[quote=“bob_honest”]An update, the BHexit of Bob Honest from Taiwan is coming close. So far we have a sales booth running in a shopping center in Manila Metro and it makes a black zero. Linked to existing business of local family of wife.
I am a bit uncertain about the plans of wife and local family for a 2nd business, which is to be a restaurant at a local high street in a rather average area. So NOT in the safe zones with with white-clad security. Open main street, everybody can go there.
Okay, I tended to change my appearance when I traveled in Latin America back in the days. Glue in hair to have it combed backwards and becoming black, not shaving that much and wearing beige shirt and pants with a spot or two and getting mistaken for a local maintenance guy, i.e. in Havanna. Italian asshat never gave me a tip after I helped him to open his hotel room door. Arrogant Euros
However my son looks rather Caucasian and I doubt I will be able to put glue into his hair
So my question to people knowing Manila or Philippines is: What about kidnapping? If people notice there is a restaurant with maybe some German sausages and a somewhat foreign looking dude sometimes showing up in the restaurant with his little son… Does not sound good to me.
Edit: Local family’s security concept is to only keep 5000 Pesos in the cash register, but that does not really solve the kidnapping danger…
Wife is giggling about my concerns, but then again she is Taiwanese and that makes “don’t think too much” the predominant rule of life.
Threats of kidnapping seem to linger, but I’ve yet to hear of a single verified incident involving the child of a foreigner. My kid is so mestizo-looking that my wife is often mistaken for his yaya. But we aren’t taking any chances. We generally do not let the kid out of our sight unless we’re at home behind the gated walls. Every so often we’ve looked at purchasing free-standing property, but due to general circumstances, I would not feel comfortable in such a situation. From here, we’ll move to an even more protected environment.
We see how people react to our kid and we don’t really feel threatened by the attention he gets, but we are keen to keep an eye on the periphery. There was a particular trike driver who consistently gave us a pedophile vibe, and his efforts to gain access to the kid put him on the blacklist. Otherwise, we feel fairly safe within our usual confines of Makati, BGC, and parts of Pasay and Mandaluyong. I get nervous when we’re as far out as Quezon City.
Having said all that, if I could get my wife to agree on it, I’d move them to Taiwan for a while, just to breathe easy about safety. No matter where I am in the Philippines, I feel the target on my back - real or perceived - and I don’t trust anybody. I mean, a lot of it is just petty bullshit, like, we ordered a pizza and the delivery guy swiped my brand-new pair of Sanuk flip-flops. And I saw the fucker bend down but I thought maybe he’d dropped some change. Never did I imagine he’d be knicking my floppers. After enjoying a slice, I went out to hit the sari-sari for some Royal and my floppers were gone. That kind of shit bugs me way way more than the threat of kidnapping.