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The curious case of US born and raised Filipinos

Jun 25 | By GShockandnikesocks | Views: 456 | Comments: 7
Ok thank you admin for letting me on here, this is the only blog and site online that seems to validate what I have seen and gone through with my lifelong buddy lets call him Oscar* (* Not his real name) I have been friends with him since his dad retired from the Navy and they moved up here from Guam back in 7th grade, a solid 25 years ago. He is 100% Filipino on both sides and outside of small visits to the Phils he's lived his entire life in US territory or US Naval bases. Right off the bat they toss him in ESL classes since his scores in English were that low even though he spoke perfect US english if they ever bothered to talk to him. While it was unfair of them to do that, his family never spoke up long enough to call the school out on such nonsense. Years go by and we are in our early/mid 20s and my buddy puts in SIX years of going to 3 different community colleges, but never goes for a specific major so he has all these random grab-bag courses none of which amounts to a specific cert. nor degree. No matter what he does or where he works he goes all out to LOOK like the pinnacle of success and fell on his face trying to afford an image well beyond his means. He bought a used BMW which he drove to pieces after he acts like maintenance is an optional thing and spent 4X the cost of a mortgage payment living in 'luxury' apartments until he couldn't keep up with rent and had to move his wife and son into the same bedroom he had as a little boy back at his parent's house not one but 3 times. His wife is no genius either but she worked at a job as a clerk for the city and makes more money than he ever did, in time she got sick of looking after TWO boys and divorced him and stuck him with their son, whom she's made no effort to visit in over a year and a half. He can dump hundreds if not thousands on frivolous hobbies like acrobatic stunt kites with titanium strings from Germany and pro-spec R/C buggies that cost as much as a used car yet his son is nearly 11 now and still can't even read.
He picks up the latest model of cell phone every 4 months and spends over $200 a month on airtime since he can't even bother to use the phone in wifi mode so he gets bent over the barrel on data charges. For a time he lived in the spare room of his sisters' condo after the divorce until even she tired of his meandering and then his parents hooked him up with an apartment covering the firsts month and deposit. His sister is smart and successful unlike him and she had a really nice smart TV that streamed online stuff like Netflix and whatnot, one day I came over and found the TV remote was dead and there were no new AAA batteries in the house. I asked Oscar "why don't you get some batteries at the store?" and all he said was "Oh I just stopped watching TV when the remote died" He thinks he is some kind of baller because his socks are mostly Nike socks replete with the swoosh logo he gets by the dozen from the outlet mall and he rocks the requisite flashy pinoy Casio G-Shock watch, as if stiff you can get at any mall for under $300 is the true mark of those in the upper echelons of society lol. I hold my degree in CNC machining and CNC programming and the industry is sometimes volatile so here and there I have been out of work for several months, so Oscar will point out all these nonsense regular jobs that pay only 1/3 to 1/2 of what I typically make as a machinist. Last year he finally qualified to be a UPS delivery driver but acts like its super hard to spend all day doing 3 things which are:

1:Drive Van
2:Bring boxes/parcels to address shown on the front+take any new parcels/boxes they want to send out
3: Drive van back to base with new packages

Lately on the weekends he's developed a HUGE obsession with hiking and camping which is good in a general way since its something memorable his son can share, and so much easier than sitting down and helping his son learn to fucking read! In accordance with that inborn Filipino compulsion to flaunt wealth and status he sends me pics and brags about his super-dope top end camping gear, like his $300 titanium gas cookstove that can fry eggs at the summit of Mt. Everest in 40 mph gusts in below zero weather or some shit yet on the cusp of heading out to a national park for a weekend he texts me "Hey do you have a car charger cord for a cell phone I could borrow" and I said "Dude they're like $5 at any gas station, you're telling me you can buy a $300 titanium camping stove but you can't pick up a car charging cord for your phone? Fucking buy one"

I swear to God this guy is kryptonite to cars: over the years he's totally destroyed via lack of maintenance and neglect a: Saab 99 coupe, a BMW 325es coupe, and a Volvo V70 XC AWD wagon. Now he makes payments on a 2004 Toyota Highlander since he is too dumb to understand what a ripoff it is to buy a 13 year old pseudo-SUV on a 72 month payment system. He asked me to help sell his Volvo wagon and like a good friend I lined him up with the mechanic of a Volvo shop that was very psyched to buy the wagon to be his own personal car, all he asked was to look it over first. Of course my buddy left out that the headgasket was going and the valves were burnt to hell and back because dumbass pumped it full of regular (which ruins the valves AND the turbo) since saving 20 cents a gallon is a better deal than having to buy yet another car when you destroy the one you've got, right guys? Volvo Shop Guy tells him hell no as it'd mean another $3500 of labor and parts just to save the car, so rather than sell it for that $3500 he instead gets $300 for the busted car at a different Volvo garage that stripped it for parts. All I have noticed is pinoy ignorance is genetic, not national at all.


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dundalli
Jun 26
Filipinos take their fuck headedness with them wherever they go in the world. Born and raised outside the Failipines, if both parents are Failipinos and other family are around they are likely to grow up only slightly more astute than a if born in PI.Filipinos take their fuck headedness with them wherever they go in the world. Born and raised outside the Failipines, if both parents are Failipinos and other family are around they are likely to grow...See more
GShockandnikesocks
Jun 26
Well said dundalli!
JesusChrist
Jun 27
great read lol good laugh
Balancinghead
Jun 27
Speaking of financial bragging ..........

YES, Flip Call Center Agents did said this during the 2016 Elections:

(Wordings may not be accurate, but based on collective comments)

"We don't owe Mar Roxas anything at all. He is useless."

NOTE: Mar Roxas actually made significant contributions in making BPO industry scene grow since mid-2000's.

Now, today ..........

And Flips blame VP Leni, and calls it, fake news.

http://business.inquirer.net/...;utm_source=Facebook
Speaking of financial bragging ..........

YES, Flip Call Center Agents did said this during the 2016 Elections:

(Wordings may not be accurate, but based on collective co...See more
Balancinghead
Jun 27
The very same people that loved to flaunt their stack of bills on Instagram, fancy purchases, and treating their loved ones to fancy eats with fancy alcoholic drinks, & Instagramming their moments.
dundalli
Jun 27
GShock. Was thinking about this again. It's interesting what you say about your friends sister. The difference in attitude between the 2 sounds significant. Just a quess but perhaps your friend got the "Pinoy Prince" treatment growing up and his sister got the shit stick. It's all to common in the Failippines and often leaves Filipino guys as adults that think they deserve to have the best coupled with a lack of responsibility. Their toys are part of their superior ego. It's a reflection of themselves. Narcissists.GShock. Was thinking about this again. It's interesting what you say about your friends sister. The difference in attitude between the 2 sounds significant. Just a quess but perhaps your friend got th...See more
GShockandnikesocks
Jun 28
Dundalli, sounds about right, he is 2nd in his family's lineup, as that sister is the firstborn and older than him by a few years and she is as sharp and successful and ambitious as my buddy is dull, mediocre, and covetous. He wants all the goodies life has to offer but can't ever seem to push himself to raise himself up so that he can realize them. Right now he is looking up to colleagues 10, 15 years older than himself with double knee replacements and crushed spinal discs as some kind of heroes since package delivery is some kind of prestigious career if your dumb ass throws away 6 years at three separate colleges only to leave the last school without any degrees nor certificationsDundalli, sounds about right, he is 2nd in his family's lineup, as that sister is the firstborn and older than him by a few years and she is as sharp and successful and ambitious as my buddy is dull, ...See more
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