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Davaoeno

?? in all those years i have never had anybody stepping all over me or disrespecting me, i really got no clue what this means.

Of course, when its meant that some youngsters from the other side of the road shout "hey Joe, your ugly" or so, but i honestly can not take that seriously. if i hear it at all, that is.

Or some Viagra Dealer at Fuente says nasty nonsense because i don't buy any pills of him, but even reacting on that with the slightest verbal remark would be ridiculous.

Nope, i rather have the feeling that i have to take away the insecurity, fear and shyness of the people i deal with. Which i do with funny jokes vehemently and this is always very welcome.

Another contrary observation i almost have daily, that my customers still name me 'SIR" when i am in my Restaurant greeting and entertaining them. Since i do run a fine dining they are definitely not the poorest or uneducated kind.

nope, i definitely can not say, that Filipinos disrespect me.

 

:D

 

 

 

I agree with Guenther 100% on this. I find that I always get respect- but then again- I always give it! I dont care if you are from Philadelphia or Adelaide or Dusseldorf- or whether you are a big shot filipino attorney- or just a tricycle driver- i will always treat you the way that I want to be treated!

 

Foreigners very often get a bad reputation here- and seeing some of them I completely understand why .

 

Of course there are always some small minded racist arrogant folk- foreign as well as pinoy- but i understand where they are coming from- and I just shrug it off. Thats their cross to bear- not mine !

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Budokan

?? in all those years i have never had anybody stepping all over me or disrespecting me, i really got no clue what this means.

 

I don't know how many years you been here, but i also been here for some years now and i tried a bit more then just street kids, street sells man and such....

I had trouble with both corrupt police, cheap girls (who wanted money), taxi drivers, neighbors and such...

 

The Philippines has both good and bad, they know white guys have money so they will come to you. What ever they are good or bad, you can then choose to either pay, pay and pay as many white guys does or stand up for your self.....Which most Filippinos does even the rich, which is why they are rich and get respect down here... :closedeyes:

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mpt1947

I don't know how many years you been here, but i also been here for some years now and i tried a bit more then just street kids, street sells man and such....

I had trouble with both corrupt police, cheap girls (who wanted money), taxi drivers, neighbors and such...

 

The Philippines has both good and bad, they know white guys have money so they will come to you. What ever they are good or bad, you can then choose to either pay, pay and pay as many white guys does or stand up for your self.....Which most Filippinos does even the rich, which is why they are rich and get respect down here... :closedeyes:

 

I have found in my short time here, listening to stories such as yours and those of Guenther's who has been in and around the Philippines for 20+ years, that if I treat people decently, I will be treated decently in return.

 

Now I don't deal with corrupt police or shady women - so maybe that has something to do with your experiences compared to others.

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Budokan

I have found in my short time here, listening to stories such as yours and those of Guenther's who has been in and around the Philippines for 20+ years, that if I treat people decently, I will be treated decently in return.

 

Now I don't deal with corrupt police or shady women - so maybe that has something to do with your experiences compared to others.

 

Well, i have friends within the police, so it was not a problem and in general i don't deal with bad guys or cops.....But thanks for that one... :closedeyes:

I guess it's more easy to turn a blind eye, when the truth hurts.....he he :twocents:

 

I don't think anyone for a sec. thinks it's true when you say that other people have not seen cheap woman, bad Taxi driver, even if they been lucky enough to avoid the corrupt cops down here....

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Stranded Shipscook

Well, i have friends within the police, so it was not a problem and in general i don't deal with bad guys or cops.....But thanks for that one... :closedeyes:

I guess it's more easy to turn a blind eye, when the truth hurts.....he he :twocents:

 

I don't think anyone for a sec. thinks it's true when you say that other people have not seen cheap woman, bad Taxi driver, even if they been lucky enough to avoid the corrupt cops down here....

 

Well yes, but i do no ring that in connection with respect. If taxi drivers are abusive, i usually let them drive to the next police station, or at least i tell them to do so, mostly they do not resist to drive me for the desired tarif then.

 

With prostitutes or drug dealers i have no real experience, but i assume i would do the same if something in that mater happens. Why would i get upset anyway, i pay taxes and have the right to use the police.

 

But this has not really something to do with disrespect against us , criminals all over the world disrespect other citizens in general.

 

But i understand your frustration and anger. i had that too and still have it, it helps me to channel it in the right categories so that i can go ojn with my normal life. Meaning,i tell myself- not all taxidrivers are bad, just this one was bad. Or not all cops are bad, just this one was a bad apple. Try it, it really makes life nicer. I assume you are a martial arts sportsman, so i guess you can do channeling very well, i do not mean it ironic here. it really helps to breath through and focus. Right ?

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CardiacKid

Well yes, but i do no ring that in connection with respect. If taxi drivers are abusive, i usually let them drive to the next police station, or at least i tell them to do so, mostly they do not resist to drive me for the desired tarif then.

 

With prostitutes or drug dealers i have no real experience, but i assume i would do the same if something in that mater happens. Why would i get upset anyway, i pay taxes and have the right to use the police.

 

But this has not really something to do with disrespect against us , criminals all over the world disrespect other citizens in general.

 

But i understand your frustration and anger. i had that too and still have it, it helps me to channel it in the right categories so that i can go ojn with my normal life. Meaning,i tell myself- not all taxidrivers are bad, just this one was bad. Or not all cops are bad, just this one was a bad apple. Try it, it really makes life nicer. I assume you are a martial arts sportsman, so i guess you can do channeling very well, i do not mean it ironic here. it really helps to breath through and focus. Right ?

