LOVE PHILLY.....the lack of the police as in NO POLICE...especially in the small cities and ABSOLUTLEY NO TRAFFIC POLICE. Filipinos do not obey laws in the smallest they do whatever they want without consequnce EXCEPT IN DAVAO...so I have heard.. A sign means nothing as in NO PARKING or NO PEEING ON THE WALL......they do whatever they want. You being ex-police will have trouble living here in a lawless society. Oh they have plenty of laws but nobody to enforce the law because they are afraid of getting shot,
LovePhilly - Can you elaborate on a few things, please. Fearing Cops? Do they target Kanos? Even if you are as inconspicuous as you can be? "The feeling I am a target because of my skin tone (by a minority)". So, there are some that look to pick a fight? Angry Filipinos? If so, how does one handle that? What's the take on "Self-Defense"? Are you not allowed to do so - cuz I will do so. It's a God Given Right. Thank you.
Likes pretty smiling girls.. Warm weather some lovely beeches. Traveling around. Mostly very friendly people. My family here, my in laws are really nice dignified people. Dislikes Skin tax, greedy people. Driving standards especially in Manila. Dirty and untidy streets,
The small amount of contact I've had with police were positive. It's well known however, that they routinely take bribes and that concerns me because light skin is synonymous with money. I haven't had a bad experience...yet... I would never confront them. I will remain polite and give them whatever they want.
I like the good points of the culture, smiling peopling that say "good morning" and mean it , lovely smiling ladies - wow they have it all over the European Ladies ! , the tropics and its heat , the plant life thrives , each island having different cultures and habits , the love of family and community . people willing to help friends . The ocean water is clean and terrific away from larger cities , Diving. Children playing in the streets . Most people appreciative of even the smallest gift or thing !
dislikes - you will always be an outsider, extortions are rampant , the sex trade and the creeps it brings , Organ harvesting by China , abuse of young kids , corruption at every level it seems , poverty and no means to correct it for now, shaky healthcare in some clinics, ,violent tempers of some Filipinos .
RobertDav - "Oh they have plenty of laws but nobody to enforce the law because they are afraid of getting shot." Who is afraid of getting shot? The Police? Someone to enforce the Law would be the police. And they are afraid of getting shot? Dear Goodness! It must be totally lawless then! Are you allowed to defend yourself if there are Zero Police around to protect you? I've heard that an immigrant cannot have a firearm or knife. If not, how can you protect yourself or your loved ones?
It is not totally lawless and no people are not going around shooting each other. Foreigners cannot own firearms. They can own other less lethal weapons. The police can be very helpful and are not all corrupt. Robert and I have a slight difference of opinion on this matter, to each his own
LovePhilly - Re: Police - I'm glad that you have had positive experiences. I am always very polite to the Cops here in California - they put their lives on the line for me. I go out of my way to thank them. I have every intention of doing the same in the RP. Thank you for your response.
Foreigners are mostly safe here, they don't get regularly shot at all. There are no mass shootings at schools etc. Most people are very friendly and helpful. I have been here 9years never felt I needed a gun or a knife. I have seen some big fat arrogant men here shouting their mouth off at Filipino's and they are still alive and kicking. If your from the USA and live in fear and arm yourself, then you are in for a treat, I have never been afraid here. I am very aware of who is around me at night, and don't put myself in a potentionally position. There is crime here and you have to be sensible, also choose where you live, parts of Mindanaou, parts of Manila are not very safe. Come here be respectful, smile a lot, you will be OK. Philippines is hugely frustrating trying to get things done properly can be a problem, so many frustrating rules and regs, but just go with the flow. Leave all your tempers, and angers at home. If you are short tempered and impatient then don't come here. You will be miserable. Don't flash your cash, don't boast about what you got, in fact don't tell ANYONE what you own here or back home, keep it to yourself, you have a very small pension that allowed you to live here, that's it.
Morgacj2004 thank you for being the Voice of Reason. My few encounters with the police have been positive and correct I have never seen a shoot out on Main Street in the 6 years I've been here. I live in a town of about 30k in Far North Luzon. I often wonder what swarming Hell poor Robert lives in from his continued Negative Narrative. Poor guy.
