Philippines Travel Plans 2009

Philippines Travel Plans 2009
I need medical help; I came to the Philippines to find Doctors who speak English well enough to diagnose the problem. Many Medical Tourists already have their ailment diagnosed and travel to another country for cheaper services. I do not know what is wrong with my body, there is a lump on my back and I have severe sciatic nerve problems.

I visited a Chiropractor yesterday, an American citizen with an office close to the United States Embassy, I am making progress.

Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Explaining all my decisions is impossible and would be boring for the most part, however here are a few for clarification.

I have been alone in Africa for 3-4 months; I do not enjoy the type of tourist in Thailand do not truly like the Thailand people. I need some friendly conversations, it is not a want. I can speak English in the Philippines; I have a couple of long-term Expat friends and can make friends and have half a conversation here.

I have learned along the path that Baguio is at around 1500 meters above sea level, that coupled with being in Tropics is the formula for the best living conditions possible. Warm days, and cool nights, no snow, no need for Air Conditioning and just a small need for heating this could be ideal environment. I will stop traveling someday, at this time; I will be spending three months at each location and will not wander around as much.

I will be living in Hotels or Resorts here in the Philippines for free; I will take 60 photos, and submit their Hotel to

I needed to leave Thailand and apply for a visa outside the country; I also need to understand my feeling about Thailand. I have visited Thailand many times and know only one person well, more or less the country has good cheap servants and services, however I do not make friends with the locals. If I wish, I can apply for visa here in Manila, Philippines.

If I need to have surgery, I want to be in a location that is acceptable for two months, a location where I would be happy stationary. This is truly a difficult situation, what keeps me happy is leaving locations, not staying in locations.

I enjoy walking around Robinsons Mall here in Manila.

I can continuously renew my Visa here in the Philippines, I do not need to leave.


1. The Philippines is double the cost of Thailand.

2. The noise, clutter, trash and slimy people is double of Thailand.

3. Traffic is horrible here in the Philippines

I am hoping to travel to the countryside soon, I am working through issues on my back presently with a Chiropractor, and I think I need to give him another two weeks.

Philippines Travel Plans 2009


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Ah, yes, no perfect place in the world, is there? Who knows, maybe the place of which you speak will be the best compromise that you have found. Good luck with your condition, getting good medical care, especially for curious conditions, is difficult everywhere.

Also, given your condition, its probably good that you didnt buy that boat.

Yes, I trading a Hotel site for a room works.

I lived doing this for the first three years of my 11 years of perpetual travel doing this, and Wade from has done about 11 Hotels.

I am 100 percent sure this works, however, as you can see there are conflicting plans listed above, I have what I think is a back injury that caused a nodule on my back. I need to stay close to the Solution. For example, say I need surgery, I need to stay close to the Hospital where I choose to have this done.

I found a Chiropractor in the Ermita area close to the USA Embassy, he is American so I am going to stay at least one week more and one treatment more here in Manila.

When I did this 10 years ago it was easier, one big factor is they did not consider anyone who made web pages scammers. This has been an interesting and intriguing development. Truly the Internet is full of scam and this true perception bleeds down to me as I try to talk to Hotel. I have talked by accident to two managers of Hotels as I handed out brochures. I am experimenting with different marketing plans.

1. Emails
2. Brochures given to Hotels.
3. Telephone Calls

In the past I just did a cold call, carried my computer into the Hotel and talked to the owner. I am in Manila, there are not many owners close, an owner is more receptive to this than staff, this is just an annoyance for staff.

NOTE: I have a back problem, walking around is difficult sometimes.

I know I can do this by doing cold calls, however we all like to plan our trip and know we have lodging before we reach a city. I am trying to snag a Hotel in Boracay before I fly there. In a way I am planning to start this and never stop doing it for a year, I have a semi-goal of traveling for free for one year. I need to get the prospecting machine up to speed.

Too much fun, I enjoy this stuff.


Hi Andy,

Huge best wishes for finding a solution to your probs. My husband has sufferred from Sciatica also, sometimes to an excruciating and fully-debilitating degree. Let us know what you find out...and really be careful when deciding about the surgery. Its major scary stuff.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

I was in the hospital last year at Makati Med center. They seem to have an excellent staff and it was easy to understand everyones english. The cost for a private room was about 1700 php. It was slightly cheaper than the hotel I was staying at. I had a complete cardio workup and had surgery on my hand. I also had a root canal while I was there. I would go there again if I need elective treatment as it was a better experience than some of the places in the US.

Mobile Mac said on Saturday July 11th, 2009 11:10:23 AM

Howdy from Havana, Looking for freight trains.


Can I say douche bag ? Mobile Mac ?

Havana is cool but doubt this douche bag has been there.

I would like a Cuban Hobo story. But it has been done many times. Im sure Andys story would be better than most

Andy...welcome to Baguio and thanks for the heads up on your excellent Blog...

The Philippines are indeed an enigma of split personalities! With the absolute sweetest and beautiful young women in the world, and the most treacherous poverty imaginable, it is a breathtaking vision and heartwrenching nightmare all at the same time!

In following up on our conversation at the Red Lion in Baguio last night, please do re visit Manila and get an MRI / CT scan at St. Lukes hospital or Makati Med Center to mitigate your back/hip problem. They are both excellent medical centers and have a world wide reputation of very fine medicine.

Hope to see you again today!!

JD (In Baguio)

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