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While visiting or living in an exotic tropical country seems so much fun and excitement, one should see the other side of the coin. The Philippines is not for everyone. Filipinos have a very different culture than us Westerners do and you will face it on a daily basis. You will get a culture shock regardless how seasoned traveler you are.

This might not be just traveling, you may want to live there among them. You will interact with the locals every day and maybe you will become part of a Filipino family if you marry a girl. There is poverty and there is crime. There are scams and tricks you want to avoid. There are rules and laws that are not for the benefit of a foreigner but rather protectionist. You can’t own a land or most businesses. I want to be fair with you - the Philippines is a mixed bag of positives and negatives from a foreigner’s point of view.

You better be prepared.

You will have to open your mind and allow different views and ideas to enter. If you are not open to these you may find yourself complaining and even suffer.

I seriously hope this book will help you.

If you found love online, you need it. If you want to see the pristine beaches and waterfalls just for a few weeks, you need this book. If you want to move and live in the Philippines, you need this book. I promise this will be one of your best return on your investment in your life.

I won’t try to be nice. This is not the sugar coated travel guide written by someone who was there for three weeks and got amazed to the extent of writing a book after returning home.
This is not the “how to hook up with a Filipina” guide. Such material is widely available elsewhere, my intention is to give you short and pragmatic info to carry in your mobile device about most things you need to know before you go.

This is the no bullshit guide about living in the Philippines.

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