Traffic was a pain once again this week, and my mind wandered off to the usual mundane things that I think of. I had two experiences that actually made me thing of this topic: My wife had her hair done by some stylist along Connecticut in Greenhills, and when she was done, gave out tips (shampoo girls, manicurista, stylist), only to realize that one of those she tipped was the owner/head stylist. I read somewhere that other staff members, you should tip, but the owner, it's okay not to. Another incident concerned parking late at night. I had dropped by an establishment in Makati to just say hi (less than 10 minutes). I parked at the curbside, and before getting in my car, gave a 20 peso bill to the first watch-your-car-guy that approached me.... and he subsequently demanded 50 bucks for his "reserving" the slot for me, and "loss of income" since there are other cars who are "willing" to pay that amount even without a legal-mandated receipt. Sheeesh. Tipping is pretty standard, especially in the US, where people will really run after you for giving a lousy tip. Here in the Philippines, its not as practiced, and a P100 or P500 peso bill left as tip at a restaurant is received with a lot of gratitude. Some incidents of tipping in the Philippines that we encounter include: Restaurant Service Barbers and Hairdressers Watch-your-car boys/Security Guards Valet Service Concierge Carwash boys The mechanic that fixed your car Gasoline attendants that offer to put air in your tires/clean your windshield Masahistas (the legit ones, ha!) Home delivery of food Casino dealers/the drinks lady So far, these are the ones that I encounter on a weekly/monthly basis (except the casino, concierge, and the mechanic). I know our demographic here in PhilMUG is more of the "generous" type. So, how do Muggers tip?