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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

In Cagayan de oro we have a Multi Rotor Club where we meet and fly quad helicopters. We meet every Sunday, late afternoon, behind SM Mall. There is a large field there with streets built but no houses yet. Often as many as 10-15 people show up with different quads to fly. One guy has a rather large nitro quad that is interesting to see him fly. All these guys have become my good friends and been very helpful to me building my new quad.

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

Many expats in Cagayan de oro met weekly at Kingston Lodge. Kingston Lodge is just passed SM Mall across from the main entrance of Xavier Estates. The meeting starts at about 10am every Wednesday and about 20 or 30 expats attend. It is a informal meeting with many nice people there. The expats eat lunch and then sit around to chat and drink a few beers or whatever. The food served there is very good and reasonably priced. Many expats bring their families as the swimming in the two pools is free. It is a good place to keep up on events and make new friends. Friday and Saturday night a band plays and there is dancing. Very nice, clean and modern place.

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

I have lived in Cagayan de oro since. Filipinos consider foreigners frank and in your race rude and can be easily offended. On the other hand, it is very easy to make friends with Filipinos. I belong to a big bike group and a quad helicopter group. I have never had better friends and they are very helpful to me. Many times I will have a group to my house just to drink a few beers and chat. I have never had more friends than I have here. Brad

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

How did I end up in Cagayan de oro, Philippines. In July, 2002 my business was closed and had made many trips to Kentucky to visit with my daughter and her family. I had a ski boat but it was difficult putting the boat in the water by myself and not too much fun going alone to the lake. Florida or Mexico was where I wanted to go especially since the climate was warm. It was just by chance that I ended up coming to the Philippines. I found a girl on the internet that I started exchanging email with. The travel agent told me it would be about $1,200 to fly round trip to the Philippines and I could visit there as tourist with just my Passport for three weeks. The day I left the States it was a cold October day and there was snow on the ground. The flight took me from Charlottesville to DC, then on to Atlanta to Japan, then Japan to Manila. Landing in Manila This was my first experience with culture shock. After going through immigration, customs, and then exchanging my money, I stepped outside the doors to the airport to see so many people. Besides there being so many people, I was visiting a people and culture that I had little understanding of. Many, if not most, of the Filipino people are poor. The society is structured around poor. Things are sold in the smallest sizes. Many Filipinos earn 200p ($5) a day. More difficult was my on going learning of the culture it self. Western culture in more "in your face" whereas Asian is more on "saving face". As a Westerner, I have learned to take care with what I say as it can be considered insulting. To make things worse, it may take months to learn you have said something insulting because it is not told to your face.

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

Looking back on my life, the one best decision I made was moving here. The second would be marrying Chielo. For once, I was in the right place, at the right time. I feel as though God was giving me a gift and somehow, only by the Grace of God, I took it. This may sound strange but I felt lead into what would be the best days of my life. I had closed my business and knew I wanted to travel. At first I thought I would go to Florida but then I started e-mailing with a girl in the Philippines. I checked into the airfare and found I could come here for 3 weeks with just my passport and a round trip ticket. I came here for 3 weeks and then went back to the States. Getting back it was cold, snowy and I had nothing to do. I thought of sitting by the pool at Chali Beach Resort looking at the ocean waves hit the rocks on the beach. My luck with marriage had not been good and I had been told that Filipinos made good wives. It was my intention to come here and hopefully find a girl to marry. I really had no idea that being here would cause me to want to stay. At first I was afraid of being kidnapped and I had concerns about health care. Now I have no more fears than when I lived in the States and the health care is good.

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

Is the Philippines right for you? What should you know before deciding to come here? What should you watch for when choosing a partner? Here's a good question: I want to move to the Philippines but where should I choose to live? Coming here could be a very happy experience but it could be a nightmare. I came to Cagayan de oro, Mindanao in 2002. Since that time, I have learned a lot about Philippine culture and finding happiness here. Coming here, I was most worried about being kidnapped and health care. Cost of living was a concern. Is it safe is a topic that often comes up. Those issues are far behind me know. I also knew nothing about scams that some fall victim to

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hughes3864
hughes3864
2 years ago

Life in the Philippines is just great, never plan to return to the States. Brad

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tommieboy999
tommieboy999
3 years ago

kamusta.. Im also an American living in cdo.. perhaps our paths will cross someday. stay well

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