Moving on from “It’s More Dysfunctional in the Philippines”

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Tourism is an important sector for the Philippine economy. In 2015, the travel and tourism industry contributed 10.6% to the country’s GDP (wiki). It is as important a pillar as our OFW remittances and BPO industry for keeping our economy humming and ensuring hot pan de sal stays served on Juan’s breakfast table.

With all the damaging publicity that some squealing pigs in the slaughterhouse are generating with all the focus on EJKs, something’s got to be done to salvage our country’s image and suffering sidelined tourism industry. Now here’s some welcome news – the Department of Tourism (DOT) will be changing its marketing slogan next year as a reflection of the new administration’s thrusts.

Why? What was wrong with “It’s more fun in the Philippines”? Well, many foreign tourists around the world actually did bite the bait, only to discover the appalling reality that “It’s more dysfunctional in the Philippines.

Now if you stare at the word “DYSFUNCTIONAL” long enough, you will easily recognize the 3-letter word in the middle which tells a lot about the root cause of the miserable state of this happy-go-lucky laughter-filled nation with its people caught in mental hypnosis by its mind-dumbing mesmerizing clowning-around local media. Many foreign visitors get shortchanged and feel bad about being tricked into a scam in trying out this so-called “fun” country.

It’s time to move on. Having such dysfunctional infrastructure, communication, and transport systems turns out to be not so funny after all. The idea of focusing on seeking one’s own delight at the expense of placing priority on the general welfare and safety of the people no longer sits well with the current administration as well as the 90% of Filipinos who approve of the Du30 brand of management. It’s time for a cool change, but a change to what?

What Attracts Tourists?

When I go about traveling abroad, one of the best tests and surest signs of a functional country is a tourist’s ability to navigate from point A to B without the need to ask anybody questions. Is there an information bulletin map on display when you walk out of the station or airport? Are there color-coded arrows and signboards all around? How easy is it to find the toilet?

The last thing tourists want after a long-haul body-stiffening plane ride is to go out of the airport puzzled about what to do while being swarmed by flies offering all sorts of scams when all he really wants is to simply first relax at the hotel. There’s just a soothing feeling to get out into a new world with the warm assurance things will be working out smoothly as you anticipate the adventure that awaits you.

Each visiting tourist creates jobs for Filipinos. Every hotel room constructed creates two direct and two indirect jobs. We need to make sure they are stress-free and satisfied, or better yet come back hauling a bunch of relatives and friends along. Their positive experience will be our free marketing arm when they get back to their home countries. A friend of mine overheard a tourist on the plane flying back to their first-world country saying that their trip to the Philippines was the worst experience ever.  Another set of visiting friends from abroad said that they were so happy every time they stumbled across Jollibee while travelling around the country, as they can all finally get to go to a decent toilet. What does that say about our public utilities?

Rapid Response, Relentless Improvement

First impressions last. That’s why the international gateway into the country should be at its best.

The past condition of NAIA (aka MIA) hit rock bottom during the BS Aquino administration with fellow incompetent bozos running the show. In the recent article Aviation black hole no more :

Apparently, we are known in aviation circles as a black hole in the region. All our neighbors have sophisticated satellite based communication and navigation systems while we relief on an outdated and often non-operational land-based radar system.  …

Mar, and later Jun Abaya, sat on the project for two years. They claimed they were reviewing the contracts for the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system that Sec Ping (who Noynoy fired) already cleared for implementation. In the meantime the old system they were using was always “dying” and if working, some of its monitors were blinking.

Thankfully, Someone up above must have had some mercy reserved for the Filipino people and its many visitors – in squeezing out much of the sickening putrid yellow pus out of our institutions. Under the new Duterte administration, the new navigation system is finally almost done at over 90 percent completion.

This brings us to some vital lines of code in the Creed of Winners: Time is gold. Relentless improvement drives success.

President Duterte is a man of lightning-speed action who has zero tolerance for sluggards in government content on the status quo, or even having his customers made to wait in lines. Acting fast to accelerate progress in this country will work wonders. In fact, teaming up with fellow fast-growing China (Duterte’s strategy) can turn the tide around by bringing in functionality into our national culture/psyche and much needed infrastructural investments.

For sure, Filipinos will again come up with some catchy slogan to market our should-have-been attractive country to potential tourists around the world. Let’s just hope it lives up to the claim this time.

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Zealous revolutionary advocate of bringing back common sense for the common good in a land of dysfunctional and delusional zombies.

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Zealous revolutionary advocate of bringing back common sense for the common good in a land of dysfunctional and delusional zombies.

59 thoughts on “Moving on from “It’s More Dysfunctional in the Philippines”

    GO RICO

    (September 24, 2016 - 8:19 pm)

    Good points, zaxx. Philippines encourages tourism and has a lot to offer, but Visa on arrival is only 21 days. Every day “overstayed” is a penalty, extending a visa is a 1/2 day spent at immigration and a fee.

