PROVINCE LIFE ON A PHILIPPINE ISLAND

Provinces in the Philippines often refer to the smaller towns and countryside versus the cities. Provinces offer some advantages in a slower pace of life and a lower cost of living in many cases.

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  1. Ya I had bought a food grade stainless steel tank plus high pressure pump 500 gal tank .
    I have 3 water dispensers in my home drinking water
    I just had the tank in

    I bought a 20kw onan gen had it installed

    1. Con: Those seeking an American/European lifestyle in the Philippines will spend more than they do in their home country and usually be very disappointed. Pro: Foreigners who can adapt and live more like the pinoys do will live cheap and carefree.

  2. Very informative and very reasonable analysis. Quite realistic portrayal of the real Malapascua island, unlike the very superficial facades at tourists areas which of course does not represent the real every day ordinary life in the ,province.

  3. I’m in Haikou, China now. I’ve been thinking of moving to the Philippines. How do you feel about living in the Philippines as regards dealing with the coronavirus? How do you think the health care system would fare there?

    1. I didn’t delete them but Youtube has been having some issues with comments. They had moved 400+ comments that I had answered into the “Likely Spam” folder and now they are gone, not sure where they went.

  4. 10, thousand pesos per month lol 😝 more like 2 thousand yeah , I’d like to live there for a few weeks, but home is Manila despite the traffic πŸ˜³πŸ‘.

    1. Spurlin,
      Or a place just outside the city like we did. We can go to town when we want, but always come back to the rice fields at night. We are in the Cagayan Valley of Isabela. Away from the constant buzz of the tourist crowds, but a big enough city close by to enjoy things when you need to.

  5. Wonderful video Rod. Lots of beautiful scenes on that island wow!
    Interesting how those motorcycles get into such narrow paths zig zagging between houses and fences…

  6. That is a beautiful Island full of rich natural beauty. I love those hidden provinces and friendly people and that’s where a man can find a good wife.

  7. Rod now this may sound ignorant to you but is that kind of an upscale Providence. It looks pretty nice really. Compared to some of the other ones I’ve seen. When people say Province I think of country style living. I don’t know maybe I’m just getting everything confused and I don’t know how to actually asked what I’m wanting to ask. Well now I can see I’m making it worse with my rambling LOL

    1. Living in the Province means living in a rural area where most people live simple lives. Mostly, there is not much amenities like internet, malls, cafe shops, etc. What’s plentiful in the province are beaches, less traffic, fresher air, generally friendly people, cheaper food expense.

  8. Hi Rod. What type of motorcycle do you use, and what do they go for? I am contemplating of being a traveling nomad with companion when I come. Are you concerned with the Manamanggal or Wak Wak in your journeys? Nice vid and thanks for sharing.

  9. Nice video of this island. But like most vids and personal experience traveling Philippines, the level of poverty, mess and disorganization there make it nearly impossible to think about staying there long term

    1. Filipinos are natural survivors, which is a double edged sword. They’re so used to handling discomfort, they forgot comfort can be easily attained too.

  10. Rod,
    You know me, I love the province life! I will take that any day compared to Manila or Cebu!
    Talking about building projects and roads, it amazes me still how they do things. Just like building a road and instead of moving the electric pole, they leave it right where it is in the middle of the road (4:22).
    10,000 did seem a bit steep without knowing the inclusions. Being out in a remote area it would seem the rate would be a little lower. Maybe that was a mansion!
    That was some very clear water. Looked very inviting and refreshing other than being in the rocks. But when you reached the beach, that really looked nice. Looked like a very nice place to visit.
    “Hello” “hello” “hello” …. I like hearing you say hello to everyone as you pass by.
    Great video. Thanks for sharing!

