Today I went to the Bureau of Immigration here in Davao City to follow up on my son’s I-Card (Permanent residency card). I took the taxi from our house to the BOI. As soon as the taxi pulled in the gate I heard someone was yelling. When I looked up I saw a foreigner near the front door of the BOI complaining. Here before you can go inside you have to sign their logbook telling whats the purpose of your visit. When the guard handed me the logbook I asked her what is the problem with this guy yelling at them? She then told me that the guy was mad that he is not allowed to go inside the BOI because he is not wearing long pants. I just said that “Ah, Okay.” While I was writing, another lady who was there to pick up something for her husband told the guy that was yelling that it’s the policy and we just have to follow. My goodness, he was really screaming then to that lady. I really thought at first he will hit the lady. I was just 2 feet away from the guy. I was really scared for him, because he could end up in jail or something. One of the personnel of the BOI already told the guard to call the police. I am really shocked that his wife or girlfriend did not inform him of the policy when entering the government offices here.
Really a lot of establishments here in the Philippines will not let somebody in if they are not wearing the proper dress code. Some restaurants would not also allow people here thats wearing shirt without sleeves (we call it sleeveless), also can’t go inside if wearing flip flops. For them its just disrespectful. For me It doesn’t bother me if people will wear shorts anywhere if thats what makes them comfortable. The only thing here is that they have rules, so we have to follow. It doesn’t mean that we have to agree with it.
So to all of you guys that are coming here to visit, I know first thing in our minds just bring shorts because its in the tropics. Not, you have to bring long pants. To be safe just long pants in case you go to those places that long pants are required or if you dine somewhere fancy.
Honestly, now I pretty much accept the lifestyle here. I could be like that guy before, getting mad easy. Now if we are aggravated or getting frustrated we just have our saying ready then with a smile. “WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES” or “WALANG GANYAN SA STATES” ( It’s not like that in the States). I guess we just have our moments sometimes, but we also have to try to control it. I know its not easy though.