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A Man's Guide to Life and Love in the Philippines [Kindle Edition]

Larry Elterman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A practical guide about life and love in the Philippines. This is a hardcore, no holds barred, no subjects avoided, non sugar coated look at all aspects of Expat life, love and sex in the Philippines.

Are you a middle aged man not ready to give up on fun? Are you divorced and alone? Do you crave a younger sexy woman but don’t have any hope of finding one in your own country? If so, this book can help you in one of two ways; it can help you to find a new Filipina wife to bring back to your own country or it can help you to start a new life, a new adventure, in the Philippines!

If you are considering living or retiring to the Philippines this book is chock full of practical information such as:

The best places for Expats to live
How to find women while in the Philippines
The culture and psychology of Filipina women
The legal system and it’s dangers
Prostitution, entertainers and massage
Buying property and building a house
Immigration and Visa laws
How to handle your money
About medical facilities
Estimated living expenses for various scenarios
Filipino culture and history
And much much more!

For anybody even considering living or finding love in the Philippines this is a must read book!

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About the Author

Larry Elterman was born in Boston Massachusetts and grew up in the Boston area. He attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a combined degree in mathematics and computer science. As an adult he was a software engineer and lived the typical American baby boomer yuppie life style. That is, until he decided to start a new life, a new adventure – in the Philippines.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1053 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439230676
  • Publisher: BookSurge (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U89JGC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Man's Guide to...." is the indespensible guide March 8, 2010
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I am recently retired and widowed and started planning to visit the Philippines in Fall, 2009. Like the first reviewer in this section I bought four books on the Philippines: a good guide book (Lonely Planet); Culture Shock, by A. Roces; A Long Way to Go for a Date; and Elterman's singularly unique guide book. I agree with Howp's views on the first three. But I am even more bullish on Elterman's book than Howp was...and I have now been in the Philippines for 6 weeks of a 12 week stay. I have three goals in being here. I want a warm place to winter every year, Jan to May; a good place for diving, snorkeling and sailing; and, hopefully to find a long term partner or wife. Any good guide book will get you around in the Philippines because the people are very friendly and helpful and most speak English. But Eltermans's book is indispensible. It contains practical information on almost every important aspect for someone with interests similar to mine. I am pretty tech savy but I found the section on cell phones and texting saved me time and frustration. And his explanation of the importance of texting and how to use it is helpful for anyone of any age wanting to meet and date Filipinas. Other sections on housing,transportation, getting an extended visa are also useful, going beyond a standard guidebook.

But the book's really strong suit is providing information on how to meet and date Filipina women. Elterman creates a typology of types of Filipina women who may be willing to date foreigners that has helped me manage a confusing situation. And he managed to do so while describing Filipino people in a positive and respectful manner which they certainly deserve. Any typology is just that, an abstraction and all real people are more complex than any description.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars valuable advice August 17, 2009
This book is full of valuable advice, definitely worth the money!
Reading was enjoyable, I started it and didn't put it down until the end
I am married to a Filipina for 25 years in Australia, and have visited the Philippines many times
Still, I laerned a thing or two from the book!
The only negative aspect are frequent spelling mistakes (get a better proof reader, Larry!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect but very good June 30, 2010
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Some information in this book is not 100% correct, but I think it is an excellent effort and a very useful book. The main error I recall is that the author says a fiancee visa gives you 6 months to get to know your prospective spouse... in reality the time period is 90 days and the U.S. government specifically says that it is NOT supposed to be an introductory period but rather the final checks and arrangements on somebody you are already committed to marrying. It is a bit hard to understand how the author missed the mark like that on something so very central to what this book is about.

Also I wonder if the author hasn't been doing some rationalizing or wishful thinking on the subject of how completely accepted the young Filipina/old American relationship is in the Philippines. I was just over there and saw the 19/55 combinations and I was told they are viewed with a mixture of pity and displeasure... and the topic of considerable gossip. Well, maybe the person telling me that had motives to do so... I don't know.

One thing the author didn't hit was the subject of tipping. I have 3 books on the Philippines so far and none clearly state what the normal custom is there. I mean I'm sure they are happy to take my money, but do Filipinos usually tip at restaurants, and how much?

Another thing the book should have covered is diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. All the travel books and the U.S. government recommend drugs to protect from malaria for tourists, but I'm sure the native people are not taking any such drugs. What is the consensus among expats living in the country? Surely the expense and side effects of the drugs make it nearly impossible for long-term residents to continue taking them. A little insight here would have been really nice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed with this book....... April 29, 2010
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I came across this book by accident actually! I was looking for a different book (which I won't name), but the title of this one caught my attention. After looking at the pages available to view on Amazon, I was intrigued even more (I think it was the acronyms.....very creative!)
I've spent a good deal of my life living abroad and I definately am not easily impressed this way (I've done alot myself)........However I love Larry's straight forward no BS approach to describing everything one needs to know if they are considering moving to the Philippines or meeting a lady there as well. He leaves no stone unturned.....I noticed that some other people who posted reviews were bored by parts of the book, but he covers everything that needs to be covered in the detail necessary! Not too little, not too much! It's like karate class! Though we want to, we can't start off like Bruce Lee! One needs to have an understanding of the basics before you get into a fight.......Larry shows he's not only knowledgable but thorough in his approach to the subject matter. Everything you will NEED to know at some point, he covers! He does it in such a way that doesn't make the Philippines out to be the "end all be all" best experience one will ever have (though it is clearly working out for him!!),nor does he make it a cautionary tale where one must follow his advice or fail miserably. He knows what to take from his own experiences and
research and just present it like it better, no worse. No embellishing and no grandstanding as if he is the consumate source of information on the subject. He puts it out there and you can decide for yourself!
That in itself is a very refreshing approach!
I definately think I've made a good purchase and I think you will to!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars weak
It was written by a 8 year old it seems. I would keep looking for something better. Very basic and missing to much to recommend.
Published 8 days ago by James Wack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 28 days ago by John j Heideman
4.0 out of 5 stars dam good book
Some mistakes but over all a good book with lots of useful information that will make it a lot more easy for western man to set up home in the PI
Published 1 month ago by WayneAllan
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure it's true, but some men just won't ...
I'm sure it's true, but some men just won't listen ....
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Robyn.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting book to read
Fun , interesting book to read.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best practical guide I have seen
I am now married to my Filipina lady for 8 years and how I wish I had found this book earlier. It is chock full of practical and useful information applicable to everyday life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James May
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but some points outdated and out of topic.
This biok is well written, enjoyable to read and contains useful informations.
That's said hovewer it has two problems:
First it contains lot of outdated and out-of topic... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Antonello Lobianco
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry provides accurate, no nonsense information about creating a new...
I have never written a review before, but I admire that Larry (the author) has self published such a professional book. I have read about 80% of the book so far. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kevin m
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you're thinking about moving to the Philippines
A very well written and thorough book. Anyone thinking of moving to the Philippines would be well advised to read this book. It contains a lot of good, practical advice.
Published 13 months ago by Willard C. Losinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Larry
Couldn't put it down or read it fast enough. This book is a down to earth guide. Works for Dummies or if your intelligent, you just may laugh a little more with the author's... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Belanger
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