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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I thought Manila would have beautiful beahes and I would spentd all my days in a paradise island setting
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Manila has been a excellent tropical setting
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Manila is a big dirty city with no beaches and the coast and rivers are heavily polluted.
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Expats in Manila have reported many of the same themes since the inception of Expat Exchange. Read some basic facts and tips about this Philippine city (and metro area) on the island of Luzon.
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An expat in Valensuela City, Philippines says to do your research and visit various areas before you commit to one location. Look for schools, medical and grocery store locations that are fairly close to where you live.
A Dutch woman who moved to the Philippines 9 years ago. Initially, she worked as a housemother with 19 former street children in her care. She learned Tagalog. For her, the most challenging aspects of living in the Philippines are the heat, traffic and lack of privacy.
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