Island’s in the Sun – Harsh Realities of Life in the Third World

Island’s in the Solar – Harsh Realities of Life in the 3rd Earth

Be aware:  This is supposed for these who have not truly been to the Philippines but are dreaming of accomplishing so…


Well, viewing as how I have not finished a blog entry in like Endlessly, I determine it is time to toss just one out.

I essentially commenced this unique submit though I was again in the US.  It basically has to do with what I like to (ironically) phone the Philippine Lifestyle – the idealized construct of what existence in the Philippines is like devoid of obtaining essentially confronted some of the harsher realities of residing listed here.  You know what I signify – the visions that a lot of of us developed of an reasonably priced residence rental cozied absent on a pristine white sand beach, kicking back again on a gently swaying hammock whilst sipping refreshing margaritas, wooing a stunning, dusky-skinned island lady and dwelling fortunately at any time after……

Yeah.  Exactly.  That Philippine Lifetime.

Unfortunately, immediately after some quantity of time in region, truth will usually rear its unsightly head and all those people preconceived desires we so lovingly crafted get torn asunder on the cruel rocks of useful knowledge.

This past year in particular has finished a great deal to peel the “rose-tinted glasses” from my facial area.  Why, you could possibly ask?  Very well, murders, fatal motorcycles, shed homes, and a bunch of scams, hustles, burglaries and robberies have completed substantially to boring the shine of my personal individual Philippine Life.  Above and beyond the “death by a thousand cuts” that plague any man or woman dwelling in a third environment region (the warmth, humidity, burning garbage, continual inefficiency, piles of trash, and so forth.), precise crimes occurring to precise people you know are likely to refocus one’s outlook on existence right here. From the murder of Phil Prins and Ted Blaszak to a few deadly bike accidents involving very long-expression foreigners to our neighbor dropping “his” home (and a few other foreigners acquaintances dealing with this same this year) to a selection of people we know staying burglarized and/or robbed thanks to an uptick in shabu-infused criminal offense, a selection of incidents occurred in the final twelve months that put points in point of view.

But plenty of of that.  Let us get a bit a lot more into what – for me – was an integral element of my own Philippine Daily life.

Weezer’s Island in the Sun




“When you are on a holiday break

You can not come across the words and phrases to say

All the points that come to you

And I wanna truly feel it also


On an island in the solar

We’ll be participating in and getting fun

And it tends to make me feel so fine

I simply cannot manage my mind..”


                                                                                                                                                   -Weezer, Island in the Sunshine


If you’ve purchased our book, you will know (or ought to know) that this estimate prefaces all the things else there contained.  I incorporated that quote when I was initially assembling the ebook and searching again, it was alternatively prescient. And with all the craziness of this previous calendar year, rather apropos as nicely.

I am a big admirer of Weezer.  A huge enthusiast, actually.  Pork and Beans, Hash Pipe and Island in the Solar are usually in my playlist.  And when I hear the latter, I just cannot support but think of the Philippines.  Fact be advised, ahead of I even moved to the Philippines, it was a music that listen to a ton and with it is delighted, upbeat tempo, I’d incorporate additional and far more idealized bits and items to my very own individual Philippine Life.  But – as we mentioned previously –that Lifetime finally succumbs to the irresistible tide of fact.

Now, overtly Island in the Sunlight is an upbeat, melodic tune at first bringing on visions of swaying palms and solar-swept seashores. The song’s idyllic mental imagery is accompanied by sweet, summery strumming but also undercut by the sublimely unhappy shipping of River Cuomo’s vocals.  For me, there is also a selected stage of melancholia that looks to cloud the rays of sunlight that engage in alongside its floor.

What does this have to do with the Philippines?

Very well, first off there’s the ostensible imagery of the “island in the sunshine,” the place all one’s cares will gently fade away.  But yet again, there is also the melancholia.  Oftentimes in life, we have all encountered points that are “too excellent to be legitimate,” specially when it will come to human longing and dreams.  Our online websites are termed Philippine Desires, and I am SOOO happy that I (unknowingly) named it that.  Mainly because as time goes on and negative matters continue to happen, the Lifestyle is gradually – but steadily – losing some of its glow and the exclusive is turning into the each day.

That is actually Okay and is just a aspect of the human expertise.   Some could even go as significantly to deliver up the complete “familiarity breeding contempt” part but since I have not still gotten to that degree, I will abstain.

Even the online video of Weezer’s Island in the Sunlight underscores the effect that reality in the end has on one’s dreams, hope and aspirations – the initial “Mexican wedding” movie portrays a exciting-crammed, elegant wedding day where everyone is content and practically nothing could quite possibly go improper.  But – as quite a few of us know – the actuality is that lots of marriages end in divorce as the cold truth of the mundane settles on the at the time-pleased few.

Now, you should do not think I am attempting to be detrimental.  I’m not.  I am just striving to objectively express the variations that some folks go by way of when making what is definitely a drastic modify like shifting to the Philippines. 

Maintain on to your dreams.  Clench them limited.  But just be informed that everything in lifestyle is not what we consider it could possibly be.  Primarily when it will come to dwelling one’s existence in a overseas land.

Check out the video clip – It is fairly apropos to the subject matter at hand…. out?v=erG5rgNYSdk




Images by Phil Prins – RIP.


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