Ok, I’m taking the plunge and posting for the first time. First of all, yup I’m a local. I dont look like it, but until I open my mouth and speak Tagalog, I go through the same things that you all do, and yeah, I empathize.
Ive found the posts during the last couple of weeks both hillarious and scary. Thats right, scary. I dont think I’ve ever read an opinion that I’ve totally disagreed with, its just some of the times I’m like….”dude, what the HELL were you thinking”. And no, I dont get offended though sometimes my replies may be curt.
Personally, the crap that gets pulled on foreigners here is fucking embarrassing. The thing is, Ive seen alot, Ive had foreign friends get screwed big time business wise, Ive had people I know, good hard working guys come over and get stabbed over the most asinine reasons. And even one relative and an inlaw murdered because some local bitch wanted to kill the goose that laid the “golden egg”. And both times they did get the gold, and disappeared.
My concern isnt towards the tourists who have a choice of where to vacation, its towards the guys who are stuck here or choose to invest here. At that point, its a matter of surviving in what can be a very hostile environment. If this post gets through Filo, I’ll come up with a few more, and something I’m open to is answering questions on how things run here, even on the side. An insiders scoop on all the shit.
Now, here are a few realities. I dont expect anyone to agree, ( i dont) but understand that no matter how screwed it is, these are the rules of the game here.
1. This a country of privilege, not rights.
2. Money can buy you privilege, if properly utilized.
3. Privilege gives you protection.
4.This is a classist country.
5.This is a highly racist country.
6. As a foreigner, you might as well walk around with a “please fuck me over” sign around your neck, because you are perceived to have no “connections” or “muscle” to back you up.
There are solutions, though not all are palatable, but if its a matter of surviving and hopefully prospering here. If you end up on the street, this is NOT a country that is forgiving. You’ll most probably stay there.
Thats it for now. CheersPublished in