Philippines Travel Stories

Stock Market Crash of Oct-Nov 2009

Stock Market Crash of Oct-Nov 2009
I am writing the headlines before I leave the country, so I do not have to write about this later. Today is October 26, 2009, I will go on record. I believe the Dow Jones Industrial Average is going to fall down and go boom again, at least by the end of the year you will again have volunteered to lose more money.

The story of a nation that refused to live within their means.

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United States of America
Orland, Indiana
Monday, October 26, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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I think the stock market resembles a Gorilla; anyway, you do it you better look it in the eye and not run.

Stock Market Crash of Oct-Nov 2009


2009 October 21 Leave Philippines Enter USA

2009 October 21 Leave Philippines Enter USA
I left the Philippines, flew to Chicago, Illinois, I am now in the state of Indiana in the USA. I took a Cathay Pacific flight from Manila to Hong Kong, then a United flight from Hong Kong to Chicago. I switched planes and took a United Express flight from Chicago to Fort Wayne, Indiana. The cost was 714 US Dollars for one-way flight. I purchased the ticket online with Travelocity.com and the cost of going to Chicago was the same as Fort Wayne, a strange logic used by the airlines.

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United States of America
Orland, Indiana
Thursday, October 22, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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It took 14 hours to fly from Hong Kong to Chicago.

2009 October 21 Leave Philippines Enter USA


Paul Theroux is 68

Paul Theroux is 68
I truly am not sure how old he is, but I want to thank him before he dies, I only read he was 68.

Mr. Theroux thanks for observing the world and doing your best to explain it honestly.

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Philippines
Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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I love to read James Michener, he wrote an honest story, what I would say is factually too honest. He would give reader and out, we could deny it was the truth, while Paul puts it on the table and says,
“Deal with it.”

I am fortunate to be leaving the Philippines tomorrow, I promise to stay away for a very long time.

Paul Theroux is 68


Manila Children Jumping a Ride on a Jeepney

Manila Children Jumping a Ride on a Jeepney
Two small boys jumped on the back bumper of the jeepney I was in here in Manila and rode free today. I took a bus from La Union province to Angeles City, switch buses to a bus that said Avenida Manila, then got off the bus and tried to flag down a taxi. Well, the taxis and trikes were such crooks I decided better to take a Jeepney to Mabini. I finally have to admit, the Jeepneys are much better way to travel in Manila if you know how to use them. I do not enjoy arguing for rides, just makes me hate a country.

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Philippines
Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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Future leaders of the Philippines I suppose…



There were two of them, it was hilarious, the small one hollers out,
“Para.”

Parr Rah which mean stop in the Philippines language and also in Spanish if you care to know. Everyone in the Jeepney started to laugh when the boy hollered Para, as if he has a right to stop the Jeepney when he is not paying.


I asked this man why his jeepney had this on the back,
“Darwin the greatest man that ever lived.”

Curious, the man did not speak English, I find it amusing how they will use English in this manner yet not have any English skills. American so this with French in pretentious way, as if because we know two French words we are smarter. I now speak French and Spanish and when a person inserts words in a sentence, I often start to speak the language.

It was fun day with the Jeepneys, the Philippines has a never-ending story, a big question mark. I find I like the Honeymoon time in the Philippines but hate the marriage, it is time to get divorced, I leave tomorrow morning for the USA.

Manila Children Jumping a Ride on a Jeepney


Helping People to Study Travel

Helping People to Study Travel
Are you studying “how to travel?” You may say no, I am painfully aware many of you are studying how to travel. Readers come searching for answers and become frustrated, angry and recriminating,
“You did not answer my questions, your site is worthless.”

A person wrote me the other day, what can you explain about Mosquito Nets?

I have many readers say angry, you are stupid, and for example, they say,
“I know you don’t know anything about purified water?”

I don’t know this, I am not aware, if I only studied culture, if you did this, if you did that. I know what they want. They wants me answer their specific questions they do not care what I am writing about today. More correctly, they want me to make it so they do not have to work or study.