    If every day a tourist stays and pays is an added boost to the economy, make it easier for them to do it.

    My guess is, fees and fines are divided as per Official Corruption Protocols. Hopefully a phone call from DU30 can improve that policy.

    Re: changing the “Slogan”, try a simple “Welcome Home”, even for first time visitors. It’s warm and inviting like “Mi Casa es su casa”. “More fun in Philippines” sounds like a tourist trap.

    Re: the Press, tourists are not as concerned about gunslingers on the street as they are about the “Bullet in Your Bag” scam at the airport. Tourists that could cost them $thousands and may get their names added to a terror watch list, ruining their lives forever. Just some thought.

      zakuII

      (September 27, 2016 - 4:03 pm)

      No it’s been changed to 30 days since 2013 or 2014 for most of the world. But Brazilians and Israelis get 59 days for some inexplicable reason.

    david

    (September 24, 2016 - 8:52 pm)

    GOODLUCK. Shitty service, ‘college graduate’ waitresses that can’t get an order right, stupid owners and/or managers who think foreign tourists should be milked or bilked, receptionists that behave like they are doing you a favour letting you stay in their shitty turd world hotting with fucked plumbing, dumb noisy staff, scamming taxi drivers, security guards, on McDonalds, grocery stores and anything else turning ix your airport, your infrastructure…whatever….What you need to fix is Filipino attitude. Am I being hard? biased by experience? NO. Read between the lines from people with any experience with Philippines, talk them…it’s a tourist shithole and the figures prove it…unless you want to play pinoy pride bullshit about the numbers and what they represent.

      marius

      (September 24, 2016 - 11:43 pm)

      I’m genuinely surprised that tourism constitutes 10% of the economy, for the reasons you mention. The Philippines has enormous potential as a tourist destination, but Filipinos just can’t do anything about their “reverse Midas touch” (google it).

      I can only assume it accounts for 10% of foreign income because the rest of the import/export economy has been destroyed by that proud bastion of theft, mindless paper-shuffling and corruption, the BOC.

      T

      (September 25, 2016 - 4:38 pm)

      Yes, the PH is a shithole.
      Yet I do my part to make sure it doesnt sink into deeper shit, just as what i believe the president is currently doing, despite all the flak he’s receiving. I do hope more and more will start to emulate incorruptability.
      Thanks for the GOOD LUCK, i do know the PH needs it.

    d_forsaken

    (September 24, 2016 - 9:30 pm)

    Make it a habit to give yourself enough reasons to relentlessly push forward with a high level of enthusiasm. You are more mentally stronger than you could ever possibly imagine.

    Robert Haighton

    (September 25, 2016 - 1:31 am)

    Most foreign tourist going to the Philippines will enter the Philippines through an airport.
    Making that airport a-state-of-the-art building is nice. But then what?

    – No metro/underground/sub going from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) straight to Cebu City.
    – Taxi drivers that may con you by not using the meter.
    – Jeepneys not built for tall people (and thus hitting their heads)
    – Jeepneys that cant bring you from CEB to Cebu City due to constraints of legalities/city-borders (Mandaue City, Mactan, Cebu City)
    – No city buses whatsoever.

    You can make an ugly girl (MIA) pretty and hot again but pls also look at the internal organs (the hinterland).

    221Hyden007Toro999.999

    (September 25, 2016 - 8:28 am)

    News about the ISIS Abu Sayaff , beheading foreigners..news of kidnapping foreigners, for ransom, travel fast …

    Who would want to be kidnapped or beheaded ?

    Along with the lack of good facilities, like sanitary public toilets in our country. I just talked to a “Balikbayan” who visited our country. He told me : “there are no toilet papers in any public toilet”…” you have to bring your own toilet paper, while traveling in our country”…

    Tourists are also pestered by Pimps, offering sex services , to tourists ! Some of those prostitutes are just children or young teenagers…

    Words of mouth bad news, travel fast…so whatever , slogan you put on… will never work; unless you clean up this mess first !

      Chocolate

      (September 26, 2016 - 2:32 pm)

      I had been complaining about that. ” no toilet paper ” in the Philippines airport 36 years ago nobody listen ….already how many president sat in the palace and still no toilet paper ?

        marius

        (September 26, 2016 - 3:01 pm)

        There are three possible reasons for the lack of toilet paper:

        1) Filipinos don’t use toilet paper, preferring water instead. Which would be fine, except that … there’s never any water either. The water-spray thingy common in other Asian countries only exists in high-end hotels. 9 times out of 10 there isn’t even a tabo.

        2) Filipinos have stolen the toilet paper.

        3) Nobody has bothered to put toilet paper there because they know full well Filipinos will steal the toilet paper.

