Relationship Pet Peeves - Post Yours Apr 8, 2009 12:39:30 GMT -5
Post by manillafolder on Apr 8, 2009 12:39:30 GMT -5
Apr 6, 2009 23:32:15 GMT -5 @ghostdog said:i think laface is a good kid who took it to heart when his mom said "there are children starving in africa!"
Most of us with a parent from the phils know poverty through our parents or from the countless ppl in their villages where they grew up..... Not to get all serious or anything (and I know you're joking) but after the thorough brainwashing as a kid.... and a trip back to see the extended family..... (where you see poor relatives scrape by and the older ones forgo meals for the younger ones) it's pretty disgusting to come back to [Oz/Canada/USA/wherever] and see people waste food.
So yeah, if memories of poverty still linger anywhere in the immediate filipino family, you can bet the younger ones ascribe to it .... I'm sure it's not a healthy practice in the developed world, but I kinda like all the weird "pinoy" sensibilities that surround it.
- order only what you can eat. and be sure to finish it
- if there are leftovers, take them home
- don't order drinks in restaurants
- don't order stuff your mom could make at home
- use coupons wherever possible
- order the menu items that present the best value and not necessarily the ones you want the most
- don't order desserts or appetizers
- etc etc.
.... I'm actually quite happy about the brainwashing because now when i step into a restaurant and order a drink (e.g., rootbeer float, my favourite), i feel like i'm the luckiest guy in the world. Sounds stupid, but it literally brought me to tears on a couple occassions.
Honestly, I think it even supersedes that. Despite the fact that my mom's brothers and sisters are thriving back home, they are still very sensitive about waste. My cousin spent a fortune and got married at the Penninsula Hotel. The entire wedding cost nearly $100,000 When I told my US boss that, she was stupefied. She actually asked me if my family ate dogs. It is beyond so many people that there are some very wealthy people back in the PI. But the funny thing, is that when I visit back home, I will get scolded if I leave so much as 10 grains of rice on my plate.
That probably sounds a little prideful, but I get a little defensive because I have met a lot of ignorant people. I have hungout with guys in Singapore who laughed it off when I said I was half flip. "There is no way you are Filipino. All Filipinos are maids," etc.
Sorry for the monologue. :/ That is just a touchy subject for me...