I just wanted to create a short post to talk about a topic I really don’t feel comfortable talking about and that is the reputation the expats living in the Philippines. As it has been said one bad apple can spoil the whole basket full. It seems there are many and I have been told up to 95 percent of the expats arriving here in the Philippines are after under age girls and sex, drinking and bars and doing drugs. I’m not sure if I believe it is that high and I sure hope not. I believe it is likely much less, even possibly the reverse as in 5%. I just wanted to say that I for one am not in this category. There was a time in my life especially when I was in my 20s when I did frequent bars and drink and smoke I was not living the perfect God oriented life. But I gave all that up in the 1970s choosing to live by God’s rules for the rest of my life. I have not always done it quite like I once thought, but I try. Sure I like kids and I have 3 of my own but I do not and never will find myself associating with children inappropriately and as a symbol of my character as it stands today, I try to stay away from showing myself in the presence of Children. I do not frequent bars here never been in any of the bars in Cebu City or here in Bogo. I like to present myself as a family man a non drinker, non smoker, do not do drugs of any kind, and am dedicated to my lovely wife and my 3 children. I wish to present myself as a guide to other expats not that they are not already doing the same. I would say Most of us expats are not “sexpats” as one blog describes us. I am a born again Christian, a bible reading and believing, trying hard to live by the guidance of Jesus Christ. I also know several other expats that are just like I am, one of those is Roy Ross a retired California Police Officer, another is Larry Haydon my friend, both are Born Again Bible Believing Christians. Larry and his wife love the poor children of Cebu City (the true poor dirty unclosed or in rags children) he wishes he could help them all as many of them have nothing. There are so many street children here that don’t have a place to call home, they live under the steps leading to someones residence or on the street lying on a piece of cardboard begging for a peso. The real poor of Cebu City and Bogo City, they are everywhere here. I am not referring to the children with pimps sending them out to collect pesos and bring them back to him, I know this happens a lot here.
If it is your plan to come here with the notion of exploiting the children, you need to think again. Exploiting children will likely end up with you in a hot smelly prison in no time. I for one do not want to end up there. I’ve knows at least two who ended up there one is sill in a jail in Cebu City.
We expats need to shine like a light so the average Filipino sees what we really stand for. We need to change the perception of what the average Filipino sees in us, remember they only see and read bad stories about expats. I wish there were more good stories of us out there but they just don’t make good news I guess. And walking down the street most of the time when I see Expats they are sitting around drinking beer day after day in the same spot, not how I choose to live my retirement.