My neighbours are intimidating
My neighbours are intimidating - Suckling dating
They were not built to make better scenery for tourists!
Secure subdivisions don’t exist outside the bigger cities and may be less necessary, but don’t fool yourself.
Enthusiasm for their new life in the Philippines, thinking that the situation Philippines is the same as life in the US can prevent foreigners from taking common sense precautions to provide for their own safety in the Philippine context.
I’ve been following news of murders of foreigners in the Philippines for several years.
It’s dangerous for them to get involved, just as it may be dangerous for you to intervene to help someone in the middle of the night.
A well-liked, long-time American resident of Iloilo City was recently stabbed to death in his apartment. After all, the American was a big guy, a martial arts enthusiast, being murdered by four young men.
If you live in a city, living in a gated, guarded subdivision probably is safer.
It’s not perfect, but low-life characters may find it a bit harder, bit more intimidating, more frightening to get in at night, and a bit harder to flee. I have literally walked more than a thousand of miles on the streets of Iloilo City and lonely rural paths in the country. No one has robbed me or threatened me or tried to pick my pocket or done anything but treat me with respect and kindness.(See this article in the New York Times about the psychology of “lock” and “no lock” advocates.) For small-town Americans, the Philippines can be quite different. Now we live in a house we built in a rural area, on a dead end road with no close neighbors. The worst crime we have been a victim of is being overcharged for shrimp in the public market. Nonetheless, when I read posts by expats saying that there’s no more crime in the Philippines than there is in the USA, I’m concerned.When we first moved to Iloilo City we lived in an unusually secure private compound in Iloilo City. Americans from LA or Baltimore or Miami might not see much difference.The neighbors were very close, in a close-packed neighborhood. The neighbors peeked in the windows in the morning and the guy was dead.