What a beautiful – and I suggest Beautiful – day here in the Philippines. The “cold” and dreary weather has finally moved out, and the sunny skies are back. And I believe nowadays maxed out at about 84 degrees with extremely little humidity. Totally spectacular.
We manufactured the most of it and headed down to Dauin. 1 of our subscribers was itching to test out his new snorkeling equipment, so we invited him and his far better half down to our weekly potluck picnic at Dauin’s maritime sanctuary. No much better location than to try out out newly obtained snorkeling gear than that!
It was a very heavy turnout and I mentioned my hello’s and dug in to the chow: lechon manock, fried chicken, pancit, and some definitely delicious shrimp. Excellent stuff.
In advance of we headed out on an (unsuccessful) turtle “hunt,” I was released to Robert, a Canandian who experienced been in the Philippines for a few weeks. We had been sitting down, and he continued telling a tale of some thing that happened to him soon right after arriving.
Now, enable me preface this by declaring that you will at times listen to foreigners loudly complaining that Filipinos will frequently try out to rip you off. This is typically followed by problems about currently being “a walking ATM machine” and that Filipinos need to assume foreigners have dollars trees rising in their again yards.
Now let’s get to Roberts tale:
Robert and 4 other friends had flagged more than a tricycle for a experience down to eat at Hayahay restaurant in Dumaguete. He had some equipment with him, and considering the fact that the trike was full, the elderly driver positioned just one of the bags on the back again rack. Right after a gradual trip – the driver was all-around 80, in accordance to Robert – they arrived at the restaurant, piled out and headed in to consume meal. What they did not realize was that the bag of gear – cameras and other devices worth above $1,000.00 – experienced been still left powering on the trike.
Some time later, the outdated Pinoy comes up and bangs on the cafe window. Obtaining Robert’s notice, he tells him, “Sir, you still left your bag on my tricycle.” A a lot relieved Canadian then gathered his property and thanked the gracious driver.
Rather interesting, huh? A person who doesn’t make a total ton of revenue heading out of his way to appear back and return a customer’s items. Basically, that $1,000.00 is likely around 3 months spend as a tricycle jockey. Put’s points into perspective, no?
Robert questioned why a fiscally-challenged Filipino would go out of his way to ideal a erroneous. Owning just completed our video clips and articles in amor propio and hiya, I was keen for this 1 and chimed, “It was amor propio – he would have felt hiya for violating his sense of integrity and honor.”
A tiny discussion on the topic then ensued, with me pretending I essentially knew what I was speaking about, and just after chatting it over, everybody sort of just nodded their heads.
And then we started off speaking football.
I have experienced far more than a several instances wherever I have overpaid at checkouts and the cashier has politely returned my around payment to her. Other then owning our scooter stolen (and then returned – possibly their hiya caught up with them) and a couple of semi-shady dudes providing defeat-up trucks or bikes, I have experienced very little but good experiences with Filipinos. Expats on the other hand… ah, but that is a tale for an additional time.
Now, don’t get me erroneous – there are lots of tens of millions of inadequate Filipinos in the Philippines. Poverty breeds desperation, and the region is replete with tales of petty criminal offense and opportunistic theft. Pickpockets? Oh, yeah. Burglars? A bunch. Armed robberies and assaults? Guaranteed. Flim-flam artists, scammers and hustlers – yep, yep and yep. With that claimed though, we have to try to remember that a lot of folks however keep to the moral code, despite their determined circumstances. Honor, integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. All a section of amor propio – one’s adore of self – and anything that often appears to be to be an endangered species not just in the Philippines but close to the globe.
What have been your activities in the Philippines? Are you retired, performing, or on a pension listed here? Have any identical scenarios transpired to you?
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