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Living here for almost seven years now, I could really see lots of changes in tv shows. Not much to see before. Now you get lots of choices like STARWORLD, they’re showing (Oprah, Seinfeld, American Idol, Kings & Queens, Rachel Raye, Amazing Race, Survivor, and many more). STARMOVIES there showing the fairly new movies that just got out of the theater. STARSPORTS. Of course there showing the games like golf, football, cricket, tennis match, baseball and poker and more. Lifestyle it’s the copy of home and garden TV in the States, I like to watch this lifestyle channel cause I learn some tips from them, they also have some cooking shows like Wolfgang Puck, 30 Minute Meals, Barefoot Contessa, Sweet Dreams, and etc.

We do have CNN INTERNATIONAL, BBC WORLD, theres also channels that cater to other foreign speakers like German, Japanese, Spanish, Middle East, French, Indonesian, Chinese.

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Of course lots of Pinoy shows. They even had reality TV show like for example Pinoy Big Brother. I am not sure if you are familiar with it. It’s like 10 or so people living in one house and one would be voted out each week. I think it’s like Survivor but they’re just living in a house. I have not watched it yet. Just heard from my people. Whenever I joined in with them for lunch I just heard them talking about it, who was voted out or what was the task given. People here are really hooked to it. Shows that people get addicted too here are Mexican and Korean soap operas. They had that translated into Tagalog dialect. My God people really watch those. It really is a hit here, that’s the main topic for lunch time here. Most of the channels here have talk shows like Oprah, celebrity gossip, game shows. If you have TFC there in your area in the States you can see some of it.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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If you get the Travel Channel there is a show called Bizarre Foods. A guy travels around the world trying different foods. It looks like he enjoyed the Uok. But he couldn't eat the durian. Here is a link to his web on Travel Channel. http://travel.discovery.com/tv/bizarre-foods/andr
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macky
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yep, saw that travel channel segment on Philippine food. Don't forget about National Geographic Channel. That channel and CNN, BBC and of course Basketball TV, kept me alive in Davao. Now, if History Channel finds its way to Davao, things will be perfect in my Davao tv viewing…..oh, and switching from international Sportscenter to US Sportscenter would be nice.

ken
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ken

i saw the bizzare foods show also when i was in davao i tried the durian and made a face, i didnt like it, my fiancee just laughed at me.

Jen
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Jen

My boyfriend and I watched that show together too. Halfway through the show, after seeing some of the things the guy he said with emphasis, "I thought I was Filipino". LOL! 🙂

MindanaoBob
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Hi Martin – I mostly agree with you on what you say. I tend to disagree on the health care, as I feel that if you go to the right place, health care is excellent here. At least that is my experience.

Overall, I am quite happy with the quality of life here, although it certainly is not perfect.

Jen
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Jen

Correction to my post above:

Halfway through the show, after seeing some of the things the guy ate, he (my boyfriend) said with emphasis, “I thought I was Filipino”.

Sorry for the mistake.

Martin
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Hi Bob, I just wanted to follow up and say that I too am quite happy with our quality of life here. And I would also say that Malaysia too has its share of challenges for foreigners who move there. No place is perfect. We can get great health care in the Philippines, but Malaysia is a haven for medical tourism as well — there are many excellent private hospitals in places like KL, Penang, and even in Borneo at places like Kota Kinabalu and Kuching — and they all have the medical facilities and personnel to make a person… Read more »

Liklik
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Liklik

Hi Feyma,

My husband and I are not big on watching tv but we do watch tennis and golf when it's on. Anyway, can you get PBS(Public Broadcasting System) in the Philippines?

Liklik

MindanaoBob
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Hi Martin – I think that your plan for backup coverage is a good one. Probably if I did that, I'd go with a very high deductible in order to lower the cost of the insurance, yet protect from something catastrophic.

Martin
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Martin

Hi Bob, That's exactly what we're doing. We have PhilHealth coverage here which is fine, because it will make sure you receive coverage and are not left in a stretcher until a cash deposit is made at admitting [scary, but true in the Philippines]. But if something like a massive operation was required and we had time to book the appointment, then flying to a regional center like Singapore and paying the deductible makes a lots of sense to me. The coverage even includes daily incidental allowances for family that needs to be there with you. That's peace of mind… Read more »

Neal in RI
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Neal in RI

Hello, do you have any more details of the Medical Plan that you speak of. Thank Neal

feyma
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Hi Guys,
I will try to ask our local cable company and dream TV satellite for some shows that was suggested here. Hopefully they can get it. 😉 Lets just cross our fingers though. 😉

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