Sunday, May 04, 2014

Rich and Poor

My family was in the Philippines recently. They ate at a number of houses in the village where my wife was born.

At the house of a lower-class family in the village, they ate grilled tilapia, homemade chicken soup, rice, salad with homemade dressing, sticky rice cooked in coconut, and a homemade sauce.

When they went to eat with an upper-class family, they were served... Domino's pizza.

UPDATE: What interested me here was that ordering Domino's was a signal of the family's wealth: the poor family couldn't afford that, and had to serve "humble," home-made food due to their poverty.


  1. Poor in relative income, but rich in taste. That is not surprising.

  2. Wow, interesting contrast! Reminds me of this Dilbert cartoon.



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