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I met up with publicduende recently at the mall and we had an enjoyable but too brief chat due to his schedule. He visited me at my place a week later and we continued our conversation about various topics including girls of course. I had my current favorite Filipina visiting me, so he met her too, and later commended me on her cuteness, saying she was perfect and a keeper. He strikes me as a really honest, humble and hard working guy. He told me he is single and has little time for girls, since he is often working 6 or 7 days a week at his business here. A local friendship has been made and hopefully more time will be spent getting to know one another more. Always nice to have such a positive experience meeting another HA'er, and looking forward to further hang outs together. Ciao!
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Thanks WND. I had a brief but enjoyable time talking to you on those two occasions, and I hope there will be many more. You are unfortunately very right about my chronic lack of free time. It's one of the reasons why I am not posting here anymore. I can only keep assuring that Davao is a good place to be as an entrepreneur, not just a tourist or retiree.
That's really good to know publicduende. How is the internet there? I mostly work online, so that is a major factor to me.
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What happened to the Colombian wife? Or am I getting this mixed up with someone else?
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LOL you're not getting mixed up. My wife and I are drifting apart. Before the usual nasties jump at my jugular, let's clarify a couple of things:
1) it's not because either of us cheated on the other;
2) it's because we don't have much reason to be together anymore...the passion was fading, we don't have kids, I wanted to pursue this venture here and she didn't want to contemplate the idea of moving here;
3) we're still in excellent terms and respect each other.
I am happy somebody took notice of this. I wish I had my wife on my side but, as things stand, she's probably better off in the UK. She needs a decent job to support her family back in Colombia.
Im glad that will n dowd and publicduende get along. Although WND ignores me, it doesn't disqualify his disposition of why he's tired of Canadian women and now he's a pornstar in the Phillippines.
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We met up again last weekend at my place, and then had a double date with my girl and her co worker back at his place, only a few minute walk from mine. My Filipina had a co worker that was single and apparently interested in foreigners, so they both came to my place, and then the 4 of us headed back to publicduende's place and ordered pizza. His Filipina housemate was there too and turns out was school mates with my girls friend so the 3 Filipinas and the 2 foreign dudes hung out for a few hours there.
It was a fun time eating, chatting and laughing together, but my girls single since birth friend was clearly way too shy for publicduende and probably almost any foreigner, and she didn't say much unless asked. Even though she is cute, slim and petite, she was clearly way out of her league with a confident foreign guy like publicduende.
What kind of business are you doing in the Philippines, Public Duende? Do you mind sharing details or advice? Isn't it risky with low payoff, to do business in the Phlippines? People don't usually recommend foreigners to do that because it's too easy to get screwed over there, and the country is too corrupt. Plus the payoff and profit potential is too low. Only the Chinese seem to do well in business there, because they are the "Jews of Asia".
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I am running a software consultancy. That people tend to screw you over is true if you are a foreigner in any country, even the UK
It's not a local restaurant kind of business. It's a Filipino stock corporation with 2 foreign majority partners and 3 Filipino partners (one of whom is a young, very bright developer from Manila). We are using PEZA (http://www.peza.gov.ph/) to get incentives such as 4 years of zero corporation tax, no VAT and no custom tax on imports, which resets to a comfortable 5% flat corporation tax. PEZA is also the only way I am able to get an entrepreneur Visa without putting down a large capital, as well as a work permit. No Filipina wife needed.
I am facing a lot of hurdles, yes, but I feel motivated, love Davao and want to create something not only myself, but Davaoenos can be proud of.
The Philippines have all the cards in the deck to become an Asian tiger. Up to Duterte and the Filipino here not to screw up this golden chance.
And by the way, it might well be true that working-class Filipinos/as might be uneducated, lazy and dumb as you say. It is also true that the country does have a a lot of very smart professionals, young and less young. True to the "brain drain" phenomenon that plagues Italy (among other first-world countries), most of the better ones are found abroad. But if one has the right connections, networking with people of excellent intellectual, professional and moral quality is not at all hard.