What stood out here was that the Filipino women actually were looking for something I could providea better life in the U. Some were obviously looking for handouts; I quickly learned to ignore anyone mentioning sick relatives with unpaid hospital bills in the first conversation.Most, however, seemed like decent folk with good family values, honest about what they were seeking.
But marriage has always had an economic component; throughout most of history—certainly in America, and especially in the Third World—part of what seals the deal is the perception, and sometimes the reality, that two can live better than one. I started spending evenings on the website chatting with interesting women.
But then, that’s just one of the hazards of living in Orange County with a “mail-order bride.”I haven’t always raised the eyebrows of my neighbors.
Once upon a time, I too fell well within the cultural norms of America and Orange County.
By evening I’d been exiled to the spare bedroom of my brother’s home in La Palma.
Because my former wife is a forgiving person, the end of our 15-year union was not as acrimonious as some.