Occupation: Not sure
How did you find about the Philippines?
I first learned about the Philippines in primary school when they taught us about Ferdinand Magellan. However, I first visited the Philippines in 1994 when a group of us travelled from Australia so that my future brother in law could meet his pen pal for the first time.
What Philippine locations have you visited?
What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?
There are many beautiful places to visit. The Philippines has mountains, caves, waterfalls, hot springs, cold springs, white sandy beaches , volcanos, jungles, an underground river on Palawan, hanging coffins in Sagada, ancient rice terraces in Banaue, whale and dolphin watching near Bohol, historical sites and more. On top of that there is plenty for the cosmopolitan visitor with the Philippines being a shopping mecca, especially in Manila, with 2 of the largest shopping malls in the world, being the Mall of Asia and SM Mega Mall.
There are many westerners who don’t like Filipino food and have to survive by eating McDonalds. So long as I have money to spend, I will never starve in the Philippines, as I like so many Filipino foods. Some of my favourites are:
Lots of singing and dancing, without any particular excuse. That’s life as it should be!
In general, Filipinos are happy accommodating people. Treat Filipinos with respect and they will treat you with respect.
It should amaze most westerners how men and women living in nipa huts with a dirt floor, or other poor accommodation, can leave home for work, immaculately dressed!
What do you dislike about the Philippines?
Filipino practice of queue jumping. Hearing a sales lady saying “Sorry sir, out of stock” then finding the item myself 10 minutes later.
What do you like about the Philippines?
Cheap living, compared to Australia. Beautiful people and beautiful places.
Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.
L-R: 1) Baclayon Church, Bohol, 2) Chocolate Hills, Bohol, 3) McArthur Memorial Site, Leyte, 4) San Juanico Bridge, Leyte
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Do you have a website or blog?
My website, which has more than 100 free short videos of the Philippines, hundreds of Philippines photos, hundreds of links to useful Philippines websites and my blog discussing life in the Philippines, is here: Big Jim's Philippines Experience
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