Wednesday December 14, 2005, 8:29 AM
I live in a normal hotel and do normal tourist things, I know I can avoid certain persons in certain places. I am in just a normal Hotel doing what normal tourist do, I am experiencing less than less than most because I do not drink alcohol.
I am experienced and fully aware of many small ploys of people to snag my money. It appears impossible here to sit and talk with a person in a restaurant without them trying to bill me for the other person.
I got an email saying to be aware of the smiling faces, and I have to say this is true, every time a person starts smiling at me here I am getting nervous. I was in two situations in two days where I was expected to pay for the person that was close to me, the bad parts it the restaurants and hotel all help in the situation.
They have this tab or write down the price and then pay later, this is the methodology of the little scam. Hard to check the bill at the end, as it is in Tagalog and confusing. I am now going to only pay as I go and not accept anyone coming up and talking, I will have to say leave me alone, or just leave the place. There is also this cover charge that is hooked onto the entrance to many small places. I was trying to go for a walk last night and stopped at a couple of small Karaoke Places. I have to admit, I will never trust the word Karaoke again in my life, it is always more than a sing along place here in Asia and most of the planet.
In the El Dorado Hotel in Port Baron Lucy tried to put a shot of Tequila from the girl at the table on my tab. There was about 8 persons at the table, I just sat down.
I walked down the street and sat in the Keraoke Bar, restaurant, and girl came over and sat, I ordered a coke and the next thing I am being asked to pay to enter the place an to pay for the drink of the girl. I had nothing to do with anything, tried my best to understand the system, I thought I was in obviously just a small family like Karaoke bar and not one of the pro versions. I guess like Mexico the corruption never end, the spirit of the person is always on the con, from the top to the bottom of the society.
Most person just ignore this stuff, they are on a three week trip, they feel sorry for the people and think they are special, a rich person that should give to these person that steal their money.
Fortunately the Philippines has some chain restaurants like Jobilees and I can avoid the smaller places where is always feels like I am walking into a strip joint. I am getting this constant feeling like I am getting something on me.
What is good is the Sun is shining today, the first time in about 7 days.