12 comments for “Filling time at home

  1. Ben & Marilyn
    April 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Matt, if you are looking for places to work out (batminton, tennis etc) you should really have a look at Naga Cebu. It has a good tenniscourt (outdoor), good batminton courts (indoor) a multi cultural sports center with basketball facilities, kajaking club, mountainbiking club and lots more. A lot of social activities find place there and in St Francis Park along the baywalk too. It is for you easily accessable (coming from Minglanilla) There are no problems with parking so all in all I think a pretty good location for you to have a look at.

  2. Ben & Marilyn
    April 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Matt, if you are looking for places to work out (batminton, tennis etc) you should really have a look at Naga Cebu. It has a good tenniscourt (outdoor), good batminton courts (indoor) a multi cultural sports center with basketball facilities, kajaking club, mountainbiking club and lots more. A lot of social activities find place there and in St Francis Park along the baywalk too. It is for you easily accessable (coming from Minglanilla) There are no problems with parking so all in all I think a pretty good location for you to have a look at.

  3. Tropicalpenpals
    April 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Ben and Marilyn I will pop in over the weekend. Got a busy couple of days ahead but would like to take a look.. I know you two are the best source of information in Naga.. You should send me your link and I will add you to the Blog 🙂

  4. Matt Wilkie
    April 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Ben and Marilyn I will pop in over the weekend. Got a busy couple of days ahead but would like to take a look.. I know you two are the best source of information in Naga.. You should send me your link and I will add you to the Blog 🙂

  5. Ben and Marilyn
    April 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Matt,I forget to mention that between 4:30 & 6:00 in the morning in Naga plaza by the baywalk quite a number of joggers are doing it each day as well as tennis and badminton (outdoor tennis court & badmintoncourt)Been reading your blog and greet to know the do’s & dont’s and the positive & negative aspects of life in the Philippines.You struck us a humble person (in fact Marilyn is impressed that you don’t brag or show-off)unlike some people that say how much money they have or pretend to have and on top of it how big and luxurious the property they aquire. We will add a link to your blog in our weblinks as well. with a piece of text to accompany it. Hope we can meet in person sometime next year. Say hello to your wife and daughter from us.

    Regards,

    Ben & Aien

  6. Ben and Marilyn
    April 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Matt,I forget to mention that between 4:30 & 6:00 in the morning in Naga plaza by the baywalk quite a number of joggers are doing it each day as well as tennis and badminton (outdoor tennis court & badmintoncourt)Been reading your blog and greet to know the do’s & dont’s and the positive & negative aspects of life in the Philippines.You struck us a humble person (in fact Marilyn is impressed that you don’t brag or show-off)unlike some people that say how much money they have or pretend to have and on top of it how big and luxurious the property they aquire. We will add a link to your blog in our weblinks as well. with a piece of text to accompany it. Hope we can meet in person sometime next year. Say hello to your wife and daughter from us.

    Regards,

    Ben & Aien

  7. Ben and Marilyn
    April 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    By the way Matt, My wife’s nickname is Aien/Ayen in case you wonder who Ayen is (the only people that call her by nickname is her family)but by her circle of friends and acquaintances they call her Marilyn.Till the and have a nice weekend.

    Ben and Marilyn

  8. Ben and Marilyn
    April 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    By the way Matt, My wife’s nickname is Aien/Ayen in case you wonder who Ayen is (the only people that call her by nickname is her family)but by her circle of friends and acquaintances they call her Marilyn.Till the and have a nice weekend.

    Ben and Marilyn

  9. Tropicalpenpals
    April 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Ben and Marilyn,
    The reason I started the blog was down to a few reasons. Firstly that many of the people offering advice on the Philippines do it for personal gain e.g. selling E-books, Private investigation services or even tourism. Although I get involved in all the above I dont make it a priority to be selling products as it makes things biast. Infact I would even advertise competition on the blog/site because I am for freedom of information. Marilyn also hit the nail on the head regarding the huge mansions and 20 servant attitude that many put out on the sites recently I had someone move here believing what he had read on certain sites telling him he could live here like a king on less than $1000 a month in paradise to suddenly arrive in a City with bad roads and blocked rivers from disguarded rubbish, on route back to the Apartment I had managed to organise for him (no commission just doing a favour) his description was that of a country coming out of a war and still waiting for the repairs. May seem a bit harsh but as he had just come off a flight expecting the complete opposite I could understand his first impressions. Now for me Cebu city is pretty run down in comparison to many cities but as you head out and get more into the provinces (which is why I live in Minglanilla and not Cebu City) you can start to see the real Philippines that you find on postcards..I just want to give the reality check on life and not the brushed up and shiny.. I say what it really is like and ok I may gain a few enemies along the way but it all positive in the end as I hope things develop for the better for everyone.

  10. Matt Wilkie
    April 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Ben and Marilyn,
    The reason I started the blog was down to a few reasons. Firstly that many of the people offering advice on the Philippines do it for personal gain e.g. selling E-books, Private investigation services or even tourism. Although I get involved in all the above I dont make it a priority to be selling products as it makes things biast. Infact I would even advertise competition on the blog/site because I am for freedom of information. Marilyn also hit the nail on the head regarding the huge mansions and 20 servant attitude that many put out on the sites recently I had someone move here believing what he had read on certain sites telling him he could live here like a king on less than $1000 a month in paradise to suddenly arrive in a City with bad roads and blocked rivers from disguarded rubbish, on route back to the Apartment I had managed to organise for him (no commission just doing a favour) his description was that of a country coming out of a war and still waiting for the repairs. May seem a bit harsh but as he had just come off a flight expecting the complete opposite I could understand his first impressions. Now for me Cebu city is pretty run down in comparison to many cities but as you head out and get more into the provinces (which is why I live in Minglanilla and not Cebu City) you can start to see the real Philippines that you find on postcards..I just want to give the reality check on life and not the brushed up and shiny.. I say what it really is like and ok I may gain a few enemies along the way but it all positive in the end as I hope things develop for the better for everyone.

  11. joe downey
    September 20, 2011 at 1:16 am

    All i can say to the supposed mass exodus from PI is living here in Makati but knowing plenty of guys around the country, none of our buddies have left. I know a couple of Brit guys sometimes take short term jobs but nothing like you describe, you have experience of living in Malaysia and china i presume, do tell buddy, it might be interesting.

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      September 20, 2011 at 4:03 am

      I believe the numbers of people arriving will reduce or have been reducing rather than the numbers of people leaving has increased. The one thing I can say though is a lot of the guys with lower pensions are struggling a lot more these days. I know they are also unlikely to leave as they are stuck here in theory as they have little spare capital to buy a flight out at the same time no money to setup again in another country.

      I have lived in Hong Kong before but not Malaysia.