Italian and German with a little spice of good old Africa in them which makes them really hot imo (they have hot girls ranging from afro-black to moderately light skinned/haired/eyed)

Whereas Peruvians are mostly just a mix of Amerindian and Spanish, European descent from various different countries isn't that present there.
And in my opinion spanish-amerindian people aren't usually that goodlooking, not wanting to be racist or anything, but I just think like that - they are quite small and not that beautiful in general compared to some other countries.

But in all fairness I knew one Peruvian girl in France who was really really hot.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:13 PM   #64
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Girls in Bolivia/Peru/farther west countries are (generally) going to be less hot than those in the east. This is due to a higher % of indigenous populations mixed in I think. I thought that the Argentine and Brazilian girls were much hotter than those in the west (in my experiences).
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:37 PM   #65
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imo girls arent hot in south american countries except brasil, argentina and uruguay
and thats a big downside, considering there are some nice places to be..
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I've heard that Colombians are very hot...can't confirm though, never went there.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:19 PM   #67
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Wtf mate? It's safe here in Finland too and the police only fires (every shot incl. tires etc) in the line of duty sth like 15-20 times per year, but still it seems incredible that they don't even carry guns routinely?

I mean yeah you have a small country, and safe without a doubt, but you would think that they would carry a gun for 1) their own protection and 2) the proactive threat of firepower which you would think that lowers crime
Police in New Zealand don't normally carry guns on patrol either.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:29 AM   #68
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Poker Playing - 9 - Online poker is legal,
Can anyone confirm this or give a link? I always thought gambling was illegal in most muslim countries.
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Can anyone confirm this or give a link? I always thought gambling was illegal in most muslim countries.
This is a level? This is the Philippines, not Malaysia. Catholics, not Muslims.
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My bad. I was actually thinking about Indonesia. Don't know how I confused the two.
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Yeah I understand this and very helpfull they are too.
I prefer this format however as it is more concise instead of sifting through thousand's of pages
check the thailand travel guide sticky at the very top of the forum, roger wrote alot of good stuff there.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:12 PM   #72
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Central and South America - Scary and very overpriced for what you get.

Asia - Very safe and aside from Korea, Taiwan, and Japan and big cities it is cheap.

Africa - Scary and expensive. Exception is S. Africa and some of the Arab Africa like Morocco.

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You can travel everywhere for $1000-1500 max.

Recreation depends on the person. Everywhere is fun for a little while except for Muslim countries if your only source of fun is drinking and picking up girls.
lol u a sagely dude. how would you rate earth overall?
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Central and South America - Scary and very overpriced for what you get.

Asia - Very safe and aside from Korea, Taiwan, and Japan and big cities it is cheap.

Africa - Scary and expensive. Exception is S. Africa and some of the Arab Africa like Morocco.

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You can play internet poker everywhere via proxy.

You can travel everywhere for $1000-1500 max.

Recreation depends on the person. Everywhere is fun for a little while except for Muslim countries if your only source of fun is drinking and picking up girls.
Please tell me that this is a level / joke, right?

I really want to believe here... it's just that when it comes from an American my reads are off - borderline stuff
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Seoul, Republic of Korea

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Cost of Living: 3 The big issue here are the massive security deposits it takes to rent a place. "Key money," as it's called, is required on nearly every rental and one can expect to pay at least 20,000usd just to move into a decent 2 bedroom in the city. In nice places it can be more. 50,000usd is not uncommon. That said, you get it back when you move out just like a security deposit. It's just that a lot of travelers don't possess that kind of available money.

As far as food is concerned it's cheap and plentiful. Street food is available, edible, and cheap. Also delicious and clean from my perspective. Beers and coffee have similar prices to any big city in USA. Expect to pay ~4usd for a local beer up to ~10usd for an import (bottles, draughts, whatever.) Public trans is cheap, clean and easy. It's about 1usd for an average ride on the subway/bus and you can use both. Taxis are extremely available and you can ride across town for less than 20usd unless it's rush hour.

Recreation: 9 Nightlife in Seoul is unbelievable. Huge open shopping malls. Tons of live music of varying style and quality. Everything from the highest end booking clubs (which I promise you can't afford) to the lowest end dive bars (where you will likely be hanging out with many American service members and hippy expat teachers.)

Two specific districts I wish to mention: 1)Hongdae, which sits right between three very prestigious Korean Universities (including the amazing Ewha Women's University where I swear 75% of the women are hot) is a huge area of bar after bar after karaoke joint after bar after restaurant after coffee shop after bar. Live music everywhere. And it isn't expensive.

2) Hyewha: More of an artsy district farther north with several blues cafes and bars of that ilk. Lots of fun to hang around in most nights. Lots of dates going on here at all times. More cultured than the sheer madness of Hongdae yet still a ton of fun.

I only knock Seoul 1 point because of the lack of available beaches, but you can be in Pusan in 3 hours by KTX and use their beaches all you want. Also Jeju island is only a 1 hour flight away and though it was barren when I was there it was still a perfect place to have holiday as long as you're bringing your own company.

How Scary: 9 Clean and safe everywhere. Even if you're stupid you're likely to not find too much trouble. Minority groups may run into problems with elitist locals but they would sooner ignore you than start something. Tons of English spoken in Seoul at the lowest levels. Tons more spoken around the Universities. Police are conscripted 20 year olds for the most part and are everywhere. Only illegal drug I saw in two years was hash. You have to go looking pretty hard for trouble to find it in Seoul.

Poker Playing: B&M: 2 Online: 8 Walker Hill is the casino with the live games but the rake is absurd. Game can vary on juiciness. Online isn't so hard to play. I played stars for 2 years there and never had one issue. Fulltilt isn't accommodated and you need to have it installed before you go. If you do there aren't problems using it. Never tried Ongame or Party.

How Easy to Get There and Stay There: 5 Super easy if you're in the military and on orders. If not, it can be a bit of a pain. I know it's fairly easy to do consecutive 90 day stays. After that I'm not sure. I know visas can be hard to come by. You essentially need to be sponsored by a company from what I've been told. And that process can entail background checks out the ass. Thailand and Philippines are much more accommodating here but it's not awful.
is Walker Hill the only casino with poker?
also how bad is "absurd rake"? uncapped 5%? or higher than 5%?

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Please tell me that this is a level / joke, right?

I really want to believe here... it's just that when it comes from an American my reads are off - borderline stuff
Not a level at all. But it is a generalization.

What do you take issue with? 'Expensive'? Look at property values in good neighborhoods and hotel prices in good neighborhoods in SA vs Asia vs Africa vs US. These prices will reflect the disparity I'm talking about. The 'nice' upscale areas in SA and Africa tend to be very expensive, unless the only barometer on your life quality scale is cost of alcohol.

Or are you talking about 'security'? Look at the poor areas in Asia and compare them to the African and SA and US slums... It is no comparison. They are a world of difference in terms of security and that is reflective of the rest of these countries as well.

And yes, I know there are exceptions, but that's what they are, exceptions. It's not like I can cover everything in my 3 sentence quick and dirty World summary.
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