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12. Poor, Poorer, Poorest

  1. 01. Giving It Away
  2. 02. Mind Games
  3. 03. Customer Service
  4. 04. Getting Down to Business
  5. 05. …And Not a Drop to Drink
  6. 06. The Commission
  7. 07. Service!
  8. 08. Instant Celebrity
  9. 09. The Pinoy Diet
  10. 10. Life As We Know It
  11. 11. Doctors’ Borders
  12. 12. Poor, Poorer, Poorest
  13. 13. Half Empty
  14. 14. Me and My Leg
  15. 15. Always Be With You
  16. 16. Going Underground
  17. 17. Decisions, Decisions
  18. 18. I Shall Depart
  19. 19. A Volcano within a Volcano
  20. 20. A Nod and a Smile
  21. 21. Not Fighting City Hall
  22. 22. Stasis in Places
  23. 23. Fond Farewells
  24. 24. Parting Shots

A couple days to recuperate at Ian’s comfortable beachfront house on the shores of the South China Sea was just the tonic I needed. I had visited some posh hotels and resorts, but this was my first glimpse of gracious home life in the Philippines. For a few days, we did little more than chat, watch TV, and visit the beach while Ian’s staff tended to our every need.

Ian and his neighboring cousin Mario are well-known in the community, their mutual grandparents having lived in the nearby village of Aringay.  Aringay offered not much in the way of tourist amenity, not even a restaurant. Once again, the disparity between rich and poor was glaring, with some lovely homes standing next to ramshackle hovels. This time, however, we were hanging out with the well-to-do. Continue reading 12. Poor, Poorer, Poorest