The Single Dude’s Guide to Manila, Philippines – The Cons

Manila, PhilippinesThe day after Boris’ near death experience in Singapore we decided to get the hell out of town and explore some other options in Southeast Asia. A quick perusal a week before of cheap destinations found us a cheap ticket to Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines. After dealing with the typical severe retardation of Tiger Airlines (the Singaporean discount airline) we found ourselves on a Jetstar (an Australian discount airline) flight to Manila with Boris’ head wrapped up in something that resembled some sort of religious headgear. We ended up spending over two weeks in Manila, which was way too long. We kind of got sucked in.

Manila is pretty much a shithole. Nowhere else in my travels up to this point has the difference between the rich and the poor been more noticeable than there. There are way too many people in town and many, many of them are desperately poor. Meanwhile, a small percentage of people live in huge multi-million dollar mansions in gated communities and control a huge percentage of the country’s resources.

The Philippines was a longtime Spanish colony, and it shows this heritage in many ways. One way is that everyone has Spanish last names, and unlike much of Asia, the girls have regular first names. It makes life easier when you’re out drinking one dollar San Miguel Lights (the delicious national light beer) and the chicks you meet have regular Western sounding names instead of unpronounceable names with tones that you can’t even tell the difference between. The English in the Philippines is excellent – better than any other country in Asia, so that also makes things much easier for the single dude traveler.

The Philippines have been highly colonized by American culture. This is not a good thing. McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, materialism, unbelievably crappy television, 7-11, KFC, TGI Friday’s you name it are everywhere. We found the Filipinos to be nice but the retardation level to be extremely high. I am very disappointed to say that in the three weeks Boris and I spent in Manila and Boracay, not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us, ever. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought and seemed to have absolutely no interests or passions about anything beyond their day to day existences. The list of things they did seem interested in were karaoke, basketball, money, gambling, Angry Birds, and shitty American or American copy entertainment. I am sorry to report that in our experience the Filipinas, while very sweet, warm, nice, and affectionate, have nothing going on upstairs. It reminded me a little of American girls and how many of them have no interests outside of how they look, and what Snooky did on last week’s episode of the Jersey Shore.

The general retardation level in the Philippines is high, just as in Singapore and Malaysia. The advantage in the Philippines seems to be a better work ethic and much more respect for others, so while a Filipino may have trouble following simple instructions they will for the most part try their best to satisfy your request. I was called “Sir” more times in those three weeks than in the rest of my life put together. Our standard schtick when addressed as “sir” by a cute Filipina girl was to say, “Don’t call me sir. My father is sir. Call me dude.” That got giggles every time. I half expected to be called “sir” by a chick during sex out there – while it never happened to me I’m sure it happens there frequently.

It seemed that we met two kinds of local people in Manila. The first was the rich people that had absolutely no regard for the value of money. They would spend ungodly amounts of money on useless shit, extra houses, gambling, expensive Gucci crap, etc. That was good for us because we were treated to a bunch of stuff by these people, but it was hard for us to stomach that when we saw the other 98% of people in town who were desperately poor. Before we moved into our luxury apartment with live in maid there we stayed in a hotel that wasn’t exactly cheap – ~$25 a night, in Makati, which is the suburb all the rich people live. One night after excessive drinking we got back and decided we’d probably want some water to mitigate our hangovers, so we went out in the neighborhood looking for a 7-11. Within one block of our hotel we found a super depressing scene, with hundreds of people, many many of them little kids sleeping on cardboard boxes on the street. The street kids in Manila are everywhere, poor as shit, and aggressive. If you’re walking down the street and and they catch a shine to you, you will be surrounded by ten of them, begging, and touching you. Be very careful here, because some will try to pick your pockets. I don’t blame them, these kids are hungry. I blame the super rich people who are stealing from everyone else just so they can have extra houses and Armani suits. A perfect example is the monopolistic power company that is owned by one family and price gouges the shit out of everyone for electricity. Filipinos have to pay at least 10 times the normal rate for electricity so that those criminals can have their beach houses and private islands and armies of servants. As a result, hotels are way more expensive than the rest of the region and people can’t afford apartments because often the electric bill exceeds the rent. Fuck you guys, I hope you electrocute yourselves or contract ball cancer.

The regular rich people only get part of the blame for this, though. The other main culprit is the goddamned Catholic Church. The Spanish left the Church behind when they split and the Philippines is now one of the largest Catholic nations in the world. Those motherfuckers at the Vatican have been telling these desperately poor people for years that using birth control is a sin, so Filipino people often have way more kids than they can afford to feed. While we were there there was some measure up for a vote that would provide some public funding for birth control and contraceptive education and the Church had mobilized and was actively campaigning against it with billboards, tv ads, posters etc, saying “Obey God’s will, vote no.” Thanks, you assholes, for setting human civilization back decades by preying on poor people and making them have more kids than they can feed just so you can have lots of cheap labor. I hope there is a special place hell reserved these worthless scumbags.

Poverty and cultural repression caused by the Church and the American style every-man-for-himselfism has also led to another big problem for the single dude traveler in Manila – prostitution. It is rampant, especially in the the places where the expats hang out in. Makati is the place where all the rich people live these days and the fancy malls are just crawling with hookers and ladyboys. The Filipina hookers are extra bad because many of them are stealth hookers. Unlike Eastern Europe, for example, the hookers do not stay in their designated hooker places, but instead hang out everywhere rich (often white) guys are, and in droves. Many “nice” bars in “nice” neighborhoods are just crawling with them, and they don’t tell you unless you ask that they are working. Before Boris and I took the red pill about the hooker scene in Manila, we wasted large chunks of time hanging out with what we thought were nice regular girls, only to find out that they were working girls and only wanted money from us. What a fucking waste of time.

The hookers attract large numbers of old white foreign sex tourists. We have a nice collection of photos from Manila of these guys we like to call “Grandpa Boners”.

Grandpa Boner – A old, bald, often fat, wrinkly white dude who you see walking around holding hands with an 18 year old (or younger) Filipina girl, or hanging out at the hooker bars at night shopping for a new “girlfriend”. Younger versions are called Uncle Boners. These guys disgust us and they are infesting Southeast Asia. For them the line between prostitution and romance is blurry, but these guys definitely pay for it, either up front for sex, or by way of rent payments and allowances for their little underage hooker girlfriends. Disgusting.

There’s another major drawback to the Philippines, and that is the food. It’s awful. All levels of cuisine are very substandard, from the absolutely putrid and inedible street food to the extremely mediocre “fine dining”. It just seems like they don’t care about cuisine in that country. Plenty of people would say, “Oh, this food is so good, and we would try and it would be barely edible. It’s amazing that in a country so full of fast food places you can’t even get a decent pizza. They have a super popular chain restaurant called Shakey’s that everyone is always eating at whose food is one step up from school lunch quality and it’s not even cheap. If you like food, do not go to the Philippines.

Also, if you like drugs, take a pass. They are hard to find and low quality. I Googled the drug laws and one of the first things I found was a story about a dude (albeit a stupid dude) who got 13 years for a very small amount of weed. We were on the beach in Boracay and out friends the dreadlocked reggae musicians couldn’t even get us weed. What the fuck? On the fucking beach, Rastaman can’t scrounge up a spliff? What a fucked up country.

So as you can infer from this article, Manila is not Single Dude recommended. There are some things that one can accomplish there, as I will detail in the next article, but overall you’re better off somewhere else.

Charlie Bushmeister

Call me Charlie. I decided to join with others to write this blog because I feel that I have learned a lot about how to succeed in life in general. It took a lot of trial and error and I've developed a wealth of philosophies, skills, and tricks of the trade that would be very useful to like minded guys out there. There's no need to repeat my mistakes, of which I have made many, instead I urge you to read this blog, absorb and practice its lessons, and then go out and have the most awesome life, on your own terms. To me that means good health, success in your career, the number and type of relationships you want, and general satisfaction that you're not wasting your life spinning your wheels, but going forward always towards your goals.

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  • suckitgood69

    your low-life scumbags ! glad you had a shitty trip ! now go back to your sewer loser’s ! i call you ladyboys BONER BREATH’S ! your infecting southeast asia

  • plusEVG!

    Hey Guys! Thanks for the site and great trip reports. I lived in Cebu for over a year and prefer it to Manila hands down. I spent about 1 week total in Manila and didn’t like it. Cebu still doesn’t hit my top 10 or 20 on places to live/visit but hands down it’s better than Manila if you know what you’re doing. And get out of the cities and go to the beach areas in the Phiippines!

    I could live in Cebu again but only from the networking I did to make some friends and figure out where to go, hang out etc. On my own i’m 100% sure I would have hated Cebu as well. It really takes a while to figure things out. The main perk of living in Cebu is quick access to great resort areas that aren’t overcrowded with tourists such as Bantayan, Palawan and Bohol and some nice resorts on Mactan as well (across the bridge from Cebu) and I would say overall it’s very safe as long as you don’t act like an idiot.

    The main challenges in Cebu were like Manila but less so….infrastructure including traffic and internet, pollution, poverty and I found the rents for nicer properties to be higher than thailand and other nicer countries which was ironic. My electric did run $150-$175/month not running it all the time, pretty annoying.

    Regarding the girls. While I agree on overall intelligence of the girls being lower, I would say I admired the girl I dated from there for other reasons and she was quite intelligent in that she spoke 3 languages, had great interpersonal skills, spoke great English and was just fun to be with as a friend or more. Most important, she was incredibly loyal and dedicated. More than any other girl I’ve dated i’d say. She made her own money, worked overnights and rarely asked me for anything although of course I took care of her bills when we were together. While we are broken up now I’ll never forget her and will always seek someone who is like her in so many ways. Keep in mind when you criticize the level of intelligence there it’s not even a fair comparison even versus other asian countries and because of the reasons mentioned (corruption, too many kids etc) survival is one of the key things there, education is important the opportunities down the road aren’t great and I think it causes people to become a bit lazy about enhancing their education. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a bit.

    Just to work at McDonalds or in fast food you have to be a college student and you make $10/day. On the other hand the economy there is growing close to double digits (drivien by tourism, call centers, etc) but the average worker isn’t seeing these gains.

    At first I thought the food was terrible, but in the end there were many great restaurants for Thai, German, Italian food etc. If you go to a random place it will hands down be super terrible but if anyone goes to Cebu ask and I can send you to some great spots. Cheers.

  • http://www.singledudetravel.com/2011/10/the-single-dudes-guide-to-manila-philippines-the-cons/comment-page-2/#comments jimmy kenting

    Hi white dude. Its phatetic to see complains about a foreign land. You should appreciate the variety of food, its taste & names. Bet you have not even tried sinigang baboy or sisek. If you missed mama cooking go back home. If you want an interesting daily talk with a chick marry a new yorker. Appreciate others culture. I agree though with the catolic nonsense and feels the govt should forward the time so the nights r shorter so less people making babies.

