A few random thoughts
For the CDO sexpats, the Norwegian guy Sven Erik Berger victim of a police incompetence to properly investigate isn't a friend. There isn't a single forum in the Philippines-including pinoy and foreigner owned- that did not discuss the sordid story of this Norwegian and his Filipina fiancee. As of the writing of these lines, I am confident their release is a few days away, to the embarrassment of the country. It has been debated everywhere with class and style, courageously and no complacency. The only place we haven't read anything is the sexpats CDO Yahoo group, too busy with that American that his dead body is lying for days now, unembalmed somewhere in a funeral parlor as a collateral for unpaid medical bills. They were almost ready to go for another Tom Hunt saga involving his family - wife and children- that lives in the US not responding to the heir calls, but they thought it over. With this ass Evan around hard to make circus again...
And speaking of Norwegians, here comes Torgeir Hansen, an expat living in CDO who seems to be a friend. (Yes or No?) As a member of this forum, he requested help to find an American citizen missing somewhere in Mindanao, that reportedly was abducted in a CDO hotel, that's what a policeman told to Torgeir. Not very clear about his motivations for this search, can be a friend? on Humanitarian ground? We don't know, provided Torgeir's English is limited - just a grade above mine - and probably the reason of being ignored by the members of the forum mostly yanks, and he got upset. Here is an excerpt of his comments.
A few random thoughts
Torgeir, As a European myself, I'm wondering what the hell are you doing there among jarheads yanks and noble English-speaking guys. You don't have anything in common, I am not even sure if you are considered a friend there, since you speak just plain English - like me - and not pure yank, even more important, you are not a member of Farrell's 15 elite members sexpat squad, just right here you are disqualified of being a friend. (Yes or no?)
You may not know, but you will do shortly, Americans question the British style of speaking English as improper, when they meet a British in the US will often ask him/her if it wasn't hard for them to learn English!... Here is an example just came in from a sexpat how you suppose to speak, Can you? Isn't it poetic? Sexperian? PROPER ENGLISH? Ronie is always first in line to reply minutes passed the publishing of the entry to remind me that I have to perfect my English or else!...
A few random thoughts
One last thing: They are not only busy talking about the dead kano. They are trying to rescue Mike's Mounstephen "aka" Spooks brothel reputation by sponsoring it one after the other. And that's the reason Mike Farrell's picture is posted above.
Traditionally, the main sponsor keeping Spooks brothel open was Mike Belter and to a certain extend Daisy Cline. It looks like the second has learned her lesson and distanced herself from the place, the first, I think he just doing things discreetly now.
So who's next? Mike Farrell of course!!
In an attempt to polish the image of the brothel he vouched for by posing himself in a well-frequented blog about nightlife in CDO, attempt to show that Spooks is a family place where you can find even children menu at 2AM!. We'll see.... Meanwhile, take a look to what I'm talking about. (Scroll the page to the bottom)
Next in few days: Sven Erik Berger story and a full analysis of the local thinking. I will tell you what's behind the thinking and the answer to the comment as posted by a forumer below:
"I was just talking to a couple of Filipinos about this case. Their attitude is a bit scary.. from their perspective it doesnt matter if this guy is guilty or not.. he should be punished for all the crimes other white people do and have not been punished for".
We will talk about immigration laws in the Philippines that make the country a magnet attracting any one wanted anywhere to come and stay indefinitely in the country. A unique case of tolerance and veneration for the foreigners, not seen else where in the world.
You should also take a look on this new blog about sexpats and criminals in the Philippines. The author prefers to stay anonymous - his most absolute right - has been a valuable contributor to this blog, knowledgeable, an excellent observer of the sexpats' behavior and stories he has followed over the years participating in forums and talking to expats mostly in Cebu area. here is the link.