Living Life in Hard Mode a.k.a. The Philippines
The Philippines is a very complicated place to love. On one hand, it’s a country that has great people, good values, and multiple opportunities. On the other hand, it has horrible people, questionable values, and a severe lack of opportunities.
It’s a win-lose situation here.
You know it's bad when seeing good news on the timeline is more surprising than seeing the bad nowadays. I wake up, see that the pandemic response is (heavily) flawed , I feel angry/ sad about it the rest of the day, then I go back to sleep and repeat.
If we’re not busy fighting other countries, we’re going at it with each other. Neither benefits anyone. If there’s one good thing I can say about Filipinos, it's that they’re really headstrong about their values. Religious, political, conservative, liberal, or just any other opinion. They will take it to their grave if they have to. And yes, that is also a bad thing.
The pandemic hit the whole world hard but not as hard as we have it back here. When we were ranked as one of the worst places to be in amidst COVID-19, I wasn’t even surprised. If anything, I’m more shocked that the rest of the world didn’t realize it sooner.
More than just the pandemic.
We’ve been on the struggle bus for so long.
It’s just tiring to have to live through it all every single day. Like dang, pick a struggle at least, not throw it all out one after the other.
It’s more “fun” in the Philippines.
Sometimes, they just cancel each other out.
Even though is becoming more and more attractive each day that passes, I can’t fully say I despise it. Maybe it’s because it’s the place I’ve known all my life, or maybe I just like a little challenge. Either way, the Philippines is a country you just love to hate, or the other way around whatever floats your boat.