There is nothing wrong about being negative, as many people have moved to the Philippines after a short visit and have spent a fortune just based on a vacation and maybe a few great nights out. This is not real and would you do the same in your own country and move on a whim. Don’t do that here. You must research the Philippines before you come.
Here are a few of the negative comments made by expats to balance your decision.
The Ferries: are not good in The Philippines
They are run recklessly with no regard for human life. Ferries in the Philippines have bad safety standards. Ferries are overcrowded,
unregulated and unmitigated death traps.
I can’t count how many times over my time here in the Philippines that I’ve seen headlines stating 100’s have died in a sinking. What’s worse is when those headlines are only side notes on a paper.
What’s perhaps even worse is that each and every time a sinking occurs, a Government official makes a statement saying they will do their best that this never happens again. 3 months later; and families are lost at sea once again. 10,000 pesos compensation is given out, maybe. Now wait 3 months and repeat.
Never in any country in the world that I have been have I seen such a pathetic excuse for a security system than mall security in the Philippines.
Scenario: men have to enter to the right, women to the left. A walk through metal detector will sound, but it means little. Then a man/or woman will pat you down. Not thoroughly of course, just a tap on your hips. Maybe a handheld metal detector will sound loudly, but don’t worry you never have to empty your pockets of grenades, pistols or knives.
We’re not finished yet though. You now need to proceed to a table and have a security person with a small wooden stick signal for you to open the top of your bag. Said security person will then, barely, poke the top contents of your bag with the stick before waving you on.
Again, not to worry all explosives under the top layer, or in any of your other compartments will not be seen.
- If you are a pregnant woman chances are you will not be patted down, so yes a pillow strapped to a stomach full of weapons or explosives and said person will have no problems getting through.
- I have yet to see a woman in a chador be touched, so yes, dress like a Muslim lady, and again no problems, it’s less hassle than wearing a pillow.
- If you are wearing combats none of your side pockets will be patted down, again perfect for hand guns or grenades.
- If you are man, and the security guard is gay, you will get a longer pat down should said guard feel it necessary.
Most of this is done by private security, but someone from the increasingly powerful Malls is obviously funding them. Security, prevention, no chance in hell. A blight on the intelligence of the Filipino nation, yes.
Whatever the reason, it is a sad reality that Filipinos have a pakiusap mentality. From a young age, we learn to be polite and nice to authority figures like teachers, bosses and policemen, so that when we need favors, they may be more inclined to grant them to us. Sadly, bribery is quite common; if you ever get caught by a cop for a traffic violation, you may be able to escape after parting with a couple hundred pesos. That is one reason why traffic jams are so awful; public transport operators often get away with their horrible driving practices because of bribes. Traffic enforcement is also quite poor, and you can often find buses occupying two or three lanes on a four-lane highway. Once you get past the bus stops, you’ll be delighted (or exasperated) to find that the rest of the way is clear. It is a common joke among locals and visitors alike that if you’ve learned to drive in Metro Manila, you can drive well anywhere else in the world. Filipino drivers are just that much more crazy and unpredictable.
This is another reason why the country has such a pollution problem. The once proud Pasig River that runs through Metro Manila is now a dead river due to waste from people living on its banks. In many areas of the capital, you’ll see numerous signs telling people that littering, peeing or vandalism is not allowed – yet you can still spot the occasional violator. One government agency even installed little sheds for males to pee in, yet the plumbing isn’t exactly all that.Maybe you could tell us, if you have been already in other Asian countries too, and why you decided for Philippines.
I’m not the original poster, but I can tell you why I’m going back to the Philippines, the cost. There are other reasons too. After almost four months in Korea, I went to Japan for a few days and I suddenly realized something totally lacking in Korea… the sun! It’s always dark, overcast or cloudy. It’s also too cold for my tastes.
Other reasons would be too many odds stacked against the foriegner, from clubs foreigners cannot enter to internet sites that require a Korean citizen ID number, and local cellphone which also requires this number, to register and make an account, even just to play an online game! Also the super fast internet, one of the biggest attractions to me, only works on Korean servers, inside Korea on sites in Korean language. Try downloading from iTunes or another site and it will be as slow as ever.
Also many places will not rent to a foreigner without a sponsor. While the monthly rents may be cheap, sometimes cheaper than in the Philippines, the upfront deposits can often rival a year of rent in Los Angeles. Also the pace of life is just too fast. Anyone who’s been here knows how often you hear “bali bali”. I seem to be always eating too fast, walking too fast, hurrying from one place to another, and never feel like I can just sit somewhere and relax. My stress levels seem to be through the roof.
There are ways around most of these things, and I have great friends here who have helped me with all of that, but in the end, life here is just too expensive for what I want to achieve. Also many of my friends have moved on to greener pastures, like Australia. The fact that they don’t want to live here, in their own country, should also tell me something. With a bottomless bank account, things would probably be very different, but no amount of money can fix the weather.