Are you foreigner in your own country ?

@jaiho2009 (39019)
Philippines
June 29, 2011 5:44pm CST
People loves to travel and visit other country/countries. I am sure that most traveler and adventurer might have explored their own country and visited famous /tourists spots and places in their country. Now this remind me of an old song that says the same title that i wrote. "are you a foreigner in your own country" some lyrics goes like this "there is a foreigner from other country,who is mesmerized by the beauty of your country,and promised to came back to explore more of it. And there YOU are exploring other countries but You have never been to places that this foreigner been in your very own country. You seems to know very well other countries but YOU never knew Your very own country. What a shame,because the foreigner knows more about your country more than you knew! And you are talking proudly of other places(country) but never known your homeland" Thinking aloud...yah,are you/we foreigners in our own country? Just share your thought dear mylotters and share your country as well. Have a good Thursday everyone
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14 responses
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
hi jaiho, You don't sleep again (i think it's my fault) Oh well you know how much I love to travel it's just Mom don't allow me but I've been to some places specially beaches here I am proud of what our country had and I hope I can still get the chance to explore it in the near future . I don't feel that I am a foreigner I have enough knowledge about our country though foreigners always had the chance to explore it first. happy mylotting
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Oh no,don't blame yourself for my insomnia (hehehe) Thu I don't enjoy the fight with (you and other mylotter )hehehe. It gives me smile and a big laugh...hahaha (love nuts!) I hope you still have a good sleep after that crying time (bwuhuhuhuhu) okay,we don't need to travel the whole Philippines to know more about our country. I just remember those people(countrymen) who talks so much about other country/countries that they've been and never been to places here in our country... good morning...where's my coffee
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• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Come on it's not a love nuts I don't know if I had a sleep or nap all I do is lay down and close my eyes when I opened my eyes I saw the ray of sun I thought I reached heaven or planet mercury hahaha! Your coffee is waiting and you can have my breakfast too....you know I really don't eat breakfast hugs
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
ugh! forget breakfast...I never eaten breakfast since birth. that's the meal that I forget to include in my vocabulary
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• Philippines
30 Jun 11
i have been to the 17 regions of our country, but i have to say i haven't explored our local land still the way i like to, and i want to see more. i have seen nature's beauty, and what reality lies at the other side of the fence for our less fortunate people. thru my ngo work before, i was able to visit different areas from ilocos region to the islands of basilan and sulu. not the famous tourist spots, but the areas where economically challenged residents dwell. i have ridden in all sorts of transport vehicles, the way locals do. eaten local food except for exotic delicacies. i love visiting other countries and learn other cultures too. so far, i've only been to 7 asian lands beyond ours. and it's very interesting. no matter where i go, my heart remains with our homeland and its people. the country has been thru a lot of challenges and continues to struggle. so in our own little ways, loving our country back can be shown thru the little efforts in making a difference to the lives of the locals, its people. i guess if i say i'm a homebody...nobody would believe that i've visited so many of our local areas already. lol i really am a homebody. and i wouldn't believe it myself. that i actually did what i did when i've visited some of the areas i've been thru. but i look at them as little adventures. in the next few months i'll be visiting davao, bohol, cebu and iloilo, for about a week in each area. and i'm quite excited about it. have a great thursday!
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
yes, totally tired after each travel. sometimes i just wanna sleep and sleep and sleep some more. hehe which last escapade? the 19th during the golden wedding anniversary? the 25th during the andrew lloyd webber musical? the morning after? or last tue? hehe
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
2 Jul 11
everything...I want to know the best and latest new
• Philippines
2 Jul 11
the latest is today. lol but it is best told in a pm or chat, not broadcasted in mylot.
