The worldest largest Chinatown Arch, Manila, Phillipines
By Betsy Burlingame
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
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.
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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