Haven’t you heard about all the kidnappings there?
The U.S. State Department has issued warnings to U.S. citizens about traveling to the Philippines.
The Philippines has had at least five terrorist related incidents this year!
Let’s take a step back for a minute and examine something. How do we define dangerous? Could it be maybe how many murders are carried out in a country? That would be a fair barometer as long as we are spouting stats and scaring the hell out of people.
Let’s compare the murder rates of say.. I don’t know.. the U.S. and the Philippines. Oh, wait, this can’t be true! Did you know that this year there have been almost 10,000 more murders in the U.S. than in the Philippines? Oh, well then, there must be more people in the U.S. than in the Philippines so that’s why the number looks like that. Ok, well, 310 million in the U.S. and the Philippines? 94 million.
Wait, that means the murder rate in the U.S. is about .04 per 1000 people. So I looked at countries listed from top to bottom and found that we (U.S.) were listed 24th of 62 countries on the list. Guess what? The Philippines is not even on the list? How could this be true?
I learned a long time ago not to believe everything I hear. Do you know that there are people travelling all over the world right now and they are releativly safe? One blog I read almost every week is one called “Wandering Earl” . This guy is amazing. He lives from the income he derives from his laptop and globetrots all over the world. He is right now in Syria. He has found it to be one of the most welcoming places (and pro American by the way) of all the countries he has been too!
I know of several Americans living in the Philippines full time such as Dave Dewall. He lives on an island calle “Guimaras” with his wife and enjoying life to the fulles and writes about it often. Dave has a funny, practical view of life in the Philippines as an American.
I have found Filipino’s to be the most warm, friendly people in the world. I love to go and visit! The economy is getting better, and the U.S. dollar goes very far. Right now the exchange rate is about 43 pesos per one U.S. dollar.$40.00, a meal can be had for one dollar on the street. I took my whole family to the movie in Iloilo for about $12.00. That was about 12 of us!
You can always find reasons for not doing something. Fear should not always be your guide. Remember we had over 3,000 people killed in a terrorist attack in Manhatton and we still go to see the place. I’ve been there twice!
Dare to live your life and get outside of your comfort zone.
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