Between Feyma and myself, who do you think is more Filipino? Of course, since Feyma was born and raised in the Philippines, I am sure that almost all of you will say that Feyma is more Filipino. Many would argue that I am not Filipino at all. Am I, though? Let’s see.
About a month ago or so, our microwave oven broke. There was something wrong with the keypad, and when you typed in keys, it didn’t register in the unit. Basically, the microwave was not useable at all. Well, in the USA, when I lived there, when something like this would happen, we would think to ourselves, “it’s time to get a new microwave!” However, here in the Philippines, people get things fixed instead of throwing them away. So, really, getting a broken item fixed is, in my opinion, the Filipino way!
Well, when the microwave stopped working, I told Feyma that she should tell our nephew to bring it in to the repair shop and have them take a look at it. Feyma responded by saying that she didn’t think it could be fixed. She said that if it could be fixed, she thought it would be too expensive to have it fixed. It was, she said, cheaper to just buy a new microwave!
Well, this didn’t sit well with me. The microwave was only a few years old, maybe 5 years old at the most, and it is a really nice microwave, not a low end unit. Feyma and I were at a store a couple weeks ago and saw microwaves there, and they were only P3,000 or less. Not bad, but these were not of the same quality that we already had. Feyma and I agreed that maybe we should go for a cheap unit, and just consider it disposeable.
I told Feyma, though, that first I wanted to have our broken microwave to be looked at by the service technicians. Well, our niece took the microwave in to the shop, and we got the diagnosis about 2 days later. It could be fixed after all! How much? P550, only about $11. Now, that is exactly what I expected it to be! So, the microwave was fixed. It worked for a few days and went out again! But, the technicians fixed it again for free. Now, it is acting funny again, but we have been told that for about $35 they can replace the whole keypad module, and it should be as good as new.
What will be the final outcome on this? I can’t be certain. However, I find it quite interesting that Feyma has taken the more American viewpoint of “let’s throw it away and get a new one.” Meanwhile, I have taken the stance that we should get the old one fixed!
So, who is more Filipino?