- Posted October 9, 2012 by
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La Dolce Vita Pinoy Style
The Philippines is widely known as home to millions of poverty-striken people. But the attached shows the other side of life. Not amid a conservatory or botanical garden, this picture is of the Greenbelt, a posh shopping mall in Makati, metro Manila. The name reflects its theme obviously. Life is certainly sweet if you can afford to live in Makati, the upscale neighborhood in Manila where many of the barangays are still crowded with hovels. One can easily splurge $13 on a fancy salad or triple that on a tasty meal in any of the many thematic diners inside the Greenbelt that range from French to Persian to American. Many of the boutiques carry shoes for $420 a pair or Swiss watches for $4,500, which is 9 months wages for a typical office worker in the city. One taxi driver said he makes maybe $12.5 for a 24-hr shift after which he rests for a day, and can only afford to support his 3 children and wife on his day's income. Wear sunglasses in Manila to block the sun but rose-colored ones while indulging oneself in the Greenbelt to believe such is pinoy life.