My new (used) Ford Everest passenger side rear door was being scratched by a motorcycle that backed into me as I was exiting a church parking lot. The scratch I fixed, but what bugs me is that, after I stopped, the Filipina motorcyclist took one last harder bang into my rear passenger side door. Another Filipino banged on my door to warn me not to move, but this last impact left a small dent that couldn’t be removed. Another me first - me first obsessed reckless Pinay motorcyclist. How would a Filipino react to this wanton damage?. Next time I use my horn if anyone crowds me, albeit this incident was in my blind spot.
Gos - I have resigned myself to the fact that these things are inevitable in the RP. In the USA I have always been quite "Anal" about the appearances of my vehicles, but I won't afford myself that luxury there. It would just drive me crazy and probably involve harsh words, etc. Best not to take it to heart for myself, I figure. Part of the RP Life.....
Hi your horn means nothing..been there done that At a check point one lane either direction, back up caused this two lane highway to expand to 7 lanes, now Im a very careful driving no accidents some 45 years AT this Check point a motorcycle handlebar got stuck in my wheel well..How the F---.to make matter worst the driver was upset with me and I did not entrap him his vehicle was the one in motion.. These drivers of motors think that a ONE lane is to share with them and if they hit you its your fault, the police and RTA have NO KNOWLEDGE of any common sense rules they dont stop for pedestrians in cross walks . Its not that they dont know they think that there right. The Right of Way here meaning Its there way, there Right..
darkfader24 Yes, agreed. Some if not most Filipina’s have a nasty reckless side they like to show-off to their Filipina posse with (especially if it involves a Westerner), They can be your worst nightmare. I don’t get involved since I prefer a low profile resigned to Teflon and sucking it up, when necessary.. Pinay’s are A minefield. Make sure you tread lightly. Particularly bar girls. Never use your real name. Good luck to everyone contemplating the tropical delights when you arrive. There are some good mangoes in the bunch.
darkfader, That's one of the reasons why I wouldn't recommend a new vehicle in the Philippines. There were times in my life where I also took a lot of pride in the looks of my vehicle. In the Philippines if you have a nice vehicle or something that looks new people will be envious of you. They'll scratch it and whatever else. It's a sign saying "I have money". If you can get an older vehicle repaired properly you are better off. Then any fender benders, you just drive away and not lose any sleep over it. For years I drove a car with only primer on it. Strong a/c, drove great, looked terrible and no one cared or payed attention to me.
ACEPoolPlayer On this topic of older used vehicles, my Ford Everest is a 2014 but the body is in very good condition, I believe the Filipina who backed her motorcycle into me saw I was a Westerner, so it was a the message “I’m a Westerner with money” that made her smash the rear end of her motorcycle into my door. But I guess I would regret it more if it was new.
Another description of the wonderful people of the RP. Cheating landlords and developers. biased courts, upped prices if kano, driving issues galore, poor infrastructure, barking dogs et al, never repay loans, poor sanitation but we love it. Disconnect anyone?
Gos - As always, thanks for the good advice. I have zero desire to be involved with a Bar Girl in any Country. I don't want the risk of any STDs - especially HIV. Nor the violence of a Pimp, or the chance of being robbed. Anyway, it doesn't matter as I have a very sweet and kind Pinay Fiancee that I am coming to most probably marry - after some careful "Vetting" of her and her family. So far, after almost 4 months, everyone seems super friendly and no one asks me for a thing. She admits that she has "too much pride" to ask for anything.
Goslig - You mentioned that your Ford Everest has a Diesel engine. What is your typical miles per gallon in the City? And on the Highway? And what is the average cost per gallon of diesel fuel? I guess you guys measure in Kilos and Kilometers.
Dark - I was paying 42-45 P per litre when I left , for my bike ...couple months ago /.
For sure 100% metric . Pretty much everywhere is metric except for the USA I think now .
No worries Dark , you get use to it and the money in relation to things very quick . you realize a 12P coke( usual at Sari Sari store on Negros) is a great deal compared to a 20P coke and so on .
Actually the big glass bottle 1 Litre Coke is about 25-30 P if I remember correctly . Thats the local coke with Negros cane sugar in it . Its actually less sweet than the converted corn syrup type . The Local cold Pepsi and Coke (glass bottle) from the Sari Sari store, is delicious on a hot day ,
Dark - the Girly bar thing is something you do have to see ... some places put on a great show . Hanging out there though for more than a couple nights gets stale real fast though . The 'odd characters ' spend 6-10 months in there must be something else . I see some one time , then I see them again @ the same girly bar 6 months later- unbelievable!!! ... yep , they have been coming nightly ! different strokes for different folks I guess . Mango square in Cebu for a couple nights with the guys CAN be a fun outing ....but usually not more for me .
Best of luck with your girl. Filipina's can be caring , fun , sexy, and so on . They usually all have wicked tempers , and down put up with the Tamponed stuff ! . Just Vette her real well , even hire a Private-eye to do some background on her and her internet activity, and other stuff . It may cost you 200 dollars to find out you have the best women in the world .....or not . Just be so cautious - as some Filipina can play the "long Con " SO WELL ! Ive seen soem buddies burned ! Maybe live with her for a while , too . You can fake 90 days , but you can't fake a year ! HA!!! If you thing something is going on behind the acnes - switch islands fast .... Like the rest of us !! HA!!!! :)
GOS/ACE/DARK/BOBV, afew months back I posted a thread about "what we hate about the RP", remember? Majority of the posts spoke about the driving hazards in the RP. One takeaway from the discussion was the problem is simply a lack of TRAFFIC COPS......like we have in the US........especially in the smaller areas. If the RP government was really concerned about the traffic, the tricycles, tricicads, motorcycles ( all by the way do not pay tax) then they would educate the driving population before they go on the road. By oral exam, driving exam before they get behind the wheel I must point out that this problem is not only in the RP but all of SE ASIA and INDIA.
Best advice for a foreigner DO NOT DRIVE.......use public transportation.
What’s great about having a Philippine Bank account in pesos and a Philippines address and mobile number is the big price drop you get on things like Spotify and so forth since they have to market in a poor country. I use my BDO savings account that has a MasterCard for Internet purchases.
Goslig is correct - I always search my airfares in relation to the RP and set the currency in RP , and try and buy in Pesos on other stuff... usually a big price drop .
Sometimes you are substituted , with 'China crap' rather than the actual product though . Happened to a few Motor parts of mine .
Lasada - hit and miss . Lots of China crap and China entity in shipping the product to you . Ordered "CCTV warning " decals for my place in the RP to deter theft . it took 3 weeks for it to get out of China ....never did make it to Negros though . I luck got a refund - unusual in the RP . Must have been the low value of the decals :)
I recall your post. I think we chatted before Yes that good advice, plenty of taxi's where I am trapped in a development a few miles in, but I already purchased first a small vios then a larger vehicle to carry more items I enjoy driving to get away, but dont like to be put in arms way when motorcycles and other vehicles breached my lane as we share it together. Was hit on the Vios more then once. These motors had no brakes, licenses or insurance only thing they can offer is a sorry, which if they applied any thought before hitting me no one would have any problem, The police, no PULIS they are not police far from it have no idea what to do at an accident site, like dealing with 3 -4 th grades . i Watched an OUR GANG video u tube they had an boxing glove that scissor out and punched you in the face that what needed here,,,,