How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod – An Expat’s Experiences of Driving in the Philippines and How to Survive
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How To Drive Like An Idiot In Bacolod’ covers about 98% of the Philippines. Steve paints the picture exactly how it is. If you plan on coming to the Philippines buy this book as your guide to driving. Pleased, also heed his warning about driving at night – very dnagerous. My wife and I have a car, but I do not drive, she does – and I have given up attempting to teach her the ‘proper way’ to drive.He is also correct about the wonderful people here. The smiles are wonderful, in fact infectious 🙂 The Filipinos are wonderful to be with – I should know I fell in love with the most wonderful Filipina. Come to the Philippines and enjoy some of the best people on the Earth. You won’t be disappointed – but don’t drive yourself 🙂
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I honestly didn’t appreciate the title because Filipinos aren’t idiots. We just drive a certain way because if we didn’t, we’d never get anywhere on time. Or at all. We just have a gung-ho attitude about getting someplace, though we also have a laissez-faire attitude about it as well.
At the same time, I can’t fault the author. From an outsider’s point of view, it’s crazy out there on the streets of Bacolod or any big city in the Philippines. If you’re visiting from a country where everyone follows the rules on the road, then you’re better off having a driver take you around the city. You’re probably better off closing your eyes, too, as your driver runs a red light because he says it’s clear.
Still, it was refreshing to read Bentley’s apparent shock that there are no rules when it comes to driving in the Philippines, just as there are hardly any road markings visible to the naked eye, or that even though there may be signs that say “Keep Right,” no one keeps right.
I appreciated the pictures he included, as well as links to videos that show the reader what he’s talking about. His love for the country and its people is evident, and I appreciated that as well. Filipinos’ driving habits may stump many a foreign visitor like him, but this book shows that their hospitality and resilience amidst everything else is one reason he still calls it home.
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.