  • Mr. Chicken Feet

    “Not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought and seemed to have absolutely no interests or passions about anything beyond theirday to day existences”

    LOL. Devastingly accurate. I lived in Manila for 2 years. Good luck finding a museum anywhere. Good luck finding some theatre or plays. Good luck finding a library anywhere. It is all malling, cinema, eating (terrible food at expensive prices) and basketball (great national sport when you average 5ft 8ins). You go into the home of an apparently well educated Filipino. Not a book in sight. It is like the old Chris Rock joke. If you’re worried about Pinoy burglars, stick your money in the books. They have the ‘America is the world’ mindset without the excuse of being the vast country that the US is. After telling numerous people I was from England, they’d later ask what language we spoke there! Hey, the clue is in the name! And I know it has been a long time since the empire went but… come on? The Musical tastes are the final straw. Power ballads?

    On the plus side, you can find the occasional person who is interested. It is like having your own blank slate person to work with. The girls as espcially can be exceptional hard working and loyal. Shit, the 10 million or so abroad (vast majority being girls working as maids or in the service sector) put a huge percentage on the GDP by sending a large percentage of their earnings home. They can be great fun. The girls are among the best looking in SE Asia. They sure know how to belt a tune out. So yeah, pros and cons :-)

  • Big E.

    Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.!! Im from the eastcoast and moved to the Phils for a work experience for 2 years. Although i quickly felt much of your negative review about waste, the rich, politics, food, and prostitution. I soon realize its so much more to explore beneath those scars. Some of the friendliest people in the world and possibly the best beaches in the world.!

    If you want a great time with friendly people with wonderful weather and fantastic beaches and fun night life its here. If you wanna flow through the RedLight district and have loose sex, its also here.!! No different than New Orleans, Amsterdam, Las Vegas or Brazil.. Embrace every culture and experience.

  • c. Moreclearly

    Reason for the Philippines being what it is, is because of the cancerous virus of damn CORRUPTION at all levels from the very top to the very bottom.

  • Angela

    you guys are a mix of primitive monkeys and filthy pigs. not capable to handle an equal relationship? need to find a girl that acts ‘submissive’, calling you ‘sir; in the bed… how pathetic. grow some balls people… the only thing that happens is that you give them hope, that they can have a better life with you somewhere elsewhere in the world… but that is too much for you, no? you just want a blow job, pathetic pricks.

    • http://gravatar.com/josephkim1000 josephkim1000

      Charlie – You absolutely nailed it with that summary, Good Job.
      I have been to the Philippines many times in different locations occasionally for six months at a time and now also have family living there but It took me years to arrive at the same honest assessment as yours.
      The country is in deep peril and the prospects are very dire especially if Asian economic growth slows down in the next few years -and it is widely forecast to do so.

      Judging by the comments here , there are plenty knuckleheads who defend the appalling record of the Philippines but maybe coz they are clueless ,cannot see the criticism is a relative judgement based on comparison with other countries that the Philippines should at least have kept pace with in our generation.
      South East Asia ‘s Thailand, Indonesia Vietnam etc , through to North Asia Korea and Japan, and every other emerging market countryhas captalised on the China’s rise to lift a huge percentage of the poor out of poverty , upgrade their infrastructure and probably boom to upgrade.
      The fucking Philippines have followed the American playbook by arguing over some shitty islands they could never exploit and refusing to suck it up and apologise to Hong Kong for
      being unable to intervene before a meth head policeman slaughtered nine HK tourists while
      the whole saga was being played out live on TV to the entire HK population…way to go with little oversight in making sure everyone with a TV will see what incompetent bone heads the people in power are .

      As for Angela, I would bet a dime to a diamond that you are a Pinay?.Who else comes back with a predictably hot head answer coz she did not read your article completely or did not understand it.
      Angela, please ,take a little longer to think before you answer, then read your post before u post it..practically everyone ends up changing it.
      I’m sure you have good reason to despise foreign sex pests invading the Philippines but you might be missing the target with this loose slap.

      Of many Philippines sins, the one that should should be the starting point of a long national reflection of how they fucked it up is the food .Its the recipes are bland the produce is tasteless ad overpriced poorly produced and that is totally indefensible. Worse still, its not just a matter of taste its a scientific fact that the habits of Phi ilippines kids eat candy and lolly water compared to poor kids in say Malaysia, or Indonesia who snack on rice balls , or fried vegetable and drink way less coke etc, have dental diabetes and heart issues much closer to western standards.
      Fuck, my father in law is 2 years older than me and he ain’t gonna see the decade out.. cause of death…Pinoyism.
      Filipino ‘cuisine’ is so lame that the unfortunate custom of adding dog meat is actually quite fitting !
      Fresh produce is literally impossible to find outside of the market. Why the fuck are those crappy little road side stores every 100 m that sell phone cards , coke and candy to the kids are not able to offer some freaking fresh or vegetables? Because ultimately all money must be directed to the big corporations and no amount wealth or of suffering of the masses is enough for those particularly evil people . No thanks to the USA for that legacy, It seems they will either destroy a country for their convenience with the exciting military option- where death is violent but fast or ,in your case they introduce the economic slavery and let them writhe and twist on the rope. ( the Lego movie was a good analogy)

      .Like for example Pampanga SM Mall Hypermarket -the irony is always knee deep in the Philippines – there is no fresh or even pretend fresh juice to be found,. nothing at all in a mall that probably account for a half the economic activity of the whole province
      There is no juice ( if anyone tries to cig corporationsontradict me with an example of ‘Fruit Juice Drink’ then piss- off , because you are not qualified to even be here ).

      Meanwhile , Thailand, Indonesia , and every other emerging market neighbour has captalised on the China’s rise to lift a huge percentage of the poor out of poverty , upgrade their infrastructure and probably make enough momentum to sustain the next generation in a better quality of life.No bloody chance of that in the Philippines when the nations greatest treasure is the sweet and hard working women, who are suckered into feeling its their duty and honor is to sign up for a life of sexual slaver and join in the industry that will spit them out at 30 years old after they have squandered any chance of an independent future and they in turn better lean on their own kids coz they have no where else to go.

      Im depressed from writing this down, anyone who wants to argue the points , -forget it, i wont read you coz u are just plain damn wrong\- J

      • kimpo alonzo

        fuck you buddy! you are a reason for all the shit in the philippines, you and them have no responsibilities always the usa’s fault hahahahha while commie mother fucking china has no rights in the spratly islands . UNDERSTAND ! ZIPPER MOUTH ! SUCK IT GOOD LIKE YOUR MOTHER DOES !

    • kevin cassidy

      RIGHT ON ! ANGELA! kudos to you tell these arseholes , pathetic pricks proud to log their bull-shit on the web. SCUM-BAGS EXTRODIAIRES ! I will personally whip there ass if i encounter them, but i did hear one of em passed out in a bar in manila and took it up d arse from a ladyboy!

  • Kimmy

    One more thing, for you to discover all the beautiful places in PI and find the best stuff, you have to spend years. Philippines have a lot to offer but you have to find them or ask or get out of Manila and go to Islands instead! Can’t find great places in few days LOL!

    Check CouchSurfing Manila Group on Facebook! You will get helpful tips for sure and might find people to hang out with!

    But if you are here just for sex? Forget it, do it yourself! I feel sorry for these guys (especially wazwallaby) posting about how easy to bang some girls. This girls need money to survive / for a living, they wouldn’t do you or an old guy if they didn’t need it! It is not easy for them to be engage with prostitution but they have too! You have to learn to understand and put yourself in their shoes! Banging working girls is not a thing to be proud of, it is such a shame that you can’t even get a decent woman yourself or that you have to pay to have sex! I feel sorry for you and it is ridiculous that you are so proud of it. Dude, anyone can do that, prostitution is all around the world!

    I understand that you came to PI to have fun and it is very common but posting comments on how proud you are about prostitution? Give a little bit of respect at least for yourself!

    • ARISTEDESLYSIMAXOY

      Strongly agree
      Province is nice (most of them)

  • Kimmy

    Regarding this statement “not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us, ever. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought”.

    Too bad for you guys. But, there are lots of interesting, intelligent, smart and really cool Filipinas but of course you can’t find them by just walking around or by just hanging out at some bars, going to Boracay etc., Smart and intelligent women in Philippines have more important things to do than hanging out somewhere wasting time. That’s why you can’t easily find them, they are too busy being productive, running their own businesses, attending workshops or have conferences / meetings with other business people. It’s either you meet them at a very interesting events or on business/ networking forum etc., or you have to at least have connections to get to introduce to them. Trust me, once you found them or get the chance to meet them, you’ll be surprise because they can engage in whatever topic you bring on the table LOL! Also some rich kids are not rich, it is their parents that are rich and they have no idea and don’t get care about getting rich or being smart either as long as they have mommy and daddy supporting them! (sad but true and stupid!) LOL

    Regarding the food, dude, you are kidding right. You have to do more research because there are lots of great restaurants that have great food in Manila, of course most of them are located in expensive places / restaurants but some are in pretty decent restaurants also.

    Love Japanese food? Check out Little Tokyo in Pio Del Piar, 10 minute walk from Greenbelt- Seryna is the best among them. There’s People’s Palace in Greenbelt 3, Itallianis, Mr. Rockefeller if you love Banana Beer, Red Restaurant in Shangri -la, Tivoli of Mandarin Hotel, Inagaku in Makati. There are lots of restaurants in Ayala Triangle also. Wildflour The Fort, Chihuahua in Greenbelt and Burgos – if you like Burrito and dancing! There’s a lot of great food places here. You have to find them LOL!

    The rest I agree with the church, corruptions, politics, Meralco, prostitution and poverty etc., it will take days, weeks and months to discuss about this! We can talk about the Bible also haha!

    • ARISTEIDESLYSIMAXOY

      Excuse me! Can you point me even 1 clever pinay? Iv been there 12 times within 6 years and I did not meet someone.

  • luzd

    Hi guys, im going to manila on august ..will be there for a week ..
    If you don’t mind me asking :

    1. should i go for a short trip to Angeles City n stay for 1 nite or just stay in manila and spend a week there ?

    2.recommendation on where to stay, MANILA(makati or ermita). Cozy place, cheap and in great location .

    3.pub/clubs to go, name : i’ve heard of P.burgos, Manila Bay Cafe,Havana Cafe etc2 ..

    for info .. im looking for nightly entertainment, and girlllsss ofcoz .. more to FLs/girlfriend like type,love to ‘hunt’ (If you have been in Phuket;” Tigerbar n Hollywood ” u noe what i mean)

    ur help & info is much appreciated. TQ

    • philcripps

      go to TONDO in manila , great bar called smoky mountain, cold beer, an beautiful woman loads of em . room over bar is 750-1000 piso a night ! loads of fun on C-4 road ! Enjoy!