    1. @This is Our Philippines Try to Google ‘electric posts in the middle of the street’ or ‘house in the middle of the street’ so that you’ll know that this is not unique to the Philippines. Actually, UAE is an autocratic government so naturally you won’t see those in that country. UAE like most Gulf-Arab countries have autocratic government led by absolute monarch so no locals can’t say no to whatever their government wants. Even in China that most Western media portray as autocratic government, there are still people who are stubborn and didn’t budge even if the government pursue the road construction resulting to their house stuck in the middle of the road. Yes, there are instances in the Philippines where posts remain standing in the street it’s because the implementing agencies didn’t coordinate with power utility firms about the project.

    2. @lionhearted1969 I have been through quite a few countries, and from my experience only, it has been in the Philippines I have noticed these road hazards more often. Not saying it does not happen, but I have just not seen it as often in other roads I have traveled.
      Other than the UAE, I am not a frequent traveler to autocratic nations, so I will have to take your advice on conditions there.

    3. Electric pole in the middle of the road happens everywhere even in the United States. You only need to Google it and find many of those occurring in many parts of the world, rich or poor countries. Even some big houses or trees in the middle of the road in few countries. That often happens in countries in democratic countries. You don’t find it in autocratic governments.

  11. Rod,
    You should be the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. This is the same island (Malapasqua -sp?) that you featured in a previous video correct? I guess the principal occupation in the providences is a self-sustaining -farmer. I guess people operate Sari -Sari stores or a trike cab as a means of an income. I would be interested in living in a resort area in the province.
    Daniel

  12. I’m really amazed that the Filipino people invite Americans foreigners on in their country at all with all the whoremongers that come over there that say they’re going to marry their women and just use them for sex and dump them it’s been going on for Generations and worse

  13. Many foreigners and experts have no compassion for the local poor people whatsoever and yes they flaunt their money and people know they are rich because many of them are filthy rich and they leave a stain in a bad taste in the mouth of the local people they set it up for when I come they despise me because of what the rich wealthy arrogance stuck up users do you know who you are and that doesn’t include everybody of course it’s a problem all around the world

    1. First time I was in Philippines in 2012 I got 7 pesos for 1 Norwegian crown but now I get maybe 5,5 pesos at best. 20% less than 2012. It was good times until 2014 but in 2015 it dropped since oil price dropped and oil is a big income in Norway. So the crown dropped obviously because of oil price but still it is weak even oil price is higher today than in 2015. Maybe peso got little stronger as well in theese years.

  14. NOT FOR ME RENT IS TO HIGH I PAY 7000 FOR RENT AND MY INTERNET IS GREAT TO BAD ABOUT THE FOREIGNERS WE DON’T GIVE FILIPINOS SHIT IN THE US. OUTSIDE OF SACRAMENTO IS GOOD SIZE FILOPENIA AREA THE PEOPLE DOWN THERE KNOW THE FILIPINOS ARE FOREIGNERS BUT DON’T BOTHER THEM OR GIVE BAD LOOKS. I WENT DOWN THERE EVERY WEEKEND TO GO TO SEAFOOD CITY TO BUY FILIPINO STUFF NEVER SAW ANYONE GIVE THE FILIPINOS A BAD TIME.

    1. Bohol island is nice. I love Panglao island even though it is more touristic. I love calm places like Malapascua island even though I haven’t been there yet. I was on a nice island belongs to Marinduque island but resort was around 2000 pesos a day and even more than that. Wich is little expensive for me. Living there would be great cheaply. Name is Maniwaya island to the east of Marinduque island. Don’t know if there are nice white sand beaches in Marinduque island since I love white sand beaches.

    2. I haven’t seen enough of them to decide but right now it would probably be Bohol near Tagbilaran City. Big enough with a couple good sized cities/towns and one could spend some time exploring. Next might be Panay and Negros in or near the larger cities.

  15. I love how friendly you are Rod to everyone! You have great manors to learn from my friend! I was in Landers 2 weeks ago during daytime hour and i think you were there with at list 15 lady friends i believe you sat at end of the table? I could be wrong and you were busy talking so i didn’t want to bother you!?

    1. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Now we know what Rod does when not making videos! He is doing the chika-chika and chismis! 🀣🀣🀣

  16. I have just subscribed fantastic video I’m amazed $200 a month houses for rent I can afford that I’m not rich by any means and so every Peso counts, Rod thanks, buddy.

