Why did we come to Manila? What are our favorite places to hang out? Are there online job markets for bilinguals? People from three continents participated in the first Megacitizens Manila 'Stammtisch' in Salcedo Village. The casual monthly meeting is organized by Megacities-go-Services.com as an opportunity to share questions and experiences and to get to know other expats.
'Every town in the city has its own character with its unique bars, restaurants and feel. So, it does not really differ from the cities and Hotspots in Manila'
'While someone in England 'gave' me my nickname, Starbucks Manila forced me to use it and the Philippines made me embrace it!'
Jakarta is well-known for batik design clothes and being the hub connecting Megacitizens on their travels to Bali or places of cultural heritage such as Jogjakarta. The country in general is famous for their (spicy) delicious cuisine, clothes and beautiful beaches. Jakarta itself though is, as many other Megacities, a vast area of traffic jams, air pollution and an international crowd. The Megacity is home to the ASEAN Secretariat.
Singapore is interesting for various reasons. First, it's a city state in Southeast Asia. Second, it is the most developed region in Southeast Asia. Third, it is a hub for travellers across Southeast Asia. Not being a Megacity, Singapore has clean air and streets. Traffic rules are (most of the time) followed and everything looks and feels neat. So even if you don't have any business in Singapore you mind end up spending a day or two there as part of an extended overlay between two connecting flights - voluntarily.
The Megacity Manila is home to a lot of international companies and therefore always hungry for (well-educated) professionals from all over the world. The investment climate has gradually improved in the last few years and therefore offers opportunities for international branches and start-ups as well. The two hindering factors for setting up your own company however are corruption as well as laws prohibiting foreigners to own the majority of shares in a Philippine company.