I think allshould read this. Its so easy to get lured and fall in love with the Philippines, its not a paradise believe me. You have better options in Thailand where the food is cheaper and the infrastructure is better. Thailand is a lot more humid though and the language barrier maybe a problem, but the corruption is not as extreme as the Philippines.
Some mature junk right here worth reading:
here at Quora
If there's one thing the Quora poster failed to mentioned is the crime rate in Manila is also quite alarming.