Live like a King in the Philippines can we beat this myth?

I look at the site(s) touting “Live like a King in the Philippines” and the big problem of knocking them off the block with their rose tinted view of the Philippines is they are a very old site and will take time to push them off that internet cliff.

But this is where I need your help! Just want articles based round “Live like a king in the Philippines” positive or negative it doesn’t matter as simply if it has worked for you then its true for you. Negative as well is even more important as getting people to switch the brain into gear instead of nodding dog syndrome is important. I know people often say a lot of these people deserve what they get and at the same time I feel sorry for them as its a bit like telling someone they will be woken up in the morning with a lovely breakfast in bed, Just forgetting to mention that its just before the firing squad.

I know nearly everyone has a story to tell well no doubt many stories if they decided to share them but I would be happy if people just sent in one, doesn’t have to have a name on it and doesn’t even have to have location information. Its all about the content and what happened more than anything else.

At the same time this is open to everyone! not just Expats and foreigners.. This blog is read by more Filipinos than anyone else and I know a lot of it is out of interest of how expats work (mentally) but I get a lot of feedback with people that in the West would probably defend their nation regardless of right or wrong but simply saying “its so true”.

16 comments for “Live like a King in the Philippines can we beat this myth?

  1. TropicalPenpals
    March 19, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Live like a King in the Philippines can we beat this myth? .

    • Cattichan
      March 19, 2011 at 5:22 am

      @TropicalPenpals wow! I read your impressive article of life in Phillipines. You are right: blood sucking relatives

  2. Curveball
    March 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I think anyone that was to ‘Live Like a King’ has a mental disorder. Wouldn’t it be better to be humble, and help others with your wealth than to live like a King? This world is no good. People only care about themselves. That is why societies are in decline, and real love is fading from the hearts of most people.

    • Tropicalpenpals
      March 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      The point is they generally think they can live like a king but quickly find their lives may even be financially worse here and the only good thing being girls and sunshine.. I can see the attraction of going out on a high note but the problem is if they actually prepared better for a new life they would be a lot better off most dont as they can’t afford to and thus the live like a king stays the myth it really is.

      • Swarfy
        March 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        This is for Matt, concerning your father reducing his taxes to zero, that would be unlikely as income, pensions in this case paid in the UK will incur taxation in the uk, my Canadian brother had a free run for a while till their IRS cought up with him and garnished his pension to claim back taxes, difficult to escape the old taxman when moving overseas, they are with us for the long run!

        • Tropicalpenpals
          March 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

          Well as close to zero as possible lol.. The main thing is actually stop paying anything else towards the system as he could retire here. In the UK he would have to continue working due to the cost of living.

          • Swarfy
            March 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

            The myth of living like a king is just that, a myth, and frankly attracts egos as opposed to genuine people, way too mant people are making life altering decisions based on info gleaned from web sites that at best are sketchy and worst down right misleading, just come and enjoy a couple of vacations, beware the charut charut, flattery and complements, reming yourself daily you are over 50–60—70 and get the feel of the place, after all there was life before internet!
            Be prepared to face difficult decisions and able to make them, it`s a good place to live and in most cases the people are warm and friendly, frankle this categorising people as A through D or even F is a very filipino trait and i find it offensive, Richard Branson the head of the Virgin brand has i believe a high school education, better content and charachter than smoke, mirrors and a piece of paper from a mediocre college, it really is not important. Judge others on their personality,and ability to make cohesive and well informed decisions and choices, are we compatible, of course if it`s a shopping list over the internet, attractive, virgin, degree, pert breasts, good family, speaks fluent english, she aint there boy, we go back to Class A!

          • Tropicalpenpals
            March 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

            There are some here married into the wealthier families but there aren’t many. They aren’t looking for a balding factory worker mind they know exactly who they want. They do use the dating sites as they complain there is nobody on there they are interested in. I am not going to explain where to meet them (was just about to fall into that one..) reason being they already know what they want and for the average person reading this you won’t be it. They have money, business and been through the mill of relationships they can sit there until dooms day rather than get it wrong again and that’s why they aren’t easy to find they are in no rush. Doesn’t mean they are stuck up simply that the choices available are limited to them. They generally have been abroad traveling but at the same time still struggle to meet the right people.

