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"If you choose to hide behind cameras,walls,and natives what kind of relaxation is that? I speak the language and everybody knows me well."

Well good for you but the fact remains that as a foreigner you can be a target which might put your family at risk. Your neighbors can absolutely love you but a nitwit just traveling thru couldn't care less about your hopes and dreams. Making highly visible provisions for your home and family doesn't make you less "lovable" but might give some rascal second thoughts. My wife was widowed at 19 years old but continued to live with her mother-in-law in a very rich part of Manila. Her mother-in-law was the former wife of a very rich politician. She was stabbed to death in her own bed by the friends of one of the maids who unlocked the gates so they could enter the home. The intruders tried to get into my wife's room but she always locked it and they left her alone. In my case she has insisted that out homestead be made as safe as possible. In that she is happy I have much less stress and I am very relaxed. My dogs are well fed and earn their keep as far as I am concerned. This especially true because they are not typical Filipino dogs who bark at the drop of a hat but only when there is human traffic at or around our homestead.

Regarding window bars. I have them. I highly suggest making them openable from the inside and have fire escape plans and train the kids and other residents - ie rope ladders et al.
I wasn't gonna go there but since you did and thank you for your candor Rebaqshratz and wow a wake up call...

We thought we had a pretty healthy neighborhood also for several years, well... that was until some visiting OFW's who we had known us previously as teens and friends with them (we were tourists at the time) returned from overseas work and told us just the opposite of what they thought of us and it pretty much made sense I had a feeling even though that daily smile and greeting seemed genuine and same with our in-laws.

For sure be wary of maids or strangers living with neighbors, we found out that some of these strange men were actually hiding from the law and this has happened more than once in our area, recently they captured or actually it was a shootout of two kidnappers, gun for hire or hold uppers, both now dead this happened just two blocks from my sons school two months ago.
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Old 24th August 2019, 05:42 AM
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" If you choose to hide behind cameras,walls,and natives what kind of relaxation is that ? "
I am one of these guys who has CCTV and dogs !
But the CCTV is there for 2 reasons ! The one facing the Main Entrance is to show who is ringing the door bell !
As our home is at the back of the family compound this camera serves 2 purposes 1 to watch over the car port
And also to show us if its kids ringing the doorbell and running off ! Its a long walk from our house to the main entrance! The other cameras are for the wifes peace of mind and one i can watch the comings and goings in the bay which can also be seen by a cousin nearby via the internet.
As for the Dogs 2 were here when we arrived in 2011 and the 3rd was from a litter of 6 puppies one of the dogs had
His original name was gizmo because of the white fur on his head but he grew to become known as " Arnie "
As he is a big dog ! The only wall we have is a high sea wall !
I have no reason to hide away i am well known in the area and we often employ local men to do building work for us
And we pay a lot more than the going rate and we feed them !
Even our regular driver we pay well and he eats with us wherever we go !
And as i said before if i need to go anywhere the wife always comes with me ! We have done this since we married in 2002 !
Life here isgood
Expatuk, those CCTV camera's would be handy for keeping out unwanted visitors we get those all the time or people claiming to know you they get all this information form the neighbors and call out your names as if they know us and usually the wife's name or the camera's could also alert us to the mail man or person dropping off our bill the kids at times do take these bills and play with them, that reminds me I need to get a mail box or drop box.

The dog might be in my opinion the best form of alert that we have they can smell or hear somebody near our property or next door and we have 4 dogs.
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Old 24th August 2019, 05:55 AM
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I belong to an international group of people who share common values (what it is is a private matter). They are in the Philippines also, although I do not personally know anyone there, upon meeting others in this group, they would welcome me with open arms and invite me to their homes for meals, etc.. Upon meeting these people, we would be instant friends even though we have never met. I can make efforts to contact a native Philippina in this group and inquire about safety from someone who's been there their whole life.

In time, I guess when I am able to travel there for a visit, I can hook up with fellow members there and learn more from them than from this forum. There is likely someone who could be with me all day and show me around the city I would go to.
I'd say that your private group would be a good first start and for sure you'll want somebody to show you the ropes if you haven't' been there before or it's been a very long time.

Learn more from your private group than this forum... that hurts a little but I always wish you well with your endeavors.
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I belong to an international group of people who share common values (what it is is a private matter). They are in the Philippines also, although I do not personally know anyone there, upon meeting others in this group, they would welcome me with open arms and invite me to their homes for meals, etc.. Upon meeting these people, we would be instant friends even though we have never met. I can make efforts to contact a native Philippina in this group and inquire about safety from someone who's been there their whole life.

In time, I guess when I am able to travel there for a visit, I can hook up with fellow members there and learn more from them than from this forum. There is likely someone who could be with me all day and show me around the city I would go to.
Well Marky I just picked up on this post and seriously wonder why you are on this forum at all if you have such great connections within an international (private apparently) group that would "welcome you with open arms and become instant friends" and it certainly appears you have not been in contact with them or you would know many answers already and how dysfunctional this country can be, the pitfalls and idiosyncrasies from the locals, "your instant friends".
You have asked and contributed to this forum with at times lack of information and left field remarks against people trying to help by asking questions to gain knowledge to be able to simply offer advice/support on your original post/s.