    1. David,
      That’s not much as you say, but you can get some places cheaper being they are in remote areas like this. Not sure what amenities or other items were in this deal that could make it a steal.
      We were renting a 2 bedroom while our house was being built for 2,000PHP a month. But we are way out from Manila up in Northern Luzon.

  17. It could be great. I’m reassessing if it’s duable. My problem is getting to the bank and shopping on the Habagat season. I can’t handle waves.

    1. Annie,
      I think I saw one ATM sign while he was going around. I just wonder how often it gets replenished.
      Traveling back and forth during bad weather could be rough. At times not possible even. Guess you would need to keep a good stock to survive those times.

  18. Pilar pilapil was very popular I think year 1980. Wow beautiful views and water is blue. Thank you Rod for sharing always a great video of your adventures. πŸ‘

  19. Rod,

    I just found out that the 2010 Michael Jackson video was filmed at the prison in Cebu. I was watching a documentary on South Cotabato Jail – Rule #1 in the Philippines – DO NOT BREAK ANY LAW!!!! That place is hell on earth

    1. Thanks Greg and good luck with your plans. Hopefully, the virus will be under control soon. I don’t see many sailboats and asked why at a marina. I was told that the shallow water around islands make it quite tricky and you want maps as well as the electronic navigation to keep you off of the rocks.

  20. Good video. Looking forward to your video about phones. I didn’t know you could get by without buying a Sim card for each country you stay in..

  21. Always a pleasue to be roaming around with you through these small lanes and gorgeous beaches.
    Thank you for that other beautiful video. tc
    (Sent you an e-mail)

    1. @Amazing Philippines It was my guess but I wasn’t sure. Thank you for your time. You can upload the wetranser link before it expire soon, and watch it later. Sorry and thanks again. tc

    2. Thanks Shineamen. I did get your email and will check out your video and link. I have been super busy lately but appreciate you thinking of me. TC.

  22. Thanks for informative video about Malapascua island since I haven’t been there yet but really want going there when I have possibility. Hopefully I will move to Philippines in a few years from now since I have been there 8 times so far since 2012. Going this year again if there is no Corona virus in about 6 months time.

  23. I will retire in 5-6 years to the Philippines. My wife is Filipino. I’m thinking of a medium size city as I am too used to urban amenities. Thanks for the video.

    1. Thanks Baruch. There are several options medium sized. I was impressed with Iloilo City and did a couple videos there. Bacolod City has potential also.

  24. Thousands of older American men come to the Philippines and take advantage of the poverty by buying sex with young girls,some barely out of their teens. This can be a reason why some people are not glad to see you.

  25. Good one Rod, and yes be aware of that stink eye. I actually like the slower paced life in a Province, but the Westerner in me graves amenities. Good Medical facilities is a must. So Provincial live OK for months at a time, but I’d miss people watching, window shopping, eating out to just totally abandent the City.

    1. I agree Tony but there are lots of expats living on the various islands. Malapascua is a bit small though. Bantayan is larger and Bohol has potential.

  26. Seeing all the dive shops….the resort…im pretty sure that is not a great example of province life….the old time Aussies living way out with the wife…never make vids…they come into town now and then or you might meet them at the airport headin for Manila….like me…a resort is the last thing they want to see….they avoid the tourist animal…herds….

    1. Good points Raymond. Each island has its own character and personality. Bantayan Island, Bohol, and other islands have a touristy area but is also large enough for the “Filipino” lifestyle to exist outside those areas.

  27. MAYBE IM WRONG BUT I THINK I WAS TOLD I COULD STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES UP TO TWO YEARS WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE, I HEARD THIS ON GIO CHANNEL, I COULD BE WRONG IT WOULD’NT BE NEW TO ME. LOVE YOUR CHANNEL

    1. You can stay in the Philippines on a tourist visa for 3 years before needing to exit the country. You do need to extend your visa every 2 or 6 months during that time though.

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