PuppyDog Posted March 27, 2011 Posted March 27, 2011 I saw Travis' post about " How Do Some Of The Younger Guys Support Themselves" and just wanted to relate a story about an individual that once was a friend, and his story about his life in the Philippines.I met Chris on a Fil-Am forum that has long ago been deleted. He met a Filipina online, and joined that forum to gain knowledge prior to going over to meet his love. He got lots of advice, and seem to take it well. The first problem was the lady was still married, but separated and had one child. He was warned that the father could cause much problems that might cost him dearly - both financially and emotionally. He ignored all that.Well, he finally takes the trip to see her. Falls in loves and leaves her pregnant as he must return to the USA to try to earn some cash to live on. He had no savings, and no source of steady income, so basically he was going to earn a living in the Philippines.He returned 9 months later, just in time to see his new baby.He lived on Siquijor, which is a small Island with small population.This time he was going to stay for the duration and started searching for a source of income. All the while posting on the forum how it was difficult yet he had many money making ideas in the works, and how he was doing this and that. Most of his ideas were half-baked and costing him more than he was making. He tried farming, only to have her family ruin that. He tried internet businesses, claiming he was making a fortune, yet NEVER could give anyone the website, as it was secret, and didn't want people stealing his idea. If it was secret, how did people find it in the first place?He tried a restaurant. That was almost 24 hours of work for a few pesos, but he claimed to be making so much money.When people began to question him, he became defensive and had to lie to cover up that he was way in over his head.He wrote of his plan to build a bio-diesel plant to put the sole gas station out of business. When he was told of the many problems, he just became more defensive and almost pathetic the way he was trying to hide the fact that he was a liar.The stories became more bizarre as if he was having a break down. He claimed to be running a huge internet business employing many on the island, yet he could never tell anyone where it was or the name. It was always a secret, so no one could steal his ideas.As all this was going on, he now claimed to have married this lady. She was married to a filipino, and never had an annulment, yet Chris was now claiming they were married. Just more lies to make his image more presentable to everyone. His lies would eventually catch up to him.To add to his misery, the "wife's" family only saw Chris as a source of money. The little he had, was handed over trying to keep peace.Eventually the money all ran out, and one of the "wife's" brother wanted a huge sum, and when Chris could not produce, the brother told Chris that he was going to kill him. What was the point of having a foreigner in the family if they could not provide money, so if dead, no big deal.Chris realized the threats were real, as the brother probably had killed others.Chris and his family now had to abandon their home in Siquijor, and head to another city to live.What lessons have we learned about guys with no source of income trying to live in the Philippines?For me is that they have a need to prove that it can be done. They will abandon their integrity and lie just so the illusion of them having success will continue. The schemes that they proclaim will make them rich never transpire. They will always tell you they have money coming in with their ventures, yet NEVER will they tell you much about them. It always a secret, so that no one else will steal it.Reminds me of a certain blogger with his many schemes that never seem to pan out..... and his insistence that all is well, and making money to the tune of millions of pesos, yet can't afford a 18,000 peso table saw. Strange at best.He is constantly telling his readers of fish ponds, agricultural ventures, real estate rentals, internet cafes, sar-sari stores, container housing business, all making more than any others in his area. Strange that all of a sudden, he is making huge amounts, even more than the big establishments, This is all about image and the need to prove others wrong, as reading between the lines, he feels the need to put down others, to build himself up. Yes, living in the Philippines can be done, but doing little small time projects wont bring in much cash. If anyone tells you they have succeeded where the many have failed, it is probably more fiction than fact. If it was so easy, then there wouldn't be so many dirt poor filipinos. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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