  • wazwallaby

    dropped into manila for the first time coming home from Europe…can concur with many of the observations here; the poverty, the wealth gap, the smells, traffic..just like any large Asian city of my experience..Jakarta, Mumbai etc…however found it smashing for free or cheap pussy…I was only in for 3 days and 3 nights, and using the agency of website date in asia DIA, basically banged my balls off the whole time haha..I would say not any of the girls was a hard core pro, although I did have one tattooed street miss, 24, who had a rough personality but tits to die for!!! I also enjoyed some another 20 n 2 x 30 something ladies of various backgrounds and a stunning 50 yr old gal, who looked after herself tremendously well, and only wished to show me the full array of her bed talents..which I could not fault…I, by the way, am a 60 yr old gent, in reasonable shape – lots of cycling- 6 foot 2 n eyes of blue :) thing was, age was not an issue it seemed, each girl was just lovely to be with…
    in short, I hit DIA in the morning, trawling for gals to “join me for breakfast”..I got a taker within 5 mins each morning, and never waited for more than an hour for them to show up…guys, early mornings 6-ish are good..many unemployed gals on line then :) I would get these gals out by, or after, lunch, kip for a couple of hours and hit the late afternoon DIA…lots of hot gals on then…and I would organise a date for afternoon or evening…it worked really well..yes, I had to pay for taxis and give tips to some..but honestly felt not a one of ’em was a prossie.
    I chose a good hotel – Sofitel – coz I knew my stay was brief and I wanted as many facilities as I could get, nonetheless on 2 nights I took the girl out for drinks n dinner, “wherever you wanna go” which resulted in two very pleasant evenings…the Sofitel is right on the water, and great for that 8th floor, outdoor balcony deep doggie as night falls hehe…Sofitel ain’t cheap, but is very good, away from the madding crowd and 110% secure, with great facilities in every way..
    I had supremely enjoyable n good sex in safe n comfy surrounds with a range of horny pinays!!!! Can one ask for more? Well, yes! And to that end, I will devote 10 days to Phils next holidays….It’s good to be a single dude! All the best to you all.

    • Solo traveler to Phils

      Wazwallaby…..1st time solo traveler to the Phils soon. 50ish, retired, similar looks as you it seems, similar interests (ladies!). Would LOVE to pick your brain if you don’t mind. Can you (or someone who “knows”) send me an email so we can chat about the Phils? Thank you! OneFineMan40 AT aol.com.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jaime.gan.56 Jaime Gan

    Seems almost everyone comments about the sex angle. I like what he said about the Catholic Church which is totally true

    • ARISTEIDESLYSIMAXOY

      What else to comment for philippines? Is therd any other worthy?

  • Mr. Bagman

    I believe the report was focused to a specific areas of metro manila such as Burgos street in Makati (Yes, a street in makati), a small spot in greenbelt mall (a garden perhaps) and a place in manila called Malate. Hence, what you wrote in this article can be almost the same experience of people who enjoyed pattaya thailand.

    To be fair, majority of what he said is true like the grandpa boner in burgos. Ladyboys in makati.

    However i disagree with the food and mental retardation. Maybe you commingled with the wrong crowd and wrong area of the philippines.

  • Skins

    Good read. You really paint a good picture here. I will be in the Phils later this year and I’m debating on whether I should skip Manila or hang out for a few days. Everyone says skip it… But I feel like I need to see it for myself! I feel you on the boring chicks… Not sure how you feel about Thai girls but they are boring me to death right about now. They are mindless fuck toys with zero interests outside of eating, sleeping and shopping… Ask them what they want to do this weekend? They say ummmm eat and sleep… SMH.

  • george the penis

    Fuck yourself, asshole.

  • Richard

    Hey Charlie, it is indeed a shame Boris didn’t completely die because then you would have been delayed in Singapore. You sound like a completely backward group who would make neanderthal mankind appear intelligent. Anyone who knows anything about Singapore knows you have to look very thoroughly to find trouble there; suffice to say if a person gets their head caved in whilst in Singapore, they themselves have instigated the cause. You deserved all you got.

  • Brian

    Dude, WTF are you talking about? First of all, Filipino food is very good and rivals Thai and Chinese food. The influences of Asian and Spanish cuisine is what makes it stand out. I have been to the Philippines, though it has been over 15 years. However, some of the people I met over there were some of the nicest I have ever met and I have been everywhere; Mumbai, Seoul, Buenos Aires, San Paulo, Amsterdam, Montreal etc. Yes, the place is in bad need economically, but tell me what colonial state that was plundered for 200 years is not 100 years behind those that did the plundering? And who the hell are we to talk? Isn’t Detroit a shit hole? How about parts of St. Louis or even parts of L.A. i.e. Compton, Ontario? Man, there is good and bad in everywhere. Oh, and by the way when I was in the PI, I was single and had a hell of a time.

    • Mr. Chicken Feet

      Filipino food is vile. They seriously call things like Sisig a ‘delicacy’ then you find out it is all the cheap bits of a pig that no one wants to eat all mashed up and minced. Balot? Tasty with a bit of vinegar, I was told. There is nothing wrong with having bad food. I’m British. We have terrible food. The difference is that we know our food isn’t great. Hence, the huge number of Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian restaurants. Filipinos, meanwhile, think they have the among the finest food in the world and turn their noses up at actually good stuff from abroad. Where are all the Indian restos? Not even Thai.

  • John Mc

    As much as you brain dead people seem to hate the older white guys with money paying the young hookers – at least they pump some money back into the economy.
    Way more than your do with one dollar tips, cheap hotels and scrooging your way round slagging everyone else..

  • hahaha

    what’s sad is that i should be outraged by this post seeing as i’m from manila myself, but there are a lot of good points here so i can’t really complain lol. i live near ermita (red light district) because i go to university around that area and it’s like the ultimate place for cheap sex and old white guys with girls that are even younger than me. plus, just the other day, i almost got attacked by a group of street children because i happened to be eating an ice cream cone while i passed them. it’s really sad, i know.

    i recognize that manila absolutely isn’t the best place that you guys could’ve visited, and for that i apologize. i mean, that you had such a crappy time lol. i also totally believe that you won’t ever come back here again, but if by some miracle (or a life threatening situation), you do end up back here, i hope you find better luck in finding better food and more intelligent company. i’ve thought of complaining about the food here, but maybe that’s because i grew up eating it. acquired taste maybe?

    ALSO for those foreigners that do plan on coming to manila, and are coming for some sex and whatever, PLEASE REMEMBER that not all filipinas are prostitutes or will sleep with you because you’re not from here. like seriously. there’s a mall in the ermita area which is always full of white and middle eastern men who are always hitting on me and other girls, who happen to be university students (some of them with uniforms on, even) or professional working women and not at all interested in paid sex. i’m not saying this is true for all tourists, but a considerable amount definitely. i don’t know if they just can’t tell the difference or just plain stupid. it’s annoying and is borderline sexual harassment. i know it’s the red light district and all, but seriously.

    • ferninand marcos

      fuck you loser! what have you done for your fellow human being lately! You BITCH WHINING LIL WHORE!!! YOU WERE ON BLOW ROAD IN ANGELES CITY SUCKN STREET KIDS COCK AND OLD AUSSIE AN YANKS CUM GUZZLER!

      • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

        Classy!

      • ferninand marcos

        Yu know i am ladyboy an I have tiny filipino dick like american tic-tac an my eyes so slanty you can blindfold me with shoe lace .
        while you take me from behind ….ps i like to do it turtle style ! luv ferninand xxxxx

  • https://www.facebook.com/janetpbaman Janet Baman

    Ouch… and true… :'(

  • mark

    I am from USA and have lived and traveled all over the world. I don’t think people from different countries hate us, I didn’t see any of that. Heck you can buy sex in the USA just about any where, and old guys with money can always buy younger women to be with. Some young girl wants to take a old guy to the cleaners good luck to her. The old guy gets what he asked for. Young guys get taken to the cleaners by girls all the time too, happened to me! You think sex tourist are only for the west? You should see the rich Asia guys coming to the USA looking to buy a blonde, big boobed girl. Anyway who cares its a free country and should be a free world. Hell when I get old I may head to some cheap place to live also, maybe meet a nice young girl to marry, leave her all my money. What would you want me to do? stay here and marry some old American hack of a women and leave her all my money? Heeeee Yaw!
    Life is short, enjoy it.

    • Spyros

      Bravo Mark. I fully agree with you and I wish sometime to meet you at manila. Having company life is more joyfull
      SPYROS

    • mark

      I will be going to the pi next week oh I hope all of you are wrong, I am a surfer and a diver and ok single. I pre arranged a girl friend while I am there and as far as food do they have a costco

      • Slater

        You dont need to prearrange as there are plenty available but just remember that in case she aint right for ya.Make sure ya go to Siargao and try to hook up with the boys from Cloud 9 boardriders there….coolest cats around and all the best surfers surf for them.Started by an american surfer too from N.Carolina.Good luck bro and enjoy the best country out there.

  • Matt Jeff

    Having visited manila this review is spot on and so true

  • javaid iqbal

    Me travelling to manila in march2014 and then I will share

  • blabla

    Thats why you’re still single. You see shit but you can’t see the green grass where the shit lies. Pity you

  • https://www.facebook.com/stildad Deven Richardson

    Charlie et al – this blog is hilarious! I can’t wait to go to Phils and experience it for MYSELF

    • andy

      Do that bud. I would recommend Angeles City. Amazing town. Just 2 hours by bus north of manila.

  • Ryan

    I live in Manila now when I am not working in the Middle east, and I do agree with several of your points. Manila is a completely overcrowded city that has a horrible public transit system and terrible infrastructure. Your first mistake is staying in Makati, it is well known to be the SexPat rallying point in Manila. I live in Mandaluyong in the greenfield district and I rarely see other gringos and hardly ever see a sexpat. They have a bunch of bars that a lot of the Filipinos who work in the surrounding buildings and call centers frequent. I am in my late 20s and not ugly so I am hit on and stared at by loads of beautiful Filipinas with legitimate jobs and great attitudes.
    I also disagree with your distaste for Filipino food. There are many great meals to be had in the Philippines, like tinola, Kaldereta, Adobo, etc. Their deserts are also great.

    Anyways, I agree with most of your views. While I love the PI and its people, I don’t think it is a great place for single dudes… It really is better for couples who want to enjoy amazing beaches at a fraction of the cost of even places like Thailand.

