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At 6'3" I feel your pain......all very good and sound advice. Memories that last a lifetime is well said. Sounds like you have a very good start, best wishes on the rest of your journey!

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This was me on the pedicab or tricycle. I am solid guy and 5'10. :rofl: :rofl:

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Wish I had a picture of the fridge I bought strapped to the back of the trike. :rofl:


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Most of all...

[*]Be courteous and respectful

[*]Don't act like the foreigner who's there to own the town

[*]Talk and plan things through with your Fiancee to see if your intended actions are acceptable

[*]Don't go around flaunting you have money. It's disrespectful and could probably get you into trouble quick

Do you mean that some people are courteous and respectful sometimes not all the time? So in other words you are referring to fake people? That is not cool. (That's my opinion).

I am the same everywhere I go.

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Do you mean that some people are courteous and respectful sometimes not all the time? So in other words you are referring to fake people? That is not cool. (That's my opinion).

I am the same everywhere I go.

good for you.

thats the reality that some people are courteous and respectful and some are not. sometimes the situation makes people not and some depends on the location. sometimes its the culture. we might find it respectful and courteous but other cultures might not.

OP just gave advice for better experience in the country :)

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im from BICOL too. where specifically your fiance located? there are flights from manila-naga and vice versa and its just 45 minutes and its not that expensive too. saves time and safe compare to riding buses..

My Fiance is in Camarines Norte Province. I took the bus because I wanted to experience it for myself and see other parts of Luzon. The time went by faster than I expected. May do the Manila-Naga flight some other time, but it would still be a 2 hour bus/van from Naga up to Cam Norte. BTW, I can't wait to eat Bicol Express again! Masarap!


01/12/2013: POE
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03/18/2013: AOS Sent via USPS Express Mail
03/28/2013: NOA - AOS, AP, EAD
04/25/2013: Biometrics

05/28/2013: RFEs for EADs and APs

06/17/2013: AOS Interviews. Approved

06/26/2013: Green Cards Received! (APs and EAD also received but not needed)

Removal of Conditions

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03/25/2015: Mailed I-751

04/06/2015: NOA1

05/05/2015: Biometrics

07/27/2015: RFE

09/07/2015: RFE Response - Additional Evidence Sent

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12/15/2016: Green Cards Issued!

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Do you mean that some people are courteous and respectful sometimes not all the time? So in other words you are referring to fake people? That is not cool. (That's my opinion).

I am the same everywhere I go.

All a matter of opinion and judgement I suppose. Courteous Example: Hosted a dinner for Fiancee's immediate family. I made sure everyone ate before I started. Respectful Example: Greeted elders with their hand to my forehead.

In a different culture, country and even province your actions (and even lack of) are all looked at and judged. When under a microscope of a parent or relative, then you've got to think your actions and gestures through. Just my two cents.


01/12/2013: POE
02/14/2013: MARRIED ON VALENTINE'S DAY!
03/18/2013: AOS Sent via USPS Express Mail
03/28/2013: NOA - AOS, AP, EAD
04/25/2013: Biometrics

05/28/2013: RFEs for EADs and APs

06/17/2013: AOS Interviews. Approved

06/26/2013: Green Cards Received! (APs and EAD also received but not needed)

Removal of Conditions

===================================

03/25/2015: Mailed I-751

04/06/2015: NOA1

05/05/2015: Biometrics

07/27/2015: RFE

09/07/2015: RFE Response - Additional Evidence Sent

11/19/2015: Interview - APPROVED!

12/15/2016: Green Cards Issued!

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My Fiance is in Camarines Norte Province. I took the bus because I wanted to experience it for myself and see other parts of Luzon. The time went by faster than I expected. May do the Manila-Naga flight some other time, but it would still be a 2 hour bus/van from Naga up to Cam Norte. BTW, I can't wait to eat Bicol Express again! Masarap!

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im from camarines sur and yup naga is quite far from camarines norte i think its even more than 2 hrs. i have friends and relatives living there too and going there is tiring but when you already there, pineapples are the best there and beaches are great!

i miss bicol express too and some street foods back home. remind your fiance to bring some of her fave foods here in the US just incase its allowed. our home here in the US is far from an asian store and the chips here are like less than 10 variety and all are potatoes. i miss chitchiria (junk foods). :rofl:

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I'm a believer in meeting the family, that's for sure. There's lots of transportation options.

I commission cabs sometimes out of the regional airports. If you walk outside there will often be a group of cabs and you can announce where you are going and take the best offer. You can't quite do that at the International airport, but if you are brave enough you can go a little off-airport and make a deal with one of them for a charter.

I've rented or hired cars, multicabs, off-duty jeepneys, motorcycles - and done buses too, but its my last choice! Top choice is a room on one of the ferries if that's an option. A state room has the highest nookie time coefficient. Plus you get to walk around on the deck. There will be a restaurant. Remember not to toss coins to the boys swimming out and diving for them at the side of the ship. :innocent:

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im from camarines sur and yup naga is quite far from camarines norte i think its even more than 2 hrs. i have friends and relatives living there too and going there is tiring but when you already there, pineapples are the best there and beaches are great!

i miss bicol express too and some street foods back home. remind your fiance to bring some of her fave foods here in the US just incase its allowed. our home here in the US is far from an asian store and the chips here are like less than 10 variety and all are potatoes. i miss chitchiria (junk foods). :rofl:

Pinyas in Cams Norte were the best I've ever had in the Phils. Love the way they prep it in a spiral to remove the eyes. Also makes it easy to serve. Fantastic stuff. Of course, got a whole bunch of Pili nuts to take back home. Another famous Bicol product.

I'm sure my Fiancee will find most of what she needs here in my home of Guam. Large Filipino population here and produce and products are pretty easy to find. Thanks for the tip though.


01/12/2013: POE
02/14/2013: MARRIED ON VALENTINE'S DAY!
03/18/2013: AOS Sent via USPS Express Mail
03/28/2013: NOA - AOS, AP, EAD
04/25/2013: Biometrics

05/28/2013: RFEs for EADs and APs

06/17/2013: AOS Interviews. Approved

06/26/2013: Green Cards Received! (APs and EAD also received but not needed)

Removal of Conditions

===================================

03/25/2015: Mailed I-751

04/06/2015: NOA1

05/05/2015: Biometrics

07/27/2015: RFE

09/07/2015: RFE Response - Additional Evidence Sent

11/19/2015: Interview - APPROVED!

12/15/2016: Green Cards Issued!

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