Hi Marshe welcome to the forum and to our friendly group. Over my years in and out of the Philippines, I have found that we westerners have a lot to learn from those from the Philippines and they too can learn from us, thus making for a better relationship and life for all of us.
My wife and I really liked the time we spent in Makati some years back, the hotels, malls, shopping, streets, restaurants and all that can be found there, made us want to move there, we started making plans as one of our friends Jose who managed a BPI bank in Cagayan de Oro also planned to move to Makati but when he passed away way too young. then our plans changed and we ended up in Cebu where my wife has family an hour and a half away, so I often wonder what our life might have been like had we ended up there instead of here for our part time life in the Philippines.
I hope to see you posting more and helping out our members and at the same time commenting if anything on the forum helps you. Enjoy the forum and our members.