  • Tom

    This is a hilarious article written by someone apparently too stupid to see the irony in most of it. Here’s a pair of idiots who travel to a place they hated that they could have avoided with 30 minutes of research on the internet yet the author has the balls to call other people stupid. He’s disgusted by hookers and the old Australian dudes that make up the majority of their clients, but he goes to a commonly known sex tourist’s destination. Well, thanks for the laughs anyway nothing funnier than someone proving they are an idiot with every point they make.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      Manila is a major world capital city. I didn’t know it had a reputation for sex tourism. At least not like Pattaya, Clark, or Miraflores.

    • KIKINWING

      Ha ha ha…… How I missed such irony. They say put a genius in a room of idiots and he can become and idiot. But the reverse is not true. Don’t stay too long Tom. I think I have been slimed.

      • Max

        fuck off u clowns. making puerile comments and juvenile rhetoric, spamming my mailbox. im fckn unsubscribing this crap.

        • jimmyb bake

          hahaha fuck you too pervert!

    • jimmy b bake

      you nailed it tom! these guy’s total idiots on parade! I personally met one of em and he’d been focked in d arse by a ladyboy in ERMITA AFTER PASSING OUT IN THE BAR! He had agoofy grin on his face when MANILA POLICE ARRIVED

  • JMAN

    Bro I dig your writing style. I agree with most of what you say I think you should also mention that as soon as you tell the women you are from America they drop their panties and no I am not talking about the prostitute. They all think all men from America are millionaires. I am on my way back to the PI in 3 days.

  • Jhonny

    Another judgmental load of crap from a typical american amateur. The author is just another horny chap who can’t get a decent lay in his own country and needs to travel hereabouts in asia looking for some cheap action. These are typical ravings of the american liberal scumbags which is largely why american has grown to be so hated the world over. The filipinas I’ve met have been quite shallow but so have the americans, indians, europeans, africans and most other women out there. There’s no need to stereotype any in particular. And talking of poor, there are poor in the usa, as there are in the rest of the world. A destitute wearing makeup isn’t any better than the destitute without one, they’r the same.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      So I shouldn’t stereotype countries, but’s ok for you to do it for most women?

      • ferninand marcos

        stay off blow road you cocksucking bushmeister!!!

    • KIKINWING

      Yeah you’ll hate us right u and until you pussy’s cant even defend your border…….

      P.S. which Americans do you hate, the ones who are buried in your shit hole of a country defending what you couldnt or the ones who keep the tyrants in check?

      asshole

      • ralph

        All I wish to say to your comment …. is SEMPER FI .. to that nation PI …. I am an older American male .. a combat vet .. Vietnam .. USMC. Had men from the Phil’s fighting next to me. They were as brave as any American G.I. (including Marines). Spent 2 months in the US Naval Hospital Subic Bay, another 16 months in a US Naval Hos.. Massachusetts. while in Subic Bay I was with men injured from the Phil’s. A Phil’ Nurse’s Aide saved my life when that Beautiful Lt. (US Navy) nurse decided she would take an hour longer on her lunch break and I started to go under … I owe my Life to this 18 year old girl making $ 1 US a day. So spout off, disrespect that nation, say all u can negative about the PI’s and look in the mirror … Semper Fi

        • KIKINWING

          Maybe a remedial reading class should of been offered in the hospital? Was it a head wound? You totally misinterpreted what I said and further made some erroneous conclusions as to who I am and my feelings towards Phil and Filipinos in general. So while I am looking in the mirror enjoying the sight maybe you can crack a book and speed up to a grade school comprehension level?

  • Kaz

    Your either biased or you just had ”a bad experience”

    I’m 30 years old and been going out with a Filipina or nearly 2 years. She is from Manila and I was living with her over there (yes in Manila..) …. the city itself isn’t too bad, after all its a capital city – places like Sao Paulo are a concrete jungle too etc etc …. that said if your going over there for 1 week say, I’d look to go see places like Dumaguete for example, Palawan too rather than have to put up with the Manila traffic but if your living over there for 6 months Manila isn’t too bad once you get your head around how busy it is etc etc ….. the people are friendly and yes there are great places to eat but you gotta know where they are cos there are a lot more average to shit places ……….. but yeah everything you need is right there, its a big city after all.

  • Bill

    You’re right about retardation up there. I’ve dated filipinas in the usa and they all are air heads. For example, one day we were at my friend’s apt and he was flippin’ the channel – a batman movie with the joker comes up and my gf asks me infront of my friends – who’s the joker? Argh! You can be seriousssss…………

  • Max

    guys I’m alone and planning to visit Manila for the first time. Please let me know, where to stay and where to find girls. Would appreciate if you can give me a rough budget for staying and for girls.
    Thx..

    • gabe

      for the girls go angeles city or barrio barreto for the beach, boracay, panglao island or malapascua island and many other places.
      don’t stay long in manila.

    • Kaz

      Where to stay………..

      Fort Bonifacio aka Bonifacio Global City -its like Singapore at night time.

      Makati which is near the US embasy, Taguig too is nice.

      All pretty mid to high end accomadation but if its weeks not months its worth it, you will save money on taxi’s cos everything you need is right there. You be looking at around 50-80 dollars a night.

      Girls. Everywhere.

      • Max

        Appreciate your reply :) I’ve booked a hotel called sohotel somewhere very close to baywalk area and makati. Hope its conveniently close to the places I’m looking for. Looking forward to have a great time.
        Thanks again for your comments.
        Cheers !

        • KIKINWING

          If you want the BEST book Shang Ri La Makati Hotel. Walk to everything and 5 star. Or look on airbnb.com and book a condo CHEAP!!! Trust my advice.

  • KIKINWING

    Go to Phil you will love it. Go to Boracay…. I have been 3 times.

  • houbahouba

    i was thinking to go there to change from thailand but you discouraged me ,,,lol

  • gabe

    just try a joint of sagada hash and a san miguel beer and Watch the Sunset on a visayan beach and ou will see that this country can be a paradise.

  • Robert

    Manila is no more indicative of the Philippines than any other large city is of its country. I always head off to the mountains: Baguio, Banaue, Sagada etc. try Palawan for some more laid back lifestyle, reasonable beaches and seafood. I have always found the people friendly. I am married to a Filipina (19 years) and have found her to be a more caring person than any other wife or girl friend I ever had.

  • Filipina, not much upstairs, but I don’t think you have much going downstairs

    Well, your choice does reflect who you are also. I am a Filipina, and will not argue that Manila can be a shithole. Anyway, going back, your choice of “girlfriends” says something a lot about you also. I do not appreciate your constant use of “retards” and how there’s not much going on “upstairs” dickwad. Oops sorry, I know you said we were supposed to be warm and sweet and not have a vocabulary beyond gambling and the odd “oops” over a digital suicidal bird.So sorry for us being retards, and oh I’m sorry I also imagine you as a stereotypical stupid fat ignorant American. I heard you have great fashion in Walmart. Can’t place your nationality, but dude, how do you live with a last name like that? It’s like placing yourself in a permanent firing range.

    Anyway, enough from me who is just a Filipina who just quit a high paying position in a multinational company to transfer to another multinational company with a current offer again from other company. But I am hardly an exception.I like following my heart over monetary needs; my girlfriends are another story. The constant hitting of the glass corporate ceiling must cause brain damage, or the politically incorrect term, retardation.

    If I knew you I would ask younto check out my business write ups and musings in a national fucking broadsheet. So screw this shit.

    Have a nice day Bushmeister.

    • Marie

      Im with you girl. I think this foreigner was hanging out with working girls and ladyboys who were crawling around them every night at CH in Greenbelt during his stay in Manila. And then he generalized us as such. Educated filipina will never be interested in a man who bad mouth like you. And an real educated filipina will never treat you like an atm machine, if you are a friend she’ll respect you like a family. And we cook for our man because we know we can do the job in the kitchen and don’t take away food from crap restos (where u went to).

      The author deserved who he met -hookers and ladyboys. lol.

      And oh I agree, I also hate those wirings all over the streets of Manila. More like a sign of too much corruption in the country, no doubt on that.

      I am a filipina. Im not rich but I deserve respect (we are 90% compared to the 10% rotten tomatoe that u have encountered).

  • http://aol allen mahal

    I gotta tell you I love this . I hope the article turned a lot of guys off to the Philippines. I was married to a Filipina and blew it with my own insecurities. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. She was not only beautiful outside but inside too. I got so much love from her it almost made up for a shitty childhood. I want to be surrounded by that kind of love again. She was not too bright when it came to some things but was a genious when it came to other things. [Just like everyone] If you are looking for an intellectual conversation than go to a library. You want to be surrounded by love go to the Philippines.

    • Frazer

      Hi Dudes, i’ll looking to holiday here in Sept, Never been here (Virgin) I’m from Scotland … (Nay laughing or sheep jokes… heard them), But been to Thailand many time’s, so a bit of a Vet, i looking to stay in Manila a few night’s, then not sure where to go? i want beach,bar’s, women, disco’s, drink & happy people, thanks for any reply’s … :)

  • MNL lonewolf

    just bump into this article accidentally and was amazed that the author have such a deep insight on PI for just three weeks stay, what said in this article is so true. I think the biggest problem of Filipinos is they don’t think Philippines has shitloads of problems and always in the state of denial so the problems never been fixed and situation never been improved. Once you criticising Philippines, no matter how logical your argument is or how many factual examples you gives, they will go all-out-attack on you, claiming that you are racist and they are nice friendly happy whatsoever people which has nothing to do with your original argument, keep on attacking until you give in and don’t bother (at the end of the day it is only their country fucked-up, not mine so why should i bother)

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister
    • KIKINWING

      There a proud people who’s world view is limited to 7000 Islands….. Is it any wonder they are in denial? If only the rest of the world had their passion, loyalty and belief!

  • Surfer dude still here

    God this article just reaks and i cant believe its still getting comments.Pinays are the “hands down” best chicks in the world overall.If you dont just go for the undereducated girls there are plenty of intelligent ones here.In Cebu there are 33 colleges in a town thats only 4 miles wide and 2 miles deep.So i just dont get it about the retards thing.Once your into the local scene and not just bars and clubs you can find plenty of intelligent ,interesting woman,not to mention beautiful.But even the undereducated ones are extremely sweet,understanding and accomodating to men who may not even get a date in thier own country!This is because the pinays see beyond just looks and actually care about the person inside(a rare trait).Sure there are exceptions to every rule no matter where you go but overall i cant think of any other place i would rather be(people wise) in this world and i am from the US.The filipino smile is infectous and the feeling of mabuhay is just like aloha in Hawaii (except Hawaiians are not as friendly).

  • rain

    I think you misunderstood the context of that sentence, winston, so let me help you out.

    The low quality, low class, and low culture, may signify a high level of “retardation” in the filipino society. That’s why Filipinos must work on this so that “retards” like you will enjoy their visit more. Ungracious entitled whiner.

