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    [–] TIL there are Filipino Neo Nazis aktillum 17 points ago in Philippines

    All jokes aside, here's their FB group: /PNFDugoatDangal/

    They seem to be pro-Fascism, anti-Chinese, while using Nazi symbolism. Just reviewing some of the group posts, it seems to be a lot of cherry-picking from various national socialist / fascist ideologies.

    So not technically "neo-Nazis" like white power skinheads, but ... similar. Not quite as Hitler-worshipping as Taiwan's own National Socialism Association https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Socialism_Association

    Anyways I'd be careful, this kind of stuff looks like a joke in the beginning, then somehow gains power. Like Trump running for president in the US. Everyone laughed, and then....yeah.

    [–] TIL there are Filipino Neo Nazis aktillum 1 points ago in Philippines

    All jokes aside, here's their FB group https://web.facebook.com/PNFDugoatDangal/

    They seem to be pro-Fascism, anti-Chinese, while using Nazi symbolism. Just reviewing some of the group posts, it seems to be a lot of cherry-picking from various national socialist / fascist ideologies.

    So not technically "neo-Nazis" like white power skinheads, but ... similar. Not quite as Hitler-worshipping as Taiwan's own National Socialism Association https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Socialism_Association

    Anyways I'd be careful, this kind of stuff looks like a joke in the beginning, then somehow gains power. Like Trump running for president in the US. Everyone laughed, and then....yeah.

    [–] This. aktillum 1 points ago in Philippines

    That's really interesting. As an American I imagine most Americans would be like "yeah! America sucks!" and invite you to an anti-Trump rally or something. You must be meeting mostly old, right-wing Americans with a patriotic flag up their butt?

    [–] This. aktillum 4 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Philippines

    It should've had a panel for what Filipinos say about the Philippines to random foreigners. Its so beautiful...its so hospitable...Filipinos are great (chefs/artists/boxers/engineers/other talents)...did you know x celebrity is half-Pinoy? You guys become tourism authority agents after a few shots hahaha.

    I get it though, nobody wants foreigners talking shit about your country, even if you talk a ton of shit about your own country.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 1 points ago in Philippines

    You make a lot of great points. Filipinos come to the US with a desire to work very hard, not just to save up for the future, but remit money back home. Combined with the other things you mentioned (educational background, strong communities to settle in, etc). It can seem like attaining the "American Dream" is a bit more feasible for Filipino immigrants than the average American Joe. Filipinos come to US with the attitude of working hard, sending money back home, creating a better life, etc.

    I think it helps Filipinos don't really have a culture of complaining (to a degree). Most Filipinos I think have a "tiis na lang" attitude, coming from poverty background, the idea of making a lot of sacrifices to have a better future. When you have that kind of attitude in America, you can usually go pretty far.

    I think us Americans, being already born in America and surrounded by the illusion of wealth, an "exceptional" mentality, we see it as a "rat race". Why do we need to work 2 jobs and kill our bodies with work stress? We're supposed to be the richest / best country on earth, the government should be providing better standard of living for everyone, etc.

    I guess what I'm saying is that I imagine Filipinos come to US with the idea of working very hard to provide for themselves and family back home, whereas native US citizens have an idea of....we shouldn't have to? I'm making a lot of general statements here.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 3 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Philippines

    I know they would (give a lot to get a life in America), I just think it's misguided. My point is that if you're a low-income worker (like a call center), your lifestyle in America isn't going to be very different from lifestyle as a call center agent in Manila. The salary in America is higher, but the cost of living scales considerably alongside the increased salary.

    Monthly pay for call center workers in Manila is what, 15 - 20 thousand monthly? Most call centers are in Makati, which is pretty expensive. So you'll likely find a boarding house situation somewhere like Malate, I'm thinking Quirino area, probably 2500 - 3000 per month right? And then you commute daily, jeepney or bus. Or motorcycle if you have one - many do.

    Daily food budget, 200 pesos? If you eat in canteens. Electric, probably less than 800 peso monthly. So at the end of the month, you pretty much have almost nothing left over for "fun", right?

