Seems the love of guns and shooting people with them has travelled across the border from the USA to Canada and then come all the way to the Philippines. The other week long term Canadian expat John Pope shot and killed a doctor and a lawyer and critically wounded a ‘fiscal’ (prosecutor) inside the Capitol Building with a .357 revolver. He then shot himself in the head rather than shoot it out with the police, I suspect. It seems ot me his argument was not with the cops but with those who had brought charges against him for various alleged offences.
Wile I do not condone ever the murder of anyone, perhaps Pope was driven to a place beyond the bounds of reason? He was involved in various incidents with locals at his sub-division and seemed like he felt his life was at risk. I don’t know the details but I do know other expats who have fallen afoul of the ‘Jose Rizals’ as I call them. Filipinos who think they are the social superior of others and resent the expat’s money and fair complexion. I have heard too many true accounts of expats being hounded and harassed and the law being used against them to ‘put them in their place’ by these people. Whatever the truth behind this tragedy, take it as a warning that if you live here then you need to be mindful there are a lot of ig egos and chips on shoulders and as a kano you stand out; you are an easy target. So be nice to your neighbours and remember it is their country. Even if we don’t behave like they do towards us when they are in our country, that doesn’t change a thing. It isn’t fair, I know. It’s da pilipeens and dats how it is!
If you look to your right you will see we offer a series of StreetWise Guides: Divorce and Annulment, Safe travel, Customs & Immigration and the General Retirement guide. These are soon to be sold on Amazon.com as Kindle eBook downloads for $1.99 each. They are worth a lot more and yet we will continue to offer them here, absolutely free! Why? Not because we love you or are sweet guys but simply because it helps our traffic numbers and as we will soon be monetizing this site with some advertising opportunities,w e need to have the traffic numbers to attract good advertisers and charge a decent fee. Sound fair?
This ad for a flight to Hong Kong from Manila for just P888, or less than US$25 is a come on. There are so many extra charges attached, many of them hidden and some, when booked online, you can’t avoid if you wish to complete the booking! This is very typical of how many businesses operate in the Philippines. Dodgy business practices we outlawed decades ago are still legal here and nobody seems to care. the reason is the businesses are owned by the rich who own the place, government included so why would they want to change anything? Unlike our countries where we believe the people are important, in the Philippines and many Asian and African societies it is the rich and powerful who are important and the people are there simply to serve them and keep them rich and powerful.
I recently booked 7 seats from Singapore to Cebu and return with CebuPacific and thought the fares were between SGP$39 and SGP$59 each, each way. Maximum total should be 14 x SGP$59 or SGP$826. The final bill after struggling through the online booking process was SGP$1832.60! So much more than what I expected I hadn’t loaded my MasterCard Debit card with enough money and the first attempt failed! We didn’t want 20kg of baggage, we were happy with carry-on only as the fare page said was what you got. We didn’t know you paid extra to choose your seat because I couldn’t progress past this point to the checkout without selecting seats! Then try and get a refund! Forget it. They don’t answer emails and calling them is an expensive international call that results in talking to someone with no authority whatsoever and about as much concern for the customer! Last time, Cebu Pacific, last time I will ever fly myself or my family with you, no mater how cheap the fare seems to be. Sharp ppractise in my book!
“Rotary Clubs in other parts of the world will be needed to achieve our goal of reaching 1,000,000 Filipino children in poverty and children through out the world.”
Here is an update from the Vitamin Project operating in Bacoor. For $6.97 you can keep a street kid in life saving vitamins for a whole year. You’d spend more than that on a couple of beers at Happy Hour.
VitaminR September 2012 Update
The children living in the squatter area on Santol Street in Meadowood have been relocated. It is no longer possible to continue the VitaminR Pilot Project, with more than half of the original group now living to far away. The Pilot was to run to the end of November, ending a full calendar year.
The good news with the relocation is living conditions for the children have improved and they are no longer living on the damp ground. For the next update we will have the data compiled and the conclusions drawn on the benefits of daily multivitamins over a 10 month period for the children of the Pilot group.
The vitamins from Vitamin Angels have not been released by Customs here in the Philippines. The national Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) submitted the final request to the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) for the release of the vitamins. We must wait for the release by the DOJ, hopefully very soon, of the vitamins.
The expanded Feeding program of the Rotary Club of Bacoor, in cooperation with Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Molino and VitaminR, is now feeding approximately 200 children each Saturday. Cooperation is the key in reaching the maximum number of children with multivitamins and other very beneficial programs.
We can now accept donations online via our website. Visit us at www.VitaminR. org, click the donation button and chose your preferred option of payment. $6.97 provides daily multivitamins for a child for one full year. Please consider reaching out; a little can make a huge difference in the life of a child! Thanks :o).
Rotary Club of Bacoor
Once more they are claiming flights from Darwin to Cebu. This is not the first time these flights have been mooted. I hope they go ahead and are hugely successful. Meanwhile, I can fly to Singapore on Scoot for $138, then on the Cebu for P3000, say $75. So for $430 return I can get from Sydney to Cebu and back via Singapore. Add a few bucks for luggage and better seating and you still are spending just $500 or so. The catch with the new deal will be the cheap flight into and out of Darwin for those who don’t live in in the NT.
The price of a tank of cooking gas (Shellane, Gasul, Catgas and other brand names for LPG 11kg bottles) varies widely across the country. From a low of P690 around Manila to P1,000 delivered to your home in some of the farther provinces with an average price of P800. (US$20 approx) If you don’t use lpg then maybe you burn charcoal or rice husks, coconut husks or corn husks, depending on what is grown where you live. This is why most Filipino homes include a ‘dirty kitchen’, one situated outdoors where the smelly stuff is cooked.
Despite the fact the Philippines produces plenty of LPG itself, the price has shot up in recent years. Petrol (gasoline) has also increased beyond the reach of many as wages simply haven’t kept pace with inflation. Yet still there is a huge ‘middle class’ of over 20 million Filipinos who seem to be able to not only keep the existing malls open and in business, but also patronise the many new malls forever springing up all over the islands. Anyone care to comment?
From the Bournemouth UK Daily Echo, reprinted without permission but in the hope it will help!
These people are trying to help the Filipinos and are right in the middle of it, floating side by side with those they came to help. Let’s help them if we can, OK?
houses were destroyed by flood in suburban Montalban town, east of Manila, Philippines
I have recently taken over all operations connected to the sale of my eBooks. I had let some aspects slip into hands that were busy with other matters and consequently sales dropped. I am hoping to rebuild the business to where it was two years ago, a place where you could comfortably live off it if you were living in the Philippines. Not manila or Angeles City perhaps but Cebu possibly and any provincial city certainly.
While the cost of living is up in recent years, it is still cheap to live there other than the fact the Philippines has the most expensive electricity in Asia. Some say it is the fault of the rich ruling families who own the infrastructure and give themselves discounts on their own power, rarely re-invest any of the profits in infrastructure and just pocket the money from a utility people must have. That may or may not be true but there is no question electricity is pricey here. Food is expensive too if you shop in the supermarket and buy western food items. If you keep it pretty native it is still cheap and of course, most poor locals don’t eat much and don’t eat as often. That’s why they aren’t fat slobs like us furringers!
I am translating the eBooks into German and Spanish and hope to sell a ton of them to these new markets. I am also planning on translating my novels into Visayan and Tagalog to give those learning the languages here something to read above an elementary school level reader. Stay tuned!