Although I don't speak Tagalog, I brought my cousin with me on a trip to Manila from my parent's province to interpret things for me.I knew enough to know if we were being scammed or not. Maybe it's more prevalent in the big cities, I see less of it in the province, but I see the whole scamming of a little more money here and there from some.He lost his job as a dieasal fitter at the mining company and ended up marrying a Filipino.
We got the bad news one evening and the boys drove to Queensland for the funeral some time after that. My parents and my aunts and uncles, when they came to Canada, they lived like Canadians.
When in the Philippines visiting in 2012, I don't think I have been asked for more money, tips and insistence on this is how things are done here, type of deals.
My parents gave my husband, my daughter and I guidelines for time we were not with them.
The people who were taking care of my grandmother before she passed away were stealing from her.
My parents, aunts and uncles sent a monthly allowance and the caretaker took a 1/3 of that on top of her salary. It's sad, but I guess not knowing if you're going to be jobless day by day for some brings out a "by any means necessary" instinct.
I've chatted to many Pinas and my sister suggested I just go for nice plain girl.