Morgac/Dark, yes there are police in some places and NO they are not all corrupt. BUT it has been my experience that "traffic enforcers" do not enforce basic traffic laws. It is a well known fact that Filipinos have the "me first" attitude thus yielding is not an option. Filipino drivers will routinely go over the center line into oncoming traffic and if you beep your horn at them they get pissed off. They will pass you on the right, pass you on the left and cut in front of you. Like I said in previous posts, it is not their fault because they have not been educated in traffic laws and they are ignorant when it comes to basic traffic. In my opinion, if the RP wanted get extra PESOS for infrastructure they would mandate that ALL DRIVERS applying for a new license or renewing a drivers license MUST pass a road exam and an oral exam before they can drive anything as in a car, truck, motorcycle, tricycle. This would generate a constant revenue. Also, the minimum driving age should be 16. Those that have passed the exam will be given a special colored plate and a special driving license. Anyone caught driving a vehicle without proper ID and registration will face a huge fine for 1st offense and jail time after that.
All of this should be handled by the LTO example cost for a new license 1000ph; renewal 600ph, new plate 1000ph......yearly sticker 400ph.
Dark, Philippine law currently states that foreigners cannot carry firearms or won firearms. Your wife can buy and carry a firearm as long as she passes all of the government laws. She can also get a PTC permit. So yes inside your house if you have an intruder just make sure your wife does the shooting (you know what I mean). If you are attacked or robbed on the street you are basically at their mercy.
Could you imagine in the US that immigrants CANNOT OWN a firearm or KNIFE only US CITIZENS. Imagine how many lives we could save? But wait a minute, the DEMS want all illegals to automatically become US Citizens.......scratch that idea.
Like my friend Morgac says, its not that bad here, just be kind, smile and stay away from the troubled areas. Kind of like LA or SF.....LOL
Larry.....I am cuurently employed at MACTAN AFB....which is in on the island of MACTAN in LAPU LAPU.. As far as my post, I see alot here and was just commenting on what I see and read. No more than that. For those of you on this forum that live in better places, good for you. When I am finished, we will live in the more quiet area of southern CEBU i.e Dalaguete, argao...areas.
Forgot to mention one of my favorite likes is how polite the chidren are to their family and friends always showing respect. It reminds me of my culture how we show repsect for elders.......brings a tear to my eye each time I witness it, here. Even my wife at 40 years old will show respect to her mother, father, aunts and uncles.
I have heard this comment many times and think it is nonsense. At least in the context it is used where cops avoid any trouble. I think it is just like everything else in the Philippines. Nothing is done preemptively. My friend asked a cop last year what would happen if the cops caught him drinking and driving. The cop said nothing would happen until he caused an accident. Then he would be in big trouble. Especially if someone was hurt. It is no different than the oh, sorry, sir. No stock. Filipinos think in linear trajectories.
Likes: Simple life Courteous, I'm treated very well by all. Family bonding Resorts/Beaches Beautiful women Beautiful country Easy to get to other islands Overall pricing is reasonable Plenty of places to eat at San Miguel Light
Dislikes: No trash service/pick up No traffic lights (only 2) or stop signs Vehicle exhaust traffic Filipinos not following any traffic laws at all. Check out lines at the mall are so very slow even with short lines Immigration has a very slow processing timeline. They need to get things done much quicker. Foreigners can't have or own a weapon for protection. Poverty Bureaucracy
I would love to flood Canada with 500K Filipina's to witness Canadian women squirm , as see their reaction ! .... Canadian women have lost the ability to understand what it means to be a women . There would be no contest . Hoards of men would date the Filipina's while avoiding the North American women if the above scenario took place .
Forgot to mention- taxes in the RP seem reasonable ... processing fees seem Ok too, on the whole .
dont like the skin tax / racial prejudicial treatment/ pricing - will hurt the RP in the long run .
I'd like to see that too Surf! lol. Frederick, some cabs use meters and some don't. Mostly they do. I just let my wife negotiate the price of anything because it will save us money. I hide while she does this.
Agree, and from my own observations of friends with Filipina and Latin American women, they say it takes about 2 to 3 years for them to become "infected" with the feminist and equality mentality in the USA. Little wonder, since they hear this in the mainstream media and see it in movies and TV shows on a daily basis.
Mattin - That is exactly why I am moving to the RP. I wouldn't dare bring one of these sweet Ladies over to the USA - and have them become difficult, unhappy, disgruntled, bitter. It's a major reason that I am clearing out of here.
On self defense. I got into a fight with a Filipino after I was grabbed and my shirt was tore. I punched him and I was taken to the police department. I refused to pay a bribe. After several hours I gave in, they took me to an ATM and I withdrew several hundred dollars, paid the bribe, and left. One of the biggest regrets in my life was paying that bribe.
