Replies: 22 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2012 11:39 PM Last Post By: leng77
Apr 5, 2012 4:14 PM
15I managed to pick up about five thousand dollars last week in England without even trying, so it's not all bad.
Phlippines, see you later.
Edited by: callippo
Apr 6, 2012 8:16 AM
16Hello krishetherington! I am Filipino and I lived in Bangkok for two years. Here's my take on things.
Weather - Like others said, climate is the same.
Food - Thai is definitely spicier, but it is very similar in that in both countries, we eat rice everyday. In the Phils, there are too many restos, so your choices are endless, especially in Makati.
Transportation - Thai is very convenient with BTS, Metro, Buses, trains. This is where Manila falls way short. Too many taxis and buses = too much traffic. There's a metro system but not nearly enogh for the amount of passengers.
Cost of living - In terms of food and clothes, Makati is more expensive.
City life - Manila is a lot less touristy. Makati is filled with young professionals.
Accomodation - pretty much the same. there is quite a range of apartment choices in both locations.
Domestic travel - holiday destinations are the same... there are beaches and mountains in both, but again, I think it's more expensive in the Phils. And this isn't good considering that the salary may be lower or just the same as in Thailand. Then again it would depend on your exact circumstances.
If you need more specific advice, just let me know.
Apr 6, 2012 10:36 AM
17sorry but you just can't say the weather is the same. The Philippines is plenty wetter also there are not really typhoons or earthquakes in Thailand, it's not on the ring of fire, and there are no volcanoes. It never even seems to get wndy all that often in Thailand, but in the Philippines, there's often a swell up. Sure the temperatures are about the same in both, and both Bangkok and Manila are highly suceptible to flooding, but there's quite a lot of difference between them in this area.
Apr 6, 2012 11:11 AM
Apr 6, 2012 11:09 PM
19#21, yes Bangkok got flooded in October but as I understood it, this was a once a century occurrence, I doubt that will happen every year. It was quite wet here in the Philippines in October too and in December and last month (from what friends told us). Whereas we were in Thailand for almost 3 weeks in March and didn't have one drop of rain.
I agree with Callippo, that the climate in the Philippines is very different to Thailand. The temperatures are about the same, the humidity however is completely different - in Thailand (and Malaysia) from May onwards the humidity can be unbearable, you just don't get that kind of humidity in the Philippines. I agree that the Philippines is much wetter in general than Thailand, the weather is a little more unpredictable due to typhoons and tropical disturbances coming in from the Pacific.
The only similarity between Thailand and Philippines food wise is the rice as part of the meals, otherwise it's completely different.
OP, there isn't enough money in the world you could pay me to live in Manila, but that's just my opinion! Makati is a nicer area to be in, but still not a choice I would make.
Apr 7, 2012 1:17 AM
Apr 7, 2012 1:44 AM
21I was in Manilalast October and Dec not much rain, more rain in Palawan and Mindinao.
Apr 9, 2012 11:39 PM
22Here's the thing, OP will be relocated by the work. It means OP will be placed into prolly one of those condo-tels where the sheets gets changed everyday, guard dogs by the lobby doors , etc etc. In time OP will be lounging by the pool by daytime and sipping drinks in Havana Cafe on Saturday nights.
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