            But there are people making a small fortune here but there aren’t as many as its made out on the internet which appears you can arrive with a pocket full of coins and be an instant millionaire most of the guys I know making money have been here at least 10 years as it probably takes that long to work out where your being ripped off and start plugging the gaps.

            Main businesses being :-

            Exports of Rattan furniture
            Heavy tracked vehicle tracks from Malaysia (yep not made here!)
            Machinery imports and exports (Importing to here and exporting from China worldwide).
            Internet services (corporate server farms international)
            restaurants (owner of at least 30 in Cebu alone)
            David Salons (his daughter is school mates of the wife of a millionaire who was contracting to me in the UK a couple of years back).

            But for the majority its EXPORTS and many have moved to other countries in the last 5 years I think some of the problems that affected their businesses were down to officials needing campaign cash so started squeezing businesses in their areas.

  3. Robelina
    March 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    The funny thing is that some foreigners in the Philippines whom are not well educated at all and whose money is not much at all believe that they can be like a king in the Philippines while they are with the class D Filipino people or near lowest class of Filipino people. Then they generalize Filipino people basing on the class of Filipino people they are with. I wish they can also go out with class A people in the Philippines then let us see if they will even be entertain – if they act the way they does with the lowest class of Filipino people. Funny thing is that, this foreigners who did not even graduated high school in their country and if graduated did not really get a good grade pretend to know. They often say my country is this and that. Hey! So what if your country is this and that? What are you then? What is important is you! With your country and all the privilege what have you got now? I hope you know what I mean. What I mean is the center of it all is you and that is the topic not the county where you come or even the school where you study. So let us now talk about you. Oh I am getting to know more how to speak in an American way. I should be polite lol To all the kings thank you for ready my funny letter. I will make a bow for you my highness.

    • Tropicalpenpals
      March 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Agree most foreigners entering the Philippines aren’t of high education standard and often on minimal cashflow. Although will say I do know several women in the A+Bs who are looking for foreign husbands but most of the ones that are coming here or here wouldn’t get a date from them. The women know what they want and they can’t get it which is why I hear of their frustrations. Normally them becoming single is down to being in previous relationships with local guys which went sour and now separated. They don’t want a local guy but looking for that millionaire businessman (Not in pesos) to enter their lives..

  4. Christine
    March 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    If we analyze who were sprouting these “Live like a King” salescrap, we will find that these are people who were pushing their wares – from selling Pinays (by owning dating sites) to selling their way overpriced books. Also, when they say “live like a King in the Philippines” they should specify on what amount because a foreigner on retirement income of $1000 a month would hardly be living like a king, especially by the time he takes the costs of his medications, (and many do have health problems) and rental, Kano standards. And if he hooks up with a “high maintenance” Pinay, then that $1000 is not even going to give him a middle-class lifestyle. Certainly, if you have enough $$$, you can live like a king anywhere.

    And I agree with Robelina, many of the girls (not all, but certainly a lot) who hooks up with foreigners are from the class D people, because the Class A people simply aren’t interested. Why would they? They’re not starving, they don’t need your kano money. Doesn’t mean Class A people won’t hook up with a Kano. It just means that if she does, it’s usually because of mutual attraction, and not the attraction of your Kano $$ and visa. I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a beautiful, young and smart Pinay from Class A background hanging on the arms of an old, fat, balding high school graduate Kano either overseas or in the Philippines.

  5. Christine
    March 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Thank you Joe 🙂
    I agree with you, Filipinos do not consider you a king – a walking ATM maybe. A king? Only in your delusional mind. And that bowing and kowtowing that you get from hotels and restaurants? It’s not because we think you’re a “king” – it’s in anticipation of a good tip. Believe me, I speak the languages too (Visayan and English). That big smile by the hotel boy making your bed or delivering water to your hotel is accompanied by nasty comments of “kuripot Kano” if you don’t tip. He’s smiling, but you don’t understand what he was saying. You’re probably thinking he’s thanking you. So you still think you’re a king??