          Jim DiGriz

          (September 28, 2016 - 3:10 pm)

          It’s number 2. There is a budget for Toilet paper, but the money has been stolen already.

        marius

        (September 26, 2016 - 3:03 pm)

        Just to be clear, I think washing is far more hygienic. I find the Western habit of using toilet paper quite disgusting. However, trust the Filipino to take an excellent idea and completely undermine the purpose of it: a public tabo is just a breeding-ground for filth.

          Robert Haighton

          (September 26, 2016 - 8:57 pm)

          Marius,
          this really is an interesting issue/topic.

          For as long as I live, I am used to clean my butt using toilet paper (same goes for women in my neck of the woods; they even clean their genitalia – after peeing – using toilet paper).
          When I visited Spain for the very first time, I saw a bidet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet). A bidet is a very good tool to clean both the front and back of the lower body.

          On the other hand, I am also used having a washing machine. So its easy to change underwear even every day.

          As far as I know, nobody ever made complaints about using toilet paper being un-hygienic. And maybe it’s cheaper than to use water.

          Furthermore, when you visit friends its kinda rude to go to the bathroom and clean your butt with water. Mind you, we have seperate toilets and bathrooms.

          gnogid

          (September 27, 2016 - 2:53 am)

          “For as long as I live, I am used to clean my butt using toilet paper…” – Robert Haighton

          Robert, Robert, Robert. Do we really have to go there? Around the hole of your ass to better understand the issue?☺️I don’t know if anybody here gets to feel comfortable in having the ‘pleasure’ to know how you clean you pipehole. Though, judging from the healthy exchanges here, I could be wrong. ☹️

          Anyway, there is such a thing as tradition or mores among humans that separates or differentiates them from each other. In the case of a poor country like the Phil. people from more advanced countries, especially those who are not open minded, will really get a rude awakening of how other people do things their way. 😷

          Robert Haighton

          (September 27, 2016 - 3:45 am)

          Gnogid,
          Lets take it to the next level then, shall we?

          For hygienic reasons, you clean your butt using water (and maybe soap) but on the other hand for the same reason, males are circumcized in your country.
          Is that tradition, mores, religion, culture or hygiëne?

          For a god-forsaken country, its scares the hell out of me, to be circumcised for that reason.

          gnogid

          (September 27, 2016 - 4:18 am)

          Robert, thanks for not getting offended with my jocular ‘attack’ on what you wrote. It’s just all for fun. 😇

          Okay, for fun (and education I hope!) I’ll go with you on the next level.

          As far as I know, Filipinos clean the essentials with either water or toilet paper or a combination of both. Defends.

          On tuli or circumcision, it’s an open secret that it has been with us since the country’s history was written. But to tell you the truth, growing up and submitting myself to the ritual, I thought it was part of the Catholic religious rite. Turns out it was influenced by Islam and Jewish culture.

          In my entire adolescent life I thought that to be circumcise was to comply with the Christian practice of hygiene, manhood, etc.

          The practice has social significance because it is considered as a rite of passage. However, it’s also been the source of something that is not so nice in the sense that one who is not tuli/circumcized were often ostracized as being ‘supot’ or your manhood questioned. 😳

          In short, the dictates of the majority is clearly exemplified in this category. 👨

          Robert Haighton

          (September 27, 2016 - 6:54 am)

          Gnogid,
          If Wikipedia is correct then 98.5% of the entire Philippine population is religious.
          That means – according to the population – that god is your creator. Then why cut off something that he created????? And why only do it with males? Why not also cut off the female clitoris. Lets be equal, right?
          If I cant masturbate, then they should also be not allowed to masturbate (lol).

          Now again, what is the title of this article? Dysfunctional …?

          My country was originally – as yours still is – religious. Christian-Jewish in origin. As far as I know, my country doesnt have a history of circumcizing. The current dutch government is even dis-couraging the practise of circumcision.

          gnogid

          (September 27, 2016 - 7:32 am)

          Robert, I don’t know the real explanation nor the origin of the practice. Maybe my friend Toro Hyden can explain it (if he’s circumcised!). Anyway, let me give, in a combine way, my guess and my two-cents on the matter.

          There’s a possibility that circumcision is another act perpetrated by the pagan or heathen. I don’t know if Jesus was circumcized. I don’t remember a church mass that talks about circumcision. And I also doubt if Judas was circumcised. Had he been he could have brag about it before hanging himself.

          We, at least in my country, are all bound to encounter the blade eventually. It’s the tradition and an embarrassment if you happen to go the opposite direction. In your case, you are lucky because it holds nothing in terms of religion or social relevance.

          If I’m in your country and you are in my country, this saying

          “In the land of the blind one-eyed man is king.”

          will apply to both us. Lol! 😄

          Robert Haighton

          (September 27, 2016 - 7:47 am)

          Gnogid,
          Blind in both eyes and deaf as well (me, that is) and waiting for a wheel chair any day now.

          marius

          (September 27, 2016 - 12:13 pm)

          Robert: yes, it’s quite fascinating 🙂 All Asians use water to clean themselves after using the toilet. Having lived in both East and West, I’d say Easterners have it right and Westerners have it wrong, for the simple reason that toilet paper (by itself) just doesn’t get you 100% clean.