Dark - I never thought of that, yes they would become bitter man haters within about 2 to 3 years. Some may rise above it, but there would be a whole litany of dyke 4th wave feminists trying to convert them. No doubt, most would succumb to I deserve it, I am the victim, I deserve 80% of the net wealth.
Fred- You were so right, I never thought of it that way. They would be hordes of fourth wave feminists, men haters, waiting to greet them at the airport. Most of them lesbians of course. Do you know the routine, comfortable shoes, short hair, and man hating for sure.
Darkfader, that is not 100% true. I know some Filipinas go to the U.S. and become Westernized. I dated three of them in the U.S. One was somewhat Americanized and could have an attitude. She had been in the States for 30 years and was divorced from her retired, philandering Navy husband. The second was sweet as honey and had those Filipino qualities, but lacking all upstairs if you know what I mean. She was in the U.S. 25 years. Her former Marine husband, later an over-the-road trucker, committed suicide when she asked for a divorce. He checked out by laying down in his garage under his car exhaust. She and her 12 year old daughter found him. The third was in the U.S. almost 40 years. She was the kindest, most respectful woman I had ever dated, or known. She had the disposition of a nun.. Very old-world, traditional, attributes. We were together 4 years. We split only because I wanted to get out of the U.S. to move here and she was too established to leave. We had a sad split. We kept in touch for another 4 years until she married a third time. I am certain her husband is a very happy man. Her first husband, a medical technologist like herself, died from a brain aneurysm at 50. She didn’t date for 7 years. She met a high school physics teacher and married. Three years later his doctor nicked his bowel during hernia surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He basically rotted from the inside, out over the next year and died on an operating table. The last three months of his life left him with his intestines exposed the size of a dinner plate in his stomach due to bacteria. He was at home during this time and she took a leave of absence from her job to be with him and regularly clean out his wound. If it is any consolation to her, she lived very well on the pensions of two husbands, and her salary. She has since retired and now live on her pension plus social security.
darkfader24 Just chiming in on your comment about importing your Filipina to the US. Don’t! I tried that, and immediately found that some my Asawa’s Pinay friends immediately began to compromise our marriage by offering my Asawa $24 p/hr jobs in Vancouver as a housekeeper (with benefits) to sugar daddies who own several mansions. A Pinay Permanent Resident in Canada only has to stick out their marriage for two years before they can move up the food chain. That’s what you get with the bleeding Expat Pinay version of feminism in Canada. My Asawa didn’t like the cold/rainy weather and we had a house here with her adopted daughter. Saved my (rocky) marriage.
Gos- yep the outside influence in the west would take away their inner beauty - I think thats what the crew here are saying , I never thought of that frankly, and how pervasive the rot of feminism is now - its everywhere from TV commercials , to service jobs . Its nothing about equality and all about superiority and hate . With a Pinay coming to the west ( or Europe) It would be a 2 year curve I figure as well , before the short haired girls with comfortable shoes, a scowl , and hate would get to them .... Pity really .
Whatever happened to the images of great Male role models like Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart & Clark Gable, gone with the wind now. The ‘replacements’ are young hunk action figures fighting and body count, the Clint Eastwood ‘make my day’ version of men. I may be dating myself with those actors and the movies they made. Nevermore!
Going back to the main topic. I am living on Palawan. "Brown-out"s every 2 or 3 days and barking "rats" are 2 needles in my back here. Barking is everywhere in the RP but what about electricity cuts where you live?
acol we had the cursed brown outs until 4 years ago when Davao’s new coal fired generating plant came on line. Prior to that, brown- outs lasted over an hour. No AC or Fan. Since 2014, we had one or two brown out’s. My Davao Power monthly bill for two houses averages 6,000 p. About the same as I paid in Canada.
Gos, you have to learn how to throw a wire over other active wires to mooch from the mainline power grid. Free power for at least two weeks until they cut your wire. Maybe you will get three weeks out of it.
In Valencia, it is quite rare to have a brown out. Now and again with storms, and trucks sitting low power lines. By the way, why did they string some powerlines so low? The power up here is geothermal. Really cheap. The geothermal plant was completed by the Filipino government and the Japanese government by donation. Exceptional power plant for sure. Because I live in a volcano, I get constant rumblings, and small earthquakes. Also, the heat source is very near the surface. There is steam vents, all of the jungles here. It makes for interesting plant life around these vents. Makes life interesting. One of the reasons I love the Philippines with a passion.
