Philippines Travel Stories, Page 3

Snails in Philippines

Snails in Philippines
I found two large snails on the plants outside my room here in the Philippines. This typhoon or tropical storm Parma has dropped so much water on the ground it is saturated.



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Philippines
Saturday, October 10, 2009

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Snail number two



Looking out the doorway at the plants where I discovered the snails.It was still raining when I took these photos, maybe a steady rain for about three days.

Snails in Philippines


Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern

Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern
The Philippines Typhoon I believe has decided to sit on top of the North Luzon Island in the Philippines. The last time I was able to check it was moving at eight miles per hour. It has been blowing rain horizontally under the door of my room.

The wind, rain, noise has been blowing now for three days, I want it to BLOW OVER, and go away. I have no electricity. I cannot check the weather because of no television. Water is going to become scarce; I should drink bottle water now.

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Philippines
Friday, October 9, 2009

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I am in a concrete room that was built about two feet above the ground level, all the water flows away from my room. If I can keep it from coming in the windows, my fortress of concrete protects me, I am one of the lucky ones.

I know within 50 meters of my room, there are people who live in squatty looking shacks, down hill from the road, downhill from everything, where I know their one room homes are full of water.

No Daily Bread
The Philippines is rich in water, this country is under the “Resource Curse,” food grows easy, it is plentiful.

Because food is plentiful, the people live one day a time; they do not keep cupboards full of canned foods. They live on fresh food, fish and plenty of rice. Their jobs are also one day at a time; the money they earn today buys the rice they eat tonight.

How do you earn money in the middle of a Typhoon, as best I can tell the business comes almost to a stop. The minimal scrounge money earned by the people at the bottom dries up and they stop having their daily rice. If the rain stops, all will return to normal, if it does not, they will slowly become poor. Nobody is going to starve, it takes more than a week to starve to death, but this situation is miserable. The weak, old, batter people are going to suffer, many will die. Saving up for a rainy day, this is good platitude, I know in the USA the savings is almost zero also, people are losing their houses because they lived hand to mouth, no savings.As best I can tell, the Philippines has plenty of food for their people, there is food everywhere to be purchased. However, they are not going to just give it to their neighbor. There are babies that will not be fed for a few days.

Well, I my computer battery is going to die; I need to post this and say goodbye. My life is great, normal stuff in countries like the Philippines. I know people forget, they try to equate this country, as being modern, even though it is 102 on the Human development scale, there is this idea all is great.

I can always walk from my modern Hotel room, with WIFI, Cable TV, Electricity and running water to poverty in 5 minutes. I can find a person who does not know how hot water works, who does not speak English, who earns 4 dollars per day. Just by making a five-minute walk in any direction I am in a different world. I find that most people want to say the Philippines is modern, I know as I type away on this computer in a dry concrete room, about 90 percent of the homes around me are drenched. One day at a time trying to fight the winds, rains and a Philippines Typhoon.

There has now been three Typhoons while I have been in the Philippines, this is not a new problem. Being defenseless and at the bottom is normal here, what is not normal is modern.

Five Minutes from Modern
I decided I need to prove it, to prove that I can walk five minutes from Modern in the Philippines and find flooded house wrapped up in poverty it is only 7:00 in the morning, not a nice day here in La Union, Philippines.

Five Typhoon Videos

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Five Minutes from Modern



How Many Day it has Rained and Boiling Water



Philippines Never Ending Rain Pouring Down



People Sticking Their Heads out Windows, one House has 12 people in it. (Probably the best of the five.)



Mother with Four Children using dust pans to push water out of house and two babies being carried to Trikes.



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I published the videos and this post from a Hotel with a Generator. And for some reason the Internet started to work just as I was finished preparing them...

It is still raining outside, an amazing amount of water drops out of these Philippines skies.

Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern


The Wanna Follow Group

The Wanna Follow Group
A person or company can earn millions or billions of dollars by appealing to a group me and Boy Genius from India are calling the
“Wanna Follow Group.”

Chuck wrote in a comment about wanting to tap into the
“Fountain of never-ending Internet money.”

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Philippines
Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Yesterday a man from England explained,
“When a person accepts they must work to earn money, they can start to earn money.”

I read there is new slang calling the youth the
“So Gen.”

The “Social Generation,” whereby people are connecting with Social Networks such as Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Friendster and the other new one that is started today. I feel anti-social because I refuse to join everyone that invades my email box.

A French guy working in Manila said,
“Communication is destroying communication.”

Ok, I admit, I have floater…
A “floater,” happens when I am hard at work in the morning while I am working on my computer, tweaking and slowly evolving HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideOut.com to better levels.

As I work away in my self-absorbed computer hypnotic state created when I look at a computer screen, I have thought that floats across my mind.
“’Today the wanna follow group finds my Internet Sites.”

