There's this impression that geeks are made from the same clay as most human beings and that they face similar troubles and experiences like the "normal people" do.
We say this however: There are certain things that only Filipino geeks get to experience compared to their counterparts in, say, Japan, Korea, or the U.S. of A. Charge it to the fact that we're duking it out in a third-world country, or to us being "Pinoy" (whatever that means).
So, local geeks, taas ang kamay! Here we list these things down for you! Read on and see how many times you'll say, "Uy, nakaka-relate ako dito!" Think of this as a little checklist on how much of a Pinoy geek you truly are.
1. THE CD-R KING SELLS ALMOST EVERYTHING
You know it's true; you've bought items here more than once. Sure, this might be a little bit exaggerated, but you'll be hard-pressed to find another local store that sells a friggin' windmill!
2. THE "IT'S LOCAL, SO IT'S BAD" STIGMA
Call if unfair, but this idea exists. How many times have you heard someone go, "Ay, local. Sirain 'yan!"? Too many times, we bet. Come on people, give Pinoy gadget brands a break. God knows how hard it will be to make our "Pambili ng smartphone" budget last if they didn't exist.
3. THE "THIS VIDEO ISN'T AVAILABLE IN YOUR REGION" ERROR MESSAGE
Damn you, YouTube! Now we'll have to find another, shadier site to view that NSFW clip—and risk our rigs getting infected with these baddies!
4. WAITING FOR NEW GADGETS TO ARRIVE
Thanks to the Internet, we are informed of all the nice gadgets launched overseas. However, this leads to another frustration: We normally have to wait a few weeks to several months for the devices to be locally available. Just take a look at the Xbox One.
Worse, some of these gadgets won't even be officially released here, forcing us to call on our titos and titas abroad to save the day.