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Thailand versus Philippines Culture
The feeling are harsh, distinct, real, I can feel a critical different between cultures. One day or two days, more and I will stop comparing; I will be living in Thailand and forgetting the Philippines.
However, as of last night or yesterday, I am still mentally living in the Philippines and my body is in Thailand.
The people of the Philippines are friendlier.
The girls of Thailand are more snobs.
Thailand is cleaner than the Philippines
The men of the Philippines are scammers.
The people of the Philippines are culturally less hip or cool than Thailand, fashions and understanding of the world is behind in the Philippines.
The food is better in Thailand.
The travelers in Thailand are children.
The tourists in the Philippines are perverts.
Thailand is Asian, I am not sure the Philippines culture is definable easily.
Thailand seems to be winners and confident, the Philippine people have all the same opportunities and seem to drop the ball.
Women in the Philippines can do anything the men in the Philippines are severely in trouble.
Philippines people are pigs, the Thailand are clean.
I like the Philippines people more, however I trust the Thailand people more.
The Philippines are delusion about what the value of what the sell or what they are worth. The Thai people sell things and services for a good value.
The government of the Philippines is arrogant, stupid and does not have a clue; the government of Thailand fully understands what their resources are and how to use them.
Thai people are cold.
Thai people are surrounded by people that speak English and refuse to learn to speak English.
Travelers in Thailand do not care about Thailand they are just here to buy.
Travelers in the Philippines live there.
I feel clean in Thailand.
I have better access to purchase and buy things in Thailand of an Asian nature, if I wanted to purchase something American I could maybe find easier in the Philippines.
My room is twice as good in Thailand for half the price of the Philippines.
Transportation in Thailand is easy; the travel in the Philippines is ridiculously difficult.
There are more people in the Philippines, they all live in Manila.
I am not sure which one I like more, I would say the Philippines, however I really do not like the men of the Philippines, they have this macho way of acting that reminds me a Mexican, a sort of arrogance that never stops. The USA culture can have the same on many levels. The USA culture or arrogance is easy for me to avoid, I do not think a person in the Philippines can avoid the arrogance of the men.
Thailand is great but the people are cold and distance, a sort of cruelness to them as is all the Asians. Guilt or the ability to feel guilty is more prevalent in the Philippines.
In the end, I really do not care about the differences. I go and carve out a place to live as quickly as possible and set up my travelers nest, then go out and explore.
Thailand versus Philippines Culture
Hmm rereading years later and my opinions have not changed.
Philippine men are like spoiled children and Thai people are cold.
All of your observations above are factual and widely shared by those of us who have traveled in both countries many times. I ike the analogy of the film, "Twins" with Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzeneggar (sp?) being offspring of a genetic experiment where all the postive genetic traits went to Arnold and all the negative traits went to Danny the same seems true of Filipina women and Filipino men. I have never been to a country where the sexes seemed so unequal and no need for expressing the differences as you and others above already have done so. This cultural anomally continues to plague me though as ALL Filipino men grow up with and are raised by Filipina women / nanays. So I think Filipina women have a meglamania complex or power trip going on where they want to be thE "man" or thE provider so allow their son's to be weak and less responsible and less self supportive and less financially independent. It seems like Filipino men do not really become MEN until their Mothers pass away, often around 40 years old when they are almost grandfather ages.
Thais are so much more nationalistic and united under their King's cultural heritage and leadership where as Filipinos are extremely territorial and clannish like tribal cultures. Filipinos discriminate aganst each other amongst themselves even more so than with foreigners who always seem welcome good influences and candidates for marrying into their families.
I love Thailand but what can I say the Philippines and the Filipino people will ALWAYS be Home Sweet Home.
Babies, there are too many babies in the Philippines. The population density of the Philippines is about 300 per square kilometers, this is horrible. This is the average, so when there is a deserted island, that means the cities are denser.
Population density almost dooms this country to being poor and dirty.
A 100 mile trip in the Philippines between Angeles and La Union take five hours.
This is Andy Graham, the writer of the initial post here. For Louie who is a web developer or webmaster.
Outsourcing presently is to send Filipinos to other countries.
I have tried on multiple times to work with Philippine people, I personally have given up, I cannot have products manufactured in the country.
However, this is what I would say is the future, products manufactured for export at China level pricing, not at American pricing. This is an uphill battle, culturally Filipinos identify with pricing in the USA, while they are as poor generally as China and could price competitive if they let go of the harmful USA pricing.
Generally, the Philippines markets to Philippines very well, the next level is or was the world in the past, maybe the future.
By the way, it's only here in Thailand that I start to wear slippers when going out the house to downtown area or other places as people do that here as if outside places are the extension of their bedroom. But, in the Philippines I never wore slippers when going out the house, it's always sandals or shoes plus I have to take a shower too. Here, I smell lots ot BO when inside a mall or in the outdoor market.
Stop comparing and exploiting SEA countries. SEA just become victims of superiority complex of other countries. They think they are superior so they can just say anything they want to these countries. They want to stick their noses and lay their hands on these countries' problem, thinking that they are better. The truth is, they are inferior in some sense. They don't do anything good and helpful, but just make things harder for the people.
Girls must not be exploited too. It's sad that the situation here - with poverty made that happen. Some Asian countries have yet to learn.