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Don't be a Kano with your Cash

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Don't be a Kano with your Cash

Postby davewe » May 13th, 2015, 10:20 pm

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Re: Don't be a Kano with your Cash

Postby MarcosZeitola » May 13th, 2015, 10:31 pm

Your Australian friend gave you a very good piece of advice. It's very important to get to know the prices that the locals pay, and to live, think, calculate and pay as a Filipino. One of the advantages of going abroad, is the cheaper prices. But when you aren't critical enough, you will always end up paying more then a native would. For this reason alone it's ideal to have a local traveling companion, especially a wife or girlfriend. My wife takes it very personal when one of her countrymen tries to con me out of some money or overcharge me - she doesn't want me getting a bad impression of her country, she told me the first time I visited. But I've lived there for a while now, with breaks, and you get used to the prices.
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Re: Don't be a Kano with your Cash

Postby Ghost » May 14th, 2015, 3:38 am

Good advice. My issue would be having to be on guard like that all the time. I'd rather live in a place where getting ripped off is not a frequent occurrence. That was one nice thing about where I lived in China. Went an entire year and no one tried to rip me off.
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Re: Don't be a Kano with your Cash

Postby davewe » May 14th, 2015, 4:40 am

The piece wasn't really about being ripped off - on the contrary. It's more about that fact that you have to stop thinking like an American which includes dealing with cash as if you were a Filipino. Of course I am also aided in this by my wife.
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