There is little empathy for other people on the planet. The saying,
"Walk a mile in another persons shoes."
This is the ideal, however just is noise, people do not even try.
Comments on this Travel Journal are incredibly revealing of how people empathize with the world.
Hoz, I think you are a Filipino American. This means you are NOT a White person, your ability to enjoy the Philippines is 80 percent different than mine. Generally I believe you want to avoid looking or admitting the true essence of your culture.
I understand the desire to say you are American, but this is politically correct, my family has been in the USA for 250 years, I do not relate to any other culture than the USA one. You relate, understand and know the Philippines culture, you are half Filipino and this is good, not bad.
You come here to see the good right of the top.
I do this too, but have a huge problem know how to avoid the crap.
When you read about some annoyance, I was not able to avoid it.
It is highly possible I have been to more places in the Philippine than you, I just do not list them all our.
Palawan, Cebu, Mindanao, Pagudpud, Subic, Vigan. Quezon, San Fernando, La Union and many cities around all these location.
I am positive I have been to more places than the other whites I know or meet. They do not have any desire to visit the country as does the majority of the tourist on the planet. If a person made a list of five places they wanted to visit on planet earth, only 1 in a 1000 would write down the Philippines. This is quite obvious, there are almost zero tourist in this country.
Funny part, it should be on their list, but truly the tourist industry here in the Philippines is one of the stupidest on the planet.
Hoz, please try to empathize with three main writing themes, this is a BUSINESS, I am in the Business of Travel Internet pages
1. TOP BACKPACKER
I have to admit I am one of the top travelers on the planet, I am one of the voices of the Backpacker, not the tourist. What I say sometime is taking literal and can get people in trouble.
2. HOBO THEME
I have a Hobo theme, this is a ragged, devil be cared, do not care person.
3. TRAVEL WRITER
I am a writer.
I would be negligent to deny I am classified as these things, whether true or untrue in the political correct mindless view of readers, I am defined as this.
You keep trying to promote the good part of the Philippines.
I am also trying to do this, but I am telling the audience, you will have to walk through some crap to get there, and it is worth it.
99 percent of Backpacker avoid the Philippines and I advise them to do so, this place is triple the price of normal BACKPACK countries. I am more a Backpacker than a Tourist, I go for years, you Hoz come and visit, you are not going to pay 1000's of fat earned dollars for a normal trip, you are want the best piece of pie.
ROLLING with the PUNCHES
Funny shit, truly hilarious, if there is one thing I have proven more than any human on planet earth, I can handle the crap that other cultures deal out. I have been moving perpetually for over 11 years, almost 12 and have no desire to stop. I do not station in one country, I move at least every 2 months to another city, I am one of the only people on the planet that has not given up.
I have people tell me to give up, I think this is too stupid for words, this is who I am, I cannot give up, this is me.
Sadly, you are trying to induce me to be a typical Travel Writer who paints a load of crap and cliches on a canvas, says the world is nice, poor people are good people who did not get a chance and all the other assine noise. I cannot stand to read Travel Writers or Bloggers, they have a genetic propensity to lie.
The Philippines is a rare and beautiful flower wrapped in a bulletproof covering of pig crap. Sadly the only tourist friendly place in this country is Angeles City.
If you accept this country is encased in corruption, babies, crap, Filipino people who act incredibly stupid and say incredibly stupid things, this is an. Then you are ready to come and enjoy the place.
They have killed 100 Journalist here, this is a statement of how you think Hoz, the Philippines people are good, but they also want to hide behind excuses.
I love the happy girls here, the cleaning lady said hello sir. I do not get this in most countries, I just get ignored.
The Prime Directive of travel is to enjoy ourselves, there is no righteous path by enjoying the culture or tourist destinations, this is following another persons dream.
Culturally the Philippines is similar to Africa, they are all waiting for another country to come and fix them. The world no longer goes to other countries and try to take over, they allow countries to do as they wish.
All is rather hopeless until the Philippines people stop having babies, even africa has a handle on this and are living in better conditions than the Philippines.
They are happy, and this is great.
In a primitive culture, when a hotel is not making money, they raise the cost of a room. They do not become more competitive. The Philippine continues to want to be the same as the USA, and it is truly a poor Asian country with a lot of enclaves of Rich Filipinos and Trailer Trash Rich Americans and Aussies.
Agriculture is one of the few things they do good.
The goal of the people is not to improve, the goal is to leave.
You are not waiting, you are leaving, and I should not need to be enlightend to find this better side.
There is the Sin of False Pride rampant.