Wanted: Stripper

When I was starting out in this country 10 years ago, I didn’t have my own car. I was recommended to go to this mechanic to rent a car for a while until I am able to purchase one. I was conned by this mechanic to pay for the windshield of the car to be fixed even though I didn’t break it.

Before we finally got our green card in 2001, we had to go through three lawyers to work on our papers. Yes, you only need one, obviously. The first two were incompetent borderline retarded: The first one did not file our papers at all; the second one filed the papers and sent it to the wrong state. Holy pwet. Makes you wonder how those people became immigration lawyers in the first place.

About three years ago, I started filing income taxes on my own because the last time I did it with an accountant, he screwed up so bad that had I not caught the error, I was going to pay in excess of $5,000 for state income taxes. Worse than that, he failed to acknowledge the error, and even had the audacity to tell me that “I was treating him like sh*t.” My gulay.

So, what’s common among these people?

Yep, they are all Filipinos.

One of the many unsolicited advice that you get whenever you migrate to a foreign country,

If you need a mechanic/doctor/lawyer/stripper you go to him/her…OK ‘yan kasi Pinoy ‘yan.

Now, consider the experiences I have mentioned earlier. The reason I went to the mechanic, the two lawyers, and the accountant was for that major reason: they were all Pinoy. What’s wrong with this picture? I know, I should’ve known better…but doesn’t it make you want to think twice about hiring a Filipino?

The point of this rant is not to say that all Filipino professionals are out to con everyone, kahit kapwa-Pinoy. Please do not take this out of context. What I’m trying to say is this: you not should hire any professional on the sole basis that he or she is a Filipino. Common sense plays a role here, of course. Check all of his or her references; talk to former clients if you need to…especially strippers (eherm)…If their references check out fine, then him/her being a Filipino is even betterer. Why, you could probably compare notes on how to cook Jollibee spaghetti.

Oh, and if you must know, the third lawyer who handled our immigration case was a Filipino. Pogi pa.

And that’s all, folks. You should always believe what I’m telling you. After all, Pinoy ‘ata ‘to. ;-)



(special thanks to cj for fixing the cartoon)

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  1. Jojo says:

    Tumpak ka dyan, Kabayan. Mag-ingat sa kapwa Pinoy! Ganyan din istorya ko sa immigration lawyer ko. Puro promise, muntik pa ko ma-deportation proceedings. Ungas!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sobra naman kayo Bubuli at Jojo. Malas lang siguro kayo. Pinoys are a blessing to me when I moved here in the UK several years ago. If not to my kababayans, baka namatay na ako sa lungkot.

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