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On 8/6/2022 at 9:08 PM, Freebie said:

You will soon learn that Filipinos can be extremely nosy beyond the point that some of us would call polite or decent .

Its considered a normal question here to ask a person what their salary is, whether they were married before,  ( if not why not ) had kids ( if not why not, anything wrong with you ? )  do you have any diseases etc etc.

Social etiquette and norms do not apply and the further away from the city you go, the more indiscreet the questions become.

My wife calls it   Getting to the bottom of it

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29 minutes ago, hk blues said:

You've described a common enough scenario but it's not the only one

Sure but I'm describing the culture. It's not even necessarily about foreigners, or money.  Filipino families are expected to help each-other, and more often than not they do, it's a very admirable aspect of their way of life. That' why when a child is baptized here, there isn't one Godmother and one Godfather, there are...all of them. Very different from our culture, and there are ways to avoid it if one wants.

 

 

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4 hours ago, hk blues said:

have no money

Is it your flag thats the giveaway ?   No worries Im from Yorkshire and we are often compared with the Ilocanos too.

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23 minutes ago, Freebie said:

Is it your flag thats the giveaway ?   No worries Im from Yorkshire and we are often compared with the Ilocanos too.

I'm part Ilocano.  I'm cheap and easy.  

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1 hour ago, Freebie said:

Is it your flag thats the giveaway ?   No worries Im from Yorkshire and we are often compared with the Ilocanos too.

I wish I was mean...Unfortunately, I'm simply poor! :whistling:

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On 8/7/2022 at 2:59 PM, Mike J said:

We live in Moalboal, a small town.  Last week I was buying a few groceries and this is the conversation with the young man bagging the groceries.

Bag guy - Do you live in Moalboal Sir?

Me - Yes, nine years now.  The Philippines is my home now.

B - You are married to a Filipina?

M - Yes, 17 years.

B - You have children?

M - No.

B - Why no children?

M - I am too old, 72, my wife is 55

B - Ah, okay, she is menopausal already. 

 The young lady doing the check out looks shocked and like she would die of embarrassment until I started laughing.  Then she started to laugh and the bagging guy just sort of looked confused.  In the USA the conversation would be considered nosy, rude, inconsiderate, none of his business.  Here it was a normal conversation I have had many many times except for the menopausal comment.   That was new for sure. :hystery:

Love this exchange.  Classic Filipino.  

My wife once had a shocking experience with nosy Filipinas.  We had been married 4 years and she was attending an afternoon ladies only get together.  Everyone was bragging about their children when my wife informed the group we had none.  Long pause.  Then the question, "Who has a problem, you or your husband?"

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