This is just a short mediocre post. Indulge please. I just want everyone to know yes, there exists good expats in the Philippines. In my previous article I talked about arrogance of expat but I made no mention of the good ones. What the fudge am I thinking?! I felt The urge to right the wrong and to make amends perhaps, though I don’t think I’ve sinned at all. At most, it’s a feeling of uneasiness. Not sure why. I don’t write to please, I just write how I feel and what I see and hopefully share some insights about life in the Philippines. Ugh! Cornball! Ha ha The good ones exist and and they don’t have to be Philanthropist either. But what makes a good expat? First of all we probably need to define the kind of expats that are here. The working ones from big companies (like my manager). The single ones looking for love or something. And then there are the retirees who married Filipinos and now live a happily ever after life here. And mind you that can be achieved.So do these types of expats act differently according to their expat position? Is there such a thing. I probably should not classify. Forgive me. But whatever position or the purpose, it’s not the amount of contribution but the generous quality of what the individual can bring in or share within the country or the community or the local town that makes them the good expats. Remember one does not have to be so ingrained with Filipino culture to become a good resident. Just show due respect to the locals even if you feel like you want to wring their necks or punch them. It happens especially with rude taxi drivers in Manila. The good expat knows how to control anger and choose to act accordingly. This is where I failed to acknowledge the good expats. Because not all are arrogant sons of… he he you know. Many are respectful and show warmth and friendly ease with the locals. Yes even with the taxi drivers. Actually it’s the little everyday acts that makes that makes them good. As a sample, the fact that Whenever doorman, guard, valet man, vendor just about anybody. When they shout outs a simple hello or good morning, the gesture is returned with smile unlike the locals who usually who tends to ignore those cheery Hi’s and hello’s. Maybe just the uppity locals. Also the good expat always has something to give and share. And usually the retired ones financially share their blessings for a good cause doing feeding programs, donating computers to school, doing sponsorship for summer league. Hmm, okay I’ll include good expats would always treat family of their spouse, helping out with school expense or fix of the house etc. There are many good expats here. The arrogant ones will always land in headlines but this post gives credit to the good expats. Unfortunately, I don’t know anybody personally. He he. Arrogant bloke sucks but the good expats rock! So have you been good? You better!
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