Reasons to Hate the Philippines

Reasons to hate the Philippines.

Not every country can capture the hearts of all the travelers passing through it. For some, the reasons to love a country can be surprisingly few.

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Ricky A.

July 30th, 2012

Generally speaking, the Philippines can be a beautiful country… but overall… the people are terribly stupid, uncaring, ignorant, corrupt, inept, untalented, thieving, cheating, scamming liars. Now don't get me wrong.. there are plenty of good-hearted, kind, talented and generous people here, but they are the exception. Some of the finest homes are here, but the vast majority of homes wouldn't be acceptable as summer-camp huts. People will cut in line, and smile at you. There seems to be no sense of reason about anything. They will whistle at the air to make the wind blow… I'm not kidding. They will do it very loudly and do it for hours.
They love kareoke and they're nearly ALL tone deaf. Getting drunk and trying to sing at the highest volume possible is considered normal… and at that point, it's not music at all… it's noise… and it will go on and on for days, and nights… non-stop… anywhere. Nonetheless… Some of the best bands I have ever heard come from the Philippines.
Driving habits are among the worst on the planet. They are fearless, and will challenge anybody to a head-on duel at any speed to try and pass someone. People die often enough, but they just don't connect the dots. They routinely will go through any intersection at full speed… protected by God in their bubble of protection… which fails instantly, and often. They are complete and total morons behind the wheel… or handlebars. Again, no reasoning of any kind is involved, and courtesy is something they have never heard about. They will lie and cheat and steal and scam at any available time for any reason, or no reason at all… at every level of society, from your neighbor, to your trusted attorney, or priest.
The cost of goods is always a challenge, and suffice to say that even the seasoned ex-pat will be shaken down for every possible peso, with prices always far and above what a local will pay. Prices will be quadroupled if they think they can get away with it. If seriously challenged, and letting them know that they are way out of line will sometimes bring the price down to something reasonable… but not always. A gentle reminder that they are cheating you might work, but not always.
Guarantees or warrantees are a joke, and rarely honored. Honor is not in their vocabulary. Fauty goods will be pushed off on you as though they are "new" and clearly they aren't.
The secret is to catch them immediately in their lie… which is sometimes difficult because it's so hard to find anything out. There are no directories, yellow pages, or internet ads of any kind. If you need a carpenter or a welder, you need to know someone who knows where to find one. It's a roll of the dice, and you will lose a great deal of time and money before you find someone who knows anything about what they do. There are no professional ethics of any kind. If given the chance, they will break anything and lose stuff… and never get the job done, or they will do it upside-down, or backwards… making you do it ALL over again… several times if you don't watch them. Trying to get anything done by someone is like trying to herd cats. Good craftsmen can be found, but it's just luck.
Making an agreement ahead of time, like the cost of a tricycle ride, or dentist visit, or anything else is a fruitless endevor. They will change the agreement upon collection by saying, "Per person" or the cost of gas fee, or something equally absurd. One cabbie tried to scam me out of twenty times the regular rate by producing a self-made "fee schedule" which I knew was bogus. Short of bashing this guy, I let him have it, verbally… You'd think I was shot or something… I went completely beserk… and if it weren't raining, I'd have gotten out and not paid him a dime. It's not an isolated incident… it's constant, daily occurances that wear on you… everybody wants to rob you of SOMEthing.

Now here is something interesting. There is this nice older fellow with a tricycle that I often say "Hi!" to nearly daily. He is friendly, and we talk occasionally. Come to find out he is a convicted murderer, he did 20 years hard time, and now he drives his tricycle to make a meager living. He gave me a ride the other day and refused to take payment. I just don't know why, but I owe him for that. Go figure. One of the nicest guys is a convicted murderer.
The weather here is OK if you like steam baths. It is horribly humid, and often way too hot, with temps in the 90's almost every day, and always humid. It's not snow, and if you hate cold weather, it's something you can almost adapt to. There are nice places in the hills that are cooler, like Baguio.
The seafood is horrible. This comprises of a vey large amount of their diet. It is always served with everything except the guts… head, bones, scales, fins… everything. They have never seen fish 'n chips, or lobster, or scallops, or swordfish steak, or cod, or hallibut, or roughy. Pork is plentiful, but I have never seen any of the good cuts here at all… which brings up another profession: butcher. None of them know anything about being a butcher or different cuts. The animal is either beef, or pork, or goat, or chicken. There are no T-Bones, delmonicoes, roasts, prime rib, or anything like that. It's beef or pork or chicken… bones and all. Almost without exception, anything with meat is going to be full of bones.
Nobody has running hot water anywhere except hotels… and then you have to make sure by asking… and even then, they might lie to you. Nobody has an oven except the baker. Most people don't have air conditioning despite the heat. They can't afford to run them anyway as the electric rates are the highest in the world. Most people don't have a refrigerator. Foods are left out overnight, and eating at the table… family style is unheard of.
Most water is contaminated, but every town has a water purification place that will deliver drinking water to your house.
Trash is thrown on the ground, and disposal can be hit-or-miss. Most of them have no pride whatsoever in the condition of their neghborhood, or their own yard. Litter is everywhere, only to be reminded of it when it floods, and then it suddenly becomes a terrible health hazard. They are knee deep in their own garbage… nearly everywhere. The smell of greywater sewage is everywhere… almost.
There are very few jobs available to anybody. It is almost hopeless to think anybody will ever work at a regular job because there aren't any. People sit around all day on their stoop, waiting for the one token amount of cash from a family member who sends money from overseas. It is a hopeless country with no hope of advancement. Prior political dictators took and robbed so many BILLIONS that is is hopeless to even consider any prosperity of any type because of the interest payments to foreign countries made many many years ago by thieving, ruthless dictators.
Cheating the government, and stealing local services like electricity is rampant, although steps have been taken to clean that all up. Everybody is on the take, and getting elected seems to be a license to steal.
Other than that, it's just peachy.

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Ricky A.

July 30th, 2012

All maintenance is done by the breakdown schedule. Maintain it after it breaks. This applies to nearly everything… bicycles, motorcycles, busses, cabs, vans… and they will almost always break down in the middle of nowhere, and they will never give you a refund. Things that break are anything that will wear, and they will use it until it just stops completely, no matter how bad it gets, or how difficult it becomes to operate. I have personally seen on professional vehicles: broken axels, serpentine belts, chains, clutches, steering mechanisms, water pumps, timing belts… I mean… why maintain something needlessly while it's still operating? Right?

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