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  1. well im married to a filipina for 2nd time but for guys who are single and move over there , whatever you do just stay single…….so many women over there… just party like a rock star……hahahahahahahaahahh…

  2. I have lived in the Philippines for 13+ years. In that time, I have leased many different places. In every case, I got my deposit back. It has never been a problem, my deposit was ALWAYS returned. So, I can agree when you say you will “never” get your deposit back.

  3. As I mentioned in another article, when dealing with a managing company (condo, subdivision, etc) and ‘some’ landlords it is then the exception. But for rental-by-owner with smaller properties a person should not expect that their deposit will be held in cash to be returned when they are ready to terminate their lease. Getting the deposit back in credit towards the last two months rent is the norm with such landlords. Might be different on Mindanao, but that’s how it’s done in Cebu/Mactan.

  4. Here, anything is possible and not getting a fair shake is very possible. But it’s been good for me (so far). Logic goes out the window a lot of times when people get fixated on getting some money from a ‘rich’ foreigner. I paid for a motor-scooter and after the final payment, suddenly they don’t want to give up the pink-slip. Even simple transactions can go ‘south’ at the drop of a banana here. Best to deal with somewhat professional landlords to avoid those problems.

  5. Hello. Nice video.
    I’m landing in Phuket Thailand on 10/13/13 and will end up in Manila in about 6 weeks after that. I have several employees, that live there and was wondering, because you mentioned about starting a business there…. is there any sites that you would recommend for the best overall, guide line for the rules on having a business and hiring people. I plan on contacting you when I get there and meeting up for a bit. Thanks for the video’s. There appritiated.

  6. My best friend married a woman (US) after knowing¬† her for 3 months…lasted for 12 yrs but he said that only about 3 of those yrs were happy…..lol….he was 20 and she was 19….so another lesson…never get married when you are that young…

  7. You are right! No big decision !!!! I’m a filipina but really thinking ? how I’m going to survive there. …….though I have house in Manila and in my hometown. Calapan ,Or. Mindoro .still have great difficulties on deciding if I’m going to retire early and order to start new life. Anyway your videos are great help for me. THANKS. ūüôā

    1. it depends on what a person is looking for really. ¬†there is a better infrastructure and 1st world amenities in singapore, korea, japan, even thailand.. but the prices are higher or there is little to now english spoken. ¬† all have beautiful women.. but the PH is more open and welcoming to foreigners. ¬†so.. it’s a trade-off.

    1. @Demetrius MOye indefinitely, actually.¬† most fil-am families do quite fine on $2k/mo usd.¬† you’d likely never need to dip into your savings ever.¬† one precaution.. do NOT let anyone in the PH know you have that savings, it can actually put your life in danger.¬† it’s best to never disclose your assets in the PH.¬† desperate people do desperate things, including kidnapping and robbery.

  8. hello¬† henry¬†¬†¬†¬† love the videos, you give good advise, I married a beautiful young lady from the Philippines, took over 2 years to get her to the states, one year later she split, one crazy¬† bitch, I got divorced real fast, but you know that was a good expensive lesson I learned, went around the world¬† 5 times¬† saw a lot of shit man, but the experience was something else , they only want money¬† or at least most of them anyway, I may go back, but if I do it will be to live in a small city¬† not many people, will never bring one to the states again, or trust one very far, especially with your life or money. there are some good women¬† there but man it’s like a¬† needle ¬†in a hay stack to find one, anyway 3 years I¬† waisted ¬†and over 80k usd but not giving up on the good life be it with or without a lady from the Philippines just love it there,¬† like the old saying goes – you can’t take it with you man¬† –¬† ¬†best of luck man with your lady friend

    1. @Buddy Phelps in the ph, the good-girls are amazingly good. but, the bad ones can be really bad. it’s a long process, took me 3 years to find my way to lyn. honestly, if something were to happen, not sure i’d have the heart to try again for a long time. but no worries about that, ‘so far so good’. ūüôā

  9. LOL! That’s what happened to me man, I lived in the¬†Philippines for about a year and man every 5 seconds I was like¬†“Wow I coulda had that girl, wow I could had that girl, WOW I coulda had that girl!”¬†But in the long run my¬†5yr relationship went sour,¬†so I’m moving back to the Philippines soon and I’m going to do exactly what you suggested and wait it out for a year and play the field for a bit first. I met my¬†5yr relationship while I was in the Army stationed in South Korea¬†and when I got out of the military and moved to the Philippines I had no idea how many crazy hot women were there lol.