          However, as I said, Filipinos usually manage to take a sensible idea and break it. Filipino public toilets are absolutely disgusting. There’s absolutely no reason for this except laziness and carelessness. Go to any neighboring country and the toilets are spotless. With a proper squirt-gun for washing.

          As for circumcision:

          That means – according to the population – that god is your creator. Then why cut off something that he created?????

          I agree. I can’t understand religious people who attempt to ‘fix’ what God has created. As a religious person myself, I’d call that the worst form of blasphemy. I’m a farmer, and although I have to push things in a certain direction to make a profit, I never assume that God was wrong. If my plants have “pests” on them, it’s probably something I’ve done wrong. If I assume that the pests are not supposed to be there, and I kill them all with poisons, that’s an insult to God (note that there’s actually no such thing as a “pest”-icide, only broad-spectrum biocides that kill useful creatures as well as harmful ones). It goes without saying that the “God-fearing” Filipino farmer loves his pesticides.

          Interestingly, the New Testament spends a lot of time negating the law of the Old Testament (ie., the Jewish tradition). For example, the apostle Peter has a dream in which God presents him with “forbidden” animals (eg., pigs) and tells him “get up, kill and eat”. Peter refuses because those animals are “unclean”, but God tells him: “do not call unclean that which God has made clean”. It’s supposed to be a metaphor (breaking down the line between Jews and non-Jews) but for the metaphor to make sense, it must also be taken literally.

          It doesn’t surprise me at all that Filipinos circumcise their kids just because that’s what everybody else does. That’s the way we do it in de Pilipines!

          We wouldn’t want to think, make our own decision on the matter, and tell the critics that they’re just idiots and sheeple, would we?

          One assumes, then, that the laws of the Jewish tradition had reasons, but those reasons were for a certain time and place. For example, food scientists point out that a nomadic population [the Jews were on the move when the Law was written] keeping pigs would have trouble controlling what they eat; therefore, they would be more likely to contract trichinosis. A complete ban made sense.

          Robert Haighton

          (September 27, 2016 - 3:24 pm)

          Marius,

          “We wouldn’t want to think, make our own decision on the matter, and tell the critics that they’re just idiots and sheeple, would we?”

          I take it that you wrote this in a ironic way?

          Otherwise…

          If everybody (else) is jumping off a bridge, so will you?

          Exactly for what you wrote, is the time to say ‘enough is enough’ and start to change (things).

          Do you want change? Yes
          Do you want to change? No

          Robert Haighton

          (September 28, 2016 - 9:20 am)

          Marius,
          At home, I can wash my behind with water but because by far and so far most houses have seperate bathrooms (shower and/or bath tub) its simply rude to go to your bathroom and wash my behind.
          Hotels are often not equipped with a bidet.

          Secondly, I really start to wonder what is so un-hygienic about using toilet paper. As far as I know a person never died from using toilet paper; a person never got sick/ill from it.

          I dont know the history about the use of toilet paper (after a person did his thing on the toilet). Maybe it was introduced by foreigners; maybe it was the toilet paper lobby.

          marius

          (September 27, 2016 - 5:07 pm)

          Robert: yes, just to be clear, I was being facetious. One of the things that irritates me about Asian culture in general (and the Philippines in particular) is the obsession with social compliance, and punishment of those who don’t comply.

          The circumcision thing reminds me of the (possibly apocryphal) experiment with the monkeys who learn to hate bananas:

          http://www.wisdompills.com/2014/05/28/the-famous-social-experiment-5-monkeys-a-ladder/

          “That’s the way we do it here. We don’t know why. We just do.”

          Robert Haighton

          (September 28, 2016 - 9:07 am)

          Marius,
          sometimes, I think I understand the Philippine psyche, behavior and mindset.

          At other moments, I am totally and absolutely lost.

          I think the Philippine society totally drives on conformity. One has to walk the paved path. He/she will be in trouble when she/he strays off from that paved path.

          Thats why, most Filipinos/Filipinas are very predictable in their mindset and behavior.
          Being different, behaving differtent, thinking different is almost a crime.

          This is why I understand the ‘crab-mentality’ that seems to be vivid in PH. Being different is not tolerated and not accepted. Its a result coming from not knowing how to handle people that are different.

          gnogid

          (September 27, 2016 - 9:44 pm)

          My country was originally – as yours still is – religious. Christian-Jewish in origin. As far as I know, my country doesnt have a history of circumcizing. The current dutch government is even dis-couraging the practise of circumcision.

          Robert, just curious, is the religion you belonged to one that you chose or you were born in it?

          Robert Haighton

          (September 28, 2016 - 1:37 am)

          Gnogid,
          It depends on what you consider what a religion is and what not a religion is.