Mattin - Well, my Fiancee lives outside a quiet town about 3 or 4 hours southwest (?) of Manila. It's called Nueva Ecija. I've seen photos of the area on the internet and it's beautiful - BUT - whenever she does Video Chat from where she works or her family's home it looks typical Philippines. Pretty shabby. Like anywhere, it has it's pretty spots and drab spots. She is very easy going - the typical endearing quality of Filipinos - and she would love to stay in that area cuz of Family and Familiarity and Friends - but is totally down with a serious look at Tagaytay or Baguio, cuz she's adventurous also. Goslig said something interesting today about a nice beach area not far from GenSan - and a town associated politically with a Famous Boxer - and how the Boxer was very "Pro" ExPats - so maybe that would be worthy of investigation. I wouldn't argue with living near a beach - only my favorite place in the World!! But what about Typhoons, etc? Weather conditions are something that need a serious study. Where my Lady lives is hot and humid, but according to her, there is very little Earth Shaking, and no Typhoons - only heavy rain. I think (???) Tagaytay is fairly immune from those problems. But there you have to sleep with one eye open. You don't want to end up like the Citizens of Pompeii !! I say that because there is a Gorgeous Volcano there named Taal - and there are quiet stirrings in Taal. Sounds like an angry god, doesn't it? "I am The Mighty Taal!! Feed me your Virgins and I won't spew Hot Lava all over your sorry asses!! Arrrr...!"
Manny may be pro expat, His driver sure may not be. At least toward Jews. I had a Jewish friend go to Manny’s gym down there. While waiting for Manny to come out, my friend struck up a conversation with someone driving him that day. When my buddy told him he was from Israel, the driver told him he does not like Israelis because they kill kids in Syria.
Surf - I am commenting on this: "Dark - I never thought of that, yes they would become bitter man haters within about 2 to 3 years. Some may rise above it, but there would be a whole litany of dyke 4th wave feminists trying to convert them. No doubt, most would succumb to I deserve it, I am the victim, I deserve 80% of the net wealth."
OK - I quote you because there are so many comments in this thread that I want to be clear what I am talking about. A very talented friend of mine is going thru something like this right now. This Gentlemen is a man of integrity and is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He is responsible for a majority of the Live Unplugged MTV Records and shows, has mixed the Emmys and Grammys (These are all the audio mixes that you hear on your TV while watching these shows), the VH-1 shows, many of the CMT (Country Music Award) Shows, just hundreds of these broadcasts since the beginning of MTV and CMT, TNN, etc etc. He built the MTV and TNN Broadcast Trucks. The guy is a genius and we work together. He is an exceptional human being. So his wife of around 30 years is working in a very important position with people of quite a bit of political power in an office. I must be discrete. She is under the influence of the head of the office - a person of considerable power - who is a dyke and a raging feminist. Next thing ya know - his wonderful wife demands a divorce! Outta Da Blue! He never saw it coming. He knows what has happened. She has been sold a Bill of Goods by these bitter, angry Anti-White Male, Anti-Any Male Radical Feminists who say things like telling her that she deserves "better" (she makes way more than him - and has two pensions - he doesn't have any pension), that she should dump him, etc. You know the drill. This is exactly what we are going thru here in the States. He is devastated - really - he is crushed.
Look at what a Georgetown Univ. Professor said (and this is what is being taught to our kids):
"Referring to the situation with the current Kavanaugh hearings, Christine Fair wrote on Twitter, “Look at this chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them (GOP Leaders) deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: We castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”
Can you imagine if we said something this harsh, evil about eviscerating women and feeding their corpses to swine? This is Nazi Death Camp talk. This comes from blind rage and hatred. The Hippie Peace Movement didn't bring us Peace. It brought us THIS! Beware, my friends, as more of their students get into positions of Government. You are seeing the Seeds of hatred and Persecution being sown now from the very Liberals who claim to want to help and Liberate. The Peace / Love People.
In regards to the Kavanaugh Hearings: They could not prove a single accusation. Back in the days of Salem he would have been drawn and quartered. These people despise this concept: "Innocent until proven guilty." Do you know why they tear at Our Constitution? Because it limits their POWER!! It gets in their way!! If they could, they'd rip our throats out, just for being born Males. I hate that Baby Girls are many times drowned at birth in China - because of the One Child Only law - and Males are valued much higher than Females. It is an Evil thing. Life is precious. But not to the Chi-Comm Government - and not to some of these Radical Feminists.
