The more time I spent in the Philippines, the more I doubted the Western philosophy of working more and accumulating more material possessions. Even though some of the poorest Filipinos seemed to be happier than some of the richest Bankers in New York, I thanked God that I was born in a Western country. Like I said, I was amazed at how happy they are. But I was also shocked at how poor they are. This ambivalent experience made me think about all the things that I, as a young man who was fortunate enough to grow up in a Western country, take for granted.
I thought about how many times a day I go to the fridge to get food and open the tap to get water. When you really think about it, this is a privilege. You sink or swim. You sell something or you die. You have to be careful. The same is true for Filipino women. They are beautiful and feminine but not every woman who smiles at you is sincere.
Be careful. Of course, you can ignore this advice and do it anyway. John, a middle-aged American man, visits the Philippines for the very first time. One night he ends up in a bar.
There he meets Joy, a beautiful Filipina bar girl. He falls in love with her and she pretends to be in love with hem. He marries her, builds a house for her and two months later, she kicks him out.
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Playing with fire can lead to nasty scars. They are everywhere and they value marriage more than the women in the West. Just as every one expexted. He is a member of a very powerful clan and has ties to the now President Arroyo. There are even rumors that she was there during the massacre.
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Most of the people killed were political opposition or press people opposed to this mayor. He will probably get away with this due to the fact that the political system here is so corrupt that politicians get away with this every election season and manage to hold their positions in the government even though people know they were associated with such acts.
Its the way of the political system here. This really does not have any effect on foreign visitors because we cant vote and pose no threat to the politicans. However it is an interesting spectical to see. Sad really because to anybody who knows anything about government its obvious that the rich are making every effort to keep the people down while they take advantage of their position to get richer.
A lot like it is in the US with the exception of the killings and the corruption in the states is much less obvious. Changing it would probably take something to the effect of a revolt of the people and that is highly unlikely. Still leaving the chance of getting someone worse in the government seats.
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My wife is actually a 2nd or 3rd cousin of one of the canidates for president this year and he is almost the most popular. However I do not think my wife will vote for him. She likes somebody else better I think. For me I think its best to just keep my distance and watch and hope they can get through this with the least amount of blood shed.
For myself when I started to drive here it was not a very big deal. We drive on the right side of the road just like in the US and I have always been somewhat of an agressive driver so I actually fit in rather well. Some words of caution though. Fortunate for me is the fact that my business in the US took me all over the country.
I drove in most all major cities and was exposed to all the different types of drivers. This is what made it easy for me to fit in. Actually most of the western foreigners do not drive here. Most are somewhat scared with good reason. Though there are traffic lights in the city. They do not work because the city dont want to pay for the electricity.
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So intersections are somewhat dangerous. One needs to be cautious at all intersections. One of the biggest dangers are the jeepneys and taxi drivers. These drivers are paid more with the more passengers they pick up so on a regular basis you will see them just stop in the middle of the road to pick up a passenger bringing all traffic to a halt. The same applies to taxis but these drivers will cut across 3 lanes of traffic without looking behind them so they can pick up a fare.
These are just a couple of the risks you need to consider when driving here. What truly amazes me is the fact that there are really not to many accidents here. Keep in mind though our city is very small compared to Manila. The main difference being there are probably 10 or more times the vehicles on the road and the roads are much bigger too.
To be honest Im not sure I would be comfortable driving in Manila. One thing I found to be a little funny is the motorcycle drivers. They do have a helmet law here even though its very loosly enforced. The other odd thing I found was that you will also see a family of 4 riding down the road on a cc motorcycle.
The dad driving with the older child riding in front of him sometimes on the gas tank. Then the mother will be riding on the back with the younger child in between her and the dad. Quite dangerous but I see it all the time. Actually the motorcycle is the only form of transportation alot of familys own and is their only means of getting around.
I have some pics I will post at a later date. Hi all. We just moved into our first house two months ago. Most importantly one needs to know that it is illegal for a foreigner to own property here in the Philippines.
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There are a few ways to get around this like being married to a Filipina. However if you are single you still have options such as a 50 year lease with the option to renew if needed or wanted. I do have a few single friends that are doing just that. There is one main type of construction here in the Philippines. You can find homes that are bamboo or wood but the termites here are ruthless and any home made from wood will have to repaired on a regular basis. The same applies to the bamboo houses but this is because of the weathering of the bamboo and other natural building materials.
On top of that most subdivisions will not allow using wood or bamboo to maintain a certain look for the subdivision. Its also nice and quiet here. No noise pollution so to speak. A big plus also I later found out that there are alot of other western foreigners that own houses here in Savannah.
Sometimes its nice to talk to people you know understand you. It is also a good idea when having your home constructed to have somebody you trust to oversee the construction process. I was a contractor in the states for 20 years before I moved here and I was glad I was here to oversee most of the construction of the house. The problem is that here in the Philippines some of the contractors will cut corners if nobody is watching.
Coupled with the fact that the workers are only paid pesos a day. This in turn makes them really not take to much pride in their work and you get what you get if someone is not here to supervise the construction. The good thing is the fact that the labor is so inexpensive that you can hire any number of workers and supervise yourself to get the quality of work you desire at a fairly low price.
The old saying of you get what you pay for is very evident here.
We are very happy with our choice here and plan to build an addition in the near future. I will be doing other posts documenting that when we get construction started. Take care all. Have a look around and enjoy. Good luck and God Bless. Oct Using other Filipina dating sites? Hi all, After receiving many emails from men that are using the other mainstream Filipina dating sites I have had questions about how I might be able to help these guys. May Thanks for your patience and good luck in this adventure Chad.
Mar NO Scammers on our site I was amazed the other day when I found the girl who scammed me on a total of 5 other websites. Jan Just to check out the competition. As I have stated in many of the pages and posts the main reason I wanted to start a site was due to the fact that there are so many scammers out there. The scammers surely out number the true and honest people by an easy ten to one. This is pathetic and the worst thing about it is that none of the main stream sites out there can do anything about it, except when reported, delete these women from the site.
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