I feel like a Gold Miner with my donkey, we wake up every morning; I grab my pick and shovel, take the hobble off the donkey and the two of us ramble on down to the creek bed. Whereby, I proceed to toil away by the sweat of my brow because a dream is pushing at my backside.

I blame this all on Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, eating that apple doomed me to a life of endless work. Or more correctly, I am grateful to have something to do all day to pass my days away, I have a few projects to keep my mind busy and out of trouble.

Who is the “Wanna Follow Group?”

When a person tells me,
“You need to get on Facebook.com”
“You need to use Digg.com.”
“You should get rid of Yahoo Mail and switch to Gmail.”
“FireFox is better than Internet Explorer.”
“Chrome is better than FireFox.”

I want to join the group, I want to fit in, I want to follow the group, I want to be part of the
“Wanna Follow Group.”

Another Expat here in the Philippines said,
“Sayings and slogans structure the lives of Filipinos.”

A Filipino girl sent a text message,
“If you come across something good, you should hold on and never let it go… Life offers you a thousand chances; all you have to do is take one.”

The fountain of never-ending Internet money comes when an internet site taps the wanna follow group that are busying following to follow you.
I told Boy Genius,
“real value always has real value.”

I like to talk, it is my avocation in life, I am amazed how many people are too busy to talk, I told someone.
“I must be rich, I am never busy.”

I was takiing you down a confusing path, were you able to find the correct one?

The Wanna Follow Group


Drunken Sailor Travel Budget

Drunken Sailor Travel Budget
There is always a better way to explain budgets, I have said in the past,
“Splurge Travel Budget”
“Credit Card Travel Budget.”
“I’m rich and your poor budget.”
“I’m going back to my job budget.”

“I am on Vacation Budget.”

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Philippines
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at three times the price, sorry.

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I am fascinated by observing people spend money.

I sometimes stop in Greenwich Pizza here in the Philippine and buy a Pepperoni Pizza for 139 Pesos. The person behind the counter ask,
“What would you like to drink?”
I say,
“Nothing.”
She may get the manager to come over and speak better English.
I say,
“I do not want a drink.”

Sometimes they bring me water and this is greatly appreciated, I just do not like to purchase sugar water, it gives me a loser feeling.

I am encouraged by the world to spend money like a Drunken Sailor, and when I do not, they call me
“Cheap.”

I am confused, I know there is nothing in my mind that compels me to spend money like a drunken sailor; I know there is something wrong with me. I for some reason have the money to wander around the world and
“Work at doing nothing all day.”

One of the biggest insults on planet earth is to call someone cheap they even have a moniker here, called a “Cheap Charlie.”

Here is a classic song, called “Hey Big Spender, which seems to be the aspiration of the planet, to be a big spender. I do not mind that people are big spenders, I am curious if they know why they are motivated to be a big spender.

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Do animals introspect?

Drunken Sailor Travel Budget


Philippines Cultural Fatigue Examples

Philippines Cultural Fatigue Examples
Here are simple examples of cultural fatigue here in the Philippines. A person will experience varying degrees of cultural fatigue when they travel, from small annoyances to a shock.

Nobody can escape cultural fatigue, you may find yourself feeling,
“I am tired, something just ain’t right.”

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Philippines
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009

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Causes of Cultural Fatigue
My mind is trained to expect certain things to happen, this is automatic no conscious thought required. When I am required to think, I slowly become mentally fatigued.



Example One of Cultural Fatigue

List of Adjustments I need to make or accept:

1. No Hot Water
- I needed to accept, or wait about 15 minutes for the hot water to travel from the central hot water tank to my room.

2. Faucets handles turn wrong directions
- Every time I tried to turn on or off, I need to check myself; I actually walked away a few times with the water running.

3. Laundry Soap
- I am carrying laundry soap just in case I cannot find a laundry.

4. Drain Plug
- Funny problem, truly it is abnormal to even have a way to plug the drain, however, this hotel did have a plug of sorts. I needed to twist it vertically with my fingers to open. The problem was this, it kept closing. If I were not careful, there would be standing water in the sink that did not drain.

5. Shave with Soap
- I purchased a small container of shaving cream in the huge supermarket of Robinsons Mall, It ran out, I must return to a very large store to grocery to purchase again, and it is difficult to purchase in small convenience shops. In the USA, I use an electric razor. I like to use a single blade razor, however very difficult to purchase, I must accept the double bladed disposables.



Example Two of Cultural Fatigue

List of Adjustments I need to make or accept:

1. The floor in the shower does not tilt or flow towards the drain there is standing water in the shower. Standing water causes an increase in insects and other slimy problems.

