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I'll be moving to the Philippines in a few days. I've already secured a house for rent in Tagaytay. For context, a clean-looking house in a gated community. I've done a lot of research, but I have a few questions for anyone who has actually lived there.

--How bad are the bugs?
--Have you ever had giant spiders / centipedes / etc in your house?
--Will aluminum window screens and caulk be enough to 100% proof a house?
--I lived in China for 5 years. My first apartments were cheap/horrible and had bedbugs, cockroaches, etc. After I moved into a more upscale apartment, however, I never saw any bugs. I'm assuming the same is true in the Philippines?
--Basically, I just hate bugs.

--How about snakes? Do cobras, etc ever wander into the cities?

--I'm really susceptible to heat. In China, I was sweating constantly in the summer. When I went to Hong Kong for 3 days, I literally had to drench my clothes in water before going outside. Nordic genes plus growing up in Alaska, I guess. Is it really that hot in the Philippines?

--I've been in some real seedy areas in China and never felt in danger. I'm a cautious type with good ability to avoid dangerous situations, scams, etc. That being said, how bad is the crime in the Philippines? Should I be carrying a 'decoy' debit card with a few thousand USD in it, with my main card in my boot or something? Should I be carrying pepper spray? Is Manila really that bad? Have you ever gotten robbed, mugged, etc?

--Anyone living in Tagaytay? I'd be interested in hearing your stories and whatnot. Coffee/lunch/dinner is on me.


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I'll be moving to the Philippines in a few days. I've already secured a house for rent in Tagaytay. For context, a clean-looking house in a gated community. I've done a lot of research, but I have a few questions for anyone who has actually lived there.

--How bad are the bugs?
--Have you ever had giant spiders / centipedes / etc in your house?
--Will aluminum window screens and caulk be enough to 100% proof a house?
--I lived in China for 5 years. My first apartments were cheap/horrible and had bedbugs, cockroaches, etc. After I moved into a more upscale apartment, however, I never saw any bugs. I'm assuming the same is true in the Philippines?
--Basically, I just hate bugs.

--How about snakes? Do cobras, etc ever wander into the cities?

--I'm really susceptible to heat. In China, I was sweating constantly in the summer. When I went to Hong Kong for 3 days, I literally had to drench my clothes in water before going outside. Nordic genes plus growing up in Alaska, I guess. Is it really that hot in the Philippines?

--I've been in some real seedy areas in China and never felt in danger. I'm a cautious type with good ability to avoid dangerous situations, scams, etc. That being said, how bad is the crime in the Philippines? Should I be carrying a 'decoy' debit card with a few thousand USD in it, with my main card in my boot or something? Should I be carrying pepper spray? Is Manila really that bad? Have you ever gotten robbed, mugged, etc?

--Anyone living in Tagaytay? I'd be interested in hearing your stories and whatnot. Coffee/lunch/dinner is on me.
Oh dear, to me the Philippines is all about the bugs and the heat. I wait in anticipation to read the replies. I personally would have visited at least a couple of times before moving for an extended stay.

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I'm aware of what I'm getting into, but I just want to see what others have to say about it. One of the reasons I chose Tagaytay is its weather. :P

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I live about a 1/2 hr drive to the east of Tagaytay at a lower elevation. Tagaytay still gets into the mid to high 80s F, but the evening temp can be pleasant.
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Hi Erictaylor, I'm Norwegian heritage and lived in ND, I know heat and it can be agonizing here, the best spot to rent from is one with several large tree's to help block the sun, we don't run the AC during the daytime but at night the bedroom feels moist, stuffy and hot, so I'll turn on for a couple hours.

Best thing to do is try to get yourself acclimated to the weather so don't turn the Air conditioner up so high because you'll never get used to the weather and probably won't want to get out much if at all. I was very fortunate to be stationed in Guam for 10 years and I seen guys come and go... at the command, some really suffered or lost huge quantities of water but after talking with them it turns out, they don't get out much in the weather and they never turned down their AC unit.

If you still have the chance try to get clothing that allows your body to breath, I've seen low priced brands at Walmart $5 each and then branded names such as Under Armour clothes, hat and footwear, so basically most of the clothes you are bringing here are gonna be wrong for this weather, even though they look cool, you won't want to wear them, most of the clothes I thought would be okay here have been hanging in our spare bedroom, they just don't work here even though these clothes could work stateside during the summer months, the humidity is so very high.

