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We are not trying to put you off, just arrive with you eyes open. There's no such thing as a stupid question, keep them comming. With a bit of savy there's no reason why it should not exceed your expectations.

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A couple of my nephews got Dengue illness where they were hospitalized for 3+ days, respectively. I'm especially afraid of this.
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Wouldn't hurt to get all pertinent immunization/Vaccination for a 3rd world. We've had outbreaks of Chikungunya, the flu, we are located in the lower Luzon area. Also food spots they seem clean but who wants get some sort of disease like hepatitis B and C, that reminds me I need another general hepatitis shot. My wife got Typhoid fever once, she was in the hospital for two weeks. You can get these shots here.
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Thanks a lot guys.

I realize these questions are silly. I mean, of course the Philippines is hot, has snakes, etc, but I'm just wondering *how bad* it really is. And that's entirely subjective, so...

I read/heard a lot of bad stuff about China before first going there in 2009, but had zero problems after arriving. In fact, I learned a *lot* living there.

So, at this point, I'm wondering if the blogs I've read on the bugs and snakes etc in the Philippines, are coming from expats living in the provinces, without window screens, hiking in the jungle. Or if I'm going to get jumped by spitting cobras in my garden in a gated community in Tagaytay. :P

(Oh and I did get all the shots, including Japanese Encephalitis and Typhoid.)

@nannett: Yeah, dengue scares me too. Were they hiking in the jungle or where were they when they got bitten?
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So, at this point, I'm wondering if the blogs I've read on the bugs and snakes etc in the Philippines, are coming from expats living in the provinces, without window screens, hiking in the jungle. Or if I'm going to get jumped by spitting cobras in my garden in a gated community in Tagaytay. :P
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The general gist of the comments here is that you are moving to the tropics and life here is far better if you embrace the tropics rather than avoiding it (bugs, heat and all). Philippines is covered in jungle and most of us find that we enjoy our time here far more when we engage with this fact rather than avoid it.

There will be bugs, there will be heat, but there will also be laughter, cold beers and hammocks. The beaches are sandy, the water is warm and the diving fantastic. All of this is more than compensates for the occasional centipede or wayward snake.

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Thanks a lot guys.

I realize these questions are silly. I mean, of course the Philippines is hot, has snakes, etc, but I'm just wondering *how bad* it really is. And that's entirely subjective, so...

I read/heard a lot of bad stuff about China before first going there in 2009, but had zero problems after arriving. In fact, I learned a *lot* living there.

So, at this point, I'm wondering if the blogs I've read on the bugs and snakes etc in the Philippines, are coming from expats living in the provinces, without window screens, hiking in the jungle. Or if I'm going to get jumped by spitting cobras in my garden in a gated community in Tagaytay. :P

(Oh and I did get all the shots, including Japanese Encephalitis and Typhoid.)

@nannett: Yeah, dengue scares me too. Were they hiking in the jungle or where were they when they got bitten?
It pays to be careful when it comes to snakes. Most all snakes here are poison; not just a cobra. Even small, newly hatched snakes can be deadly and yes, you can and will eventually find one even in your fenced yard or just outside a door under something to stay cool. We live North of Manila by about 2 hours in a semi city/country area.

Our home is modern and completely enclosed with screened windows and doors. Still, the insects and even the small, wall climbing lizards get in. Surprising what you get use to after a time. You'll find that in the Philippines, most areas are a combination of country and city within just a few blocks of each other.

It's good that you got the vaccinations before travel. One possible problem though is the flu vaccine. The one you get there is developed for flu strains there and not here. Hopefully you'll do fine.
My 11yr old {future doctor} daughter just gave me my flu vaccine injection again this year about 3 weeks ago. Amazing to me that for such a young age that she not only enjoys this and other medical procedures, but that she is good at it and gives a painless injection. Safe for another year .






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My 11yr old {future doctor} daughter just gave me my flu vaccine injection again this year about 3 weeks ago. Amazing to me that for such a young age that she not only enjoys this and other medical procedures, but that she is good at it and gives a painless injection. Safe for another year .

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She looks well in control but you were looking a bit wobbly, mate
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Hahaha--Just happened to be that the Dr. we go to took the photos and snapped that one at the wrong time. Easy experience with her doing it. Even in hospital, she is the only one that uses a needle on me. I'm a lucky dad..

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Hey Erik,
I think its safe to say, it will take about a year before your foreign body actually adjusts to the climate here. I was away for two years but now I am back and even though I left USA in the summer time, I am still adjusting ( paying the price). Anyway I want to say Welcome to the Philippines and I wish you all the best.
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Thanks, guys. I guess it's going to be a battle between the prissy foreigner and an army of venomous crawly things.

Do you still get Huntsman spiders in your house even with screens? How do they get in?

(I read about those spiders dropping onto people from the ceiling? Um, has that actually happened to anyone here? I would legit have a heart attack.)

@Jet Lag: Nice pics! Thanks for sharing.

I'll update after I arrive in case there are any other bugophobes considering traveling or living in Ph.

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