Hot Weather does not seem to affect me adversely as it does many foreigners in the Philippines or it could just be a lifestyle thing. I would not go out in public dressed like the majority of foreigners I see in public, in our area. It is just not my Style. I prefer Style over Fashion. They seem to think Shorts, Tank Top, Flip Flops are the Fashion for Foreigners in the Philippines.
If they are looking to impress Filipinas, they are dead wrong. I have received many compliments from Filipinas, even strangers, about how nice I appear.
Sharp Dressed Man
I wear Levis, a Bench Polo Shirt, Nike Casual Shoes with Socks when I go out in public. At home, I wear Levis, a pull over shirt instead of a T-Shirt but I indeed wear flip flops in the house. Caribbean Island brand, which last for years and years. Well worth the P239 price tag. They are high quality.
The only time I wear shorts is when I am sleeping.
I have nothing against shorts but I think they look much better on Women than on Men. Daisy Dukes are fine on Women!
One Softball Team I was on decided to change the uniform pants to shorts. I told the Coach if that is the case…I quit! It does not look good plus when I played ball, I was a Wild Horse. I would slide on the bases, make diving catches in the field and I was not hurting my legs by playing in shorts!
Style vs Fashion
All my life, I have been particular about the attire I wear, even at home. My parents gave me money to buy my school clothes and I bought what I liked to wear, not what they wanted me to wear.
I am not much into branded clothing unless I actually like it. I do not care how popular it is.
In 1966 at St Andrews Jr High School in Charleston, SC, I wore Cordovan color Penny Loafers without Socks to school. The Vice Principal called me to the side in the hallway one day and he asked me…who are you wearing those like that? I told him, I am a Greezer! He said…ah, ok, go on to Class. A boy heard the conversation and word spread. McMurrain is a Greezer. The next days ahead, more boys were wearing Cordovan color Penny Loafers without Socks to school.
As an American, I want to look presentable in the Philippines. After all, I represent the USA. Not only that, God does not like Ugly! We cannot change our handsomeness but we can certainly wear presentable clothing.
I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.
~ Gary ~