Greedy mongrel banks are threatening both your local Filipino shop and your access to cheap money transfer to loved ones back in the Philippines. Westpac and St George banks have been actively closing down accounts of any small business involved with money remit services - forcing people to use their more expensive 'money-grabbing'services. Other big banks are doing the same, with little regard to the welfare of those struggling to live in the Philippines, little to care if they live or die.
If they are allowed to destroy these services, many Australian Filipino businesses will be destroyed, many people will be out of work (again).
Average fees from a bank are around $30, where as the small local remit providers do it for as little as $8 to Manila. Rates at banks are always well below that of the local remit provider. A recent example being 36.90 (compared to the bank in the very low 35s). Bank transfers take up to a week, where your local provider do it in as little as a few hours, or the next day. Relative dying in hospital in the provinces awaiting for funding - those Australian bank managers don't care less.
Its an absolute disgrace - don't remain quite and whinge about it later as always, stand up and be heard.
While the gossipers are still gossiping and the haters still hating, time out from the Sydney Filo community to organise a tour resulted in a very historic run to the small rural town of Naradhan. A lovely place with the loveliest people. This was the first time this type of locomotive had ever been there and may well be the last.
Away from all the demoralisation tactics, anyone can achieve anything.
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David (Customer Service), Brad and Greg (Organisers), David and David (Customer Service), Rodney (BBQ Cookerer) and Sean (Entertainment Officer) | Thanks to everyone.
Howdee one and all, My life after extricating myself from the horror that was the Eastlakes Filipino community has been a busy one. After a couple of years of endless gossip, hate spreading and pointless karaoke nights, I find myself and and trying to further the railway history cause. Unlike the ungrateful members of the Filo community in Eastlakes, my efforts are appreciated enough to find myself with an invitation to the recent celebration of the new 'Kywong Heritage Railway'project down in the Riverina town of, not surprisingly, Kywong.
Many know the misery I went through during my involvement with the board of the 'Railways and Industrial Heritage Society Philippines inc'. Trying to raise money there, while contending with the narrow minded belief that we were a money printing factory, lead to a barrage of insults from both the board and racial bigots living in Alabang who pretend to have the Philippines best interests at heart.
Subsequently a number of groups have been set up, the latest being the 'Manila Railroad Club Company' which, as a company, does not instill the greatest confidence in their plans for the future. Sadly, one is filled with regret as to what we could have achieved in the Philippines if egos did not interfere - but a good feeling that maybe the money will be appreciated here in rural preservation.
The following photos are from the Kywong celebrations.
Having mostly extracted myself from the hatred of the community here, I have found much more enjoyment in going back to my roots. No, not those roots that the gossipers would have you believe, but the hobbies and interests I once had. Ironically, in doing this, I have found some new and great friends. One who know the value of loyalty, truth, and working together to help each other in times of need. Certainly a foreign concept for the Eastlakes Filo community, which pains me as much as it SHOULD pain them.
Recently we had a fundraiser for one of our S*M*U*T (Strange Modelers of Universal Trains) members who had a bad accident. Thankfully he is now on the mend, but we aimed to help this along with some good books, lollies and a card.
Welcome friends, followers and any random perverts who have come across the site.
The last decade of involvement in the local Filipino community has been a long road and nobody could ever say it has been dull.
No matter how much you study the community, the one thing you will learn is that you will never truly understand them. You must just enjoy the good ones who truly care.
Approaching 2013 is where I now find myself. Still serving the wonderful Filipino community through our shop, thankful that those who sort to bring it dopwn have now gone off to their own endeavours - as far removed from their supposed truth as could be possible.
The end of 2012 saw the Aussie Aswang finally venture down the road of raising money for the poorer people back in the Philippines.
Yes, it is a noble cause, helping thos in desperate need - yet alas I have already encountered vermin in the community to seek nothing more than to benefit themselves.
Yes, there is a surprise around every corner.
MANILA DOWNUNDER - MEMORIES FROM AN EVIL FILIPINO COMMUNITY.
Pure Evil In An Archive - The Eastlakes Aswang! Come see where it all began, the mental torture, the gossip, the backstabbing, the lies, the hate, the spite AND THEN IT STARTED TO GET NASTY. This original site of the G-Spot Barkada is left as a warning to anyone who may be thinking that being to involved in the Sydney Filipino is a good thing. Its all here to be relived in the MANILA DOWNUNDER ARCHIVE.
Not just an archive - but a beacon of warning to anyone stupid enough to get involved.
What The Aussie Aswang Is Up To Post Eastlakes scum.
Well the official members have changed a lot over the years, with even some of the above showing their true bastard colours. But still we continue on - after all galahs eventually move on from where they have nested.
Late 2010 saw the passing of our dear friend and G-Spot Barkada member, William (Bill) Sullivan. Bill is remembered daily and a greatly missed part of our group. His memory lasts with us always.
My Other Philippine Doings!
While at times I am left to wonder why, given the less thannoble practises of many in the community here, I still have an immense interest in the Philippines and the people back there. Most of my time is spent researching history (mostly transportation but also myths and superstition and more general stuff), raising money for historical societies there, writing a related magazine and running the 'Philippine Railways SIG' group of websites and forums. Should you have any interest in looking, head on over to the WEBSITES!
But Wait - Theres More!
Besides a huge interest in things Philippines, there is also an endless list of other interests that keeps an Aswang very busy.
* Photography (Magazines, Net and Pinays) * Aussie/Fiji/Asian Railways * Writing * Complaining * PenPals * RMS Titanic * Whinging * Holdens - V8 Touring Cars
* Picking Mistakes In ABS-CBN Shows! * Church Of Colonel. * Bundy & Mix Grill Nights At Neath Hotel. * Hunter Valley Coal Railway History. * Movie Nights. * Wondering what 1/52 Broadarrow Road Looks Like Inside. * Collecting Anything Tanduay Rhum Related. * Collecting Anything Philippine Airline Related. * Did I Mention Photographing Pinay Women?.Seriously-They Are An Awsome Photographic Topic. * Spreading Truth.
Share an interest - feel free to contact me. PNR902 at yahoo.com.ph