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Old 08-01-2007, 08:06 PM   #26
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

mephisto:

What's Cebu like?
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:15 AM   #27
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Cebu is the Philippines most developped resort island in that country. It has a bunch of 5 star resorts and I believe some casinos as well. If you want to live outside of Manila and enjoy the beauty of the beach, I suggest you take a good look at Cebu. I don't know anything about internet availability but I'd bet good money that it's solid.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:47 PM   #28
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Woah sorry I forgot about this thread now its got millions of replies lol

I’ll try and answer what I can as best as I can…

Mephisto has got everything dead on so far.

1. internet connection. I’ve only played poker in manila so I can’t vouch for intenet elsewhere. However the hotels I’ve stayed in manila have all had very solid internet connections. blackouts very occasionally happen here but its normally just a min or to.

Elsewhere I’m sure cebu cities internet will be 100% ok.

In the more remote places, blackouts can occur frequently depending on how remote you are and I doubt the internet is stable. I think the only way is to go there and use the net for a day or so to check its reliability. Most of the visayas province capitals the internet should be fine.

The idea of living on some island playing poker for money does sound great. Does anyone know about satallite connections which you can take anywhere that provide a reliable connection?

2. my schedule

My online playing schedule varies. as an mtt pro the best time for me to start tourneys is at 1am through to 1pm. So I normally switch from working nights to working mornings. The Sunday mtts are great so by Sunday I’ve normally hit the night shift. My girlfriend also does different shift work so I try to rotate my bodyclock along with her working hours.

I could play off peak but theres probably only 10% of $100fo+ - $20rebuy+ in those hours available so it really hurts my $ per hour especially as I’m a high volume player (20-30 tourneys a session).

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cebu. I hated cebu city, but I was staying in a [censored] part, I also had trouble getting money off the net at that point so I was skint. As soon as my money came through I got the fook out and went to another island. The rest of the island probably has some good spots to stay but idk.

I found people weren’t so friendly down there.

I played a bit of poker in cebu but I think the highest game is $1/2 nl, and $20 rebuys tourneys or something.

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I didn’t make the airport casino (the biggest one), I ended up going down the regular place thinking it was a $400 tourney, but was a $20 1 rebuy 1 addon super satalitte for the appt. so I played with the intention of playing the other $400 tourney at the airport when I busted, but I came 2nd so I missed the airport casino tourney. I might go down there this Saturday if I do I’ll let u know more on the games. And yes I’m pretty sure its $10/20nl in the evenings as the highest game.


One thing to note tho, the Philippines is not Thailand. It takes some adjusting to compared to other places in asia. If you want to get something done it takes some time here and there are a few annoyances, but the people and the scenary make up for all that by far.

I’m happy here and am not looking forward to leaving, gonna miss my gf and the place…

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Old 08-04-2007, 03:08 PM   #29
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

I went to manila to visit a friend who was staying near the Hyatt in Manila Bay, so I rented a condo in that area, but I went to makati and it was way nicer.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:40 AM   #30
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Can somebody give an overview about the livepoker scene in the phillipines?

It is possible to play poker outside of Manila and Cebu City at a casino?

I like to hear more about NL. What stakes they play and how soft are the games?
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:56 AM   #31
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Just watch this awesome movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oV3G5VuIbQ&mode=related&search=
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:31 PM   #32
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Thank you for the information on the Philippines but from what I have been reading around the internet Manila seems like hell on earth.

I'm currently looking at some of the other islands for a less smoggy and much cheaper place to live.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:32 AM   #33
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

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Manila seems like hell on earth.

I also cant imagine to live in Manila. Somebody can recommend another city with a casino where I can play livepoker?
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:47 AM   #34
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The main casino has games up to 10/20 i believe.
this is texas holdem right? Because all these casinos say on their homepage that they are offering stud poker.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:10 AM   #35
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The main casino has games up to 10/20 i believe.
this is texas holdem right? Because all these casinos say on their homepage that they are offering stud poker.
I think that is a table game played against the house.

