If you place a bunch of crabs in a basket, not one would probably get out. If a crab sees another crab on top, it would pull it down so that it can get on top of other crabs. This cycle goes on and on. Most Filipinos try to out do each other and competitive spirit is so strong. Everyone wants to win “Crab Mentality” Filipinos have. Crab mentality describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” crab mentality is the tendency to “outdo another at the other’s expense” or to “pull down those who strive to be better.” It’s often said that our culture defines what we are. How we see ourselves is more likely how other people will see us. We’re a sunny kind of people. We laugh at hard times and we smile in spite of everything. The typical Filipino is more likely to take an optimistic view of things, even if things are really bad. One of our better traits is our ability to laugh at ourselves. We’d laugh even if it’s ourselves we’re laughing at.
But despite of Filipinos Big BS attitude they have managed to survive. They continue to find ways to earn and provide for their needs. Some of them take on menial, yet decent jobs. Rain or shine, day and night, these guys work with a smile on their lips and determination in their hearts. Filipinos have managed to survive. They continue to find ways to earn and provide for their needs.
Filipinos can fix everything and sell anything,that is a true testament of their resiliency, smarts, and hardwork. They find a way to make a living doing odd jobs such as labandera.The ‘labandera’ [person who washes the laundry] Labandera’ is derived from the word ‘laba,’ which means to wash, specifically to wash dirty clothes. Mostly female, their service can be availed on a daily or weekly basis. Should you hire them to do the laundry, you may be required to provide for the detergents and fabric softener. Most of them get the job done by washing the clothes with their hands but you can always lend them your washing machine for faster results.
Then the babaero este barbero. ‘Barbero’ is the Tagalog term for barber . Their service is very obvious: they cut, trim and style your hair. There are a lot of barbershops in the Philippines and most of them charge you very reasonably price for every haircut.If you give them big tips, they’ll provide you with a lot of amazing stories about politics, humor and Manny Pacquiao. You could even learn a Pinoy joke and sexual gossips from them, too.
If you’re stuck on traffic in your own car and you want to smoke and got run out of HOPE the “takatak” boys are near you. They are young and not-so-young men that sell bubble gums, menthol candies but basically cigarettes on the street. Hence, they are called cigarette vendors. “Takatak” is a coined term derived from the sound that the cigarette box’ lid [where their money is put] make when it slides up and down in rapid succession. Vendors usually do this to call customer attention. O-Ling learned the rendition “Kung Malaya Lang Ako” in the street signing his frustration.
If you only depend on public transportation pay attention to the “barker” they have indefatigable vocal chords more powerful than megaphone, these people are responsible for ‘calling out’ bus, jeepney ad FX passengers. They’re not necessarily counted as the driver’s official sidekick but they surely help them out by luring commuters to hit a ride. If you take the jeepney make sure you have enough change. Drivers will get piss if you pay in large bills show respect by paying in exact amount.
Tricycle and pedicab are also available transportation if you are in a hurry. Tricycle is made up of a motorcycle with sidecars attached to it to allow up to 3-4 passengers. Pedicab is basically the same but this one uses a bicycle which remind every Filipino of Jose Pidal.These modes of transportation also have their own terminal, which is popularly known as ‘toda.’ They are often seen stationed street corners, in the market, near the park or in any easy-to-spot corner. Pedicab and tricycle is our poorman’s version of taxicab, they can transport you to any points for a fee depending on how far your destination is even you travel from Aparri to Jolo. They are not metered so the service fee is not fixed and the driver only relies on his passenger’s generosity.Tip them in $ 10 bills to make them happy so that they can have extra money to buy some balut for there less than a dozen children.