First Year in the Philippines! The Pitfalls in Paradise! Part Two!

Overloaded jeepney in Guimaras

Here is a list of my Pitfalls in Paradise!   (or things that really irritate me):


  • Living with my mother-in-law or relatives  (not to worry, my mother-in-law can’t read English)


  • The heat and humidity (sucks all of the energy out of you at first,  get an air con!)

  • Lack of privacy (mother-in-law peers into our room, no bathroom when we first arrived and door doesn’t close all the way)

  • Rude Filipinos that butt in line at the boat ticket line, the pharmacy line, any SM check out lanes, any fast food lines, just about any frickin’ line! (Wait! You thought Filipinos are known for being so friendly and always smiling. That’s true, but some Filipinos have this annoying “butt-in-line-syndrome” habit) 

  • Clothes that don’t fit me (go to the SM Malls and get the Max brand, the Max brand is in  2X and 3X sizes and cheap, from two to five bucks in US dollars;  large in Filipino T-shirts is almost like a small American sized shirt to me)

  • The Philippines Expat Advisor - First Year in the Philippines! The Pitfalls in Paradise! Part Two!
    No frickin’ toilet paper in the Comfort Rooms, aka restrooms. (Bring your own! If you have diarrhea, well, good luck!)

  • Beggars (if you’re a foreigner like me, a kano, you will be a magnet for them. Not much of a problem with it in my rural province, but sometimes it is an issue in certain parts of nearby Iloilo City.)

  • Sales clerks at the Ace Hardware at SM City in Iloilo that will follow you everywhere (found out that they have a daily contest where they have to have 13,000 pesos and twenty transactions from customers or they have to work  a mandatory two hours of overtime)

  • High cost of electronics (televisions, digital cameras, computers; if you can ship it before you move, do it, you can buy a reliable voltage regulator to convert to 220 volts that is used in the Philippines)

  • No British sitcoms (yeah, this may seem minor to you, but I used to love watching my favorite Brit sitcoms every Saturday night on my local PBS station back in the States. Probably could get some DVD’s of my favorites if I looked around nearby Iloilo, some of the street vendors do have the latest copies of “Knight and Day”, but does anyone really watch crazy Tom Cruise movies anymore?) 

  • Brownouts! Power outages!  Blackouts! (Over 100 power outages during the last year in our municipality of Jordan in Guimaras.  Extremely irritating! I know! I know! Get a generator.)


Next blog: The Positives, what I love about living in the Philippines!

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

5 thoughts on “First Year in the Philippines! The Pitfalls in Paradise! Part Two!

  1. How about everybody calling you "Joe" (short for GI Joe) and that you get charged tourist rates just because you're foreign, lol

  2. Hi spinninglovelydays! Well, you're right. Getting called "Joe" or "Americano" used to irritate me a lot. Almost made my list. I've gotten used to it the longer I live here. And that's true about getting charged tourist rates, but that's when I let my Filipina wife negotiate rates with me out of sight. Thanks for the insightful comments!

  3. Funny Dave, the first item on your list reminds me of when the subject of mothers-in-law would come up in conversation with friends. I would tell them “I have the best mother-in-law in the world….she’s 8,801 miles away and speaks no english!” 😆

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