He definitely came prepared this time!
It’s well known now that SEVENTEEN‘s Joshua decided to spend his Chuseok holiday vacation with his mother in the Philippines. Despite being seen hanging out in a public mall and bar, Filipino CARATs kept quiet about his presence so that he could relax on his trip without worrying about being mobbed by fans.
we talked to him around 2-3 am 3 nights ago! we still actually cant believe it! we were just casually party-ing ! IT WAS SO SURREAL! we kept this for so long and it was so HARD we didnt post it cause he was really enjoying the private time wd her mom @M0N0RKlVE @jjkjwon @briixxie pic.twitter.com/5ENvOsnsFP
— aly (@forkoojin) September 14, 2022
Sadly, although Joshua seemed to enjoy his time in the country, he was still victimized by a common scam a few dishonest locals use on visiting foreigners. Since Joshua wasn’t familiar with the taxi rates in the Philippines, he revealed that he had been tricked into paying a driver over 3 times the amount he owned! Other problems included being unable to withdraw money from ATMs and his bank cards being denied at convenience stores and his hotel. He recounted the incidents with a disclaimer saying that he didn’t think Manila was a bad place just because of what had happened to him.
‘I’M NOT SAYING THAT MANILA IS A BAD PLACE’
When they arrived in Manila, Joshua of K-pop SEVENTEEN revealed having a series of unfortunate events including being unable to withdraw money from ATMs, could not pay using his cards for a taxi ride, hotel, and convenience store. pic.twitter.com/kSrDR7fZ0v
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) October 7, 2022
Filipino CARATs immediately took to Twitter to post memes about how Joshua would prepare for his trip back to the country with his group. A lot of fans joked about how Joshua would definitely bring cash and be warier now that he’s been fooled once.
joshua hong in ph starter pack pic.twitter.com/VKjJx5esYd
— dante 🌈✨ (@myeontague) October 7, 2022
joshua leaving his cards and counting all of his cash before his flight to the philippinespic.twitter.com/3tQWk3bSNh
— duke is seeing seventeen in his dreams (@kwonshixx) October 6, 2022
Joshua at their hotel now in Manila: pic.twitter.com/tyb025MOz4
— 🍒 (@http_scoups) October 7, 2022
Others claimed he would lead SEVENTEEN with newfound confidence since he had already explored the Philippines alone.
Joshua leading the group, him be like: “Manila I’m back & this time I prepared cash” 😫
— MARIAE ♡ OFF (@mrbtbls) October 7, 2022
joshua hong tour guide erapic.twitter.com/YHK9LlELMd
— kit 🌷 (@forssmw) October 7, 2022
Hopefully, none of the members fall victim to scams while enjoying the sights!
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