The Philippines is a majestic land, full of vibrant colors, a simple but admirable culture, budget conscious activities and products (cheap stuff!), and the total individual control to do what you want when you want. When I retire, I hope I decide to stay in a paradise half as perfect as this one. There is so much to do in the Philippines, so I’ve narrowed it down to the top five best things to do or must see items in the Philippines right here. When I mention prices I will roughly convert it to dollars for you to keep it simples. Remember, this is just me doing math in my head, and I really suck at math.
Just to let you know right now, I am a 26 year old male so this article is targeted towards people in there 20′s and 30′s. There is a lot of history and modern day activities in the Philippines, so these are the top things that I enjoy or at least that I think everyone should see at least once in their life.
1. Stay on the White Sand Beach of Boracay during a holiday weekend.
2. See Angeles City and the Bar Girls.
3. Jet Ski
4. Shoot Uzi’s
5. Visit LA Cafe in Manila, Philippines
Staying in Boracay during the holy week, when everyone is off school and work, is an awesome experience. Friday and Saturday night the beach is especially crowded with partiers ready to experience the nightlife that Boracay has to offer. The whole beach is lined with clubs and venders selling booze, fresh fish, jewelry and clothing. The White House, Boracay, Philippines, is a nice affordable place to stay that is in a central location right on White Sand Beach. Be careful when you order the fresh fish from the counter. Notice how all of the fish is sitting on ice with ice dumped on top. I know, it looks delicious, but that fish was caught at about 6am and you are just getting ready to eat it at 8pm and there isn’t any refrigeration, so that fish has been sitting on ice all day. It’s really not all that fresh. Not to mention, all that ice is from nasty Filipino tap water – unfiltered. Trust me on this, stay as far away from the tap water as possible. I have been sick twice from the water in the Philippines. Once I was so hung over and dehydrated that I didn’t even notice I just drank a glass of water. You always want to order bottled water. The other time was on the beach in Boracay: I only tried two oysters, but it was after my buddy ate a whole plateful, so the ice that was on top had completely melted down into the oysters. My buddy was in more pain than I, but it was still awful.
I missed out on Friday night in Boracay because of the glass of water I drank. I was better by Saturday night, thank God, because it is something everyone needs to experience. Every few feet there is another club bumping music with people dancing all night. I recommend the hookah bars and any of the clubs; it just depends on your taste in music.
Anyone who has traveled to different countries knows that there are red light districts around the world. Amsterdam has the most famous, but not necessarily the best, as I found out after my visit to Angeles City, Philippines. I have traveled more than anyone else I know my age, and I have never seen anything like Fields Ave., Angeles City, Philippines. It was crazy! The whole street has nothing but bars filled to the brim with prostitutes, a gyro spot with awesome gyros, and a 7-Eleven. The best thing that the Filipinos have been able to organize in the Philippines is the prostitution in Angeles City. The girls get a full STD check once a week. We drove by the health clinic where they get checked and every bar has a different day of the week that they go. Man, this place was busy, and understandably because there are so many bars, too many to go to even after one lives there for over a year. Literally, there are hundreds of these bars. There is never a door fee or an entrance fee to get in to these places. A waitress will sit you, and then she will usually stand right by you. Then, whenever you need something, just let her know. If you see a girl you like and you make eye contact with her, then feel free to motion for her to come over and buy her a drink. The biggest and best place that I saw was Atlantis. It was three stories tall and there must have been at least 200 girls there and every single one was gorgeous. It’s a little more expensive, but well worth it. Buying a girl a drink there still wont cost you more than buying a drink in America. Now, when you buy yourself a drink it’s about $1.50. When you buy a “Lady Drink,” it’s $3.00, but the girl gets half of this money and drinks the drink. She’ll sit down and talk with you and rub up on you. It’s cool when you can find one with a good personality who can be sarcastic. It’s a lot of fun to just talk with these girls and get to know them. Some of them have crazy stories to tell. I’m pretty quick to ask about personal issues like friends and family.