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@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
I love the Philippines! It may not be the best place on earth, but no matter where I will be going to in the future, here is where I will always go home to. I love traveling to the different islands. This year alone, I've been exploring the country - underground river in Palawan, climbing the pristine Mt. Timbak in Benguet, rocking Camiguin-CdO-Bukidnon (best trip this year, so far), river-trekking and beachineering at the Quezon Province, beach camping at Zambales, sharing with our kulot brothers and sisters at Bamban, Tarlac and planting mahogany seedlings at Mt. Sembrano, Rizal. All I can say is that our country is beautiful and we should all help preserve it. I have a lot more exploring lined up this year, and I suggest to our fellow kababayans here, and invite all other lotters to visit our place. Happy Thursday and Last-Day-of-the-Month, too!
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
hello glory, That's adventure really,and I like it too. I've been to many places here in our country too,thu haven't explored the whole place that I visited,but I can still say I've seen the beauty of our nature here in our country. I want to see more places in Montalban Rizal and climb those peaks too,the river is quite interesting too. have a Happy Thursday
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@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
waterfalls - waterfalls at mt. sembrano
Right! After we planted the trees, we had a dip at a certain part of the river/falls. The water was really cool! What a treat after the tiring climb! Here's a snapshot of it.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
I checked the photo and it's so wonderful place. have a great weekend my friend
• United States
29 Jun 11
At some times, I really do feel like a foreigner in the state I live in. I live in South Florida and if I go to certain areas it's all hispanic people that speak Spanish and I feel like I've traveled to another country. I don't mind if people move to where I live from other countries, I just wish they would take the time to learn a little bit of the language. It gets annoying when I'm in a store and ask an employee a question and they just look at me because they only speak Spanish and not English. I mean, if you're going to work somewhere and interact with people, shouldn't you at least be able to speak the language? I'm not trying to be rude to foreign people moving to where I live, it's just something that really bothers me when they only speak Spanish and get annoyed when I ask them something in English. It's like, hello! You moved to where I live remember? We speak English here. I know the U.S. is supposed to be a melting pot but people should at least try and understand the language. lol...Sorry for the mini rant.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
hello courtknee, I do understand about it. Here in my country it is very amazing that foreigners who sets their business and open small business or even tried to settle here knows our language. Of course,at first we and they speak English (the communication bridge) and later when you spoke to them,they already knew few of our language (native) I remember one time I visited an Indian store in a mall near my place and speak in English with the owner and then he replied back with my native tongue. Wow,I was amazed and he really did speak well,thu the accent sounds funny,but I never mind about the accent eh. You are right,people who wants to live or decide to live in our country just/must adjust and learn something from our own...and not us to follow and adjust to them (just my opinion as well) as long as we respect them and their rights...aint? never mind the rant... have a good day always
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• United States
30 Jun 11
thanks for your understanding :) It's always been something that's bothered me. I'm fine with it if they at least try and speak the native language, it doesn't have to be perfect, just an attempt is fine with me
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
and I guess they really should...
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@bostonphil (4398)
• United States
29 Jun 11
Interesting discussion. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. I left home at 18 going out to Los Angeles and then north to San Francisco. By some fluke, I ended up in Central Texas in 1972. I am a yankee and I have a strong Boston accent. And it has presented real problems in Central Texas. I have heard persons refer to me as a foreigner. In 1972, I met people who refused to talk to me because of my accent. And would you believe that some of those same persons, who are still alive, still do not speak to me. When I came to Texas, I did not understand the culture and history that is Texas. I did not realize that my being a yankee with a strong yankee accent could possibly be such a problem. I have been tolerated but never accepted. I have always been an outsider looking in. If I knew back then what I now know, I would never have moved from San Francisco to Central Texas in 1972.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
hello bostonphil, Some natives of other islands here in my country also moved to other places and face same accent problem. But they are not just tolerated but also accepted ,that's the difference with your situation (sad) I am sorry to hear that after so many years,you are still been treated as an outsider. I hope you still make good friends with few people out there. thanks for your response and have a good day always
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• United States
30 Jun 11
I have never been able to form close friendships here. I have always been an outsider looking in and never accepted. I have casual friendships only and lots of acquaintances but no close friend . I am now 66 and receiving social security with extra income from a part time job. I am going to be leaving Texas in the next couple of years. There are no roots here even after 30 plus years in the community. I will be going to another region of the country: maybe Nevada, Colorado or Florida.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
I wish you all the best for another new adventure my friend. have a great weekend ahead then
30 Jun 11
No.. because I really appreciate all the beautiful places that we have in my country. I'm also lovin' the culture and tradition that we have, specially the hospitality of our people. and I'm really proud to my country and for being a FILIPINA..
