Foreigners complaining

Hello, I have been here just over Eighteen years already. Married to my Filipina since 2000. I knew when I left the UK that was coming to a third World country and that things would be very different to what I was used to.

What I do dislike is the Foreigner who comes here either from Germany, America or wherever and go on all the time about the way things are here.

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Some with too much money in the bank think they own the place and constantly complain and insult the Philippine people and their politicians and way of life.

I knew what to expect when I left the UK and have been happy here ever since. Best thing I ever did was to move here.

I do not go around here after sundown, I dont frequent Bars or Girlie bars. After 18 years here i think we have been out after dark maybe 3 times.

For those who are always complaining I say…..

try greeting Pinoys with a smile and a handshake, you will find they return the compliment.

So many complainers!

So many complainers!

When it comes to their way they do things, their Politics Ect. leave them alone. dont make rude comments and insult them. They are nice friendly people and very hospitable.

We can NOT change their way of life, Nor do we have the right to do so.

I have heard foreigners shouting across crowded Malls at their very embarrassed ladys. Not nice at all. I have heard foreigners shouting at counter staff that they could buy them. Very bad that attitude.

To those People I say Either adapt or shut up. Accept the way of life here or go home! Plenty of Taxi’s only too happy to drive you to the Airport) as the rest of us do not want you here spoiling it for the rest of us.

At the time of writing I have 10 filipino workmen rebuilding our house. Nicest bunch of guys you could meet. I am greeted with a smile and a “Good Morning” Sir every morning and they never fail to sat Good night at the end of their day.

I like many others actually love it here. This is MY choice of country and where I will live till I die. This is a beautiful Country with beautiful people.

The attitude of some Foreigners here is appalling to say the least.

Adjust or go home!

William.

 

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Born in the UK in 1942 in the county of Sussex, I lived in the midlands for 35 years before settling in the Philippines.

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I agree with you. I have been visiting here since 2007 and now married for past 5 years. Love the country. Also, believe it or, also love the food!
I love being warm all the time. So many good things here. Adapt, as you say!

Gary
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Gary

Are you complaining?

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

I have been in and out of the Philippines since Marcos was President, and every President since. I move here full time in 1994 when F.V. Ramos was President and I built a house and have resided here since. The thing that makes me smile is the visitor who goes online and complains about other people complaining. I refuse to apologise for the amount of money I saved during all the years I was single and working on ships and the pensions I earned. If others failed to provide for their retirement years that is on then (I fully retired… Read more »

JOHN EIKER
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JOHN EIKER

Great reply. I’m like you Paul, I’ve been coming to the Philippines since 1961 while serving in the U.S. Navy and yes I’m an American and damn proud of it. I’m married to a Filipina and have three children and ten grandchildren. We built a house in a great area. I too saved and invested, collect pensions, even Social Security and we lead a good life here. I’ve loved the Filipino people ever since my first visit in 1961 and I made many visits, met my wife over thirty years ago. I complain sometimes about events that have occurred, even… Read more »

Gezel
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Gezel

I think it’s not about the complainer per se, but the situation this man/woman is in. I will give a true example it happened to my husband he is English we had been here since 2015, early this year we went to Ace Hardware in SM here to replace a broken part from Black and Decker we were told they will order it in Manila 2 weeks top, we came back no parts till it was already 3 months, still no part my husband was already stressed at this point talked to the store manager in a raised voice (… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I guess he singled out Americans simply because they tend to be the most insecure foreigners on these shores, tending to brag a lot, and are definitely in the majority when it comes to criticising the Philippines. I am not saying all yanks are the same but I am aware many seem to be tared with the same brush. Aussies and Poms seem to be far more secure in themselves and tend to get on with their lives and seem far less critical. We must keep in mind we foreigners are visitors in this country. I’m not saying if you… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Mike; I disagree with your anti-American sentiments but did like that one comment of yours. “Filipinos won’t change their culture and their “bad habits” just for us and you can’t expect them to” Whether we like it or not, we as visitors, have to make the adjustments. Wow putting down your hosts, But then you went ahead ant tared everyone with one brush. But left out the British and Australians. As one of those Americans I have lived here in peace and harmony with all my neighbors for over 26 years, I have been visiting this country since the mid… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

You are one person that fits the bill, the type of yank I am talking about. I am not lecturing you just telling you as it is…Who really cares about what you did in your navy days. I am sure no one but a few (maybe a dozen or so) fellow navy guys are in the slightest bit interested in your persistent ravings..becomes a little boring after a while. And for your record I have lived here for 20 odd years, also in peace and harmony, so you would have to agree I am qualified in what I say. For… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Mike; Well thank you for rambling and explaining your odd years here. My point was not only have I lived with our hosts in their country but also worked with them on both US Navy ships, but also US Flagged Merchant ships. (And that was the point) But you seemed to have missed that and turned it into a rant against me and the US Navy, as you rushed to post your angry convoluted response. I’ve met Australians all over Asia and during many port visits to your country. But unlike you I didn’t stereotype them as I’ve not met… Read more »

wayne swallow
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I am a Australian living in Davao & have met whinger’s from most countrys including my own.U can’t stereotype people’s nationality as every individual is different.I’ve even met some whinging Philipino’s but 99% of them that I have met are nice people but there are some who wish to take advantage of foreigners.But back in my Australia there are also those people who will take advantage of anyone given a chance.Basically my point is there is both good & bad anywhere u go in the world.Chose ur friends carefully & it always pay’s to be sceptical of a new aquantance… Read more »

