Can’t help it
I spent my Monday afternoon in my favorite café. As I wait for my coffee to be served, a group of Korean students lined up in the counter to order. The barista took each of their orders with an extra-ordinary service, which apparently I didn’t get when I was still ordering and paying in.
I self-serviced my coffee while the barista delivered their coffees on their own table. He even offered them an upgrade. I just hate it when you are treated second class on your own native country. A sad truth about some Filipinos, having inferiority complex to foreign people and a talent to kiss ass those fair colored skins.
They went shrieking and shouting at each other, which annoyed me to the nth level prompting me to drink my coffee with clinched teeth. I didn’t go here for a Metallica concert, I came here to unwind and rest.
I don’t hate Koreans. In fact, there are few who became my friends. But there are also instances why sometimes I hate some of them. These are some of it, which I noted in my hate book.
1. I still remember one Korean classmate in my Humanity class. He called one classmate of mine a brown monkey because she’s ugly. That we are the country who catches up all “pinaglumaan” na gamit from their nation. I can still remember he referred pinaglumaan as garbage. And we are the collectors. I raised my war flag and we ended up in the dean’s office.
2. I rode a cab one time and asked him why the cab smelled like a cancer stick. I asked the driver if he smokes inside the cab, he answered me with a slight angry tone:
“No, the Koreans did”.
“And you didn’t stop them?”
“They can’t understand, as my English is limited”.
We all follow laws in other countries, why do Koreans have to make their own rules in our very OWN land?
3. A Korean and a prosti made out in a bangka one faithful night in a resort, which are both too drunk to care what they are doing. There are only two groups that night, the Koreans and us. The guard and staffs watched them with eagerness. Indeed the show is a blockbuster. My only question is, why did the management let it happened and the guard did not give them a firing shot? Bakit yung mga pinoy na gumagawa ng scandal sa public kinukulong? Bakit yung Korean pinalakpakan after ng show?
4. A friend of mine who happened to work in BIR, told me that Koreans don’t get Filipinos as their tourist guide. Isn’t it weird? Koreans as tourist guides? In the Philippines? Does it mean they know more about our motherland than the natives? You know what’s worst? They don’t pay the goddammed taxes! Complete bullshit.
5. I worked as an English teacher before in a Korean summer camp. They did not ask for a TOR when I applied and gladly they accepted me. Here’s the bad news. The management took 20% of my salary because I did not pass one. For that simple reason? Eh hindi naman nila hinanap during application period. I learned that the parents of those students paid a hefty amount of money to send them here to study English. And pinoy teachers/tutors only get a small amount of that money. We don’t have benefits such as allowances or even SSS.
So I shoved my resignation letter down to their ass buckets and walked away with my middle finger up in the air.
I just don’t understand it when some of us are fond of putting foreign people to pedestals giving up our own value of self-respect. Gone are the days when we are under a colony. I can’t seem to find the significance of putting the word republic in the Philippines if we are still suppressed to express ideas and emotions.
This is how I feel. This is what I think. And I will say it no matter what.