Lessons learned, bring more breathable comfortable shorts and shirts, quality socks. If you are a large guy it's gonna be hard finding shirts that fit your chest and shorts that fit you properly, same with large feet, quality socks are gonna be tough to find, if you have shoe sized 12 and larger, nearly impossible to find shoes, socks and sandals that fit you. Mad dash to buy some things? Too bad you didn't join this forum earlier.

Bugs are the norm, sometimes a snake and no shortage of huge spiders, boy-boys (furry poisonus itchy crawling things), red ants, blacks, huge red ants...ugh, mosquitoes, lord the fly's, roaches...ugh and large flying beetles, bats.

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I'm aware of what I'm getting into, but I just want to see what others have to say about it. One of the reasons I chose Tagaytay is its weather. :P
Tagaytay is cooler not cool. It's just a notch down from the normal steaming hot of the rest of the Philippines. If you are aware of what you are getting into why are you asking the above questions. As you are renting I assume you are staying longterm not a quick vacation. You can research as much as you like but you will never approach what it is really going to be like. A one month stay is nothing like living here longterm, that's a whole different hill to climb.

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Rod: Thanks. I figured that. I thought about Baguio but read that it's in a pretty inconvenient location. Plus, Tagaytay is close to Manila's hospitals. I think I'll survive with aircon.

Mccalley: Thanks for the detailed response. So you get huge bugs in your house then? Blah.

Gary: Slightly snarky response there. I guess it's just last minute jitters. I'm kinda traveling around because I've got a location independent job. I could afford to live in <insert expensive European country here>, but I hope to save up as much money as possible for a house... thus, it only makes economic sense to go to a place with a low cost of living.

Anyway, I guess it's all subjective. I just gotta see for myself. Before I went to China, people online were saying it's dangerous, dirty, lots of scammers and pickpockets, blah blah, and I didn't find it so bad.

If giant cockroaches and Huntsman spiders crawling all over the walls is the norm in PH, I guess there's always eastern Europe. :P


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Rod: Thanks. I figured that. I thought about Baguio but read that it's in a pretty inconvenient location. Plus, Tagaytay is close to Manila's hospitals. I think I'll survive with aircon.

Mccalley: Thanks for the detailed response. So you get huge bugs in your house then? Blah.

Gary: Slightly snarky response there. I guess it's just last minute jitters. I'm kinda traveling around because I've got a location independent job. I could afford to live in <insert expensive European country here>, but I hope to save up as much money as possible for a house... thus, it only makes economic sense to go to a place with a low cost of living.

Anyway, I guess it's all subjective. I just gotta see for myself. Before I went to China, people online were saying it's dangerous, dirty, lots of scammers and pickpockets, blah blah, and I didn't find it so bad.

If giant cockroaches and Huntsman spiders crawling all over the walls is the norm in PH, I guess there's always eastern Europe. :P
Hope you enjoy your time in the Philippines and everything works out for you. I would hope that once you get there and settled in. please post your experiences to let us know if it was anything like you expected.
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Erik, Looks like you're getting some good information so far. From your list of questions I'm going to assume you are planning this move without having been here before. With the list of concerns you have, I hope you are not sorry afterwards.

This is the kind of place that it would pay to make two or more trips to before ever making a move.
Either way, you will find it extremely hot and humid in most all locations most all year round. Insects as well as snakes are here and prevalent even in the cities. They were here long before humans and this is their territory.
Cockroaches are about the size of your thumb when grown, can fly, bite, and are impossible to keep out of any building as well as mosquitoes that carry everything from malaria to dengue fever and beyond.

Snakes are almost everywhere. Less in the cities than the country naturally but they are still there. Just last year a 14 foot python was found in the better section of the city of Manila

There are a lot of good points to living here but to just move in without personal, feet on the ground beforehand is risky.
Lifestyle and culture shock will have you wondering what planet you are on before the end of your first day in country.
If you are coming here to marry or be with a gal you found online, the above mentioned shockers will seem like child's play compared to the twist, turns, and dangers of a sight unseen relationship here. Make sure your life insurance is paid in full first and register on the STEP Program at the US Embassy Site in Manila.
Be sure to read the Travel Warnings and Advisories at the Embassy site also and take them seriously.

Hope you find whatever it is your looking for and that you'll be able or want to adjust in such a place as this.



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