My question about live poker is what languages they permit at the table.
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:07 PM   #36
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

A couple of interesting links I came across regarding the Philippines: www.livingincebu.com and www.livinginthephillipines.com

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Old 08-16-2007, 03:19 AM   #37
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

nice link, tried for 5 mins at finding pertinent info on internet connections in cebu, can anyone give me the coles notes?
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:18 PM   #38
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

i'm curious about the cost of rent and what kind of place you get for your money. can you give me an idea of what to expect starting w/a decent place and moving up to a nice place. i wouldn't need, but a 1 bedroom and even a studio apartment would be fine i think...thanks
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:18 PM   #39
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the philippines was also recently polled as the 2nd happiest nation in the world.
what was first?
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:39 PM   #40
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i'm curious about the cost of rent and what kind of place you get for your money. can you give me an idea of what to expect starting w/a decent place and moving up to a nice place. i wouldn't need, but a 1 bedroom and even a studio apartment would be fine i think...thanks
Depends where you want to live. Manila is retarded expensive. Anywhere else from what I have seen is very cheap.

Check out the Living in Cebu website for some good threads on cost of living.

There are a few rental websites around the internet but they are full of owners trying to gouge naive westerners with inflated prices.

I'm moving out there in about a year- or a year and a half. I want to save up a years living expenses before I go. I'm a life-nit like that. I'll probably end up in Cebu.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:06 AM   #41
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

I'm flying into Cebu City in a few days and will probably stay there about a month. Any suggestion of cheaper longer term accommodation with Wifi would be very appreciated. Also do they have live poker there at the casino?
Any 2p2:ers living there at the moment?
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:39 AM   #42
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the philippines was also recently polled as the 2nd happiest nation in the world.
what was first?
Denmark, phillipines were 78.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?...05_july29_2006
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:30 AM   #43
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76. Thailand
I'm pretty sure this study has nothing to do with actual happiness.

Edit: When I was in Manila during the APPT, the Airport Casino ran a 100/200 game (about $2/4) maximum, and even that only a few nights per week if the right players were there. The regulars I spoke to said it was very rare to see a higher limit game than that.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:50 PM   #44
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Anybody else got any info about monthly rentals?

Those living in cebu guys were spending about 100 a month on a room, but they didn't seem very balla. What can 500 a month get you in manila or cebu?

Also, do you feel safe as a westerner going out around the city? Are there many thugs? Also, arent al qaeda type groups fairly big in the philippines?
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:25 AM   #45
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

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Anybody else got any info about monthly rentals?


Also, do you feel safe as a westerner going out around the city? Are there many thugs? Also, arent al qaeda type groups fairly big in the philippines?
as long as you don't venture in remote areas, you'll be fine. I think the abu Saryif (spell?) usually operate in the southern Island of Mindanao
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:59 PM   #46
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

bump...I made a separate thread askin some questions before I found this...

Please give me some info about how to get to boracay....flying to manila or cebu from Guangzhou China? whats easier.....do they have flights all the time? do I need to take a small ass plane? Also, is it worth taking the trip to Boracay or will i be just as happy in Cebu?

Please recommend some resorts...I know you've been sayin accomdation is cheap, but when I checked for mid feb (during Chinese New Year), prices seem somewhat high ($200-$300) a night...Please recommend a good place for about $100 a night. Also, is there any need to venture out of the resort if I wont be lookin for girls, since Ill be with my gf...

any help is appreciated...thanks
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:33 AM   #47
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

What are some ballpark cost of living figures in Makati / Manila? Cheaper than Bangkok?
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:26 PM   #48
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

Great post here!

I have been looking to go to the phillipines for a long time!

How long can you stay there? Regarding visa
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:09 AM   #49
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

i'm thinking of coming to the philippines in the next couple days. i'm currently in bali. i've been toying with the idea of working at this prop trading firm in manila but not sure if i could last there very long. makati seems like a good place to be.

what sort of place could i get for < $500 a month?
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:26 PM   #50
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Re: Anyone to ask about living in the Philippines?

if you stay at boracay they have small cottages that range 6-12 bucks a night. Also food is very cheap in philippines. drinks(alcohol) cost about 2us dollar so 20 bucks get u retarded drunk. Im goin back there for vacation sometime in march-april and my budget is only 1k for a month. Im definietely goin to boracay and will be bar hoppin errrrrry day of the month !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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