  • rain

    I’m filipino and I spent the whole night reading your blog entries cause I found them funny and witty. But you killed me when you said that bit about filipinas not having much going on up there.
    I have lots of wonderful and interesting girl friends who would be great to hang out with. But to be honest–and without any note of censure or condescension– these women aren’t usually the type that a visiting foreigner will encounter while out for drinks. Retarded as it may sound, women in our culture usually get slut-shamed when they are seen with foreigners. I assure you, if you easily managed to sleep with a filipina over there, that is not a common thing for a “genuinely nice girl” to do. And since your being foreign automatically turns you into a huge neon sign for the hookers to spot, the chances of meeting any girls with brains is close to none.
    Anyway, I don’t think the rest of the things you mentioned warrant such aggressive (ooo, might get flak for this) and emotional response from my fellow filipinos. These are your observation and opinion that you have acquired within a short period of time with people that don’t necessarily represent the whole population.
    Hope you enjoy your stay and may you discover more things that could make your experience in the philippines awesome :)

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      For sure you can’t get the whole picture in just 3 weeks.

      • rain

        Indeed. (Or surrounded by opportunistic hookers/ladyboys, 3weeks is more than enough to give up trying to get a better picture, yes?)
        One thing I’ve always wanted to do while staying here (not currently in the philippines) is to hang out with another foreigner who’d be willing to let me pick her brain. Sadly I only get invites from guys and I’m too timid to meet male strangers. Been here for 4years and I haven’t made new male friends outside work, local or otherwise.
        I just saw charlie’s response calling filipinas dullards. I admit my sense of humor appreciates the wit, but the vain part of my female brain wants to virtual smack him hard. Haha
        Too bad the actual dullards responsible won’t be able to read, much less understand all these. (Ain’t nobody got time for that internetz stuff, busy chasing Joes)The learned women who will come by your blog will be the ones (unfairly) insulted though.
        Hello to Boris and his poor head. I wonder if any of those people who didn’t help them snapped pictures to “st0mp” instead.

        • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

          “I wonder if any of those people who didn’t help them snapped pictures to “st0mp” instead.”

          No doubt.

  • peter

    Jezz What a very sad lot of comments.
    1. Philippines tend to be among the most polite, shy and easily embarrassed never wanting to disappoint anyone. To me that appears cultural and is fairly normal around Asia but worst or best in Philippines depending upon your view.
    2. This can be considered dumb by some cute by others and just plain nice by me. it can be frustrating as you never know if they are actual happy or not as they wont tell you if they are not.
    3. I’m from Australia and i married a Filipino i met in Australia some 10 years ago she had been here for 25 years. She came with a Filipino husband and he abused her, she left for another guy white who abused her. She was so sweet when i met her and as we fell in love i heard her life story and was to say the least very shocked at a) how badly she had been abused and b) that she never actually realized it. over our thus far 6 years of marriage i have been amazed at many things a) no idea of why we have seasons, no idea of why on many things we regard as simple and obvious and she could not swim and she would ask my permission to go out. So i have worked hard to teach her to swim, to stand up for her self and to swear (possible not a good thing but needed to deal with Australian males and some women. She has taken to this very well and has advanced leaps an bounds. she is smart just shy an not well educated. she can now more than stand up to bullies at work and has over the past few years gone from a postal worker to a postal manager handling some 1000 staff a magnificent leap. shes now completely self sufficient capable and brilliant but still some of the lack of early childhood education comes back to embarrass her. She has now lost a lot of faith in other Filipinos and she can see the abuse for what it is ai will give an example of a simple style of abuse which keeps them down.

    a 65 year old brings back a 25 year old bar girl. meets my wife who has a big heart we have the odd dinner with this couple over 6 months and i hated it. she was obviously going to leave him but had some guilt as she definitely felt saved by him. So i encourage her to get a drivers license and she got excited by this prospect, i help her get a job, now the job was nearly lost as the guy did not like it and after three months i asked hows the learners permit going, her comment oh husband to busy he needs to teach me. i then sat down with her for 5 minutes and showed her how to on the internet and she was off. The guy was obviously trying to keep her under control not give her freedom to move around. i would tell him he was mad he should help her and get her fully independent basically let her go and be great but he was to scared of loosing her and was controlling her to stop this process. He ended up loosing her some 12 months latter. funny he blamed me. now this may seem like mild abuse but i see it as very bad, not as bad as what my wife when through which included many rapes (not considered such by her) and one which was that bad a guy tied her up for 2 days (her ex husband so a Filipino funny not) now i have no problems with 65 guys and 25 year old girls but the guys are idiots when they try to control and keep them. if i was 65 and met a nice 25 year from filos i would gladly bring her back to Australia but i would keep my eyes open and would try to do the best for her which would mean Education, support, freedom, self respect and as im a realist i would be aware that a 25 year old would not really want to be with a 65 year old (dont actually thing i as the 65 year old would want such a young girl anyway) I would set her free and in so doing i would get a very loyal friend who respected me cause i respected her and as i approach death she may even have another husband i’m sure she would help me as i help her. i there’s one thing about philpiones they tend to be quite loyal

    PS im now 50 my wife is 45 (looks 35 ) and we have had many trials and arguments but we survive on respect and love. Both ways.

    Now the guys that started this thread where after a good time and sex and im sure they where nice guys but i doubt they looked at the person they where with as anything more than a masturbation aid, a shame. Myself when i was younger i could do this but now with age and wisdom i cannot as instead of my dick seeing a pretty shy girl my brain see a poor girl who know nothing else and i simple cannot take advantage of that any more.

  • Angie

    idk why but i agree with you so much (in some way)
    well i don’t really fancy superb parties like you guys did, i focused more on food, shopping and sightseeing

    Anyway Manila as a whole is a shithole itself, roaches and rats are roaming its street, poor people live in extreme poverty(40% income inequality dude,,, yeah its happening and tales of 7 families are controlling more than 50% of the entire GDP in the country!), streets are filled with sorrowness and glimpse of smiles of hope as they stare at me while the rich are bastards

    the food there rather plainy and non-spiced,,, doesn’t suit my taste at all,,, eat fasfood most of the time there and even the shopping malls foodcourt and restaurants is just ok, everything seems overated the only thing that actually caught my attention is the presence of American brands in most of their mall,,, but id rather go KL or Jakarta maybe if i wanted these things

    famed Manila bay and rizal park is wretched place with winds blowing carrying the smell or urines and garbages, while the park itself isn’t exactly clean,,, i mean come on,, this is not even in backstreet of the city and they’re worse! and apart from these area the city is dull, boring and a complete concrete jungle, nothing great about the city and its generally ugly with those spaghetti wires and rotting infrastructure, worst place for visitors definitely who are attracted by the fame of cheap beers

    and don’t let me start with the airport,,,,

    bars and nightclubs are filled with those granpa boners which reminds me of Thailand even as i am typing a “manila prostitution” ad is showing up

    however the pros is probably they’re generaly friendly, actually wanted to communicate with you although alot of scams are happening for sure there and another things is the goods there is quiet cheap

  • http://gravatar.com/mdh498 mdh498

    Charlie, You ARE a moron. No wonder you wrote this article ….. go away

  • http://www.twitter.com/gracenaces Filipina

    “Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought and seemed to have absolutely no interests or passions about anything beyond their day to day existences. The list of things they did seem interested in were karaoke, basketball, money, gambling, Angry Birds, and shitty American or American copy entertainment. I am sorry to report that in our experience the Filipinas, while very sweet, warm, nice, and affectionate, have nothing going on upstairs. ”

    — That’s because the Filipino women who’d actually find time for condescending assholes like you are the stupid ones. We’d all agree that there are stupid people everywhere–even in your country. The Filipinas who have “a lot going on upstairs” have careers that do not revolve around taking care of a bunch of rude ang moh like you. I am a Filipina and I say that your list of “Filipina interests” (i.e. Angry Birds, basketball, gambling, etc) here is one big fallacy.

    I found this blog because Singapore got riled up on a blog posted here. I thought this blog has something good to say about other things. It’s just a blog about bashing every culture, bar none.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      Actually we have good things to say about the places we like, where there are not a bunch of retards and people like to actually use their brains.

      I never have trouble meeting smart sexy women who like me in Bulgaria, Vietnam, or Holland, for example, but sorry, the Filipino girls were dullards. Just my experience, but it’s corroborated by other people whose opinions I respect.

      • KIKINWING

        This coming from a guy (on the right) who on his Facebook picture has a mask on. Gee maybe you are so fucking ugly only the one’s with limited iq dared approach you? Truthfully “Filipina” is right in her post. First I found in the Philippines what I have yet to find in any American woman, and that’s a unselfish sense of family, not self and pure love for love. But it gets so much better. Of each of these that I have courted one was a principal and had a Phd, the second was finishing her doctorate in Vetinary science and the current has a masters. All extremely bright, happy, dedicated and quality marriage material.

        Charlie face it your a loser. A loser in denial, but a loser just the same. It may take some time to realize it, but let me have the honor of probably NOT being the first to tell you. But for your sake hopefully the last?

        The Philippines is far from perfect. But you can find perfection their quite readily. Keep blogging about Pizza loser.

  • Surfer guy

    Gallop poll rated the Philippines as the “most loving country in the world”.The U.S. on the other hand was at a dismal 26th place.So if ya wanna” feel the love” then this is the country for you.A wise older guy once told me this, in Thailand girls have sex for money,in Indonesia girls have sex just for sex,but in the Philippines girls have sex for love.That statement holds alot of truth and if ya dont like Manila the try Cebu!!!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      I agree with that 100%. We don’t defend the US, we think it sucks and not just for the reasons stated.

      That said I’ve never seen more prostitutes in my life than in Manila and Boracay. I wasn’t looking for them I was looking to avoid them – they were everywhere – even in upscale shopping malls!

      • Surfer guy

        Seems the opposite for me.I just spent 4 days in Pasay ,Manila where i went to the SM Mall of Asia everyday and never got approached or even saw many girls prostituting themselves.Of course lady/boys are always aggressive no matter where you are and if you cant tell them apart(many cannot) you could mistake them for female whores.It must have something to do with where you went or like i said you could be mistaking genders.Thailand is far worse in my opinion.Well we do agree on the U.S. for sure.

  • Marcus Olson

    So guys you had a bad experience….
    There is some good food its just that they are not really good in advertising it.
    Lechon(whole roasted pig or chicken) is nice,bicol express thats beef or chicken with chili and coconut milk…. really masarap and also the dessert leche flan
    And the people are poor yes… street kids i wouldnt call aggressive, just desperate and pushy as they have to otherwise they would get no money/food.