ACOL - re brownouts / blackouts they are very rare here in Leyte this past few years. If you have your phone number registered with Leyeco 11 they will text you in advance of any power outs they know for maintenance and the hours they anticipate disruption - power usually comes back a couple of hours before scheduled time. Very rarely happens here with no power. Smile
darkfader24 Sarangani Bay off GenSan is not prone to Typhoons or quakes. Tacloban in Leyte is where the super Typhoon Yolanda hit. That’s Typhoon alley and where we are moving to soon. The American Typhoon warning system gives everyone who can afford it time to get out of the way. We get regular small quakes in Davao due to Mt. Apo, an active volcano 2,954 meters high. It is the highest mountain in the Philippine Archipelago. Mount Apo National Park, established in 1936, has an area of 199,819 acres (80,864 hectares); it is the home of the rare Philippine eagle and features numerous peaks and valleys, as well as Malasita Falls, Sibulao Lake, and the Kisinte Hot Springs. Mindanao also has the largest concentration of ethnic minorities in the Philippines. They include the Magindanao, Maranao, Ilanun, and Sangil; all are Muslim groups sometimes collectively called the Moro. Groups usually found in the uplands include the T’boli, Subanon, Bukidnon, Bagobo, Mandaya, and Manobo. Another important group is the Tiruray, whose religion is a mixture of Christian, Muslim, and local beliefs. Mt. Apo was declared active in 1995 following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 along with 10 other active volcanos in Mindanao. It’s eruption type is EXPLOSIVE. Just like DU30. About all we deal with is cracking in our concrete (& plastered walls) which requires touch-up.
Jordan Peterson, is a Canadian all-star . Very smart guy ! Many YouTube about him and lectures . Academic that pushes the envelope of current psychology and sociology . He is hated by most Canadian Universities and USA universities ( senior faculty ) as he does not pander to the current narrative . You will be hooked on listening to this intellectual !
Goslig - Re: GenSan, Typhoons etc. - OK, so why are you moving to "Typhoon Alley" soon? It sounds dangerous, inconvenient at best. Having to run for the hills, property damage, etc. And you are currently under the shadow of an Active Volcano?!? Great - it only gets better - LOL. If Mt. Apo were to really blow it's top, what is the danger estimated to Davao? A lot of ash, etc. - or serious stuff, like huge boulders crashing down and Hot Lava in the streets? Not trying to be negative - really. Just curious. We don't want another Pompeii. BTW - I am very interested in moving to Tagaytay - which is looking down the Loaded Barrel of The Mighty Taal. If I can find two Virgins in the RP, I will sacrifice one to Taal, and keep one for myself. Joke, Folks, Joke!! Please do not tell the Feminists! They will feed my Castrated Corpse to the Swine.
My wife and I must remain in the U.S. while she is waiting for her green card. As soon as she gets it we will be going to Tagaytay to live. We plan to live there about half the year and the other half in the U.S. I only visited there once but I'm convinced it's the place for me.
Thanks, LovePhilly - Re: Reading on long airfllights and waits. That's the second thing I will put on my Philippine Travel List. The First Thing? Make sure you use the CR (Comfort Room - see, I'm learning...) before leaving to go anywhere!!!
Philly.....one of the things that drives me crazy is those people who are on their phone and speak so loud that everyone around them can hear them. Also people in public places such as restaurants are so loud they disrupt the whole place.
Thank you for the recommendation Robert. I'm familiar with both books and based upon your recommendation I will purchase them. Most of those Fox News guys write books and get richer. Most are very good reading. I've read several but not the two you recommended.
RobertDav & Philly - don’t mean to butt in but I read this Pulitzer Prise winner for non-fiction about Eisenhower and the North African campaign and it was gripping. First of three volumes on WWII. I just read this one. Excellent read. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the ... By Rick Atkinson
GOS.....thanks I did a paper in college on IKE, He was a very interesting person and very political........his decisions were the reason we had east/west germany and why Russia is the power they were/are.
Robertdav298 True! I liked Ike though since he was better on the field in North Africa than the rest. Had Patton continued on or Gen. Bernard Montgomery not messed up, the US Army would have gotten to Berlin before the Ruskies.
All will agree with your detestation of China's One Child Policy but it is now moot as the policy is no longer imposed. It used to be a good basis for female asylum to the USA which is part of my law practice but no longer. Christianity is now the most common basis for Chinese asylum cases that we see in L.A..
China did not get religion so to speak, it had a demographic problem created by that policy and thus killed it.
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