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Old 29th December 2017, 04:27 PM
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A lot of my neighbors seem to have spent a lot of money renting loud karaoke machines and getting high on shabu (a form of crystal meth like in Breaking Bad) but how many of these people spent any money buying Christmas gifts for their own children? As far as I can tell, none! This particular generation of young people over here doesn't see any hope for the future, and they prefer to escape reality by doing shabu and dancing all night in a dirt lot. The Philippines has always had poverty, but the country seems to have declined rapidly since China became a major economic power. You see all sorts of things in the dept. stores which are manufactured in China, but the only things you see made in the Philippines are cheap tourist souvenirs. I don't know where this is going to end, but things seem to have gone down hill quite a bit in my area since 2008, and this could potentially turn into another Bangladesh if things don't change. The other day I literally saw a woman from the provinces, crazy with grief, carrying her dead child in a busy street as she begged for money from strangers. I think that it would have been very unlikely to see something like that over here twenty-five years ago, and I see that the locals just turn a blind eye to such things going on around them.
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Old 29th December 2017, 10:17 PM
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This is a worrying post and I do not envy your situation. I see you live in Cebu, I went there the first time I came to PH but would not live there - it just did not suit me at all. However, each to our own. In any case you are entitled to a peaceful life.
You either have to get this problem addressed by authorities or think about moving IMO.
Your previous post about the dead baby was a shocking and sorry story, you are certainly having more than your share of grief lately, my thoughts go out to you.
As far as manufacturing, there is no reason why this country should not be growing in that area, rather than shrinking. China's exposure is the same throughout the world, they knock stuff out of their factories like matchsticks. The world then eagerly consumes them and a lot of it is just junk.
I do see a lot of PH goods in the supermarkets. But they are usually closely priced to imported goods which are heavily taxed. Again this is another instance of locals using tariffs to increase their profits, as the cost of manufacturing goods here is much lower than say US or Oz.
Inaction by Government authorities allow this to happen. nobody seems to want to look after the consumer here.
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Old 30th December 2017, 05:29 AM
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Max & Mogo, Fully agree with what seems to be a country going downhill. The main thing I have noticed is that particularly the younger folks here seem to have absolutely no consideration for anyone except themselves/immediate family. It seems their only thought is "what's in it for me" as there doesn't seem to be any sense of community. What I have seen a lot of is that the older generation seems to have made good and the younger ones seem to just want to live off them and have a good time and so refuse to learn anything of substance. An instance - I know this well off successful self made older couple that live about a Kilometer from us. The daughter 'works' for them as a manager(only a title as she does nothing) in the company office. The daughter & her husband live in a separate house(built for them by the elders) in the same compound. It appears that the husband does nothing but play with the maid all day. Each & every weekend, they go somewhere on 'vacation" and upon returning the daughter usually has to be carried from the car to the house as she is too high/boozed or whatever to the point she cannot walk. Very sad to see, and if any indication of the general attitude of the younger generation, this country is on a slippery slope.

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