    And you calls 25 USD for an hotel in Makati expensive?
    Try staying at Citystate tower hotel in Ermita, 1800 pesos for a double room with swimming pool,buffet breakfast.
    And u think the drugs are all bad because u read some blog post then think the country is fucked up?
    I guess its you who is shallow minded…. alright Philippines has its problems and the catholic church and the buaya government is to blame.

    And why stay 2 weeks in Manila and just complain? Ur in a tropical country and nice beaches and blue water is abundant just head to Palawan and or Bohol next time!

  • Surfer guy

    Looks like you boys are getting an education….

  • er

    The article is pretty inaccurate, you stayed with stupid rich kids and prostitutes, what do you expect? you will never have a decent conversation with them. You are what you attract, if you attract stupid people then it means you are one of them

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      A: I was not hanging with prostitutes. B: Rich people are better educated, they should be able to say 1 interesting thing. C: I have 0 problems finding super intelligent and interesting people in places such as Holland, Bulgaria, and Vietnam. So it’s got something to do with Manila, not me.

    • http://gravatar.com/hooplos hooplos

      “You are what you attract”. That’s typical bullshit reasoning right there. That’s the best you can say? That’s you’re big argument? That’s supposed to win it huh? Stupid.

  • http://MSN Mike Johnsom

    I..personally would not call people of the Phiippines retarded. They are a prideful people nd for the most part, do with what they have. Overall, its a very beautiful country. You can’t judge them by Manila..no more than you can just us (USA) by Detroit!! Yes, the women are beautiful. The country itself is very poor. And they do not have systems set up like we have here. And where did the author by his food? I’ve had great food in the P.I. Especially the seafood. Women there support their families from the cash they make from tourist. So, I do not fault them. poverty is widespread there. And as americans, we really have not looked poverty in the eyes like these people have. Sooo you/me/they cannot judge filipinos by our standards. That is wrong. Overall, I found the people there to be a very warm and friendly people. Even moreso than here in the USA!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      No question, the Filipinos are warm, friendly, and lovely people. Interesting? Didn’t find that there.

  • Miguel C.

    I see a lot of your points about the Philippines, but basically I’d sum it up to shitty luck and going to the wrong places. While a lot of the chicks there are airheaded bimbos you’d actually find a lot of intelligent or witty ones. And when it comes to weed in the Philippines you’d have better luck asking one of the rich kids rather than rastaman here, either that or go to sagada. And where exactly did you eat in the Philippines? not everywhere is the food shitty. Shakey’s is but yellow cab and Papa john’s have really good pizza. And rather than go to some of the more well known places you should try looking for hole in the wall restaurants or something like midnight Mercato(it’s this event on fridays or saturday’s from 12 am to about 4 am that happens in the fort the food there is really good. For fine dining though I wouldn’t go to manila there’s this place in clark Pampanga called Yats that’s the best fine dining place I’ve been to in the Philippines. But I’d have to agree the cuisine there is mostly shit,, but you try some of the fresh seafood.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      Thanks for the tips.

  • BYOB

    Quite an interesting blog. These are very true. I am a Filipino and i admit things about poverty and some negative thought. But Bro you havent seen the whole picture yet. Philippines is a very nice country. We have 7,107 islands and you only explored 1. You only have 1 reason for giving negative review and we still have 7,106 ways to say Phil is a very nice place.

    And bad things await for those who have bad intentions. Specially looking for hookers. You wouldnt expect a person to treat you good if you doesnt respect him/her. Right bro? So dont expect to be treated in a mannerly way if you are looking for cheap sex.

    And by the ways. The pizza issue is true. we dont have great pizzas here. But have you tried filipino dishes? and come’on dont expect pizzas here to be great. its like you are trying to find the best toy on a hardware shop. Pizzas here are not great, but is pizza in your place really that great? or how about me searching for the perfect Adobo (famous filipino dish) in US? Will i find one?

    Cheers!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      We’re looking to avoid hookers not find them. Agree there is a lot we didn’t see but I find it hard to believe that the Philippines would redeem itself with food. Food was universally terrible when we there, we ate out, we ate in, poor people’s houses, rich people’s houses, cheap restaurants, expensive restaurants, etc. There was not one meal that impressed us even a little bit. For sure Philippines has its positives but food and cuisine is not one and neither is lack of hookers and lady boys.

  • Joe

    Allow me to move to higher ground here. To you Surfer Guy- accept my apologies for attacking you on a personal level. I don’t know you and you don’t know me. Maybe you’re a genuinely cool guy. I just didn’t like your first reply to my post. If you go back and read it, anyone can see it was kind of fucked up the way you responded, “Bet my ex looks better than the one you got now Joe” WTF was that? She’s my wife, what you expect me to say about her, to me she is gorgeous. I’m supposed to say that about my wife! And I guess it was unnecessary to describe myself as a model-type, jacked, etc. I’m just so sick of seeing a dude who looks like a fucking rat that just crawled up out of the Magsaysay river, strutting around with 3 young beautiful girls on his arm, taking advantage of their precarious circumstance. It’s not jealousy mind you- I already have a very beautiful young woman I can call my wife, and we love each other for who we are. I just hate to see people being taken advantage of, and that seems to be a regular thing in the Philippines. I see these beautiful young girls who have to fuck and suck off some disgusting foreigner just to keep their family from starving to death. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the Philippines. It fucked up, but I guess that’s the way it is. And think we can all agree on that.

    • KIKINWING

      KUDOS!!!! Nice save and mea culpa Joe. Yes I can agree to that…. Anyone who takes advantage of another is pond scum. Especially making someone degrade and lose their dignity because their hungry. I can’t stand that. I choose a Filipina not because I have to, but because i WANT to. Their values and culture fits perfectly to my world view.

      We all have our reasons. But yes we can agree that anyone, anywhere, can take advantage of another and that is not the way its supposed to be. But just rest in the satisfaction that everything we do will be accounted for. This life is but a snapshot of whats to come.

      Good job Joe.

  • akela opano

    Not that it really matters fellas but what Manuel says about egging this guy on is just the problem.Surfer guy seems to be actually a pretty well informed person who has made more positive comments about the area than most of you put together.After his first comment which i found quite to the point,he simply could not stand the stupidity and was attacked.Truly he is making you guys look pretty silly.Surfer guy 1 the rest 0.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Pretty funny, akela opano, surfer dude and surfer guy are all the same guy. Same illiterate writing, same IP address…

  • Joe

    I would say just ignore him, if he doesn’t like the authors of this website, why does he continue visiting it and reading/responding to posts? Doesn’t make any sense? Keeps telling people he doesn’t like their insults, but continuously insults other people. It’s like trying to reason with a child. Hard to believe this person is an adult male. I would say best to ignore anything he has to say. I’m moving on, too many other great articles to read on this site. Thanks for creating it gentlemen. Long live Noam Chomsky!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      I enjoy egging him on.

  • Joe

    Surfer Fag- I think I just figured out what your deal is- you’re gay. I mean you’re REALLY gay. Sorry I didn’t realize that sooner, but you really should tell people you’re a homo when you post your replies. Of course you wouldn’t have any problems with the locals anywhere in Mindanao- they can see that you’re gay. They’re all laughing at you behind your back. Well, I’m not really into arguing with gays, so it’s time for me to ignore you. Try not to catch the HIV when those dirty little bastards fuck you in your surgically constructed vagina. adios, homo.

    -Hey Manuel, this one’s a lost cause. Gay’s love drama. He’ll, uh-hum, I should say- She’ll, never stop posting dumb-ass replies. She lives for it. Do what I do from this point, just ignore her. She’s probably just having her period or something. She’ll be okay once she washes her vagina. -Peace.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Haters are our biggest fans. Singapore and KL are the most widely read articles because people are always posting retarded comments trying to explain how they’re not retarded but just adding fuel to the fire. I think it’s hilarious.

      • surfer guy

        LOL…you 2 should get together…sounds like ya got some gay qualities in common!! Gays always resort to name calling when they lose in intelligent conversation Joey,,,and of course you know the correct spelling of fister(i didnt know it was a real word) Manny.You guys are definately the haters here and any intelligent reader will be able to tell.I doubt if anyone is even reading it anymore.You guys should exchange numbers and the one thing Manny is right about…it IS hilarious!!!Funny i have never met a gay surfer.

        • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister
        • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

          It’s pretty funny when somebody who is clearly illiterate insults the intelligence of others. Keep it coming.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      That is a pretty stupid comment.

      • surfer guy

        Agreed Charlie and a stupid article too……so now i understand that you and Manuel are in bed together as you both work for this stupid site.Big overweight eurotrash that are usually the least liked of all kinds in the Philos and a friggin Yankee from NY.Damn you boys really think you got it goin on dont ya!!! puttin down the country yet doin the hooker deal all over the world.Your a couple of pups who have alot to learn “Uncle Boners”…..like my good old daddy use to say”they are all whores son except your mother” and dont ask me about her! You guys need to find a new job.

        • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

          More please. Are you even going to attempt to write semi-literately?

          • surfer dude

            In a literal sense,what i stated is actually quite true.I am sorry but trying to speak intelligently with fools is a waste of my time.Just let the people decide…..

        • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

          You are being strange, dude. I got nothing against you, but accusing people of being gay for disagreeing with you is pretty grade-school behavior.

  • Joe

    Surfer Fag- There you go with that fag talk again. Didn’t I tell you not to respond unless you had something original to say? We’re all here to contribute, so where is it? Where’s your contribution ya fuckin’ jerk-off? It seems like you’re an expat living in the Philippines, and all you can do is make dumb-ass comments about other people that are trying to give some useful information. You got anything useful to tell these people that came to this website to get some information about going to the Philippines? Where to find a good Filipina girl, like in the Province area as opposed to the big cities? Shit like that. I’m sure you know, other people want to know that kind of information. You probably have a library of information in your head and the answers to the questions that some people are very interested in getting. But instead, they waste their time reading this FUCKING STUPID back and forth bullshit that you initiate, because you’re too immature and insecure about yourself, that you can’t read another person’s post without getting all personally offended by it.

    Regarding your invitation, I will be in Butuan City around the second week of March. Siargao island is not very far. But I won’t make any special trip to see you there. Driving an hour and then taking a ferry to the island for the 2 seconds it would take drop you like a sack a shit in the sand just isn’t worth the effort. You’re not tough, okay surfer fag. You live in a tropical paradise, surfing, drinking, singing karaoke, having the time of your life, completely surrounded by some of the most beautiful and friendliest people in the world. If you were ever even the slightest bit of a match for someone like me, you’re not anymore, believe it. So don’t act tough. The best you can do is give the readers some information they can use when they make plans to come to the Philippines.

