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Old 17th October 2014, 03:38 PM
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I kinda feel a little bit guilty. Did my post open the doors of discussion? Being from Manila, I can be quite protective of my home, but I can also understand the negative comments other people make. Anyway, have a great weekend everyone.

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I kinda feel a little bit guilty. Did my post open the doors of discussion? Being from Manila, I can be quite protective of my home, but I can also understand the negative comments other people make. Anyway, have a great weekend everyone.
I think that most people that fly in from other countries are fairly surprised at the over crowding, dense traffic, and abject poverty at every turn. Something that we would not ever see in places most of us are from.
But Manila has some great areas too. Even Ermita and the areas around Rizal Park and the local malls are fun and can be a good place to spend time. Quezon City and other areas as well.
I could live in some of those areas comfortably but we prefer living in the province that is still close to city life North of Manila.

Don't worry about your post. It's just fine and everyone just voices their own opinions..
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The missus... I understand what ur saying too... im the one who left the long tirade before in defense of Mto Manila.
I too understand and agree to a point with the neg comments. Could say the same thing about most cities of the world...los angeles, nyc, tokyo, london etc. There are bad/poor/dangerous areas all over.

But the drastic and blatent in ur face poverty that can be seen in Manila can be shocking.

We each make our own circle of comfort no matter our station in life.

Mine is Cavite.
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But the drastic and blatent in ur face poverty that can be seen in Manila can be shocking.

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From the little I've seen of Manila, it is not all that different in that regard as any major city in the lesser developed Asia.( If anything it is better than most.) I am of course excluding Singapore, Japan, and Korea from this list as these places are as developed and wealth as any western city. You cannot compare a major city in the developed world with one in an emerging lesser developed economy.

Mumbai, Delhi, Jakarta, Kabul are all worse than Manila in this regard.

Going outside of Asia, Mexico City, Kingston and Montego Bay Jamaica are also much worse.

These are just the places Iíve seen, I am sure that people better traveled than I can add to the list.
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From the little I've seen of Manila, it is not all that different in that regard as any major city in the lesser developed Asia.( If anything it is better than most.) I am of course excluding Singapore, Japan, and Korea from this list as these places are as developed and wealth as any western city. You cannot compare a major city in the developed world with one in an emerging lesser developed economy.

Mumbai, Delhi, Jakarta, Kabul are all worse than Manila in this regard.

Going outside of Asia, Mexico City, Kingston and Montego Bay Jamaica are also much worse.

These are just the places Iíve seen, I am sure that people better traveled than I can add to the list.
I may get on your nerves for saying this, but you should avoid inserting Kabul in your writing, unlike other cities you mentioned

I am sure only a meager minority will ever have the privilege of experiencing Kabul, or Iraq, for that matter ..

and before you say anything, I have a friend who is also based there, but he doesn't compare Kabul with anything .. since he never gets to leave the compound ..

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.... I have a friend who is also based there, but he doesn't compare Kabul with anything .. since he never gets to leave the compound ..
Those people are usually called FOBits. I always wondered why anyone would go all that way and never go to Afghanistan.

I spent most of my time outside the wire, staying in many cases woith local government people, village elders etc until we had enough of a presence in an area to acquire long term accomidations and become self sustaining for our life support.

And here is a news flash: the media lies about what life is like there. They make it out to be a lot more dangerous than it really is so everyone will think that they are really brave for going there. The reality is that with the proper percautions and some common sence it is pretty safe, just like every where else.
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Ha! Interesting...as former military I know the term FOBbit.

Also interesting in our forum, I heard the phrase used to describe a young Filipina as a FOBber and also as FOBbit.

Apparently referring to "Fresh Off the Boat".

I reckon we, as expats, are the foreigners and at one time FOBs...ha!
Certainly been called worse by people who meant it!
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And here is a news flash: the media lies about what life is like there. They make it out to be a lot more dangerous than it really is so everyone will think that they are really brave for going there. The reality is that with the proper percautions and some common sence it is pretty safe, just like every where else.
Ok, I understand, now don't make this into a tourist promotion for Afghanistan

Unfortunately, the guy I know based in Kabul, works for another organization fixing infrastructure and such, but often their survey crew / inspection crew does get shot up badly ..

Even though they aren't attached to any armed forces or anything, try tell that to the locals who have been taking potshots at them.

So .. yah, let's get this back to Manila

I agree, for your satisfaction, all of us should have a holiday in Afghanistan .. !!

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As a new member I just want to introduce myself.

I am 49 now and from germany.After 2 years of information and travelling to the filippines I will expat to Cebu in December this year.
So in the future you will get more stupid (hehehe) questions and threads from me here too :-)
You will like Cebu! There are great beaches everywhere!
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