Friday, July 25, 2014

Fil-Am regrets coming home: Laziness is a strong tradition in the #Philippines


I am a Fil-AM and I chose to move back here in Philippines coz it's my homeland. Sad to say it's not what I think it was.

If you think MATURELY, you would know it's not easy to just decide to move and go. I made a mistake. I have to live with it and am working on making my life easier in the Philippines as others make it harder for me to live here (e.g. services: electric, water, phones, etc.). But yes, I will move out of this country when I can finally be able to because if others hope that someday our fellow Filipinos will change for the better, I believe it will never happen.

It's not just the politicians, it's the Filipinos as a whole. There are many good people here but they still are Filipinos. They still show what and how they really are. It's the culture. Laziness is a culture. They love to ALWAYS REST even at work. Only in the Philippines. Something I haven't done back when I was working in the states. I have learned strong work ethics. Work is work. It gets done correctly and timely. And not just half-ass job.

I can enumerate a bunch of things here that regular folks does that contributed to this society's failure but it's too long to type.

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http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2012/08/typhoons-reveal-filipinos-are-living-in-a-dump/comment-page-2/#comment-602302

14 comments:

  1. I concur but, I'm too lazy to elaborate too, like you ;)

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    1. Didn't read. Eyes too tired. Needed rest.

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  2. I don't agree about some points. I still admire your articles, though.

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  3. I am sorry that you feel this way. And I do agree with you; that I wish there will be change for the better. As Bear Grylls said, a comfort zone is more like a comfort pit. And a pit is something you want to want to get out of.

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  4. Yes you may go. You are not meant to be with us. But as for me this is my country, my land come high or low waters and your forefathers' too. But let me tell you - you let go off the chance to make a dent - to make a change in the culture. Lazy? Nope. It's a luxury after a day's work and the troubles. Getting out of the hole is man's nature. Especially, when it's not done...very Pinoy. Bye then. Happy landing.

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    1. I think you missed the point Jun. The author stated that laziness happens AT work, not after a day's work. I concur with her wholeheartedly. Here in Australia you will hardly find a harder worker than a filipino, some working two jobs and working long hours. Whenever I visit the Philippines I do notice the difference.

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  5. That's simply not true in our place. The Ilocano's are hardy, industrious and loyal and we'll retire for good by end of this year or earlier if a good buyer gets our home soon. We're also Fil-Am's like you and done working and we deserve better than a nursing home.

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  6. His last sentence proves he's right where he belongs. lol

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  7. LMAO here we go again lol So Americans are industrious? Eh bakit dami don naka food stamps lol

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  8. I've been here in the US for some 20 years and I say this writer doesn't know what he/she is talking about. Maybe in other countries but not in the US. Just as the preceding poster says, so many people in the US are dependent of the few who still work. It's politics pinoy-like. Politicians are falling at each other trying to buy voters' favor through entitlements. We have a president whose preoccupation is mostly fundraising.

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  9. I think we should not go into the habit of bashing our people especially in foreign settings. It's the only country we have and even if you're already a millionaire anywhere else, the blood in your veins is still Filipino. So many foreign visitors have been going back to the Philippines because they love the place, so many are living there permanently and so if you and others like you hate your country and people so much, good riddance. But don't think that just because we're in the US we're superior to those who remain in the homeland. We're nitpicking on something we think is good and

    compare that with the situation of a third world country. I've been here in the US and know so many ugly and despicable things here. And unless the writer is in a cocoon, he/she should know that there are FilAms who are jobless, homeless, mendicants, swindlers, thieves, corrupt public officials, embezzlers, don't pay taxes, defraud their insurance, scam artists who cheat even countrymen, sell blood to survive, conduct beauty pageants or other events supposedly for charitable causes but in reality all the proceeds are for own interests, etc., etc.

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  10. The write-up is simply the author's opinion and does not necessarily represents the truth about the issue implied in the article -- that LAZINESS IS A STRONG TRADITION AMONG FILIPINOS. In fact it is without basis. There could be few Juan Tamad but generally speaking, we are a hard working specie. We can cope well with the challenge of being open 24/7 look at our call center operations. We are creative in doing business -- from street vending, to home based sari sari stores, to online shoppes, to networking and multi level marketing.. going corporate and even to the level of MNCs ! So where is laziness there? We are also good at ,multi-taking and being jack of all trades. We are also the nationality that is regarded as world's no 1 ? Puede ba yun kung tatamad tamad ang mga Pilipino?! Filipino's are the most enterprising people i';ve ever seen. Lahat ng pagkakitaan susubukan. Laging positive. resilient at maabilidad. Unsolicited advise to the author of the article, try to be more positive in life so that u also attract good vives for yourself. And nega laging talo kuya. Smile so that the world will smile for you!

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  11. working abroad for over a decade not as an immigrant but a true blooded OFW I am proud enough to be among the hundreds of thousands who are generally considered to be the most dependable and hardworking group that can be found in any industries or field.
    But what this article is saying contain a bit of reality in our way of life, there is a traditional and cultural aspect that may be attributed to be seen as laziness amongst us in general, surprisingly it is observable if you are looking at it in the lives of our people in the Philippines. I can say I am one among the many who chooses to break the habit and seek for a personal life improvement. To give you one example: my father is an avid cockfighter, I remember as a young child he will buy more expensive feeds than what he will get for our foods, he spend lots of time and days at the cockpit arena ( as we call it ) and as we all know every town has one. we may get into argument to say this is not laziness but for sure there is no hope for a better life in this routine. again we have tradition and cultural aspect that maybe regarded as laziness, WHY? because if your life is not improving that implies you are LAZY. and because we have a lot of our people in poverty that can be considered a lot are LAZY. hate me if you want by saying this, but I was also among the poorest of the poor but that doesn't stop me from achieving my goal. Had I stayed in the routine that I saw from my father I will not be driving a Jaguar by now.

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