    I absolutely love¬†Filipina women, they’re the most beautiful women in the world to me and I love the way they take care of their man. Seriously can’t wait to go back there again. Last time I was there I had a fianc√© and I realized very quickly that being a¬†decent looking white guy over there is like fishing with dynamite haha. Coulda had just about any girl I laid my eyes on… Needless to say I’m looking forward to that again. But I’m definitely going to play it smart this time because I know I have a huge amount of options. You give out great advice sir, keep it up! ūüôā

    1. Hey Bro….How have things gone for you over the last 3 years?

      I‚Äôm thinking about leaving the US and retiring in PI….any particular place(s) to live you recommend?

  10. Hi henry, agree with all the stuff u said. i am with philipino community now 9 years but not in philippines. in middleeast. but had 3 relationships in my past from phillipines and were nightmares. they will just use u. mostly r found outside the phillipines r 90% separated from their husbands cuz in phillipines there is no divorce only u can do annaulment but that too very expensive not every1 can do it. they will be very sweet and promising and u will just keep flowing in dreams oh damn this relation is made only for me and her and after 2 or 3 y u will be just in drainage lol. BUT as u said or as i believe there r good people too. i finally met a girl also from phillipines but from village not materialistic. and we got married now we r 3 years together have kids and happily settled. she proved me herself in all the ups and downs of the life we went through in these 3 years. BUT still for the 1s who wanna get married to phillipinas oh man be carefull and be sure b4 u end up in marraige decesion and about ur pocket u will be drained u dont know when. when u will realize it, it will be already very late. and yes as henry said yes phillipines very beautifull place but just dont make any big decesion before u survey for 6 months atleast. good luck everyone

  11. The deal of a lifetime comes along about once a month, if you have the money. Good advice to let that “big chance” go early on. There will be other opportunities. Hang onto your cash, keep your options open, and keep your wits about you. What could possibly go wrong? hahahahahaha

  12. Very sensible advice. I guess the unequal economic dynamics adds another layer of challenge in finding that person who will happily grow old with you…

  13. your advice is good, I would never entertain marrying anyone. The biggest problem I see in the Philippines is people, 99‚ĄÖ break the law, lie, if this could be changed the country would so good, it is sad that the Filipino people feel that they have to disregard the laws of the country.

  14. The videos are great love all the scenery. I am trying hard to get use to the Podcast. I suppose it is just change that some may find difficult. As you well know we tend to become creatures of habit. All the luck in the world to you and your new adventures. And thanks so much for all the help you have been to me personally, with all this great advise and information you have provided over the last few years.

  15. If your married to a flipino and retired there, is your spouse aloud to go on trips with you as long as you have return tickets. Could she fly to Hong Kong with me on my 24hour departure to renew tourist visa would she be allowed to travel with you. Go to the states to meet your family, not stay but just visit a week and fly back to the Philippines after. I subscribe and watch your video’s and know your very informed on topics like this. Any advice or help regarding this question would be deeply appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.

    1. The big hurdle is Philippines Immigration to get her OUT of the country. There are travel restrictions in place, and they are strictly, though arbitrarily, enforced. It’s a crapshoot depending on which immigration officer she gets, and how he/she (the female ones are often the worst!) is feeling on the day. Do a search online. Plenty of horror stories out there about Filipinos being refused permission to board their flight.

      Incidentally, this is unique to the Phillipinnes. None of the other South East Asian countries restrict their citizens’ right to travel in this way.

