January 12, 2014

Conversations with Cabbies: Are you Married?

Filipinos are a very warm and friendly lot, and not just in comparison to Koreans (as then almost everyone else would also qualify). Whereas the average Korean is mute when in the vicinity of a non-Korean or if their smartphone still has battery life left, Filipinos are quite talkative. They have curiosity and some awareness of the world around them, especially because a lot of them have worked overseas or know family and friends that have done so. The cab drivers in the Philippines frequently engaged me in conversation.

Cab driver: Are you married?
Me: No, are you?
Cab driver: Yes, two.
Me: Two?
Cab driver: Yes.
Me: You have two children?
Cab driver: No, two wives. 
Me: Oh, I don’t even have one.