If you think you’re connecting with a girl and you like her, and you want to ask her if she’d like to go with you back to your hotel, then you ask her a serious of questions. Let her know that you like her and ask her if she would like a, “Bar Fine.” She’ll either say yes or no. She may not want to go home with you, she might be on her period, or she might be a “cherry girl,” which means she’s a virgin. It’s important to be respectful and realize that all of these girls are not necessarily prostitutes. These places are like strip clubs, only they keep their clothes on. They might give you lap dances (way better than anything you’ll get in the states and it’s only a couple bucks) or have a drink with you and talk. If she says, “yes,” when you asks if she wants a “Bar Fine,” then continue with a few questions and let her know that you’re happy she wants a “Bar Fine,” but you have a few questions first. Ask her if she’s on her “mens.” This is how they refer to their menstruation period. You don’t want to get her back to the hotel and find out you can’t do what you wanted to because she’s bleeding. Ask her what time she has to go home in the morning. You don’t want her leaving that night (or maybe you do), but it’s better if she’s not leaving at 5am because she has a kid or something. If she’s good to go, then let your waitress know that you’re going to bar fine her. She’ll bring you your total bill. It costs between $20 – $25 to “bar fine” a girl. The girl will go change and then you leave together. When you get back to the hotel you will both take showers. Use a condom even though they are checked every week. Don’t mess around with your life. It’s up to you if you tip her. She will get half of the “Bar Fine” the next day when she goes back to the bar either way. It’s sad that these girls sell themselves and only get about $10, but they would only make maybe two or three dollars a day if they worked a regular job at the mall, plus they would work 13 hour days at another job. What would you do? Would you work a lot harder for much less money? A lot of these girls come from the Province, which means they are from poverty, unlike any poverty we have in America. They are from either remote islands or small villages and they are trying to send money home.
Riding jet skis in Boracay is awesome! You feel like you’re in a Jay Z music video. It’s just the most amazing scenery to ride a jet ski in. At some point you realize you’ve died and gone to heaven. It’s somewhere between realizing you’re on this small tropical island in the Philippines, on the other side of the world, and dancing with the most beautiful women and the clubs. They love to dance. Actually, the three things people in the Philippines love are Obama, Hip Hop, and Basketball. Anyway, back to jet skiing. It was a little more than a dollar a minute, but well worth it. We signed up for 30 minutes, but I think they gave us 45 minutes. That was a good amount of time. I was ready to stop when I did. I was lapping people. It’s OK to pass others (or at least no one yelled at me for it) as long as everyone is going the same way. You should never go the opposite direction of someone.
My friends met a guy named George within their first hour of arrival in Manila. This guy was a hustler and knew everyone in the city. At first he tried selling my buddies some Viagra. By the way, there are tons of people selling Viagra and Cialis on the streets of Manila. Then George asked my friends if they wanted to shoot Uzi’s. This caught the attention of my friends. “Hell yeah we want to shoot Uzi’s.” So George took them around the corner to a gun range. This was probably the most expensive thing anyone did on our trip. It costs $1 a bullet to shoot Uzi’s. It was worth it because now they have a fantastic story to tell people.
LA Cafe is a bar in Ermita, Manila, Philippines. This is where a lot of girls hang out. Some of them are working girls, but they weren’t charging us since they were just happy to hang out with some cool guys. Be careful not to get hustled in this place. I went there with three of my friends from California. As soon as we walked in all the girls turned and looked at us. I’m 6’7″ and we are all white, so we stood out everywhere we went. We went into the VIP area upstairs (it’s only a couple bucks per person to enter) and we got a table. We each left at different times because that’s what we always do. I rarely come back to the hotel with my friends. I get distracted too easily. I left after hanging out for about an hour and a half. I knew that my roommate had already left, therefore there should have been two of my friends left at the bar. When I left I said bye to one person and I gave him $30 for the drinks, and I assumed the other friend was in the bathroom. I was wrong. Our other friend decided to leave without telling any one. Never do this! Always let the other people you’re with know when you leave or decide to do something else. Anyway, my buddy was left at the bar by himself and there were all these girls who kept inviting their “cousin” over to drink and they were all drinking wine and ordering salads. Then the bill came and of course it was expected that my buddy pay the whole thing. The girls there never pay for anything because they are broke. The bill was 5,200 pesos (more than $100, not much considering how much we drank). My friend only had 5000 pesos on him and finally talked one of the girls into paying the other 200 pesos. He left the bar and brought three of the girls back to the hotel lobby, but then they started complaining about how the one girl had to pay 200 pesos and they wanted my friend to reimburse her for that. He explained that they drank a bunch of drinks and ate food, so they should pay something and he still paid much more than his fair share. Keep in mind that this argument was over $4. Then he pointed to the front door and said, “well, there’s the door.” These girls are all hustlers, so beware. Other than that, it was a fun place to hang out and play pool. We stayed in a nice hotel in Emita, Manila, just a few blocks away from LA Cafe, and it was $100 a night, but it had a living room with a sofa pullout bed and a bedroom with a queen size bet, plus two bathrooms, so I split that with one person and it was $50 a night/person.
The Philippines is an awesome place to visit. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure. It’s cheap, the people are nice, and the natural beauty is second to none. It is important to stay safe any time you travel to the Philippines or any other third world country. See travelingmiller.com to find out more on how to stay safe and have fun in the Philippines. There is also a video from Palawan, which is another great destination in the Philippines.