          I consider atheism not a relgion (but thats a personal opinion). I was born and ‘raised’ an atheist. My parents didnt show me a bible nor quran and we never visited a church. The only churches, I visited was from an architectural point of view (amongst others: Notre Dame, Paris; Sacré-Cœur, Paris; Sto Nino, Cebu City).
          During my relationship with my pinay GF, I (read: we) also visit(ed) churches during church services. During at least one, I left after about 15 minutes or so (I seated myself in the back so that the least number of people would notice me leaving).
          I didnt leave the service to make a (bold) statement, but if someone is trying to tell me something (and maybe trying to convince me of something) its his task to keep my focus/attention and interest. Most preachers/priests are not able to do that. They never learned that in school. A missed chance, a missed opportunity.

          Do I dislike religious people? No.
          But I do hate and loathe stupidity and people following something blindly without being critical.

          I hope this answers your query. If not, pls dont hesitate to ask further.

          gnogid

          (September 28, 2016 - 5:55 am)

          Robert, the point I’m driving at is a lot of us gets to choose what we want and some don’t. For example, children gets to be baptized as Catholics as babies. The parents get to decide. I have not heard or met a person who was given the option or freedom to choose the religion he/she wants upon reaching a certain age. I’m sure there are but it’s very, very rare.

          Same thing with circumcision/tuli. Some were born and circumcised a few hours after birth and a lot gets to be circumcised upon reaching adolescent age.

          Anyway, am I correct in saying you, too, did not have the option to choose to where you want to belong because like you said, you were born and raised (and programmed) to be an atheist. And you also didn’t have the quandary of whether or not to get the blade.

          Robert Haighton

          (September 28, 2016 - 8:31 am)

          Gnogid,
          I have to correct you about the word ‘programmed’. Both my parents always stimulated and encouraged us (my 2 sisters and me) to explore the world (and everything that relates to life). Furthermore, I was even enrolled at a school with a religious signature.

          The advice given to us (by our parents) was always to make decisions based on information and facts and to look closely at all the pro’s and all the cons. So that included and includes the option to ‘convert’ to a religion, the option to get a circumcision.
          We – the 3 of us – also were given information and facts (by our parents) about sex (sex-ed). So that we never would end up in situations we dont like to end up with and in.

          So we will never use stupid lines such as “if god will” bec it is clear that god makes nobody pregnant and he also doesnt decide about when and who. (pls read your biology books; chapter human reproduction).

          (PS: the other day, I was chatting with a 36 year old pinay, asking her if she wants kids. She answered: “yes and if god will”. She is still childless. In my neck of the Woods, wanting still to have kids at that age is ‘dangerous’. Probably that ‘rule’ doesnt apply to pinays. Dangerouys in what sense? Giving birth to multiplets and/or giving birth to a kid with Down syndrome. So if probably doesnt matter what the baby has; its more important to have a baby, no matter what). You get my drift?

          I always told my pinay GF, that I wont allow our prospect future child to be baptised and in case of a boy, to be circumcised. For the simple reason and fact that parents already decide enough for the kids. Kids can make that judgement themselves when having ALL the available information at the right age.

          In my country and in my country’s culture, kids reaching the age of 18 are free to do what they wanna do. They dont need to ask permission from their parents; they dont need consent from their parents. Is that disrespectfull? No. They are now (from the age of 18) mature grown up adults. By law, they (the kids) are (legally) the equals of the parents.
          If and when kids go the other way then nobody is insulted, offended and nobody is embarrased.

          David

          (September 28, 2016 - 10:25 am)

          Another characteristic of Philippine psyche is to hoard more than what you can consume to establish your wealth and status.

          gnogid

          (September 28, 2016 - 10:36 am)

          Thanks, Robert.😎

          marius

          (September 28, 2016 - 12:20 pm)

          Secondly, I really start to wonder what is so un-hygienic about using toilet paper. As far as I know a person never died from using toilet paper; a person never got sick/ill from it.

          Funnily enough, LOTS of people get sick from it. Not from the toilet paper specifically, but from the act of wiping and not washing your hands afterwards. It’s the most common cause of food poisoning from commercially-cooked food.

          You would get the same result, of course, from using a tabo and not washing your hands afterwards.

          A spray gun, probably not.

          The history of toilet paper is quite fascinating 🙂 There’s a whole Wikipedia page on it…

          Anyway … I didn’t really want to spell this out, but the issue is more to do with “cleanliness” rather than “hygiene”. Consider private moments with your good lady in a certain position, and you’ll get the idea. Toilet paper leaves … residue. Washing doesn’t.

          maybe it was the toilet paper lobby.

          🙂

          This wouldn’t surprise me at all.

          Sometimes, I think I understand the Philippine psyche, behavior and mindset.

          At other moments, I am totally and absolutely lost.

          I can completely identify with this sentiment. The Philippines is the most alien culture I’ve ever encountered.

