For Klaus Schadewald, although the Philippines is a part of Asia, it’s a different Asia.
“From your history, there’s so much mixture from the Spanish, from the Americans and from the Chinese,” he said. “There’s a multi-cultural approach, which makes the Philippines a rather interesting place to live in. That’s very unique in Asia and that’s what makes the country lovely for me.”
Schadewald has a family here, being married to a Filipina and having two kids. He said living here meant he had to understand and adapt to the Filipino culture.
“Germans are direct and frank people, but Asians tend to be more polite,” he said. “On the whole though, Filipinos are great to work with. They may be demanding, but they strive to work together with you to achieve something.”
Outside of work, Schadewald said he enjoys diving, mountain biking and hiking. He also enjoys traveling with his family.
“We’ve just started to explore the Philippines,” he said. “We’re often in Coron because we have relatives there. It’s also nice to go there because of all the beaches. But there’s a lot to see in this country and I hope discover those in the future.”
Besides from Coron, Schadewald said he’s also been to Cebu and much of Northern Luzon. However, he said traveling in the Philippines by car is far different to driving in his home country.
“I had a wrong perception in my first trip early last year to Vigan,” he said. “Being 400 kilometers away, I thought it would take five hours, which is how long it would take me to complete that distance in Germany. Not here, because it took me 10 hours to go there and about 11 hours to go back. Although I enjoy traveling by car here, it’s rather difficult because you’re stuck in so much traffic.”
Despite this, Schadewald said he has no intention of moving back to Germany for now.
“We go there occasionally to see relatives, as well as to show my wife parts of Europe, but my family and I intend to stay here,” he said. “We’re even building a house in Makati. I really love staying in this region and in this country.”