    So now you're a call center worker in America. Lets say Los Angeles, since it has a large Filipino community. Monthly pay, maybe $1900 after taxes? Your rent, 2 bedroom in LA is more than $2000. So you'll probably split an apartment with some roommates, like a boarding house situation. Your share, lets say $1200/mo.

    Food budget, well, we don't have canteens in America. We have the McDonald's dollar menu. Cheeseburger and fries, $2.79! So lets say you eat a cheeseburger and fries 3x a day for a month (Supersize Me?), $251 per month.

    Then you've got utilities (electric/water/etc), lets say average $100 per month. Well, $50, because we're room-sharing right? Of course we need internet, so another $30. If you own a car, car insurance is mandatory - an additional $150/month average.

    So basically, the vast majority of Filipinos would give a lot to have pretty much the same exact kind of life in America.

    If you're a professional with an expert set of in-demand skills, or you're working for a large international company, then its different. But I'm not talking about highly paid professionals, I'm talking about the average, low-middle class worker. The average Joe. That is who we are talking about here.

    I get that Filipinos come from poverty, but glorifying America doesn't actually make it glorious.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 3 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Philippines

    Here's the thing - you're making these comparisons that are almost exactly similar. Let me ask you - what is the difference between working a call center job in Taguig with a salary that matches the price of a tiny studio in the area, versus doing the exact same thing in America? Or working retail in America, where, just like in Taguig, many end up sharing a small apartment? Honestly the lifestyles are almost exactly the same, except in America you might have a car and aircon. What an "upgrade".

    Yeah, you have more "opportunity" in America - the opportunity to work 2 jobs for an 80-hour paycheck, live very frugally, have almost no time for a family life, and retire on a pretty meager pension (if you stay in America). Literally the only good reason to immigrate and work in America is to save up for retirement back in Philippines.

    Look man, I worked a call center in America. $10/hr in Columbus, Ohio. Lived in a tiny studio apartment for $800/month. So rent was already half my paycheck (before taxes). Then you factor in food, gas to drive to work, electric, internet.....just because you earn more money in America, doesn't mean you have more money to spend. Thats the gist of it....I'm not arguing that you can't earn more in America and have a few more luxuries. You can, and if you're from the Philippines, it probably seems very worth it. But....man, you would just have to experience it. Lower-middle class life in America is barely different than middle class in Philippines.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Philippines

    US offers outstanding opportunities for a very select number of increasingly over-saturated professions. You can't compare the lifestyle of the upper-middle class (a small proportion of America) to the rest.

    "Compared to your salaries it's dirt cheap. 1.5k for an apartment in NYC".

    You must be thinking of Wall Street traders in Manhattan. The average weekly income in Brooklyn NYC is around $900. The majority of apartments in a decent neighborhood are >$2,000.

    For a single person earning the average income, that means more than half of your monthly salary goes to rent. Then you have paycheck deductions (state and federal taxes), bills (food/electric/water/etc). Have a car? Now you're paying car insurance. Want to PARK your car? Good luck finding a free parking spot, a lot of people end up paying monthly for a reserved parking place. Don't have a car? Now you're paying for commute (train, taxi - no cheap jeepneys in the US!).

    The bubble I live in is called "reality". If you look at America from the Philippines side of the fence, sure, the grass is greener on the other side on a surface level. But if you think you just move to America and suddenly you're living a luxurious lifestyle....yeah, sure, if you're in a management position for an international company that sponsors your visa and sets you up in America.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 2 points ago in Philippines

    I should have phrased better. I did not mean exactly "I never understood why many Filipinos dream of going to America". I understand chasing a better life. What I meant was I don't know why America is the first choice for them. There are opportunities to be found in US but other countries as well. And better benefits in more socialized countries.

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 4 points ago in Philippines

    Yeah $2k - $3k pension is fabulous here in Ph.

    In America that is "almost homeless" in a major city. Which is kind of my point - working in America and retiring in Ph. is kind of a good idea. But there are better countries than America for doing that.

    If you want to work abroad and retire in Ph, you should also check out Germany, Canada, etc. - countries with a similar cost of living to America, but provide more "quality of life" benefits.