You nailed it with the third and fourth paragraph. To allow someone to stress me out gives him the power to affect my state of mind. No, I don't walk around with blinders on and my glasses are not rose colored. But, I do not categorize everyone as evil just because one of 90 million inhabitants tries to rip me off. Smile, be cheerful, and act happy. Make them wonder what you're up to. Anger, stress,arrogance,false pride and frustration do not make good companions.

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Liz

Get this post printed on a poster and stick it up at Cebu airport!

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ArieBombarie

I think all the rest are spot on, but I have always found that the mom & pop money changing operations offer a higher exchange rate. That being said, I was always in my Filipina wife's company when doing an exchange. I do think that part makes a huge difference. As long as you are with a local that you know and trust, I think the "unofficial" money changers offer a better rate.

 

I would just advise to use ATM machines, the rate is a little bit less and there is a small fee but if we are talking safety not walking around with hundreds of dollars/euro's on you is safer and less hassle, sure the more out of cities you get the less atm's but also the rates get a lot worse

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AsiaBill

10 Simple Living Tips to Help You Make Travel( Retirement )Dreams a Reality ( OR

aka 10 Simple living Tips to Help You Live Your Dreams ) And / Or Help you get along peacefully and prosper where ever you live outside your country of origin

 

Below is how I answered a woman who wondered how could we take a year to travel

around the world.

 

My wife and I grew up with very modest financial backgrounds; guess you'd call

it "blue collar" families. So we realized at a young age that not just making

money was necesary to become free of the society tied to their jobs but SAVING

money was important to reach financial independence. An old Chinese equation for

financial success is: live on one third of your income, invest one third

conservatively and invest or take a chance with the remaining third with higher

investment returns. The "GROSS SALARY" is one of American society's

"Brainwashes" on the American people and the other are MENTAL IMAGE TRICKS of

what possessions you need to live the "good life".

 

We didn't really have to save up for a long time but did plan the trip over a

year ago because of our 12 y.o. daughter's school and activity schedules. Tips

to be able to make your dreams a reality are as follows:

 

1.) No impulse buying or consuming

 

2.) Live modestly

 

3.) Pay cash for your car not installments

 

4) Pay all credit card bills monthly with no remaining balance

 

5.) Share rent or live with your parents until your savings allow you to buy or

rent a private living space

 

6.) Work more so you don't have the time to go shopping and to spend

 

7.) Know that traveling around the world is cheaper than living in the States

and many other developed economies

 

8.) Love yourself so you don't need to buy something to"improve your self image"

 

9.) Be active with hobbies that don't cost much money like taking long walks,

exercise, reading or educating yourself and lovemaking.

 

10. Realize that you're only human and all the above "tips" will be broken but

try your best.

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Paul

Thanks, Bill. It's always great to see you posting. I look forward to the next time we have time to sit on the beach and solve the worlds problems over a beer. :wink:

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J n J

This list is what any person who has done any travelling should already know.

The part about not yelling at a filipino because they are sensitive is pretty funny as:Do you know anybody,anywhere that LIKES being yelled at???? and if you find yourself in the unfortunate positon of yelling at someone,no matter where you are,dont you think it is best to leave asap? I find arguing with anyone,about anything:a complete waste of time.In the R.P. it is my practice to just leave the instant anything that rubs me the wrong way occurrs,to avoid trouble.If trouble finds me:I walk away,or run,but if it is on my heels as I am running? I will always turn around AND DEAL AS MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!!

That being said,Filipino's are no tougher than any other group of people,the opposite may well be true.BUT BUT BUT,They have the home court advantage.Pick your battles,and if/when you do decide to do battle,WIN any way you can and leave the scene immediately.and above all

PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES AND TRUST NO ONE!!!!

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broden

Thanks, Bill. It's always great to see you posting. I look forward to the next time we have time to sit on the beach and solve the worlds problems over a beer. ;)

 

well hurry up

the world could use it

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Jess Bartone

A few people have taken cheap shots a Bill in the past, but I admire his even-tempered way of ignoring them and continuing to pass on his knowledge to those that are smart enough to listen.

 

Bill, I like the one about loving yourself enough not to need to accessorise. Keeping up with the joneses is a very expensive and impossible endeavour, better to spend the money on something real like the kids' education or high interest retirement fund or any kind of "nest egg". I wear exactly the same clothes in Phils as I wear in Oz, old work shirts, "worn-in" jeans, and steel cap boots, and now the latest tsismis is how much everyone pities my poor wife for marrying a foreigner who is a pauper. Standing at the sari sari with familiar faces I offered to buy a grande Red Horse (as I often do with neighbours) and one of the fellows pushed my money hand aside and bought the big pony himself, admonishing me to save my money for my wife. Unusually for me, I felt embarrassed.

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A_Simple_Man
That being said,Filipino's are no tougher than any other group of people,the opposite may well be true.BUT BUT BUT,They have the home court advantage.

 

No tougher but they don't usually fight fair. A buddy recently told me about a shit kicking he took outside a bar because one guy hit him on the back of the neck and a bunch of guys started kicking him while he was down. Fortunately nothing was broken so stuff like that doesn't make the papers. The moral is, don't try to back down a filipino who is ready to fight with you unless you fully realize that his 12 countrymen standing around are fully ready, willing and able to jump right in and assist him.

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Kim_

7.) Know that traveling around the world is cheaper than living in the States

and many other developed economies

 

9.) Be active with hobbies that don't cost much money like taking long walks,

exercise, reading or educating yourself and lovemaking.

 

7) Interesting statement, never thought of it this way...

But you mean travelling to one place and staying there? Or do you actually mean travelling around the world?

 

9) Oh NO, you are not cheating ME! :sarcasm:

A woman not your wife WILL cost you some money, IF she is your wife she WILL cost you MORE.

A nine month result will surely cost you.

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