2. Corner protrudes near the shower head; I cannot just stand under it and shower.

3. This large garbage bucket is a backup water system, or for some cultures it can be a way to take a dip shower. I appreciate a backup water system. Sometimes these are full of disgusting water, sometimes they are left empty. The hotel provides no instructions as why it is there. I filled it up so I would have water for a dip shower ready to use.

4. Dipper
--- These dippers are used by people to pour water down the back of their butt to clean after using the toilet. I am not going to explain all the problems, I carry my own dipper.

Conclusion

I needed to make nine cultural adjustments just to use the “Restroom” in America, the “Toilet” in Europe and the “Comfort Room” in the Philippines.

If you tally up the complete list of adjustments needed in the course of one day here in the Philippines you would be astounded. Just a trip from Indiana to New York City could cause a person to say,
“I needed to go home to relax.”

Solution
Minimize the cultural adjustments needed, and maximize your activities that energize your self-esteem.
(Oversimplified, but essentially correct.)

I heard a great quote the other day about the Philippines,
“The women anesthetize the men.”

I do not have a small Filipina girl in tow; I am 100 percent aware the Expat men here need these women to survive emotionally

People ask me what I like about the USA, I will say,
“Fitted Sheets.”
The rule of law would fly over their heads.

I give thousands of small travel tips; there is a reason for these travel tips. I have been able to travel for almost 12 years continually moving, continually changing locations.

When I misspell a word, or write a sentence awkward, backwards or as a sentence fragment, this causes you to think and is a variation of the cultural fatigue.

By the way, the hotel I was explaining was owned by an American, sometimes they go native.

Philippines Cultural Fatigue Examples


Philippines Sirens Song

Philippines Sirens Song

“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
- From the book, Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll



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Philippines
Southeast Asia
Monday, October 5, 2009

Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at three times the price, sorry.

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“If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.”
- From the book, Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll



There are two ways to retire, walking around the mall, or driving your Harley towards the setting sun. The Philippines is the place for your last hurrah, where people ungracefully come to admit they are retired, however to the young it is the Sirens Song.

Sirens Song
“Once he hears to his heart's content, sails on, a wiser man.”
- The Odyssey
Greek epic poems attributed to Homer.

Odyssey
An epic voyage where the
“plot, and the fact that events are shown to depend as much on the choices made by women and serfs as on the actions of fighting men.”

I am leaving the Philippines on the 21st of October,

Philippines Sirens Song


Philippines Typhoon Gossip

Philippines Typhoon Gossip
The Typhoon gossip I heard was, there is a Laguna Lake south of Manila that was drained. Then along the way rich Filipino people constructed homes in the lakebed area. Well, when typhoon “Odnoy” that is also called for its international name: “Ketsana” hit, the high water flooded these rich people’s homes.

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Philippines
Southeast Asia
Sunday, October 4, 2009

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Tst Tst Tst, we cannot have that, so there is a push to release “Calamity Funds.”

Please this is Gossip, any relevancy to truth is only accidental, there is no collaboration of information, this is gossip, and as normal with Gossip, to find out the truth is to remove the juiciness. I am a Philippines outsider and plan on keeping it that way, about the time I truly understood, it would be best to already be gone.

Philippines Typhoon Gossip


Philippines Typhoon Transportation

Philippines Typhoon Transportation
You ever take a car taxi that refused to take you to your destination? Maybe drop you off a block away…

Philippine Typhoons have caused the streets of Manila to flood, the taxi drivers in Manila are the champions of crooked, they are the epitome of what I hate in taxi drivers, and there is none worst on the planet. They will screw you in a heartbeat.



A bicycle with sidecar used for small taxi in Manila, Philippines.

I wanted to go to Robinsons Mall the other day, I was bored, the rain was miserable, and there was nothing to do. The normally stereotypical Expat was bellied up to the bar, smoking cigarettes with their rent-to-own small Filipina girl, they were in pig heaven. I am a square peg trying to fit into a round hole foreigner here in the Philippines.

Rain, Rain, Rain, what can I do?

I decided to go to Robinsons Mall, I have brand new shoes that were sent to me from the USA, and I want them to last a year. If I walk to the mall they will start the downward path to fast, I want to optimize my life; I decided to take a taxi. I realized in the horrible storm a few days ago during the worst of it, only two types of taxis were working, the tricycles and the horse drawn carriages.

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Philippines
Southeast Asia
Sunday, October 4, 2009

Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at three times the price, sorry.

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Fear of flooded streets from the Typhoon or Tropical storm rains prompted me to take the tricycle and make this video.



I negotiated 30 Peso or about 70 cents USA for him to pedal me to Robinson Mall.

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I am told this is the best link to monitor typhoons and tropical storms in the Philippines. I do not monitor the weather; my life is too short to pay attention to things I need to accept.

http://metocph.nmci.navy.mil/jtwc.php

Philippines Typhoon Transportation