Posted on : 02-05-2011 | By : Michael Harman | In : Retirement
Do you see slums or beautiful places? It’s one thing to be a missionary and purposely go into a slum to minister to the poor and I have nothing against that. However if you came to the Philippines to enjoy your vacation you may need to not go where you know there are slums. A friend just recently mentioned to me that he could not believe the filth, the poor and all the slums here in the Philippines. He said he appreciated America after seeing what he has seen here. I believe the Philippines as an experience is what you make of it, what you allow into your mind and what you screen out. What I mean is, sometimes you just need to look through the fog to see scenery just up ahead block out those undesirable sights from your memory, or just don’t see them, and then you can see the beauty just beyond. I try to stay in the nicer areas away from the slums and the poor and also away from the crime and drugs. I stay on the main roads where all the parks and beautiful buildings are. I stay in areas there are known to be scenic. Comparing Philippine Slums to the so called nicer cleaner America is wrong also. How may slums are there in the US? Most of us nevr see them because we have been trained over time to avoid such places but they are their and just as filthy, trashy as the ones here. I was not able to sell my nice 4 bedroom house in Texas because there was a slum only blocks away and I mean a hue filthy full of poor rotten buildings demolished cars type of slum. No one wanted to live that close to this kind of area, every city has one or two or three. We middle class and upper class Americans tend to stay in the nicer cleaner neighborhoods avoiding the undesirable. We just don’t venture down that road because it ends up in a slum and you don’t want to get robbed or have your car carjacked, you’ve been there, how many times have you had to make a U-turn right in the middle of a road because it just didn’t look safe, I have. Most Americans in their clean neighborhoods do the exact same thing I do here they stay away from that slum, that filthy and the drugs so while you are here in the Philippines I suggest you practice the same thing here, and you will see the Philippines in a new light as the beautiful place it really is. There are plenty of nice areas to see here, areas where you don’t see slums.
Photos taken in nice “no slum here” areas. If you see a slum look the other way… Kids from the slums often come into towns to try to persuade you to give them a Peso or two, I always carry a few pesos with me so I can give them one if a hundred come I just walk away. IT happens… While Bogo has some slums, Medellin is almost completely free of slums. Move there and live happily ever after. I’m sure there are other areas just as nice and free of slums also, find them. This area is near the Toaist Temple in the hills behind Cebu City. This is a middle class and upper class neighborhood, you can walk the streets here pretty much free from crime, police are very frequent here. notice very little traffic, no jeepneys or tricycles allowed in this area.
The row of houses in the other photos are the same houses on the right here.
Yes that’s the Riverfront Hotel and Casino taken from the Toaist Temple.