    2. here are some locations where a Philippines passport can enter without a Visa;

      Bolivia Р60 daysBrazil Р90 days (for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports, visa-free for (a) duration of tour of duty or (b) 180 days for official business or tourism)Brunei Р14 days
      Cambodia Р21 days
      Colombia
      Costa Rica Р30 days
      Ecuador Р90 days
      Hong Kong SAR Р14 days
      India¬†–¬†Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days (limited only to New Delhi and Mumbai airports)
      Indonesia Р30 daysIsrael Рvisa-free for tourists (no. of days of stay will depend on Immigration); visa-free for holders of diplomatic and official passports; visa required for business)Laos Р30 days
      Malaysia Р30 days
      Morocco
      Mozambique¬†–¬†Visa upon arrival valid for 30 daysPalau¬†– 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)Peru¬†– 60 days
      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
      Singapore Р30 days
      Sri Lanka Р30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
      Suriname
      Thailand Р30 days
      Tuvalu Р30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return /onward plane ticket)Vanuatu Р30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return / onward plane ticket)Vietnam Р21 days
      Zambia Рvisa upon arrival; 3 months for tourism, 1 month for business-

    3. a Filipino citizen, even if married to a foreigner, when using a Filipino passport.. can only enter approximately 25 countries with that passport. (repeatedly) however the USA is not on that list.

      in order for even a wife to enter the USA, her American husband must first apply for a spousal visa (since they are already married), or a K1 Visa if they are only engaged. there is only 1 ‘visitation’ visa, the B-Visa (Business) which allows for a Filipino to ‘visit’ the USA for several months.. but is extremely difficult to get since it requires the Filipino to have done much prior traveling and have financial assets to return to in the PH.

      so, if a man wishes to travel with his Filipina wife or girlfriend on her Filipino passport, it is limited to the countries listed in the following link;
      http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/244922/news/pinoyabroad/pinoys-can-visit-at-least-25-countries-without-visas-dfa

  16. Keep it up Henry ! I”m a new subscribers and have been watching your vlogs everyday ! love Len too !!! Shout out from Las Vegas, Nevada = )

  17. I’ve been here since 2011 and Yup, what reekay said.. No big decisions you will regret it! Just get a rental.. 6 month leases are the normal. .. and yes he’s right again Don’t Get Married right off the bat!… Great tips.

  18. Hi Henry your right ..I meet my wife In the US.. we our both up to retired, I have already been there . and thing are good .,, In the nelx two years..WE PLAN on moving there in Freeport.. Her family is close by.but in Freeport is a gate ed cu. so if if have a family member that is all-ways wanted money we can just have than stop at the gate and turn a way..

    1. I’ve been leaning on English also…but my gf made a great point…unless you can speak their language then communication…REAL communication can never happen…some words don’t translate…so..I’m learning Tagalog!!!

    2. myself, i have not yet learned tagalog¬†or visayan. guys who are married will hear and be able to practice it more often with her and her family. but with english so available in the PH, there isn’t much urgency to learn it right away. it’s a good thing to know though.

  19. Hey Reekay, Can you let us know the name of the school that hires ESL teachers to teach Koreans? …I’m checking out the teaching English online scene….
    Cheers

  20. For first time and for a month max, where should I go to be outside tourist traps,near nice deserted beaches where all over tanning is possible and with fun night life nearby also. Thanks

    1. LifeBeyondTheSea – Philippines Thank you for having taken the time to reply. I like your answer. Cebu seem to be a more manageable place to land than Manila and if it’s not only an island with crowded beaches and high prices, has deserted beaches,I will appreciate. Is it developed enough to have dentists that does implants? I got a job started in Dominican republic and it’s time to finish it. Thank you.

  21. I want to come bn in the Philippines n would love ur advice n help I am a retired officer from ct n have two pensions would love to learn how set my accounts to have access to my pensions n help with finding housing n where to stay n live than ok s I am Robert from Connecticut thanks in advance

  22. They should have a public service in the Philippines so you can ban yourself from getting married… just like you can ban yourself from casino’s for 1 year or more.

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