It has been my question too for a long time. And this happens not only to expatriates in the Philippines but also to expats around the world. I asked Sean once before, "Why you never greet nor acknowledge the other English people that you bump into and vice versa?" He shrugged and replied, "They are just another group of strangers." Filipinos, by nature, are very friendly, courteous and smile a lot even in times of difficulties. However, these traits aren't always present when Filipinos live and work in other countries. I think, expats' attitude (from any nation) toward fellow expats are affected by and in some way, adapt to the culture of their present country of residence.
With that said, I would like to ask other expatriates, do you acknowledge your own countrymen?On the contrary, people hardly take notice of others in the neighbourhood, not even the one living next door. When the time comes that one has to work abroad, these questions pop to some people's minds: "Why should we greet a total stranger even if he or she comes from our homeland? Should we suddenly be courteous? Or should we acknowledge fellow expats with hypocritical politeness? Do we really have to? Who cares? Nevertheless, I can only speak for myself. Seeing other Filipino expats is a pure delight and pride. More importantly, having the chance to meet other expatriates is one of the good therapies for homesickness. Longing for loved ones and motherland can be very depressing. Worse, it can be exacerbated by unfamiliar environment and/or foreign culture. I know this feeling very well because I've been living in different countries the past decade. With that said, I would like to ask other expatriates, do you acknowledge your own countrymen?