I am an American, retired, and living in the Philippines, since March of 2009. I have been married to a Filipina for 20 years, legally married. We married in Texas in 1991. When we decided to move to the Philippines, we called and wrote letters and told all of my wife’s 63 relatives in and around Cebu City, to look for a suitable apartment for us to rent. We got here, asked them where the apartments were they had spotted for us and all we got were real blank looks! The “emergency” checking account we had set up for my sister-in-law…all wiped out when we got here. We asked her where the 40,000 pesos went. She had no idea. My own brother-in-law here made a secret deal with a Toyota car salesman to jack up the price of a 2009 Toyota Altis on us so he could get part of the commission.

My wife has a niece that is no longer speaking to us because we refused to pay off her 20,000 pesos loans to loan sharks here. We bailed out my mother-in-law three times because she borrowed against her SS pension. We “sponsored” a Filipino niece to go to nursing school in Cebu and she got pregnant the first semester and had to quit school.

Our first landlord in Talisay was using our water to water his roosters without our permission until I caught him at it. He also tried to tap into our electric line to put a light out there for his fighting cocks.

I asked a clerk at an appliance store how LONG the floor model fan had been sitting there on display and he said, “Oh, sir, this will be a very good fan for you.” Huh?

Right now the Ombudsman of the Philippines is about to be impeached for dishonesty and theft and one former General already committed suicide rather than face justice for his misdeeds.

I do not understand Filipinos at all. My wife exhibits none of the traits I have mentioned here and she was born and raised in the Philippines. She is as puzzled by their behavior as I am. I am trying, really trying to understand Filipino “logic”, but honestly…I think the whole country is “boang”, completely and totally boang.

-Steve Macon-