1 Why I live in the Philippines on Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:36 pm
Well here it is, the only place on earth…
…Where every street has a basketball court.
…Where even lawyers and engineers are unemployed.
…Where doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad.
…Where students pay more money than they will earn afterwards.
…Where school is considered the second home and the mall considered the third.
…Where call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses.
…Where mutineers get elected senators.
…Where luxury cars are being destroyed.
…Where the press people are the most powerful.
…Where the priest knew everything about politics
…Where everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition.
…Where mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places.
…Where you can buy school diploma on the street.
…Where everything can be forged.
…Where Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas.
…Where people cross the street under the overpass and not using the overpass.
…Where crossing the street involves running for your dear life.
…Where the personal computer is mainly used for games and Friendster
…Where protesters with anti-American sentiments are wearing a pair of Hanes and Levis .
…Where street protest is 12/7 activities and considered a living.
…Where colonial mentality is dishonestly denied!
…Where 4 a.m. is not even considered bedtime yet.
…Where people can pay to defy the law.
…Where everything and everyone is spoofed.
…Where even the poverty-stricken get to wear Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger
…Where the honking of car horns is a way of life.
…Where floodwaters take up more than 90 percent of the streets during the rainy season.
…Where everyone has a relative abroad who keeps them alive.
…Where wearing made in the Philippines clothes makes you baduy.
…Where even the poverty-stricken have the latest cell phones.
…Where insurance and educational plan do not work.
…Where the government makes the people pray for miracles.
…Where fast food is a diet meal.
…Where traffic signs are merely suggestions, not regulations.
…Where the definition of traffic is the ‘non-movement’ of vehicles.
…Where the WWII fighter planes are used for military engagements, and the new fighter planes are displayed in museums.
…Where cigarettes and alcohol are necessity, and where the lottery is a commodity.
…Where soap operas tell the realities of life and where the news provides the drama.
…Where actors make the rules and where politicians provide the entertainment.
…Where people can get away with stealing billions of pesos, but not a thousand.
…Where being an hour late is still considered punctual.
…Where late departure (ferry or plane) is considered normal.
…Where the squatters have more to complain (even if they do not pay their tax) —-
than those employed and have their tax automatically deducted from their salaries.
… and where everyone wants to leave the country!
According to Manila businessman, there is so much wit in the Philippines because ‘. . .
we are a country where a good sense of humor is needed to survive. This is the reason why amazingly Filipinos are one of the happiest people in the world.
We have a 24-hour comedy show here called the government and a huge reserve of comedians made up mostly of politicians and bad actors.
Now I ask you where else in the world would one want to live?
"True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing."