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Back Into the Black Sep 1, 2013

Back Into the Black

Location: Davao City, Philippines

Sob Stories
Since I stopped dying my hair black and now sporting my natural salt 'n pepper look, a strange thing started happening with the women I meet, specifically the minimum wage earners I casually get into conversations with as I eat in restos and do my errands. They tell me things with the same recurring theme - they're out of money. Of course, it's delivered in varied forms - the scripted sob story of how life is hard, their intention to marry a foreigner to lift them out of poverty, or a blatant request for phone load. Given their economic imperatives, I don't take it personally. In fact, I sympathise for their plight. But even if I have the loose change, a milking cow is not exactly a role I'm willing to play.

Changing the Book Cover
I'm now curious. Would they be using the same lame script to someone they perceive is younger? I am about to find out. But first, a quick trip to the drugstore for some hair color.

Ending Thoughts
Honestly? It's sad that our female minimum wage earners had been pushed to that brink of veiled mendicancy. But if I want to listen to some sob story, I'd just engage a Manila taxi driver to a conversation. The moment he flags his meter down, he goes into auto-pilot about life's hardships. It seems to be the new con.

--- TheLoneRider

ps - this blog may come across as arrogant and I run that risk by posting it. My apologies if I sound rude to my city host (Davao City), but that is never the intention. I am always grateful for being allowed to be here. However, when I see a spade, I call it a spade - and of course, I could be wrong, as I have been many times. But I'd rather run that risk than sugar-coat my words to make it palatable to the reading public. I'm sure you've had enough of that fill from our politicians - you certainly don't need it from me. Again, my apologies.

Hair Color Blogs:

  1. Back Into the Black Sep 1, 2013
  2. Into The Black Jan 31, 2012

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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