OK I’m Here, Now What

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This post is generally geared towards those heading into Cebu City, however, it could relate to your arrival at just about any city in the Philippines. Once you have landed, gone through Customs and Immigration’s and grabbed your bags, and are heading out the door for your first step on Philippine soil at that moment you may ask yourself OK I’m here, now what. My advice would be to take at least a three day R&R at one of the low cost yet nice beach resorts while you get your body adjusted to the time changes. Remember you have just traveled half way around the world and your body clock is completely twisted out of kilter. You will want to be up all night and sleep all day, that’s jet-lag. Some times that’s OK because I do that here often myself, sleeping in and working nights when the internet is much faster and often until 3:00 or 4:00  AM. If you plan to be up days and sleep nights here I suggest at least three days in a resort to re-acclimate yourself with the time difference and climate, force your self to say up during daytime hours and sleep at night. If you have ever had to stay up all night to work on a project or do whatever you might have done, you can understand what I am saying. The idea is to force yourself to stay up during daylight hours and then sleep at night, it will take at least three days for this process to work it’s magic. I can make a few suggestions on places to stay below.  I do not get a kickback on any of these, they are simply nice places to stay. Visit their website and make your reservations here.

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You could stay at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa for around $200 to $300 a night and treat yourself to three days of pure luxury. Or if money is a little tight, you could go with Haruhay Dream Resort and Restaurant for $39 to $45 a night. I recommend Haruhay’s because I have been there and vidited all their rooms and found them to be very nice and comfortable. The pool is clean and the rooms look clean and they have European food in their restaurant (see photos below). It’s owner is Wolfgang Pichler from Germany.

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Haruhay Dream Resort Mactan Island

Evelyn Pichler/ Wolfgang Pichler

Owner/Manager

Marigondon Beach, 6015 Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines

Telefon +00 63 917 303 1954

TEL/FAX +63 32 340 9790

E-mail Address: contact@haruhay-philippines.com
Alternate Mobile No.: +00 63 917 325 6016 
Road Description 
Marigondon road to Marigondon Beach, 
500 meters before Plantation Bay on the Left Side.

I can call and make reservations if you like just email me:

Charles_Harman@rocketmail.com

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Haruhay Dream Resort 1 Closes at 9:00 PM

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Haruhay Dream Resort 2 Deluxe Bedroom $45 per night.

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Haruhay Dream Resort 3 Their Restaurant, European and Filipino food.

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One of Cebu’s best kept secrets is Virgin Beach Resort, located just 120 km north of Cebu City and only 17 km north of Bogo City. Virgin Beach Resort owned by a friend and American from California Ron Perry. This resort is located on the ocean and has a great pool and very reasonable room rates in the $40 to $60 range. You can also stay there monthly for a very reasonable rate ( 10,000 pesos a month) comparable to any of the apartments here in Cebu City or Mactan. The only problem I find with Virgin Beach resort is that you are 90 kilometers north of Cebu City with virtually no taxis, remote yet quiet. He does have a bus and a van you can rent with a driver for a trip into the city. To get into Cebu City where the action is you could also take a bus (air conditioned) for around 120 pesos for a 3 hour ride into the city. If you want peace and quiet, you will definitely find it there.

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If you chose Cebu City and while you are on that 3 day R & R, look me up because I am not far from the Airport here on Mactan Island, and I would be delighted to assist you in locating the most important item, a roof over your head. I have done this with many of my RetiringPhilippines.org retirees, that have come here and I have a luxury SUV to make it even more enjoyable. I can show you around Cebu if you like just help out with the fuel and I will be happy. The Ford Everest has three rows of seats, GPS, DVD player, three monitors one in front and two behind the first row of seats, Diesel engine, 18 inch wheels all the bells and whistles. 

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If you can find rentals inside gated compounds or subdivisions you are a lot better off then out on the streets. Less theft and bothersome street peddlers knocking on your door literally all hours of the day, and they don’t seem to understand the word No, very persistent. Tumulak Village has some great apartments and a few that are a bit run down and bug ridden. The one I rent while we wait for our house to be built is owned by a Lapu-Lapu City engineer and is clean and well built two bedroom kitchen and living room for 6,500 pesos a month. This unit will be vacant soon as we are moving to Cebu City to be near my wife’s college. I will update my website with our new address once we get there.  The rent is great here also, low end is P 4000 or about $96 dollars to P 12,000 at the high end or $289 a month. One of my RetiringPhilippines guys lives just two houses over form me.  Just hop into a cab and look me up and I will assist you in finding a suitable apartment here or anywhere in the city (see my address at the bottom of this post). You need to write that address down on a piece of paper so you can show it to a taxi cab and you many need to select a few cabs until you find one who knows where it is. I can be a great source of information about the Philippines and can assist you in finding that rental so don’t be afraid to ask. If you are married to a Filipina already and are moving here or if you plan to marry once you get here. I can assist you in all your marriage preparations, documents, homes to buy, and to obtain and things you need.  Many of the Americans I know here came here alone and met ladies here and are now married and I have worked with about 50 people so far. One negative thing about rentals here is, it seems none of the businesses and apartments have any bug control I always see either rats or bugs around. My suggestion is to get yourself a bottle of Baygon bug repellant and spray a little in your room to kill any bugs. This is a problem all over the Philippines and you soon get used to it. I don’t understand how they can cook and sleep with bugs around and they seem to never spray to kill them. I keep a bottle handy in my room in case a roach or spider wanders in and they have some huge spiders here. I have a cardboard runner attached to the bottom of my door to keep them from getting inside here and since my room is air conditioned I placed a sheet of thin plywood covering the entire window sealing it off from the outside. I often sleep days so this keeps the light out as well. Enjoy the photos. I really like the way the Filipino houses look, they are solid concrete homes not much wood in them. Ocasionally you will find inner walls of wood. They never use sheet-rock here.

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With this house design, if it is raining you wont get wet the car port is covered all the way to the front door.

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