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  1. I have also experienced things like this on many times. Depending on my mood and the situation, I let it go or I say something. Surprisingly, almost all of the time they step back when being told to do so. I have also noticed that once you say something you get support from from the other people standing in line. I think it is different if you are in a situation like Mick told us about above, then it is ok to me, unless I am also late for my flight
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    That can for sure be a problem. Philippines is a place many tourists stay in for an extended time when they are there. These tourists usually dont belong to the group of big-tippers because they want their money to last as long as possible. There are exceptions to this, those going to places like Boracay, El Nido, Alona Beach and some places in the big citys. Here they dont stay so long and when they are there they are not afraid to spend money. As we all know it is expensive there and ofcoarse thats because the tourists are willing to pay the price. In general I think there are to few foreigners/expats in most places around the country (except the most popular ones) to have any real impact on prices. All in all I think that the downside of moderate tipping is rather small compared to the help it do to many pinoys/pinays.
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    I realise things like this can have an impact on people living there, but that is part of life. It´s not realistic to expect tourist refrain from tipping for the reason of keeping prices low for expats . I wanna clarify that I am NOT a fan of BIG tipping, but a small amount when it is appropriate is fine with me
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    In my experience they dont even fix it when it IS broken, atleast not properly, usually using, tape, strings and chewing gums.
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    So you are saying we should avoid all kind of tipping because it makes the business owners mad??
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    You are right, but I dont see any problem if their salary is doubled after 20 tips like mine. I dont mean tipping should be done automaticly but I dont mind doing it if I am happy with the service I get. You are also right in that the willingness to tip, will probably be less, when living there fulltime instead of being there as a tourist, especially if you are on a tight budget.
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    Well, in my experience, tip is often expected in Philippines, but it does not have to be big. They are happy even if it is only 20 p.
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    I also come from a country with no culture of tipping and I guess thats why its a bit difficult for us to understand it. To me it makes more sense if the employer pays their staff a decent salary instead of having them to relay on tips. I also agree to those who said it is better to adjust to the local culture of tipping, not doing as we do in our native countries. Beacause of that I usually tip at restaurants, 20-50p per person, and when having massage 50-200p if it is good. If service is bad-no tip. Do you think it has to do with feeling rich and make you feel good to give big tip? Wonder if the bigtipper would also tip 20% on the bill if they go to a place where prices are 50-100 % higher than there nativ place?? Why does not the ticketguy on the bus, those working in the supermarket as JGF said and many other servicejobs, get any tips? To me, this system seems unfair. Like others already said, I think it is up to the individual to choose how to do this
  9. And in my opinion, you living in Dumaguete is spoiled with the best tricykles in the country!! Been in many places around Philippines but never seen better tricykles anywhere, no problem getting in and no pain in the neck when getting out, they are even cheap, hahaha
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    Honesty & Humbleness

    Nice to hear things like this. Most of the time its about how we are being scammed one way or another ;) I have also experienced things like the ones you tell us and it makes me very happy every time it happens. I only wish it would happen more often, hahahaha
  11. My late father in law always made the lunch at the same time as we ate our breakfast. When asked why? he told us, so it will be ready to eat whenever we want to! He did not see any problem that the adobo would be cold by then Most Philippinos dont mind eating cold food that is supposed to be hot, but who decides what is right and wrong?? Different cultures different habits.
  12. I have noticed that many Americans think like that, but when it comes to food, I believe most nationals think that they have the best food. Guess its about what you are being used to eat. We have several things here in Sweden that I am pretty sure I would not like to eat, if I were not used to it since I was young. But like you say, it is good to try new things