Welcome to The Expat Angle. Here you will get my take on life in the Philippines after five years living, working and travelling around the country. I hope that the information contained in this site will assist all new expats looking to settle in the country, and help establish some familiarity with life in the Philippines.
The Filipino workplace is like no other you will have seen before. There is not a lot that can really prepare you for the experience. You just have to roll with the punches, put any PC hangups to the side, and enjoy the ride! You will encounter unique extremes in company culture, both good and bad. Emotions run high in the Filipino workforce, and at times you will feel like you are back in high school again. However, if you can navigate the Filipino workplace successfully and embrace its unique culture, then you will be sure to have an amazing experience.
To state the obvious, things are different here. Some aspects will be liberating, and others restrictive. You can live a privileged life here for about the same as what a regular middle class lifestyle will cost you in most Western countries. It is not all sunshine and rainbows though. There will be some frustrations that you have to adapt. If you don’t, it is likely this will dominate your experience here and you will miss out on a lot of the good stuff this country has to offer.
What is there to do around town? Well, if you live in the Makati area you can either drink or go shopping. At least that is how it feels sometimes… While this statement undersells what Makati and greater Manila have to offer, most of what there is to do revolves around these two activities in some way. However, I will do my best to go deeper into city life.
Need to get out of the city? Over the last five years i have been fortunate enough to travel to many corners of the Philippines. With travel arrangements a bit tricky at times, and always changing, you will not find details on how to get around here. There are plenty of travel blogs that cover this stuff. What you will find is what i thought of the experience, and you can make up your own mind on whether you think the trip worthwhile.