    • Christine
      March 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

      And that other sales talk that Filipinas don’t care about age or what you looked like, or that Filipinas make the best wives in the world – all bullocks! Another sales talk from internet dating sites and Kano e-book sellers. Of course Class D and downwards Filipinas don’t care about age or looks. Certainly beats eating pag-pag food! Have you seen a (not even too young) Pinay twine herself all over the old Kano, all smiles and lovey dovey, then spit out in disgust after they’ve had sex? Well, I have! And she gets consoled by the relatives “Don’t worry Inday, we will go shopping so you will feel better”. Oh well, at least he got what he paid for. I said it before, and I will say this again. You might be able to buy a young flesh in this country (the Philippines), but you will never buy her love, her affections, her loyalty, her soul. Of course if you don’t speak the language, you feel that you were being treated like a king. The children’s book, the emperor’s new clothes come to mind.

      • Tropicalpenpals
        March 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

        Agree in many cases and speaking the language is a big key. I do sit dumb a lot of the time listening to what people are saying as I have seen women talk about husbands right in front of their face. Saying one thing and smiling meaning another. Problem is what happens when some things are genuine? have seen several real marriages here including some where the mariners met their wives while travelling on the ships they are about as real as a marriage comes. At the same time you get these older guys telling them to hide all their assets etc.. Its a completely bizarre setup as although the group are friends they are at completely different ends of the scale.

  6. dave
    March 20, 2011 at 5:42 am

    hummmm… ok. here is how it is told here. and i’ll give you a friends thoughts . as to the( live like a king.)thought’s. when he retire’s he’ll make about ohh let’s say 1700usd. ballpark. he could make it. king? nope.western standard’s? yep to close!! his dream of doing mission work.? squash’ed. alot of guy’s going there ? have no idea. as to what to expect. and most have this fantasy of finally being someone important. and it’s not true as most havent done the homework. to even set boot on the ground.and i see many of them marching off into the beat of the (LIVE LIKE A KING )battalion. i told him at first. dont go!!! you’ll get robbed. and that was based on my zamboanga trip in the end. i told him to go. but on a vacation not a i’m gonna live here mentallity. (matt you may edit this as you see fit) and to rely heavely on livingincebu.com forum. and matt’s blog. i’m not talking of the sexpat. but a guy that actually wants to help. the one big thing that has to be done away with is the kano tax. i have seen it inthe usa. and am not impressed. i’m not a kano. white. i’m a american indian. a vet. a ex police. ex prison guard. i’m blunt.but i’m fair.i have not dated out of my age range. nor would i. the live like a king is a happy place for most of us? think of.and a few of us. actually go for.

  7. Tropicalpenpals
    March 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Dave,
    post got stuck in the moderation there were 2 hyperlinks in it that weren’t going anywhere so got in the spam queue (tried clicking through them to see if you had added something on purpose in relation to the post but they were broken links). Anyway found the message and added it..

    The Western tax would be more a correct term as in the UK we get hammered. I see my fathers pension taxed yet he earned it with 22 years in the military and still having to work full-time even with his pension (now over 60). If it wasn’t for my mothers health I would advise him to sell up and move here leaving the house rented out in the UK as no doubt balancing the books he could get his tax down to Zero and his standard of living up without actually doing anything. Could he live like a king? he sure could as the UK bleeds people dry the U.S. is easy living in comparison when it comes to taxation the recession and rising fuel costs are hammering the country right now when my father should be looking to settle down and go fishing instead of working.
    Big problem with “living like a king” also is that people gamble their savings with things in the Philippines on quick returns that often go sour and I have a long list of people bust or forced back to the West due to losing more than they should have even thought to gamble. Gamble being the right word as people will guarantee investments here but when they go wrong the people disappear like someone sprinkled pixie dust.. I have added Paul’s link as well by the way people are free to put links into posts as long as they are relative and not like I had on another one earlier which is spam “Wow this is what I was looking for” on a hotel in Cebu yet their link was for modular housing in Florida :-/