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I am just re-reading your e-book Winston

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I am just re-reading your e-book Winston

Postby gmm567 » Mon May 18, 2009 7:20 pm

You critique American culture.....


I'd love to see you critique philipino society. What are the tradeoffs?
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Postby gmm567 » Tue May 19, 2009 12:08 am

Most of your e-book is contrasting the lonliness of american society compared to Europe.

But it seems that a great deal of the fakeness, pretention and artificiality here comes from a consumerist/ consumption society. When I was in Germany, I told one sales clerk that you don't have as many things to buy as we do in the US. She said yes and "we" don't need it. Wow..talk about a rejection of materialism. So what about the Philipines on that score, Winston?

The other thing is that in Europe the education system is much better. The right side of the bell curve gets a much better education. In germany, they don't teach to the left half of the bell curve, so intelligent people get a better education. This makes that crowd more developed and interesting and less shallow. They are easier to connect with. So what about the Philipines on that score , Winston?
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Postby Mr S » Tue May 19, 2009 3:42 am

Well think of the Philippines as a poor man's version of America and that pretty much answers your questions regarding consumerism and education. They try to emulate western society (especially America) but it's a less then awe inspiring version of it.
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Re: I am just re-reading your e-book Winston

Postby Winston » Fri May 22, 2009 5:49 pm

gmm567 wrote:You critique American culture.....


I'd love to see you critique philipino society. What are the tradeoffs?


I listed some pros and cons on this page:

http://www.happierabroad.com/ebook/Page96.htm

and here:

http://www.happierabroad.com/Country_Summary.htm

Basically, the pros are open warm friendly women, open friendly society, very inclusive atmosphere, cheap prices on most things, lots of places to sign.

Cons are dirty streets, inefficiency, bad food, bad communication skills/giving directions, lots of greedy people who will try to rip you off.
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Postby Winston » Fri May 22, 2009 5:57 pm

gmm567 wrote:Most of your e-book is contrasting the lonliness of american society compared to Europe.

But it seems that a great deal of the fakeness, pretention and artificiality here comes from a consumerist/ consumption society. When I was in Germany, I told one sales clerk that you don't have as many things to buy as we do in the US. She said yes and "we" don't need it. Wow..talk about a rejection of materialism. So what about the Philipines on that score, Winston?

The other thing is that in Europe the education system is much better. The right side of the bell curve gets a much better education. In germany, they don't teach to the left half of the bell curve, so intelligent people get a better education. This makes that crowd more developed and interesting and less shallow. They are easier to connect with. So what about the Philipines on that score , Winston?


W: Probably the US has more variety in consumer goods. But every country has unique goods and specialty items. Just different types. You can get practically everything you need in the Philippines. With some things, like good food, you have to search around more for. My friend who was on an island in Visayas though, said the food there is much better and there's lots of fresh seafood everywhere. He said the food down south was much better than in Angeles City or Manila.

I don't know much about the education system in the Philippines. But I heard it's not very good, and plus you have to pay for school. It's not free. That sucks. I wonder where all the tax dollars and visa fees from foreigners goes to in the Philippines.
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Postby gmm567 » Fri May 22, 2009 8:23 pm

sorry I guess you did say a lot about those things.I was just wondering whether there would be an update.
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Postby gmm567 » Fri May 22, 2009 8:24 pm

or I guess whether you would add to what you've already said. Sorry if I pissed you off.
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