After a barrage of emails from folks who so eloquently expressed their thankfulness for this website and sorrow to see it end, and a long discussion with one particular core member whom I have come to like very much as a friend, I have been convinced that PhilippineFailBlog.com is more of a help than a hindrance.
I have heard you, and I thank you for expressing in your emails what this site has been and done for you. I had no idea how important this site really is to many of you.
So I apologize for so abruptly removing it without putting it up for further discussion.
This place called Philippines is a never ending and sometimes overwhelming influx of a range of emotions and frustrations. It can make one a little bit nutty at times, even to the point of pitting brother against brother, so I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all who emailed me, particularly to FAFI, my bro. We may not always see eye to eye, but we ARE friends, and if there’s one thing we have NO ARGUMENT about, it is the acronym of your Username: Filipinos Are Fucking Idiots. That we will always agree.
Again, thank you for helping me get back to my senses.
In closing, I have to say it was the combination of many emails I received after shutting the blog down that made me reconsider and put it back up.
But I wanted to share (he’s given me permission) one particular email that pretty much finalized the decision to restore the blog. If there was ever an array of hope for these people, it’s to have an attitude like this young man.
It is unfortunate that you are indefinitely ending your blog. I have read your blog over and over for several times. Peoples’ posts and comments on that blog are mixed with humor, heart aches, and learning. It shaped me personally after I went to U.S, it answered my question on why are filipino people suffering(why is U.S. very productive?). I have learned in the U.S where “no such thing as free lunch” and “there are mouths to feed” sayings. I thought this words are enough… This is just the one side of the coin… I guess.
Your blog thought me my mistakes and day-in/day-out I always try to improve myself… I am a believer of Kaizen. But how could I really improve myself I ask, nobody around me says I’m wrong thinking all along that I am doing the right thing with the right attitude. And I guess I was wrong.
I know it hurts being criticized and cursed… but hey! Learning is always painful right!? It is the proof that I am living today… I am living now! And I am learning as time flows. I am not hateful around my fellow filipinos, when something inappropriate happens I always stay back and observe… I do not argue but instead place failsafes or foolproofs around the event. I cannot say filipinos are stupid even though we are stupid and this is because I am a filipino. For the love of my country I wish I can change everything and in the end all I can change was myself. Your blog changed me for the better, you just didn’t know how.
With this I would like to request if I could have a copy of your archives/blog posts… I want to review and reflect on them from time to time. My mission is to improve myself no matter whether it is painful or not.
Your blog is really helpful and it would be much helpful for me when I decide to go outside this country to settle down.
I respect your decision and wishing for your happiness in days to come.
P.S. I am not planning on creating another blog or sharing your blog to others, this is for personal use for reflection only.
Thank you FiloFail,