Perhaps Marky you should find that person that will "be with you all day and show you around the city". (costs?) Perhaps introduce you to the best way to acquire meds that you need and tell you not to bother with stupid expat sites and I will take you by the hand and then to the cleaners. Contact your instant friends and then call up on expat sites for a second and third opinion instead of rejecting your first port of call.
This is an open forum and yes all have rules to be abided by indeed, but if one asks a question or retaliates in a meaningless way (half ars*d questions/respones included) with unsupported tripe then like me at times has to bear the brunt of other members wrath. As said perhaps contact your personal (don't tell all) group that you apparently hold in high esteem that will be your instant friend (get off the grass) and then go back to another for your insecurities? Doctor/s for a second or even a third opinion no different to wasting time here, do yourself a favour and taste, not guess or waste time on expat forums as it appears you already have a pre conceived idea how things don't work here. Sorry for my opinion if it hurts.

Good luck and OMO loosen up sport.

Cheers, Steve.
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I'd say that your private group would be a good first start and for sure you'll want somebody to show you the ropes if you haven't' been there before or it's been a very long time.

Learn more from your private group than this forum... that hurts a little but I always wish you well with your endeavors.
Well Marky (see my previous post) and also I have to agree with Mark, one of our on the ground moderators and highly respected by members of this forum is disappointed with your response as am I and probably many conservative members unwilling to give you a serve.
As you know I tend to have long winded posts and wish only to be as succinct and to the point similar to other members like Gary who says always little but wields a big stick. Sadly I'm a talker and don't know or perhaps wish not to put my thoughts into a sentence or two. I do hope to see a reply to my previous post to Marky from Gary that will be more than one sentence, a pat on the back to you Gary for instantly getting your thoughts across to readers, I do have a lot to learn.

Marky, I'm not sure if you have supplied info on whether you have been to PH or no, hey old timers is a bit*h but surely you can see there are many contributors here reaching out, offering advice/suggestions only to be met with some negative/self contrived responses.

Short term, move on as you have your unmet friends that could lead you up the garden path or sail you in the right direction so you prosper or hang about on expat sites and disregard personal experiences from those that have lived in PH. for a long time and know nothing.

Personally I need to know nothing of your life and simply offer advice and experiences here in Ph. as all here have supplied.
Hey I'm a gay man with a pinoy husband and no one here has given me sh*t. Nor will any give you. This is an open forum Marky and all advices/opinions come from members with no ulterior motives and honestly are here to help and while yes some questions seem personal or hit a nerve are asked simply to help with advice and from my personal experience never a personal attack nor snooping, simply gathering info to help fellow members/participants.
Well yet again I sprouted on, Gary I wish I went to your school. I'm sure 50 or 60 words would have wrapped this up.

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Lol... Going to attempt to get this topic back to Safety and Security in the Philippines... geez still laughing... Hang in there Marky and its called tough love but you can learn so much from these forums I encourage you to use them and some valuable information from our members it's worth listening to.

This happened yesterday, we live primarily on the second floor I was holding my 3 year old granddaughter while on the desktop and some guy was staring at us from the gate it was creepy and he had a bike and it was raining out but no umbrella, none of my dogs barking either and so I had my son go out and see what he wanted and all he said was "ate" (sister) but my wife doesn't know him, gate was closed but our doors were wide open and I had my son close up the house, my wife put up a protest and didn't want to close up the house and I have this issue frequently with her, but enough is enough the doors got closed.

And like I mentioned dogs were ineffective they wouldn't bark and were hidden from the rain so that was another wake up call for man's best friend I have 4 of them he's not 100% reliable.
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Lol... Going to attempt to get this topic back to Safety and Security in the Philippines... geez still laughing... Hang in there Marky and its called tough love but you can learn so much from these forums I encourage you to use them and some valuable information from our members it's worth listening to.

This happened yesterday, we live primarily on the second floor I was holding my 3 year old granddaughter while on the desktop and some guy was staring at us from the gate it was creepy and he had a bike and it was raining out but no umbrella, none of my dogs barking either and so I had my son go out and see what he wanted and all he said was "ate" (sister) but my wife doesn't know him, gate was closed but our doors were wide open and I had my son close up the house, my wife put up a protest and didn't want to close up the house and I have this issue frequently with her, but enough is enough the doors got closed.

And like I mentioned dogs were ineffective they wouldn't bark and were hidden from the rain so that was another wake up call for man's best friend I have 4 of them he's not 100% reliable.
Yep you are right Mark, back on track and sorry for and no idea for the double post previously but also perhaps off post was in defence reparative to insecurities and perhaps naivety all around, myself included. Yes I was led astray, guilty as always.

Sounds like the ghost rider was on a visit to your property, Filipinos and dogs totally avoid visits from ethereal visitors, spooky perhaps but I'm sure you sorted that sh*t as another weird visitor, to date in our house we have had any of that,,,,,,,,, so far. Ben is a believer (ghosts and other sh*t) but to date has not seen unwelcome visitors visceral nor in the flesh apart from the shepherd mysteriously tending/rounding up, the unwelcome goats off our property. the weirdest thing we have experienced are the termites intent on driving us crazy and a supposed architect proffering excellent work. All else seem safe,,,,,, so far and a ghost would be cool but to see but a burglar or stalker not.

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Learn more from your private group than this forum... that hurts a little but I always wish you well with your endeavors.

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