So why does everybody I know back there wanna ditch PI and go somewhere else? I wonder why there are so many nursing students? And do you all know how many mail-order brides are out on the net trying to score to they can jam out of PI? Balikbayans are not the only ones complaining. Everytime I go back there, it seemed like people are always whining about the same exact sh!t the balikbayans whine about. Traffic, pollution, no jobs, the gov't sucks, it's scorching hot, PAL is always late...sh!t like that. Unless you're livin the high life like Boomouse...life can suck hard back there.
1. You mean why do people in the Philippines want to work abroad? Well...
a. Its not because they lack a means of living in the Philippines but more of because you guys have a shortage of skills available here. You guys don't have enough nurses, so you'll be willing to pay through the nose for foreign labor.
b. Mail order brides? The clueless lotharios who seek them out are willing to pay suit with their money. And mail order brides are really a euphemism for a legal form of the world's oldest profession. Every society has career people in that industry. Especially yours.
c. Ah, when Filipinos complain about their situation that is par for the course. After al they are the ones who have to endure whatever needs to be endured. When psuedo "Flips" called balikbayans complain that is being an impolite guest. You have chosen to leave, then behave like a guest when you visit. After all, you contribute nothing actively to the country. You send money to relatives you say? Coincidental. If the same relatives were living in Timbuktu, you would be sending money there wouldn't you? Charity work and medical missions? I have relatives like those too. They just like to validate their superiority by slumming with what they consider to be under privileged Filipinos. I told them to change their thinking or just bring their charity to the slums of Washington DC or East LA. May mga Filipino din doon.
2. Me living the high life? Perhaps. Am I proud of it? Yes! I made it here. I did not have to go around trying to change my ways and adapting to someone elses culture, enduring another society's prejudices to do it. Darn right I'm proud. And you know what? I worked abroad too. But I live on less than a third of what I would be earning in say, Hong Kong where I stayed almost 9 years. And I do not have to work overtime. Nor do I have to work a second job.
About life sucking... Gunnar Myrdal, in his 1970s tome "Asian Drama, the Nature and Causes of the Poverty of Nations" said that a peoples perception of how well off they are is not based on how well they meet the basic needs of life but more of what they think they do not have that countries they perceive to be "rich" have. He calls it the International Demonstration Effect. We never thought that escalators were such great devices until media said so for example. Till then, we thought that trudging up and down staircases did the job nicely.
If you think that people who leave the Philippines for the land of muggings and drive-by shootings are poor, think again. They are not poor. They are simply dissatisfied with their lot and they blame Philippine society and the system for their inability to help themselves. Sure they do well in their transplanted countries. But that is because they had no choice. Kapit sa patalim ika nga. Too much pride to return home with an empty belly, so the prejudice and condescension from the great white brothers are easier to adjust to.
Wag na lang. sa inyo na yan. Diyan kayo, dito kami. You are welcome to visit anytime. But behave like a guest. Hindi na kayo Pinoy. Hanggang dugo na lang ang pagka Pinoy ninyo.
You want to rant and rave about my country? Earn the right. Uwi ka dito at pakita mo na mas magaling ka sa amin. Baka mas magaling pa ang survival skills ng taong grasa sa inyo.