“So… you don’t want the rooster?” – Preparing For Life In The Philippines

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


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  2. talking about roosters i was on the phone to webjet. i heard a rooster in the back ground and i asked the girl are you in the philippines she said yes working from home. haha

  3. In the United States the society is collapsing All American expats are high stress and freak out President Biden is screwing up with high high inflation so when the American Expat brings this craziness to Philippines

  4. I kept saying I was going to get a rooster to ride with me on the rusi down to the El Dorado resort so it could scream out when it was time to turn.

  5. thank you for declaring your American political allegiance. This helps me decide which you tube channels to support. Tally-ho

  6. Hi Henry! I sense a little “edge” to your contribution today!
    I hope this doesn’t happen, but I fear that you might get a minor backlash regarding your comments on gay people, ladyboys, cross-dressers, etc! I understand what you were getting at – basically that we must all accept what we find in countries we are visiting that are not our own. We cannot change them to suit our own views and norms, nor should we try to. So you’re right.
    However, in these sensitive times, I think choice of words is important. Remember that many of your subscribers and fans will be gay (possibly up to one in ten), and I am sure you are pleased to welcome them.
    You make reference to being tolerant and say that, for example about ladyboys in particular, if you only go to the malls, you may not run into “very many”, and….”you can always avoid people you don’t want to deal with”.
    Then…”if somebody wants to be gay, let them do their thing….etc”. and…”I don’t have to agree with somebody’s choices to tolerate them”. I know you are trying to put across the idea of being tolerant and open-minded, which is great, but at the same time I think some gay people may not go along with your inferences and general approach to the subject!
    After all, if someone said to you…”If you want to be straight, then do your thing….I can tolerate you but it doesn’t mean that I approve of what you are doing”. I think that would not be an acceptable thing to say or to think, Henry. Don’t you agree? By the way, just as you can’t help being straight, so gay people can’t help being gay – there is unfortunately no personal choice in the matter!

    I respect you greatly for your intellect and innate generosity of thought. I have viewed countless numbers of your very intuitive and entertaining videos over a long period, and I will continue to do so. I believe this is the first time I have heard you talking about gay people, including lesbians and trans people. I am sure you meant well, but I don’t think that your thoughts and ideas came across too well this time! I am sorry!

  7. Your video is an excellent reminder that Philippines is a very befuddling place! (seeing as I haven’t been there in 20 months)… My Philippine experience has taught me all about the “Filipino way” of doing things. Just sort of have to deal with it and not get bent out of shape. My partner normally deals with the BS that arises, so I don’t have to. I continually remind myself when I see stupid stuff, it isn’t only the Philippines! There are morons everywhere.

  8. I’ve been to 42 countries. The most important thing we can do is be civil and show good manners.

  9. Gotta say, Henry, I really love the anecdotal reflections you give out from time to time. I can so identify with your experiences, having been married to a Filipina for 30 years, I’ve been in similar situations, and if you don’t get it perfectly right, all hell can break loose.
    The girl on the motorcycle story was also really amusing.
    The Philippines can be an insane world, but if you accept it for what it is, it will add yet another dimension to your logical thought train.

  10. Calling people out is an American pastime….holding ones tongue in Asia would ruin living there

  11. Hi ya Reekay! – Had me cracking up at the chicken story! – Overall a great video with excellent message / content ! – – you back in PI ?? ……Cul, VegasJim

  12. “So…you don’t want the chickens?” Hahaha…so classic.
    I enjoy the younger version, new discoveries and new interactions…such great lessons learned along the way.
    These were the videos I watched when I was intrigued with the Philippines…you opened lots of doors and answered questions I didn’t realize I had with the culture.

  13. Regarding the chicken story, what would you say was that guy’s intentions? Would you say he was sincere, heard you wanted chickens and took the initiative to help get you what you wanted? Or malicious, though he could make a easy profit off of the dumb foreigner? Just curious because I’ve been in similar situations and thought the other person’s intention could have gone either way.

  14. Awesome content Henry, I’m sure I saw this originally but it has been so long that I didn’t recall this one. All the best in Cally, and hope we’re both back in Phils soon, JD

  15. You dont need a rooster to have eggs unless you want fertilized eggs. For me unfertilized eggs are ideal for eating unless again you want belot

  16. LOL, I remember this vid well from yesteryear. When I first moved to the north part of Panay here I stayed at a small cottage on the sea at this resort to get settled. I ended up being there over 8 months & got to know workers well. I commented how much I loved eating duck growing up , how much I missed it & wish I could get it now. Well a couple days later a live duck showed up in the pens there & after I asked why it was there was told it was for me. The fact that I didn’t really have any way of preparing it or cooking it never crossed anyone’s mind either.
    You once did a old vid maybe worth reposting on walking street peddlers selling there wares & asking yourself why they do it & realizing if they didn’t they wouldn’t eat at all & it’s a survivor skill .

  17. I use to live in orange California off of 55 went to orange high school , geez with all the beautiful blonde, in California, who in their right mind would look at a trans

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