When I talk to most expats the only reason they are here is for girls. Period. Full Stop. Not the food, not the sights, not the architecture, not the Rice Terraces……..VERY SIMPLY, it is for the girls. Please keep this in mind. Now I can understand that if you are in your later years the idea of chasing 18 year old tail can brighten the eyes of any cynic. That is what you need to focus on. Just that. If you are coming here due to poor finances then keep looking as there are cheaper better run places than the Philippines. If you are coming here because you find the Philippines people so engaging then please tell me what drugs you are taking so I can take some too. Again what I write about applies ONLY in the province NOT Manila which is not the Philippines.
So don’t come here for peace of mind and tranquility. It ain’t happening!!!
Another factor in adjusting to life here is your personality type.
Type A – (like me) The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status conscious, can be sensitive, care for other people, are truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive, and obsessed with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence. This is not the right personality type to be bringing to a Country like the Philippines as this Country will constantly throw you curve balls and test your patience to the extremes. Best if you live in a major City where all the conveniences of life are as well as some culture and more educated people you will be just fine.
Type B – The theory describes Type B individuals as a contrast to those with Type A personalities. People with Type B personality by definition generally live at a lower stress level and typically work steadily, enjoying achievement but not becoming stressed when they are not achieved. When faced with competition, they do not mind losing and either enjoy the game or back down. They may be creative and enjoy exploring ideas and concepts. They are often reflective, thinking about the outer and inner worlds. Furthermore, Type B personalities may have a poor sense of time schedule and can be predominately right-brained thinkers? As a type B you can adjust more easily to the laid back ways in the Province and be much more accepting of the challenges with the Stupidity and Ignorance factors in the Philippines. You will adapt here much more easily and be more forgiving of the many short comings of the place.
Many readers might notice I frequently use what appear to be condescending words to describe Filipinos where for example I suggested China sends their most inferior quality goods to the Philippines because Filipinos are too STUPID to notice. I make no apologizes for this as it is a statement which is based on simple common sense observations. Having shopped in practically every major hardware store in the Country I have noticed that most all of them carry the same hardware related merchandise and most all of it is CRAPPY Chinese made goods. Except for some power tools and larger specialty items most of the Nuts and Bolts type stuff you need to build with is of the garbage Chinese variety. This begs the question why. Price probably has something to do with this but I also surmise, absolute ignorance does as well as I have no doubts the store owners don’t have any freakin clue about how bad the stuff is they carry to sell. Thus they are stupid.
But, I ask you not to take my use of the word Stupid as a derogatory. I don’t use it in a mean spirited manner but only to suggest a very prevalent condition that exists in this Country mostly among the majority poor and to an extent middle class. It is simply a statement of fact about the overall condition of the Philippine people at large. That being, they are by and large Stupid and Ignorant. I also don’t hide the fact that for the most part I do find myself detesting being around (if I have to engage them in conversation) most all Filipinos of this demographic due to this same Stupidity and Ignorance and it no doubt has had and still has a direct impact on my life here to find joy, peace and happiness and more recently, to get anything done because you just can’t say to someone build me this or that. It is almost a necessity you will have to use the See Dick Run method which means you physically need to show them what to do and give them the exact tools and parts to do it with and then the likelihood of it being done properly is still only about 80/20 in favor. Even though many jobs may require some improvisation it can still be done to specs. But, you have to show them EXACTLY. This does get a little tiring over time. Almost like teaching a ten year old child but this begs the question “What if you also have no clue what to do” Then you can get royally screwed and spend a lot of wasted time trying to find a solution.
Many contractors improvise on the job whether it is to code or not. We need to put up a wall and we don’t have any nails hmmmm…OK anybody have any gum as maybe that will work too. You get the picture
The reality is most Filipinos lack experience, education and general exposure to a world outside of their own whatever that entails. For many their World might be just a few street blocks, for others, going to and from work and for the majority, their area in the province and who they interact with there. This keeps them unfortunately in a state of constant Stupidity and Ignorance due to no interaction with the outside world so to speak. It has nothing to do with the fact they are some of the nicest people in the world and I do enjoy being in the company of my in-laws most of the time, but I make a point of not getting into any serious discussions other than the usual nonsensical stuff people talk about. You just don’t want to get to talking about anything concrete or you will get a bunch of blank stares.
IGNORANCE – Lack of knowledge, information, or education.
STUPID – is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense. belief and/or promotion of any religious institution
Some may argue that what I speak of is not true and it is not a stupidity or ignorance factor at all but one of two people not understanding each other. Of course there are many Filipinos who don’t speak English or really understand it and I certainly don’t speak or understand Visaya or Tagalog but I can assure you, they in fact do not make an impression on me at all regarding their being stupid or ignorant. The reality is once I realize there is absolutely no understanding of languages between us, I simply walk away rather than get frustrated trying to ask something or make a point. I can assure you it is only the ones that have a fairly good command of English that I have the frustrations with.
