During the conversation they bring up something like how great ‘island hopping’ is now that you’re in the Philippines. Sometimes it’s the family of people you actually can trust.
But what I have found is that there is a wide gap between people who are genuinely in need of your assistance who deserve it..
and the people who live life in a constant state of desperation who will con you any way they can to get money to flow from your pocket to theirs.
One of the reasons I can walk down main street here in Mactan at 3am is because every legit store down the street is paying for all-night security guards to keep an eye on things all night. I am not kidding, you will see a security guard at every legit business.
Starbucks, the pharmacy, the mall (Now, most of them are like any other thief..
Now, my experience has been that despite poverty, the majority of Filipinos I know are honorable, religious, hard-working people. It’s the same old game with different locations and different tales. The first thing you gotta realize is that the local con artists spot you right away.
Times are tough for them but they don’t let hard times compromise their spiritual values for the most part as a society.) who simply are not to be trusted. Whether you ever plan to come to the Philippines or not, these shady characters exist in your home town as well. The difference is that with a larger middle-class you may not cross paths with them quite so often. But no matter what the country, it’s the same old con game. You stick out like a hillbilly at a wine tasting function.After witnessing a bum-fight, my middle-son asked, “Here it is almost 20 years later and nothing has changed. The Philippines has a lot of wonderful things to offer, especially if you have the money to enjoy them.Great beaches, resorts, restaurants, romantic getaways, adventure and more.What I’d like to cover here is a much wider look at this topic.It’s something I’ve experienced on a much more frequent level here in the Philippines. Even in your own home town..” It’s not that I don’t believe in doing good deeds, I do.trying to be sneaky and will lie their face off if confronted.