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This really is a "horses for courses" topic.

Personally I love a multicultural life so enjoy having a mix of foreigners about as well as locals. Mixing with expats has left me with very good friends from all the continents bar one (which only has penguins for citizens) and each brings flavour to a conversation. We had a laugh at a bar the other day when we realised out of the nine of us we had an Australian, Japanese, Norwegian, American, English, Nigerian, Mongolian, Singaporean and a Cambodian. All great mates, all having fun. I'd miss that in a more homogenous setting.
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This really is a "horses for courses" topic.

Personally I love a multicultural life so enjoy having a mix of foreigners about as well as locals. Mixing with expats has left me with very good friends from all the continents bar one (which only has penguins for citizens) and each brings flavour to a conversation. We had a laugh at a bar the other day when we realised out of the nine of us we had an Australian, Japanese, Norwegian, American, English, Nigerian, Mongolian, Singaporean and a Cambodian. All great mates, all having fun. I'd miss that in a more homogenous setting.
I have a similar experience at my favorite watering hole (3-4 Aussies, 1 Brit, 1 Belgian, 1 American a couple of Danes). It's more interesting to get the flavors of conversation going.

Experiences like these would be hard to come by in our home towns....
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I have enough acquaintances that I can interact with as little or as much as I desire. Usually in public venues. Most of the people that I know are like that. We like our space but enjoy some western company for some sanity sometimes.

The main side effect of living in an area where there are expats is prices go up.
I'm about the same as Jon. I live far enough away from him so that I can avoid buying him the beers I owe him.
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I want to live in an area I can afford, if I'm stuck in a gated community full of westerners then it's gonna cost me... so for me what matters is my family and how I get by, if I want conversation there is a meeting spot in another municipality and I have been invited but it's a 30-40 minute drive on-way.

I do miss conversation.... I don't have any English-speaking people near me, they don't speak much English, they might understand what I'm saying at times where I currently live and even the surrounding area's, I have seen posting's that some claim most people speak English... well that's not true at all for me the Southern Luzon area has very little English-speaking people they might at times understand what i'm asking but the words are not there for conversation and my area starts from Calamba Laguna all the way to Pagsanjuan Falls.

Manila on the other hand seems like the US to me, I come there once a year to update my Immigration ID and see more educated people everywhere and they can hold a conversation it's when I return back home and the first sign I am back home and traveling through Los Banos Laguna people selling the Buko pie that's what everybody here looks and acts like, there's no jobs other than reselling stuff or working for somebody, most people here don't finish their education and what little school they had was with really bad attendance.
I lived in Cabuyao Laguna from October to April and I could not wait to get out of there. I felt very isolated after a while. There was only one neighbor that I could have a decent conversation with, and he was not around much. I was the only Caucasian around thus the "stare" factor was huge. I didn't have a car then and there are no taxis, so travel was by trike and jeep. I basically got asthma from the pollution.

So I swung to the other extreme and moved to Subic. Except for the higher cost, I love it!
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Haven't had buko pie in a long time, we can't get them here in Gen. Trias, we have to go to Tagaytay to get them and they are not bad at all. Tagaytay is 1 hour away from Gen. Trias.
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I lived in Cabuyao Laguna from October to April and I could not wait to get out of there. I felt very isolated after a while. There was only one neighbor that I could have a decent conversation with, and he was not around much. I was the only Caucasian around thus the "stare" factor was huge. I didn't have a car then and there are no taxis, so travel was by trike and jeep. I basically got asthma from the pollution.

So I swung to the other extreme and moved to Subic. Except for the higher cost, I love it!
My first 3 months back in the Philippines, Nila and I lived in Dipolog City. We were close to her family there and we knew several ExPat Americans who lived there as well. Nila's family is 3 hours away from Dipolog and they live in an extremely rural area. They have electric power but no telecommunications and no Internet. When my wife got notification that she qualified for an interview at the US Embassy, we moved to Luzon and have been here ever since.
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Well joe you got to ask yourself a question, do you really want to be around alot of expats you don't know? Passing one or two in mall is fine I do that quite often but I don't plan to get buddy buddy with anyone in particular. Gene and few here are pretty alright people but you are here in Philippines I would say never let your guard down even to someone from U.S. or 1st world area because if you give someone opportunity they will take it. Its a law of nature. You made a valid point Joe and you seem like smart guy just always have backup plan. Acqaintances sound like a better option in my book.


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This could be a very diverse and up or down thread! My question to anyone living here in Ph .... Do you find it good, bad, helpful, more secure, less secure living in an area of expats? For me I find no solace in living near or within an area of expats. My nature is to be suspect of " why are you here?" !! We all have our reasons and I know personally plenty that are not good and in fact bad. Needless to say I'm also very sure are plenty that are as myself and reasons similar to mine, yet I have not met any in person and in fact make a point to be more careful with expats from anywhere than with the native people. Near misses in my acquaintances in Mexico could have been very life changing for me and not in a good way, what happens along the way makes our mood for tomorrow! So lets hear!
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A like wasn't good enuff for this one, Jim...laughing out loud, this was funny!

Thanks for the laugh!

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My " smarts" are a results of " stupids" along the way! Hahaha. Now I find it easier to read, try to understand, take some sage advice! Sometimes wonder why a crooked finger or knee or wrist seems sort of swollen and stiff........ Ahhhhhh then all comes back! Young and indestructible! NOT !!! Yep I have been approached plenty in malls and I think I'm cordial enough and maybe was the finest person " I NEVER MET!" but maybe not. I assume many have children in this forum and I think all here have some important info to offer them in the area of " human nature" , my own is very educated and traveled but in a gentle more refined way. Now she actually ask about certain places and my opinion as I was never one to say so much of what and why only that I was there! I myself enjoy this particular forum, seems like the moderator keeps it like I like " CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE HEALTHY AND DIRTY ENOUGH TO BE HAPPY"!!!!

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My nature is to be suspect of " why are you here?" !! We all have our reasons and I know personally plenty that are not good and in fact bad. Needless to say I'm also very sure are plenty that are as myself and reasons similar to mine
My nature is the opposite...more for those outside the cities. The westerners I see while on vac all can't be retirees or penpals meeting their gals; many are younger than me and must have some source of income. I'm guessing some are missionaries. I like San Miguel too much to do that lol
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