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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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Jason

Sounds like a lot of fun, man. We definitely need to get our ladies to meet as soon as we can.

Dan Mehlhorn

My Brother-in-law is over in the Phillipines with his Filipina wife. Since she's from Bohol, maybe he should set up a business there. He's always bragging how cheap it is to live there.

lirelou

Esteemed Yangbang,

Regarding your comment on foreigner's Filipina wives holding land and property in their names. This is an Asian tradition, since most societies have been leery of outsiders owning property. In 1960s Thailand, for example, any girl who married a "Farang" lost all rights to inherit family property, and could no longer purchase property in her own name. Overseas Chinese, who could own land in some countries (French Indochina) and not in others, often took local wives who gave them an inroad to their communities. One Overseas Chinese military acquaintance of mine had a Chinese first wife, a Vietnamese second wife, and a Khmer third wife, and children and businesses in all three countries. I presently have a Korean acquaintance with both a wife and family in Korea and a wife and family in the United States who holds both citizenships and owns a chain of small businesses in both countries. His oldest Korean son graduated from the Korean military academy, and his oldest American son graduated from West Point. (He served in the Korean Marines during the Korean War).

Apparently a viable institution as long as the marriage partner is trustworthy. But a recipe for financial disaster otherwise.

I would note that the marriages referred to above were real, if patriarchial and confucian, and not the some western misogynist's dream.

Dan Mehlhorn

Lirelou,

Sounds like how the House of Saud was built. Marry into a tribe. Have some kids. Marry into another tribe. Have more kids. Start divorcing wives when the limit of 4 wives was reached and the Saud Patriarch needed to marry into another tribe.

CTDeLude

The Chinese have a hand in almost all business in SouthEast Asia. In fact in the Philippines, though being only about 3% of the population, they possess something like 75 to 80% of the wealth over there.

This all interestingly looked at Amy Chua's World on Fire which I highly recommend to you, Andy, the poli-sci geek. Certainly was a good read (and still is) to me.

kimchipg

Boracay is nice but Puerto Galera is better, and cheaper. Also, a filiina married to a foreigner does not lose any rights to own or inheret anything. Also, the hubby (in my case) gets to stay in the Philippines indefinately with no hassles (balikbayan).

Bohol also smokes Boracay. The Philippines are cheap but unless you can tap into the (dwindling) tourist trade, there is little or no money to be made there. You see, Yangban, the Philippines is a desparately poor country. Half the population lives in abject (less than $1.00 per day) poverty. My first trip to the Philippines was also to Boracay and Makati. Subsequent trips showed me the misery that makes up daily life for the majority there.

Dan Mehlhorn

Kimchipg.

Just got word that the brother-in-law had a bad stroke. It took 2 days to get him to a Dr. from Bohol. They are trying to fly him to Iowa now.

The grass isn't always so green on the other side of the world.

kimchipig

Sad to hear that Dan. Fact is, outside Manila and Cebu, medical care in the Philippines is deplorable. This scenario is all too common, unfortunately. If one had a serious medical problem while on Boracay, it would take at least four hours to get to any kind of hospital (Kalibo) or the best part of a day (Manila)and this is if the weather is good. This time of year it often is not.

jtb

sorry to hear about the stroke victim... hope he recovers fully...

but the islands do look like sweet places to visit...

Dan Mehlhorn

I do wonder if Benilda will reconsider moving back to Bohol after her husband passes on. She may reconsider all the reasons she left there in the first place now.

Steve

(Yangban Edit - This comment was deleted because a personal (and nasty) attack on another commenter.)

Glade

If you are looking for a cheap Boracay Beach Package go to http://www.boracaylive.com and soon there will be a live beach cam.

cherry

Boracaylive.com is own by Travel Online, I used this travel agency, the service is not good and the price is very high, you are not getting cheap boracay packages, if you want great service go to asiatravel.

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