One time I remember getting frustrated,
“If you did one search on my site, you would find many pages, you just are too lazy.”

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Philippines
Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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What a persons wants, even though they do not know, I am painfully aware of this, they are asking questions like,
“Tell me everything you know about Mosquito Nets?”
“Tell me everything you know about Water?”
“Tell me everything you know about the Philippines?”

Well, it is not possible to do a Vulcan Mind Meld, but I constantly am trying to make this easier for readers.

Click on the link “Travel Drinking Water - Purified” below and you will find on the next page I have written 40 plus times about water.

This project will take me a year to complete, but I will slowly weave together my world and make you travel studying easier.

Helping People to Study Travel


90 Percent of Foreigners Marry Bargirls

90 Percent of Foreigners Marry Bargirls
90 percent of of Foreigners or Expats in the Philippines or Thailand, not the world.

I believe a healthy person studies love. How can I give or receive love unless I understand what love is to me, or better yet, what love is not. I am always happy when a man or woman finds a mate, a companion for life, I am positive man do not care much about the who, when, where, why, what, how, and how much.



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Philippines
Sunday, October 18, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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I have been interviewing people in the Philippines and Thailand for years; I drill my Thailand Girlfriend with the questions. It has become a focal point in our relationship because the people automatically treat her as a prostitute when she is walking with me. She is ashamed to walk with me, it is truly a problem, she refuses to talk to me in general Thai public.

The question comes,
“What percentage of men in Thailand are marrying bargirls?”
If only 10 percent than my girlfriend is paranoid. I believe 98 percent of the foreigners in Thailand marry bargirls.



“What percentage of men in the Philippines marries bargirls?”

There are many scenarios.

1. Girls are and he knows it and married anyway.
2. Do not know and married.
3. Denies he married this type of girl.
4. Does not call a bargirl a “P.”

I interviewed two people from the Philippine, one a women who has lived in the Philippines for about 20 years.

Interview Woman Expat
She says,
“90 percent marry bargirls here in the Philippines.”
I asked,
“How do you know?”

35 Year old Philippines Man
He said,
“90 percent of Foreigners are with bargirls.”

He is the owner of a small canteen, wise, and open to conversations, truly does not hide behind the typical Filipino shame or denial systems. It was a curious conversation with him vacillating between cultures, trying to be western, but then reverting to Filipino.
“How do you know?”

The answer to how you know was the same for both the foreigner Expat woman and the Filipino. They said, you can tell by the way they dress, maybe more lipstick, maybe high heels, etc, however there is some stereotypical view they have of bargirls and the can recognize it when they see. In the end, he said,
“If you want to meet a nice girl, take her to Baguio.”

My Thailand girl invited me to leave the city to talk with her, she was so afraid of her own culture, she knew she must leave here city. I seldom find married couple returning the city of their youth; they more or less need a geographical cure.

Here is a good quotes about Thailand,

“10% farang males marry bargirls and the remaining 90% non-bar girls ??? I don't know where you got that figure from, but it seems like you got your stats back to front. Or maybe its just the social circles I move in ??
- Cognos
Mini Survey Marry Thai Bar Girls

“Could it be White Knight Syndrome? Planeloads of lonely, kind-hearted guys arrive in Thailand each day and there are plenty of damsels apparently in distress to choose from.”
Nice Guys Marry Thai P

"Should Have Told Me”
- rontheneq
Maried to Former P

I am tempted to say that man has an unlimited ability to forgive, however I know I am wrong, I would just be subjugating my morals into all the Expats. In reality, I know, they just do not care, and for many, it is as good as it gets. It is obvious many men divorced their wives and came to Thailand or the Philippines to upgrade who whom they sleep.

I find having friends incredibly difficult in countries where girls are considered trash when they talk to foreigners. It is incredibly difficult to make friends with Thai or Filipino people, the Expats, well they are kind of like the girls they marry.

