It’s true, doctors laughed as a can was removed from a pinoy’s rectum. Now that i’ve got your attention, more on that soon…
A bridge to Bohol from Cebu:
It’s hard to imagine but there are plans to build a bridge from Cebu to Bohol Island. For those that have been on a boat from Cebu, that sounds like a crock of shit. But you can read the article here http://www.philstar.com/region/2015/05/03/1450732/talks-cebu-bohol-bridge-start and there are numerous proposals that have been online over the years with some talking of substantial sums of money for feasibility studies – guess the money is talking.
Cebu did have a train service:
It’s hard to believe but a train system actually ran in Cebu many years ago. So what happened? Where did all the land that was occupied by train tracks go? What happened to the valuable steel that comprised the train tracks? And why was this project abandoned? Me thinks the land was taken over by squatters and the steel sold for food or some other counsellors back pocket. The line ran from this city to Danao in the North and to Argao in the South. You can read the article here: http://www.philstar.com/cebu-lifestyle/2014/05/15/1323377/old-cebu-railway
An earthquake fault line actually runs near Cebu City:
There have been some recent big earthquakes in Cebu such as the Bohol earthquake and another one a year prior. These were’nt from the fault line running in the mountains near Cebu City which extends from the Negros fault line.
Construction of condominium high-rises goes on unabated and much of the planning would have been done before the Bohol earthquake. I spoke to people that bought apartments at levels of 25 or 30 floors up. I said have you experienced an earthquake? they said no. I chuckled and said well you certainly wouldn’t want to be in the building at level 25 or 30 if you went through the Bohol earthquake (the shaking of which was well felt in Cebu city ). If you want to check the fault line map you can see the Negro’s fault here: http://earthquake-report.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-15-at-05.32.55.jpg
Cebu’s “beautiful beaches” aren’t that beautiful:
One of the biggest marketing LIES that tourism uses is the beauty of Cebu’s beaches. A lot of foreigners have said to me “I’m not interested in the beach” when I mention about visiting Cebu. Cebu city is NOT located fronting a lovely white sandy beach with swaying palms and is like the Boracay of the Visayas as many would believe tourist brochures. What annoys me is that real estate agents promote the beaches in their marketing literature yet a lot of the beaches at Mactan Island are man-made with sand that has been trucked in and you have to to pay money to swim on these beaches or by a lunch package. These are private beaches and unlike overseas where going to the beach is free outside Mactan you have to travel by car over four or five hours to the north of Cebu for example to get a half decent beach that isn’t littered with plastic, if not take a boat to Malapascua or Bantayan Island. But wait, I saw on youtube what I would be greeted with if I drove 4 hours north: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faW4HUQFTB8 and yes, they still dynamite fish up there. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2015/10/11/dynamite-fisherman-be-charged-today-435291
When I visited both of these islands there was the familiar floating plastic in the sea of shampoo sachets, tin cans and even diapers and plastic bags. If someone wants to buy on the face of listening to a real estate agent, you’ll soon get sick of driving through Mandaue Highway traffic to get to a beach each weeekend. Anything before 3-4 hours is rocky, black sand, volcanic outcrop or privately owned.
You’ll never become a Filipino:
This is something that you will never achieve unlike becoming an American or a British citizen or a Australian and be accepted as a local. There is one guy from Canada who is trying it on but he is obviously deluded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKVFvFOPWsM You will always be known as a foreigner or alien in the country and treated with the white skin effect, no matter even if you’ve been here 15 or 20 years Filipinos will treat you as if you arrived off the plane yesterday – a tourist. There is a skin tax that exists in parts where you pay a differential rate no matter how long you been here, even if you paid your taxes, employed people here, married here, had children here, run business here for the last 20 years… it don’t matter.
I’ve paid 10 times the price of an entry fee, even inflated rates for my “local” guests as a local guest charge accompanied by a foreigner…. Have you been subject to an accent test? It’s fucking discrimination. How would Flippo’s react if I said Muslims one price, catholics 10x the price.
Cebu wants to become a medical tourism hub: OMG!! this is a joke!
Filipino’s wouldn’t know health and wellness if health and wellness bit them on the arse! Take the filipino diet for example… high in sugar, salt, deep fried and the countries life expectancy age is something like 68 years old.
Doctor education standards are so low. If you check online you will see horror stories of foreigners who have been to hospitals in the Philippines – with serious cases and ended up with huge bills or missing body parts that in a western hospital wouldn’t happen.
I’ve seen situations where a foreigner had diabetes and trusted the Dr with a medicine that he was given, it was incorrect, he ended up losing his leg. Another case of a person that had a motorbike accident in Cebu and got gangrene while in the hospital and had to have his leg amputated.
Take the babies mouths being taped up because they were crying –http://www.mb.com.ph/doh7-investigates-mouth-taped-baby-in-cebu-hospital/ there are many cases that are just mind-boggling what the lack of training is in this country when it comes to undergoing more serious medical treatment. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2015/06/19/court-hospital-answer-complaint-414189
and hows this – a man had a can removed from his rectum in Cebu and doctors were laughing
this is the immaturity to which they operate and they video’ed the procedure too!
Just remember one thing. Filipino hospitals charge like vultures.
Cebu was nominated for the 7 wonders cities of the world: https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities – What the fuck!
I really wonder what they were thinking more like it… Its a city where on Trip Advisor where a shopping centre (YES a shopping centre known as Ayala Mall) held the #1 position for “things to do in Cebu”, now 4th rank. If your here for architecture, parkland, beach, service standards, quality of food and more … then you need to tone down your expectations.