    With that said, I’ll say this- Anyone interested in seeing Mindanao, take my advice and DON’T go there. Unless you’re muslim, I don’t recommend going to Mindanao, especially if you’re white. It’s not because it isn’t safe or anything like that- you’re not going to get kidnapped by some terrorist group or anything. It’s just that the muslims there are real fuckin’ troublemakers. And they don’t give a shit how big you are. I don’t know what their deal is, but they will literally go out of their way to start some shit with you. Especially when they’re drunk. And if you knock ’em on their ass, which they rightly deserve, you’ll be the one getting into trouble with the police, not them. I’ve always had an absolutely fantastic time everywhere I went in Philippines, Luzon and Visayas, but as soon I got into Mindanao I had nothing but trouble. Stay away. Unless you married a Filipina and her family lives there and you got no fucking choice, I see no reason to go there. Cebu is probably the best place to visit in Philipiines, in my opinion.

    • surfer guy

      You constantly show your immaturity with you incessent name calling and bullying tactics son.And as i said before “actions speak louder than words”.Its actually a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from Butuan to Surigao and then another 3 hours to the island by ferry.And another thing Mindanao is a beautiful place and if you dont go there acting like a jerkoff or showing off because your a big white dude person with a holier than thou attitude you wont have a problem.I have traveled all over Mindanao and Siargao is part of it(surigao del norte),and never had a problem in 16 years.Davao is a beautiful place with first class hotels and one of the cleaner cities you will find in the Philos.(no smoking indoors and no spitting outdoors).So if you want to enjoy the beauty of that island(very large) i highly suggest travel there ,just be picky as to where you go as in anywhere in the Philos.Forget Sulu and Basilian islands to begin with and avoid areas where you heard there is problems..(like certain parts of Newark,LA and New York).And by the way Joe anyone who reads these comments can see that i am making positive comments about this country whereas you other guys are tearing it down and that is why i chimed in to start with.Look at the post of Diego,Your A moron,kikinwing,I hate this blog,JMS and others they are all trying to dispell the negativeness of this article(like myself) but you guys just keep on putting down this country.Sorry Joe you lose and your just tired man,and i suggest you should have fun and keep your big mouth shut if your having problems anywhere in this country……that will solve your problems.Other than that i would like to tell all the readers here”i have traveled the world over and have never found a place more beautiful,more diverse and with people who are some of the friendliest in the world”……come to the Philos and see why we say….Its better in the Philippines!!!!

      • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

        Where can I send a donation to buy you a space bar?

        • surfer guy

          Go buy yourself a pizza and stop wasteing time here Manuel…hmmm Pfister? isnt that a name of a famous bayot,after something that they like to do with thier fist?? LOL!!!!!

          • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

            No idiot that would be FISTER. We see that English, spelling, grammar, etc is not one of your strong points. That’s ok though you’re entertaining.

  • surfer guy

    Oh yeah your the atheist moron who cant spell surfer properly……we should listen to you…..not!!!hahahaha lol!!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Keep the retardation coming.

  • surfer dude

    Come to Cebu my friend or better yet Siargao where the surf is….i will push you into a few big waves and see if ya wanna kick sand in my face then son.I was a wrestler in school,surfed my whole life and i am involved in strength training with boxers in the ALA gym in Cebu.If you think i am out of shape or ugly for that matter you are quite mistaken. And i have no problem meeting and discussing your negative attitudes and i dont need to threaten someone to do so…actions speak louder than words.Its Charlie and yourself who are making all the negative comments here with your name calling and bullying tactics,quite funny actually.Wait till you hit that 7 year itch time before you brag about how great things are.LOL…Hey i admit some of the old buggers with very young girls is a bit disgusting,and some of the ugly guys would never get a date in the US.But that goes both ways…remember in high school some guys were geeks and could never get a date? was it thier fault they were not born with looks? well they have a chance here and why shouldnt they???is it all about looks dude??perverts and rediculous age difference are one thing(talk to Hugh Hefner) but seeing beyond just looks is a pinay trait that is valued by many.And YOU should follow your own mothers advice!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Surfer Dude, you’re embarrassing yourself. Keep it up.

  • Joe

    Surfer guy- so you’re that disgusting foreigner we talked about, I can see that from your reply. Yeah, I guess I can agree that looks are less important for filipina women, but when you see a fat, digusting, old guy with a beautiful young girl, there’s something more going on there. My wife and I have been married for almost 5 years now. she became a US citizen 2 years ago. We’re still together because she genuinely loves me and we’re a good match. I can’t say that for just about every single one of my wife’s numerous filipina friends who married an old fat disgusting guy such as yourself, who was dumb enough to bring them to the states. They all left their husband’s old asses as soon as they got that green card. And rightly so, what beautiful young women would lay in bed next to a disgusting old guy unless she was totally desperate for financial support. It sounds like you took my post waaaaaay too personally, and that’s the give-away. When I see another attractive couple, or hear mention of it, I don’t get all defensive. I think it’s great for a man and a woman to match up naturally. I think it’s disgusting for a dirty old man to travel to a poor country to prey on a desperate young lady. I wasn’t bragging about anything. I think you missed my point because you’re an insecure jealous jerk-off, probably fat, and certainly disgusting. Here’s my point, as far as mentioning the physical attributes of my wife and I- I didn’t go to the Philippines to take advantage of women. I met a girl who would’ve dated me regardless of the absolute desperate situation that exists in her country. Can you say the same for yourself? I doubt it. My wife and I will be visiting the Philippines in an about two weeks. Hope I run into you there- happy to kick some sand in your face. And sympathize for your girlfriend. I know your type, quick to talk shit on an anonymous post. It’s pathetic. Don’t bother responding, unless you have something original to say. I don’t wanna hear your whining. Stop making negative comments on other people’s shit, bring something new. And don’t be an asshole, didn’t your mother ever tell you if you ain’t got something nice to say to someone, don’t say anything at all.

  • surfer guy

    Bet my ex looks better than the one you got now Joe and i cant agree.Your kinda braggin about your model looks and how great you look together but nobody cares dude….only you.And do you really think the U.S. is less corrupt or maybe just less open about it!!Pinay girls are waaay hotter than american chicks are and 1000 times more friendly.So ya dont have to be a model to get a hottie cause they dont care as much about looks.Its either about love or money…that simple.There is an old american song about “if ya wanna be happy for the rest of your life ,never make a pretty woman your wife” this applies to pinoy womens attitude about men too.Looks are not that important.Thats why all those poor “ugly and old” dudes as you say go there.But in a recent Gallop poll the Philippines won #1 in the most loving country in the world.Poverty sucks no doubt but its everywhere(go to appalachia in W.V.) the Phil. is a beautiful country and the people are some of the best in the world,i know cause i have traveled it.And that is why i chose to live here over the U.S. after 40 years being born and bred there…..its better in the Philippines!!!

  • Joe

    Whoever wrote this article is right on fucking target! I love it. I’ve been to the Philippines many times because I married a filipina from the first time I went there. I mean, I can’t complain too much about having gone there, my wife is fucking drop-dead gorgeous, so I got something out of it. But this fuckin’ guy tells it exactly how it is! I was laughing my balls off reading it. And so fucking true about the dirty old men and ugly-as-fuck foreigners that go there to get laid. I’m a white guy, model-type, and fucking jacked- when I look at these beautiful young filipina’s with these fucking trolls, it makes my blood boil. My wife and I look fantastic together, so when we go to Manila, you can sense the embarassment from other girls holding hands with some fat, old, disgusting guy. It’s really sad. But you forgot to mention how fucking corrupt the government is- from the simple traffic cops, all the way up to the president. If you have money, it works in your favor though. You can fucking murder someone there, and pay your way out of it. I once knocked out a muslim dude- put a giant crack in his face, and all I had to do was pay the cop 60 bucks to walk away from it.
    For anyone going there to get fucked, I think it’s pretty fucking sweet. I paid anywhere between 60 to 100 bucks and got the girl for the entire night, and did everything with her (before I got married of course- no need for hookers for me anymore, my wife blows and fucks me every night- filipina girls love sex!) But you can get ’em for cheaper than that. So it’s not as bad as one might imagine. But then again, I haven’t been around too much, just in Philippines.
    Anyway- whoever wrote the article- dude, it was fucking great!

    • KIKINWING

      Joe writes “’Im a white guy, model-type, and fucking jacked” (he left out Asshole) But then tells us he’s like the “fucking Trolls” he despises cause this “’white guy, model-type, and fucking jacked” asshole imports his “hot chick” which is what all the “trolls” have done as well. Gee asshole why don’t you leave all the hot chicks in Asia for the “Trolls” because as we all know “’white guy, model-type, and fucking jacked” dudes have the pick of the litter untill you realize working at a stereo discounter wont cut it and your glory days are alll over….. Myself? I choose a Filipina because it’s like you woke up and realized you were in the 1950’s. The culture is great, they practice their faith and are family oriented. You can take your model types, I have had a gaggle of them too. I’ll take the purity of a Filipina any day.

  • Surfer guy

    You my friend are an idiot.Although some of what you say is true your gross generalizations are rediculous.Seems all your looking for is a good pizza,good weed and a chick to talk to your dumb ass.Manila is not so great and Boracay is like the little Miami so you never went anywhere good in over 7000 islands.The U.S. sucks for chicks and most have bad attitudes,pinays are sweet and dont have to run thier mouths all the time.JMS has got it right your just a guy looking to exploit the people and YOUR general retardation level is quite high….go back where ya came from boy…We dont need your kind here.

  • paddy

    I can’t quite agree with “it’s all junk food” – the Chicken Bacolod chain has simple but good quality food (chicken on a skewer). And if you go to some of the “gimmick” areas there are now better quality restaurants, but they are closer to USA prices too…! I agree the “retardation” is present among both younger and older women, a fixation on shoes and Prada/Louis Vuitton/Chanel purses and other indicators of status, not much reading going on, basically no matter how old the woman is, expect high-school-like behavior. If I had $5K to spend and the choice between going to the Phils or to e.g. Bulgaria, it would be a no-brainer – go to Eastern Europe.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Agreed all the way.

  • JMS

    Bushmeister, What are YOU going to do 20 years from now when YOU are one of those older guys you deride so much?? The time will fly by a whole lot faster than you realize and one day you’ll wake up and realize that you are one of those older guys. You’re dreaming if you think that some nice Filipina is going to want to have anything to do with a guy like you. Why would they treat you so special when all you want from them is sex? And by the way, Girls in the big cities anywhere in the world are going to be a whole lot different than girls from rural areas.

    You’re mainly interested in Junk “food”, dope and loose women and you somehow seem to think that you’re better than most people. Nothing could be further from the truth. You’re just extremely arrogant and Fucked Up yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

      Judging from all the mouthbreathing overweight slobs with young Filipina girfriends in Manila now, I think I would be able to find one for myself in 20 years if I wanted to become a Grandpa Boner too.