90 Percent of Foreigners Marry Bargirls


Fighting the Ageing Process

Fighting the Ageing Process
“The problem with aging is the mind can plan things and the body refuses to obey”
- Walt W.

The problem I have with old people is they forget they are old.
- Andy Graham

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Philippines
Sunday, October 18, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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I have been writing to readers now for over 10 years, I have zero desire to be famous. However, I want piles of money, not so I can buy something, but so I can age or die gracefully or ungracefully as I wish. I am having many mixed up feelings; I have decided to introduce myself to you my readers. There were too many reasons to start putting my photo on this Travel Journal, the reasons broke the camels back, tipped the scales and now I have a desire to introduce myself.

“Hello, my name is Andy Graham, this is who I am.”

Writing is a craft, it is a devious craft, I can portray myself any way I wish, I can make myself a muscle man, I can portray myself as sinner or saint. I can build up a good story, stack the deck in my favor, and weave a tale that is meant to change your life. I know of one good reason to write, while talking to you, I changed my life, it was hard for me remain the same, every new idea made me accept change. I also know, that body language is 90 percent of a conversation and sometimes my body can explain where words fail.

Well, I am trying to take photos of myself, but I lack motivation. Taking photos is about seeing the essence of a person and somehow snapping the photo when you see it. I have been trying to learn the art of photographing people for years, I can tell you this, it is not my forte, I am a cultural photographer, not a people photographer. There in lies the dilemma, how can I take photos of myself, they all seem to turn out as if I took a photo of a 53-year-old man.

I said,
“The problem I have with old people is they forget they are old.
- Andy Graham

I was talking with my tech or coder in India on Skype.com, I needed to remind him,
“Yes, maybe I know more about doing this than you, which does not mean I can remember. Please remember you are half my age, my brain has started to misplace data.”

I think old people get off-topic; this is my daily goal when talking, writing or thinking, to keep a contiguous line of thought going.

“At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all.”
-- Author Unknown

I am grateful in the first year of my sobriety, some 22 years ago; I accepted that people do not think about me, they think about themselves. I am 100 percent positive, many of you did not read the last line of the post.

Fighting the Ageing Process


Is Haiti Dangerous in 2009

Is Haiti Dangerous in 2009
Many readers have voted to send me to Haiti; I thought I would try to access the danger in Haiti. Below there are two columns of statistics, one from the United Nations more or less and the other from Wikipedia.org.

The Vote is still open, you can still vote, Haiti is not winning.
Vote to send Andy to a country of readers choice.



Haiti is close the USA, as best I know my ability to speak French is needed. This is all fun stuff, I am sort of hoping readers choose Haiti or Cuba above Bhutan not because of safety, but because of cold, I think Bhutan is cold, I am more afraid of cold than Haiti.

Madagascar is doing great; I wonder if this is influenced by the movie, so far the vote is slow. I think readers are more jaded than I thought, they truly do not trust people. I have only one rule so far, that I am not going to return to countries I have already visited. I plan on allowing readers to vote again and again as I visit the countries they choose, this is not a one-time feature.

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Philippines
Friday, October 16, 2009


Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at for more than I paid, sorry.

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Homicide rate per 100,000 pop Country or Area


