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Life in UK

Discussion in 'Social Media' started by Mae Nic, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. Mae Nic
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    Mae Nic New Member

    Hello folks,
    I just arrived in Uk a month ago. This is a big challenge for me to learn a different culture and costume.
    I would be grateful to know your knowledge about in UK. Im open to listen suggestions and advises from you guys.
    Thank you.
  2. Timmers
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    Timmers Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    In my experience Filipinos fresh to the UK have no problems integrating into UK life, Filipinos are friendly and smiley and easily make new friends.

    It becomes much easier when employment is found and you start to make new friends.

    Keeping in touch with your family back in the Philippines will always give you some comfort and support.

    I'm sure you will be fine, just give yourself a little time to adjust to life in the UK, you'll be settled before you know it :)
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  3. john jones
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    john jones Active Member

    Good Luck Mae Nic and welcome to our and now your beautiful country.
    I'm hoping within the next 2 years to have my Philippine wife hear with me. One of the things I will ask her to do is to keep a diary of things that she is surprised at, frightened by, pleased with and unsure of so we can discuss her concerns and observations together. I think it will be very interesting from my point of view also to see how the changes in culture and custom effect her, and hopefully by talking and discussing theses issues it will ease her journey of settling here.
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  4. Maharg
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    Maharg Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Culture is simple. We don't have any.

    Costume? Whatever you feel like.
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  5. Timmers
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    Timmers Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Some Filipinos will embrace a foreign country quicker and easier than others, that is human nature, a lot may also depend on whether the Filipino is from the province or the city as to how well they settle in their new UK home.

    I suppose we can only use our own experiences in bringing our Filipino loved ones to the UK in giving some incite into this subject. My wife has taken to the UK like a duck to water, she is from the outskirts of Manila(Paranaque) but spent 12 years leading up to coming to the UK living and working in Dubai where there are of course many Filipinos. Her three sisters all live and work overseas as do two of her daughters who are presently in the US. Her mother worked in Saudi for over 30 years so she has been brought up knowing that she would probably end up working and residing in a new country. if you asked me what has been the hardest for her to come to terms with in the UK then I could honestly answer there is nothing at all. My wife has not found the need to contact other Filipinos in the UK and is not in the slightest religious but is always quite happy when she bumps into Filipinos in Manchester on the way to or from work.

    I'm sure others here on the forum will tell of their loved ones experience coming to the UK, I expect there will be many different views, its quite an interesting subject.

    I can fully understand it if Filipinos come to the UK and miss their families back home, miss the food, miss the climate, friends and way of life, these are all things to be taken into consideration before deciding on coming to the UK.
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  6. whipster
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    Paranaque city is not on the 'outskirts' of Manila.
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  7. Timmers
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  8. Methersgate
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    Methersgate Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    It was when I lived there. Since I worked in Intramuros, I was in quite a good position to judge.
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  9. Timmers
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    Timmers Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    It was quite near to Manila the last ten times I've been there too :D
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  10. whipster
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    The western part of Paranaque is right on Manila bay and borders Pasay city. From there it's less than 1km to MOA. Paranaque city is not one of Manila's far-flung cities like Caloocan or Marikina. It's pretty central.
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  11. AndyRam
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    We've had kebab and rice for tea, cultural mixes can work well!

    It helps that I spent quite a bit of time in the Philippines years ago, it helps me appreciate what she might find confusing. I think it's important just taking it a little bit at a time.
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  12. oss
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    Funnily enough Caloocan directly borders the city of Manila and while you are correct that Paranaque is after Pasay, I suspect you are thinking the further flung city of North Caloocan where my future brother in law lives.

    Marikina well yes it's not easy to get to :) (quickly in a car that is) :)

    Personally I always considered Paranaque as on the outskirts of Manila but then I lived on the edge of Manila and Pasay in Malate.
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  13. Micawber
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    Micawber Renowned Lifetime Member

    I agree with Timmers, it's generally not too much of a challenge to integrate in UK.
    I think finding some employment helps too.

    I find it fairly easy for me to adapt to cultural differences here in Philippines but I doubt I'll ever truly integrate.
    I found it much easier to adapt and integrate in Japan.
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  14. Micawber
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    Micawber Renowned Lifetime Member

    We had a house in Marikina for many years. As Marikina developed the effort of travelling around on the roads became too much.
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  15. whipster
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    Paranaque, as one of the 16 cities of metro Manila, is not on the 'outskirts' of anywhere. It is not even all that far from what most people would think of as being the central metro Manila area. It's one of the most convenient areas to stay in for the airport. It is about 170-80 pesos in a meter taxi from central Paranaque to the Remedios circle in Ermita. From Marikina or Caloocan it is more like 450-500. But then Marikina and Caloocan, QC etc aren't on the 'outskirts' of anywhere either. They're large, densely populated cities in their own right. They're HUGE. How could anyone think that they are part of any 'outskirts'.

    for me the expression 'outskrts' implies that you are out of the real hubbub of the city and it is starting to get a lot less hectic.In Manila that takes a long time, and Paranaque is if at all only marginally less hectic than any of the other cities of Manila. When you are in Paranaque, you are still in one of the more densely populated areas that there is, anywhere on earth. It may not be absolutely the densest and the most crowded but it is still right up there near the top of the list. It is not in the slightest bit hick, quaint, and rustic.It's a very highly urbanised area. Manila is a mega-city. It is not like Leeds, Leicester or Southampton where all you have to do is drive for about 20 minutes and it all quiets down and you are looking at flocks of sheep in fields. In Manila it's not like that at all and it takes a lot longer than that - several hours - before you come to anything that could be described as 'the outskirts'.
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  16. Methersgate
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    OK, on that basis Los Angeles has no "outskirts" it just goes on, and on, and on...

    San Jose del Monte might be "on the outskirts" of Manila but as the property prices there indicate this rather nice place is outside practical commuting range of Manila. In which case it is somewhere else!
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    Caloocan is a bit like Oakland, CA - except Caloocan is much larger. Oakland is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It takes a while to get there on the BART rapid transit. But would you think of it as being in the 'outskirts' ? I don't think I would.

    for me the notioin of 'outskirts' conjures up this image where everything has quietened down considerably and it is only another few minutes in the car before flocks of sheep, cow-pats, determined, liveried cyclists, and gritty ramblers wearing these decidedly silly clothes start appearing at the roadside. None of which applies to Paranaque.
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  18. Mattecube
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    Mattecube Glad i did it Trusted Member

    and back to the thread subject in my view @Mae Nic communication is key along with being prepared laugh at what goes well laugh at what doesnt go so well most of all enjoy each other and all will be swell
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    I walked from Greenheights sub div in Sucat to United nations avenue once.. Boy did I have a tan after that!

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