My Summary of the Pros and Cons of the Countries I’ve
As part of an interview for a student’s school report, I gave a summary of the
pros and cons of each country I’ve visited. I post it here as a reference
to anyone interested, to serve as a guide in helping one decide which country
is best to visit.
America – It’s where I grew up,
and in a nutshell I’d say it’s good for careers and if you like to work to
death. But a nightmarish hell for dating and social life, as well as
mental health, among the worst if not the worst. Very cliquish and
non-inclusive (unless you go to a church). Hard to meet people too, as
strangers rarely ever talk to each other unless introduced by mutual friends or
for business-related purposes. Plenty of political and religious freedom,
but the lifestyle is based on conformity to the rat race and excess
consumption. (See Propaganda
vs. real life in America ) Also, the
people there tend to act too arrogant and bravado for my taste.
Comparatively speaking, it is friendlier and more sociable in the Southern part
of the country, and the folks who live inland are nicer and more down-to-earth
in comparison to the folks on the coast who are snotty, stuck up, and live in a
fake artificial world. Very beautiful and well-maintained National Park
system though, plenty of diverse recreational areas for the outdoor
adventurer. Great place for business and making money, but not for fun or
for living life to the fullest.
Canada – Similar to the US in some ways, but
different in others. The people share the same values of independence,
individualism and autonomy as the US does. But
Canadians tend to be more educated and informed about the rest of the world
than Americans are, and are more health conscious too. Hence, the people
there are far thinner than Americans. Like the British, they are very
polite and low key, but reserved and distant. (But without the British
sarcastic dry humor of course) To me, they seem too distant and
ghost-like for my taste, almost as if they were in a different dimension.
Thus, I don’t resonate with them much, and in fact, they don’t even seem “there”
to me. They aren’t wild, festive or passionate the way that the countries
I like are. But if you love quiet, peace, and seclusion, it is a nice
place for that.
there tend to be low key, mild mannered, and have good tempers. They
don’t get angry or lose their cool quickly the way Americans do. Nor are
they as hateful of others whom they are against.
country has plenty of fresh beautiful nature and national parks, a paradise for
the outdoor adventurer. But the weather is mostly cold the majority of
the year, too cold for my taste. The country prides itself on PEACE, as
it does not like to get involved in foreign disputes, wars, and
control/conquest like American does. Instead, it likes to remain neutral
and live in peace. And thus, I am neutral about Canada too, as I don’t love or
hate it. It’s just “there”. Lol
women are beautiful, many tall and thin white beauties. But they are very
cliquish and distant. Easy to engage in polite conversation with, but
hard to get dates with or involved with. When asked out, they tend to
immediately say they have a boyfriend/husband or that they are too busy to
Taiwan – Where I was born and
my ethnic descent. Great food, superb family values and strict
morals/ethics. But lacking in culture or intellectualism. Little
appreciation for art and creativity, but extreme focus on practicalities such
as work, money, and academic achievements. Very one dimensional. See my Asian Mentality Treatise and my Taiwan Observations
for deeper analysis. In their narrow mindset, every action is
divided into only two categories – work/study and play.
Like America, they have the belief
that the purpose of life is work – hence a workaholic is seen as the ideal
citizen. Women there are strongly conservative and prudish, afraid even
to shake hands, or even to have their picture taken. They aren’t easy to
meet, and like Americans, don’t talk to strangers unless introduced by mutual
friends. But they are very monogamous and loyal though, so once you get a
partner there, he/she is pretty much yours. Most people there marry their
first or second boyfriend/girlfriend. However, a lot of white males there
have boasted good success with women there, as well as sexual conquests.
But not all of them, as some report the same as me. Lately, the women
there have become more independent and Westernized with the increasing
affluence of the country, and not as modest, loving, or dependent as they were
Japan – Very clean and
modernized, but as we all know, very expensive as well. Its capital of Tokyo is considered the most
expensive city in the world. Like Germany and America, things are very
orderly there. And safe as well.