DROID RAZR M fits all that Droid Does into a new compact full-screen phone. So you can fit more Does into whatever you do. Thrill to movies on an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch display, share a 4G LTE connection with its mobile hotspot, and own the Web with pre-installed Google Chrome for Android.
Edge-to-edge 4.3-inch touchscreen display.
KEVLAR-protected back plus water–repellent nanocoating (view larger). Motorola DROID RAZR M
At a Glance:
- 3G/4G LTE connectivity
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); upgradeable to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 4.3-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display (960 x 540)
- 8 GB memory + microSD expansion (up to 32 GB)
- 8-MP camera, HD 1080p video capture
- Front-facing camera with HD 720p video
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
- Mobile Hotspot capable
- Up to 20 hours of usage time
Significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR, yet the DROID RAZR M has the same display size, making it the most compact 4.3-inch, 4G LTE smartphone. And with an amazing 20 hours of battery life, you’ll be able to talk, listen, browse, and watch through all of your waking hours.
The DROID RAZR M also features powerful Web browsing capabilities by combining the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with the speeds of Chrome for Android mobile browser for an unrivaled mobile Web experience. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon’s 3G network.
With 4G LTE, you’ll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the Web, download an app, and check directions on Google Maps while on a call. Additionally, this phone is Global Ready–enabling you to call, text, and access the Web from more than 205 countries around the world (more than 150 with 3G connectivity).
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A Big Screen That Fits In Your Hand
Spanning edge-to-edge, DROID RAZR M’s display measures 4.3 inches yet the phone still fits in the palm of your hand, making it an impossibly compact smartphone. The big display also means you get 40 percent more screen space than the leading competitor. Tapping out texts and emails is easier than ever, while reading on the go is easier on the eyes. Web pages, apps, videos–it’s all clear on the vibrant, high-resolution Super AMOLED Advanced display.
Desktop Browsing Gone Mobile
Get the web browsing power of your home computer in the palm of your hand. With Verizon’s 4G LTE network, you can surf the web at speeds like you have at home–maybe even faster. And then there’s DROID RAZR M’s Chrome for Android mobile browser. Besides jumping between pages as quickly as you can type, this mobile browser “talks” with your desktop’s version of Chrome–letting you sync up bookmarks and even view the same tabs you have open on your computer. And, with DROID RAZR M’s high-res, 4.3-inch display, it all comes through in eye-opening detail.
Premium Materials for Premium Protection
Designed with premium protective materials, the DROID RAZR M is built to go everywhere. An aircraft-grade aluminum frame surrounds the display, which is made of Corning Gorilla Glass to deflect both scratches and scrapes. On the back, DROID RAZR M is made KEVLAR strong. Spilled coffee? Caught in the rain? Don’t worry. DROID RAZR M is protected with a water-repellent nanocoating–even the electrical boards inside.
Stay in the loop with a single glance. The Circles Widget keeps handy information like remaining battery, weather forecast and time right on your home screen. There’s even a quick “Set Alarm” shortcut for last minute deadlines. And, if you receive a text, miss a call, or get a voicemail message, the Circles Widget will notify you.
While the DROID RAZR M already has a long-life battery, when you set up the SMARTACTIONS battery saving rules your phone settings will automatically adjust to squeeze even more from every charge. Set up the SMARTACTIONS driving rule, and when you’re behind the wheel, you see only what you need–like access to turn-by-turn directions and your favorite music.
The Google You Love, on a Phone You’ll Love
The DROID RAZR M brings you the best of Google–and at blazing 4G LTE speeds. Stocked with more than 600,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, TV shows and magazines, Google Play puts everything you want all in one place. And, using the power of the cloud, you can read, listen, and watch all the content you buy via Google Play Store anywhere you want.
Get where you need to go with Google Maps with Navigation (Beta). Whether you’re on foot, in the car or headed out on your bike, type or speak your destination. DROID RAZR M will lead your there, with free turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. Plus, you can save your favorite starting (or stopping) points.
Wish you had an extra set of hands? Use your words, instead. Voice Actions on DROID RAZR M can send your text, read the directions, make a call, Google something, play your songs, and more. It’s plenty fast and accurate, so there’s no waiting around only to have to try again.
Never lose a photo again. With Google+, every picture you take on your DROID RAZR M can be automatically uploaded to a private album online. Keep snapping–you have unlimited uploads.
Amazon Appstore for Android
Get a great paid app for free every day, see app recommendations based on your past Amazon purchases, and shop using Amazon’s secure 1-Click payment technology. You can also test apps on a simulated Android phone using a feature called “Test Drive.”