Mark B
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Mark B

I’m one of those soldiers that has served in East Timor and resided in Darwin, so I thank you for your support. Currently living in Newcastle NSW, discharged after 20 years service and now mining. My wife of 26 years and I are looking at our future in the Philippines in the very near future.

Mike R
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Mike R

I am a different Mike and I have to say I find your attitude rude and negative – how can you say how OTHER people feel about Paul’s stories of his Navy days? I find them interesting and admire the service he has provided to his country and and the world. And I am NOT one of “a few (maybe a dozen or so) fellow navy guys” He is proud of his service, he is proud of his family, he is proud of his achievements and he is proud of his attitudes – and so he should be. I cannot… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Mike R;
Thank you sir, for your kind words, When people just attack because they can hide behind a keyboard than we must point out they are in error. That is a duty we all have to do. I often wonder if they talk to others like that face to face? I think not.

Luke Tynan
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Luke Tynan

William, I totally agree with you. I have lived here a total of 8 years now, 3 back in the early 1970’s and then moved back in 2013. I love it here and some of the ePats are making a bad name for al of us. But I bet they were just as bad in the home country. And they figured they would move because no one would put up with the way they acted. The people here are wonderful and always welling to smile and talk with me and all they expect is friendship and respect back. Thank you… Read more »

Jimmy Lewis
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Jimmy Lewis

I agree with William’s comments. Complaining will get you nowhere and is a waste of time. I am American retired here in 2012 and simply love this country and will die here. The people are wonderful,most don’t have much, but are always singing and happy in a country unknown to the spoiled elite.I live here like a King on a meager pension and share with locals when I can-When I put gas in my motor scooter I always give the attendant 20 pesos extra and always get a smile and thank you in return. The Western world has become spoiled… Read more »

Dan Finn
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Dan Finn

Hello Bill, You know, in theory I would be 100% in agreement with you if there were something to agree about. However, I have heard far more complaints about complainers than I have witnessed the complainers that you refer to. Besides, as far as the US is concerned, we have a special relationship. They come to the US and assume the USA is their birthright and for all practical purposes it is. Americans love Filipinos in the US. We come to the Philippines and feel as if the country were partly American. And we all act ourselves and most of… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Dan Flinn;
As a man who sailed countles Navy and Merchant ships, where normally on American ships the crew is up to 40% Filipino. Sometimes I worked for them and other times they worked for me. But always we respected each other, and would sit on the pier at night, me making a beer run and the Filipinos BBQing something good and passing the time as shipmates (WE ALL SHARED THE COST). Often Filipino’s crewmembers of other Flagged ships would wander over to join us. And no one complained. Once even a German ship.

Marty Lefler
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Marty Lefler

Amen William!!! I couldn’t agree more! We all have things to complain about; but I don’t have as much gripes here as I did in the U.S.!! I’ve been here 3 years, and the worst people I’ve met/seen have been foreigners….all but the 3 or 4 nice one’s I’ve met!! If they don’t like it, then don’t let the door hit you (too hard) on your way out!!!!

Gary L
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Gary L

The other comment is not me. I would never get on here with such few words and make a comments like that. I used to go by gcl but changed to Gary. I will use my first name and last initial now. I do want to say that a lot that is written here of the complaining, it can get you deported if they file a claim against you and they need some sort of evidence (witnesses). And I know about this very well. Not because I am doing these things. Here in the last few years, I have gotten… Read more »

Jack
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Complainers will complain, that’s what they are born into this life for. Let them complain as long as they don’t do anybody any harm, most of them are ignored anyway. I had a French man visit here not long ago, and he was complaining that I lived in a Jungle (a JUNGLE????) which he could never do, now get your head around that one!!, HE was complaining where I lived! LOL.
Regards

Jay Alexander
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Jay Alexander

Interesting concept… complaining about complainers. My goal is to be the best ambassador to the Philippines that I can be. The complainers who make themselves known raise my stock when my neighbors, friends, and acquaintances see that I’m striving to develop the heart of a Pinoy. There is little or nothing we can do the help the complainers other than to set a positive example like many of you do everyday. Let our good deeds make the difference!

PapaDuck
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PapaDuck

Jay,
Totally agree with what you say. Just let them be and be the best person you can be.

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