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
hello angel, I am proud to be one also my dear There are so many beautiful places waiting to be explored here in our country. So many places to visit and enjoy the real beauty of nature without spending too much. Thu I also like to see the other places in other countries...but I want to see first our very own if given the chance. thanks for your response and have a great weekend ahead welcome to mylot
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Well in the Philippines, many have that kind of mentality. Many desires to go abroad and see the beauty of other countries ignoring the beauty of his own and without even realizing that tourists flock to the Philippines to see those beautiful themselves while he, the citizen has not even seen the places himself and has no desire to see them because his mind is preoccupied with his desire to see other countries rather. How sad! But come to think of it. It is but a natural tendency of man. Those things around us we tend to give less attention, those things just within our reach we tend to ignore the real beauty and value. And it is a reality that Filipinos do have colonial mentality, his own products, his own talents, his own places he find inferior and of lesser value. How sad!
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
hello salonga, I know what you mean here my friend. Yes,those one with kind of thinking but never have explored even the nearest town in their place. Praising those places they've been,not knowing that we also have those kind of beauty and natural scenic places. We cannot blame them so...for being colonial,they maybe have inherited from those previous regimen that colonized us for a century and decades. thanks for your response and have a great weekend ahead
@toniganzon (49946)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
When in was in grade school, I had this colonial mentality. I knew their cultures better than mine. I spoke their language better than I could speak my national language and I even bought their products believing that they havethe best. And I planned to travel and explore their land and never thought of exploring mine. As I grew older I realized that I should love and patronize my own. Yes sometimes the quality is not that good, but who would trust my own country's product if I don't? I still speak English much better than I could speak my national language. That I cannot change as my tongue got used to that but I feel no shame in telling people where I'm from. There are products made here that I'm using and making me proud though there are still products that I would prefer to get from another country. I plan to explore my land before going to another country. Now I Don't feel so foreign anymore!
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
hello toni, And i am proud of you too See how many people (our countrymen) saying they are proud being one,and talking all imported goods/brands. Fine,they can afford it and it is their money. But you are right,who will patronized our products if "we" don't patronize it first. I remember when my mom ordered a shoe made from Marikina before she left our country going back to the foreign land where is working. She says...why should I buy those very expensive shoes "there" when I can have same quality in cheaper price here in our country. She always ordered boots from Marikina each time she visits our country and never buy us shoes from the country she worked in..unless her employer bought one for her,me and my sister. have a good day always
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• Las Pinas City, Philippines
29 Jun 11
I am from philippines and a lot of scenic spots/tourists spots that every foreigners want to visit. I, as well wanted to visit these places and take a photos of them but sad to say I've never been to many beautiful places in the philippines. Actually I want to travel around philippines but got no time. Hope soon I will find time.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
hello andrey, I am also from Philippines amiga and been to few places from the 3 major islands in our country. I was born in Cebu,but i am originally a native of Luzon,in Northern part of Luzon. I was able to travel to different places in our country and seen some of those beautiful spots. I wish you all the luck...and hope you can start your visit to those places before it's gone (ahaha...this is my daughter's famous joke because she really want to see the "rice terraces" but each time we plan for it,there's some problem,and the plan is always been cancelled thanks for your response and have a good day always
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
2 Jul 11