I say again, there is a good chance you have already established a relationship through the Internet with a girl. Therefore, most of your initial interaction after you move here will probably be with that special girl or a number of girls if you came here un-tethered so to speak. After that you might meet their family and friends. I can almost guarantee you that it will be extremely unlikely any of these people will be folks you will want to hang around with on a regular basis. You will no doubt be like many expats living here and will try and seek out the company of other expats. If in fact you do hang out or make friends with Filipinos, it will no doubt be with the more educated and probably more moneyed Filipino that has experience outside of the Philippines and they are harder to find. You might meet them in a Starbucks or Coffee Bean or some trendy restaurant but not many of other places. Other sources of animated conversation can be returning OFW’s. Look, I in fact meet many girls and guys who I get into conversations with who just so happen to work or have worked in other countries some even doing menial jobs there yet, they have acquired enough of a knowledge base for us to have a comfortable and enjoyable conversation. I enjoy this and they too like this as it is something they were unable to do before they went overseas. They have learned about the World and are quickly making up a growing and more educated middle class of this Country but, it is not enough. The knowledge base void is still too huge. I mean how can a hardware store manager have any clue about the quality of the goods he sells unless he has been somewhere else to make a comparison. Even a trip to a Home Depot would open his/her eyes dramatically about what else is out there. Right now all they know is a 2″ Philips head screw for wood is the only wood screw in existence.
After seven years here I have yet to see on more than one or two occasions, a white male person interacting with a Filipino male person in a social manner unless the Filipino is moneyed, well educated or well traveled. Almost 100% of the time I see white guys with other white guys day most of the time engaged in conversation in one coffee shop or another. Dumaguete attracts so many white guys much of it for this reason as well as being a very friendly livable place. It is my understanding, the area near Clark Airbase and Subic Bay is like this as well.
Slight Diversion on the Subject of Stupidity
Sometimes you have to protect Stupid people from themselves. Today in the local newspaper I read about two separate issues whereby the Supreme Court had the ability to make an important decision to protect the Country from Stupidity. It elected to keep the power to be stupid with the Philippine people. Are you laughing now as well. Let me fill you in.
The Philippines has about 63 large families that is said to pretty much control it politically and in business. Many of these families have multiple members in politics and this can and has proven to lead to collusion, coercion, favoritism, corruption, etc…where this kind of practice is accepted and widely exists in other countries. Personally, I am not aware of any transgression from this here in the Philippines but common sense would dictate that it would be lunacy to allow this to occur especially in a country of Stupid and Ignorant people right.
I mean think about one of the major Philippine Islands like Cebu where just as an example, (not in actual truth) the Governor, the Mayor of Cebu City, 3 – 4 Congressman representing various districts of the Island and other key government posts in and around the Island are held by members of the same family. Do you think that might encourage a little corruption? Nah!!! I didn’t think so either LOL Well apparently there are a few others that feel this way as well and wanted to have put into the constitution some kind of Anti-Dynasty law that would prevent multiple members of a same family (father, mother, son, daughter, first & second cousin, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew) from holding office during the same term. They were in a way saying that the people of the Philippines were/are too stupid to make a decision in the voting booth as to who should be in power. The Supreme Court ruled against putting in an anti-dynasty law and the power to be stupid proudly remains in the hands of the Philippines people.
I mean seriously how much more of an example can you make about stupidity here than the fact the people keep voting for the same people over and over and over and then wonder why things still suck so badly LOL nevertheless, it is up to the people to grow a brain and make these changes happen themselves without the help of the Supreme Court
A similar ruling was made on behalf of former Country President and Plunderer Joseph Estrada who is running for Mayor of Manila. Again it was left up to the people to decide if they want to give this man another chance to rob and steal or maybe he has come full circle and will be a crusader for truth, justice and the Philippine way. Hmm wait a minute that doesn’t sound right…LOL
Can you imagine that there is an entire area (region 12) on the island of Mindanao called Maguindinao that is literally in the control of two families that have such jealousy of each other they prefer to kill each other off. 52 of one of these families were ambushed and killed just a couple of years ago by the other family. Folks, this is the year 2013 and this is the Philippines an aspiring former 3rd World Country and this sort of stuff still goes on. UNREAL!!!
So please don’t be too hard on me about this or let this be a turn off from reading this site. I know quite a few white guys here that are in this category as well along with being Insincere, Deceitful, Moronic, like that.Published in