61.1   Colombia
56.4   El Salvador
45.7   Cote d'Ivoire
39.5   South Africa
36   Angola
35.4   Burundi
35.2   Congo, Democratic Republic of the
34   Sierra Leone
33.7   Jamaica
32.5   Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
30.8   Brazil
30.1   Belize
29.7   Russian Federation
29.1   Central African Republic
28.6   Sudan
26.6   Rwanda
26.3   Guatemala
26.1   Tanzania, United Republic of
24   Equatorial Guinea
22.9   Zambia
22.7   Saint Kitts and Nevis
22.5   Bahamas
21.5   Botswana
21.3   Saint Lucia
21   Philippines
20.2   Mozambique
20.2   Niger
19.3   Ethiopia
19.2   Guyana
19   Chad
18.9   Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)
18.9   Puerto Rico
18.8   Congo
18.5   Cambodia
18.1   Burkina Faso
18   Malawi
18   Mali
17.8   Paraguay
17.7   Nigeria
17.4   Nicaragua
17.3   Guinea
17.1   Gabon
16.8   Dominican Republic
16.8   Ecuador
16.8   Liberia
16.3   Guinea-Bissau
16.1   Cameroon
16   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
15.9   Eritrea
15.7   Burma (Myanmar)
15.2   Mauritania
15.2   Papua New Guinea
15.1   Barbados
14.2   Senegal
13.8   Honduras
13.7   Togo
13.7   Trinidad and Tobago
13.5   Gambia
13.4   Panama
13.3   Lesotho
13.1   Mongolia
12.8   Namibia
12.7   Benin
12.7   Swaziland
11.9   Kazakhstan
11.8   Suriname
11.7   Madagascar
11.7   Timor-Leste (East Timor)
11.6   Ghana
10.9   Mexico
10.7   Cape Verde
10.3   Dominica
9.9   Nauru
9.3   Comoros
9.1   Lithuania
8.9   Indonesia
8.6   Latvia
8.4   Zimbabwe
8.3   Anguilla
8.3   Belarus
8.2   Thailand
8.1   Kyrgyzstan
8   Ukraine
7.8   Turkmenistan
7.7   Antigua and Barbuda
7.3   Costa Rica
7.3   Uganda
7.2   Moldova, Republic of
7.2   Sri Lanka
6.9   Turkey
6.7   Estonia
6.7   Iraq
6.7   Kenya
6.6   Albania
6.5   Kiribati
6.2   Georgia
6   Cuba
5.9   United States of America
5.5   Chile
5.5   India
5.4   Lao People's Democratic Republic
5.4   Sao Tome and Principe
5.3   Argentina
5.3   Bolivia
5.3   Haiti
4.9   Grenada
4.7   Uruguay
4.3   Bhutan
4.2   Guam
4   Palestinian Territory
3.8   Viet Nam
3.6   Montenegro
3.6   Pakistan
3.5   Djibouti
3.5   Seychelles
3.5   Uzbekistan
3.4   Afghanistan
3.3   Somalia
3.2   Saudi Arabia
3.1   Bulgaria
3.1   Monaco
3   Peru
2.9   Iran, Islamic Republic of
2.9   Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
2.9   Liechtenstein
2.9   Switzerland
2.8   Finland
2.6   Israel
2.6   United Kingdom - Scotland
2.5   Armenia
2.5   Mauritius
2.5   Yemen
2.4   Azerbaijan
2.4   Lebanon
2.4   Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
2.4   Romania
2.4   Tajikistan
2.4   United Kingdom - Northern Ireland
2.3   Bangladesh
2.3   Slovakia
2.2   China
2.2   Czech Republic
2.2   Korea, Republic of (South)
2.1   Belgium
2.1   Hungary
2.1   Maldives
2.1   Nepal
2.1   Oman
2   Croatia
2   Malaysia
1.8   Bosnia and Herzegovina
1.8   Cyprus
1.8   Marshall Islands
1.7   Malta
1.7   Poland
1.7   Tunisia
1.6   France
1.6   United Kingdom - England & Wales
