You don't know how much you love something until you stay away from it.
Stuck in the hotel over the weekend, I begin to yearn for the mega-sales in Courts & BiG. The air in Manila is unclean and I prefer to stay in the hotel protected by the aircon filter. I don't think I'll explore outside the hotel as the surroundings look disorganised and unsafe. I'll just watch TV in the hotel room.
As for food, I'll get room service. ..cannot trust the roadside stuff.
Throughout my stay, I have began to understand the political system here. It is just horrendous:
1. People are allowed to protest. They call it People Power. Looks more like chaos to me.
2. President limited to 6 year term then must change. How to develop longevity leaders like Lee Kuan Yew with this type of system?
3. Newpapers are not controled by the govt and can write anything they want. Terrible.
The Elections Dept is totally independent and was involved in a scandal when the President Arroyo made a phone call to the officials there to check on her votes. This scandal wouldn't have happened if the put the Elections Dept came under the President's office, then Arroyo would have been able to call and order the officials around with no problem. ....Singapore has opted for a more advanced system where the election dept is under the PM office.
I think Philipines' political system is so far behind Singapore's. There is little control over they way people think and limited ability of the govt to deliver happiness to the people. In Singapore, we have the happiest people in the world because our political system ensures order and minimises confusion.