JJReyes Posted February 15, 2012 Posted February 15, 2012 (edited) For the perspective of Filipinos, what they observe are rich foreigners. The executive type resides in a gated community; goes to his office in a car with a driver; dines at the finest restaurants; and socializes on weekends with other foreigners and very rich Filipinos at some fancy resort. Their children attend private schools and the wife shops at department stores in Makati.I recall writing a paper in high school that the Philippine government should hire twelve Americans as streetsweepers. This would counter balance the one sided image that all foreigners are rich. My teacher, who was a Christian Brother from California, made vague references regarding the need to correct my thinking or else I may grow up to become a Communist.My impression is members of this forum are not rich, but neither are they poor. It seems many are Western middle class, which still makes you rich by Philipppine standards. Even more interesting is that most of you reside within a local community. The dual pricing system you experience for all kinds of goods and services is wrong from a Western point of view. The feeling you get is the Filipinos are taking advantage. Unfortunately, you are now living in a different culture and the Filipinos consider the higher prices they are charging you as their largesse. It is no different than when a politician comes to solicit for their vote. The politician is required to also distribute free t-shirts, a kilo of rice, and other stuff. Explain this to a Westerner unfamiliar with Philippine culture and they would consider thie gifts as bribery or vote buying.Once you accept the two prices system as a cultural reality, your living in the Philippines will be less frustrating and less irritating. Edited February 15, 2012 by JJR 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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