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Also, the editing of the book is terrible. Simple grammar mistakes are irritating. He should have had someone skilled at writing look through it and also taken him to task on providing more researched information.
I wish the author would issue a second edition, where he addressed the above issues and would make it a truly good resource for men wishing to find love and/or have a life in the Philippines.
My biggest problem now (to my great surprise) is how to convince my wife to move BACK to the Philippines. I wish I had stayed there in the first place! However, I have every hope I will persevere partly because of the priceless tips in this book. Definitely highly recommended.
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.
But overall I liked the book. The author comes across as a fairly decent person, and the book seems packed with useful information and good advice. I felt it was like having a long chat with a very knowledgeable yet regular guy.
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 is.....no 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! I'm not in the market for a Filipina wife, yet I was able to thoroughly enjoy this book for what it is.......A very well written guide by a writer who has a personal interest in the subject matter and also the ability and presence of mind to present it in such a way that will benefit many people considering taking the road he took some 8 years ago!
Do yourself a favour and read this book...........You will be glad you did!