Originally Posted by yoolykeme
I see that your s/n says that you live in Asia, but have you been to the Philippines? It's the most Americanized place in the freaking world!!!
You got to be kidding me, the country is 95%+ tin shacks and less than 5% somewhat first world'ish condos.
The culture is totally different from the US. Just because it used to be a US colony for some time and there is a sizeable BPO industry doesn't mean that Filipinos are anything like Americans, otherwise the country wouldn't be the third world gutter.
The native language is almost dead since everyone speaks English.
You got to be kidding me. The only people that speak English well are Manila elites and the lower level workers that need it.
And why are you looking at this in the context of low class street women?
I hate to break it to you but 99% of filipinos are low class to a western person.
If I was this guy, I would have found a support system of other professional expats and would have networked with other influencers.
What does Info have to do with a call center / BPO company manager or a hotel manager or some aging boomer married to a filipina living out his retirement there?
Influencers? You mean the rich kids of Instagram that have a rich corrupt government official daddy or the whores mooching off some sugar daddy that like to show off? Why would they want to hang with a random broke white guy?
It looks like the OP went to the equivalent of the hood
I hate to break it to you but 95%+ of the Philippines is "the hood."
Once he's living in a tin shack in Tondo you'd be accurate but right now he's living a local middle class life.
The upper-middle class and the educated class have a global understanding of the world.
The upper class is tiny. We're talking about a few thousand people in a country of 100 million and what the hell would they want to do with a random foreigner just doing his own thing. They tend to be status focused and want to live in flashy places, wearing gucci bags and driving a ferrari through the slums. It's pretty much the opposite of how Europeans live (even the upper class), who don't like to flash. You'll be hard pressed to find non criminal people in Europe living flashy lives and that's not because there aren't a ton of people who could afford it.