The time has come. It’s the season of joy, sharing, and good tidings to everyone. This is the holiday of bonding with your loved ones and greeting your neighbor. So what does that mean here in Philippines? Well, it’s quite the opposite if you ask me. I’m not saying that pinoys are on the bottom pit of humanity, they do possess the energy to spread the Christmas spirit, but the vast majority of them had misinterpreted the meaning of Christmas.
As you know, in Philippines the meaning of Christmas is being abused as a hall pass to demand as much money from strangers without feeling shame. They often disguise this golden gate opportunity to get money by; caroling, saying “Merry Christmas” (with a moneybox), giving you a blank envelope, or giving you unwarranted (or unwelcome) help in exchange for money. I’m a genuine guy, and I can’t stand it when people tend to beat around the bush, “LET IT OUT ALREADY!” No shit these pinoys want money. I would rather have a flip get to the point than to waste my precious time hearing caroling. If I wanna hear Christmas music that’s what youtube is for goddammit! It would most certainly waste less time and money for a pinoy to buy a stack of envelopes, write “Merry Christmas” on it, and slipping it under my door.
I’m a philanthropist at heart, and I take it as a direct insult to my humanity for someone to demand money from me, especially if I know the person. I give when I can, and if I don’t then it means:
1- I’m broke
2- I don’t give a shit
3- I don’t think the money I give will be put to good use.
In this case when dealing with flips, it usually ends up being 2 and 3, but for this Christmas it just happened so that it’s all 3. Obviously I’m broke, bcuz it’s Christmas. I don’t give a shit about these flips, because I know they will grow up to rip me off in the future anyway. I’m sure most of the street beggars are being used by syndicates. Since when was it the children’s responsibility to provide for the family? Last time I checked it was a child’s duty to play, have fun, and not worry about the bills. Damn irresponsible pinoy parents!
Even thought I do expect people to be direct, I do expect some form of diplomacy when addressing me. If you don’t have manners, you don’t get jack shit. I find it extremely rude how I get ambushed by hundreds of beggars a month, they learned enough English to say,”Give me Coin” and other imperative statements that corresponds to their demands for money, but not a single one learned how to say “PLEASE!” I would be delighted if a beggar could at least approach me with manners. I might be even more willing to give them money if they did. I guaran-fuckin-tee you that I WILL give the first beggar 100 pesos if he/she asked me nicely or at least said “please,” but that hasn’t happened yet and probably never will.
The moral of my story is, if you are direct and polite, you will get what you want from me. Caroling, giving me blank envelopes, and rendering me services I don’t want is just another form of begging to me. I was ambushed by 6 different groups of children this Christmas morning during my walk to 7-eleven. They 4 groups wanted to sing to me, and the other two groups had money collection jars. Sad thing is, the 7-eleven I went to was only 5 minutes away walking distance. Basing my congested morning encounters with that many beggars in such a short time period, I decided to not leave my house this Christmas. Thanks to that, my Christmas went all right.
Honestly, I’m almost out of things to drink and I’m urging for a beer. I gotta leave the house again sooner or later….. Fuck my life.Published in