          Robert Haighton

          (September 28, 2016 - 7:27 pm)

          Marius,

          “Anyway … I didn’t really want to spell this out, but the issue is more to do with “cleanliness” rather than “hygiene”. Consider private moments with your good lady in a certain position, and you’ll get the idea. … ”

          I am not 100% sure if I follow you but in case I do then =>
          we take a shower before we do things like that.

          When you get a fever (higher body temperature), its actually a good sign. Your body is fighting ‘alien intruders’ that dont belong there. After a few days you recover even without any medications (most of the times you will be in bed, sweating your pants off, drinking loads of water, maybe tea and/or orange juice and not eating much). Only when your body is not strong enough, you will need a little assistance from – for example – antibiotics.

    Budoy

    (September 25, 2016 - 12:01 pm)

    The quality of the hotels is also a serious issue for tourism. Apart from major centres like makati and Cebu there really isn’t much up to western standards. I live in the Philippines and all our family holidays are abroad because of this. What is on offer in places like Vietnam and Thailand for between 100 and 200 dollars per night plus the cheap cost of flights is much better than what we can find locally.

    Walter KOMARNICKI

    (September 25, 2016 - 12:07 pm)

    my best travel experiences in Australia have been at YHA (Youth Hostel Associations) which I doubt you have here; way better than YMCA, it’s a European concept which lets tourists of modest means have an enriching experience without getting ripped off, it’s a basically do-it-yourself concept, make your own brekky and other meals in the communal kitchen or enjoy low cost meals in their canteen etc.
    In the Philippines, staying with friends and family members makes life that much more enjoyable, even the humble hospitality of people living in a nipa hut!
    As for CRs – best story I ever read about those was a gold-plated one from a service station in the main city of Bohol, where it was such an over-the-top luxurious exercise that it was hard to believe that it wasn’t some sort of send-up
    (I read about it in the magazine section of The Philippine Star in 2015).

      marius

      (September 25, 2016 - 3:08 pm)

      As for CRs – best story I ever read about those was a gold-plated one from a service station in the main city of Bohol, where it was such an over-the-top luxurious exercise that it was hard to believe that it wasn’t some sort of send-up

      Has it been stolen yet?

      What drives me mad about the Philippines is that there are many simple solutions that could be used for basic infrastructure (social justice warriors call it “appropriate technology”) but Filipinos refuse to use them because they’re “not good enough”. Filipinos want whatever Americans have. Nevermind that those things aren’t appropriate, don’t work very well, and are simply unaffordable in a country which (a) has a failed economy and (b) is burdened by thieving public administrators. Thus they end up with third-rate roads, second-rate power and water infrastructure, and seventh-circle-of-hell class toilets.

        Walter KOMARNICKI

        (September 25, 2016 - 4:16 pm)

        the only ‘appropriate technology’ that comes to mind is when someone has a wake and they want to have it at home, so they borrow a big canvas top with the local politician’s name on it and stretch it halfway across a busy road so that all and sundry can pause and say a prayer for the deceased…

      333Toro007Hyden999.99

      (September 27, 2016 - 5:54 am)

      gnogid:

      You were a former blogger in the : “Pro Pinoy” Website of Aquino. Your blog name there was: G. Nuguid. Here , it became :gnogid.

      You were a rabid YellowTard; together with “UPNGRAD”, “Joe America”, etc…

      You endorsed in your blogs: Mar Roxas for President; Leni Robredo for Vice President; Leila De Lima for Senator. You defended rabidly Aquino.

      Maybe, De Lima paid you with her “drug money”…to be here, to defend her… Perhaps, De Lima is paying you a lot of her “Drug Shabu money” !!! De Lima’s bank account will soon be frozen, by Sec. Aguirre. Ask De Lima, to put some money in your bank accounts, before they will be frozen ! Do it Now ! time is running out !

        gnogid

        (September 27, 2016 - 7:00 am)

        I’m G. Nuguid? Who’s that? If he’s good, I’m honored. If he’s bad, F(ine with me, too!) you Toro! 😄

        Anyway, since you turned out to be a friend of mine let me indulge you. This is not the first time I posted here. I posted here a number of times with a different handle the past. The Joe America you’re talking about, I used to post there too, very seldom though. Incidentally, they just started to resume it’s political flavor which for some reason they suspended. I don’t know about Pro Pinoy. I tried to go there by typing “pro-pinoy.com” and all it gives me is a page on physical fitness called pro-pinoy cyber club. You can try it. I’ve visited istorya.net, rappler, Political forum, Politiko, DebatePolitics, and other forums the names of which I can hardly remember now.

        Now about my handle: gnogid. Let me just satisfy your curiousity as well as klara’s. She’s right, it was a play on Pres. Duterte’s nickname “Digong”. But it’s not only that. There’s another reason why I chose to use it. I drink during my free time and I have a pet dog. For me, it’s always my Dog & my Gin or Gin & Dog. See the play there? And that’s how I found the ‘digong’ (Yes, the president’s nickname) and play around it. Hence, gnodig.

