Ian C

Ian C

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    Is it safe to travel to manila, Philippines by yourself as a girl? To meet a man you have never met? We have been talking for 3yrs.

    Hi Emma I am involved in a business in the Philippines and I travel to Manila often. I've personally seen scams and tricks on foreigners who fall in love with Filipinos that have resulted in extorsion, theft and cost the victims tens of thousands of dollars. There are many known cases of Filipino women hooking foreign men on the internet and over an extended period of time (6 months - 2 years), asking them for loans, engagement rings, medical bills for sick cousins, tuition fees, clothes, food and other financial assistance. In some cases the men visit them in the Philippines, where of course they fall even more in love, and buy the women land, property, or are tricked into other investment schemes. Of course, there's never just one man in these women's lives, as they are often working on a number of victims simultaneously. Once there's no more chance of getting any money from them, communication ends and the men never hear from them again (or get their money back). Questions to ask, if you were to ever consider going are: 1. Are they your age, and can you verify that? 2. Are they already married? 3. What area of Manila do they live? Check this carefully and get it verified. 4. Who's in their family and what jobs do they have? (Do you want to be supporting a family of 10 and all their cousins?) 5. Does this person have a job? Can they prove it? 6. Can you verify their full name? It's difficult to get verified documents to prove people's identify in the Philippines, especially if they don't have a passport. In many cases documents might be fake. In some cases they might claim that they come from a rich family and are able to support themselves. But if they say this, you should also verify this, as I've seen cases where girls from the poorest regions pass themselves off as wealthy business women to lure foreign men. Look, I don't know your circumstances and you might well be talking to someone who is genuine. BUT, the statistics are against you and you should be extremely careful before you decide to visit. An alternative would be to visit them in Singapore. It's a safer place and not too far from Manila, and you could see whether the person is legit. over 3 years ago

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    What sort of Power adapter is used in Manila?

    Some of the powerpoints support Australian but the official plug is the USA style (two thin pins). over 4 years ago

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    Any French/Canadian restaurants in Sydney that serve Poutine?

    I've had the Hartsyard poutine and unfortunately it's nothing like poutine... :( almost 5 years ago

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    What are some good bars in Girona?

    Ok going to answer my own question here. The best place are the bars below the Cathedral on the river. Cafe on the River is a good starting place. Then head over the river to the other side and there's a bunch of night clubs. Good times! about 5 years ago

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    Only one night in Shanghai. Where should I go for dinner? Something interesting. A cool hip place for drinks after? Thanks.

    Go to Cloud 9 on Level 87 of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, for some drinks and a great view over Shanghai. Then head to M2 Nightclub which is fun nightclub with (cashed up) locals and expats.. it's a bit pricey but you'll have a good time! about 5 years ago

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    We are arriving in Shanghai after 11pm. What do I have to watch out for when taking a taxi from the airport into the center ?

    I was in Shanghai a few days ago and a Taxi from Pudong (near the centre of Shanghai) to Pudong Airport (PVG) was about 250 to 300 RMB. Depending on traffic it will take half an hour or so. The taxis are very regulated so I had no problems. All taxi drivers display their taxi number and photo on the dashboard. Here's an inside tip - the higher the number, the newer the taxi driver is. Also some of the taxi drivers have stars - 1 star means they know the city well, and 2 or more and they are quite experienced. Another tip - make sure you have the name of your hotel written down in CHINESE so you can show them the address. Most taxi drivers do NOT speak english or read english so this is very important. If you look up your hotel on tripadvisor or Google it should show the address in Chinese... print this out. The taxi drivers generally won't accept tips and they also will give you a receipt from the meter.. this has their number on it so if there are any problems you can ring them up and get them fined for over charging you - so keep the receipt. Have a good time in Shanghai! about 5 years ago

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    Travelling to Shanghai for a few months, anything I should know regarding health, street food, water?

    I just got back from Shanghai a few days ago. It's a great city with great food. I didn't get sick at all and I ate street food all the time.. so I disagree with the previous answer about avoiding street food. There's AMAZING street food everywhere... just duck down a side street and walk around and you'll be surprised with how much the city has to offer. Just see what they are cooking, and if you like the look of it (and see other people eating it) then dig in! I didn't drink the water.. I recommend you buy bottled water. A good hotel to stay at is Hanting Express.. they are everywhere and are quite clean and only about $40 USD per night. Good luck and have a great time! about 5 years ago

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    Flying LAX to London with 2.5 hr layover before flight to Dublin, is that enough time to go thru customs and get to different terminal?

    From my experience a few years ago, yes. If you are flying during the Olympics, then it might be bit of a squeeze. If you booked LAX -> DUB on the one fare (same booking) then your airline or agent should be responsible for ensuring you make your connecting flight (and getting you on the next one if you miss it). Hope that helps! over 5 years ago