Kach often tells me that although many Filipinos are very patient, if you push them too far, they could really hurt you.Of course, I think she’s probably just trying to scare me, but would you take that risk with the woman who watches you sleep?!For Kach, everything is a potential discount, matter how small.She will quite happily spend half an hour trying to negotiate 5 cents off the price of an apple and then perform a victory dance on upon completion of the deal! The mysterious truth It’s a well-trodden stereotype in the West that Asian women are exceptionally loving, loyal and generous to their men and this is certainly true of Filipino women (though I’ve only known one! However, let it be crystal clear that this is not the same as subservient; personally I want a relationship, an equal partner.So there you have it: 5 things I’ve learned after almost two incredible years together.All I can say is this – whether it be eating pork fat for breakfast, god-awful singing or embarrassing bargaining techniques, life is a whole lot more interesting this way.I instantly felt she was different from all of the girls I met while backpacking, and we hit it off straight away.Although we went our separate ways shortly after, we kept in touch.
What was supposed to be a two-week visit for them has since turned into almost two years together Back in 2005 and for about 10 years before, I was living in the UK, studying architecture and working 9-to-5s in different architectural practices.Whilst I traveled quite a bit as a child, with my parents working in Africa, when you travel as an adult you see things differently and it changes you – sometimes in very subtle ways, sometimes more obviously.