        On you calling me ‘tards in various forms, that’s fine. I get that on both sides. I’m not one and I’m not affected. You calling me ‘tard this, ‘tard that have not proven your point. You have not shown that my point of view or my logic is faulty or wrong or inferior than yours. When people disagrees with what you say they can respond in a lot of ways to show and prove that you are incorrect, out of line or simply wrong by pointing out facts or presenting an opposite view. Name calling is not the way. Just because somebody disagrees with a Marcos loyalist like you it doesn’t mean that he is already a yellow fan or anti-Marcos. I worked in a Marcos office back in the day (surprise!) so, more or less, I know where I’m talking about. 😉

        You’ve told us who you are here professionally so I expect that you will conduct your self in a professional manner. No need to be brash or cocky because it’s counterproductive. ☺️

    Greg

    (September 25, 2016 - 8:14 pm)

    Going to the Philippines is not easy. I remember my first trip landing in Tacloban, and people were staring at me like I have 6 horns coming out of my head; people stare. One cab driver was hovering around me like a fly on tae. As a foreigner I felt out-of-place and “on display.” The roads are few and people drive like there are no rules. It’s hard to figure out where the fuck you’re going, unless the person with you knows. There is a legitimate risk of hepatitis and water-born diseases; this in part because handwashing and basic hygiene is foreign to many 3rd world people. The air pollution is bad. If you eat a specific diet, good luck finding food; just accept that you will not and will lose weight. People try to scam you constantly; they do some rent-seeking shit like move your bag 2 meters(without asking), then demand a ‘tip.’ You see the young girls with foreigners old enough to be their grandfather(tatay). You see starving cats and dogs on the street, as well as street kids begging for money. The place feels like some inhumane warzone a year after fighting has ended.

      David

      (September 25, 2016 - 9:03 pm)

      @Greg. No chance for the Philippines to lift themselves up from everything you’ve described unless “All” Filipinos make the effort to do so. The destruction–and rebuilding–of their country is up to “All” Filipinos.

        Greg

        (September 26, 2016 - 7:45 am)

        David, I have to agree 100%.

          THE RETURN OF GERRY

          (September 28, 2016 - 4:24 pm)

          Everything you mentioned is a fact. I once came upon a dog I thought had been flattened by a truck, then it got up and could barely walk but it was NOT because he got hit by a truck, the dog was STARVING TO DEATH..and no one would feed the damn thing. ICFBI !!!

          After having lived in the country for quite a while, it is clear to me that the country is completely FUCKED…and NOTHING,or NO ONE, not Fuckin Duterte or Aquino or Enrile or any fucktard politician, can save the place…IT IS TRULY HOPELESS.Life is cheap and it is corrupt as shit eatng pigs…nothing will bring the country up to 3RD World standards, NOTHING !!! It is long passed the point of no return.

          Greg

          (September 29, 2016 - 8:23 am)

          THE RETURN OF GERRY,

          I agree. Yeah the misery on the faces of these starving animals -whose bones are sticking out – pretty much sums up the Philippines. The culture and people are screwed beyond anything fixable. The list of problems I mentioned is just the tip-of-the-iceburg. What a miserable fucking place.

          marius

          (September 29, 2016 - 11:48 am)

          Re. starving animals, I noticed something a bit different. There are two sorts:

          1) The ones that are chained up with a six-inch piece of rope, 12 inches away from a food/water bowl which is perennially empty, or perhaps occasionally filled with leftover rice.

          2) The ones the mope around scrounging.

          Here’s what I noticed about (2). In most countries, stray cats (for example) are well-known for two things: keeping the vermin population down, and devastating local wildlife (especially birds). All the stray dogs and cats where I live look fat and happy. A few of them get fed by the locals, but 90% of them go out hunting for food. None of them look like skin-and-bones.

          So here’s the crazy thing: even the stray animals are Filipinos. Everybody’s yard is full of those stupid fighting roosters, mostly uncaged. Why aren’t the strays doing their jobs and eating the lot of them? There are plenty of rats, mice, birds and other wildlife around – somehow, they survive the onslaught of Filipinos spraying illegal agricultural poisons everywhere. Why aren’t they out hunting?

          My conclusion: there’s something in the air, or in the water. Filipinos, even the wretched animals, are all so lazy they’d rather die than work for a living.

          marius

          (September 29, 2016 - 11:49 am)

          Just to clarify: “where I live” refers to the place where I am now, not my alternative-universe home in the Philippines.

