The worldest largest Chinatown Arch, Manila, Phillipines
The worldest largest Chinatown Arch, Manila, Phillipines
The worldest largest Chinatown Arch, Manila, Phillipines

Manila

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Foreigners living in Manila talk about what it's like to live there and share advice for new expats. Although challenging, learning Tagalog (at least some), will make expat life better. And, if you enroll in a course at one of the universities, it's a great way to meet people. Interesting fact: Filipinos love to hang out at shopping malls.

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What do I need to know about living in Manila?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Manila, they said:

"Be patient. Learn the language, or some anyway. Don't rush to judgement, better often to reserve your opinion. Muck in with the real locals to learn the real Manila," added another expat in Manila.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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