I have to say I am. I lived outside this country for most of my life and have been in India only since my marriage a little more than a decade ago. Though my parents raised me as Indian, I have to say it was a mix of cultures and I am more influenced by the western culture and am not very clear on some of our own rituals. I had to learn them the hard way. Though I do know my mother tongue since my parents insisted we speak only that language at home..and we also learnt to read and write the language, I think we were also influenced by other accents of the same language. Whenever I visit my native place and speak in the language, people ask me if I studied outside the country. At the same time, my Hindi is pretty good (don't ask me how) and people say I speak Hindi very well for a south indian and I don't have the Malayali accent. As far as knowing/visiting the places go, I'm still not familiar with the city I have lived in for the past 11 years...how would I know the rest of the country? But I find it easier to travel around in my city of origin.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
2 Jul 11
hello SV, The good thing is you know how to speak your language. Besides you still have time to explore and visit places in your country now that you are already there. I understand the hard way of learning the native ways. I also had same experienced like that,since I was not born raised in my parents hometown. So,when we came home and settled back to my parents hometown...it gives me hard time to relate and adjust my way of living too. have a great weekend dear
@SViswan (12072)
• India
4 Jul 11
My husband has seen most parts of India and when I put across my wish to see a certain place, he feels there's nothing much there..lol But I'm still trying....in 10 years, he took me to 2 places...so I'm hoping in the next 10 years, I will get to see another 2 places :-)
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
not bad at all dear. you might not believed if I tell you that I am living here in metro city (MANILA-PHILIPPINES capital city) for 18 years and I haven't even explored the parks or nearby cities here,thu it takes only an hour to get to the next city. I am too lazy going out...even going to malls,unless i need to have my groceries done or pay my bills.
@sanijas83 (271)
• Latvia
12 Jul 11
I can say I am a foreigner in my own country. I live in the Eastern part of my country, and I have hardly ever been to the Western part, although my country is small with about 2,3 million inhabitants. I might say the capital city is in the middle, and people from different parts of the country meet there looking for better possibilities. There are many nature sights, parks, recreation centres to visit in smaller towns as well. I have been saving money to travel abroad, I did not consider it worth saving money for going to some beautiful places in my own country I have not yet visited. Thank you.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
hello sanijas, I understand about it. Yes,it needs money to travel and see our own country. But there are people who has the money and time travelling all around the globe but haven't seen the beauty of their very own country. Well,it is their prerogative... thanks for your response and have a good day
• Philippines
9 Jul 11
I consider myself a foreigner in my own country. You see, I have toured and lived in the U.S. twice already. Have stayed for almost 2 weeks in Japan. A week in Hong Kong. But for the life of me, I have never even seen those parts in my beautiful Philippines that are said to be really worth seeing and visiting like Puerto Princesa, Puerto Galera, and many more. And in those times I was able to go anywhere (say Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Legaspi), they were all because of work. I wish my family and I can go on vacations more. Here around the country, most preferably.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
9 Jul 11
hello mia, Don't worry,you still have lot of time to do that At least you have the desire to travel and see the beauty of our country
• Mexico
3 Jul 11
Hi jaiho:Nice question. Honestly the world is full of somany beautifulplaces that I will never be able to say that I knwo allmy country. I love my country but there will always a nice place to visit. A new town you have never visited and suddenly you want to explore it. I don't think you have to know all your country to visit other ones. Of course it would be amazing if you can. I love my country but I know that the world is full of beauty and I want to see all the different demonstrations of beauty that are all around the world. ALVARO
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jun 11
Hi jaiho yes I believe a lot of us Americans are also strangers in our own county. While i have traveled to other states around my Nome state South Dakota like Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada,Iowa ,Nebraska and Minnesota there are so many states I have lnot visited. o h I lived in Arizona and have visited New Mexico too. but none of the southern states although my forbears lived in Missouri and Indiana and Kentucky. I also would love to visit New York. I did get to see Chicago so I have been in Illinois. but I have not seen any of the eastern states at all ever. I have been to Bahja California but not to so many states not even Kansas either.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
dear Hatley, Oh,you've visited a lot then my dear,thu still many states are waiting for you At least you've got the chance to see a few. have a great weekend dear Hatley