1.5   Canada
1.5   New Zealand
1.5   Slovenia
1.5   Solomon Islands
1.4   Algeria
1.4   Andorra
1.4   Brunei Darussalam
1.4   Kuwait
1.4   Netherlands
1.4   Portugal
1.4   Serbia
1.3   Australia
1.2   Italy
1.2   Jordan
1.2   Spain
1.2   Sweden
1.2   Syrian Arab Republic
1.1   Bermuda
1.1   Denmark
1.1   Ireland
1.1   Samoa
1   Bahrain
1   Germany
1   Greece
1   Iceland
1   Tonga
1   Vanuatu
0.9   Micronesia, Federated States of
0.9   Palau
0.8   Norway
0.8   Qatar
0.7   Austria
0.7   Egypt
0.7   Fiji
0.7   United Arab Emirates
0.6   Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
0.5   Japan
0.5   Morocco
0.5   Singapore
0.4   Luxembourg
58  Honduras
50  Sierra Leone
49  Jamaica
48  Venezuela
48  El Salvador
47  Guatemala
42.31  Trinidad and Tobago
40  Angola
37.3  South Africa
36  Colombia
33  Somalia
33  Liberia
30.8  Belize
25.7  Brazil
23.57  Dominican Republic
21  Iraq
18.8  Puerto Rico
16.9  Ecuador
16.5  Russia
13.63  Swaziland
12.9  Panama
12.33  Paraguay
12  Nicaragua
11.94  Mongolia
11.5  Kazakhstan
11.5  Haiti
10.3  Suriname
10  Mexico
9.06  Papua New Guinea
8.48  Kyrgyzstan
8.44  Zimbabwe
8.13  Lithuania
7.92  Thailand
7.89  Zambia
7.68  Costa Rica
7.53  Belarus
7.49  Barbados
7.39  Seychelles
7.37  Uganda
7.29  Georgia
7.04  Ukraine
7  Estonia
6.86  Pakistan
6.69  Sri Lanka
6.47  Latvia
6.35  Namibia
6.23  Turkey
5.8  United States
5.72  Kenya
5.68  Albania
5.54  Peru
5.48  Ethiopia
5.27  Argentina
4.8  Moldova
4.3  Uruguay
4.17 (1998)  Djibouti
4.16  Montenegro
4.07  Côte d'Ivoire
4  Mauritius
3.98  Yemen
3.85  Palestine
3.82  Philippines
3.16 (1999)  Uzbekistan
3.08  Bulgaria
2.93  Iran
2.82  Bolivia
2.82  India
2.77 (1999)  Eritrea
2.74  Dominica
2.64  Bangladesh
2.51  Romania
2.5  Portugal
2.49  Armenia
2.48  Northern Ireland (UK)
2.41  Azerbaijan
2.36  China
2.31  Malaysia
2.26  Switzerland
2.18  South Korea
2.17  Finland
2.13  Scotland (UK)
2.08 (1999)  Libya
2.03  United Kingdom
2.01  Macedonia
2  New Zealand
1.9  Chile
1.87  Israel
1.86  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1.84  Nepal
1.8  Canada
1.75  Jordan
1.75  Malta
1.75 (1995)  Madagascar
1.66  Cyprus
1.64  Hungary
1.62  Croatia
1.59  France
1.59  Ireland
1.56  Bermuda
1.5  Slovenia
1.49  Belgium
1.46  Serbia
1.37  England,  Wales (UK)
1.33  Czech Republic
1.31  Slovakia
1.28  Poland
1.28  Maldives
1.28 (1996)  Niger
1.22  Tunisia
1.2  Australia
1.2  Spain
1.14  Syria
1.08  Vietnam
1.06  Italy
1.05  Indonesia
1.03  Iceland
0.99  Kuwait
0.98  Greece
0.95  Bahrain
0.92  United Arab Emirates
0.92  Saudi Arabia
0.91  Netherlands
0.9  Luxembourg
0.89  Sweden
0.88  Germany
0.88  Denmark
0.77  Qatar
0.76 (1999)  Mauritania
0.73  Austria
0.71  Norway
0.71 (1998)  Mali
0.64  Algeria
0.59  Oman
0.57  Lebanon
0.53  Morocco
0.5  Brunei
0.49  Hong Kong
0.44  Japan
0.39  Singapore
0.33  Senegal
 


Good Article by Guardian Newspaper in UK
UN Confusion Data
Murder Rate on Wikipedia.org

Is Haiti Dangerous in 2009