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The Asian Travel Guide to Asia
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RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia
I've been in Manila for just about a week now, so I figured it was a good point to share some things I've noticed.

Because I'm a video game nerd, I feel the easiest way to explain this is with an Assassin's Creed analogy.

I should first preface, that I am a 6'0, dark-skinned, Chinese American, short cropped hair with some facial hair now, and I regularly wear glasses. My standard outfit has been a button down with sleeves rolled up, navy blue chino shorts, and black and white monochrome sneakers. I expect that deviations from this will result in different, maybe drastically so, results.

For me though, walking around on the street could be considered "stealth" or "low-profile" mode. I'm generally not solicited by hookers, ladyboys, street vendors, trike drivers, condo salesmen, or whatever else is around. I actually did a very informal experiment on this. I walked behind a standard busted white dude, cargo shorts, flip flops, Hawaiian shirt, and beer belly, counting how many solicitations he got. I tailed at about 10 yards and also counted how many approached me, just as foreign, following up behind.

In 5 blocks on Manila proper, he was accosted 24 times. I was only approached 3 times.

But this is just low profile mode; me silently walking with purpose and a generally dispassionate look on my face. Performing certain actions quickly put me in "tourist" or "high profile" mode. The main one was taking a picture of anything with my phone. Instantly the gig is up. Others include being a little more cautious about walking down the street as jeepneys barrel down inches from you, not understanding Tagalog when prompted, or saying anything.

Overall, the vibe is basically that people felt something was a bit off about me, maybe worth a double take or glanceover, but ultimately they couldn't really be bothered to give a fuck. Not like the eye rape and awe that white foreigners received. (I've only seen a grand total of four black brothers here this whole time, so the sample size is too insignificant)

There are definitely additional things I could have done to further my camo, including:

wearing jeans, most guys my age were, but I value not having heatstroke so that was something I would not compromise on.

not wearing glasses: I guess most guys wear contacts or nothing, only a few university uniform nerdy looking guys were the others wearing glasses.

being a bit more tan still.

speaking just a few more words of Tagalog. I got lazy in that I did pretty much no language prep for this place.

In terms of girls, I have taken Chinito Loco's words under advisement, and have now been telling girls that I'm either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, just to see what sort of different reactions I get. It's not scientific at all, since they are entirely different girls, but it'd be interesting to see if our general trends we postulate crystallize. More on that at the conclusion of my trip in another week.
06-16-2016 11:17 PM
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The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Zerdame - 02-17-2016, 11:57 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Gas - 02-20-2016, 09:00 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - 262 - 02-22-2016, 06:48 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 02-24-2016, 10:31 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - JWLZG - 02-22-2016, 06:23 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - JWLZG - 02-22-2016, 07:10 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - 262 - 03-07-2016, 04:34 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jayko - 03-13-2016, 12:45 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-13-2016, 10:38 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jayko - 03-13-2016, 12:50 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-13-2016, 12:58 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jayko - 03-13-2016, 01:09 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-13-2016, 01:15 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jayko - 03-13-2016, 01:28 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-13-2016, 01:34 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jayko - 03-13-2016, 01:46 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-13-2016, 11:57 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-26-2016, 10:45 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 03-27-2016, 11:46 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - pman - 05-03-2016, 09:36 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - pman - 05-27-2016, 05:44 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-11-2016, 01:28 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-11-2016, 09:20 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Joeno - 06-12-2016, 04:50 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Joeno - 06-17-2016, 07:15 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-17-2016, 10:00 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jjk - 06-17-2016, 09:44 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-17-2016, 11:32 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-18-2016, 04:41 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - swuglyfe - 06-16-2016 11:17 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Joeno - 06-18-2016, 05:06 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - HOD - 06-18-2016, 08:16 AM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - jj90 - 06-18-2016, 07:47 PM
RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Joeno - 06-19-2016, 06:28 PM
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