Taiwan, people are very
strict, serious, and orderly, but humble and modest. Very little
tolerance for differences, and strict adherence to uniformity is
expected. And like Taiwan, too workaholic and
studyaholic for me. People are also very cliquish, and don’t talk to
strangers. When I was there back in 1990, no one there even looked at me
and I felt like I didn’t exist.
there are very beautiful, educated, and have light pale skin. Some
consider Japanese women to be the most beautiful among Asian women. The
women traditionally make very loyal, pleasing and subservient wives, but of
course, with Westernization they are changing a bit. As for dating, you
won’t do well there unless you are White or Japanese, as they see other Asian
races as being inferior to them. Generally racist and xenophobic.
Russia – Very large, the
biggest country in the world. Composed of many different subethnicities,
provinces, and dialects. I spent a year there, so I could say a lot about
it. However, Russia is considered a
paradoxical mystery that not even its own historians understand it. The
country and its people seem to revel in chaos. Thus no formula or pattern
can be relied upon there.
people are very sociable and love meeting new people. Very festive
too. Beautiful women are approachable and love meeting foreigners and
making conversation. But the people have a highly pessimistic mentality
and culture, and like to refer to themselves as “happy pessimists”. Also,
many there are angry and resentful, especially the elderly, which can be seen on
their faces. And there is a cold harshness inherent in the Russian
character, personality, and emotion. Those who need romance, tenderness,
and sensitivity will find Russian relationships cold and lacking.
women are tall and beautiful, and considered among the most attractive in the
world. But with the introduction of capitalism, they’ve become super
greedy and without ethics or conscience. Though they are sociable, they
are not very physically warm, and they BS a lot and are very changeable
too. They are very educated, speak several languages, and dress well.
are generally cheap there, but some things are overpriced, such as clothes,
electronics, going bowling, etc.
architecture in its churches and downtown areas, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But residential
areas tend to be ugly and look run-down. Most buildings look like they
are from the 50’s and 60’s. (which they are)
food is also not good and often tasteless to Western taste buds (though of
course, Russian people love their food, as all nationals do), and there is very
little variety in the cuisine. Even expensive restaurants serve very
mediocre food by Western or Asian standards. They simply aren’t skilled at
using spices and flavors. Or perhaps their taste buds are just different
is cold and snowy most of the year, except in the southern parts of the country
which can be warm and humid.
a fun and interesting country with lots of culture. But deeply corrupted,
greed has run rampant since the fall of communism. Racism and xenophobia
are on the rise there, as well as skinhead groups. Some fear the country
may be headed toward fascism too. So the nation is turning into a
dangerous and unstable place, which it always has been in most of its history.
you must go there, I suggest going to the Eastern half of the country, as it’s
safer and less racist.
Ukraine – I only spent two
weeks there. Very similar to Russians except they are more reserved,
especially on the Western side of the country, I hear, which is where the
Latvia – One of the Baltic states. A small country
located right next to Russia, it is more modernized
in comparison. The people are pleasant, cheerful, modest, low key, easy
going, and dress well. The people are sociable and not stuck up or
snobby. And unlike Russians, they do not have a look of resentment or
anger on their faces.
of European style architecture and buildings, especially in its capital of Riga. Nice vibrant
color. Good quality food. A cute cheerful vibe permeates Latvia, making it seem like a
town out of a fairy tale or Disney movie. Same with the language and
are affordable, not as cheap as Russia, but not as expensive
as Western Europe or America.
are sociable, friendly and like meeting new people. But they are a bit
reserved and not easy to get close to. Also, they tend to treat
foreigners as novelty items rather than humans to get close and intimate
with. Cultivating relationships there takes time.
a very pleasant and positive experience, and a good middle ground between Russia and modernized Western Europe.
Estonia – Another Baltic state.
