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Differences between Philippines and Australia – Part 2

  Hello all. Something a bit different once again, just like last week. And it’s still not easy to get a clear perspective on the real differences between life in Australia and life in Philippines. This time it’s about moving from Australia to Philippines. Most of us haven’t really experienced the depths of both societies, having… Continue reading Differences between Philippines and Australia – Part 2

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Differences between Australia and Philippines

Hello all. Something a bit different today. Not always easy to get a clear perspective on the real differences between life in Australia and life in the Philippines. Most of us haven’t really experienced the depths of both societies. I’ve been visiting since the ‘90’s, and have been here full time for over 6 years… Continue reading Differences between Australia and Philippines

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Filipino Table Manners – The great oxymoron

Remember how we were brought up? This is aimed mainly at Australians and probably most of those of European/Anglo-Saxon type origins, and particularly I would think those older than 40. Because I know I was more relaxed at the dinner table with my kids than my parents were with me. They still had to act… Continue reading Filipino Table Manners – The great oxymoron

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Utang Na Loob and Hiya – Filipinos NOT being mugs

  This is an area where old-school Australians and Filipinos are very much on the same page. We have different terminology, but it all comes down to much the same. A decent Aussie doesn’t forget when he owes someone, whether that’s money or a favour. When you “owe someone”, you don’t forget. And the bigger… Continue reading Utang Na Loob and Hiya – Filipinos NOT being mugs

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Employing Filipino Staff (in Philippines) – Cultural Differences

  Unless you live very simply here in the Philippines, you will end up employing someone to help you out. Everything takes a long time here, and there are some tasks you would rather not do, I’m sure. So it’s fairly normal to employ staff. This can be a bit of a shock to the… Continue reading Employing Filipino Staff (in Philippines) – Cultural Differences