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That tobacco is probably grown in Ilocos, it's a favorite crop for up north. The lady looks like my Lola (Grandmother).
I would be interested to know if this lady sells tobacco for herself and family or someone else. She really looks very thin and perhaps not very healthy. Do the older people there draw social security and like medicare or are they on their own to survive. I am sure this is very interesting for a person who has never been to this type of market but I have to wonder what the people selling it think about their situation in life. Seems kinda sad to me.
Mom, your question are the same as mine, simple to know why, I am your son. However, as you son, I also have great manners.
Here is a list of cultural manners, I wrote in September of 2001 in Belgium.
But let me say and you feel this, how would you feel if a rich man walked in to your factory from say Germany, took out a camera that cost more than a years wages and took many photos. Then the person starts to ask many questions in a foreign language.
Would you feel uncomfortable, how many question could the RICH German ask before you felt uncomfortable?
I have good manner, and soon after I start taking photos of people who do not speak the same language or have incredibly less money than me, they start to think....
"He is making fun of us."
I am not, but too many questions is an insult in any culture.
The person asking question is controlling the conversation, the coffee girls the next day were a lot easier, I could allow them to control the conversation. But if they do not speak my language, this lady spoke a language like Tagalog, but not Tagalog.
The cultural manners cleaned up:
I have to make a friend of the lady before I get to invade her life, this takes time, something a tourist never has and I seldom have time to become friends.
Here is good story I wrote in Lome Togo, explaining how an old lay with extreme good self esteem taught me some words.
I guess we will both keep feeling and learning until we die. I will try, but do not expect much, hard to continue on the same path daily.