Tiny country north of Latvia. Similar to Latvia except its people are
Finnish, so they are more reserved and private. Prices are kind of
expensive though, almost as high as in the US. It’s Old Town in Tallinn is very attractive and
breathtaking, cute and colorful.
are nice and polite, but reserved and not “easy”. They dress well
too. But they are not stuck up, snobby, or anti-social.
Lithuania – The third Baltic
state. Small country south of Latvia. My favorite of
the Baltics. Similar to Latvia, but I find its people
to be the friendliest, most cheerful and pleasant. I liked its vibe the
best too. Prices are very cheap, and food is so tasty.
The three Baltic states above have a strange rivalry among each other,
and may say biased things about each other, which you should ignore, because
all of them are pleasant places)
Poland – The last country in Europe that I visited. Nice
culture, lots of history (especially with its demolition in WWII), historical
sites, and museums. People are on the reserved side and not as easy to
meet. They are the snobbiest in the country’s capital of Warsaw, but get friendlier and
more festive as you go south toward the country’s cultural capital of Krakow. Lots of green
pastures, beautiful European architecture, and magnificient holy
cathedrals. The culture is based on Catholic values, so Americans tend to
fit in well.
women tend to be skinny and attractive, but do not have the high fashion sense
as in Russia or the Baltics.
They are nice but reserved and a bit hard to get to know. However, they
tend to prefer white males for romance, so a colored man will have trouble
getting real dates there, though he will have no trouble befriending women or
socializing with them.
a great cultural experience.
Mexico – I was only there for
one day and night in one of its worst areas, the border town of Tijuana. A seedy tourist
town where anything goes, it attracts the worst of Mexicans - the greedy,
hustling, scammers, whores, criminals, etc. And even many normal Mexicans
are afraid to go there.
I can say that I’ve experienced its reputation of being very open, wild,
festive, and inclusive. And that’s normal for Spanish mixed descendents.
Philippines – My favorite country
for meeting women so far, and where I am now. As I mentioned earlier,
it’s women tend to treat you the best. They are tender, romantic, sweet,
dependent, and have a way of making you feel like a real man. (not to be
sexist, but perhaps they play their female evolutionary roles best?) And
they are easygoing, pleasant, cheerful, playful, positive, and easy to get
along with. But they tend to not be well educated, and not intellectual,
so you won’t get much stimulating or intellectual conversation with them.
tend to be very skinny (though that’s changing with the rise of fast food and
donut franchises everywhere, as well as ignorance about nutrition). And
they come in a variety of colors, ranging from very dark, to light olive
complexion, to light pale skin similar to Orientals. So they come in a
nice variety of colors and shades.
more details, see my ecstatic update - From pessimist in the US to optimist in the Philippines – Why I like Filipinas
of living is very cheap. And your dollars here are multiplied 4 or 5
times in purchasing power. Single attractive women are available
everywhere, and are very approachable and easy to meet. They appreciate
nice guys and treat them the way they deserve to be treated, thus a nice guy
will get complete justice here.
country has a simple culture which is nowhere as rich, elaborate, or colorful
as Europe’s. There are some Spanish architecture
and European style towns here (e.g. Vegan) as well as artsy cities (Baguio). But to many,
that’s ok, because the caliber of women sure make up for it.
weather year round, and with over 7000 islands, offers countless white sand
beaches for your recreation pleasure. Thus, it’s a hot spot for American
many third world countries though, there are a lot of scammers, beggars,
cheaters, hustlers, and opportunists, but they are located mostly in Manila and Angeles City. But most people
are kind, warm, and hospitable. They are not strict, but are very lax.
isn’t that great compared to other Asian countries, unless you are a
Filipino. The cuisine lacks variety, skill, taste, sophistication.
People are not very nutrition-conscious.
is also the least racist of the Asian countries, and most nonjudgmental.
People don’t complain or criticize, and mixed kids are not discriminated
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