Leave the User Guide in the Box
The DROID RAZR M comes pre-loaded with interactive, swipe-by-swipe tutorials for tons of features and easy access to a most commonly used quick settings page. Part of Motorola’s exclusive Help app, you won’t find these tutorials on other smartphones.
The DROID RAZR M weighs 4.44 ounces and measures 4.82 x 2.39 x 0.33 inches. Its 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 20 hours of talk time, and up to 408 hours (17 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available. This phone is also compatible with global GSM and 3G networks.
What’s in the Box
Motorola DROID RAZR M; wall/USB charger; quick start guide
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution) provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.
With these blazing fast speeds, you’ll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream–as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you’ll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you’re out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.
In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.
Verizon Wireless Services
Backup Assistant: This complimentary service automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone. There are no subscription fees for the service.
VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you’ll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.
The Motorola Droid RAZR M XT907 is an Android smartphone featuring super fast 4G LTE data speed, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal memory, and a gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display. This device also features an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, microSD memory card slot, NFC technology, Wi-Fi, and WCDMA and GSM modes supporting international use. The DROID RAZR M offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, books, and music on the Google Play Store. This used product is in good cosmetic condition, it reflects moderate use, and displays some scratches and/or blemishes. This product has been carefully audited, is certified to be 100% functional, and ready for activation.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #38448 in Cell Phone Accessories
- Color: White
- Brand: Motorola
- Model: RAZR M
- Released on: 2012-09-13
- Dimensions: 4.82″ h x .33″ w x 2.39″ l, .28 pounds
- Display: 4.3-inches
- Camera: 8-MP
- Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
57 of 57 people found the following review helpful.
Switched from iphone: Great decision.
I bought this one week ago. I am not impressed with the new iphone specs (the hype was a turn off). Wanted a change. This is the first Android phone I have owned. I chose it for several reasons:
1. Better voice reception in my area (carrier issue). 2. Longer battery life than my previous iphone 3. Better connectivity with my office software.
I really like this phone. It took a little extra time to set it up fully – two days. Once I had it set up, it is works like a charm. For functionality, this phone is great. For the basis needs: phone, email, tasks lists, maps, google search, voice to text, etc… it is easy and user friendly. It is also fun to use. Lot of ways to customize the functions. I do not play a lot of games, no comment there.
1. Looks well made and durable. Gorilla glass with Kevlar Back.
2. Size is comparable to iphone 4. Not too big, not too small. Good for the pocket.
3. Screen size is great. Bigger than iphone 4 or 5.
4. All my favorite iphone apps are on Google Play – Pulse, Zite, Evernote, Onenote. You Version.
5. The widgets are extremely functional.
6. Voicemail is better than iphone. More intuitive.
7. Audio is good. More than adequate.
8. The Motorola software add-ons seem to be useful. I don’t have any experience with other handsets.
9. I like having a standard micro USB connection. The iphone cord issue is a significant bummer.
My only concerns:
1. the screen is not as clear as the iphone. Not a big issue for me… I don’t like reading on a small devise.
2. will I have enough memory? Probably. I don’t have a ton of extraneous apps. Added a micro SD for media.
Summary: I am very happy with this purchase. Great price. All the reviews that I have read are accurate and reliable. You can trust their advise.
Good luck. Lots of excellent choices out there.
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful.
I purchased one of these last Friday and have had a few days to get a feel for it. I love it. It is not a monstrosity of a phone that you almost need a laptop case to carry but still has all the bells and whistles of some of the bigger phones. I really like the fact the phone is smaller but still has a nice size screen and the phone seems solid in my hands but light. I even dropped it on the cement once already, by accident, without any type of case, and I couldn’t even see where it hit the cement.
The battery life so far has been good. It doesn’t hold a charge like the RAZR MAXX but it will keep a charge all day if you aren’t watching videos with it. I took it out for a run with me on Saturday morning, a long 2 hour run, and it was running a gps tracking app as well as playing music for two hours straight and it barely put a dent in the battery. Never had to put it on the charger to get through the day.
As far as pictures, in my opinion, if you want perfection then go buy a camera. This is a smart phone.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful.
so far, so completely awesome
By gillian pilgrim
I just got this yesterday, so it obviously won’t be a really in-depth review. I switched from a Droid Charge to this, and the difference is unbelievable. This little phone blazes – it’s so fast it’s kind of ridiculous – the dual-core processor makes a MASSIVE difference. It is smaller than the Charge, but the screen is exactly the same size. It’s a wonderfully solid-feeling device, and the kevlar on the back is a brilliant idea – it feels very secure in your hand. The camera has gotten some bad press, but I’ve taken several photos, inside and out, dark and bright, flash and no, and I’m quite pleased with the quality.
Will come back and update once I’ve had it a couple of months, but so far I LOVE IT.
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