          Greg

          (September 30, 2016 - 2:37 pm)

          Marius,

          The ‘stupid fighting roosters’ is a quintessential example of the stupidity of Filipinos. Cock fighting is immature and primitive, and it should be banned so that these stupid Filipinos evolve, stop gambling and drinking, read something and get a job. There’s too much dicking around and not enough work ethic. Asking these types of Filipinos to progress is rather stupid of me, however.

          marius

          (September 30, 2016 - 6:15 pm)

          Greg: there are not many cultures on the planet that can find a way to turn an otherwise profitable domesticated animal into (a) a money sink and (b) a despicable symbol of the people’s complete disregard for Life and enjoyment of cruelty.

      sammie

      (September 29, 2016 - 2:15 pm)

      Tatay – father
      Lolo – grandfather
      Lola – grandmother
      Nanay – mother

    gnogid

    (September 26, 2016 - 9:51 pm)

    No toilet paper in the Philippines? Well, why still go here? You can go and enjoy life in other countries like Syria of Afghanistan? 😄

    If you are looking for comfort, satisfaction and happiness, forget the Philippines.

    You might want to look at this list and pick your choice of a country where you can spend the rest of your life in total bliss.

    http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/12/21/25-worst-countries-to-live-in-the-world/
    😏

    Ben Ben

    (September 27, 2016 - 5:06 pm)

    I’m better off going to the “Sin City” (Pasay City) with cheap beers and cute girls than listen to another Flip Pride bullshit.

      THE RETURN OF GERRY

      (September 28, 2016 - 4:26 pm)

      AIDS CITY YOU MEAN? Careful, careful, the devil wears Prada and idiots dont wear condoms.

    Jim DiGriz

    (September 28, 2016 - 3:22 pm)

    Most of the people I know who did not come for the ladies told me that they will never come back.

    The Philippines is a tourism disaster.

    It only attracts gamblers & sex tourists, now mostly from Korea. The Philippines is not only totally disorganized, but far too expensive compared to other Asian destinations.

      David

      (September 28, 2016 - 3:36 pm)

      @Jim DiGriz. This is why you’re not going to find many foreign women wanting to live in the Philippines–unlike Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and even Cambodia–where foreigners feel safer.

      The Philippines has–and always will be–a tourist haven for D.O.M (Dirty Old Men) from other countries, with Filipinos luring them in for their money.

      Also, being a cheap Asian destination is a thing of the past, with the out-of-control building of high-rise condominiums, casinos, and shopping malls, as real estate prices and cost of living climb up the roof.

      So you’re right. The Philippines is mainly designed for sex tourism and gambling or anyone that has money to spend. This country is a big money drain for everyone.

        Jim DiGriz

        (September 28, 2016 - 3:43 pm)

        Even the hookers are half-wit amateurs and completely overpriced, so Filipinos will succeed to even kill off that source of income.

        Jim DiGriz

        (September 28, 2016 - 3:46 pm)

        “This country is a big money drain for everyone.”

        Just like owning a yacht!
        A hole in the ocean you throw money into.

        THE RETURN OF GERRY

        (September 28, 2016 - 4:37 pm)

        IDK, it cost me as much to live in the Philippines as it does to live in the 1st world, but it also cost the same to do so in Thailand as well. I will not go to Vietnam or Cambodia but lets face it, a Honda cost the same amount of money in just about every country. An air conditioner cost the same in every country. The things that cost more in the failippines wer gasoline and electricity & electronics(camera’s,PC’s, etc). Everything else is on par with what it costs everywhere else( a bottle of Jack Daniels was more then I thought it would be, due to taxes).If you want to live like a 1st world citizen. the country you live in doesn’t matter, it costs the same wherever you go, except major world cities like NYC,PARIS, BERLIN,TOKYO etc etc etc…. where most 1st world citizens cant live anyway.Point being, if you want to live like a 3rd world citizen it will not cost you much,but you probably will not like it.Wanna live like a 1st world citizen? Fork over the CA$H and pay up! !!!

      THE RETURN OF GERRY

      (September 28, 2016 - 4:45 pm)

      I don’t know anyone who could put up with what I put up with during the many years I have lived in the Failippines. It is just that the shitty things I have to put up with are the price I have to pay to live on the beach in Camiguin,Surigao,Dinigat(Cloud 9),Palawan 85% of the time….and its worth it. ‘Island-Hopping’ is a way of life you can used to, just MYOB, have a four-wheel drive vehicle, loaded weapon, Rottweiler and faithful partner and it can be paradise, 80% of the time….

        biffa bacon

        (September 29, 2016 - 12:25 pm)

        i too have spent alot of time in the dinagat area.it certainly is quite beautiful,although,yes,there is a certain amount of bullshit that one must put up with.i rode on the top of a jeepney from basilisa to libjo,and my wife and i rode on the back of a motor bike from san jose to cagdianao,both grueling,dangerous trips,but well worth every bit.maybe people need to lower their expectations somewhat,the Phils.is not a first world country,and shouldnt be promoted as such…at least for now….

    S

    (October 15, 2016 - 2:10 am)

    You cracked me up at the part of Jolibee having a “decent toilet” haha!

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