    And the Euro is REALLY strong exchange to PHP, higher than the dollar. 1 USD = 52 php, 1 EUR = 58 php. But most Filipinos who want to work abroad think of America first because what they see in the movies.....

    [–] What’s up with SOME Filipinos who think that they are better just because they lived abroad? aktillum 43 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in Philippines

    American here. Never understood why many Filipinos dream of going to America. The cost of living is outrageous, the middle class has been eroding for years. The average rent in a major city, like Los Angeles or New York, is around $1,500 up to $3,000 - for STARTERS, like, a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in a complex. Minimum wage starts at $11 per hour, with the average household income being around $40,000.

    Most people are living paycheck to paycheck, with just enough to buy groceries after paying bills.

    Feeling like you "made it" because you left Philippines to live in America, is like feeling good about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. IF you have a decent-paying job, like around $50,000 or more annually, then yeah you can live "comfortably" with some basic luxuries. But if your goal is to work abroad, save up and retire back in Philippines, there's countries better than America to do it. Canada, Germany, UK......

    America has done an amazing job of propagandizing what life in America is "like" through Hollywood. Trust me, we're not all living in big suburban houses with wild college parties, driving brand new cars. Around 1/3 of the population lives in poverty or "almost poverty". And even if you ARE making good money, bills/taxes/living expenses eats a lot of it.

    [–] EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. (still love you guys) aktillum 4 points ago in Philippines

    Its my experience (as an american) in 9 out of 10 drinking sessions. And I tell them I speak Tagalog! There needs to be a word for drunk Filipino English......OMG I GOT IT....LASINGLISH!!

    And why does every drinking sesh turn into an interrogation T_T

    <3 love you all though

    [–] Could also be the "I go to the Philippines to experience its culture" starter pack aktillum -1 points ago in Philippines

    (Young) american here. I was just at Robinson's at Makati ave. this weekend and the amount of old fat foreigners who could be my grandpa was mind-blowing.

    [–] pushing your body to its limits. aktillum 55 points ago in funny

    Your shower increases bit by bit? In my experience showers typically go wtf cold > meh lukewarm > WTF IM BURNING TO DEATH, with no in-between.

    [–] Day and Night aktillum 0 points ago in funny

    100% Alpha. Loud peeing has a trickle down effect on your confidence. When you can pee loudly and proudly you will begin to walk more confidently. You will assert yourself more confidently in social situations. You will be desired by voluptuous beauties with bountiful bosoms.

    [–] Day and Night aktillum -5 points ago in funny

    100% not surprised the overwhelming consensus from "men" of reddit is quiet mode. Alpha men go full blast idgaf wake the neighbors mode.

    [–] Canary paper has a flatter sound aktillum 80 points ago in audiophile

    What about sheet music fed into Mario Paint?

    [–] In your opinion what is the best video game movie? aktillum 2 points ago in gaming

    The director of the first MK movie declined to film the sequel, hence why the sequel was a steaming pile of dog crap. But he learned from his mistake and is the director of the Resident Evil series now

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_W._S._Anderson

    [–] Here’s Why Expats Get Killed in The Philippines aktillum 2 points ago * (lasted edited 16 days ago) in Philippines

    Well there we go, its a difference in perceived "quality of life". I hate nightlife *(I used to work in a bar in America, no thanks!) "*Decent shopping experience".... most malls here are vastly overpriced, can find much better deals on Lazada (Ph. version of Amazon).

    Not looking to argue either, $800/mo will get you either a mansion in a rural area, or a Western-style condominium in a more upscale city. No denying that. If you want to live in a mansion and look down on everyone else, yeah man go for it. But to call everything else "crack shacks" is pretty LOL.

    I think my 2br 2ba apartment in "backwater shithole" Cam. Norte was a lot nicer than my studio apt. near the ghetto in Columbus, OH for $700/mo. In Cam. Norte I was 1 mile from the beach - in Columbus OH I was 10 feet from crackheads.

    We can go in circles all day about what is considered a "nice apartment" and that's fine, everyone has different standards. Based on your criteria, it sounds like you're expecting the western lifestyle on SE Asia prices. Ha ha good luck. You either adapt to Ph, or spend the extra money to live in a western-style "comfort bubble" - which you can just get back home, as you said.