      Also, I hate junk food. That’s why I don’t like the food in the Philippines, it’s all junk food.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      SE Asia is FULL of young hot chicks with disgusting old men.

  • R. D.

    I’ve been the to the Philippines 15 times over the last 20 years. Manila, especially Makati, isn’t much different than being in any other big city like Los Angeles. The Pizza Hut’s are better there than in the US, the girls are pretty and friendly and I haven’t noticed that they are any more shallow than girls elsewhere. If you are white, or obviously a foreigner, you get better treatment but you also are a bit of a target. Some of my visits I have really enjoyed and some I have really hated. If you are just looking for a place to vacation, I wouldn’t suggest Manila, maybe Boracay or some other place in the Philippines, but if you are going there anyway you can have fun, whether that is chasing skirts or doing something else.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Come on though you must admit that it’s far more over-run with hookers and lady boys than many other big cities. Otherwise I agree with what you said.

  • I Hate This Blog

    you two bozzos are idiots. you just looked for hookers thats why you got low pople. at least high school students in the philippines don’t go out and just shoot everyone in sight. there are more retards in your country than ours you morron! Mr. Charlie Bushmeister your a fucking idiot who doesn’t think what you write.

  • El Duderino

    I’m staying in Manila for a few days before heading to Boracay in February. This article’s pretty depressing.

    If anyone could recommend links with good accommodation and how to make the most of brief stay there, I’d appreciate it.

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      Philippines has beautiful, postcard-esque, white sand and crystal clear blue waters on many of their islands.

      • KIKINWING

        Manuel where do you find the “crystal blue water” and “white sand” ???? I haven’t yet in 3 trips…..

        • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

          In Boracay, that’s what I saw. I was only there a week, maybe it’s seasonal but I’ve never seen anything like that before.

          • KIKINWING

            Thnx… When you say “crystal” do you mean you can see underwater 50 feet or more and beaches are white sand?

          • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

            Yes. I never went diving there but I mean more like 50 meters! I have been to comparable places and the visibility is upwards if 50-60 meters so I would assume its the same there!

          • surfer guy

            No doubt surfer guy and surfer dude are the same…that was just an error on my part,but Akela is simply an aquaintence who saw this and made her own comments.Apology accepted Joe and it was not meant to be a personal attack.But when you posted the “self righteousness and cockiness” were more than i could take, so my rebuttal reflected that.I am sure we have common ground.I still think this is a terrible article and is detremental to people who would love to see this beautiful country and its people for more than just pizza,weed,and taking advantage of the females.

          • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

            Well nobody is making you read this blog dude. What exactly is inaccurate about the article?

          • surfer somebody LOL

            So why did you leave out my last comment boys….i guess ya just cant take criticism…or a mature mind.

          • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

            ?

          • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

            We didn’t leave out any of your retarded comments, they’re hilarious and provide a great entertainment factor.

          • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

            Yea, you make a lot of errors. Writing is not your strong point. You and “akela” have the exact same writing style (not to mention typos and errors), you are the same person.

    • KIKINWING

      @El Duderino; Do to airbnb.com, try out this link https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/799356 I stayed there for over 2 weeks and loved it. Jovy the owner is great and the views are great!!! You will need to take a taxi everywhere BUT DO NOT WORRY!!! Most trips are just 2 dollars the most being 5 dollars!! CHEAP!! You will want to go to Makati or Glorietta Green Belt, those 2 are clusters resteraunts…… P.S. the people are some of the nicest on the planet!! Mabuhay!!

      • El Duderino

        KIKINWING, Thanks for your response. I didn’t actually read this until now, and I’ve already my booked my accommodation — But Thanks 😉 My flight’s in a few weeks. I’ll revisit this blog and offer my own take of Manila and Boracay.

        • KIKINWING

          How was your stay?

          • El Duderino

            Hi Kikinwing. This is the first time I’ve revisited this blog since January.

            Since then I’ve been to Manila & Boracay twice, most recently in October. My first night in Makati was a night I’ll never forget. I left my hotel room and was chased around the block by street kids, drug dealers and hookers.

            Fucked up, but I enjoyed it.

            On my second outing to Manila I stayed in Ermita. One night I strayed to a place called Manila Bay Cafe. Bloggers rave about it, the locals recommended it, I tried it and hated it.

            I prefer Manila to Bangkok (I visited the latter recently). Bangkok is like every international city I’ve ever been to. For all the overcrowding and poverty, Manila has it’s own personality.

            In Boracay I’ve been to Cocomangas and the laid back bars in Station 3. I’ve dated bad girls and choir girls. I love the place, I’m just sad it’s changing so quickly. Next time, I’ll hit Palawan.

          • KIKINWING

            “I left my hotel room and was chased around the block by street kids, drug dealers and hookers.” In Makati? Are you sue your not mixing up Bangkok with Makati?

          • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

            That happened to us in Makati also.

          • El Duderino

            Yep, it was definitely Makati :)

  • KIKINWING

    Gee the church should relinquish truth’s so you can fuck without consequence? You talk about retards? Reason dictates that evil can never become a moral good. Scripture teaches us God’s will is that nothing upset the moral order. Maybe if everyone prayed instead of poping a pill the answer would befall us? (Unless you wanna call me retarded thinking about God in an equation?) The irnoy of this whole post can be sumized in “the meek will inherit the earth” I saw what you saw but I saw much more. Yes they lacked amterial wealth but were still happy. I saw suffering but that was only compounded by my suffering index. I was extremely bored reading this by 2nd paragraph……. Like you unable to connect to the retards (u call em) I know your pain!!!

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      What the fuck are you talking about? Since there is no such thing as god, and that seems to be a big part of what you’re rambling on about, I guess we can pretty much just disregard this comment anyway.

      • KIKINWING

        And you call Filipina’s “retarded?”. Another dumb foukin atheist who thinks absolutely nothing mixed with absolutely nothing and became something for absolutely no reason what so ever then grew up to be dinasours and then hookers nobody could recognize….. yeah were all “retarded” ha,ha,ha MORON!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

          “The meek shall inherit the earth” is great propaganda to keep poor people from rising up while starving and exploited in this world. Wonder who that benefits…

          • KIKINWING

            And are you a student of the communist manifesto whereby the state owns everything and everyone is equal? Boy you are dumb and an atheist, though thats redundant. Please tell me, tell us how there could be a big bang if nobody lit the fuse? How could NOTHING become something for no reason and no rhyme if it were not designed?

            Dont worry fool you will believe in hell when you get there… dont believe in God? Study the miracle and apparition at fatima 1917 or the Tilma our lady of guadalupe or, etc…etc… maybe you should realise posturing there is NOTHING beyond your 5 senses is about the most ignorant thing anyone could ever say, think, believe.

          • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.bushmeister Charlie Bushmeister

            Just because there’s more beyond our 5 senses doesn’t mean that you’re right about what’s out there. If it’s beyong the current realm of human understanding the current religious explanation is probably wrong.

  • Diego

    Wait, you give ‘retards’ labels to others but:

    a) you fail to realize you are with prostitutes when you are in the middle of them
    b) you complain for not finding a good pizza in the Philippines. Oh really? well I was unable to find any decent one in the USA on my stays there too. Am from Italy FYI.
    c) for interesting conversation you need to bring it on in two. Maybe there was some problem on your end too? 😉

    Yes, there are grievous problems in the Philippines. And yes, the Church is often blind.
    Maybe once you realize it you can start doing something about it. Something more than a random post on the internet i mean.

    Regards

    • http://www.singledudetravel.com Manuel Pfister

      I would say not being able to find good pizza in Philippines is far less retarded than not being able to find it in the US. The US is full of “good pizza”.

      • Your A. MOron

        I’ve been in the U.S. so many times and i never found a decent pizza and every time I see a pizza chain i’m afraid to buy because I was afraid that a RETARD service crew would spit on it. And dude, come on, you came all the way to our country for a hooker?maybe there is no girl in your country who wants to hook up with you. Maybe your the RETARD who can’t get a descent sex on your own country, poor you…. Or maybe it’s the size of your weiner… that no american girl bothered on touching hahahahaha!!!

  • Kristina

    Insightful. I have a particular male friend who would enjoy your article. Thanks!

  • paddy

    You are pretty accurate – this from a guy who is divorcing a Filipina and has spent 8 months there over the last 10 years.

    The sushi can be good, especially in the areas that cater to Japanese tourists. Japanese guys go there for the weekend, they often have a “wife” they fly to see several times per month. You wouldn’t have noticed this during the time you were there, since it is all kept in the Japanese section and they all look Asian anyways …

    • KIKINWING

      Just out of curiosity, what would be the reason your x wife would give for the divorce? NOT YOUR XPLINATION, but hers?

  • Leszek

    I think you exaggerate a bit, especially about the food. I live in Taiwan and actually I only been to the Philippines a couple of times, but it’s not so bad as you say. The food was good. Poverty is indeed depressing, although also far from the worst kind ( go to India if you really want to depress yourself ). The Filipina girls are cute, and they have some of the best beaches in the world ( Palawan! ). Manila itself is a dump, yes.

  • caster

    I think hes just being realistic, the truth about philippines really is ugly. Im from a middle class family in the phillippines nad i can see inequality here. lots of rich tycoons here (and theyre one of asia’s riches)considering that this is a third world country. These tycoons tooe a lot of resources here in the philippines. Selling theyre products at a high price while giving a very little salary to its employee.

  • Harharhar

    Hahaha this douche bag reminds me of Karl Pilkington! HAHAHAA

  • http://www.happierabroad.com Winston

    This trip report is so true about Manila. Everything is so low quality, low class, low culture, and the retardation rate is so high there. It’s crazy being surrounded by retards all the time. And the food is the worst in the world.

    You should do a review of Angeles City too. lol. That’s another popular expat place.

    Btw, you can get good food and cheap hotels in Manila, if you know where to look and shop around, and stay away from touristy traps.

    The only cheap things there are low quality things. Mediocre quality things tend to be expensive or overpriced. People there are greedy as hell, and have no pride. In the Philippines, high prices do not equal high value. They equal mediocre or subpar value.

    If you went with me there though, I could have shown you some better food. But Manila sucks in that the whole city is ugly. There is nothing scenic or beautiful to look at at all. It’s a horrible city, only good for cheap sex.

    A guy in my forum also complained in his trip report there, saying that everything was so expensive there. See here: http://www.happierabroad.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12559

  • Jim

    I’ve been here for work and this place sucks. It is very sad that there is so much poverty. At 11PM, I took a taxi to go 2 blooks, because I didn’t want to have to climb over bodies sleeping or be hounded by the begging kids, or maybe even worse. The taxi driver didn’t understand why I did it. Very corrupt and dangereous place with lots of political killings.

  • Nate H.

    This is entirely shitty. I’m heading through the PI in a couple weeks.

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